Fauchage

Two or three times a year the local mairie sends out one of its fleet of tractors to cut the grass and trim the hedges that bound most of the minor roads in the commune – including the one that passes through our little hamlet. This is known as the ‘fauchage’ – not to be confused with ‘chauffage’, whch means heating.

These guys don’t take any prisoners and there’s no room to pass them, so you just have to get out of the way as best you can.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: anything with wheels

Tracks in the earth

After a lot of heavy rain earlier in the month, the past week or so has been warmer and sunnier (it won’t last). This has helped to dry out the previously sodden ground, but nonetheless there is still ample evidence in the surrounding fields of the passage of farm tractors through the mud.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth

Shooting A drive-By

Even in the depths of the countryside (i.e just up the road in Asnieres-sur-Blour), where few tourists ever venture, the locals sometimes can’t resist dressing up in ‘archetypal’ clothes – beret and red neckerchief – and parading up and down the street in their lovingly cared-for old tractors.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Circles and Wheels

Muddy Tracks

The tractor needs to exercise a complicated turn in the corner of this field, providing an elaborate pattern of its tyre tracks in the mud.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Farm-related

The Old Tractor

I saw this at an exhibition of ancient tractors last summer. I wonder how many miles this one has on the clock.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Engines and Motors

The red (and I do mean red) tractor

This old tractor, seen at a nearby display of old agricultural machinery, has certainly been well driven and it’s undoubtedly colourful, so fits the brief for Cee’s Fun ‘Foto’ Challenge this week.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Drive

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Progress

Out here in the French countryside, many things are still done as they have been for generations – working off the lunar calendar, for example. However, the local farmers are by no means averse to using technology to make their life a bit easier.

So the horses have been put out to grass and the heavy work is now done with tractors. And that’s progress.

Just ask the horse.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Progress

Tractor tyres

I see that the topic of ‘wheels’ has come around again (as it were) in this week’s Black & White challenge. The annual cavalcade of vintage agricultural vehicles at Lesterps guarantees plenty of interesting wheels.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Wheels

Numbers

This is what passes for a licence plate around here, stencilled onto the back of the seat of an ancient and well-used tractor that belongs to the local commune.

NumbersB&W

In response to the latest of Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenges.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange

This week’s challenge asks us to feature the colour orange in a gallery. Ours not to reason why, so here are three images heavy on the orange:

1) A spectacular sunset over Beverley in Yorkshire

2) Part of the innards of a vintage tractor, taken at the display of old-time cars and agricultural machinery in Lesterps

3) All I know about this is that it’s a flower and I took the photograph in Abu Dhabi. Anybody know what it is?

(Incidentally, apart from some cropping of the second and third, there’s been no post-processing of any of these images. Which is unusual for me.)