What a fantastic Sunday in Provence - we had for some time heard tales of "La Transhumance" when shepherds bring their livestock to higher pastures in the summer or to lower valleys in winter. So when we saw a little sign at a roundabout last week that this weekend the sheep would be traversing the village of Jonquières we made sure to be there on time! And what a village fête it turned out to be! Marching bands, Provençal dancers wearing their historic costumes, food stalls selling everything from freshly picked cherries, sausages, honey, tapenades or homemade pies and tarts, craftsmen making brooms or roasting coffee like their grandparents used to. Not even the Mistral, the dreaded wind from the north spoiled the fun although the stallholders had to hold onto their stalls to protect them against the fierce gusts.
"La Transhumance" - there were easily more than a thousand sheep and my OH
was very pleased that they all wore his initials!
An especially proud specimen
Little Provençal beauties
Proudly wearing local costumes
Sun Protection à la Provençale
La Transhumance as Santons for the Christmas Crèche
No Village Fête without a Dance Group
What a clever idea: this lady used her car....
...to display her handmade Fridge Magnets
Cheeses from Banon
A Veggie's Dream: Tarte Paysanne
A Broom Maker shows his Craft
Roasting Coffee like our grandparents used to