English version below the pictures

Une amie de WordPress Kmaidy m’a envoyé un billet intitulée Nostalgie . Il est certain quand nous prenons de l’ âge on regarde avec coeur le temps passé C ‘est la nostalgie .

C ‘ est sans doute pourquoi nous avons placé au dessus de la garde-robe dans notre chambre à coucher une vieille photo des années 1950 ‘s (elle est un peu plissée). Cette photo est “appelée ” leur dernier labour” . Cela se passait dans ma ville natale : un fermier labourait avec ses chevaux pour la dernière fois ( 1955)

Janine et moi avons bien connu ce temps où tous les travaux des champs se faisaient avec des chevaux. Il y avait beaucoup de complicité entre le fermier et ses chevaux.

Their last plowing Leur dernier labour

A WordPress friend kmaidy sent me a post titled Nostalgy. It is certain that when we get older we look at the past time with heart. It is nostalgia.

It is without any doubt why we placed above the wardrobe in our bedroom an old photo from the 1950s (it is a little wrinkled). This photo is called “their last plowing”. It was in my hometown: a farmer was plowing for the last time (1955)with his horses

Janine and I have known this time when all the work in the fields was done with horses. There was a lot of bond between the farmer and his horses.

Ma fille aînée Carole ( la Duchesse ) et son chevalier Thierry aiment les chevaux.Leur maison ressemble à une ferme . Thierry aime conduire une “calèche ” dans les chemins champêtres. Cela est vrai que cela rappelle les attelages d’autrefois : les chevaux étaient utilisés pour le travail des champs mais aussi pour le transport, garanti sans pollution.

Les soir on ramenait les chevaux pour boire et se reposer

Combien de souvenirs liés à l’ enfance et à la jeunesse!

Riding a carriage in the country side Conduire un attelage dans les champs
The end of the day

My oldest daughter Carole (« the Duchess ») and her knight Thierry love horses and their house looks like a farm. Thierry likes to drive a “horse-drawn carriage” in the countryside. It is true that it recalls the teams of yesteryear: horses were used for working the fields but also for transport, guaranteed to be pollution-free.

In the evenings we brought the horses back to drink and rest

How many memories linked to childhood and youth!

La « duchesse » Carole traverse à cheval bois et forêts, plaines et montagnes, traversant des rivières. C’est son plaisir et aussi une façon de s’immerger dans la belle nature

Caole traversant à cheval une rivière . Carole crossing horseback a river

The « Duchess » Carole crosses horseback woods and forests , plains and mountains, crossing rivers. It’s her pleasure and also a way to immerse himself in beautiful nature

Nb : Three latest photos made by Carole and Thierry

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107 Responses to Nostalgy

  1. Michel, thank you for this lovely post. ❤ The photos are beautiful.

    I remember, as a child, seeing a farmer plowing with a mule. It must have been about the same time frame as the photo of the farmer's last plow with his horses. 🙂

    I hope all is well. Love, ❤ Cheryl

  2. What a beautiful post! Thank you Michel. When I was a child I actually took riding lessons. There is something beautiful when horses plow a field.

  3. If I was to have a horse today I would seek out a Quarter Horse – draft breed mix. Perhaps a Percheron or Belgian.

  4. blb1 says:

    Michel I grew up in Pennsylvania where a lot of the Amish live. They of course still farm with horses and they still travel the roads in horse and buggy. Well I say still, I haven’t been back since mama died but I’m sure they still do. It’s their religion.

  5. Such a beautiful time it seems! Your phots are beautifully nostalgic. We had a couple of horses on the farm and a few cows. One they name after me , unfortunately when I returned the following Sunday They had steak.
    Carole is so lovely, a beautiful horsewomen!

  6. murisopsis says:

    We still see the Amish horse and buggy on the roads in Shipshewana and Nappanee. We travelt there once a month… My mother used to tell a story about riding the draft horse at her grandparent’s farm – the horse was so wide that her legs stuck straight out! It is a funny mental image! I wish there had been a photo… The Duchess and her Knight must enjoy life and horses!!

  7. Caro says:

    On devrait revenir à cette période, le monde irait mieux , les gens seraient moins nevroses et la nature se porterait mieux….beaux souvenirs ce tableau….merci pour cette belle entrée Papa je vous embrasse bien fort carole

  8. mrswrangler says:

    Horses used to make things simpler for farmers and now the working are a thing of a past and more a pleasure.

