The bulls of the warrens of Folkestone (England)

Les taureaux des Warrens de Folkestone (Kent, Angleterre)

The  bulls of the Warrens of Folkestone (Kent, England )

English version below the pictures

Ma fille la plus jeune, Isabelle vit en Angleterre sur la côte à Folkestone au sud-est de l’ Angleterre près de Douvre et ses fameuses falaises de craie  blanche..IMG_0651Isabelle working in my garden in Amiens in April 2016

My youngest daughter Isabelle lives in England on the coast in Folkestione in the South-east of England near Dover and its famous white cliffs  of chalk

. A Folkestone cette falaise de craie ( 2 photos ci-dessous ) dont la base est l’argile bleue du Gault bien connue des géologues, glisse de temps en temps pendant des centaines d’années et donne à ses pieds une sorte de plate-forme chaotique Cette plate-forme est colonisée par une pelouse de sol  crayeux que les botanistes ou les amoureux de la nature aiment beaucoup  à cause des plantes rares poussant là ( et qu’ils ne cueillent pas ).  Ma fille devient un botaniste et une mycologue et, à ses temps libres dans la semaine après le travail, elle va marcher dans ce lieu béni avec son chien Diego. Quelle joie d’être seule avec son chien dans cette nature sauvage où pas beaucoup de gens vont contempler ce paysage extraordinaire qui parfois montre la falaise blanche devenir rose avec le lever du soleil.
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  At Folkestone this chalk cliff ( 2 photos above ) whom the basis is the blue clay of the Gault well known of the geologues , slides from time to time for hundreds of years and give at its foot a kind of chaotic platform This platform is colonised by a chalk grass-land that the botanists or the nature lovers enjoy because rare plants grow there. My daughter becomes a botanist and a mycologist and at her spare time in the week after the work she goes walking in this blessed place in walking her dog Diego. What a delight to be alone with her dog in this wild nature where no many people go and contemplate this extraordinary landscape which sometimes shows the white cliff becoming pink with the sun rise .

Mais que se passe-t-il? ( 3 photos ci-dessous ). Le chien s’arrête et commence à frissonner. Il vient de voir un troupeau de taureaux massifs avec de terribles cornes et un regard féroce. A la première vue des photos envoyées par ma fille ma réaction a été: “mais ce sont aurochs!”  le bovidés  pas si longtemps éteint, qui  vivait en Europe et est l’ancêtre de notre bétail domestique. Isabelle m’a précisé qu’ils étaient de race Highland Scottish mélangée avec  Blue Angus. Ces cinq taureaux massifs sont élevés pour la reproduction.

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Bulls in the grazing . In grazing they preserve the lawn Taureaux paissant la pelouse

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Un oeil noit te regarde ; “A somber eye looks at you” words from the opera “Carmen” of Georges Bizet

But what is happening ? (3 photos above ) The dog stops and starts to shiver . He has  just seen a herd of massive bulls with dreadful horns and  a ferocious look. At first sight of the photos sent by my daughter my reaction was : ”but those are aurochs!”  the not so long extinct ancestor cattle  that inhabited Europe  and is the ancestor of our domestic cattle . Isabelle specified to me they were Highland  Scottish breed mixed with Blue Angus . Those five massive bulls are raised for breeding

Pourquoi sont-ils dans ce paysage sauvage dans cette prairie crayeuse? Vous pouvez remarquer sur les photos que les arbustes envahissent l’herbe. Et bientôt selon le processus naturel , la pelouse sera remplacée par uniquement des arbustes puis des arbres. Vous avez compris, dans ces conditions les plantes spécifiques et exceptionnelles de cette pelouse spéciale dont certaines sont des merveilles et les beaux  papillons liés à elles disparaîtraient. Les taureaux qui paissent les jeunes arbustes maintiennent la prairie de craie et ses fleurs spécifiques. C’ est ce qu’on appelle  une pelouse pâturée  conservant   ce trésor floral  de la nature. Et une association anglaise surveille de près .

Et comme Isabelle dit:” les warrens sont le plus bel endroit du monde “

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Why are they in this wild landscape in this chalk grassland ? You can notice on the photos the shrubs are invading the grass. And soon according the natural process the lawn will be replaced by only shrubs then the trees . You have understood in those conditions the specific and exceptional plants of this special grassland whom some are wonders  and the beautiful  butterflies linked to them would disappear .  The bulls grazing young shrubs maintain the chalk grassland and specific flowers . It is called a grazed lawn, keeping safe this floral treasure of the nature  . And an English association closely monitors

And as Isabelle says : the warrens are the most beautiful place in the world

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55 Responses to The bulls of the warrens of Folkestone (England)

  1. KB says:

    Magnificent countryside. And those bulls are formidable. With those horns, they surely wouldn’t need that sign to warn people not to enter the pasture.

