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A yellow and purple hike

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Today's hike was so wonderful! I wish you could all have been with me, looking at the bright fields of flowers and listening to the birds singing.

Immediately after I left Boissy-l'Aillerie (North-West of Paris, near Cergy-Pontoise), I was in the fields! There were lots of colza/canola today and the smell was so strong... As I am not allergic, I really loved it!

There were also lots of wheat, a bright green color at this time of the year...

Many trees and bushes along the paths were in blooms.

As I walked past a forest, I was attracted by the bright purple color through the trees...

Not surprising: it was covered with bluebells, as far as the eye could see!

When I left the woods, I reached Montgeroult.

The 17th century castle was clearly visible behind its gates.

The whole village was lovely! I wouldn't mind spending a weekend here one of these days!

After I crossed the railway, I was in Courcelles-sur-Viosne. I loved this house with the pale green shutters!

On the paths outside the village I kept seeing snails! Lots and lots of them! It gives an idea of how wet it has been lately! :)

Then I was in and out of the woods for a while...

I need your help please!!! I saw this type of tree several times today and really liked it, but I can't find out what it is. Do you happen to know how it is called? The leaves looked like flowers.

My hike ended like it had started, in the fields of colza!

Then I was back outside Boissy-l'Aillerie's townhall where I had parked.

Thank you for reading my blog today! I hope you are also having a beautiful weekend! emoticon
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    1034 days ago
    Ohhhh Snails big enough to eat with garlicbutter!!!! Yum! Would have been wishing I had something to collect them into, had I been there!
    1840 days ago
    Beautiful! I love the house with the green shutters also!
    1840 days ago
    I missed one of your blogs, sorry. It is so beautiful. The Church steeple, the castle, the flowers and the old street with houses close together, shutters, gates and all. Makes one want to go back, but I don't know what I'd do with Erik. Oh well. I can enjoy your hikes and pictures.
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    1842 days ago
    Hi claire it took me forever to make the comment box clear.
    The first day you wrote this I responded because my favourites are Purple and yellow but I did not find it in my comments.
    I will move on in hopes i do not have to log in so many times.HUGS
    I thought the yellow fields were Rapeseed, we saw them in England and we were told that was what it was. HUGS Pat In Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1843 days ago

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  • BAKER1009
    BEAUTIFUL!! Love this blog Claire, thank, as always, for sharing!! emoticon emoticon

    How cool about the snail. I love that picture. I mean, it's no goat, but I love it! LOL! I don't think I've ever seen a picture of a snail. Well, I have, but like nature magazines or whatever. Never one taken by someone I know, like that. Does that make sense? Beautiful Carly has me quite sleep deprived these days!!

    1844 days ago
    Just lovely to see all the spring blooms. Thank you for your wonderful blogs.
    1844 days ago
    My dearest Claire, thank you for filling my eyes with the colours and the beauty of the french country! I liked the photos of the village Montgeroult. I think I would love to spend a weekend there myself as well! haha! I feel relaxed when I see the photos of your hikes. Beautiful!

    1844 days ago
    What beautiful pictures!!!!! emoticon emoticon for sharing emoticon
    1845 days ago
    Wow, stunning expanses of yellows and blues. And a quaint village.
    Wheat grows incredibly quickly once it sprouts, in grade 5 the teacher arranged a plant growing competition, I seeded a cosmos because the package said it grew to 6 feet, but some clever boys seeded wheat which sprouted quickly and won the competion for the first month while the rest of our plants were just getting started. My cosmos didn't win anything because while it eventually grew to 6 feet, school was out by that time.
    I love going through the countryside in France and Italy seeing the fall-seeded cereals and identifying them by their heads, oats, wheat, barley, rye. So lush and green in May and June and then by the end of July, they are golden, harvested, gone.
    So different from Canada where the wheat is seeded in the spring and harvested in the fall.
    1845 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/8/2013 5:21:38 PM
    Dear Claire,

    I so enjoyed the beautiful hike. "I love Paris in the Springtime..." I can understand why. I have never seen so many Bluebells and I personally have never seen a large snail. We have some here but it gets so cold for so long that our snails are tiny and usually unseen.

    I agree the house with the green shutters is wonderful! It would be nice to stay there for a vacation weekend or even longer.

    I do not know what that tree is but I am curious now too. I wonder what the actual shape of each leaf is. That would be a big clue.

