Monday, May 26, 2014

My village







I live in the country side somewhere between Geneva and Lausanne in the Jura mountains, not far from Lac Leman, also known as the Geneva Lake in Switzerland. From my bedroom window I have the views of the Alps and Mont Blanc in France and from my bathroom window I spot the cows on the field. I can pick wild flowers on any street around my neighborhood and the forest is only in distance of my eye.

When driving down towards the big Auto Route, I pass fields of gold and lush greens (although the golden fields are fading quick now...) Sometimes I have to stop to give way for the local farmers' cows who are moving from one field to another. I don't mind stopping my car for a couple of minutes and sit in silenece listening to the symphony of the cow bells when they pass by.

There is a lot of farmer's land where I live. The village is small with only 2030 habitats, but we have everything we need here; grocery store, pharmacy, post office, bank, hair dresser, flower shop, restaurant, café, school, medical office, library, hardware store, gift shop, paper shop, local dairy shop, daycare, sports center, mechanic garage...

When we moved here many couldn't understand how we could choose such a back country place to live. The smell, the farmers' mentality, and so far away... Far from what I wonder? We are all different. We have different needs. I need fields and nature, silence and a village. I wouldn't want to have it any other way. I truly think I am lucky.

Kärlek
Annette




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42 comments :

  1. Your village sounds like heaven. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos.

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  2. Your village looks wonderful! I'm not too far away, just over the hills in Les Bossons, Chamonix.
    You have so much in your village - we don't even have a shop! but Chamonix centre is only 4km away. My husband is a nordic ski and biathlon instructor so he is often in the Jura. He even took me there on honeymoon - to Les Rousses (we were building our house at the time and couldn't afford to go too far away).
    I love the 'rural' life too - we have fields and woods around us for the kids to play, chickens in the yard and Geneva less than an hour drive if we want to go to a city (which is not often). Sadly we are lacking in yarn shops in the local area - do you have many in the Jura?
    I recently made myself a lovely Maybelle flower garland - inspired off course by yours!

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  3. I don't see why it would be difficult to understand your choice, your village looks amazing, I love the town but I don't find it hard to see why you love your place so much.

    Greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Patricia

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  4. What a lovely post, who would not want to live where you do, it sounds wonderful!
    This from a Swiss girl living in Canada!
    Xo
    Dagmar

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  5. You are more than lucky!!! I moved to Ireland (Co.Kerry to be exact) from one of the biggest cities in Poland. I wouldn't change it - even if someone paid me to do so ;) I was born and was living in a block of apartments for 29 years of my life. Past 2 years I've been living in a house, with a small garden, a cat, flowers and salads in my pots, view of the highest mountain in Ireland, the sound of cows and sheep, the "country smell" and all that in a village of around 2000 inhabitants. We are lucky!
    All the best and warm greetings from - finally sunny - Ireland :)

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  6. Thank you for showing us your village...I'd wanted more than the glimpses we have had so far. (For the record, I am SO jealous of your venerable Wisteria!) What is the field full of yellow blooms?

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  7. What a beautiful place! In six month's time we will also relocate to a town at the foot of a mountain - not as majestic as the Alps, but the Outeniquas do it for me :-)

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  8. Oh yes, you certainly are. What beautiful vistas you have every day. I would love to live way out in the country somewhere!!!! I enjoy visiting you, in your country village!!
    xo Kris

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  9. It sounds as though you live in an amazing place and looks as though you live in a very beautiful one! xx

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  10. Wauw. It looks amazing!! I'm really jealous right now haha! Have a really nice week ^.^

    greetings Emily
    casacreaemilia.blogspot.nl

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  11. It looks a pretty amazing place to live !
    Kate x

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  12. Sounds perfect to me. It's very wet fields that I'm looking at today!
    x

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  13. You have a very nice place to live. Je trouve votre village très joli.

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  14. What a perfect place to find yourself! :) x

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  15. Looks like a beautiful place to live Annette! So different from mine. It must be a delight to live in the mountains with all that nature around you.

    Happy week!

