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What I did during the great (erm) internet withdrawal, part I - la brise
nassima
nassima
Nassima
Thu, Apr. 10th, 2008 09:58 pm
What I did during the great (erm) internet withdrawal, part I

Yay! My connexion is back up. Somewhere, our phone number/line/whatever had been changed with someone else's, so that the DSL didn't work any more and we kept getting phone calls for a mysterious unknown person. But the phone people repaired it all, and quicker than they had told me!

All in all, I hadn't really got time to get away from the computer. Well, only a bit! I thought I'd have more time for the current sketching frenzy, especially since I'm not working this week, and I sketched some, but not that much.





Yeah, so that's me :)
It was the last day of clear blue sky, but it was also very windy...




As you can probably see in that photo.




I might look like I'm about to eat this tree alive, but what I'm probably doing is stepping back to consider my work and see if I need to remove other branches. Pruning olive trees is a very enjoyable work, what you end doing is taking a normal growing tree, with crossed branches, others going downwards, a lot of foliage and some damaged areas, and you cut bits and things until it looks like the idea of a tree, round foliage, strong straight branches and all. And then you take off some twigs so that the light can come in and try to clear out the centre for the same purpose.

And sometimes you make a big mistake, cutting out an important branch that you didn't see was generating half the leaves of the tree, and end up with a big hole inside the foliage.

I hope we'll still get olives!





So my sister A got herself a horse. She's into western horses and her own is a Paint-that-doesn't-look-painted (he's a plain sorrel) so that the price wasn't too high. It's one year-old male and it's the nicest, stickiest horse you've ever seen.



Here they are, the both of them. I was trying to get a profile of the horse, Wansock, but I couldn't as he was very interested in the camera.




My sister is also a massage therapist, and guess what? It works also on horses! Really, I saw her doing things around the spine of a horse she had just ridden for one hour, and the horse suddenly got all sleepy and relaxed and happy, and kept following her afterwards.




More scratching!


Wansock lives now half a mile from our house, at a friend's place. He's got a companion, an old horse named Aki who had previously been alone for a very long time. And Aki loooooooves Wansock! Have a look:



Here A is teaching Wansock to walk with a halter, and of course Aki followed.

That's where the part about suffering takes place! The problem is that Aki needs a lot of very energetic special food for old horses, and Wansock should eat much less of less energetic food. But Aki loves Wansock so much he lets the little one eat both rations.

So I had to hold Aki apart while A was working with Wansock. The poor Aki became mad as soon as he couldn't see the other any more, stomped his feet, scratched his head, whinnied, moved, fretted, tried to run, and walked on my foot. Argh. But after a while he calmed down. Thankfully, he's a nice horse and rather well trained, so that when I told him to stop his stomping and moving he did.

The problem is that this scene happens with each meal! We'll see how it goes.





Lastly, some photos of our rather nice spring.



The rosemary bushes. They never blossomed like that before!




Those white flowers are everywhere in the unploughed fields. The photo was actually taken a few weeks earlier, now yellow flowers have joined the white and sadly, it seems I'm allergic...


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Apr. 10th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)

Loveleeeeeeeeey. I love the horse photos, the look so nice and shaggy. The one with you stepping back from the olive tree is funny too, you look like you're about to lift your arms and shout 'I command ye to GROW!' and then the tree shoots up with marvelous CGI effects. Neh, just kidding, I know that's how olive trees are.


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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)

I'm glad you liked the photos!

I'd love it if I could persuade olive trees to grow like that. Or even tomato plants! I think I'll try :)


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leochi
leochi
Leochi
Thu, Apr. 10th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)

Very lovely photos - my favourite are the first one, you, stepping back from the tree and the horse photos :-))


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)

Thank you! I'm glad you liked them :)


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hlclark
Moonytoes.
Thu, Apr. 10th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)

I want to live in France- just for the views. :(


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)

I'm sure there are great views in England too!

But you're welcome to visit and who knows, maybe one day you'll live around here too :)


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thistlerose
thistlerose
sunlight on your path
Thu, Apr. 10th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)

Your pictures are so beautiful! I would love to see where you live someday.


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

You know you're very welcome to visit. I hope you do someday!


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la_fono
la_fono
My head is pasta'd on, yay
Thu, Apr. 10th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)

I am most taken with your green shutters, olivetree-fu and the horse scratching! :)


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)

Aw, thank you! I like the green shutters very much myself :)


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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)

Thank you for looking! Now that I know you're on dial-up, I admire you still more :)

I'm glad you enjoyed!


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aunty_marion
aunty_marion
Marion
Thu, Apr. 10th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)

I like the olive-pruning pictures, particularly the second one where you look as if you're hugging it! My sister in Cyprus has olive trees, and usually they get enough oil from the olives to last them all year, sometimes with enough left over to give as presents.


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)

Thank you! I'm glad you liked.

We had some oil last year for the first time as our trees are still young. I hope we'll get more next year! It's indeed an nice present to make.


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red_squared
red_squared
Esinde Nayrall
Thu, Apr. 10th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)

Oh. Where you live looks utterly gorgeous. Thank you for sharing!

and we kept getting phone calls for a mysterious unknown person.

?!

But were they at least interesting phonecalls ;)


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)

Alas, the phone calls weren't even interesting :(

I'm glad you enjoyed the photos!


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aome
aome
A clean house is the sign of a broken computer.
Thu, Apr. 10th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)

I so want to live where you live. It looks so peaceful and lovely! Is there any downside to your area???

Hope your toes get better. :( Very cool that massage works on horses!


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)

I don't photograph the downsides! There are, for sure. It's an expensive place to live and though a lot of people are incredibly nice, it's also the area in France that tended to vote for the racist people the most. Now it seems to have become better, I hope it lasts. But really, it's an incredible place to live, and it helps the mood tremendously.

Also, next time you can manage a trip to Europe, do come visit us!


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didit4love
didit4love
didit4love
Fri, Apr. 11th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)

I would LOVE to learn massage for animals...just think how I could incorporate that kind of healing therapy for the troubled animals we often find ourselves faced with!

The colt is sweet looking, especially the "more scratching" photo! He looks soooo happy! Wheeee!


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)

Your icon is very sweet!

If you weren't so far away, I'd ask my sister to show you! She's not specialised officially in animals, but I've seen her do and it works.

That colt is incredible. I've never seen a horse so sociable nor so quick to learn.


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venturous1
venturous1
Venturous1
Fri, Apr. 11th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)

horsey love! what a lovely young colt.

Apparently there are lots of people doing bodywork for animals. I know of an acupuncturist for horses and dogs. My older dog has benefited from Reiki treatment.


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)

I'm glad you enjoyed!

My sister would love learning more about bodywork for horses, I think. But she's not done learning an additional speciality for humans, and when she is I don't know if she'll still feel like doing more schoolwork. She's been at it since more than ten years, I think, with three different diplomas to show for it!


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cmere
cmere
dlits on both sides
Fri, Apr. 11th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)

What fun pictures! Thank you for sharing! :)


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)

Thank you for looking! I'm glad you enjoyed.


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nimoloth
nimoloth
The White Ghost
Fri, Apr. 11th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)

Lovely! It's fascinating seeing everyday locations and lives in other countries. Love the horses.


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed.

Virtual travelling is one of the great joys of LJ, isn't it?


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nimoloth
nimoloth
The White Ghost
Mon, Apr. 14th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC)

Definitely!


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ulys
ulys
ulys
Sat, May. 3rd, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)

love seeing pics of that part of the country. thanks for putting them up.


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