  2. blb1 says:

    What a wonderful post! Those bulls do indeed look ancient. These things I can only see and learn through you. Thank you and your daughter!

  3. whyzat says:

    It looks heavenly, even with the Highland cattle!
    I understand that a group of scientists is working on bringing “back” the aurochs of old. They are “backwards breeding” cattle that have some of the old genes. That’s about all I know about it.

  4. What a beautiful post Michel! The photos are wonderful, and I love article.

  5. mrswrangler says:

    Looks peaceful. I hope your wife is doing well

    • Not so much better in spite of the sling. The X – rays showed yesterday that the fracture had moved and there is nothing else to do but to keep arm and shoulder blocked with the slingt. The surgeon does not want an operation.

      • Lauren says:

        The land looks untouched and I hope it remains that way, brushed by painting of nature. The cattle are mighty forces, I wish I had their color hair- Maybe L’Oreal? 🙂
        I’m hoping Janine doesn’t have alot of pain with this new development. I’m still hobbling along with my boot, hoping that the next time I see the doctor, the fracture will still be healing and I can get into an ankle brace for the next few weeks.

      • mrswrangler says:

        I pray that it heals

  6. Lauren says:

    Sending you Love, Michel! XXXX0000

  7. mlbncsga says:

    Mornin Glorie! This is a beautiful post, Isabelle, the cattle, the landscape and of course diego are all exceptional, you might say they are out standing in their field..hahaha..I made a joke. Prayers for healing and patience for Janine! ILYM

    • Yes Marsha ,things and beings look” outstanding” in their field in this post but are not all beings exceptional in their field when we look closer ? You, for instance . ILYM Michel

  8. Rachel says:

    Your pictures are beautiful, Michel!
    I hope things are improving. We received more snow yesterday. Winter continues.

  9. Susan says:

    I love this! This is the way to manage and nurture the land!

  10. Fauquet carole says:

    Super reportage Papa .je pensais que c était des vaches mais je me suis trompée. C est très beau .La nature est merveilleuse.J’espère que nous arriverons nous les hommes à la préserver. Bonne soirée on vous embrasse

    • “Mais la nature est là qui t’invite et qui t’aime ;
      Plonge-toi dans son sein qu’elle t’ouvre toujours
      Quand tout change pour toi, la nature est la même,
      Et le même soleil se lève sur tes jours.
      ………………………………………………;;;”
      Extrait du Vallon poème de Lamartine dans Méditations pooétiques

  11. there’s always something to learn about when you write 🙂 thank you 🙂
    i hope janine is doing well xx

    • C ”est une sorte d’esprit de partage de ce qu’on fait et de ce qu”on aime , Marlaine.
      You ask about Janine. Last Wedneday the X rays showed the fcrature had moved . It will be long;

  12. The cattle are beautiful. I’ve seen some of them and got the impression they were mean. Love the dog too. Beautiful. Commenting from my phone so don’t know if it will show up. Blessings!

  13. cocosangel says:

    That was a good educational post, Michel. And lovely pics too. Your daughter is lovely. She must be enjoying her job.

  14. Very educational post. I don’t think I want to meet up with those bulls, though. The pictures of them are interesting. You have such lovely daughters and so talented.

  15. Beautiful, accomplished Isabelle is right, Michel! 🙂 And thank you for sharing with us in words and photos! I learned a few important things and I smiled a lot! 🙂

    Diego is very handsome and the bulls are very wooly! 🙂

    I live surrounded by ranch land, so if I walk a few blocks I can stand by a fence and watch the cows, bulls, horses, etc., as they stand, walk, graze, watch me, etc. I love doing that! 🙂

    I am still praying for Janine. So sorry to hear about her fracture moving. 😦

    And I am praying for you related to tomorrow.

    (((HUGS)))

  16. suester7 says:

    I would love to go for a walk in a place like this. I sit here (as I type this message) and imagine the solitude and the beauty and the physical space of this place and my heart becomes wishful.

    Anyways, I’ve received your Christmas card. I especially love the painting by Monet on the front of the card — he’s my favourite artist.

