Monday, 4 April 2016

Harvesting the wheat in France

June is a busy time in the wheat fields of
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
Judith for Mosaic Monday

Thank you for your visits.

Take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt



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

  2. 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

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

  4. 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 . . .

  5. 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

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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

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

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

  11. Love the Impressionists' images you chose for this post!

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

  13. 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!

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

  15. 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

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

  17. 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.


  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

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

    and LivingFromHappiness

  22. 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

  23. 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

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

  25. Wonderful photos Shnae, such beautiful countryside!

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

  27. What a wonderful country house surrounded by wheat. Lovely!

  28. 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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