    Thank you for the tour!
    1845 days ago
    What a beautiful hike, Claire! I'm glad you could fully enjoy all the beauties of nature at this time of the year!
    Unfortunately, I can't help you with the tree but it looks really amazing! Was it tall or kind of bushy? I'm sure it must have been a beautiful sight if there were lots of them together!
    I was thinking about you while I was at my village. Spring had arrived early and the whole place was so green and full of wild flowers and the whole village smelled of freshly-cut grass all the time! I'm sure you would have loved it!
    1845 days ago
    What a beautiful hike. I love Bluebells. They were my favorite flower when I was a kid, although we didn't have many were I grew up. Wish I could help you out with the tree. They are interesting. Love the leaves, and looks like it has a dash of red in them. Looks like spring has sprung for you!! emoticon
    1845 days ago
    I loved the pictures - such a gorgeous walk! The bluebells are lovely - I should send you some pictures of Texas bluebonnets, which are also lovely, but which are, sadly, long over by now. Do let us know if you find out the name of the very unusual tree.
    1846 days ago
    Thanks for the gorgeous pics again Claire. I used to live just the other side of the main road from Boissy, in a place called Génicourt, but on the "less nice" side of the road that eventually leads to Dieppe. i do love bluebells, my mother's favourite flower, and since tomorrow will be the 22nd anniversary of her death, I will be taking a walk in the woods tomorrow or Thursday to see them.

    Lovely hike in lovely villages right near me.

    1846 days ago
    A weekend in that village would be sublime! Yellow and purple are two of my very favorite colors...and that snail had lovely coloring too. A marvelous walk...I can't believe that next May we may be walking there! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • RAMONA1954
    Thank you for sharing another beautiful walk with us. I loved the beauty of the flowers and trees. I've never seen a tree like that before. It was definitely unusual. Thanks again for sharing, Claire. Have a fantastic week.
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    1847 days ago
    I felt like I was with you. Thank you for leading the trek
    for me.
    I just love the Spring flowers and the countryside is really
    beautiful.Thanks for the beautiful photos also. emoticon
    1847 days ago
  • NAN041
    Such lovely flowers, reminding me of our trip
    to California where we also saw fields of
    flowers.....enjoy your week, Nan
    1847 days ago
    I wonder if colza is what we call goldenrod. Your bluebells seem shorter in the pics than mine and less spindly...much thicker where you are. What absolutely wonderful scenes!!! Thank you dearly!!!
    1847 days ago
    Oh my, what beautiful flowers! Your way ahead of us, but just saw some buds on the maple trees popping out today. So, spring is TRYING!

    I love the bluebells. None by me, but the're gorgeous!

    HUGS adn as always, thank you for sharing your beautiful journey.
    1847 days ago
    The bluebells are just beautiful!! I have never seen that kind of tree before but it is lovely. I wonder if it has a bloom on it later.
    I can see why you would want to spend a weekend in that darling village. It would be a lovely place to visit and explore.
    I am so glad you had a great hike and a beautiful day.
    1847 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Your fields of colza and woods blanketed with blue bells are so beautiful. Our spring is about a month ahead of yours and the wheat and oats are much higher but still a bright green. The old castles and villages are always so picturesque. I can see the lilacs are in bloom, too. (I don't know what your interesting tree is.) Thanks for sharing your hike to day. It looks like you had a beautiful day for it.
    1847 days ago
    La belle campagne! Merci beaucoup :-)
    1847 days ago
  • KAREN91
    Thank you so much for taking us all to your home country of France. It's so beautiful! I enjoy your blogs so much. emoticon
    1847 days ago
    How wonderful it is to join you on your walks. What a lovely town we visited too. I'm sorry I don't know the plant you saw.

    I am glad spring has come for you and the flowers and birds and trees seem to shine in the sun.

    Beautiful photographs, it is lovely that you have have so many towns to visit of such a high standard of 'loveliness' :)

    Have a great week!!!
    1847 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    Beautiful, thanks for sharing!
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    1847 days ago
    Beautiful pictures, Claire. I had no idea that canola had a scent. Just never thought of it, I guess. The bluebells remind me of one of my trips to England, with Dorothy I think, when we went to Devon and Cornwall in early May. I'd never seen bluebells in quantity before, and loved them.

