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Looking for the last colors of Fall

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hello dear Sparkfriends!

I have missed my long hikes! Can you believe my last 'proper' hike was on 7th October? I know it is a shame, but really these last few weeks have been crazy! And I am very glad I managed to go on walks in Congo and in England. Definitely better than nothing!

The best time for Fall colors in Paris is late October/early November. Needless to say, it is too late for me to go on a hike to enjoy the colors of Fall in the Paris area! But I thought I would try to find some...

These trees were at the beginning of my hike. It looked hopeful! But to be honest, these were the most beautiful I saw. :) Most of the trees had only some leaves left on top!

Or it was very brown, with a bit of yellow...

Apart from the Fall colors, I was also looking for an abbey, Port-Royal des Champs. I know some of you are very interested in History. If you want to know more about this abbey well known in France for being associated with the Jansenism, have a look here:

There were only a few buildings left standing, especially a chapel...

Unfortunately, the ruins of the abbey were very few and collapsing. But there were some fun goats on top!!!

I crossed the park and the nearby forest...

... followed the walls of the abbey...

... and crossed some fields! Can you believe it was only about 2pm? It was dark at times!!!

Oh and I made a new friend! It was such a tiny, cute pony!

Some last Fall colors...

... and I was back in Saint-Lambert, where I started! In the next few months I'll be looking for colors where I can find them, mostly in moss or grass!!!

How is your weekend going? I hope you are all having a relaxing, healthy time!
I am off to Belgium on Monday morning for two days for work, I might not be able to 'spark' much as it will probably be very busy with lots of meetings - please excuse me if I don't answer quickly when you contact me! (It will be good to have a much quieter month of December, hopefully with lots of walks and hikes!)
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    942 days ago
    Another emoticon blog! emoticon for the link to history!
    1126 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Such a fascinating adventure you have on your walk/hikes! So much to see and enjoy and take in! Thank you so very much for sharing them with us! I can see why you have such a huge fan following ;)
    Keep up the great work!!
    1562 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    Another beautiful hike! I so enjoyed it! Thx for sharing!
    1562 days ago
    1898 days ago
    Gorgeous photos, Claire! You really find the most amazingly beautiful places to go walking. It's really inspiring.
    1908 days ago
    That pony is adorable! Thanks for sharing.
    1908 days ago
  • QTEALADY20031
    Hi Claire, I am a little late catching up on this blog. I love the pictures and the adorable pony. I guess the goats are wondering "How did I get up here". lol I will check out the link about the abbey, as I am interested in history in your beautiful country. I hope your Belgium trip was productive and enjoy your upcoming week-end. emoticon June
    1909 days ago
    Lovely! What a cute little pony, indeed!
    1909 days ago
    I loved the goats and the pony ,for me it is a treat for as a French Canadian Folk singer Gilles Vigneault sang "Mon pays ce n'est pas un pays c'est l'hiver,Mon chemin ce n'est pas un chemin c'est la neige "
    1910 days ago
    Love the pictures, Claire; amazing, isn't it, how each season has a beauty all its own.
    1912 days ago
  • DMF2012
    Love your new friend the pony!
    1912 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    Fall colours or not, your pics are beautiful, as ever :-) Specially like the goats, the poney and the moss.
    Thanks for sharing Claire, have a good time in Belgium ;-) emoticon
    1913 days ago
  • KAREN91
    I love your pictures! France is beautiful! Have you always lived in France? I have lived in Iowa USA all my life. Ive traveled to other states but Ive never been out of the USA. I travel through your pix! Thank you Claire! emoticon
    1913 days ago
    Beautiful photoscas usual , thanks for sharing
    and you did find both colors and a friend. emoticon
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    1913 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Claire, beautiful pictures. We don't have much fall color left either. I can't believe how green the grass is. The grass in our neighborhood is green because people water their lawns. We've had very little rain and it is very dry. In fact, we have a fire alert this afternoon because of the dry air and windy weather. The abbey chapel is so pretty. It's too bad that it's fallen into ruins. The goats are a riot!

    I've been going for walks around our neighborhood. It's only about a 3 mile circuit. Takes about an hour to walk but I've been avoiding the one hill until I get used to walking on the rolling hills we have around here. I have a bad knee and the orthopedic surgeon told me no hills, but these hills aren't all that steep.

    Enjoy your trip to Belgium.
    1913 days ago
    Very beautiful! Thank you so much for taking the time to share them with us. It's great that you bumped into some "friends" on your walk!
    Have a wonderful couple of days in Belgium!
    1913 days ago
    I had missed you and your beautiful photos so much! I'm glad you were able to hike after all this time. I can imagine how much you had missed it.
    Beautiful pictures! I just love chapels and you have an extraordinary talent of framing them so beautifully in your pictures!
    Have a safe trip to Belgium and a nice time - if work allows it!
    1913 days ago
    The colors of fall may be gone, but your pictures are still beautiful. I love the goats on the roof - It sounds like a great children's story, haha!
    I am happy that you were able to go on a hike - I know you have been working so hard lately.
    I hope you have a safe trip this week and maybe there will be some fall color left there that you may capture!!
    Sending you lots of love,
    1913 days ago
  • MILLIE5522
    What a beautiful walk and with a pony and goats to top it! I went to a forest near Hatfield Forest today and was delighted to come across a herd of Fallow deer. So silent and stunning in the morning sunshine. Life is good!!
    1913 days ago
    1913 days ago
    lovely photos as always - thank you for sharing once again!
    1913 days ago
  • GAMMY98
    beautiful pictures. Beth goes for the goat I go for the pony he is so cute. Have a safe trip going to your work site. emoticon for sharing your hike with us
    1913 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    YES - GOATS!! emoticon
    LOL, see, all you need is a picture of one goat, and your hike was successful in my mind! I know, I'm silly emoticon

    Thanks for sharing the picture of your hike. Sorry you missed the fall colors. It went pretty quick here. They were changing, and then when super storm Sandy came through, the wind just took them all.
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend as well. We've had snow flurries and it's been very cold. Needless to say, it's been an inside weekend! Headed for groceries shortly.

