Cow Friendship

Posted on September 27, 2013. Filed under: Poetry, Switzerland, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , |

Poetry - Cows

I think of you and your needs,

We are connected.

When you hurt my heart bleeds,

I want you protected.

Simple pleasures to share,

A back scratch, a listen,

Bothering to care,

A friendship in cultivation.

You lighten my load,

You brighten my day,

We walk life’s road,

I love you, I say!

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Hiking the Cinque Terre – Vernazza to Monterosso

Posted on April 2, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Photography, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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A few years back we hiked the Cinque Terre (literally 5 lands) in Italy.  These pictures are from our first day there.  We hiked from Vernazza, where we were staying, north to Monterosso and then took the little train back which connects all the towns.  This was the most challenging part of the trail being pretty hilly, but at a little over 2 miles, it was not really hard.  We had a little drizzle at one time, and we had a good chuckle at a few Germans who instantly outfitted themselves head-to-foot in rain gear, but we got to watch the sunset over Monterosso as we approached from up high.  Also, we got our first glimpse of all the tiny vinyards on the terraced hills.  These lands have been divided by so many family members over the years that now one might now own and manage the tiniest of plots!

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The trail often wandered right along barriers to these plots.  Here is Bill near a fence and up above there is the cutest gate, I don’t think it will keep anyone out but it sure is picturesque!  Next up, tales from the rest of the 8 mile-trail from Vernazza south to Riomaggiore!

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