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Hiking under a threatening sky

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Look at the sky that welcomed me as I reached Bréançon, in the Vexin area, this afternoon…

Yet, the weather forecast was for a nice afternoon with no rain, so I decided to trust them!

I must say this weather was very nice to walk in, cool and refreshing, as long as you didn’t stop to think: “What if there is a thunderstorm?!" I decided not to think! emoticon

Yet when I entered the forest, it was like a completely different world to the one I am used to on my hikes… It was… alive. Full of noises. The loud wind, the branches sounding like they would break any minute, the animals more ‘present’ than usual.

It was interesting and fun in a way, but also a bit scary. I hard survived a dementia patient’s attack yesterday (more on that later!), I didn’t want to take a tree on my head today! emoticon

Well, you’ll be very glad to hear I didn’t. I only got my hiking boots a bit wet, but as they are perfectly waterproof, that was no problem (this is the wettest summer we have had in France since 2001!... awful for a hike lover like me to cancel hike after hike because of the weather!).

I should stop complaining because that also means we have lots of flowers…

… and it’s also a good year for blackberries! In places, the sides of the path were covered with them!

I had actually done part of that hike in the past, but was still very happy to do it again. I might try to do it again at a completely different time of the year, in the snow for example if we get some this year (we didn’t last winter).

The views on the countryside were really beautiful and serene. Who would think this is only about 40 minutes away from Paris?!

Although it might technically speaking be called the suburb, you definitely feel like you are very far away from Paris, in the middle of nowhere! This is what I love so much about my hikes.

And making new friends, of course!!!

The first part of the hike had been through the woods, but the last part was mostly through the fields.

The beetroots (cultivated to make sugar in the North of France, they are huge and white... very different from the ones you put in your salads!) were starting to look quite good.

I said earlier it was a good year for blackberries. Well it is also a good year for apples, look at this tree! :)

These horses seemed pretty content in their pasture, they didn’t even look at me as I passed them by.

I turned into one last path, avoiding the mud as best as I could…

… and I was back at my car near Bréançon’s church!

Thank you so much for reading my blog today!
Thank you also for all your kind words on my feed after I shared about my nasty experience of being attacked by a dementia patient at my mother's nursing home on Friday (I am so glad for my mother's gentleness despite Alzheimer's). The old woman screamed, pulled my hair, grabbed my shirt, and bit my arm. It was all very quick and violent. For a moment I even thought she was going to make me fall! I was focused on the pain of her pulling my hair (an unbearable pain for me! from now on I’ll put my hair in a bun when I visit my mother!), but I have the 'nice' shape of her front teeth on my forearm now! I was very glad for all the staff (it took 5 of them to get her off me!) that came to my rescue, and even more glad my mother didn't see anything as she had her back to this incident and was sound asleep. Not sure what will happen next… the old woman seemed in a good mood yesterday so let’s hope it is a one off (although she is always verbally aggressive, and even more so with me for some reason!). For those of you who have met me, you’ll see how funny this really is: I am 6ft and far from thin! Only a dementia patient could attack me I think!!! Yet her dementia made her incredibly strong!

Let’s end with a lovely scene of today’s hike, much nicer to focus on… emoticon


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MARKATSPARK 8/9/2015 6:38AM


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LORIVIOLA 10/1/2014 8:32AM

    As always, emoticon for sharing your adventures and lovely pictures! emoticon

It sounds quite frightening to be attacked by a dementia patient.
I am very glad you are okay.

Be well. x0x
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SUPERSYLPH 9/18/2014 2:34AM

    You have such an upbeat attitude! It's refreshing to see someone who's not bitter and sour from an incident like that!

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COOLRAIN 9/9/2014 6:55PM

    So sorry you had to go through that. But your attitude is a real blessing for us all. God bless you. So glad you had a nice hike. My prayers are with you that you continue to be the wonderful, sharing person you are. I enjoy your blogs so much. They bring peace and relaxation. Thank you for sharing.

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DNRAE1 9/5/2014 1:34PM

    This was a beautiful hike. Cloudy windy weather can be so refreshing sometimes. So glad you are all right, Claire. Take care and hugs to you and your mother.

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MRSRIGS1 8/31/2014 11:03PM

    Beautiful pics!!

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CORNERKICK 8/29/2014 3:57AM

  Beautiful pics

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FRABBIT 8/27/2014 7:29PM

  What beautiful pictures. So sorry to hear about the attack. Hope the bite heals quickly.

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LAINYC 8/27/2014 10:28AM


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MAYBER 8/23/2014 11:44PM

    Incredible so enjoy your adventure as it is something I will never see in person
Take care love prayers God bless
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ONESPOTLEFT 8/22/2014 7:51AM

    makes me feel like I am walking along with you

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NORASPAT 8/21/2014 11:24PM

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures. I love dramatic Skies. HUGS Pat in Maine.
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GETULLY 8/21/2014 10:27PM

    Great Hike! Thanks for sharing!

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WHITEANGEL4 8/21/2014 10:12PM

    Thank you for sharing your hike and photos with us. Beautiful

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JERICHO1991 8/21/2014 9:42PM

    A beautiful hike. Thanks for sharing.

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KIPSTER52 8/21/2014 8:16PM

    beautiful pics thanks for sharing.

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LYNCHD05 8/21/2014 7:29PM

    I always enjoy your blogs. Sorry about the attack!!! I hope you are ok!

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WOOFERCOALBOY 8/21/2014 11:40AM

    I hope you never have a problem with one of your mother's co-residents again! That must have been terrible; glad you're fine.

