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A snowdrop hike

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends!

Today didn’t start too well. I received two disturbing emails, one of which was from a boyfriend I broke up with almost eight years ago... how weird is that?! Then my cold decided that, although it was Sunday, it wasn’t going to give me a break... arghhhhh!

Well, to me it all meant it REALLY was the perfect day to go on a hike, although a fairly short and easy one. Auvers-sur-Oise and its mostly flat paths was a good choice, and 2 hours and a half was enough today.

I first walked along the river...

... then in the forest...

But always with lots of sunshine, which made the wild clematis look even more beautiful!

There were clear signs that Spring is definitely on its way, with the first catkins/pussy willows of the year!

Yet, the highlight of today’s hike was the snowdrops. Lots and lots of snowdrops!

By ending with these little heart shaped flowers, I want to send you all LOTS of thanks for your support and encouragements. Thank you so much for your comments on my ‘Fighting the beast’ blog. I cannot even tell you all that they meant to me... I was close to tears when I read some of them. I know it isn't the end of my fight, just a new stage, but it feels great at the moment to feel at peace with food. I didn't gain weight in Cyprus despite the most stressful work meetings I have ever attended, so I am glad! :)
Thank you also for sharing my excitement at meeting NUOVAELLE and BLOOMINGLENA in Athens on Friday. This end of February has been very special!

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    1029 days ago
    Oh lovely, pussy willows are my favorite and I like your photos of them. The snowdrop hearts are the BEST though. Working my way back through your blogs so I will get to Athens eventually...
    1888 days ago
    I know how much you have been looking forward to Spring. The Snow Drops and Trees are so pretty. The Forest is so colorful. Beautiful area for a walk. My favorite is the clematis. I love how they dazzle in the sun. I'm thinking of planting clematis in our front yard to grow over our trellis. Thank you for you blog! emoticon
    1893 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    Sorry the day started out rough. Hopefully that's all cleared up by now.
    Beautiful hike, beautiful pictures! Thanks so much for sharing!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend Claire and find some time to do whatever your heart desires!

    1893 days ago
    Lovely photos,just delete emails that shatter your peace.
    1895 days ago
    Again, I love your life! You made a good day when it started out an annoying day!
    1896 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/12/2013 12:13:13 PM
    Well, I'm glad you took that walk in spite of how you felt. There is beauty at all times of the year. You are several weeks ahead of where I live with respect to the seasons. Thanks for showing us the snowdrops. I don't believe they live around here. So beautiful.


    1897 days ago
  • _BABE_
    Beautiful pics
    1897 days ago
    I'm so happy for you Claire, you are moving along and doing so well even under stress. I know you have struggled and have become a stronger person, who is more confident and able to adapt to a new lifestyle that will lead to life long health. Thank you for this glimpse of Spring! It is slowly starting here too but we still have over a foot of snow on the ground.

    Only 2 weeks of Lent, then holy week! I am looking forward to it. I know without looking at the scale that I have lost weight, my size 16 pants can now come off without being unbuttoned!

    1897 days ago
  • BEWELL48
    The snowdrops are lovely! We had another 2 feet or so of snow on Friday! Spring can't come soon enough! All our spirits will be lifted.
    1898 days ago
    Lovely pictures
    1899 days ago
    Wow, what beautiful pictures! I am especially intrigued by the wild clematis as I've never seen anything quite like it before. I am wondering if it's gone to seed or if that is it's natural bloom state. Either way, amazing! You are a fantastic photographer!
    1900 days ago
    You take the most beautiful pictures, it makes me smile every time. I hope your cold is gone by the time you read this. Take each day 1 at a time and 1 choice at a time if you need to.

    Thanks for the tour!

    Karen emoticon
    1901 days ago
    Those snowdrops are SO cute! Nature is amazing, isn't it?
    And spring's on its way, yeah!
    Congratulations for making it in Cyprus! You rock!
    Take care,
    1903 days ago
    Claire, What a lovely blog today. I enjoyed looking at all of these beautiful pics. They gave me hope that Spring is truly on the way. I'm sorry that Sunday was not a particularly good day for you. Take care. emoticon
    1903 days ago
    Scratching the snow from around my tree where I had planted my snowdrops was one of my annual efforts to pull out of my SAD when I live in Ohio. Thank you for the pictures of the most glorious signs of spring. As you said it walking is good for the soul, and so is appreciating the beauty of ones surroundings. Once again, your pictures are beautiful.
    Hope you feel better soon. Have a good rest of the week.

