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Hiking around Villarceaux... rain or no rain?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

(A little 'hi' from the middle of the forest with a special thought for 1BEACHWALKER who has been encouraging me to try and make a video!)

Hello again!!!

I have been working hard this week, but still not enough: I should have been working most of the day today, but I decided to go on a hike instead (I'll have to work really well tomorrow!). My last hike was 2 weeks ago and I just NEEDED to go outside and discover new paths... No walk can beat a hike! Honestly, I would never have thought I would become an outdoorsy kind of person! Thank you SP!

The weather forecast said: 'Rain.' I didn't care!... I had to walk through fields and forests...

I also wanted to see some farms and animals...

(This is actually a farm-manor, which was built in the 15th century)

And check that Autumn is definitely approaching...

Take time to look at everything and take pictures...

Of flowers too! :)

Even of a cemetery and its dry stone wall...

A chapel from the 16th century, mostly destroyed 3 centuries later...

I wondered what this was... There was a whole field of it at some point. Anybody has any idea what it could be? I thought it looked pretty!

Speaking of pretty... Here was the highlight of the walk, a real treat as my feet were starting to HURT!!! (3 hours and a half is too much for me, I should stick to 3 hours' hikes for now!)

This is the Villarceaux Castle, built in the 16th century.

There are actually 2 castles in Villarceaux...
The one below was built in the 18th century and it is called 'The little castle':

As I am home tonight, listening at last to the rain falling outside, I am so thankful I was able to go on this hike (and avoid the rain too!!!)! Just like any type of exercising, it is never time lost... I hope you have the opportunity to spend time outdoors this weekend!
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    872 days ago
  • ALLIB22
    love your video, and your pleasant light France accent. brings back memories of my francais classes with Mme Retson. the forest looks lovely and its so calm.
    2246 days ago
    Encore une fois!!! J'en veux plus!

    Merci pour la vidéo et les photos! emoticon
    2252 days ago
    Another wonderful adventure! I had an awesome hike yesterday too. I went up a lot. :). I loved your picture of the daisy. It is my favorite flower. You have such an eye for detail when it comes to your pictures. I love seeing them. I couldn't watch your video because I'm reading this on my iphone. I hope to remember to check it out tomorrow.
    2254 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/18/2011 5:40:03 PM
    Bon jour, Claire! Like so many others who commented, I was thrilled to hear your voice. But, I don't want to give those pictures short shrift! Again, so wonderful. The berries looked like they were each individually hand polished, and the cow and sheep were very picturesque. Are you sure you don't work for the French Department of Tourism?
    I think my favorite is of the barbed wire because you took an "ugly", sometimes painful thing (I've gotten caught on it more than once in my childhood) and turned it into a thing of beauty by focusing us on the details of our world. Bravo!
    I'm afraid I don't know what that crop was. It looked quite delicate but plentiful. Hope your work week goes well. Sherrie
    2254 days ago
    So beautiful! This reminds me of where I live :) Thanks for the pictures!
    2254 days ago
    bravo Claire, c'est tres jolie
    2254 days ago
    How wonderful to hear your voice while watching your video! Another beautiful blog with photos; each time you continue to amaze your growing audience!! I am glad you were able to take a break from your work and to enjoy some time outdoors! I love your thought that time spent exercising is never time lost.

    2254 days ago
    emoticon This was me watching your video!
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Loved it!
    Your voice is too cool and of course love the accent! If I had the money I would book my flight tonight! Beautiful photos, Claire and to get to see a castle too! Fantastic! Thanks so much and I am happy you got to get out and enjoy the outdoors again-it really does become addictive! I never was an outdoorsy person either until SP! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    P.S. The video always loads at the top of the page. You did a good job! Feel free to do more! emoticon
    2255 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/18/2011 1:25:58 AM
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    Merci Claire!

    What a nice treat to hear you on your voice. I so like your hikes and the video makes it feel like being right there with you. Please keep them going. Would be very nice counting your 3.5hr hike as virtual minutes in my tracker! Will keep dreaming about meeting up for a real one together. Have a nice well-deserved rest.

    Scootergirl in Oz
    2255 days ago
    Another great blog. My Saturday is complete now that I have seen your blog! My favorite is the picture of the little castle. I love the composition of the photo. The video was nice also. Don't work too hard now for the rest of the week-end. Sue emoticon
    2255 days ago
    It's so great to hear your voice. You sound so kind, just like all the things you write! I of course love the rest of the blog, too, as always. I'm glad you were able to get out and that the rain held off for you.

    You inspire me, Claire!
    2255 days ago
    How beautiful! And a lovely video, too! Your backdrop for your SP page is gorgeous, too. What kind of flower is that? So lovely!


    2255 days ago
    Lovely! Thank you. I enjoyed your hike. emoticon
    2255 days ago
  • NUMD97
    I see you have put the Spark goodie video camera that I sent you to good use. :)

    This is really lovely. And now even more intimate: We have the privilege of hearing the voice that goes with the lovely travelogues that you write.

    Your blogs are outstanding as they afford the rest of us, not able to hop on a jet at the moment and head for France, the opportunity to see (albeit limitedly), what life is like in your neck of the woods.

    Thank you for sharing this, and YOU, with us!
    2255 days ago
  • NAN041
    Claire, What a lovely surprise....hearing your as you go along.

    You are simply amazing and am constantly impressed with you.

    Loved it all..animals, flowers chapel etc....Nan
    2255 days ago
    Enjoyed the video--especially getting to hear YOU, so we could have a voice to go with the face and name!!!

    Your photos are gorgeous. How did you get the sheep to dress up? They are color-coordinated with the 15th-century farm-manor above them.

    emoticon I know...that was baaaaaaad.

    2255 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/17/2011 5:59:53 PM
    Very beautiful, I love this.
    2255 days ago
    I LOVE it!!! It was such a treat to hear your sweet voice Claire... Keep hiking dear friend and keep treating us with your blogs...
    2255 days ago
    I love it! Thank you so much! And congratulations for your first vlog!!! Way to go! Now take care of your poor little feet and good luck for tomorrow's work (working on a Sunday, tsss!).
    2255 days ago
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