Like many villages in southern France Gabian has avenues of plane trees lining the roads leading into the village. They are beautiful and they provide much-needed shade in summer. Some of the trees are also very old – many over a hundred years old. Last week in Gabian we lost some of these plane trees to needless destruction.
Comme beaucoup de villages dans le Midi à Gabian il y a des platanes aux bords des routes qui mènent au village. Cette semaine nous en avons perdu quelques uns à cause d'une destruction inutile.
At the public meeting when the plans for the new housing development were presented we were told that four or five trees would be felled to make room for a roundabout. Last week workmen began to cut down healthy trees … and more trees … until a demonstration of inhabitants stopped them, for the moment. Nineteen trees now lie at the side of the road as sad piles of logs. The remaining trees now have posters stapled to them demanding a referendum and saying ‘Don’t touch my plane tree’ and ‘I am more than 100 years old – don’t cut me down’. I hope that the protest will change the minds of the mayor and the municipal council, persuade them to keep their word and stop this massacre of our trees.
In the garden / dans le jardin
We’re harvesting aubergines, peppers, courgettes, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes and our neighbours’ plums which make wonderful jam.
On récolte les aubergines, les poivrons, les courgettes, les concombres, les tomates cerises et les tomates Roma. Et on cueille les prunes de nos voisins qui sont très bon pour la confiture.