Tag Archives: France

Anyone for a swim?

I apologise for the title of this post if it’s a bit misleading. Because even on the hottest days, I never get any further than dipping my feet into most of these lakes. I’d love to swim, but the problem … Continue reading

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Sunday mornings

The sheep head off into the mountains behind the farm nearly every morning. But on Sundays they graze in pastures next to our house So I have the pleasure of waking up to the gentle sound of bells…. And that … Continue reading

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Close encounters of the wild boar kind

The crashing in the undergrowth was accompanied by a lot snorting, squealing and excited barking. I’d already taken cover behind the biggest tree I could find at such short notice, but it had the diameter of a saucer and  I now … Continue reading

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Extremely rare flowers in the Alps?

The other morning, I decided to take some macro photos of the tiny Alpine flowers that seem to be growing everywhere at the moment. But when I got back to the house and looked through my photos, I discovered that all I … Continue reading

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My other life

By day, I’m an office manager. By night… …when no-one else is around to do it, I pick up my shepherd’s crook and do my best to bring this lot back to the sheep barn. My first difficulty is actually finding … Continue reading

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When Little Bo Peep (almost) lost her sheep

“Rrrrrrrr tay” I trilled, trying to copy the way that French shepherds rolled their r’s in a sort of high-pitched Spanish accent when they called their sheep. “Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr” The sheep stayed imobile at the edge of the field poised to … Continue reading

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Bales, bales, bales…

Having been woken up at 6.30 this morning by what sounded suspiciously like a rave party about 10 miles down the road (yes, we do get rave parties in the Alps,) I decided to do the rounds of our fields and see … Continue reading

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