  9. Zakiah says:

    Horses bring so much life to a barn at the end of the day. You can take a tractor inside the barn and turn the engine off. Everything goes silent. There is nothing in the barn. You bring the horses in, and they breathe, and move and the air is full of their heat and the sense of life unlike a motor that is turned off. Beautiful photos Michel.

  10. puffpop says:

    Interesting to look back to simpler times. At our age, we have more back of us than ahead of us…in this life. I pray that you are feeling ok.

    votre amie,

  11. Beautiful photos, Michel! And I am so grateful for horses! They have worked so hard to help humans and brought so much joy, too. 🙂 I’ve always thought they are one of THE most beautiful of the animals! 🙂
    My parents grew up on farms. And then my dad had two farms to run…one for the family, and one for the town hospital. He grew all the food that the hospital fed the patients in the hospital. It’s a long story…but eventually he had to stop farming and move his family to another state because of one of my brother’s health (severe asthma). But no matter where my dad lived he farmed… 🙂 …he always had fruit trees, a HUGE vegetable garden, and for awhile he even had chickens in the back yard. 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…Good to see the beautiful Duchess! 🙂

  12. calmkate says:

    What wonderful memories to share Michel … in India the village farmers still use their ox to plough but one day that too shall be a memory 🙂

    The Duchess looks very happy and what a relaxed way to travel!

  13. maidyk says:

    bonjour Michel,
    Ta fille Carole a bien raison de profiter de la belle nature et elle est belle à cheval et on voit qu’elle est heureuse ainsi !
    Petite j’ai passé des vacances, chez un de mes oncles directeurs d’école dans un petit village situé en plein dans la campagne alsacienne et j’en garde de bons souvenirs … le soir chercher le lait à la ferme, enterrer une poule morte dans un jardin en compagnie d’un petit copain suisse , en vacances lui aussi au même moment , promenade en calèche jusqu’aux champs …
    Et dans ce village, à l’époque , il y avait une tradition le 15 aout, une jolie fête pour les dernières moissons … on ramassait les neufs derniers brins de blé destinés à porter bonheur !
    Que de souvenirs !
    bises !

    • Le 15 Août on célèbre l’Assomption de la Vierge Marie .
      Et tu as raison; Maidy, nous avons les mêmes souvenirs à ce propos . C ‘ était aussi une grande fête dans les villages pour célébrer les dernières moissons . Et ncore maintenant le 15 Août me fait toujours vibrer

  14. judyrutrider says:

    You know the way to my heart! I never tire of your horse stories and those of the Duchess, Carole. My mom could remember the names of her father’s teams until the last year of her dementia. I remember fondly the stories she told of her childhood on the farm.

  15. Great post. I love horses and horses/carriages Around here there are some who still ‘drive’ horse and wagons. It’s awesome. Hugs

  16. Annalisa S. says:

    Combien de beauté dans tes mots! Et combien de nostalgie on y lit. 💕
    Soyons fort mon ami.

  17. Marion says:

    Love this post, Michel! Horses have a sort of magic to them I’ve always felt. Noble animals that are our friends. Thanks for sharing your lovely sentiments and photos. ❤

  18. Beautiful horses! There are still horse-drawn wagons in Colombia, used for small hauling jobs, and carriages in Cartagena for the tourists to tour the old part of the city. In the US only the Amish plow with horses and use them for transportation. It is always a lovely sight.

    Blessings to you and your family.

  19. Nancy Clark Hislop says:

    Memories of all kinds are treasures we can enjoy all our lives.

  20. Julie says:

    A lovely post about the Duchess and horses , great memories xx

  21. Susan Joos says:

    I’ve always thought horses are beautiful! That old photo you have is a treasure. In our town we sometimes see Amish driving the horse drawn carriage down the street. Sometimes they even “park” at Walmart!

  22. Cik Tee says:

    There is something powerful and endearing about that photo Michel. Beautiful, thank you for sharing. My apologies for being absent again, since my daughter went back to school its been a busy month for me and now the country have enforced the MCO again its back to online lessons. I swear children should not be denied going to school physically. Education should not be tampered at all ..Please take care over there Michel

  23. Louisa says:

    Beautiful post of reminiscence of the “good old days.” I agree with you that horse-drawn carriages are not polluting at all and good for the environment. The bonding between farmer and horses is also precious. Your daughter’s love for the horses is a connection between the past and the present.

  24. LGail says:

    Beautiful post. I love the pictures.