    1913 days ago
  • DNRAE1
    You have a "wonderful eye" for the great photo! Lovely walk, and thank you for sharing.
    1913 days ago
  • BEWELL48
    Another blog of beautiful pictures! Thank you!
    1913 days ago
    Another lovely journey. emoticon for taking us along and I hope we were good company. We had our first snow today, but thankfully it didn't stay. We never traveled in Belgium, but I am sure you can find some beautiful spots there too.
    Enjoy your visit. emoticon Jane
    1914 days ago
    Such a beautiful hike. I think the trees are still lovely. Although I enjoy bare trees as well as trees with leaves. They Abbey looks pretty good considering it was built in the 1200's. The Goats must have been a pleasant surprise. Loved the brown one. The Shetland is adorable. Looks like he/she smiled for you. Have a good time in Belgium!
    1914 days ago
    I love the photo of the Abbey & the extra site for learning more. We had snow flying today windy & cold. Hope you can get out for a walk while you are in Belgium. Have a good week.
    1914 days ago
    Your Fall colors are much the same as they are now here in Central Ohio. I loved the pictures of the Abbey and the Chapel. I wish that we had buildings that old here in the States, but I enjoy looking at the pictures of yours. Those goats standing on top of the Abbey was very amusing and the horse looked like he was posing for you. Thank you for another great walk. emoticon
    1914 days ago
    Your photos were still beautiful! I loved the goats and the little horse, how darling! I hope you have good meetings in Belgium but you will certainly be missed! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1914 days ago
    The hike was wonderful and I have missed reading about your hikes! I'm glad you were able to get out and that the weather was working out too. The trees were looking past their peak, but they have more leaves than we have here! There are no leaves left on the trees, it has snowed and it is staying and it gets dark at 4:30! I long to travel on some of these dark dreary days.

    Enjoy your trip to Belgium, my oldest sister had a business partnership in Belgium and she often brought back beautiful pictures and wonderful treasures.

    I am looking forward to catching up with you when you get home again.

    1914 days ago
    As always, beautiful pictures and a history lesson to boot.
    Thanks you for taking me on your journey. Have fun in
    Belgium. While it is getting colder there, it is getting hotter
    here. All seasons are beautiful and you show us that.
    Have a great weekend. emoticon
    1914 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    As always Claire, such beauty thru the lens of your camera! Thanks for taking us along on yet another one of your picturesque walks! It is quite brown here with a little snow so seeing the green grass there makes me feel a little warmer! Have a nice time in Belgium. I hope your meetings are not too long during the day. Have a wonderful weekend! Holly emoticon emoticon
    1914 days ago
    What beautiful pictures! Love the goat and the horse. Anything animal always captures my attention.

    Glad you got to go for a walk. There is absolutely NO color left here. Had our first snowflakes in the air the other day, and the weather is in the 30's F; but that's still good walking weather for me.

    HUGS my dear.
    1914 days ago
    1914 days ago
    Safe travels to Belgium & thank you, as always, for sharing your wonderful eye for beauty! :)
    1914 days ago
    Even though not the vibrant fall colors you wanted, there is still beauty in the pictures and in the season. I love flowers and green grass and color but there is also something very special about this time of year that I enjoy so much about hiking. Each season and changing of season has it's own beauty. Also loved the goats and your new "friend".
    1914 days ago
  • NAN041
    Once enjoyable, Nan
    1914 days ago
    You have done a lovely job capturing glimpses of fall color along with your shots of the goats and the pony! I am fascinated with the goats who never seem to lose their footing! The chapel looks quite picturesque!
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    1914 days ago
    Always love your picture blogs. It's so great to see different places through others eyes :)
    1914 days ago
    A beautiful Fall walk! Thank you so much for bringing us along once again! emoticon
    1914 days ago
    Thanks so much for letting me "accompany" you on your hike today. It's always such a pleasure to see the world as you see it.
    1914 days ago
  • DAWN14163
    Lovely photos, thanks for taking me on your walk with you!
    1914 days ago
    Beautiful! And I love your new friend.
    1914 days ago
    I love seeing your life!
    1914 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    I miss your hikes too, sure am glad you got this one in. Love the pictures and I can see the Fall, just beautiful!..
    I really love your new friend.
    We are losing our leaves, quite pretty to see all the leaves floating down.
    Thank you Claire, Take good care. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1914 days ago
    Love the photos and history lesson. Thanks, Claire.
    1914 days ago
    I so enjoy your pictures and your commentary. Wish I could be right there with you. I guess this is as close as I will get! Ha.

    Helen (hugs) emoticon Till next time, when you get back!
    1914 days ago
    How beautiful ! I love the goats ! The leaves are almost all gone here in New England. It won't be long before it starts snowing in earnest for the season.

    Can't believe Christmas is a mere five weeks away. I hardly had a chance to enjoy Fall except through your wonderful photos !


    1914 days ago
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