This is where I live (Part 4: surrounded by animals)

I’ve saved the best for last! My favorite part of living here is being so close to animals. Right behind where I live there’s a pasture where I can see two horses grazing almost all year round (the black and white/brown horse pictured below). There are sheep and cows as well as plenty of cats. While I do love to see the sheep, I’ve been told that they’re used solely for food, so it’s bittersweet to see them here. Some other animals that wander around here that I’ve not been lucky enough to photograph include rabbits, deer, hawks, hedgehogs, badgers and foxes (which are the only ones of the bunch I’ve not yet seen).

As this is my last part and I’ve got to answer some final questions for all of you, I wanted to put some things in perspective. While I do love living in the Swiss countryside, it’s not all flowers and clear skies. Living in a country where you don’t know the language isn’t as easy as they make it out to be in movies. Living in a tiny village where you don’t speak the language is that much more difficult and for some reason those my age tend to be either too shy or claim to not know English (surprisingly, most of the elders I’ve met have super English-speaking skills). I’ve tried Rosetta Stone and even writing down and memorizing words from a dictionary, but neither one of those have been able to give me the skills I’d need to be confident speaking to anyone (and the courses I’ve found here are the priciest I’ve ever seen). I live in a temporary apartment and, when I’m not out of town, I’m either at home or I’m in the places I’ve shown you thus far through my photos. There’s only one restaurant and one small grocery store in the entire village.

Most of my photos are taken with the camera I have now (and love): Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10. I use photoshop for all of my designs that you see here on Four Leaf Clover (whether it’s the headline, category buttons, leaves, photographs, etc.) Even if only to crop and resize an image so that it fits on here. I do my best to make my photographs look as much as how I saw them in person as possible.

One more thing: I put captions underneath the photos that they represent. I hope that clears up some confusion from the previous part. Now I do believe that answers all of your questions so enjoy the pictures of these lovely animals and thank you so much for checking out my series and taking a peak into my current home.

When it’s too hot for the sheep, you can find them huddle together under their carts.

I thought you might like to see all of the animals that I see. ; )

I’m not 100% sure, but I think the horses wear these covers to protect them from flies and other bugs.

When I was going through which photos to share with you, I spotted for the first time the bird in flight on the left of the cow and calf.

I was so excited to come upon these guys on a walk one day. They were shy, but so curious and friendly. Each one kept butting in to get a photo of their own.

I still plan on showing my flower photos tomorrow in a similar way to how I showed you my sky photos, but this is the final part in my this is where I live series. I think you’ve seen all there is to show at this point, ha! Next up… nearby Swiss towns.

Part 1: a little Swiss village
Part 2: field walks in the outskirts
Part 3: the view in the distance