This time of year and you will discover such things as Fleurs des Noël which appear to be more of a berry. Claude assures me that they are poison and only for the birds.
There are also the tiny pommes (apples) which are covering gnarled trees. They are about the size of a cherry and I have personally seen them in brown, green and cherry red. The ones in the photo below are a greenish brown. They are edible and have a bland taste. Yes, I did eat one. However, generally, they are left for the animals and birds or for going to seed.
Yes, there are animals about. Fox skulls have been found and there are always game birds, rabbits and of course, the sanglier or wild boar. There are probably others out there but I haven’t come across them. One year when we had a light dusting of snow, I found some tracks on my walk and I was already back inside the village. I sketched a replica of what I had seen and someone confirmed they were sanglier tracks. They say they don’t come into the old village but will come down looking for food to the outer areas. A few minute walk from my house, I am surrounded by pine trees in one direction so we are encased in nature’s embrace. Rue escalier is the way to a staircase that winds upward to the chateau and eglise.