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Hiking in Picardy

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

Three weeks without a hike! No no no no way! Well… life happens. Travelling for work, dealing with a very wet weather, and trying to find solutions to various problems... Needless to say I NEEDED a hike today!

This hike which started in Cinqueux, in Picardy, was wonderful. I know, I know, I say that all the time! But really, it was wonderful! : )

It was the simple countryside from the area North of Paris that I know well and love so much…

The fields are just beautiful at this time of the year!

And the gardens too!

But as always, as I walked on the paths…

I had some wonderful encounters (this one was my favorite, aren’t they cute?!)…

After the fields and the meadows…

… the woods were so refreshing!

There were some ferns I had never seen before, quite tall and slim.

And there were lots of wild honeysuckles!

Then I crossed a wet area that was full of flowers of all kinds… Nothing extraordinary, simple wild flowers that made me happy!

Then I crossed Harbercourt. It was a lovely little hamlet, with some nice houses and a chapel that looked straight out of a fairytale! Don’t you think?

And I was back in the woods again, almost all the way back to Cinqueux…

There were lots of poppies on the side of the path as I approached the village.

It was almost the end. But I felt frustrated I had only seen the marsh area through the woods, far away. So I drove there after my hike to take a few pictures…

It was so peaceful and beautiful! A perfect end to today’s hike!
Many thanks for reading! As you can see it was one of my 'usual' hikes, nothing really special today. Yet it was exactly what I love and it made me feel so good! I hope you are all having a great weekend!

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MARKATSPARK 8/8/2015 6:24AM


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IOWARHINO 3/9/2015 12:55PM

    Nice Pics.

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GRAMPIAN 10/6/2014 6:16AM

  Lovely flowers.

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TERRIJ7 9/13/2014 10:05AM

    Beautiful photos! Thank you for posting!

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MARYJEANSL 6/24/2014 8:13PM

  I think I love the wild flowers as much as you do, or almost. They are so beautiful, and they nourish the soul.

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KAREN91 6/18/2014 12:53PM

    All your hikes are beautiful and your pictures always brighten my day! emoticon

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WARRIORGIRL121 6/18/2014 9:08AM

    Gorgeous as always! Love your blogs!

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SUPERSYLPH 6/16/2014 12:43PM

    I always love the pictures you share! EVERYTHING looks straight out of a fairytale compared to our big city "cookie cutter" houses!

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CORNERKICK 6/14/2014 1:37AM

  Beautiful pics

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LORIVIOLA 6/9/2014 2:06PM

    stunning. and yes it does look like a fairy tale!
the critters were cute. MOO! Baaah!

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STEVENK87 6/9/2014 11:55AM

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BEWELL48 6/8/2014 6:25AM

    Missed this before.....just catching up on some SP posts.

Magnificent !


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WRITERWANNAB 6/8/2014 1:47AM

    Gorgeous photos, as always! emoticon

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JOANOFSPARK 6/7/2014 9:57PM

    Extraordnarily beautiful.....I felt as if I were there along with serene and peaceful..... emoticon

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NORASPAT 6/7/2014 9:13PM

    CLAIRE I am sorry I missed this one. My Spark page was set to private and my whole page was re-arranged. I happened to see it on Ginies page so I went to take a look. We have those red poppies in our yard. We always loved poppies in our house and in our school. Thanks for the lovely pictures I have a camera full but cannot down load to my SURFACE 2 tablet. That is frustrating.
I hope your mother is settled by now. I do hope so. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 6/7/2014 5:07PM

Photos after cows looks like we call plume grass.

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MAXY100 6/6/2014 10:10PM

  Nice surroundings with so many flowers! Thank you for sharing

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KENDRACARROLL 6/6/2014 10:07PM

    For me, every hike is wonderful and exciting. Nothing grounds you better than being out in nature. Thanks for sharing your great day.

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LGIOWA 6/6/2014 10:29AM

    Thanks for sharing! I'm going to tour an arboretum and conservatory both with garden areas with walking paths tomorrow, and I was already looking forward to it, but I really am ready to go now!

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MRSRIGS1 6/4/2014 6:43PM

    Picture, postcard PERFECT! Always lovely!

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LAVENDERLILY 6/4/2014 10:22AM

    Thanks for the incredible photos! They made my day!

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CEIL46 6/4/2014 8:33AM

    This is the first time I've seen your blog. Thank your for sharing the beautiful hike. I could almost smell the flowers. emoticon

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LAKEGIRL17 6/4/2014 1:57AM

    I love seeing the scenery in your much different from mine (IL in USA). I'm a hiker too, so I'm going to follow your blog.

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SCOTTYDOG76 6/4/2014 1:31AM

    Beautiful countryside you live in, I must say, I envy you!