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LYNETTEMOM 8/21/2014 11:14AM

    I have just discovered your blogs and I am so impressed. I look forward to hiking with you in my mind!

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STEVIEBEE569 8/21/2014 10:11AM

    Very Nice

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TINY67 8/21/2014 9:15AM

    Beautiful and thanks.

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NYKIMMIE 8/21/2014 8:46AM

    I love the pics.

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IDLETYME 8/21/2014 6:54AM

    Really lovely blog. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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SHKIRK 8/20/2014 5:43PM

  I am always glad to see you have entered one of your hikes !!. It is sooo beautiful there. Thank you for wisking me away to the beautiful Paris countryside !! emoticon and to another view of this beautiful planet. So glad you were not hurt very bad by the woman but we know there but for the love of God we could be in her place oneday. emoticon keep walking and keep sharing emoticon soooo much !!

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 8/20/2014 4:04PM

    what a wonderful blog, I love France so much its the one other place I could see myself living if not here!

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WRITERWANNAB 8/20/2014 1:26AM

    Beautiful photos, as always! As a caregiver, I was attacked at times & having one's hair pulled is VERY painful! It is true that their rage makes them very strong. I hope the poor woman doesn't attack again & am glad your mother didn't see it happen. emoticon

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FOCUSD 8/20/2014 12:45AM

  a real treat

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QTEALADY20031 8/19/2014 11:53PM

    Claire, as always just beautiful pictures of God's nature. I had to laugh at the chickens and I think the horses were too busy eating to check you I liked the pictures of the fruits and the flowers. Just beautiful countryside. Claire, I am glad that you are okay after the attack. Seems that dementia patients can have a lot of strength. I have found the same in psychiatric patients. I hope the bite is healing. Thank you again for sharing your journey! emoticon emoticon June

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RENATA144 8/19/2014 9:19PM

  Dear Claire, you have never taken a photo that I didn't LOVE !!!!
Your stories are wonderful.
I am sorry that you were attacked by a patient you deserve all of the LOVE that you can get. Here's sending some now emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOONGLOWSNANA 8/19/2014 9:16PM

  Again, another good hike in the countryside. I love the flowers and the chickens as well as all the rest! Thanks!

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NELLIEH1 8/19/2014 4:05PM

    What another lovely hike you had to still some of the mixed feelings within. So very, very sorry about the woman's attack upon hope the wounds all heal well..what a gift that you sweet mother was sleeping! Blessings, Nellie

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BIKINIBOTTOM56 8/19/2014 1:41PM

    Gosh, what beautiful pictures. I enjoyed every one of them...I even took a virtual walk with you what a wonderful experience. Sorry about your attack.

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SHARONCAPPS 8/19/2014 9:37AM

  Thanks for sharing you hike with us. I am sorry about your attack at the nursing home. It is very upsetting. Keep sharing those lovely hikes with us.

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DREAMSEEKER9 8/19/2014 8:56AM

    Absolutely breathtaking photos of your hike! I love Paris but haven't yet been back to France to explore beyond the city. That's my goal for my next visit!

Thanks for sharing!

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JSTETSER 8/19/2014 6:51AM

    Tres joile!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 8/19/2014 6:20AM

    What a lovely hike. I love all the flower and animal pictures.
Those roosters and chicken were especially colorful.

That had to be scary being attacked by the dementia patient. Hopefully, this is an isolated incident or the staff may need to monitor this patient a little closer.

Thanks again for another wonderful blog.

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TENNISJIM 8/19/2014 6:17AM

    Awesome -- looked like a very nice hike.

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BLUEJEAN99 8/19/2014 1:58AM

    emoticon for the beautiful pix and so sorry you were bit by that woman!

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SUGAR0814 8/18/2014 11:56PM

    Beautiful pictures! Thank you so much for sharing your journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRTOVAH 8/18/2014 10:45PM

  great photos!

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HYATTI1 8/18/2014 10:23PM

    Love the photos.

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TERMITEMOM 8/18/2014 10:20PM

    Oh mon Dieu, quelle terrifiante expérience! Et en effet ,heureusement que votre mère n'a rien vu. Cette femme n'était pas surveillée?
Jolie ballade, mais un ciel lourd, lourd. Les betteraves m'ont fait sourire: mon grand-père était sucrier et avait une usine aux environs de Chauny, dans l'Aisne.

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AMBER461 8/18/2014 9:57PM

  Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.

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JAMER123 8/18/2014 9:33PM

    I so enjoyed my walk with you. Again it's in a part of the world I have not had the pleasure to visit. Love the growing fruits along the way as well as the beetroot. We have them in our state and call them sugar beets. Like you said, they aren't to eat but to process sugar.

So glad you didn't get to injured on Fri. with the attack. People, when really agitated for what ever reason, have super human strength. In my career days, we would see young to older people come in fighting and yes, it takes several staff to help them. Just a little side note, I am 6' as well and not a thin person either. We would be quite the match. Not many women grow to our height. Please take care on your next visit.

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LAURANCE 8/18/2014 9:24PM

  As usual, your pictures are lovely. But I need to learn more about the dementia patient, because I am a caregiver for a dear man in the early stages of dementia.

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CAROLJ35 8/18/2014 9:00PM

    As always, a wonderful blog with amazing photos! Can't imagine apples so thick on a tree! You certainly do find picturesque places for hiking!!!

So sorry about your episode at nursing home. Scary experience for you and cause to worry for your mom's safety. But it sounds as though she doesn't bother your mother. Be cautious when visiting the next time!

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