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A beautiful and sunny hike... but a bit noisy!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Hello dear Sparkfriends!

Last week, my hike ended by the river Marne... Today, it started by the river Epte, in Fourges, Normandy (North West of Paris).

Fourges' Mill was well-known among impressionist painters. And it looks like it still is today!

The Mill has been a restaurant for about 60 years. There were so many cars outside the Mill as I started my hike, at about 2pm, that it might be a good restaurant. :)

I followed the river...

It was so peaceful and quiet!
I kept walking into spider's webs. That was until I stopped to look properly at one of the spiders...

I can assure you that, after that, I made sure I avoided all the webs!!!

When I left the river side and started walking through the fields...

I knew it was the end of the peace! There were hunters everywhere!!! Arghhhhhh!

Ah well, I was only about 1 hour into my hike, I still had 3 hours to go, so I pretended they weren't there! :)

I crossed a forest... No no, I didn't just hear a loud bang on the left... then on the right... keep walking, keep walking!

It was a good thing there were lots of things to look at, like wild clematis. Those of you who have been reading my blogs for a while know that I love these plants! They are lovely all year long!

There were also rosehips (is that the correct word in English when they are the fruit of wild roses?)...

... and blackberries! Yum!

The view was beautiful too!

Then I crossed the village of Bus-Saint-Rémy...

... and met some talkative sheep!

It was a beautiful afternoon, and still warm enough to hope for the laundry to dry!

I passed by the old wash house...

... the 1894 fire pump...

... and the 16th century mansion...

The last part of my hike was mostly through the fields, but luckily the hunters had gone home. The silent was bliss!

That meant I could look at the corns (the last crops in the fields), the berries and the wild flowers as much as I wanted! (I must confess I don't take a lot of pictures when there are hunters around!)

And then I saw Fourges in the distance...

... a few more minutes' walk and I was back at the Mill and at my car!

It was a beautiful hike, I truly enjoyed it, even though it was a bit noisy at times. I am not going to give up my hikes because of hunters. The hunting season in France lasts until the end of February... that would mean many months without hiking and I am not ready for that... I am just very careful and will remember to wear bright colors in the future. I was wearing blue and green today, which was probably not very clever!

How was your Sunday? I hope you had a beautiful, healthy and energetic day, full of beauty... Have a great week!
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    974 days ago
    wOw! I think next year I will have to invite you to stay in the west country to photograph the lovely Dudley, as by this time you should be familiar with lyons, leopards and cheaters and although Dudley is of the Canine variety, he has the same speed, weight and height;-) As always, your photography is amazing!!!
    1975 days ago
    I love your life. I hope that my daughter doesn't chicken out, and that she goes to France next school year! I've never been, and this will give me an excuse to go!
    1975 days ago
  • CHERYLL1949
    I love all your pictures. It makes me to want to pick up my camera and take pictures. I really like your blog. emoticon
    1979 days ago
    What a lovely blog Claire and beautiful photos! I have been to the mill, really lovely. Our village is twinned with a village in Normandy and we had some great trips around the countryside there a while ago now. We are not part of the twining association now.
    Yes Claire, please wear something bright if you are in a hunting district!
    emoticon Ellen
    1981 days ago
    Hi Claire! Excellent pictures! I love these photo blogs :)

    Yes, those are rosehips. It's "hagebutte" (or something like that) in German. I only know because I buy rosehip preserves from Kehl, Germany each time I go!

