Hard work in the garden

English version below the pictures

Dur travail dans le jardin

La taille d’une grande haie, par Thierry, pour la réduire de moitié au moins, en hauteur comme en épaisseur, aidé par sa femme, la “duchesse” Carole a été un dur labeur, Samedi dernier 16 octobre.
Les branches ont été emportées par Carole et aussi par les petits-enfants

Thierry pruning the high hedge Thierry taillant la grande haie
Carole taking the long branches

Pruning a large hedge , by Thierry, to reduce it to a half at the less, in height as well as in thickness, helped by his wife, the “Duchess” Carole, was a hard work , last Saturday October 16
The branches were taken away by Carole and also grand children
(François and Nicolas)

Et pendant ce temps notre seconde fille Véronique et d’autres petits-enfants creusaient la fosse à terreau pour emporter et épandre dans le jardin potager.

Pierre digging the potting soil
and Luis makes the same
Our second daughter, Véronique, carries a wheelbarrow filled with potting soil (with Olfa, granddaughter in law)
and spread in the veggie gaarden ( with Carole )

And during this time our second daughter Véronique and other grandchildren were digging the potting soil to carry and spread in the vegetable garden

La dernière photo montre ma femme Janine parlant aux petits-enfants.
Où étais-je pendant tout ce temps ? A l’hôpital pour dialyse !!!

The last photo shows my wife Janine speaking to the grandchildren.
Where was I during all that time ? At the hospital for dialysis !

photos by Carole Fauquet et Clara Berquin

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105 Responses to Hard work in the garden

  1. calmkate says:

    oh so sorry you missed this grand family working bee Michel … they look busy, then tired but satisfied. How lovely they still visit to help, Janine must have been so happy to have family there and I’m so glad they took photos for you to share 🙂

    How very precious that you could return to see the results of their hard labour 🙂

  2. blb1 says:

    I see you have much more in landscape needs than I. At least you have someone to help. 🙂 Most of my problem is weeds in the lawn. Losing all my St. Augustine grass.

  3. sherazade says:

    Come sono dolci i colori dell’autunno e quanta tenerezza e soddisfazione esprime questo lavoro corale di cura.
    Buona vita caro Michel

  4. judyrutrider says:

    Many hands make light the weary task! Your soil looks amazing; you should have a beautiful garden next summer. It must be frustrating to miss out on the “fun” just because the body that served you so well for decades is now betraying you. What a comfort to have such a lovely family to take up the burden!

  5. murisopsis says:

    Michel! They did a wonderful job and they are a very beautiful family – both in appearance and in heart!! They are a blessing to you and Janine – I hope they were able to stay until you returned from dialysis…

  6. So sorry you missed out on the fun, Michel!
    How wonderful to have such beautiful, sweet garden helpers! 🙂 Their love for you and Janine shines through! 🙂 Those who plant a garden plant happiness! 🙂
    Did you get to spend any time with them?
    (((HUGS))) ❤ 🙂

  7. puffpop says:

    You are so lucky to have such a hard-working group of helpers… I see that your soil is very rich in nutrients.. You are preparing the soil for next spring.
    love,
    votre amie,
    Francoise

  8. wissh says:

    You and Janine raised kind and industrious children, Michel, you should be very proud. I don’t know if you’re aware of how rare it is to see a large family working together like this these days. Lovely photos of the next generations working in the garden you and Janine tended for so many years.
    ❤️ Christine

  9. Clara says:

    C’était une très belle journée !🌞
    On vous embrasse fort,
    Clara et Pierre

  10. cheriherald says:

    What a blessing they are! May you have a bountiful harvest.

  11. Caro says:

    C était un bon moment de se retrouver tous ensemble pour travailler un peu ….surtout ne pas hésiter quand vous avez besoin …je vous embrasse

  12. mrswrangler says:

    I am glad you have such wonderful helpers

  13. Rachel says:

    Wow! That is a lot of work and preparation for the next garden season! I sure it feels wonderful to have it all done. I hope the dialysis is going well. We all do what we have to do to keep going. We will be moving soon. Just to the house down the block. It is bigger and will help us stretch out a bit.

  14. There’s a lot of hard work to make a beautiful garden! I hope you are well.

  15. Teri Stockton Ramirez says:
    Michel Fauquet I love reading your stories of every day life with your family. AND I love that your entire family comes together to lend a helping hand. You raised them right! Keep the stories coming my friend…

  16. Peggy Flora said:
    Looks like you had lots of good help!!

  17. So inspiring to see your family working together to maintain your lovely garden! I am sure they enjoyed the sunshine, healthy exercise, and each other’s company. This is a tribute to the love and care you and Janine showed them since they were born. I am sorry you could not be there, but the photos they shared with you are wonderful. Take good care of yourself, Michel. Many people love you! 🙂
    Love ❤
    Cheryl

    • It was only a part of the family, Cheryl, ( too many people was useless related to the tools number and the work to do.
      However I like your kind words that say so well what we feel . ❤

  18. Lavinia Ross says:

    You have a wonderful, loving multi-generational family to come help you and Janine with gardening! Take good care of yourself, Michel. I agree, many people love you and Janine.

    Love to you, Janine and the family,
    Lavinia

  19. Susan Jood says:

    How wonderful to have so many willing helpers hard at work on a space that means so much to you! Even if you couldn’t be there, it’s nice that you got to share in the day through pictures!

