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Today's hike - let's focus on beauty always!

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

Today’s hike was the most extraordinary example of a hike that cleared my mind. I felt so burdened, and, after 5 minutes walking on the path, I had forgotten all my worries. For 3 hours I just had a fantastic time.



I had hoped for poppies, and there were lots!





The sun was shining bright, but there was also a very pleasant breeze, and the path often took me either by a small river, the Viosne, or in the shade (or both!).





It was beautiful! And how could one not have a great time when there are so many flowers to look at?



I love the smell of elderflowers, don’t you?





As I had been walking through the woods for a while, I got a wonderful surprise...









Yes! Wild orchids! I didn’t expect to find some so late in the season, so it was a real treat.



These ones (Anacamptis pyramidalis) were much smaller than the ones (Orchis purpurea) I had found in the hills above Giverny a few weeks ago.



The last part of the hike didn’t disappoint either. The sun was gently warming my skin and I felt like I was so far away!...



















I was almost sad to see Santeuil’s church (12-13th centuries) appear in the distance... It was the end of my ‘me time’, time to go back to reality.





I would like to end with a few personal words to all those of you who picked up from my status updates this week that it was a rough time and sent me a little note or put a kind comment on my feed. Thank you. It meant a lot to me. I know it seems contradictory, but it really is both the most difficult and the most beautiful time I have encountered – beautiful because it is healing scars I didn't think could be mended.

As always, I’ll try and focus on the beautiful!

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TROIESWEETING 8/1/2013 1:23PM

    I have photos from hikes of my own that I felt no one would be interested in seeing. Looking at the natural splendor that you shared has made me rethink that idea. Thanks

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CRYSALLIS1 7/29/2013 3:36PM

    I'm belated with my well wishes and support but know that you are truly are a wonderful person. Your personality is obvious in your photos and your writing. Praying that all is going much better now. Hugs!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 7/29/2013 9:37AM

    So beautiful. Thanks so much sharing!

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WHITEANGEL4 7/18/2013 11:45PM

    Beautiful blog

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LINDAKAY228 7/15/2013 8:24AM

    Walking out in the beauty of nature can always lift the heavy burdens from me quickly too. I especially loved the orchids although all of it is so gorgeous!

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JUNEPA 7/15/2013 12:31AM

    Today’s hike was the most extraordinary example of a hike that cleared my mind. I felt so burdened, and, after 5 minutes walking on the path, I had forgotten all my worries. For 3 hours I just had a fantastic time.

So true for me too. Nature's sceneries and the outdoors are so wonderful.

The oats and wheat fields are almost ready for harvest

Your blogs are a wonder of beauty, variety and colours, so many interesting and unique photos

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POUNDSAWAY73 7/14/2013 2:41PM

  Thanks for sharing God's nature with me. Such beauty and you take great pictures. Always a pleasure to visit your blogs. emoticon

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 7/14/2013 2:18PM

    So very beautiful Claire. It's times like this that are so healing to us. Nothing like being in the beauty of nature to set things on a better course. It clears our minds and soothes us. That is why I love walking and hiking so much especially when I'm down and upset. I hope things are better for you now. I loved the photos.
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DIXIENC 7/10/2013 9:33AM

    Sooooo lovley!!! Iam of Scottish heritage...(grandmother Maggie McBane from Skye)

Hand just had surgery. Cannot write more...Thank you for the beautiful photos.

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LAWSON1446 7/8/2013 8:55PM

    Wow! beautiful photos great attitude emoticon

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BKNOCK 7/5/2013 11:46PM

    Beautiful, awesome pictures!

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RENATA144 7/3/2013 11:47PM

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MANILUS 7/3/2013 11:30PM

    Happy to hear that you are healing and you are in great shape to hike 3 hrs!!! I am glad the walk helped with your worries and yes what a beautiful area!

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JOHNBABJR 7/3/2013 8:17PM

    I hope your week is going well, Claire. Thank you for all the lovely photos and descriptions; they allow each of us to feel as if we are there, walking along with you on your adventures.

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 7/3/2013 12:26PM

  Very pretty pictures, Thank you for sharing.

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PENOWOK 7/3/2013 11:31AM

    as always, beautiful view, beautiful you!!

