Euro tandem 2012
12th Jul 2012
(Jour 42) Barcus
Françpoise’s 3 sisters and their families arrived today and bunked into the farmhouse. Some tented outside (we thought guiltily of the bed we were occupying but they were too generous and hospitable to even hint that we might be the reason). It was great to meet up with them all again after 10 years. The farmhouse has special meaning to the sisters as it has been in the family well over 200 years and the house itself dates to the 1600’s. It wasn’t long before many of the family were out weeding the substantial potager (kitchen garden) or checking on maintenance.
Visibility was excellent and for the first time we were able to appreciate the gobsmacking view of the Pyrenees from the yard of the farmhouse. With the aid of binoculars we could see there were still some patches of snow on the highest mountain (Pic d’Anie, on the Spanish border). The cows ambling about the fields with their bells ringing and Declan, in gumboots, having just mowed the grass, completed the bucolic scene.
The breed of cows in these parts is the Blonde des Pyrenees, and only a few remained in the paddocks around the house. Most cows are taken into the high mountains to graze on the summer grass, away from the flies, and the fields can be used for hay making. Flapping their ears to combat the flies seems full time work for the remaining cows.
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