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ROXYCARIN 6/4/2014 12:48AM

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FIFIFRIZZLE 6/3/2014 1:47PM

    Another beautiful blog, Claire. As soon as I saw itbI recalled a line from a song,
The roses that bloom in Pacardy.... Like the roses that bloom in my heart'
I think I haven't quoted it correctly, but the melody is in. My mind even now.
Thank you, Claire.

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LADY_MARIANA 6/3/2014 12:53PM

    Beautiful! emoticon

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BKT4MANUTD 6/3/2014 11:33AM

  Claire, every time you post I get another mini-vacation in beautiful rural France! What a wonderful break in my work-day - - please don't ever stop sharing your hikes!

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ALIHIKES 6/3/2014 12:55AM

    Claire this was a beautiful hike, thank you so much for sharing it! The poppies were lovely, and I really enjoyed the tall ferns. I'm so glad you went to the marsh and shared the photos of that delightful area. The church really was like a fairy tale chapel!

I think it is very important to get away and enjoy the beauty of nature, particularly during stressful times. I did not hike this weekend (I was visiting mom and spent most of the time in her room at the nursing home) but I was glad the hotel had lovely gardens. But I missed hiking, it helps me keep calm and in touch with the good thinks in life.

Hugs and much love from,

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CICELY360 6/3/2014 12:42AM

  beautiful pictures

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MILPAM3 6/2/2014 11:33PM

  Even your "usual" isn't commonplace to many of us. Thanks for sharing.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/2/2014 9:51PM

    Your "usual" hikes have gorgeous scenery.
The pictures are beautiful. I especially like the animal pics.

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WALLPER26 6/2/2014 9:24PM

    Thanks for sharing those wonderful images.

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CAROLJ35 6/2/2014 8:59PM

    OMG!!! What stunning photos! Thanks for sharing!

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RENATA144 6/2/2014 8:36PM

  emoticon Claire !!! I hope & pray that everything is OK with you & your's. emoticon For the lovely photos !!! They always make me feel nice.
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BANNERMAN 6/2/2014 6:43PM

  Thanks for sharing.

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NYKIMMIE 6/2/2014 6:27PM

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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LISALGB 6/2/2014 6:18PM

    I just love those big, red roses at the beginning of your blog!! But, I have to admit, as much as I love roses, I adore the scent of honeysuckle. I can only imagine the sweet scents on this hike.
The farm animals are adorable. The one with the sheep and chickens looks like a painting. I love it.
As always, you have managed to "take me away" with you. Oh, how I would love to see these beautiful places with you someday!!

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QTEALADY20031 6/2/2014 5:49PM

    Claire, as always the flowers are beautiful. I thought I recognized a honeysuckle flower. Do you believe I had a honeysuckle bush in my backyard in Philadelphia! I just loved it. You were in wonderful and peaceful surroundings which I am sure you needed on this hike. Thank you again Claire for sharing the "simple" which is almost divine. emoticon emoticon June

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CHEBBA 6/2/2014 5:45PM

    Not the architecture, but the green paths and rural scenes are so redolent of parts of England. Lovely.

I hope that this hike enabled you to de-stress from your recent, but sadly ongoing, problems and worries. Your photography is terrific and the fact that so many people follow you and appreciate your posts is testimony to your talent to engage us all.

Hugs 'n more hugs

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DAISYPETAL 6/2/2014 4:53PM

    OMG, I just happened to see this blog and what a DELIGHT. I am fortunate to live in Michigan where we have the same type of surroundings and I, like you, LOVE it all.

Thank you for reminding me of the beauty of the surrounding countries. We all have our own God given gifts that are simple and BEAUTIFUL! I AM SO GLAD TO MAKE YOUR AQUIANTANCE AND HOPE TO COME BACK FOR YOUR NEXT VENTURE. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work on being healthy. Hugs, Jude/daisypetal co leader for Females 55 +

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NEWTINK 6/2/2014 4:08PM

    Extraordinary ... You are so lucky to be able to find places like that to hike at emoticon

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ROSES4ME1 6/2/2014 3:35PM

    I see nothing usual about your "usual hikes". They are stunning and look so peaceful. My weekend hikes are generally on trails clogged with other walkers, runners and bikes whizzing by. I would love to experience your "usual". Just lovely.
Thanks for sharing.

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GRACEOMALLEY 6/2/2014 2:36PM

    I so enjoy that you allow me to "share" these outings with you. Thank you ever so much for allowing us to come along with you! I hope all is well with you and your parents.

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    It was marvelous to sit at my computer and through your excellent photographs see what you see in Picardy.
An amazing creative blog. forone whoc loves to hike, walk and experience the glory of Creation.

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KNEEMAKER 6/2/2014 12:51PM

  I envy you. I would love to hike that area. Perhaps someday I will be able. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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