    I'm glad you had fun...thanks for sharing! (and please be careful!)
    1983 days ago
  • NAN041
    Dear Clair, I had missed your blogs while away,
    but am now back and can play
    catch lovely, Nan
    1984 days ago
    That was a beautiful Hike Claire! We sure enjoy ours, so I know the feeling! There is nothing like it in my opinion, when you are out there enjoying nature at it's finest! I hope you can find other areas to hike that don't have hunters. We have some areas that can have them roaming around and others that they aren't allowed-like state owned land/forests. It scares me to be near them! Be careful!
    Love that mansion-looks like a mini castle! emoticon
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the well wishes. Meant a lot to me! emoticon
    1984 days ago
  • BD3269PM
    what a beautiful place to hike. Thank you for sharing emoticon
    1986 days ago
    What a cute house right off the river, and how fun to see the artist painting the cute house. What a pretty spider. I have never seen one that color. It was probably more afraid of you lol. Hunters and dogs...oh my...Yes, please be careful...Wear bright orange. I like Clematis too. So many different varieties. The berries looked good. The trees are getting beautiful colors mixed in with the green. What a wonderful hike you had!
    1986 days ago
    So Beautiful as usual Claire ! Merci!
    1986 days ago
    STAY SAFE MY FRIEND!!!!!! We are all still loving your picture blogs.
    1986 days ago
    Thank you once agaiin for a wonderful mini trip. Your photos are lovely!
    1986 days ago
    1986 days ago
    Oh, just got to your blog- oh my what beautiful photos. Hope you are well. Sue
    1986 days ago
    Hi Claire - I'm trying to catch up a bit and love the pictures from your Sunday hike. Thank you for the beautiful pictures.
    1988 days ago
    My DD lives in the country and wears bright red coats outdoors because of the hunters and people shooting at targets. It is a worry. I love walking out there, but try to keep track of when hunters could be out. Take care! And definately wear bright clothes!
    1989 days ago
    can i come with you & Carol to lunch at the mill? that looks totally lovely. indeed, the whole hike was one of your most beautiful ones, i think. i too would not like the noise. merci beaucoup. one day i am going to get sufficiently inspired to go on one of these hikes myself.
    1990 days ago
    Such a wonderful journey. The fields and flowers are absolutely beautiful. I don't think I've ever seen rose hips that close up. I'm making these part of a scrap book for a time when I can come to France and see some of these places in person. Thank you again for a beautiful walk.
    1990 days ago
    Claire, I am so happy that you were able to go on the entire hike. I imagine that it was quite scary to hear the hunters so close!! Thank goodness it turned out well!!
    I love your photos in this blog. It is so beautiful and peaceful there! I adore the artist painting the mill - I love the clothes hanging on the line too!! I love the smell of clean laundry fresh from the line! (Although, I don't have one now, we did when I was growing up).
    But, I have to say that I do not like spiders and had to hurry past that one photo! emoticon
    But, as always, I love your blog - you have the magic touch with the camera!!
    I am so happy that you had a good weekend! I hope this week brings you much happiness and joy!!
    Take care, my lovely friend! Sending you lots of love and many, many
    1990 days ago
    Another beautiful walk!
    That spider looks very similar to the garden spiders we get in our back yard... the ones we get are big but not dangerous... hopefully that's what you get too... anyways I stir clear of them too... Just in case...
    emoticon to you dear friend!
    1990 days ago
    I so enjoy seeing the country through your eyes...thank you for sharing your hikes with us!

    I don't enjoy hunting season makes me nervous when running and/or walking out on all our country roads. But, like you, I'm not willing to give it up.
    1990 days ago
    Thank you for sharing another beautiful hike Claire! I loved the photos, particularly the painter and spider, and all the lovely scenery! You always make me feel as though I am there, and it makes me realize the incredible diversity and beauty of France. emoticon
    1990 days ago
    Thanks for another fabulous hike! Don't be so dismissive of those spider webs. That looked like an orb-web spider. Not sure if it works the same in the northern hemisphere as the southern but in the southern they always orient their webs NE to SW. This can come in very handy if you've lost your bearings. Might be worth checking out their orientation up north as you hike all the time. In fact, the one I think you have here is Araneus diadematus. Just a guess. Hard to tell the way the sun is hitting its back.
    1991 days ago
  • QTEALADY20031
    Claire, I just love "going" on your hikes! The pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I like the Old Mill house and the painter on a leisure afternoon. The spider I would want to stay away from and would prefer the sheep. I love the way you focus in on your subject. I hope the blackberries were eatable but I guess you never know sometimes.
    Another wonderful hike for you and the next time I think I would wear orange. lol
    Thank you again for sharing your pictures. You make me want to see Paris before I leave this world. Enjoy your week. emoticon emoticon June
    1991 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/8/2012 6:58:39 PM
  • HOLLYM48
    As usual, absolutely stunning pictures along your walk. Thanks for capturing the beauty and sharing it with all of us. I look so forward to your blog each week so I can see another part of France. I see you have many followers!! and for good reasons.
    I hope you have a wonderful week! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1991 days ago
    Beautiful! I preferred the sheep to the spider, aren't you surprised!? And that restaurant-mill looks like a wonderful place. I hope the food there is as good as the view.
    I would be scared stiff if I heard hunters shooting around me... You're very brave! But do wear very bright colours in the future please! What about those bright yellow vests that we now have to have in cars?
    Finally, the wash house looks from an ancient era, it's wonderful.
    Thank you so much!
    My Sunday was rather peaceful - a little trip to the swimming-pool to 'teach' swimming to my son and in the afternoon a round of the Salon Zen where we didn't see anything remotelessly interesting...
    1991 days ago
    Lovely as usual ,thanks. emoticon
    Yes rosehip is the name of the plant, in Sweden we make soup from the berries
    lots of vitaminC and it tastes really good both cold and warm.

