"The fields around the house were inhabited every day by figures moving slowly and methodically across the landscape, weeding the vineyards, treating the cherry trees, hoeing the sandy earth."

Maintenance is essential to a healthy vineyard. Weeds must be tended to, fruit trees treated and the earth continually aerated for maximum productivity. Further more this sentence creates an impacting scene of life in Provence; slow, yet productive. Due to the mediterranean climate and the landscape, the earth can be quite dry which may come as a bit of a shock to some seeing as the land itself produces such a bountiful selection of goods.