Catching up after a month on the road including unusual trip to the Alps

by martinhesp

Haven’t posted on WordPress for a while due to foreign travel and lots and lots of work. But been having a good time all over the place meeting interesting people and seeing fantastic places – which is luckily what journalists are meant to do…

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Here I am in Switzerland with some Dartmoor farmers helping to crown Miss Lenk. And what a beautiful girl she is…

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I was in Switzerland visiting the town of Lenk with a group of Dartmoor farmers and other movers and shakers from the hills. And while there we attended the big autumnal dairy fair where animals are bought down from the mountains for winter.

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Westcountry hill farmers are used to high places, but take three Dartmoor agrarians half way up a Swiss mountain and you might well see them silenced in awe – not only because of the stunning scenery, but because of their astonishment when observing the achievements of their alpine counterparts. 

Recently the Western Morning News witnessed such an event 6000 feet above sea level on the snow covered slopes of the beautiful Simmental Valley. The three well known Dartmoor farmers – Colin Abel, Mathew Cole and Ed Williams – weren’t silent for long, but they were impressed by the remarkable things farmer Ueli Tritten and his wife Hedi had achieved amid the alpine crags.

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You can read the full report on the trip here at the Western Morning News website

http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/hills-alive-new-ideas-boost-Dartmoor-s-agri/story-19963023-detail/story.html

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