National Geographic : 1936 Aug
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Bernard F. Rogers, Jr. MILKING TIME IN A COW SHED HIGH IN THE JURA MOUNTAINS A herder, with a single-legged milking stool fastened to him, carries a full bucket into the adjoining cheese room, while another milks. All cows wear bells which acquaint the keeper with their location and perhaps direct the strays to rejoin the grazing herd. "Queens," or herd leaders, are cows which have a knack for leading the other animals back to the milking spot or guiding them to the foraging grounds. They carry the largest bells, sometimes two or three hundred years old and quite musical in tone. Several hang on the wall. liness of this room, about which the daily life of the family revolves. A door led off to a large bedroom with big wooden beds against the wall and under the windows. Next to this was a smaller one, reserved for the owner and his wife. A BALCONY FOR A BREAKFAST NOOK In a corner of the larger room was a masonry stove, resembling the one in our inn at Gruyeres. It was fired from the other side of the wall in the kitchen. On cold days in winter the children some times hide away on top of the stove or be hind it to keep warm (Color Plate XIII). We climbed the narrow stairway from the kitchen to the second floor bedrooms. Our hostess led us out onto her wide balcony overlooking the garden. Outside the rail a flower box was aflame with bright blossoms. "On warm days we dine out here," she told us. "Your balcony must be cozy in all weather," my cousin suggested, noting the overhanging roof. "Yes, monsieur, in summer the gable acts as an awning to ward off the hot sun or driving rain. In winter it is a double blessing, for it permits the low, slanting sun's rays to peep in our windows and warm our rooms, yet protects us from the heavy snows." How we would like to take this balcony home for a breakfast alcove, we thought, with its pleasant view of the green moun tains and garden.