Hello dear Sparkfriends!
The problem with today’s hike was getting there! The weather forecast was very bad for the late afternoon (freezing rain was announced), so I decided to go earlier than planned, in order to be back home before 5pm. It had snowed all evening and part of the night...
At first the driving was easy (it was the motorway), but then, as the roads became smaller, it became more dangerous. I drove slowly! Still, I parked outside Songeons’ church at 12pm, which was what I had hoped for.
Songeons’ castle, built in 1720 for the marchioness Conflans d'Armentières, now a home for elderly people, looked so elegant!
Most of today’s hike was between meadows and woods...
Although I walked in the fresh snow for 3 hours and a half, my feet stayed dry thanks to my great new hiking boots! (Which are also very light, I looove them!)
I am not used to walking in the snow, and it was hard work! But a great exercise and so worth the gorgeous views I saw today... (Not to mention the lovely crunching sound of the snow under my feet!)
In the distance, I saw Gerberoy appear...
After almost getting lost (I couldn’t find the path, which was hidden by the snow!), I reached the cross which shows the end of the village...
As I entered Gerberoy, I passed by a farm. The ducks were cute and so noisy!
The medieval village seemed asleep. Some of the houses belong to people who come here only at weekends or during their vacations, so many shutters were closed: not everybody is as crazy as me, driving all the way from Paris in this snow! :)
I have already shown you Gerberoy a couple of times, and I even took CELLISTA1 and MINIUM there! But that was in the summer... I hope you are enjoying Gerberoy in the winter as much as I did.
There is a house for rent, if you are interested! :)
I didn’t see anybody at all, not even in the village’s square! It was quite a difference compared to last time I was there, back in early August!
This is where I had my lunch break, on the square’s bench: whole wheat sandwich with light philadelphia, smoked salmon and lemon. Served with warm tea right out of my thermos, bliss!
One last view on Gerberoy from the path below as I was walking towards the woods...
The last part of the hike was entirely through the woods... I only saw a man who was pulling his daughter on a slide. But there were a few other prints in the snow, a couple of people had been hiking on this path earlier in the day.
I remembered these dried flowers! I had seen them during a hike in the summer, but I never found what they were. If you have an idea, please let me know!
Thank you so much for sharing my hike in winter wonderland today! And thank you for your patience and kindness, I am not a very good Sparkfriend lately: as I spend many hours on my laptop for work, I try to rest my eyes on the evening (they are red and crying, not very nice!). I have my appraisal on Monday and an important deadline on Wednesday, I hope it will get better after that!
Post Scriptum: If you want to see Gerberoy in the summer...
Gerberoy in June full of roses:
Hiking around Gerberoy in late July: