Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Outdoor Wednesday and Autumn is coming to Normandy.







I'm happy that you dropped by today to join me and Susan, our hostess at Southern Daydreamer, as we celebrate another Outdoor Wednesday.







I don't always take my camera along with me on our regular Sunday morning walk through the countryside but this weekend I did and I was very pleased that I had it that day.


The weather had turned a little chilly, in fact we were both wearing jackets for the first time in a long time.
The fields have all been harvested and there are huge rolls of hay waiting to be tractored over to the farms, as winter fodder for the cows.

Mother Nature is also laying in the supplies. I noticed this hawthorn tree has masses on berries on, the birds won't starve this year!

The blackberry bushes in the hedgerows have plenty of berries but because of the cold and the rain they are very small and so are not ripening. I may have to forego making blackberry jam this year, which is a shame.




I thought this old sycamore tree (?) was looking very overgrown with mistletoe, which is of course a parasite and will eventually kill any tree it invades.



The ages old apple tree in my garden has suffered the same fate and hardly bears fruit any more but I won't have it cut down, it looks too pretty still for that.

Have a great Wednesday, whether you're in or out of doors.

à bien tôt
Maggie

18 comments:

  1. Hi Maggie! Thanks for visiting me! I can't even imagine the beauty of living where you do. I'd love to be able to buy confitures and baguettes and brie. I've read a few of your recent posts. What a life! Is there a link where I can see photos of what you've done with your house? I bet you're relieved to be so close to finishing. Come back and see me sometime.
    Karen
    www.elderberrystreet.blogspot.com

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  2. Hi Maggie,

    So wish I had some of that parasite, the mistletoe, at Christmas, to decorate with. Do you use it? Another interesting post from Normandy.

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  3. We don't have mistletoe here but a little further south in Delaware it's prolific. Thanks for visiting. There is a place in my heart for France, so romantic. Possibly I had a past life there.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  4. You've got a very nice blog here.
    Have a happy day!

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  5. What a great bunch captures. This only goes to show you -- you need to be taking your camera with you on every adventure!!

    :)

    Happy ODW

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

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  6. Normandy is beautiful. Such nice pictures , good you had your camera with you Have a nice day

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  7. Lovely as always.
    Great post!

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  8. Beautiful start of fall -- the temps here are more fall like than summer like . . . there is definitely a coolness in the air!

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  9. What a great place to take a walk! I didn't know mistletoe was considered a weed...I thought it was always grown and harvested on purpose!

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  10. I'm glad you had your camera on your wonderful walk! I need to have mine with me all the time now - not that I use it all the time. Amother wonderful post.

    Carol

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  11. After making the chocolate pudding, I saw the recipe for Cape Cod Chopped Salad. I made it last night and oh my! How could a salad be so good? It was amazing! I highly recommend that one too. Let me know how you like the pudding!

    Karen
    www.elderberrystreet.blogspot.com

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  12. I loved your photos with early signs of fall in Normandy. I especially like the sihlouette of the apple tree. Is it not possible to remove the mistletoe before the damage is done? I hope you are having a wonderful day.

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  13. I love the hawthorn. I didn't know mistletoe was so bad.

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  14. Maggie, I loved going along on your Sunday morning walk. The berries look yummy! One of my favorites in the French markets are the tiny fresh strawberries.

    I left you an answer about the IFAM rooster. Did you see it?

    Great post, as always! ~ Sarah

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  15. Hi Maggie,
    We're fortunate to benefit from your appreciation of the beauty of nature. Thank you for sharing!

    Warmest regards,
    Bill

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  16. Gorgeous pictures, Maggie! How lucky you are to live in a place with such natural beauty, and with such "man made" beauty as well. Lovely!
    Cass

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  17. Hi Maggie!!

    I'm glad we shared this walk with you. How beautiful these trees are and I feel badly for the two dying from the mistletoe. Is that the same mistletoe we kiss under at Christmas time?? Ewww!!

    I am learning more about Normandy from you and enjoying it so much!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  18. Maggie, I'm so glad you let me know you made the pudding. I didn't put the framboise in it either. Seriously chocolatey. You don't need to eat much, that's for sure. Thanks for letting me know!

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Thanks for stopping by, your visit just made my day!