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    1903 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/5/2013 7:31:25 AM
    I absolutely LOVE pussy willows - thank you so much for the beautiful picture! I am sorry to hear that you have had a cold - I am actually impressed that you went for a hike even while feeling sick. I hope the lovely things you saw lifted your spirits as much as they lifted mine when I saw the pictures.
    1904 days ago
  • NAN041
    Claire, love the pussy willows, we
    used to have a bush at the end of
    the yard. Always cut them in the
    spring and bring into the house,
    with sprigs of yellow Forsythias..
    a nice memory, thanks, Nan
    1904 days ago
  • QTEALADY20031
    Claire, lovely snowdrops and pretty. Pictures as always so inviting. Anywhere near water can bring a peace and a calm even with a cold.
    Great news for your not gaining weight even under stressful situation! Enjoy your week! emoticon emoticon June
    1904 days ago
    Lovely snowdrops Claire! There are just as many here, as in about 10km further up the river. Hope your cold is better and you're feeling better in yourself too.

    1904 days ago
    Lovely hike and beautiful pictures again. Thanks so
    much for sharing your walk with us again. I hope your
    cold is better. The fresh air would have been good for it.
    Have a great week and sorry to hear you had stressful
    meetings. I'm so happy that you had that lovely break in
    Athens. emoticon
    1904 days ago
    Lovely photos as usual,the first signs of spring snow drops and willows.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely hike with us. emoticon
    Hope your cold gets better soon.
    1904 days ago
    Your blog is always a visual treatment!
    I love the pictures.
    E-mails can be deleted, don't worry, SP is much more fun to think about! :-)
    1904 days ago
    The pussy willows and the snow drops...oh how fabulous! I agree with ALIHIKES...a good hike out in nature helps you deal with stressful situations and reminds you of how much more there is to life than the problems weighing you down at that moment. I hope you get over your cold soon...I too tend to get sick when I fly, and I hope you can shake this one soon. Getting out in the fresh air feels good , doesn't it?
    Have a fabulous new week! Mondays are a fresh start!
    1905 days ago
    How beautiful those snowdrops are! I didn't even know their name but it definitely suits them!
    I think the day was great for a hike and I hope it helped to make you feel better.
    1905 days ago
    What a pretty place you visited one again, Claire. Auvers-sur-Oise looks like such a delightful little town. The area along the river looks so peaceful Those snowdrops are just lovely - I really appreciate pictures of such things that we don't see here in Australia. Love the pics of the pussy willow and clematis too. I hope you recover from that cold and feel much better very soon!
    Take care - blessings and hugs, Nattacia

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    1905 days ago
    How beautiful! How serene! Words do not do justice in describing how much I LOVE your blogs and your hikes!

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    1905 days ago
    I didn't know clematis grew wild. I have patches in my garden. Snowflakes (not exactly like yours, but giving the same effect to the lawn. Mine doesn't have the heart in the center....but my bleeding hearts seem to be larger versions and some are pink. I hope to plant as much as I can of a variety of garden flowers this year. I want color galore. I had a water source put in and shouldn't have the annual problem with lack of rain. can't wait to see the blossoms. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful territory.
    As for the's been 30 years since I've seen the "love of my life" as you young people would say...but he left a message on my phone and all the feelings came back...decided not to meet up with the old geezer, but oh...when he was young...such mem'ries. LOL...and sadness as well.
    Weigh the cost and be healthy and happy...heart and soul. I'll be thinking of you. Blessings!
    1905 days ago
    What delicate and beautiful flowers the snowdrops are! thank you for sharing that.

    HUGS sweetie, and hope you get rid of that cold quickly. I don't know, but lots of people around have had the flu, got better, then it crops up again! UGH

    Take care of yourself. HUGS and blessings.
    1905 days ago
    What a lovely hike we had, isn't it amazing the bulbs need that cold cold weather to bring for such beauty. maybe so do we...

