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In my little village not an incredible deal, properly nothing actually, occurs that will make the entrance pages of a nationwide newspaper. People say of my village: “152 people, 1000 cows” which I can't verify as I've by no means counted all of them (the cows that’s, the Mayor commonly counts the individuals!), but it surely's doable, there are a number of cows. Usually they dwell in fields or barns, sometimes they escape.

Mid-week, on our morning canine stroll with Labradors Ronnie and Reggie Kray, and Australian Shepherds Lady Ella and Nina Simone, we acquired a visitor walker – a big brown and white heifer.

We'd simply climbed the hill previous the Chapel of Miracles because it's identified, because of a lady surviving an sickness within the 1800s whose husband promised to construct a chapel if she did. It's tiny, large enough for 4 individuals at a squeeze. We'd became the street that leads previous the sphere that belongs to White Horse Man (he's acquired two!), and have been about to go into the 'alley that results in the windmill that now not exists' (individuals spherical right here like lengthy names for roads), when the canine barked in shock at assembly a cow.

There have been a number of fields of cows round so we couldn't guess if she was one in every of Mr and Mrs Pepperpot's, just a little couple who dwell close by, or Thierry the farmer or one of many many different farmers on this space. We walked on just a little bit to see what would occur; the cow adopted. We walked a bit extra, the cow trailed alongside, on a regular basis maintaining its eyes on the canine, seemingly mesmerised. “We can't have this,” I stated to the opposite half, “what if we take it too far and it can't find its way back home. We'll have to report it to someone.”

We wandered again, the cow adopted, fairly jauntily I assumed, it even wagged its tail and set free what gave the impression of a cheerful moo.

The mayor noticed us coming – his desk within the city corridor going through the window. He helped lead the cow into the adjoining automobile park and shut the gate. “I'll stick it on the lost property section on the village Facebook page,” he stated, and later emailed to say a farmer from a few mile away got here to gather the cow who apparently favored to go for a wander from time to time. Well I can't say I blame her, I wish to wander myself now and again as you realize, however this summer season I'm staying house – roofs to repair, a backyard that appears like a jungle, and a number of thrilling initiatives to work on together with internet hosting a Paris tour subsequent yr (be happy to electronic mail me for particulars)! Join me on Instagram for a style of rural life and experiences that gained't ever make the entrance web page of a newspaper!

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Janine Marsh is Author of My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream, My Four Seasons in France: A Year of the Good Life and Toujours la France: Living the Dream in Rural France all accessible as e book, print & audio, on Amazon all over the place & all good bookshops on-line. Her new e book How to be French – a celebration of the French life-style and Art of residingis out now – a take a look at the French lifestyle.

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