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I did it!!! I did a 5-hour hike today!

Sunday, September 09, 2012      58 comments

OK, I’ll say it... I am PROUD. Today, although I am still many kilos above the obesity level, I walked for 5 hours (roughly 20K/12 miles) on a sometimes very steep path. And it was hot too! (31C/88F). But nothing was going to stop me! It had bee... Read more

Hiking in a purple paradise

Saturday, September 08, 2012      47 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends, It was busy at work this week, with some very long days – I am sorry if you are waiting for an answer to a mail or goodie, I’ll try and come back to you this weekend! :) So I was very glad when I saw it was possible... Read more

A surprise encounter during my hike today!

Sunday, September 02, 2012      46 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I loved the name of the village where my hike started today... Lalandelle... It made me think of ‘lullaby’... I thought it was gentle and I hoped the hike would be a bit like that too. I wasn’t disappointed, it was ... Read more

For me, the best reward ever isn't weight loss

Saturday, September 01, 2012      49 comments

I hopped on the scale this morning and there it was... finally... a 1.5Kg/3.3lbs loss since 1st August (on top of the 3Kg/6.6lbs lost at the end of July)! It might seem like nothing, but I have waited for this for many years – 6 weeks of weight ... Read more

A day at the seaside, hiking and sightseeing

Wednesday, August 29, 2012      46 comments

Warning: If you don't live by the seaside, this blog will make you jealous! emoticon I needed some fresh air ... Read more

A laughable hike... but lovely still!

Sunday, August 26, 2012      35 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! As I start writing about my hike today, I must say I am laughing out loud! emoticon ... Read more

Hiking in the vineyards and sleeping in a castle... my mini-vacation!

Thursday, August 23, 2012      43 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I am back from my mini-vacation in the Champagne vineyards and I had a lovely time! I went South of Château-Thierry, which is roughly one hour drive East of Paris and is the beginning of the Champagne area, which co... Read more

Hiking in the cool morning breeze near Mount Cesar

Saturday, August 18, 2012      38 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! This morning, as I was getting ready for my hike, I heard in the news that it was important not only to try and stay in the shade today (38°C/100°F), but also to avoid any activity requiring a lot of effort. Ahhh I ... Read more

No sign of rain for my hike around Douy-la-Ramée!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012      30 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! The weather forecast for today was rain in the morning and thunderstorm in the afternoon... The problem is what we mean by ‘afternoon’ – early afternoon? late afternoon? I thought I wouldn’t take any risk: I decided... Read more

Hiking around Ronquerolles – and feeling grateful for great men and women

Saturday, August 11, 2012      31 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! [Note: This is a llllong blog, sorry! Please feel free to scroll down if you aren’t too interested in History!] Today it was my 3rd hike this week! I am so glad my feet are ok again! 4 hours and it was a fabulo... Read more

A great visit, three little chicks and a beautiful hike

Sunday, August 05, 2012      32 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! It has been a busy last few days! This week, we had the pleasure to meet Californian Sparkfriend Cellista1 for the first time. On Wednesday evening, Striver57 invited Cellista1, Minium and I for dinner. It was a ver... Read more

Planning August – what has changed lately and what can I do next?

Tuesday, July 31, 2012      38 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I was back at work yesterday and it felt strange after my 2-week vacation! I missed not going on a walk or hike in a beautiful place. So I have decided that today I am definitely going on a walk (probably my ‘Routin... Read more

1st anniversary of my 1st hike... Celebrating with a hike of course!

Sunday, July 29, 2012      26 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I am very happy tonight, and even a bit proud too! Exactly one year ago, encouraged by 1BEACHWALKER, I decided to go on my 1st hike. It was a 2-hour experience that I almost ended on my hands as my legs and feet wer... Read more

Dear hiking paths, I am baaaaaack!!!

Friday, July 27, 2012      31 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! To say that I am happy would be well below reality! I am HAPPY!!!!! Today I was back hiking for 3 hours, which hadn’t happened since I sprained my ankle at the end of December. Wow, I am SO HAPPY!!! It was a be... Read more

Back in Gerberoy... how I love that place!

Thursday, July 26, 2012      25 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Some of you may remember Gerberoy... In June, I wrote a blog about that little village (100 inhabitants!) in the countryside in Picardie (North of Paris):
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