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Gary and Tim's truffle hunt and curious term for "mutt" in French

L'Herbe in French & Les Tondeuses de L'Espoir (The LawnMowers of Hope)

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Read Jean-Marc's story and pick out French words to share in the next Vocabulary RoundUp. (photo: Before he planted vines here, Jean-Marc sowed phacelia, a flower that attracts bees as well as being a good soil amendment. In the distance, you see a field of ancient olive trees. Today's bilingual story takes place there....)

TODAY'S WORD: l'herbe

        : grass

"Grassy" words and how they translate to French:

weed = mauvaise herbe
catnip = herbe aux chats
fleabane = herbe Sainte-Roch
blade of grass = brin d'herbe
marijuana = l'herbe
herbs = fines herbes

in the making = en herbe (She's an artist in the making = C'est une artiste en herbe)

L'herbe du voisin est toujours plus verte.
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.


Listen to Jean-Marc read his story aloud, in French

Depuis ma dernière édition relative à l'attente du berger, je dois avouer m'être fait du soucis quand à la façon de couper les nombreuses herbes dans nos vignes.
Since my previous post concerning waiting for the shepherd, I must confess to having worried about how to cut the many weeds in our vines.

A cette époque de l'année elles devraient être basses, mais avec cet hiver encore doux et chaud, elles ont poussé très vite avec les premières pluies.
At this time of year they should be low, but with winter still mild and warm, they grew very quickly with the first rains.

C'est vrai que j'aurai peut être dû les contenir en passant régulièrement les griffes de mon tracteur mais ce n'est pas trop dans ma façon de faire d'aller brûler du gazole, tasser les sols tout ça pour avoir un sol "propre" comme on dit dans le monde agricole qui arrose également ses champs avec du RoundUp....
It is true that I should have kept them under control by regularly passing the claws of my tractor but it is not my style to burn diesel and pack in the earth--all this to have a  "clean" soil as they say in the agricultural world that also waters its fields with RoundUp....

Mais lorsque l'herbe est trop haute, les outils attelés au tracteur deviennent moins efficaces....
But when the grass is too high, the tractor attachments become less efficient....

Je m’apprêtais donc à couper cette herbe à la débroussailleuse à main et je savais combien cela allait être long et fastidieux, d'autant que le temps presse alors qu'il me reste encore deux jours de taille et que les premiers bourgeons des vignes devraient pointer le bout de leur nez d'ici 2 à 3 semaines.
So I was going to cut that grass from the string trimmer and I knew it would be  long and tedious, especially since time is short for I have two more days to prune and the first buds of the vines should point the tip of their noses within 2 to 3 weeks.

Dimanche dernier, alors que je partais tailler pour la matinée, quelle n'a pas été ma surprise et mon bonheur de voir toutes ces brebis et même un âne dans nos vignes et oliviers. En trois jours, elles ont déjà bien travaillé et se sont régalées des herbes sauvages et naturelles du Mas des Brun.
Last Sunday, as I was leaving for the morning, what was my surprise and my happiness but to see all these sheep and even a donkey in our vines and olive trees. In three days, they have already worked well and have feasted on the wild and natural herbs of the Mas des Brun.

Surtout, elles m'ont évité un lourd travail et, qui plus est, elles ont amendé le sol. Elles vont rester pendant une dizaine de jours avant de reprendre leur route pour, progressivement regagner les montagnes des Alpes cet été.
Above all, they saved me a lot of work and, more importantly, they improved the soil. They will stay for ten days before resuming their journey to gradually return to the mountains of the Alps this summer.

Lorsqu'elles partiront avec leur Berger Sylvain, je leur dirai au revoir et surtout merci.
When they leave with their shepherd, Sylvain, I will say goodbye and especially thank you.

Listen to Jean-Marc read his story aloud, in French

Thanks for picking out a few French words from Jean-Marc's story -- to be posted in the next Vocubulary RoundUp. Choose the most useful or the most interesting--or one you had never heard of before & share in the comments at the end of this post.


Une photo pour mieux visualiser le travail de tonte (à droite, les moutons sont déjà passées)
A picture
to show you the "mowing" work (on the right, the sheep have passed by) See the video here (or at the end of this post--it may appear as an attachment)


WEED EATER - if you do not have sheep, these modern day string trimmers are the next best thing to eliminate patches of weeds

WORDS IN A FRENCH LIFE: a collection of early blog stories from 2002-2006

LAGUIOLE STEAK KNIVES are for sale in many of the local French market stands.

KITCHEN TOWELS by Garnier-Thiebaut.

Kristi taking a photo of Allison
Taking pictures to illustrate these posts. Though this one was taken over a year ago, it illustrates poppies among the grass, which reminds me to tell you that the poppies have begun blossoming here in the south.


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