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!

132 thoughts on “Ch-Ch-Changes

  1. Love the new look to your blog, especially that gorgeous header! We have some friends whose goats each wear a bell. Small, lovely little bells. However, when I was in Russia, the cows were belled and I know just what you mean about the noise 😉

  2. Clowie I was so excited when I saw your new look…It’s fabulous…Tell your humans they did a really great job and i’m jealous now…Momz has been promising me a makeover for months but she just can’t get it together…Now about those cowbells…I have a purple cowbell hanging from the doorknob of our front door…When I need to go leave some peemail I nudge it and Momz comes and lets me out…Good system, no? Have a wonderful week!

    • Thank you, Gizmo! I’ve been pestering my bipeds for ages, sometimes we have to be so patient with them! That sounds as though you have an excellent system with the cowbell on the door and I expect it sounds nicer than the ones on the cows here.

  3. I love the new blog theme Clowie! Nice and BIG so I can see it whether my contacts are in or out.. 🙂 I think I have been checking out new blog themes about the same time that you have. I was hoping if I found something fresh and new I would stop PROcrastinating and get excited about blogging again. I love the story about the cows but I wish the bells sounded lovely and romantic and not all loud and clang-ie(word?). I think this beautiful blue color just seems to go with your pretty coat!

    • Thank you very much. I wanted something that is clear to read. I’ve been looking at themes for a while – it’s difficult to take the plunge! I wish the bells sounded as romantic as I’d imagined they would! It’s a good thing they don’t go past the house more often.

  4. We love the ChChChanges, Clowie. I noticed them straight away, though took the human a minute or three!! mol.

  5. Love the changes! The blog looks great, and how entertaining to watch the cows on the move! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Oh Noes!! Now Mom will want to change me!! Pawsome Clowie, simply pawsome bloggy makeover…we just luvluvluv it…and as always we so appreciate knowing you…paw hugs, Savannah

    • Thank you, Savannah. I’m really glad you like what I’ve done! You’ve had some updates not so long ago, your mom made you that beautiful new header.

  7. We like your new theme sweet Clowie. Mumsy saw this theme earlier tonight and thought of trying it. That is a lot of cow bells, Mumsy hasn’t seen or heard cow bells since she was young and believe us when we tell you that was a loooooong time ago. Hugs and nose kisses

  8. Pawsome Clowie, simply pawsome new look! Total success IMFO! So lovely and easy to read…I need to do same with my blog…but we are afraid to try…it is hard to read for sure. And as for cow bells, we think they are very harsh indeed!

    • My cats put their ears back as soon as they hear the bells in the distance. They don’t like it when they’re nearby!
      Thank you for your nice comments about my changes, I’m really pleased you like them. If you’re thinking of changing very much on yours, you need a test blog – I’ll email you later and explain.

  9. I love the changes on your blog, it’s kind of simple and relaxing to read around.

  10. I love your new theme Clowie! It is awesome! Mommy has been thinking about changing the theme to our blog but she doesn’t know what to do:( She wants us to ask you if it was hard? Mommy is afraid she will lose everything if she changes. She’s not too tech savvy! Have a great week and thank you for tweeting about the shelter dogs we posted about!

    • Thank you, I’m glad you like it! You shouldn’t lose anything, but it can be fiddly getting things just as you want them. I’m sending you an email with some advice.

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

  12. Love your makeover, Clowie!

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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!!

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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