|registry map of Le Ripe|
When I showed her the dense woods, full of brambly undergrowth, trees reaching for the sky through thickets of blackthorn and juniper and said something cheerful about it all having gone back to nature she stopped my ramblings with a curt: 'This is land which has degenerated'.
|2013: for the purposes of comparison with 60 and 70 years ago|
|1988: the vegetation creeps inward: the house itself is now surrounded on three sides by trees and bushes, the hill is reforesting, the fields are disappearing.|
|1996: 8 years later the fields are still decreasing in size, except for those near the farmhouse: this was perhaps when the previous owners did some clearing.|
|2013 again: our clearance of old tracks, fields and boundaries; the forest on the hill is as thick as ever, as is the growth along the Pesa river.|