Thursday, November 1, 2012

La Maison Rustique - November

From: L'agriculture et maison rustique, Charles Estienne (Rouen, 1658).

The works that the laborer should do for each month of the year.

(Chapter 10)



In November put your wine in the cellar, gather the acorns to feed the pigs.

Collect the chestnuts, and the fruits of the gardins which are ready to keep.

Pull up the turnips from the earth, despoil them of their leaves, and put them under the sand to protect them from the frost.

Warm up the artichokes, and cover them well, so that the frost does not assail them.

Make the oils, make hives for the bees, panniers [bread baskets], frails [baskets made from rushes], and wicker baskets for birds.

Cut willow branches for the trellis, and bind the vines, draw the poles of the vines.

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