Friday, 28 December 2007

The Shortest Day

We approached the shortest day and longest night with sleepless nights and have taken to drinking Hawthorn berry tea! It works!
Christmas Spectacular in Chatellerault
For the third year we watched a spectacular street parade. A group called "Oposito" presented a stunning Transhumance Parade. Transhumance is when the dairy animals are taken to the higher pastures in the Spring and stay there until the Autumn. In this journey, the mechanical animals, went two by two, as in Noah's Ark. Rhythmic drumming, clashing cymbals, shawms and fire displays encouraged the public to also travel like nomads. Hundreds made this voyage!
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