    Madelief x

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  16. How wonderful your village looks. Sometimes you have to live somewhere to appreciate how at home you feel.

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  17. I understand why you love living there, it looks so romantic and nice

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  18. Your village sounds and looks wonderful. I love the countryside and could not live in a town now.
    Rosezeeta.

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  19. Oh my! How beautiful place there is ♥
    And so many cows, I love them :)

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  20. Looks like a lovely corner of the world we used to go and stay at friends who lived in a village called Trelex, not sure if that's near you, was'nt to far from Geneva near the French border. Enjoy you're wonderful surrounding
    Clare x

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  21. Beautiful :-) A perfect place to live, work and bring up a family
    Tracey xxx

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  22. Your village is gorgeous. I would move somewhere like that in a heartbeat. In the meantime, I will continue to read blogs showing villages like yours:). Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Hi.... Beautiful place to live in. I grew up in a town with similar views. My home is on a hillock. I would sit gazing at the valleys and the greenery and rainy season specially used to be my favourite. Surprising to learn that people tie bells around the neck of cows even there. It happens here in India too :) I miss my home town. I now live in a city......

    Take care and have a great week ahead

    Aishwarya

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  24. sigh. it sounds like a dream. i love that you stop and enjoy the cows and their bells as they pass.

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  25. it's beautiful, to have the view of the mountains is very special. x

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  26. You are so blessed, it really is a spot made in heaven! xoxo

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  27. Vilken härlig plats du bor på med så mycket natur inpå knutarna.
    Kram

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  28. OMG the first pic looks like a painting. I love country life too, I envy you so much!! ;-) Actually who woudn't?? Right ?:-) It must be so much fun to sit on that bench and crochet .
    -Ranjitha

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  29. I love the pictures of your village! I totally understand why you choose to live there. I am in the process of moving to a small town in Northern Nevada, where the pace is slower, there are farms, ranches, cattle and all kinds of wildlife. Susan

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  30. You really are lucky Annette. Just to swing slowly on your hammock with that beautiful countryside surrounding you. Have a wonderful restful week my friend xx

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  31. Annette your village looks like my view of heaven, how I would love to live in your gorgeous place, Thank you for sharing these lovely photographs with us. Big hugs
    Dorothyxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  32. it looks absolutely beautiful and good for the soul. i hope to live somewhere like that one day.

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  33. You are certainly a lucky girl. I know from my childhood that Switzerland is beautiful. We went their on holiday. I´m Dutch and live in the Netherlands and I also love nature very much !!

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  34. Most definitely Lucky! A beautiful place to live. I wished our town was smaller, and most think it is!lol

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  35. You are very lucky that is a beautiful view just breath taking and that is exactly how I would like it. Nothing like the country and fresh air and cows to look out at everyday. Thanks for sharing these awesome pictures

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  36. I agree, you are lucky to live where you do!

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  37. Descobri seu blog hoje e estou amando tudo. Sobre seu cantinho parece que acabei de ver um paraíso quem dera eu tivesse a sorte de morar em lugar assim. Mas me contento com o que tenho e agradeço a Deus por isso. Você vai me ver muito por aqui, pois adorei tudo não tenho blog mas adoro visitar-los kkkk
    Maria Dralene Vasconcelos, moro em um cantinho no Brasil um tanto diferente do seu pois moro no Ceara em uma cidadezinha chamada Marco o clima por aqui em bem quente.

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  38. Descobri seu blog hoje e estou amando tudo. Sobre seu cantinho parece que acabei de ver um paraíso quem dera eu tivesse a sorte de morar em lugar assim. Mas me contento com o que tenho e agradeço a Deus por isso. Você vai me ver muito por aqui, pois adorei tudo não tenho blog mas adoro visitar-los kkkk
    Maria Dralene Vasconcelos, moro em um cantinho no Brasil um tanto diferente do seu pois moro no Ceara em uma cidadezinha chamada Marco o clima por aqui em bem quente.

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  39. What a view, tis so lovely. Would trade you for a busy city life for the quiet life in 2 seconds. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Ha en bra dag

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Kärlek
Annette

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