|modern production methods|
As every where else, almost worldwide, the residents complain bitterly that everything is more expensive.
|mr le marquis!|
They have trees which produce immense quantities of apricots, peaches, nectarines, cherries, figs, even oranges and lemons - or they would do if someone took care of them!
The older people who have livedall their lives from eting their own products, can no longer do the heavy manual work, and the younger don't want to!
It's easier to buy a kilo at 3-4 euros the kilo than to go and water, tend, and pick the fresh fruit from their own trees!
Afterwards, one complains!
|tiptoe through the figgies!|
Complaining is fun, and Grandad just does his little bits and pieces in the small garden, things like tomatoes, courgettes, melons, those things which the younger people find outdated, boring not "mode".
All the same, when Grandad goes out to pick some tomatoes for lunch, with a lettuce and a few courgettes, even a melon or two for a starter, how many times does he find the cupboard bare?
Other members of the family have passed before him, those things so unromantic, boring and out of mode have gone.
Of course Grandad knows where he'll find them - in the daughter/son's fridge, in quantity! So cheap they may be at the market, but somehow better, and even cheaper in Grandad's garden!
|Grandad - but NOT his garden!|
Times change, people don't - in certain things, but don't ever suggest that they are thieves....dear me - no!
Just haven't got time - "I work, you know" - at least 8 hours a day, Grandad is a pensioner, and nowadays only spends about 12 hours a day working harder than before - to produce his "unimportant, boring" garden stuff!
So long as Grandad carries on, it's OK, but more and more Grandads (and Grandma's) are impolitely saying "get stuffed, like the tomatoes you pinched from my garden!"
|Yep-it's the truth!|
Take them out, for a special treat, to a Restaurant, and (always assuming you dissuade them from McDonald's) when they start with the "entrée" they will squeal with delight and say something like "Ah yes - home grown tomatoes, radish, lettuce, etc..etc..are so lovely, nice to have them now and then" (Grandad's garden is full of 'em) and when they arrive at the dessert, you'll be amazed to see them eating with relish, FIGS or cherries!
There you are - "waste not - want not" - What a load of nonsense!
Have a nice holiday.....!