On Sunday, we decided to take a brief respite from the apples and went back to the Queyras (Hautes-Alpes). A farmer friend of ours has a flock of sheep that move to their summer residence up in the high pastures of the Alps from June to October.
His sheep are mixed with four or five other flocks and graze in the high mountains throughout the summer months, before being transported back to the farm for the winter. In the photo below they look like thousands of white ants as they arrive, following the valley, before starting the climb towards us.
The shepherd and his dog herd them together for one last time.
Then they are sorted into flocks, ready for the trip home the next day.
Sorry for the lack of blogging activity and comments recently. We are almost at the end of sorting apples and normal service should resume by the end of the week…