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MYAKAYAH 7/3/2013 8:06AM

    beautiful pictures as always! Glad you are doing alright and be well~ emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/3/2013 12:18AM

    What a gorgeous hike ,you manage to transport us to another place in time regularly .Thank you, merci mille fois Claire !

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BAKER1009 7/2/2013 4:43PM

    BEAUTIFUL!!

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LISALGB 7/2/2013 12:24PM

    What a peaceful hike!! It is so beautiful there! I am so happy you were able to have some time to yourself. There is something so healing about being out in nature. My healing spot of choice is the beach - but I love the mountains too.
Have a blessed week!
Hugs and more hugs!!

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 7/2/2013 11:02AM

    Lovely blog. Thanks for sharing. Right now we are having a storm outside so I'll have to wait on the hike.

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MKMMARTY 7/2/2013 10:00AM

    Nice blog - love the hike - we have that in common - hiking in beautiful spots - we just have to make the time to do it more often. Life makes that hard to do at times.
Thanks for sharing

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CHANGINGHORSES 7/2/2013 8:15AM

    Love! Love! Love! Walking, hiking and running is my medicine. Always, no matter how I feel before I go out, I always feel better while I am out there! As I said to my friend last week, "It is like a mini vacation and a short period of time that I am actually -in the here and now- I am focused on what is right in front of me and not anything else."
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ELMA1913 7/2/2013 8:06AM

    Love, love the beautiful pictures. I love to hike also and to enjoy all the beauty that God has given us to enjoy.

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JANEMARIE77 7/2/2013 6:44AM

    what a beautiful hike thanks so much for sharing

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SANDYCRANE 7/2/2013 5:09AM

    I loved the pictures and all the flowers.

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JIBBIE49 7/2/2013 12:35AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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PJBONARRIGO 7/2/2013 12:00AM

    So very beautiful, your pictures are lovely. I was very excited to see your pictures of the poppies.
I am so very glad that things are looking up for you. It is amazing to have such an experience. Beauty does heal. emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 7/1/2013 10:54PM

    Beautiful pictures!! So glad you were able to get into the moment and enjoy the scenery around you without thinking of your troubles!! Blessings to you!!
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HAPPYGIRL1000 7/1/2013 9:20PM

    thank you so much for posting these beautiful photographs Claire, it is inspiring me to take more photos, hike and travel more.
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REGILIEH 7/1/2013 8:32PM

    emoticon for all the beauty you bring with your hikes and yourself!

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MOMMY445 7/1/2013 7:02PM

    such wonderful pictures! thanks for sharing! have a wonderful day!

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ROSES4ME1 7/1/2013 5:21PM

    Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy going along on your fabulous hikes. My friends and I hike every Sunday (Northern California) but our walks are not nearly as scenic and flower filled as yours. I do not know your troubles but I do understand how long walks enjoying the beauty of nature can heal a mind while it strengthens a body. Hope your healing goes well and thanks again for sharing.


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ZOE13O 7/1/2013 4:29PM

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing
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POUNDSAWAY73 7/1/2013 3:58PM

  Beautiful scenery and flowers!! I never knew there were Wild Orchids, so great to see and so pretty. Thanks for sharing with me! emoticon

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IDICEM 7/1/2013 3:25PM

  What a wonderful "me time" break! I'm so glad you were able to go on this beautiful hike.
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JUNEAU2010 7/1/2013 2:35PM

    Such a beautiful blog, and not just the photos! You are such a beautiful person! You deserve the best. I hope that euphoric post-walk feeling is still with you!

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SUSIEMT 7/1/2013 2:31PM

    Thank you Claire for another relaxing and enjoyable blog. I hope all is well with you!

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TINY67 7/1/2013 2:21PM

    Beautiful countryside.

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BRASKIN 7/1/2013 1:48PM

  Beautiful pictures....

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/1/2013 1:41PM

    emoticon I made my wallpaper. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos.

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JOANNHUNT 7/1/2013 1:24PM

    AWESOME PICTURES. I HOPE YOUR WALK RESTORED YOUR BEING.

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CICELY360 7/1/2013 1:14PM

  beautiful pictures

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    Simply Beautiful emoticon

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