I have now learned that when my instincts speak, I listen... I wish I had learned to do this sooner.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cathedral Bells





Have binoculars, will travel

Auditioning
A few days ago the Sheepfarmer and I were lucky enough to get away for a delicious picnic in the mountains of Iraty.  It was quite the celebration.  First the Sheepfarmer came home after 5 days in the hospital...  I had been begging him to go for a few days and, finally, under threat of either getting in the car and letting me take him there OR having the neighbors witness  a screaming ambulance siren coming up the hill to the farm, he CHOSE to get in my car.  Why do I have to threaten these things?  Why is he so hardheaded? 
He is Basque. It is that simple.

Second reason for celebration? The milking season is over and the sheep and other livestock have moved on to high pasture... where they are under order to procreate, big style. And we have more free time…to garden and fertilize and harvest and can…AND picnic.  To spend a Sunday afternoon wandering.

And third reason for celebration: our good fortune in getting to go to my daughter’s wedding in October! It will be the FIRST time the Sheepfarmer gets on an airplane. AND we will be hitting my 35th high school reunion to boot, all this in beautiful California…it has been too long.  The visit will be short, but I have been promised another one in a couple of years…and in the meantime, 
I will get to do some grandbaby snuggling.

Up there in those mountains with the cleanest and thinnest of air, it was as if ALL our prayers had been answered; we stood mesmerized...all those cowbells, sheepbells and horsebells, in all shapes, sizes and tones  
 You could swear all the catherdrals of ALL the heavens had pulled on ALL their bell ropes ALL at the same time, all day long.  

It was just so beautiful…we have been blessed.
Sunbathing sheep

20 comments:

  1. Good health to your husband and hope your upcoming trip is wonderful. What a beautiful place. I'm a new follower and enjoy your blog so. Don't know much about your region except for the Camargue horses, but that one in the pic was beautiful.

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    1. The one in the pick is a Pottok. They were taken to Wales to work in the mines and are now better known as Welsh ponies. Used to living in the high mountains they were adapted to lower oxygen levels.

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  2. I so look forward to your posts and the amazing photography of your lovely region. I do hope the sheepfarmer is doing well.

    Have a lovely time in California with your grandbaby. I'm so happy that you will be attending your daughter's wedding!

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    1. THANK YOU!!! We had an amazing time in California, in spite of a last couple of days the Sheepfrmer spent in the hospitalL He is doing fine now. The grandbabies were HEAVEN, pure and simple.

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  3. Thank you for such beautiful pictures
    So peaceful
    Enjoy your trip Lois
    XCarolg

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    1. You are very welcome!!! I am coming up to Paris the end of January...would LOVE to meet :-)

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  4. Oh, Dominique, it is so extraordinarily beautiful. The Basque Country is more than a slice of heaven on earth. Hope that the Sheepfarmer is all better and taking it a bit easy. Congratulations on your upcoming trip and your daughter's wedding. Special events are joyous reunions. xoxo
    Mary

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    1. YES, they are!!! I wished I'd had more time down in Southern California. I AM DETERMINED TO MEET YOU :-)

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  5. Do tell me where in California will you land?I would love to have you and the FRENCH husband over!I am close to SAN FRANCISCO!I know you will not want to leave that GRANDBABY..................but I would love to meet you!

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    1. I am sorry I was not able to reply before we left, but things got so hectic trying to get reay to leave and a blemish on the Sheepfarmer's health...which also spilled over the last couple of days of our vacation. BUT we will back (me sooner!) and I would LOVE to take you up on the offer :-)

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  6. The sheep farmer is lucky to have you, and hope that his health continues on the right path.
    It is wonderful news that you will be at your daughter's wedding and that you will get to cuddle your grandchild.

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  7. On top of the world is where you are! Stay there for a bit won't you? Cuddling grandcchildren will extent your stay in heaven.

    You deserve it Bergère. Amuse-toi!

    Amitiés

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    1. Vraiment trop gentiles :-) C'etait merveillieux!!!

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  8. As usual, your pictures are absolutely stunning. I am happy to hear the sheep farmer is better and that you are both going to attend your daughter's upcoming wedding in California. It would be nice to see you while you are out here. Have a great weekend.

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    1. I wish we could have stopped by...I NOW see how close you were to Novato, but we had a few gliches and the Sheepfarmer stayed at Marin General for a few days before our return (once we were at my daughters) and time just did NOT allow. BUT NEXT TIME FOR SURE :-)

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  9. Your photographs are breath-taking. My parents and husband come from that beautiful part of the world and I love visiting it again through your photographs. Keep up the great work!

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    1. You are very welcome!!! Maybe we can met when you are on vacation someday :-)

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