Winter is over, spring has arrived.  Our days have blue skies, already reaching 20C.  The countryside is suddenly full of activity.  Almond trees are in flower, soon to be followed by cherry blossoms.  Thousands of lavender plants have been sown in nearby fields.  Asparagus mounds are prepared for the first white spears to appear in April.  Vines are pruned back to encourage stronger growth and yields.  Flocks of migratory birds fill the trees, happy to be back in Provence after winter in Africa.  The birds are safe now that the hunting season is closed.  Winter in Provence is generally dry and the ground remains hard.  Extra weight is required for ploughing.  Vines are pruned using electric secateurs, powered by a battery backpack. Over two…