We live near one of the very old paths that lead up the mountain. In the past, most of the local livestock was taken up the path in the Spring to remain on the high pastures all summer. One of our neighbours, he is about seventy years old, has told my bipeds stories of when he was a boy.

He said that once a week someone would climb the mountain with a donkey carrying food for the men who were spending the summer up there. He often went. The day before the trip, everyone in the village who had someone up on the mountain brought packages of food to his mother’s house. He would get up before dawn and load it all onto the donkey and he would set out just before first light. He would arrive at the pastures before the real heat of the day and spend the day up there, returning in the late evening.

Not many farmers take their livestock up the mountain anymore, but there is one farmer nearby who still takes his cows up every year. He brought the cows down a couple of days ago. They take nearly an hour to go past the end of our road. I don’t know how many there are in the herd. I would like to go out and supervise, but I’m never allowed to do more than watch from a distance!

Cows going by

Cows going by the end of our road

It looks really tranquil. Look a little closer and you will see that they are all wearing cowbells.

Cow with cowbell

Cow with cowbell

I had never heard cowbells until we came to live here. I had a romantic notion that they would sound pretty. I can tell you that there is nothing romantic about the cowbells in this area. They are purely functional and designed to be heard from as far afield as possible. The sound is like someone beating a big metal saucepan with a wooden spoon! Multiply that sound by the number of cows in the herd and you will understand why my bipeds say that they can’t hear themselves think when the cows are going by. Yet they still won’t let me go and hurry the cows along!

That’s two changes I’ve told you about – a seasonal one and a change that’s happening with the passing of the years. I now come to another change! I recently asked my bipeds to help me make some ch-ch-changes to my corner. They asked me what I meant and I explained I thought I’d like to give my blog a makeover.

There was hysterical laughter. They reminded me that my makeovers haven’t always been a success! They said the bathroom was a mess when I’d finished and that the bench in the kitchen collapsed. They laughed even harder and started talking about the changes I made to the water barrel in the garden and how I’d turned the lawn into a rabbit warren.

I waited patiently for them to come back to the matter in paw. They helped me decide what I was looking for in a new theme. The top of my list was that the theme should be responsive, so that it works well for you however large or small your screen.

I hope you think this makeover is a success! Please let me know if you have any difficulties with anything.

If you’re puzzled by my title, all will become clear if you listen to “Changes” by David Bowie.

See you next Wednesday!


  1. Clowie – I LOVE your new look – and judging by all the comments you have, everyone likes the changes 😉

  2. Excellent look Clowie. I did ch-ch-changes a couple of months ago and am so glad I did. June Buggie on Rumpy Dog inspired me. I think others will be encouraged by your ch-ch-changes.

    Also, on the raspberry bars, I forgot the butter! How can one forget butter? Your new site looks great and I am so glad the bipeds took your instructions and did it as you told them.

    • Thank you very much. My bipeds take some convincing sometimes!
      I expect the raspberry bars hold together better with the butter! My biped forgot the sugar once when she baked a cake, it wasn’t quite the same!

  3. I love your blog changes. Love the header photo, very pretty! Also loved the cow story. Guess I have those romantic notions about cows and cowbells. Always dreamed of living in the country. Even got a small plot of land but doesn’t look like I’ll ever be living there. 🙁 So now cow bells for us, I guess. Well, at least I won’t have worries about little Gracie having run-ins with country critters (coyote, etc.).

    • Thank you, the header photo was taken very close to home. Don’t give up on living in the country if that’s what you’d like – you never know what the future holds.

  4. What a fantastic new look Clowie! Very hip! I love seeing the panorama of your gorgeous mountains and of course you are in the centre of all that beauty.

    I remember seeing cows wandering around Mt Philatus when we were in Lucerne. They were wearing bells too. I’m sorry you didn’t get to say hello to them, they seem very friendly. I always enjoy stories by the local ‘old-timers’. You’re preserving that story here on your blog, that’s important work. Good Job!

    • Thank you very much! I’m still quite excited about it.
      My bipeds enjoy hearing stories about how things used to be here. It is a fascinating glimpse into the past.

  5. I noticed your blog’s new look as soon as I got to your site! Always fun to change things up every now and then. That is neat (even if the sound isn’t the most pleasant) that you get a peak into the past with the cows going by. I bet it’s a lot better going down the mountain than up for everyone!

    • It is fun to have a change sometimes! We do enjoy watching the cows go by, even though they make a lot of noise. When we climb the mountain, my bipeds find it harder coming back down in some ways. I think it’s mostly because they can look down, whereas when we’re going up they can only really see the ground in front of them!

  6. Changes are good Clowie, look at women… a woman has one change in her life – and goes and changes her style, her hair, her wardrobe, her shoes – and her husband usually too. LOL
    You did great with picking out the new blog!!

  7. It reminds me of my village in Mani. Green, trees, cows and fresh air…
    Many many kisses to you my sweet Clowie…

  8. Sorry I’m so late complimenting your new look. But it’s awesome. I’m working on a redesign too but I’m not nearly as fast and proficient as Team Clowie. 🙂

    BTW, I heard a lecture that said that transmigrancy (taking animals to different pasture lands like the cows in your town) is one of the best ways to prevent soil erosion and desertification. So don’t complain about those cowbells too much. They might be saving you from some really bad things.

    • Thank you, it’s nice to hear that you like my new look. Team Clowie has a nice ring to it!
      I can see that moving the animals gives the land a chance to recover. We do enjoy seeing the cows go by, but I don’t know how much longer the tradition will be kept alive.

  9. Great story Clowie, to me the sound of cowbells is beautiful, its a reminder that its a rural environment, and the sound is preferable to cars racing by.
    Like the mountains in your theme.

    • Thank you. You’re right, I would much rather put up with the cowbells a couple of times a year than listen to traffic all the time! It’s often so quiet here that you could hear a pin drop, it’s wonderful.

  10. Love the Ch Ch change too Clow–I changed mines as well = ) keep shining = )

  11. Well, I was thinking those cow bells would sound nice, too, but I’m glad you set us straight on that fact! They are very pretty cows, however. We have mostly black angus around here, so it’s not easy to see their faces unless you are very close to them.

    By the way – very nice makeover on your blog, Clowie!


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