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My Easter hike in Normandy

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

Happy Easter!!! I am back from my Easter hike... It was cold! And grey! But it was lovely...

I drove to Lyons-la-Forêt, a little town in Normandy I have already mentioned a couple of times in previous blogs, as I like taking friends there. There are some nice little shops!

Shortly after I left Lyons-la-Forêt, walking all the way up the little path by the post office towards the woods, I saw the first primroses of my hike. It felt so good!

After Croix-Mesnil's castle...

... I entered the woods. And there, suddenly, it felt completely like winter. But it was a gorgeous forest. The area is well known for its impressive beeches.

They had been cutting trees (maybe you can see a truck with lots of trunks in the background on my previous picture?). It didn't smell of cut trees though, I guess it was too cold!

I played with my camera a bit to take pictures of a different format. When I saw this feather, it reminded me that the hunting season ended one month ago, and that is truly good news. I am not scared anymore, and not in danger of becoming deaf either!

When I left the woods, I crossed the hamlet of Villaine.

It was very pretty, very typically Normand, with more primroses by the road side...

There were several orchards. It will be so pretty here in a few weeks, with all the apple and pear trees in bloom!

Then I walked on a path with pastures on both sides, and the sound of the nearby river...

There were lots of wild flowers of all kinds!

As I passed by the first house of Le Bout de Bas, I was glad they had left their bike outside! :)

A few minutes and a beautiful daffodils' garden later...

I was back in nearby Lyons-la-Forêt, and enjoyed looking at its houses very much!

I hope you enjoyed sharing my hike today! How was your Easter Sunday? I hope it was as lovely as mine, but a little sunnier! :)
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  • NEWMOM20121
    beautiful walk. Thank you so much for sharing.
    1546 days ago
    It is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!
    1546 days ago
    Looks like a lovely walk
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  • DJSHIP46
    What a lovely walk... thank you so much for sharing!
    1546 days ago
    Beautiful pictures emoticon emoticon
    1546 days ago
    Thank you for another lovely blog, Claire. The primroses and the slightly crooked houses are lovely. I like the gate with it's peeling paint.

    I've never been to Normandy, but apparently that's where my ancestors on my father's side came from. My birth name was Mott, and the English Mott's were originally supposed to be French Motte's, who came to England with William the Conqueror in 1066 and fought in the Battle of Hastings (which I have visited).

    I could feel the wintry difference in the pictures from the forested areas, compared to the bright spring-like feeling of the village pictures. Love the pink chair.

    Glad you had a happy Easter week-end; I'm hoping to write about mine later in the day.

    1546 days ago
  • NEPTUNE1939
    1546 days ago
    We went walking yesterday. It was cold and snowy, but I went anyway. Sometimes you have to push your way through the snow to get the joy.

    I love primroses - so pretty!
    1546 days ago
    Great blog, and fantastic pictures! Thank you for sharing. It rained all day, here. So I had to exercise inside between cooking. Glad you had a lovely Easter!
    1546 days ago
    breathtaking!! Thank you for sharing!!
    1546 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Thank you as ever for the photo narration of your hikes -- you take us there:) Have a wonderful week --
    1546 days ago
    great hike..thank you
    1546 days ago
    so wonderful thank you so much
    1546 days ago
    What a lovely place for a walk. Thanks for sharing!
    1546 days ago
    Lovely photos--thank you.
    1546 days ago
  • TINY67
    Beautiful Pics.
    1546 days ago
    Beautiful!! Thanks for taking us along. emoticon emoticon
    1546 days ago
  • MOMMY445
    such beautiful pictures! glad to hear that you had a great easter! have a fabulous day!
    1546 days ago
    So Nice, thanks for sharing.
    I hope your Easter was nice even if the weather was a bit gray.
    1546 days ago
    Thank you for this lovely blog. I spent many summers and Easters in Normandy, at Villers sur Mer. And I miss so seeing the primroses growing wild.
    1546 days ago
    gorgeous ... thanks for sharing
    1546 days ago
    so pretty. keep up the good work
    1546 days ago
    Lovely pictures. Happy Spring.

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    1546 days ago
    I love the pictures of the beautiful flowers but the pictures of the houses and doors were lovely too. Your blog is always such a delight!!
    1546 days ago
    Oh - thank you for taking me on a hike through the French countryside. Sigh. Beautiful.
    1546 days ago
    1546 days ago
    emoticon pics.... emoticon
    1546 days ago
    Lovely blog, thanks again for sharing, Claire. Gorgeous wild flowers. It's a beautiful sunny day today, of course, as luck would have it. Is this Nature's idea of an April Fool joke? :-)

