They call her "Juliette of the Herbs"
Born in the 1920's one of 4 daughters.
in a very wealthy family of Jewish traders
they christened her Juliette De Bairach Levy.
A writer,on medicinal use of herbs and natural therapies
with a special emphasis on the traditional therapies used by gypsies especially in animal care
She lives alone (with her Afghan hounds) on an island in the Mediterranean somewhere near
the Greek coastline.
I watched last night a documentary of her life made in 1998.
She was getting ready to leave her island home where she has lived on the herbs,fruits,vegetables,olives etc for many years
She breeds Afghan Hounds and has learned to treat animals of all types with herbal remedies when all else has failed.
She has travelled to most countries of the world speaking,
promoting her books living with indigineous peoples of these nations
Once in a lifetime one can read or see on television
a portrayal of the like of Juliette and be changed by or enlightened or made more aware or be astounded that in todays world
there are those still among us whose stories must not be lost
Juliette is leaving her island home to live in another part of the world
No name was given of the faraway island
except to say " It will be a place where no one can come and kill the birds ,the beautiful Owls that live on my island "
She said "I can no longer listen to the gun shots and know in my heart that another wonderful creature has been killed for enhancing properties others believe the owls have".
In her lectures she despairs of the world and what is happening to our beautiful creatures,human and otherwise as we are all meant to live together....each needing each.......
I thought of our stories on White Owl Island as I watched the story of a truely unique woman
I send off today to Le Enchanteur a copy of the story of Juliette
and thoughts of Faucon who may in his wide knowledge of such persons may have heard of Juliette de Bairach Levy.
Lois (Muse of the Sea) 21-11.05