The topics of this blog are Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Duke of Richelieu, and the IDEAL CITY built on his command next to his magnificent CHÂTEAU on the borders of Touraine, Anjou and Poitou, in France.

Monday, 17 May 2010

tempête Xynthia

This raging storm passed through Richelieu on the 28 February 2010. In the domainal parc of the château de Richelieu the tall, tall plane trees took the brunt of the wind. Most of them survived and live on but an occasional tree in the lofty avenues was shattered in the storm's fury.

The foresters quite quickly reduced the fallen into nice stacks of split logs. The price of firewood slumped, especially if you need plane tree wood.

The tempest past, the ethereal calm of the parc is now re-established and the canals mirror the plentiful surviving trees. The newly restored handrails on the canals' bridges in 'permitted' oxbood paint now seem to have weathered in well. And shrunk a bit.

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