So as my major New Year's Resolution is to try to spend less time gardening (or at least, growing so much and therefore having to deal with the harvest) thus have more time to do other things like going out and walking and birdwatching, and very much inspired by my friend Brittanygirl's blog http://livingin22.blogspot.com/ and her meanderings up the lane with her camera, I sugested to my OH we go for a walk. He nearly fell over with shock but was happy to oblige.
I took about 65 photos hence the walk took well over an hour. Don't worry I'm not showing them all here! Click on any of the photos to see them full size.
|A favourite fly tipping place just up the road; |
someone has now put up a notice and dumped
a pile of branches in the way so let's hope this makes a difference
|Looking back over my wooded garden, a little haven for wildlife.|
My house is hidden by the trees.
|'My' stream, 'le ruisseau de la Lande Huard' |
several fields upstream, beside the road
|Look what was beside it - I'll know for next Xmas!|
|The mark of one's wealth in these parts is measured |
by the size of one's woodpile.....
|Just a typical wintery landscape|
|A cross, just beside the road. |
I have no idea of its meaning.
|Apologies to anyone religious reading this|
but really, this wasn't exactly carved
by a master mason was it? It did make us giggle!
|Gorse and mistletoe, both common around these parts|
|My house, barn and duck and chook sheds from the lane.|
We rarely drive up here so don't see this view very often!
|Coming back into the hamlet. |
There are a lot of these stone walls, part of the land
that once belonged to the two manor houses.
|At the entrance to my neighbour's drive -|
it looks so colourful I want one! I think it's a Viburnum.
|The wreck on the corner; that's my orchard on the left|
|My orchard and looking up the lane towards my house|
on the right. The grass verge has been trashed
by a huge JCB as the new family who have moved into
the hamlet are having a new septic tank installed.
Still here? ;-) I've had to pare the photos down considerably so have missed out a load that I took of trees, but that's for another blog posting. I had a lovely time and really must get out and about more often!