This is some of the food we received as gifts whilst we were chez nous in August.
The big green pumpkin came from Mme André. She said it was a "courgette". The patty pan squashes came from Walt and Ken. The tomatoes were from Barrie.
There were other gifts that I forgot to photograph. Simon and Susan left a large jar of home-made plum jam on top of our post box for us. Mme André also gave us a bag of windfall apples from the trees near the château, and some haricot verts from her brother's allotment. Except that they were not verts, they were jaunes and ready-trimmed. And very nice, too. Nicole brought a home-made cheese and tomato tart to our little cupcake party. (Did I hear her say it was made with some of Barrie's tomatoes?)
Here's an interesting fact about post boxes. Apparently the reason why we were required to get one of the regulation post boxes when we first got the house is that the post-ladies (and gentlemen, I assume, although I have only ever seen ladies), have a master key that can open every post box. This means that larger items can be delivered even if they don't fit through the opening, so long as they are small enough to fit in the box.
What a good idea. I received a book in our post box earlier this year and it wasn't until I had taken all the wrapping off that I wondered how it got into the box. Now I know.