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almost winter in Normandy

the reason I say almost winter in Normandy is because technically winter doesn’t start until December 21st. I always get zinged by this, because it gets so wintry here in France much earlier than December 21st, and even more so where I’m from in Canada.

today is definitely one of those pretty-much-wintry days… there’s a light frost on the ground, which is beautiful to look at, and the pastures near where we live are glistening and white. If you dress warmly it’s a great day to take a walk in the sunshine, which makes the grounds sparkle, but isn’t quite strong enough to melt the frost covering the ground.

here are a few pictures that I took of frosty mornings in France (with my iPhone, so the quality might not be all there).

A river through the farmland

A tiny river through the farmland beside our house

Fencepost and frosted fields

A fencepost beside our driveway

Frost-covered fields in the morning

Frost-covered fields in the morning

A statue in Saint-James

A statue in the town of Saint-James, overlooking the countryside

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about cows

I live in farmland, where I get to learn a lot about cows, if only because they’re my closest neighbors. I’ve discovered that there are only certain things that cows do. It doesn’t matter the weather, cows don’t seem to change their behavior very much. Here’s a rundown of cowish activities. Cows:

  1. Eat grass
  2. Drink water from a big nasty tub
  3. Lie down
  4. Stand up
  5. Drop cow patties
  6. Walk in their cow patties
  7. Get rained or snowed on
  8. Occasionally mount each other (gender doesn’t matter)
  9. Stare at me as I pass by (see also: cows are creepy)
  10. Occasionally get milked or eaten
  11. Moo

I’ve also noticed that cows like to do the same thing as other cows. If you’ve got a group of ten cows, much of the time they will all be standing up, or all of them will be lying down. If your cow buddies are standing up and you’re lying down, that’s a major cow faux pas.

if I ever happen to catch cows doing anything other than these specific things that I have noticed that cows do, I will be sure to report back. But I’m not holding my breath.

Cows in Normandy, France

Cows doing what cows do

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09. Dec, 2012