Change of scenery

  • Changement de décor
    Change of scenery.


    English version below the pictures


    J’ écrivais en Août 2011 : « Au delà de mon potager  se trouve un terrain vague appartenant à la ville . Il est envahi par les ronciers mais je prends soin de sauver une terre libre pour les plantes sauvages qui ne sont ni des arbres ni des buissons . Ainsi vous êtes récompensé par cette population de Verges d ‘or ( Solidago Canadensis) qui est un délice pour lavue

    En plus de cette espèce dominante , d’autres avaient leur place Il y avait aussi des petites plantes dont j’  aimais à me remémorer le nom à l’ aise d’une flore.


    2011 Août 16 terrain vague après le potager
    The wild nature  La nature sauvage


    2011 Août 16 Botanique dans la terrrain vague
    Vérifiant à nouveau avec la flore  le nom d ‘une petite plante                      Août 2011
    Checking again the botanic  book  to remind the name of a small plant       August 2011 Photos above by  Janine Fauquet

    In August 2011 I wrote  an entry (on Xanga ): Beyond my veggie garden there is a waste ground owned by the town . It is invaded by the blackberry bushes but I take care to save a free land for the wild plants that are not bushes or trees. And so you are rewarded by this population of golden rods that are a delight for the sight ..

    Among this dominant specie others have their place too . I went this afternoon of August 2011 to study further to remind of the name of plants that I knew


    Mais en  Février 2014 une pelleteuse et une niveleuse sont  venues pour creuser une sorte de future rue à la limite de la clôture de mon potager. Au revoir la nature sauvage. Maintenant, nous allons avoir beaucoup de  maisons et de rues.  Changement de décor!


    2014 Février creusement et terrassement

    Excavator and grader digging the waste land just behond our veggie garden (Fébruary 2014) Photo Michel Fauquet
    Pelleteuse et bulldozer creusant le terrain vague juste après notre potager.

    2014 févrie  terrassement le long des limites de riverains rue de rouen
    C’ est vraiment à la limite de la clôture!!  This is really at the edge of our fence ! February 2014 . Photo MFauquet


    2014 27 février vue depuis le jardin d'un riverain rue de rouen

    But in  Fébruary 2014 an excavator and a grader came to dig a sort  of future street  at edge of the fence of my veggie garden . Good bye wild nature . Now we will have a lot of new houses and streets . Change of scenery

    En 2015 les travaux ralentirent  mais reprirent en 2016 et au mois de Janvier 2017, voici ce que je vois du bout de mon jardin potager.  Sue dire? Chacun a droit à un toit  et nous sommes privilégiés d’avoir une pelouse avec des arbres et un jardin potager


    In 2015 the works were slowing but re-started in 2016 and in January 2017 here is what I see  from the bottom of my veggie garden. What to say ? Every one has the right to have a roof to shelter his family and we are priviledged to own a lawn with trees and a veggie gareden

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51 Responses to Change of scenery

  1. mrswrangler says:

    Have a good weekend. Hope you and your wife are recovering well.

  2. Thank you , my wife janine continue to progress she is at the PT now . For me I am a bit weak since the anesthesia of January 27 but this will improve

  3. puffpop says:

    I am glad that Janine is improving. I understand your weakness from the anesthesia. I still feel weak from the surgery but getting better. It will be 3 weeks on Monday. It will take at least 6 weeks before I can go out.

    I thought the scenery with all of the wild, untamed vegetation was very pretty. Why did they dig it up? Maybe it’s better for your garden or … is it?

    • They continued to dig more and more to install the sewerage, water supply, electricity, etc. We had been warned since 1986 when we bought our house. Half of the land of the former owner had been bought by the municipality to make a building area. Well it ‘s done 🙂 This does not change antthing for my veggie garden , even not the frail fence ! 🙂

  4. mlbncsga says:

    Mornin Glorie! I guess change is inevitable, the structures look sturdy and I do like the terra cotta color. I also see there are golden rod and a blackberry bush still surviving the construction, that is good. Will they leave the fence? If not you will have to beware of your neighbors sneaking in to sample from your lovely garden. When my children were small they would watch patiently our neighbors tomatoes and would pick his first ripe one. He would never be mad, he knew there would be an abundance in just a few days.

    Praying for continued progress for Janine, I didn’t know you were having weakness since your eye procedure, Praying for strengthening for you, the garden will need your attention before long ❤


    • This does not change antthing for my veggie garden , even not the frail fence ! 🙂
      About fence , this is the wait and see.. In some place the new lots of houses are . surrounded by a high and strong grid.For the moment I planted a little hedge which will be growing .

