All the Wheat, Hay, Spuds, Grapes, Chestnuts, and even Mushrooms, had been harvested, and the last on the list was this Maize.
My neighbour Jean-Claude had sowed a late Maize crop (end of June I think), and yesterday was the day when the combine arrived.
The moisture content of the grain was fine, the weather was perfect, and, after an hour or so, all was soon inside the big blue container ready to be taken off to the seed merchant.
So, does this mean that all farmers now sit back and wait for spring?
Unfortunately not, there are hedges to be cut, trees to be felled, fields to be ploughed and sowed, bonfires lit, and buildings to be patched; amongst other things.
Still, I expect they do breathe a little less anxiously.