Hello dear Sparkfriends,
From the start, I loved my hike today!
See what I mean? Yes, my beloved wild clematises! And a river. And trees' reflections. Lovely!
After crossing the river, I walked past the community pond, with more beautiful reflections...
The pond was next to a factory and it was a bit dirty and ugly!
But it didn't last long... and soon I was enjoying walking in beautiful nature again...
I sometimes tell my Sparkfriends who contact me saying there is nothing to see in their area that if they look around them they'll surely find beauty. The pictures that follow are a good example of a place that didn't look like much and was actually full of beauty in my opinion... See what you think. :)
I loved how the white dry flowers looked under the brown background!
At the end of the path Uny's church appeared...
I walked on the road for 20 minutes or so. I didn't mind as it was peaceful and there were very few cars.
Then I was back on paths...
It was MUDDY!!!
Wow, that was such great exercise! Most of the time, my feet were heavy, covered with mud, and it was sometimes hard work to remove them from the mud! Lots of fun!
Despoilleux was a very quiet and pretty village:
I turned in a path just after the cross (which was just a bit too realistic I felt!):
Many of the trees, small or big, were covered with mistletoe. It looked beautiful but it means the trees aren't healthy, so it is a bit sad.
Mr Horse was hoping I would give him something to eat I think. There was no grass in his meadow, poor him, only mud! :(
After walking by Cambronne-les-Clermont's cemetery...
... I saw Vaux's castle in the distance:
It was built in the 17th century and cannot be visited. It is a shame as I read on the Internet that its garden has received the label 'Jardin remarquable' from the Ministry of Culture.
I walked towards the church...
... passed by a beautiful house with impressive gates (and blue shutters! FITMAY will like it!)...
... and followed a very charming path down the hill.
After walking through more fields, I was back in Rantigny.
It was a great hike! Not very long, which was fine for me today (3.5 hours). I hope you enjoyed it too! Thank you again so much for all your wonderful comments on my last blog, your support and encouragements are very precious for me. Enjoy the end of your weekend!