    This weekend will be a long one in Singapore, as we celebrate the Lunar New Year. It’s a time of family gatherings, feasting and fun. And my weekend begins today. 😉

    Much love,
    Suzy

  17. Marion Manson says:

    Those are magnificent bulls! Isabelle is fortunate to live in such a magnificent place – such beauty around her! 🙂

  18. weggieboy says:

    What an evocative narrative! I enjoyed learning more about this part of England, and enjoy the irony that it was you, a Frenchman, who told me about it, Michel!

  19. sudershana says:

    An amazing read. And I would not have any idea before reading this about them. Images are beautiful too

  20. L. Gail says:

    Our neighbor had some of the Highland Scottish. I took pictures of them but my photos get lost in tons of other photos before I get them posted. You do a great job of organizing your posts and photos. …..and I absolutely love the photo of the dog.

  21. Love this post. Yes, I was thinking they were scottish (Highland) cattle. They are really handsome though.
    Love the dog..such a handsome animal as well.
    Hope all is well with Janine and her arm.
    hugs.

  22. I prayed for you. Hoping everything went well on the 27th and that today (28th) goes well, too.
    (((HUGS)))

  23. AM says:

    Magnifique reportage! Merci Michel!
    La première fois que nous avons vu ce genre de bovidés était en 1972 sur l’île de Skye en Ecosse et nous les avons nommés “Beatles” 🙂
    Pour Janine et toi, encore des tonnes de patience afin que la blessure se recolle au mieux!
    Très cordiales pensées à vous deux ❤❤

  24. attatudy says:

    The bulls are so cute! I’d like a miniaturize version. 🙂
    You’re description of the cliffs was wonderful. Even if there were no pictures I could picture it in my mind. ♥

  25. mcbery says:

    Saw this post earlier and thought I left a comment. Couldn’t find it this morning. 🙂 I’ve seen some of this kind of cattle being mean already. Thy are pretty but those horns scare me. 🙂 Blessings Michel!

  26. puffpop says:

    I have learned so much from this that I never knew before. Absolutely fascinating. Such pictures! The animals are beautiful…I’m so glad you shared this.

    Love
    votre amie
    Francoise

    • I am glad Françoise to read you and to see you are much better after the surgery. I am late to reply because I got myself a cataraxt surgery on January 27 and I have to use with precautions the computer screen.

  27. bernard25 says:

    Bonjour MICHEL on a les mêmes bêtes chez nous

    Cette nuit je me suis reposé dans mon lit

    Aucun bruit n’est venu me déranger

    j’ai fais un rêve

    Et une personne m’a dis de venir te saluer

    Alors un énorme BONJOUR Pour la semaine

    Profite bien de celle-ci

    Passe un agréable journée

    Bisous amicaux Bernard

  28. neilc693 says:

    What a good place to live and be able to roam. Those small areas with specially adapted species and habitats are always the most interesting (and fragile).
    Botany and mycology must be interesting to pursue. I think in a different life I might very well go into bryology or something like that. Mosses, lichens, fungi are intriguing. That place must have some nice ones.

    • Yes this place is a science book open to open minds . The vegetal groups here are specific of the sea dside, of the chalk soil and of the climate (shelter of the cliffs .and orientation )
      When you speak of mosses, lichens , fungi you make alive in me old memories .
      I am glad this poqt interested you.

  29. L. Marie says:

    What a lovely place to walk. How lovely to see the chalk cliffs and the bulls. 🙂 What a great place to walk a dog!

  30. Gracia says:

    My sister in law was born in Ireland, but grew up in England. When she was visiting I showed her a coffee cup that I had purchased at the Goodwill for only 50 cents. It was white and very light weight. The name of the potter was on the bottom. I looked up the name on-line. My sister-in-law told me that it came from that part of England. Unfortunately, I later broke it.

  31. voulaah says:

    Beautiful place, love this post
    Thank you so much for good sharing
    ps: Happy to discover your blog
    Kisses
    Anita
    https://femmeetinfos.wordpress.com

  32. Cath aka Singapore Girl says:

    Wow! Sounds really amazing. And surely, I’ve never seen such adorable bulls!
    A hug for poor Diego!

  33. Larry says:

    This is a beautiful area in which your daughter and Diego live, Michel, and a fascinating story to go with the landscape. Nice to know the cattle there serve a real purpose in their grazing. Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing!

  34. As usual your post is delightful. Smiles to you and the family and of course Love!!!!

  35. Sartenada says:

    Bull are fantastic. I have never seen anything like them.

  36. I have always wanted to see the white cliffs of Dover. It looks like such a beautiful and special place! I love the look of those bulls. ❤

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