    Hugs and thanks for the walk
    1905 days ago
  • KAREN91
    Claire, The flowers at the end of your blog were so beautiful and delicate. I just love your photography. I'm glad you are in control of your food for today. Im learning to take it one day at a time with food too. Im going to try eating what I want but only when I'm hungry and stop when satisfied. Your blogs mean alot to me. emoticon emoticon
    1905 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    The snowdrops were so lovely. Thanks for sharing your hike today. I hope you get to feeling better soon. emoticon
    1905 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Getting outside is one of the best ways to cure ... most things:) Or at least make you feel better:) Glad you turned your day around. You are the boss of you!
    Take care; hope you feel better soon,
    1905 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    These snowdrops are soooo gorgeous :-) Another great hike under your belt Claire, woohoo :-)
    You know how to look after yourself Claire, you know how to make positive choices and that's more than half the battle! Keep hiking and smiling ;-)
    Take care!
    1905 days ago
    I totally loved the snowdrops. They are so delicate yet they meet the cold head on. You captured the heart leaves so well. Thanks Claire. Another wonderful emotional BLOG Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1905 days ago
    I never saw so many snowdrops in one place - how beautiful. Pussy willows remind me of my childhood when we kids would venture into marshy places to cut some of the pussy willows for my mom. Spring is surely coming - at least where you are!
    1905 days ago
    Beautiful photos-
    thank you so much for sharing.
    1905 days ago
    Hope you are feeling well soon,& I know meetings can be stressful. I love the snow drops they are so delicate & beautiful. About the ex boyfriend. I had an experience that was the weirdest one ever. After being out of school for 3 tears in my early twenties,our neighbor that lived way down the road from us years ago, came knocking at my home when I was living with my Mom & brothers. The very first thing out of his mouth was will you marry me, I just stood there with my mouth gaped open ,he said he did not want to go to Vietnam & get killed so he thought by getting married to me he would not need to go. As long as we lived by him I never once said one word to him, we kids were not allowed to be at any neighbors .we had lived in the country side.I never forgot that I slammed the door shut on him & never heard from him again. The poor fella must have been scared out of his wits to want to get married so he would not go to war.Hope you have a good week Claire.
    1905 days ago
    Great pics
    1905 days ago
  • MILLIE5522
    I am always uplifted by your beautiful pictures. Thank you for always cheering me up! emoticon
    1905 days ago
    You got my curiosity going about the emails... But I am so proud of you for getting outdoors and doing your hike!!!!
    1905 days ago
  • DALID414
    Thanks for the flowers.
    1905 days ago
    I'm glad you turned around a day that didn't begin so well! Nothing a beautiful walk can't transform right? And hey we all get to enjoy the beautiful views... every one... emoticon
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    1905 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    So glad you got out in the sunshine, exercise and sunshine is such a stress relief.
    Hope you feel better very soon.
    loved all the pictures, but you must know I adore all those snowdrops, now I think I want to do that to my yard, I think I need more land lo
    Thank you Claire Have a relaxing evening emoticon Jackie
    1905 days ago
    Great that you even were able to get out! It's blustery and blowing falling snow all over the place. A nice day to spend curled up with a book and taking a nap later on.

    1905 days ago
    It's so lovely to see the colour in the trees across the river - spring is definitely on its way in your part of France. The snowdrops are beautiful. I've never seen real ones, but they are so lovely with their delicate heart shape.

    I'm sorry you have a cold; I agree with one of the other writers that perhaps you picked it up on the plane. I sometimes get a cold when I come home from a holiday too... seems so unfair! I hope you're feeling better soon.

    How strange that you would hear from a boyfriend from10 years ago - I can understand how it could be disturbing.

    Have a good week; I hope you don't go back to a lot of extra work.
    1905 days ago
    Liked the pics
    1905 days ago
  • DNRAE1
    The wild clematis and snowdrops are beautiful! You have some beautiful areas to walk. My path today was along a dry, sandy riverbed with bare trees and blackened weeds! I'm very envious of the beauty you encounter each day.
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    1905 days ago
    What a gorgeous day! It's still cold here and we're expecting more snow. Thanks for bringing some spring into my den! Love the flowers and the river.
    1905 days ago
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