What I'm not too keen on at this time of year is that the hunting season is in full swing. This bloke has started turning up at the back of our house on several evenings with his gun.
He parks his white van at the end of the late neighbour's lane and walks down to the abandoned house. He lurks amongst the empty tumbledown buildings presumably to hide from the deer and hare that roam the field behind. So far we have not heard a shot being fired.
I'm not sure if this is legal or not. I have no idea if he has permission from the current owner to use the property as a hide for shooting animals, or even if he needs it. We never saw anything like this when the neighbour was alive and the property occupied. Equally I don't know if the neighbour's brother who inherited it, or the new owner who is rumoured to have bought it, know what he's up to. The law relating to hunting in rural France is a mystery to me. All I do know is that I don't feel comfortable about having a bloke with a gun only about 250 metres from our house.
When the hunters are all in a line at the edge of the trees, wearing fluorescent jackets and pointing their guns towards the depths of the wood I don't feel so vulnerable. One man on his own, heavily camouflaged, close to our house in the fading light and trigger happy does not seem safe to me. He usually disappears to whence he came once it's too dark to see anything in the field. Hunting "accidents" are not uncommon in these parts.