  5. Rachel Geselman-Mocherman says:

    My dear Michel, It is more than a coincidence that you write about the outside and plants. My mind has been dwelling on the new garden this year. I am longing to be outside to start working on this years garden. With temperatures dropping to 15 degrees, it may be awhile before that happens! 🌹

  6. Just last night, I was thinking about my summer garden, and spring flowering plants. 🙂

    Yes, progress/change marches forth…I just always hate to see it trampling nature and the growing, living plants, trees, animals, etc. 😦

    🌿 🌽 🌻 🍓 🌺 🍎

    Yes, your scenery has changed…but, soon you will have some new people to say “Bonjour!” to…and get to know! 🙂

    It is nice to have land of our own to plant a garden, flowers, trees, etc. I like living in a rural area for this reason. 🙂

    How are you doing, Michel?
    How is Janine doing?

    I continue to pray for both of you.
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  7. PS…I love seeing you and Your Hat reading about nature! 🙂 You are like a flower amongst the wildness!
    I took a class in Botany in college and enjoyed it so much!

    • Tes scenery changes but I see this with not a plus when we say hello to a flower to add her name ? The politeness exists with flowers too! 🙂
      Thank to think of us at this time the future will be better and the same for dear Carolyn. /°

  8. blb1 says:

    You may have to put a different type of fence up. Well you would here with renters. I prefer homeowners but they also can be careless. On each side of me are neighbors who don’t keep their property up. One does allow me to have oranges off his tree that they don’t eat.

    You too take it easy for awhile. btw I wrote today also.

  9. neilc693 says:

    The new development here goes at a quicker pace, it seems, but it’s also rather dysfunctional. Neighborhoods have been laid to waste, and there are large (and increasing) wastelands of rental housing in the heart of town. It is easy to blame the developers, but ultimately it’s also poor community planning.

    RYC: I don’t pay close attention to my blog, or the email account, clearly. Something also happened to the latter, all the messages have disappeared.
    No, I am not a language instructor, just an amateur. But I am an editor and trying to build a specialty in technical/scholarly publishing, including translations. Many texts in my field of training are in French and German. But also some are in the less common languages, such as Dutch, and, for the langues romanes, in Italian, Portuguese, and even Romanian and Catalan.
    I have gotten a lot better at reading French, but it is still best if we do as the Swiss do (or used to do). A German-speaking Swiss would write in German to a French-speaking colleague, who would write back in French, at least before English became dominant!

  10. judyrutrider says:

    What a revolting development! At the risk of sounding antisocial, the best neighbors are the most distant. More development means more noise, more light pollution at night, more odors. My neighbors are overly fond of scented dryer sheets, neglected dogs, and loud vehicles. They celebrate every conceivable event with fireworks and loud music. I long for peace and quiet!

  11. mcbery says:

    I love the picture of you in the greenery reading! Maybe some would think of sneezing? I know some of my family get really sneezy in the tall grasses. I guess according to my friend the spellchecker, sneezy isn’t a word. I guess I need to invent it. 😛 Blessings Michel.

  12. suester7 says:

    I love the photo of you reading in the garden. It’s quintessentially you. 🙂

    The view does not look so good now, but at least you still have your lawn and veggie garden. Here in land-scarce Singapore where most of us live in apartment buildings, there are no gardens. At the most, we have a communal garden, which is a tiny plot of land to be shared by all the residents. Only if you are very wealthy, then can you afford to buy a bungalow with a lawn.

    I hope you continue to find many hours of pleasure in your garden!

  13. L. Gail says:

    I hope you get good neighbors. but still sad to see nature go.

  14. Rachel says:

    Oh my goodness! That is quite the change!

  15. Susan Joos says:

    Oh my. That is AWFULLY close…I think I would be checking property boundary lines. And…it is disappointing, I’m sure. It is always sad to me to see nature lost…

    Hope you and Janine are doing well.

  16. Marion Manson says:

    It’s never long before “progress” takes over, unfortunately! At least you have a wonderful garden, filled with all those veggies you lovingly grow, Michel. ❤

  17. mimiwi2013 says:

    I am sorry you have lost your empty field behind you. The houses look very close to you. I pray your new neighbors are nice. We have been fortunate here. There are children in our neighborhood, ranging from maybe 8 or 9, up to early teens. Since we do not have a fence around our yard, we have had to tell them where the boundaries are, and they are mostly good about keeping to their own yards. Once in a while a stray ball comes in, and that we don’t mind. Many years ago, when we were young, nobody went into another’s yard without asking. Now, kids seem to think they can play anywhere. On the whole, we have excellent neighbors.
    I am sorry to hear it taking a while to recover from the anesthesia. Guess it just takes us “old folks” longer to recover from things!
    Hope Janine is doing well with her therapy! I am enjoying my cardiac rehabilitation a lot. I am tired afterwards, but think it is helping my stamina in the long run!! Both of you take care of each other now!! ❤
    Nancy and Ken

    • You recall us the main things is to recover a good health, Nancy and I am glad your cardiac rehab goes well . For Janine it is the same but she has to respect the slowness of the biologic procesus of restauration;

  18. It is sad when one gets use to the quiet privacy of an empty lot. New housing can come with mixed feelings. I prefer to have empty land around me to preserve my sanity. Have not had great results of thoughtful neighbors. I guess a taller and more solid fence plus tall growing shrubbery would help to preserve your peace and quiet. Your backyard always has a serene look about it.

    How is Janine. I think of her often and her recovery from pain. Spring is coming soon I hope and wish for you two to be able to enjoy it once again. Hugs to you both, my dear friend. Love Marilyn

    • i think to reinforce the hedge of shrubs in hoping the builder of the lot of house intalls a high and strong grids around;
      The broken arm of Janine starts to stick together but she has at her forearm an accumulation of blood very painful .A nurse comes everyday make injection to make the blood more fluid.

  19. Christine says:

    Change seems to be harder the older I get. I’m glad you have your garden as a buffer before the new houses being built behind you. Hopefully by the time they are finished, they will be a little more attractive to look at too.
    How is Janine feeling?

  20. First, I hope both you and Janine are doing well now.
    Secondly, I love that pic of you w/the book.
    While, like you, I know everyone deserves/needs a house, I hate to see all the wild nature gone. We use to have a lot of wild nature in front of our house..Now there are two homes in it’s place. Still, like you, I feel grateful to have a roof over my head.
    I’m glad you still have a veggie garden.

  21. Carole says:

    On est loin du coin sauvage que l on a connu où il fallait se faire un chemin pour avancer bon dimanche à vs deux on vous embrasse Carole

  22. weggieboy says:

    The hedge sounds like a great response to the scene next door! It will help you maintain some privacy and it will help with noise. Plus, it will just be a nice addition to your property. I personally like a hedge of lilacs.

    It is good to read Janine is to the point of physical therapy, and I wish her a speedy recovery! Same for you, my friend!

  23. iampeacenow says:

    Oh my goodness. I would miss the bit of wild land with it’s mix of plants. I especially love blackberries. It will seem quite strange to have this next door. I see someone has mentioned a hedge. That might be nice indeed. Good luck with the changes in your neighborhood.
    peace & love,

  24. AM says:

    Comme chez nous, on bétonne à toute vapeur … L’immobilier et la construction font des affaires… Pour le reste, on ne pense pas encore à tous les effets.

    A part cela, merci d’avoir mentionné les Verges d ‘or ( Solidago Canadensis). Une artiste allemande de Bienne en a fait une teinture et a peint ensuite en or … Nous lui avons acheter un petit tableau et elle nous a donné un petit pot de cette précieuse poudre 🙂

    Ici tu peux voir le processus

    Cordiales pensées à vous deux, à Janine aussi en particulier

  25. OUI à maturité” ces fleurs sont surchargées de pollen doré. C ‘ est une bonne idée de le collecter. Je ne sais pas combien de temps cela se conservera !
    En tout cas c’est interessant sans compter les vertus médicinales

  26. How are you and Janine doing this week, Michel?
    Happy ❤ to both of you!
    ❤ and HUGS!!! 🙂

    • Bronchitis and weakness in the legs for me .
      Janine ‘ s state slowly but surely is improving .
      Thanks Carolyne, and what about uou ?

      • Bronchitis is awful. 😦 I will continue praying for you and for Janine to heal and be well.

        I am doing well. Thank you for asking! 🙂 My last cancer check and test came out well. Normal. 🙂 I am so grateful!

        Cooper has been ill. But, he is feeling better after 10 days on medicine.

        ❤ prayers and (((HUGS)))

  27. L. Marie says:

    Looks like a lovely place to read. But I feel sad that so much of that land is now gone.
    I am glad Janine is improving and you are too. Sending up prayers for your complete healing.
    Hugs and peace.

  28. Can’t wait to see photos of your garden when spring comes around again! I absolutely adore the photo of you in your hat reading in your garden!!!

  29. times change, don’t they…
    we have a ‘forest’ beyond our fence…i am hoping houses will not be there too soon

    i did not know you were not well, michel – i hope things are improving for you as well ❤

  30. Peggy says:

    some changes can make our hearts sad ~ hopefully, this will eventually be good change ~

  31. It is hard to see a beautiful, wild field turned into brick buildings and a landscaped lawn, but you have a good attitude: people need places to live. I hope you are blessed with gracious neighbors. ❤

  32. I hope that you will enjoy your new neighbors. When we built our house, it was the last house on the edge of our town. Now we have other houses all around us. It is good to see the town grow, but I am glad that the new streets and the traffic were not there when our children were little. I did not have to worry about cars hitting them.

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