Posted by: kathandroger | December 2, 2018

Two Revolutions!

The Gilets Jaunes are still causing chaos. Yesterday they wrought havoc around the Arc de Triomphe, both breaking into it and daubing the exterior with graffiti. Damage will cost a huge amount to repair, and the allegedly suffering French will have to pay for it, perhaps with increased taxes! For the first time I noticed the word “Revolution” in the graffiti. I note that in Napoleons’ time he first came into favour after he quelled rebelling crowds in Paris by having his troops open fire on them. The revolt soon stopped. Not so nowadays, the thugs will probably have to pay a fine and have some psychotherapy! I just feel sad that the vast majority of the French only want to register their dismay at the standard of living not rising as it should, especially those country dwellers who live far away from their workplaces. At the same time the non political unity of the masses is in a way reassuring, and I feel it has brought the average worker closer together. But let’s hope it all settles down soon.

IMG_0196This is one of our local fields having just been ploughed. I wonder what the scene would have been a hundred years ago, before the hedges were all ripped out to make big fields where the heavy tractors could work. And before the bees and birds were killed by insecticides and lack of suitable environment. We know that ploughing reduces fertility, and nutrients have to be put back into the land, usually by powerful and dangerous chemicals. But now I read that a revolution may be at hand. Small robots are being developed which can map a field, plant crops, care for them with nutrients as required, and even laser kill unwanted weeds which can be recognised by the machine. Harvesting by machine is already happening remotely in some vineyards in France, and the technology in rapidly advancing. Huge fields are not needed, and smallholders will be able to efficiently produce crops from their land, negating the need for long distance transport from far off mass producers. It sounds too good to be true, so I hope it isn’t! But again it would mean less need for manual labour, and no need for living in unattractive parts of the country. Huge areas could become remote food producers. We better get on with it to replace the foreign labour which will no longer come to work in Britain!
On the same tack, we have an increasing number of wind turbines in France. Personally I like seeing them; they have a powerful beauty about them and are a symbol of mans’ taming of nature. But I am not sure how I would feel if I lived in this lovely old farm a few miles away.IMG_0197 I guess it is called progress.

I do see the world through rose coloured glasses. Especially when I am cycling. IMG_0205 They really do make the lovely autumnal colours even more lovely! It is best to remain the eternal optimist, and I hope I can continue to do so!

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