A delightful Normandy Exploration on the edge of the Forest

in Pinmapple3 months ago (edited)

Hello dear Hivers ! Our return to Paris has temporarily prevented me from being here as much as I would have liked, but after a few days I'm acclimatized again.

Today, I'd like to share with you a little of that walk above the forest that we visited in part last time. This time, we're going further up the hills, through fields and pastures.

But without further ado, let's start this walk on a completely sunny day, even if it's not much more than one degree on the thermometer...!

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It's the middle of the day, but the light is already low and streaming through the trees. We've parked next to the Réno-Valdieu abbey, but we're about to set off in the opposite direction.

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Little dips like this are an eternal invitation to wander around the countryside and discover new routes. Like last time, we're setting off without maps or pre-planned routes.

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We start off along the edge of the forest and in the distance we hear a few shots from hunters, but fortunately it's more in the opposite direction than the open country we're heading towards without knowing it...

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Then we set off into the forest, with its thousand and one wonders to behold. As I take the time to admire and then capture certain things with my camera, I inevitably lag behind and it's my companion who leads the way !

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A dead oak, probably felled by the last big storm, and already, on a nearby trunk, mushrooms are spreading...

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At this time of day, I've always loved the sun's rays, reflected in the various obstacles of the vertical trees.

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Then we come to an open area, in fact a ranch, which we go around, still in the forest, and where we don't see many horses at first...

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The walk resumes on the narrow forest path...

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We've now reached a locality, but it seems that one of the roads we're on is a dead end, and even though I'm curious, I prefer looping rather than going back and forth...

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So we take one of the other directions, and come across this basket willow that reminds me of a gardening project !

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At the bend in the road, we come across the horse training tracks. A typically Norman landscape where almost everyone rides a horse !

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We then drive past the stable's rather pretty buildings...

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And the route continues through the valleys between natural hedges and pastures.

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Here's the first young horse through the undergrowth of a hedge...

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A new crossroads, we continue to form our loop and gradually return to the car. We've already been on the road for over an hour. Maybe two ?

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Pastures as far as the eye can see and, in the distance, two horses...

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But in the foreground, it's another type of willow that we're picking up to try and make a living hedge in our garden. Apparently, all you have to do is plant the branches you've collected, stick them in the ground and weave them into the shape you want.

But I'll tell you more about this project in due course :)

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The road, the hours and the shadows stretch under our feet and we return peacefully, taking the time to admire the surrounding landscapes. I'm still trailing behind with my bunch of willows and my camera in the other hand.

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Pastures as far as the eye can see. Horizons of oak trees and small wild hedges.

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That's it, we're gradually entering the forest...

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The signs tell us where we are, but if you think about it, we never felt lost for a moment !

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And that's it, this mainly visual stroll comes to an end here, and I hope you've enjoyed following in our footsteps. Thank you for your visit, I wish you all a very pleasant day,

<3

@anttn


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Bonjour chers Hivers ! Le retour à Paris m'a momentanément empêché d'être là autant que je le souhaiterais, mais après quelques jours, me voilà de nouveau acclimaté.

Aujourd'hui, je voudrais partager avec vous un peu de cette promenade au dessus de la forêt que nous avions visitée en partie la dernière fois. Cette fois-ci, nous allons davantage sur les hauteurs des collines, dans un milieu de champs et de pâturages.

Mais commençons sans plus attendre cette balade par un jour complètement ensoleillé, même s'il ne fait pas beaucoup plus d'un degré au thermomètre..!

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Nous sommes au milieu de la journée, mais la lumière est déjà rasante et file à travers les arbres. Là, nous nous sommes garés à côté de l'abbaye de Réno-Valdieu, mais c'est dans la direction opposée que nous allons partir.

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Les petits creux comme celui-ci sont une éternelle invitation à la balade au hasard du paysage et des itinéraires. Comme la dernière fois, nous partons sans cartes et sans cheminements pré-établis.

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Nous commençons par longer la forêt et au loin, nous entendons quelques tirs de chasseurs, heureusement c'est plutôt dans la direction opposée que celle des milieux ouverts vers lesquels on se dirige sans le savoir...

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Puis, nous nous avançons dans la forêt et ses mille et unes merveilles à contempler. Comme je prends le temps d'admirer, puis de capturer certaines choses avec mon appareil, forcément, je suis à la traîne et c'est ma compagne qui ouvre la marche !

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Un chêne mort, abattu probablement par la dernière grosse tempête, et déjà, sur un tronc voisin, des champignons se propagent...

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À ces heures-ci, j'ai toujours aimé les rayons du soleil matérialisés par les différents obstacles des arbres verticaux.

