National Geographic : 1955 Jun
for the winter. This descent, the reverse of springtime's inalpe, is locally called the disalpe. June came, with long, warm days. Evoline's women and children no longer tended cattle. Instead, small groups of them, mothers and pigtailed daughters, trudged to the hill vil lages of Getty, Arbey, and Villa to plant potatoes and tend small fields of wheat and rye. Here, too, they lived in rustic chalets, used by the valley dwellers only during warm spring and summer months. In a chalet at Arbey, Tony and I saw a Val d'Herens version of the "hideaway" bed. The piece looked like a chest of drawers, but Mme. Chevrier Pannotier, who lived there, showed us how a bed could be drawn from it. Over the folding bed hung a crucifix, and near the window stood a larchwood chair with a heart-shaped hole pierced in its straight back. Beside the chair rested a spinning wheel. Madame Pannotier showed me how she makes woolen yarn on it, which she knits into socks and gloves for her family. When there is time to make them, she sells extra socks and gloves.