  25. nannyfountain says:

    Practical beauty! Those times I remember a bit! Love to you and Janine ❤

  26. Lavinia Ross says:

    Those are beautiful photos from Carole and Thierry, Michel! And such a lovely photo from 1955 you and Janine have kept all these years. It is wonderful you both have these memories of days gone by, and how things were done. Much love to you, Janine and and the family, dear Michel! ❤

  27. Michel, what a lovely post with the Duchess, her special man and those beautiful horses. Thank you for sharing. ❤

  28. wissh says:

    No where during my life have I been around horses and I only went horseback riding once. Judging by Carole’s smile, I missed a lot.
    Love, Christine ❤️

    • Horseback, the Duchess is more than happy ! She is the happiest ! 🙂
      To bring you solace , Christine I never was horseback either ewcepted once ( like you ! 🙂 )

      • With my research ,I learn much more about stoney Middletown . Rich history . Thank you to let me know your birthplace, Sue.
        I saw st Martin church ( like my hometown church ) and I noticed numerous offers of houses and property for sale ! 🙂

  29. Such beautiful photos both old and new…. The farmers back in their day, certainly worked hard… Dawn till Dusk… Every Day…
    Horses magnificent animals I lived in a village in the Derbyshire Dales growing up… I would pester my farming friends walking for miles as they rode their horses just so I could ride for a while…
    Lovely images and thank you for sharing your daughter’s adventures on horseback… Also
    Take care and enjoy your weekend ❤ 🙂

    • I searched about Derbyshire, Sue . I like the green countryside and I understand why you keep great memories of this area. ❤

      • I found Stoney Middleton, Sue and St Martin church ( same name than my birthplace church ) . This is a village that got many events in a far past.
        I noticed there were numerous houses and properties for sale ! 🙂
        Love ❤

  30. Joyce says:

    beautiful nostalgia that you share with all your wordpress/facebook friends, michel. i love the stories and memories you detail for your readers

  31. cocosangel says:

    Old photos are so valuable and brings good memories.
    Lovely photos and your daughter seem to be well used to riding.

  32. 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🌈♥️How did I miss a post on nostalgie de horses?! 🙏🏼 What endearing childhood memories!

  33. Anne says:

    Le bonheur de la retraite est d’avoir le temps de se remémorer les beautés du passé.
    Avec la sagesse de l’âge.
    AM (nouvellement grand-maman ce matin, un petit Alexandre tout blond nous est né, 3ème petit-enfant, et premier enfant de notre second fils)

    • La mémoire du temps passé permet de ne pas oublier ses racines et apporte un peu plus de sagesse .
      Bravo pour votre promotion dans l’ordre des Grand Parents ! 🙂

  34. Cet émouvant récit emprunt de souvenirs, un brin nostalgique, évoque des origines communes.
    Mes grands parents paternels, aujourd’hui disparus, travaillaient également là terre, point de chevaux, de soldes bœufs.
    Tout ceci à Châteauponsac et dans ses environs, la Haute Vienne le plus souvent.

    • Tu as raison, Sylvain, nous avons certainement des qsouvenirss communs .
      A props de la Haute-Vienne , nous sommes allés en Vacances en 1964 pas loin de Limoges . On a bien aimé.

  35. suester7 says:

    I wonder how it’s like to ride a horse. From the pictures, it looks like it’s a lovely experience, especially for Carole and Thierry.

    How are you, Michel?

  36. Passing by, I was transfixed by the photos. They are lovely, and in some strange way, pull at one’s heartstrings. Why is that I am left wondering? Could it be that somewhere deep down, our inner self yearns to get back to where we belonged, being a part of un-besmirched nature?

    Loved the post.


  37. Just stopping by with some ((((HUGS))))
    I hope you are all doing well!
    🙂 ❤

  38. kaiori says:

    J’aime le grand sourire de Carole! J’aime les photos aussi. Je n’ai jamais monté un cheval

  39. cerwindoris says:

    I do not remember horses being used in the fields, but have pictures of when they were. I have memories of their being horses in the stall at the one end of our barn when I was a small girl.

  40. Such interesting pictures and way of living. It’s true that we look back at our earlier times with heart. Maybe what the brain remembers takes second place when we think of what is truly important.

  41. Our remembrances have molded us , Cynthia. ❤

  42. Doug Thomas says:

    Ranchers still use horses because they are able to learn routines like cutting out individual cows for branding, for example. On the other hand, I worked for a rancher between college sessions in the late 1960s, and he used a VW Beetle for the same purpose!

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