And some chickens. They live in a yard with some of my favorite trees.
I believe the main reason why we don't walk as much in American suburbs is for the lack of visual stimulation. Not much to see, other than the nicely manicured lawns and the neighbor's clean SUV.
Over here, I am not sure why, but we walk a lot. Besides that it allows me to stay on my "Two Croissants diet", the changes month to month and impressions are much more varied. Which is much less boring and sometimes even exciting.
If you like fruits fresh from the tree, or young hazelnuts, you should walk in rural France. Though plenty of the trees I walk by are on private property, but if their branches hang over the sidewalk and so low that all you need to do is open your mouth to grab a fig......ehm, well, I go and grab it. Just make sure there is no bee on the fruit.
If the fruit tree is on a property owned by the commune or town, just go to the first "busy body" fonctionaire, smile and ask if you can pick some fruits. I have yet to be turned down, I think they feel sorry for me as my french sounds very wooden to them. Poor guy needs some vitamins and less carbs......
In the fall if visit the Brocantes or if you look online, many locals sell jams or nut oil for 1.00/jar in every village. Amazing.
READY TO EAT
PLUMS ARE LATE THIS YEAR
ONE OF "MY" FIG TREES
STILL NOT READY
SOME NICE APPLES
DEEP RED CHERRIES
TWO KINDS OF HAZELNUT BUSHES
MAYBE ANOTHER MONTH THEY WILL BE READY
LOTS OF TREES ON THIS PUBLIC PROPERTY
FINAL BOWL OF LAST YEAR'S
HE RULES THE YARD