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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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