    1991 days ago
    I would love to be on that hike except for the hunters LOL! Around here we have hunters who like to drink a lot when they aren't out hunting. Some of them camp and drink all evening and make me nervous when they are out there with guns and hangovers. But I won't stop hiking either.
    1991 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Just beautiful! I have been seeing painters in some of the parks I have been walking in. I liked his painting. I don't like spiders, that one yuck!
    That is very frightening about the hunters gun fire, my dog is a sporting dog,
    but he would not be with those hunters, any loud noise scares him.
    Beautiful pictures and trails you get to explore. Still can't wait to see Fall color.
    I am waiting for any color here too.
    I can't believe you weren't wearing red, or very bright colors. I sure hope you do next time. Thank you Claire. emoticon emoticon

    1992 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/8/2012 11:43:56 AM
  • BAKER1009
    As usual, everything is just beautiful!
    My favorites? The sheep. He looked like he was posing for you! emoticon
    And the black beautiful!
    You are brave going out there amongst those safe! I hope you wear bright orange, LOL!

    Thanks for sharing your hike with us!
    1992 days ago
    Oh my! How very beautiful! Thank you so much for taking us along on your walk. I hope that I can join you on a walk when I visit my aunt in Paris in a year or two. Meanwhile, I love taking your walks vicariously.
    1992 days ago
    I wish I would have thought to ask you this last week, as my son, Marshall is doing a French project on Normandy. He already has it completed and on a flash drive for class this morning.
    I will show him all the wonderful pictures you have taken. I think hiking/walking with hunters nearby would have me running, for cover! emoticon
    1992 days ago
    Lovely hike Claire. I so hate the hunting season! Still, I now have a very bright orange running shirt to wear.

    hugs and keep up the hikes!
    1992 days ago
    beautiful, claire! we have a very intense hunting season here - about 10 days, starting the middle of this month, when it is not particularly safe to go out at all, even right at our house.

    just love your photos, thank you!
    1992 days ago
  • BEWELL48
    Your pictures are amazing! They capture the beauty of the area so well. Thank you! emoticon
    1992 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!
    You know I've never been to Normandy? ;-)
    Keep enjoying your hikes Claire, you deserve them!
    Have a great week emoticon
    1992 days ago
    You are definitely one brave hiker, Claire! You kept walking among the loud bangs even though you were dressed like a chameleon! Make sure you don't forget your bright colors next time!
    Beautiful pictures as always. I envy this painter! I'm as bad as it gets at painting but I'd really like to have this beautiful mill right there in front of me and enjoy the peace of the scenery!
    Can I join you on your next hike? Oh, I wish I could!!!
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    1992 days ago
    Well, Claire, I think we should have lunch at the mill next time I come!

    That is a great shot of the spider. Purple and orange? Fabulous! I have to find the macro setting on my camera.
    1992 days ago
    My Sunday was so much better because of your wonderful blog and breath taking photos. Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Please wear bright colors, the hunters scare me for you.
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    1992 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    What a beautiful walk. I can see that many of the trees are still green, it's the same here. I'd be concerned about the hunters! Bright colors would be a really good choice! Hunting seasons vary from state to state, I don't even know when hunting season is here! (We moved here five years ago.)

