Sunday, September 2

when the hill is a farm

( love this pic, taken by iphone the day before)
I am sitting here typing away, a few hot summer day past leaving a gentle blend of cool air,  perfect for  the biggest list of chores i have to do in preparing for winter and my upcoming trip to europe. in the next few weeks my blog will look like it has been highjacked for the lack of a better word by certain events surrounding my good friend aran's upcoming book but i promise to leave you with a post about the fog and life on the hill before i go. ( perhaps more for me than anyone else).

i returned from Whistler BC, tuesday morning at around five am after traveling for  about twenty four hours only to arrive to the hill to begin a half hour later the cutting of fields and haying. for a few days a year the hill feels like a working farm. I love haying so very much and as the tractors danced all over the field i slowly looked on at the disappearing golden rod, weeds and tall, tall grasses. how quickly the  view changed as round bales began to stud the open fields. Our farrier came to trim the horses hooves, our horses go barefoot which  in truth i feel should be the only way. I loved watching the farrier trim and hope to give it a try in the near future.

yesterday between the dinner i prepared for k and the movie we where going to see k ( les intouchables, i highly recommend it), the dogs and i decided to walk into the fields as the sun began to set. I jumped into the tractor and turned it on, how i love the sound of a 1950 tractor, i dream of having one of my own one day. gosh this time of day on the hill is the most magical of all, when golden sun hits our skin and highlights what i love most of the hill, everything.


* dear friends i am traveling to france for a work but then will spend a week traveling from switzerland to paris stopping in italy i think on the smallest budget that ever was. if you think there is something i should see, visit i would love to know or if you would like to come along i am so open for that too! yes i am very last minute i think sometimes i am that way cause i hardly believe i am going to do it- then i slowly realize it is happening.

for those who asked. i will spend a weekend in switzerland 9/28 oct 1  arriving in zurich and a weekend in paris oct 6,7 8
it is the in between time that i wondering what i should do, having trouble deciding on car rental or train might meet friends in Abruzzo, Italy for a night but i am wide open on sudgestions even meeting along the way for coffee.

* photographs taken with fujix100 and iphone.

20 comments:

Juliana said...

Beautiful. I can hear the tractors and smell the hay.

Iren said...

Wonderful pictures, love your blog!

But I haven't really understood your trip: from Switzerland to Paris stopping in Italy? hmmm, I'm Swiss and I wonder how you meant it... do you fly to Geneva? anyway... We don't know each other, but I know your blog and I'm happy to welcome you at my house if you need a pillow to rest your head in Zurich. This is a serious invitation :-) If you want to contact me: write-me@fairybread.com. If you want to know more about me: www.fairybread.com (it's in german, but there is a google translator for funny translations ;-))

Sweet Life Farm said...

Photos from the top of an enchanted hill. I am in love with each one. Maybe because farm life is so close to my heart, mostly because you have captured its beauty so poetically. Delighted to see photos of you (beauty), k and your sweet Sophie.

Yesterday my love and I stopped by his work where out front sat a 1949 Case tractor. I could not help but say, “I want it!” My farm is home to its original 1947 Allis-Chalmers tractor so reason tells me I don’t need both... I’d love to ship one to you :)

Switzerland, Italy, Paris…. Oh, Nadia, if it were not for my brother’s wedding, I’d happily and dreamily accompany you!

E said...

Oh Paris this time of year. Hope you have wonderful weather throughout your trip. Would love to join you, alas teaching begins in earnest this Wednesday. Lots of photos please. Oh how I wish you tweeted or instagramed. Ciao! Elizabeth

Sarah said...

I am so in love with your hill and how you love your life there. Every time you describe the beauty you see ~I feel like I'm standing there with you experiencing it all too. I hope you're not absent during your trip....I look forward to seeing it through your eyes.
If you ever travel through Nebraska you are more than welcome here. :)
Enjoy your farmtime and your trip!
Sarah

country girl said...

Nadia, this was so lovely. :) Your home, your life, your animals, your land...it's all so magical and precious.

I don't know if it is on your way, but I live just outside of Vienna, Austria. If you would like to meet somewhere here, I would be so happy!

Love,
Dawn

Melissa said...

Really beautiful and peaceful Nadia. Thanks for sharing these stunning photos.

onesilentwinter said...

Iren

i will be in Zurich staying with a dear friend Juliana, a blogger as well. then from there i am undecided, all i know is i must be back in paris for the weekend, that leave the whole week open. i am trying to decide if i should drive from paris to zurich and somewhere in between perhaps italy then back to paris. thank you so much for your offer maybe we can meet for coffee.

E. i do have an instagram and i am very much addicted!

thank you for all your kind words.

E said...

lapprterouge on instagram = nothing. Would you kindly email me your instagram name. That is if you dont mind. bethabout (at) gmail (dot) com If not I understand. E

jenny said...

Beautiful photos. I am so grateful to live a rural, agrarian area. I am looking forward to hearing about your travels! Bright blessings on your trip.

Donna said...

Where is your hill? Pictures are gorgeous , I'm new to blogging and I am so excited about the amount of talent I am able to follow now . Have a wonderful trip and looking forward to reading about your travels .

Anna said...

I can't wait for your moments from Europe, Nadia!

sarah-jane down the lane said...

1950's Fordson Major~ is what we are after....Hay time here too on our hill! Looks like a fine week, fingers crossed should be turning tomorrow and bailing Thursday/Friday. The smell is so sweet...leaving all the windows open to scent the house!
Have a gorgeous trip, are you heading to Blighty?

Sarah -x-

Iren said...

Well, Italy is not between Zurich and Paris, but between Zurich and Paris are a lot of great things to see... ;-) Since you are on a small budget, I would not travel for so long (it's expensive...) just to see Italy.
Lucerne, Bern or Basel are nice cities too... And Dijon is also nice and on the way to Paris! I don't know what kind of adventures you are seeking for... I could also recommend the old gothic cathedrals around Paris like in Amien, Rouen, Reims... Or the wonderful garden of Monet in Giverny, or the absolut stunning house of Maurice Ravel, "Le Belvedere" in Montfort-l’Amaury is something I highly recomend!!
Or the seaside of the Normandie...

You see, there is really not much time for you and you have to decide, what kind of things you want to see. Art, nature, culture, ...

Best, iren

Annton Beate Schmidt said...

again, you have catched that hill so beautifully! as for your trip, I strongly advice a rented car. trains in Europe are expensive. like crazy expensive. love from Berlin.

David @ Frenchie and the Yankee said...

I've been wanting to see that movie too.
I will email you about Paris.

AmyBird said...

All your photographs on your blog are beautiful :) I really love them :D

Bell and Star said...

Wonderfully transporting photos as usual. And speaking of transporting--can't wait to see some images from your European adventure. Bon voyage!

milas-deli said...

..oh Abruzzo - it would be perfect to see you ..Morro d'Oro..? warm regards susanne

RetreatingAndAdvancing said...

You come to Zurich? Yeeah! It's such a beautiful city. Maybe you could plan a stop in Lucerne as well?! You'll love it!