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Puis nous arrivons à un milieu ouvert, c'est en fait un ranch que nous allons contourner toujours dans la forêt et où ne voyons pas beaucoup de chevaux dans un premier temps...

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La marche reprend sur le petit sentier forestier...

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Nous voilà arrivés à un lieu-dit, mais il semblerait qu'une des routes qui s'offre à nous est une impasse et même si je suis curieux, je préfère les promenades en boucles plutôt qu'en allez-retours...

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Nous prenons donc une des autres directions, et croisons ce saule des vanniers qui me rappelle un projet de jardinage !

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Au détour d'un chemin, nous croisons les pistes d'entraînements pour les chevaux. Un paysage typiquement normand là où tout le monde ou presque monte à cheval !

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Nous passons ensuite devant les différents bâtiments assez jolis de l'écurie...

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Et la route reprend dans les vallons entre les haies naturelles et les pâturages.

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Voilà un premier jeune équidé à travers les taillis d'une haie...

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Nouveau croisement des routes, on continue pour former notre boucle et petit à petit, revenir vers la voiture. Cela fait déjà plus d'une heure que nous sommes partis. Peut-être deux ?

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Des pâturages à perte de vue et au loin, deux chevaux...

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Mais au premier plan, c'est surtout un autre type de saule que l'on ramasse pour essayer de faire une haie vivante dans notre jardin. Apparemment, il suffit de planter les branches prélevées, de les planter dans la terre et de les tresser pour obtenir la forme voulue.

Mais je vous reparlerai de ce projet en temps voulu :)

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La route, les heures et les ombres s'étirent sous nos pas et nous revenons paisiblement en prenant le temps d'admirer les paysages environnants. Moi toujours à la traîne avec mon bouquet de saules et mon appareil dans l'autre main.

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Pâturages à perte de vue. Horizons de chênes et petites haies sauvages.

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Ça y est, nous rentrons progressivement dans la forêt...

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Les panneaux nous indiquent notre position, mais à tout bien réfléchir, pas à un seul moment nous ne nous sommes sentis perdus !

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Et voilà, cette promenade principalement visuelle se termine là et j'espère que vous aurez pris du plaisir à en suivre les traces à nos côtés. Merci pour votre visite, je vous souhaite une excellente journée à tous,

<3

@anttn


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Thank you !

I hope you're doing well :)

Are those rubber boots? It must have been cold! I stopped wearing them to the garden when it was about 5 degrees as I was freezing..

You wouldn't say it was so cold from those photos. The weather was so nice and the grass is still green over there! 😊

Are those rubber boots?

Indeed ! Plus we don't have yet the version with the special isolation for winter ! And yes ! That was a bit cold.. 😂 But we wear a big pairs of socks and it's doable hehe

In the sun, it was quite all right, maybe 6-7 degrees, maybe even more !

Thank you for visiting dear, I hope you're doing well ✌️😇

What about those comments in French? 😁

Haha, mais oui ! Où avais-je la tête 😅 ?!

Je dois dire que pour moi, c'est du coup encore plus simple que de devoir penser en français des phrases écrites en anglais :)

J'y ferrai plus attention à l'avenir et je te souhaite une belle soirée 😘

What beatuiful colors! All the orange and red tones... You sure had a good time there!
It's all winter with heavy snow over here... but as I love winter and snow I'm quite finewith it. 😅

Yeah, but sometimes I do miss a good and heavy cover of snow too haha 😇

Have a good new week start, I hope you're doing well !

So far I'm doig great. Just way too busy on job... just trvelling back from a business trip... it's taking me an 8-hour-drive on the long distance bus. 😆
Hope your back is better in the meanwhile?

Wow, 8 hours in a bus ! I assume it makes some stops along the road isn't ?

The back is almost almost finally healed ! Frankly, I was lucky one this one.. Thank you for asking about !!

Yeah, it takes several stops in the bigger cities along the way. Needed anyways for drivers change due to steering time limitations in the law. 😉

Glad to hear that! That could really have ended bad! I'm happy it didn't.

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Thank you kindly dear @choogirl 😇

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Going through your post I felt through your photos as if I had passed through these places especially because for me walking in nature is a medicine.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Ah, thanks dear @triplug ! I'm happy you enjoyed the 'ride' !

Indeed a great medicine 😇

Enjoy your Sunday !

You're welcome😉

A gorgeous walk! I've heard of those living fences too. Do let us know how it works out.

Thank you @owasco 😇

I will surely make an update when things will be on their way !

Have a nice Sunday :))

all picts was beautiful..

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You actually took some beautiful pictures in the forest
The pictures are lovely

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