Monday, 4 April 2016

Harvesting the wheat in France





June is a busy time in the wheat fields of
France.
In the countryside where our daughter lives
are thousands of acres of wheat fields.




Each day we were out and about
when we visited last year
we saw farmers driving their huge machines
harvesting the wheat.




Van Gogh was fascinated by this seasonsal activity too
although things were done differently
back in his day.
I've always loved this painting called
Wheat Stacks in Provence
painted in 1888.
The colour and the light are quite magical.







This exquisite painting by Claude Monet
epitomises Summer in the countryside
of rural France in 1897.




An old country house in the wheat region of France.
Both Van Gogh and Monet may have stayed
in such a house as they toured the countryside
painting rural scenes.




I'm joining 
Jeanne for Blue Monday
and
Judith for Mosaic Monday


Thank you for your visits.

Take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt




Shane









29 comments:

aktuellabilder said...

I´m living in northern Europe and France is in the south, still these agricultural images reminds me of home.

Patricia said...

How beautiful are those wheat fields, and indeed just like the Monet and Van Gogh paintings. The light is softer than the Australian wheat regions; being French is a quality all of its own. Happy memories Shane.xx

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

They are such lovely, tranquil pictures.

LV said...

Enjoyed seeing some of the things you have in your part of the world. Just the right touches of blue.

Lynne said...

Lovely post . . .
I liked seeing the Van Gogh and Monet' . . .
and I enjoyed thinking about them painting as they were surrounded by the wheat fields and warmth of color. . .
Very nice Shane . . .

Pamela Gordon said...

It all looks so lovely and one can almost feel the heat of the summer sun laying over those wheat fields. Have a wonderful week Shane.
xx Pam

Jeanie said...

I love the juxtaposition of the paintings and your photographs. That long horizontal of the wheat is especially lovely.

Amy at love made my home said...

Your photos are as beautiful as the paintings of Monet and Van Gogh! All the better because of the memories they hold for you of your travels. xx

Vee said...

I had not realized that such acres still existed in France...that's wonderful. It is true that haying methods have changed a lot through the years.

ellen b said...

Beautiful scenes that you have paired with the great art work!

Madeline's Album said...

A very nice post. Your photos are great. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Michelle said...

Love the Impressionists' images you chose for this post!

Christine said...

Lovely photos of a lovely place & activity! Although it gets dusty, I always enjoyed harvest season!

Madtatter80 said...

I am so far away and have to remember you are on another continent so our heaviest time is different even out winter wheat is not due, yet we all can relate to Van Gogh and he captures this feeling, great reminder in your post today have a great week!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Love those extensive wheat fields. Such a scenic part of the countryside.

Mary said...

My two favorite artists - and as you know I visited the homes of both last October - I have never been so thrilled!

As for my travels - you did ask - we are all set for Ireland in about a month! Guess I need to think about packing soon - everything waterproof???????

Hugs - Mary

Linda Kunsman said...

oh what a truly lovely post of art and life in Provence!

Red Rose Alley said...

Shane, the wheat fields of France are sooooo pretty. And I love that old country house. It must be so nice visiting your daughter in this area. It's such a lovely place to visit.

Wishing you wonderful April days.

~Sheri

Jeanne said...

Hello Shane, Your post today was a great memory for me. I lived on a farm when I was young and harvesting the crops was a big day. It was a dairy farm mainly so the wheat was never huge and there was also hay to cut and bale. All the farmers would help each other and they were known as thrashers. The wives would all come and bring mountains of food to feed the men. When we would have a big family meal my mother would say, "We have enough food for thrashers." I sill say it and our grands wondered what it meant. LOL.

France is a beautiful country and your photos are awesome. I admire the art work of Monet' and Van Gogh.

Happy Blue Monday and thank you for linking today.
xo
Jeanne

Claudia said...

Dear Shane, thank you for this wonderful Post1i love Autumn and HArvest, and I love Paintings from Van Gogh!
Have a lovely week, my sweet friend!
Love,hugs and blessings,
Claudia xo

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Shane,
You really had me smile and what a perfect way for a Dutch born woman to end a day, a long day I would say, with this Dutch painter and your fabulous photos to match his work!
Sending you hugs and blessings and thanks for sharing such beauty.
Mariette

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

What a treat to see this...it is like being in a Van Gogh or Monet painting.

Donna@GardensEyeView
and LivingFromHappiness

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Such a beautiful and inspiring post, dear Shane!
The paintings are wonderful and so are your serene photos (I like especially those two above the paintings). Thank you so much for sharing! xx

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Shane,

I loved seeing your post today - the golden wheat fields and the wonderful old house, are lovely. Also sharing the paintings by Van Gogh - almost feels like you are right there, with the gorgeous colours and the brilliant light.
thanks for sharing and for your kind visit to my blog
Hope you are having a great week
hugs
Carolyn

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your photos and the beautiful art too! I love seeing the fields when crops are being harvested! Hugs!

Dagmar said...

Wonderful photos Shnae, such beautiful countryside!
Xo]

Crimson Kettle said...

Such a colourful post with great photos and art. :-)

Marilyn Miller said...

What a wonderful country house surrounded by wheat. Lovely!

Lorrie said...

Dear Shane,
What beautiful photos of the wheat fields in France, along with images of paintings by two of my very favorite artists, Van Gogh and Monet. A lovely post.
I hope your week is going well.

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