    Have a great week,
    1847 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    Gorgeous! This is SOOO beautiful, thank you :-)
    I will show that pic to a friend of mine, he might know what it is.... I'll let you know!
    Thanks again for sharing, I so love your pictures!
    1847 days ago
    Ah, que j'ai le mal du pays! Colza et clochettes, c'est toute mon enfance!!! Par contre je ne sais pas du tout ce qu'est cette plante... Merci de partager avec nous ces photos superbes et toutes vos expériences! Vraiment merveilleux.... emoticon
    1848 days ago
    Oh wow - I'd love to have been with you on this hike!! Amazing!! emoticon
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  • MAWMAW101
    Thank you once again for taking us along. Your pictures are awesome.
    I walked on the tredmill today because of the rain but took a good look out the windows and noticed the rows of vegetables growing in the garden, the potato plants growing next to our lane and the birds playing in the birdbath!

    1848 days ago
    Absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous! How blessed you are to live in such a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing it with us!
    1848 days ago
  • MILLIE5522
    Even though I don't live in France and have only been there for holidays your wonderful pictures make me feel homesick!! I would really really love to live there one day! Thank you so much for "taking me to France" emoticon
    1848 days ago
  • QTEALADY20031
    Claire, the flowers are just beautiful. They actually look like a bed that you could lie in.....wish I could have joined you on the hike! I love the castles and the homes in the villages. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful and interesting pictures. I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!! emoticon emoticon emoticon June
    1848 days ago
    I always love seeing the villages and castles and other buildings. They are so interesting. I especially loved all the flowers though and I wish I could have been with you on your hike too!
    1848 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your trek. Love your pictures and your talk while you walk. I hope you enjoyed your walk as much as I did.
    1848 days ago
  • _BABE_
    I was surprised to see the fields of Canola. Brings back memories of when I was growing up in Saskatchewan. Back then it was call Rapeseed ( changed for obvious marketing reasons), we also had the bluebells and lilacs as signs spring had arrived albeit more in late May, early June. Beautiful pictures of the countryside as always Claire.
    1848 days ago
  • DALID414
    Oh my gosh, I'm glad I wasn't out there with you, my allergies would have ruined it! It looks beautiful from afar emoticon
    1848 days ago
    What an exciting tour! I so loved those bluebells and the towns you went through.
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  • JACKIE542
    Absolutely beautiful!!I can see that if I were ever to get over my fear of flying this would be the time to come to Paris. I had my Spring and than I could enjoy a Paris Spring too.
    Thank you for those great pictures, the colza and bluebells are so PRETTY. Love the village and the houses.
    I am very curious as to what that tree is, I have never seen one.
    Bet you had a happy day after this hike, I am smiling. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1848 days ago
    Beautiful shots---lovely flowers and such a lovely village---I loved all the different colors.
    1848 days ago
    Still a little too cold for that much color yet. Thank You for showing us France in Spring. Would like to see the Colza closer. Have never heard of them before. We should be getting Indian paint brush sometime soon & will try to have the girls help me post pictures when these wildflowers are in bloom.
    1848 days ago
    Dear, dear Claire, what more can I say about your wonderful blogs and pictures. No words would be adequate to express how much joy you bring to life.

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    1848 days ago
    Oh dear Claire thank you for the lovely photos I could just scoop the Blue Bells up in my arms & bury my face in them. Cannot wait until Mom sees these photos. I just looked up colza as I did not know what it was.How beautiful in color, what is the smell similar to when you smell the air? Sometimes it is much different once processed for the product. I agree I love the shutter color on the one home. The leaves on the plant remind me here at home of the Holly Hock bushes with all the petals clustered together. Thank You for sharing your walk. I have a baby shower Mom & I are going to this afternoon, then I shall go on my walk.Take care
    1848 days ago
  • KATYDID412
    So beautiful. Looks like a perfect springtime day!
    1848 days ago
    Claire, What a perfectly lovely start to my day! Bluebells are my favorite flower and we have a few, but my husband has promised to plant more. I showed my husband the picture of your tree and asked if he knew what it was, but I am sorry to say that he didn't. He had never seen anything like it, nor had I. I smiled at the close picture of the snail. He looked like he was taking no notice of you and your camera.

    I like the pictures of the castle and the Town Hall, but I must say that as usual, the village intrigued me the most. It looked like a perfectly lovely place to spend one or two days. I am sure that there are many adventures to me found.

    I look forward to your next hike. I can only imagine the view that the pilot of the airplane in your first pic. had as he flew over these beautiful fields.

    1848 days ago
  • DR1939
    So lovely. It brightened my cloudy, rainy day.
    1848 days ago
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