    You asked when was a good time to visit North Carolina--Fall and spring are really nice near Charlotte, North Carolina, although fall is prettier in the NC mountains. The Outer Banks (on the coast) in NC are great in the summer.

    Your photographs are fantastic. I love the way you frame your subjects. I hoped you stopped at the Mill restaurant! Have a wonderful week.
    1992 days ago
  • KAREN91
    I love your pix! Thanks so much for sharing them with us. I have always loved looking at pix of France, reading about France and dreaming about going to France. You live in a beautiful country! emoticon emoticon
    1992 days ago
    emoticon Blog !! Great pics :-)
    1992 days ago
    Claire you may find this silly of me but I love the photo with the clothes hanging on the line. Reminds me of my Nanny , Mom & I. We all like to hang our laundry out. I do my Mom's wash & I had my husband put a clothes line up so Mom could hang her clothes out at my home as she cannot have a line where she lives. I will show her the photo when she comes for supper tomorrow evening. My Nanny passed away she some years ago,she was 95.
    Claire here in the states they wear a bright orange vest when they are out & about during hunting season.You need to be very bright in colors so you will be safe.What is in season for hunting at this time in France? Deer season will be in affect in November here. I am happy my husband no longer hunts He said he could not kill any thing like that any more when hunters come to our home for a week he does not go with them.The deer are so beautiful.We have had a very cold , dark rainy weekend.Have a great week,take care
    1992 days ago
    Dear Claire,
    Your hike looks wonderful, I love the old mill with it's twisted roof and cute windows. And the painter was a joy to see, thanks for peeking around his shoulder to show us! I loved the river and trees, the fields and beauty of the woods. And the sheep were so perfect, with their dark faces and fuzzy wool.

    But I can also appreciate the hunter up on the hill, I have memories of hunting with my dad and brothers on a cool morning that warms to a very pleasant days trek. And of course my dad and brothers had their bird dogs too. My dad had 2 Trixsy and Duff.

    You are such a popular person now, I love to read all the comments and how many lives you have touched with your beautiful photography and your wonderful historic hikes. The tourism industry in France should be giving you a bonus! Now we all want to come and see the beauties of the countryside!!!

    Have a wonderful week Claire!!

    1992 days ago
    The beautiful mill, the SPIDERS, the hunters, OH MY! Glad you made it safely. I would have been a screaming meemie if one of those spiders landed on me!! YIKERS. Spiders and I are not friends.

    Those blackberries looked totally edible!

    HUGS, my dear Claire. Glad you got your hike in.

    Thanks as always for sharing.
    1992 days ago
    Beautiful, excellent Blog once again Claire, You were walking outside and I chose to walk in doors just so I could stop if I needed to. I wanted to be by the telephone.
    I did take fall foliage pictures i hope to be able to post them.
    My brother in London Makes rose hip syrup.
    When I was a child just after the war my brother and we would pick the rose hips and take them to the chemist shop (PHARMACY in US) We would get paid a penny for my small offerings but sometimes my brother was given Thruppence.
    The beautiful blackberries in your picture he and I gathered too but we called them BRAMBLES and we made Bramble pie. When the brambles were in short supply my Grandmother made Bramble and apple pie, we loved that too. We ate it with Custard since we had a dairy farmer friend and he exchanged raw milk for mothers mending. HUGS Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon .

    1992 days ago
  • DNRAE1
    Another fascinating blog, Claire. Beautiful pictures. Was a little afraid for you when you ran into the hunters! So glad you were safe! emoticon
    1992 days ago
    Oh, I just love visiting your blogs! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pictures!
    1992 days ago
  • MIZINA730
    France has so many different places to walk, all beautiful. I have Canadian Explorer shrub roses, 7 ft tall, but haven't used the rosehips yet. Maybe I will after this. The spider is outstanding. I just might look him up.

    1992 days ago
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