    1546 days ago
  • NCSUE0514
    How gorgeous! Thank you!
    1546 days ago
    thanks -- now maybe i can identify primroses. the bike picture is stunning, the daffodils are gorgeous (i've found some in Paris too, which is cheering in this cold weather). lovely blog. as usual.
    1546 days ago
    Gorgeous pictures as always, Claire. Thanks so much for sharing them and hope you had a Happy Easter!
    1546 days ago
    I'm glad your Easter hike was so beautiful Claire! Even if the sun didn't come to join you. My favorite picture is the one with the truck in the background. Beeches can be so tall and beautiful that they make a forest look very impressive.
    I hope your next hike is a real Spring one with everything in full bloom!
    1546 days ago
    Such lovely pictures. Spring in France is very beautiful. Hope you had a lovely Easter.
    1546 days ago
    Love those primroses! Thank you for brightening my day. :-)
    1546 days ago
    Claire, What a lovely hike you had. I just love the pictures of the houses, the castle, and the village shops. I love the flowers and trees too, but I really love homes and shops. Easter was lovely and it looks like yours was too! emoticon
    1546 days ago
    Lovely photos. I'd love to visit there. Have always wanted to visit Normandy beach and pay tribute.
    1546 days ago
    Thank you Claire for sharing the beautiful photos from your Easter hike. I LOVED seeing the primroses! Today I drove from California, which had warm weather and profusion of flowers, to my home in Oregon -- where spring won't arrive for another few weeks. But the weather is warmer, and the days are longer. Normandy is lovely, and I am so glad you shared your hike.
    1546 days ago
    absolutely beautiful
    1546 days ago
    You're pictures made me so happy! There really IS a glimmer of hope that Spring will finally arrive! Beautiful, beautiful flowers, and I especially love the picture of the feather.

    HUGs and thank you, as always for sharing your journey. I always feel as if I've been walking right besides you . . . and wish I could!

    1546 days ago
    I certainly enjoyed my hike with you- as usual :-) Beautiful pictures; just like you are taking us all with you. The Lilly picture with the Hellen Keller quote is brilliant! emoticon
    1546 days ago
  • KAREN91
    Beautiful pictures as always! You are a artist with your camera. I'm so glad you share your hikes with us. They cheer me up and brighten my day! I went to Easter service last night. I worked today, my floor was still busy even on Easter. I had a good day and worked with some of my favorite co workers but it was nice to get home. 2 of my teen daughters organized a Easter egg hunt for some of the neighborhood children. My girls love children! Cassie my youngest also hunted for candy and Easter eggs! emoticon
    1546 days ago
    Sorry it is still cold, but what a beautiful hike. It's nice to see wildflower blooming. Lots of color. hamlet of Villaine is a nice area. I would love to live in the country side. At least I'm not far away from the rural area. The daffodils' look wonderful. I'm glad you enjoyed your hike. So did we!
    1546 days ago
    Primroses are so special to me i always had the yellow English primroses in my Gran's garden, My favourite colours are purple and yellow so your picture is perfect.

    We walked the Botanical garden and WE SAW tiny Crocii and GIANT SNOW DROPS and that was all.
    We did have a nice walk the gates were left open for people to walk but all of the buildings were still closed. We are at least 2 to 3 weeks before Tulips and Rhododendrons will bloom. ((((HUGS)))))) Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon I am taking a wildflower identification course it has been years since I studied Botany. Pat.
    1546 days ago
    I have never seen a wild primrose. How pretty. I love the half circle gate...that would be so pretty as an entrance to any garden.
    Easter was a busy ..wonderful here. We went to 3 different churches for worship....sang in a community choir at the first...but I had to get up before 4am to make it by 6 and have my voice awake enough to sing. Second was my home church and the final was my DDs church where the children gave a presentation and I got to see my GS. He's in the 'I want my mommy' stage and cracks me up. DD does not believe in passing him around during service so while sitting on her lap, he would pat me on my shoulder and wait for me to look around...then give me a big smile. His basket was bigger than he was and since we're trying to teach him healthy choices, I gave him fruit and toys rather than candy.
    Please keep posting your walks, they are such a gift. Thank you!
    Be blessed and keep Sparkin'!!
    1546 days ago
    Love your pictures of Normandy!! I adore the pictures of the flowers and the house with the bicycle parked next to the tree! Glad your weather cooperated and that your hike went well. We had a nice church service followed by a large family dinner today... a lot of family stories and laughter. My dad told a lot of stories that made no sense to anyone but him...his words are so garbled with the Alzheimers...but we laughed anyway.

    1546 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your hike. I should be so brave to go hiking on my own. Maybe someday.
    1546 days ago
    Lovely as usual, love the wild violets. Your pictures of the house and flowers are so beautiful, and your picture of the woods captured the wintry atmosphere you described.
    I had a beautiful day, but no walk-I went to church at 6AM, Mass was lovely and I was surrounded by my loving community. Back home I took a little nap before Erik got up, then we drove to my eldest son's house to help make and have dinner with some of the family.
    We had sun, rain, clouds, warm and cool all in a day.
    Thanks for the hike through part of Normandie.
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  • MAWMAW101
    Love your walks, thanks for taking us along. emoticon
    1546 days ago
    It truly is a lovely place, so glad you went there. Amazing how it cna be all frozen over and then the flowers peek out with the warm sun.

    Love the bike by the house, all the photos are really amazing. Had a lovely Easter Sunday with the family.

    Thanks for letting me share the hike.
    1546 days ago
    Photos magnifiques! Ces vieilles maisons normandes sont extraordinaires. C'est vraiment le tout début du printemps... Joyeuses Pâques! Il a plu presque toute la journée ici. emoticon
    1546 days ago
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