  20. MarilynThysell says:

    Good Morning/Good Day Michel. ;Your grandchildren under the eye of their grandmother were busy as beavers. Now your yard will be ready for a winters sleep until spring next year. Lots of hands make for a merry day. I’m trying to finish up early this year so that most of Nov-Feb is somewhat free of outdoor maintenance. I ‘hope’ late next Feb 2022, that I can have my cataracts both removed. It won’t get done this year. The Covid-19 has spiked in our area with 53 in the hospital. Not sure why the spike as the state’s rates are decreasing. Wishing you and Janine a pleasant Autumn and many visits from your kids and grandkids. Take care of yourself, relax and hug your wife. Love you and Janine dearly. ❤

    • Thanks Matrilyn for this beautiful and kind comment.
      Yes the grandchildren were happy to work in the garden
      You are prudent to report surgery of catarcts
      The pandemic seems having no end . When we think we are out of this , it is still threatening.
      Take cate of you both .
      Love ❤
      Michel

  21. Kathy Colvin said:
    What a wonderful family experience. Working in the garden is like therapy sometimes. Your garden looks great! It will be ready for planting when the time is right. Sorry you had to miss out but glad you had pictures. Take care. Love, kc

  22. Gayle says:

    So lucky your children help you with your garden! What a blessing for you and Janine Michel!
    God bless you and your family ❤

  23. cocosangel says:

    How nice that your children help you out with keeping the garden clean. And your grandchildren as well.

  24. mimiwi2013 says:

    Ken insists on doing all the outside work. It does take him longer than usual, but he just cannot sit around inside much. And not as much is done, either. Fewer flowers being planted—just rely on the perennials that come up every year. We did grow some vegetables in past years, but stopped that. He is just thankful to spend a lot of time outdoors. I am happy to do indoor work!! Hugs to you and Janine. ❤ Nancy and Ken

    • An outside man continues to love to be outside even if he cannot work much, Nancy . Be sure I understand this . However there are works that we cannot do anymore and this may be a problem , needing help.

  25. Doug Thomas says:

    I enjoy seeing how your family gets together with you and Janine to maintain your garden! You are truly blessed! To often, families disperse throughout the country/world, and the ties soften, become neglected, even die.

  26. Marion says:

    A lot of hard work there, Michel!! Your family is wonderful for helping maintain the garden so well. ❤

  27. Stephanie says:

    Quel dommage avoir raté l’occasion de voir labourer tous ces jeunes, beaux et forts. On dit “Many hands make light work” Je pense que le travail était lourd mais à plusieurs il était fini beaucoup plus vite.

    Et les petits enfants sont adultes.

    Espérant que tes traitements sont supportables, cela doit être très fatiguant.

    • Oui nous sommes heureux de voir enfants et petits enfants venir aider, Stéphanie .
      La dialyse est nécessaire mais petit à petit me fragilise . C ‘ est la vie ! 🙂
      Amitiés à toi/

  28. Carol McKay Harper said:
    You are so blessed to have family willing to help.

  29. Stacie Kelsey aid:
    I love this story!!!

  30. ANNIQUE QUENNEHENT says:

    voilà une bonne idée pour cultiver le bonheur en famille et partager de la joie, paix et sérénité!😊

  31. maidyk says:

    bonsoir Michel,
    toute la famille a tout mis joliment en ordre, dans le jardin, ainsi tu as eu une bonne surprise en rentrant chez toi ! On ne peut qu’admirer une famille où tout le monde participe.
    bises !

  32. Louisa - Midlife Wellness Coach says:

    Oh Michel, I understand what kind of hard work is involved in gardening! I’m sorry you missed seeing your children and grandchildren at work, but you are very blessed to have such a united team of worker bees 😉 It’s become a wonderful family tradition! ❤

  33. Julie Essex says:

    Its great to see all the family hard at work getting your garden ready for next spring. Your grandchildren are looking so grown up now , you forget how time flies. Alice is at University now , she is studying Art History and museum studies

  34. Isabel says:

    Beautiful pictures of a happy family working together at the garden. Am sure you are feeling happy looking at the photos even you are not in there. Always take good care Uncle Michel.❤️

  35. Incredible job they did! How good your children are to help you and Janine. Is dialysis always in hospital? I seem to recall there being at home dialysis in the beginning. It is probably better for them to monitor you. I’m sure you wished you had been here to help and oversee the work, but better to receive this care.
    Praying for you!
    Love,
    Caroline

  36. Véronique says:

    C’était une belle et joyeuse journée ! Et les enfants sont toujours heureux de se retrouver dans la maison familiale et de donner un coup de main au jardin !

  37. Sartenada says:

    Hi Michel.

    I am sorry that you missed to participate to this great team. The team work was successful, I notice, when studying the photos. This post is very warm-hearted post. Thank you sharing with us your life virtually.

    Have a great day. Amitiés,
    Matti

  38. bernard25 says:

    Bonjour ou bonsoir MICHEL quelle santé vous avez bravo
    Belle journée ou soirée, belle fin de semaine
    Bisou Amical Bernard

  39. Anne says:

    Généreuse nature et généreuse famille s’entraidant !
    Plaisirs d’automne !
    Amitiés, AM

  40. I’m sorry you missed them working but how awesome that they are so loving and kind that they do so Hugs.

  41. You have been so good to your family – that they all are good to you as well 🙂
    Such a wonderful legacy to leave, Michel 🙂

  42. Resa says:

    Again, this is a fabulous family.
    You deserve all the help they lovingly give.
    I am happy for you. I believe the dialysis is hard.
    I believe you are loved! Resa xo ❤

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