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Another picture Sweet Bear took during our walk

Sweet Bear took this photo. She is becoming quite the photographer. Petite Clown hasn’t yet figured out how to take a photo without getting her fingers in the shot. Once she does I know she’ll be as good as her sister. They are always pointing out things to me during our walks.

fall colors

Some of the trees are beginning to change. It is not at all as dramatic as in Ohio. However, it is still beautiful.

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This horse wanted all the petting we were willing to give. She even stuck her head over the wire fence to eat the grass on the other side because we were standing there. I never realized how social horses are until we moved to the Jura. I had never before had the opportunity to be up close to so many horses rooming freely.

The horse stuck its nose down in Boy Blue's face.  Boy Blue laughed at first petting the horse's nose and then he realized how big the horse was and started crying...it was cute.

Here the horse is getting petted. Just after I took this shot the horse put her face right in the face of Boy Blue. At first he laughed but then he realized what a big head the horse had and he began to cry. The horse only wanted to smell him.

Mother and baby

Here is another horse with her baby. Remember how I mentioned that horses are social. The mother and her baby followed close behind us as if we were part of the herd. Petite Clown wasn’t at all happy about it and cried until I got in between her and the horses with the stroller.

The Jura

The cows and horses are this close to our village all the way around. We even have some inside the village as well.


Here is a photo I took on our walk yesterday. We walked through the forest. It was a gorgeous day.


Several people were relaxing and grilling out for the day. You can see Petite Clown in the photo on her bike and behind her on the right you can see smoke from a grill.

Several people were grilling out in the forest today

Here is another family grilling out. Actually, I think they were camping here for the weekend.


The forest.


We often see people riding horses on our walks. We are definitely in horse country here. In our village there is a hotel that has stalls for horses. So, it is possible to stay there with your horse. It is a busy hotel.

The cows will not pass through these hanging

These ribbons keep the horses and cows from leaving one pasture to go into another while allowing cars to move freely.

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  • expatraveler September 17, 2007, 1:03 pm

    it’s so beautiful. I hope to capture a few trees here also!

    And I’m just imagining what it will look like for you with snow!

  • Pumpkin September 17, 2007, 5:30 pm

    We are preparing for the snow. We got Sweet Bear some snow boots since she goes to school and next month we’ll buy for the other two. I will need to decide if it is worth buying all the kids snow suits since last winter everyone tells me there wasn’t much snow. I think we’ll wait until it really snows because those suits are expensive and kids grow fast.

  • Torun September 17, 2007, 6:02 pm

    I just happened upon your blog while looking for some other stuff, and I really like it! I’m married to an American, and we live in Norway with two kids. You probably know this already, but Norway looks like a colder version of Switzerland, minus the wildest of the alps. My husband and I are musicians, and we have worked together in Switzerland quite a bit, and he lived in France for 6 years before we met. I read your entry on bilingual children and loved it. I’m very happy to read that it’s going well for your small ones. Ours are smaller, 3 and 0,5, so we’re still waiting to see how things will turn out.
    I’m going to continue reading your blog, I really like your writing and the photos! I’m blogging a little too, but mostly like a journal and a way of updating our family in the States: http://dagenemine.blogspot.com/

  • Cathy Y. September 18, 2007, 2:54 am

    Very beautiful. How do the ribbon things work? I can’t imagine it really.

  • Pumpkin September 18, 2007, 4:58 am

    Hi, Torun!
    Actually, my kids are 4, 3, and 2. They are still young but they’re set for language. English is who they are as much as French is. If your children are speaking English as much as their second language and you continue with them in English they will be fine. :)

    I think they are afraid of the ribbons or they don’t understand that all they have to do is walk through? I tried to google it but didn’t find anything :(

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