Image: Phaedra en vacance, Indre et Loire
In Greek mythology, Phaedra (Ancient Greek: Φαίδρα – Phaidra) is the daughter of Minos and Pasiphaë, wife of Theseus, sister of Ariadne, and the mother of Demophon of Athens and Acamas. Phaedra’s name derives from the Greek word φαιδρός (phaidros), which meant “bright”. Wikipedia
Perhaps the mountain air has made me lightheaded – I find myself thinking how grateful I am to Phaedra. She is nimble and robust, and in the last few days has had more challenges than usual: this morning we unwittingly herded cows from one pasture to the next; we artfully skirted a sanglier on Monday, a salamander on Tuesday and a toad today. Such are the obstacles that await us between Mas Reste and Mas Coste. And as if potholes and mud after the rain weren’t enough, we have had rocks, branches and roadworks – clouds of dust to contend with.
When she came under my care she was already named; her previous owner was a fireworks wizard and in her role as chariot she was accustomed to being invited to illuminate ‘spectacles’. Now in a new environment, far from ‘en ville’, she is essential in supporting our way of life here. The route to the base of the mountain is a good hour’s walk and a mere eight minutes by motor flight in cushioned comfort…