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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 3:38 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

As you may have heard, in France the strict lockdown period has been over since Monday morning this week. The new rules stipulate that we can go wherever we want to within the "departement" where we live (Ardeche, for me), and no further away than 100km from our home if we travel to another departement. This is such a relief! Earlier this afternoon Foxie and I went for a long walk in one of our favourite places, with a friend and her dog. We couldn't believe it, after 2 months' staying at home and only going out, apart for some basic shopping, for a little physical exercise within 1 km of our houses and no longer than 1 hour every day, and carrying a document stating the date and the time we left our houses. Of course my friend and I were careful to observe the required distance from each other. We even started our walk wearing our masks but climbing a steep slope with a mask on your face is just not possible, we thought we would suffocate!!! So we took them off and walked in line at an even safer distance. The dogs were really happy to see each other again and walked, ran, rolled over in the little lanes and among the millions of flowers... It was almost as "before"...

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 5:15 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

What a beautiful place Very Happy We are now allowed any amount of exercise we like and can leave home for exercise as many times as we want to. We can also drive as long as we return to our homes each night.

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 8:42 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Nina, that is so lovely. Smile I also hope Miss you is doing ok xx

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 9:59 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Splendid, Nina - such lovely photos and views. Is that wild honeysuckle growing in that tree?

We are also able to be outdoors as much as we like and go as far as we like within reason in a car...it was nice to just be out in my car for a short drive Smile

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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 5:49 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Yes Judy, it is wild honeysuckle in my last photo. There are thousands of flowers there in May and June, and of course lots of butterflies too, before it becomes a parched and sizzling hot stony moor until the autumn rainfalls. One of my favourite places at this time of year.

Of course Miss You wasn't with us on that walk, even if yesterday was rather an "up" day. Better for her to rest at home for the time being...

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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 8:16 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Aw, early days for little Miss You and you know best when is the right time to take her out into your glorious countryside xx

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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 10:34 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What are those white flowers Nina?

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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 11:05 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Jacquie I've tried to find their name in English and I've finally come upon "Winged candytuft" - does it mean anything to you? Their scientific Latin name is Iberis pinnata. This is a close-up so you can see it better:

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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 11:11 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Must admit we've been doing longer walks this week, including local fields and the little woods at the top of the road adjoining mine. Got such a shock when part way through the woods there were some camping tents pitched, 2 of them, just off the track. We haven't been to the woods since February. I was hoping to see bluebells but not a sign of them. Heard a cuckoo though.

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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 12:34 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Oh lovely Mary, hearing a cuckoo - rare down our way nowadays. Love the wild candytuft - Iberis - Nina, it shines it is so white Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 1:12 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thank you Nina, I can see it better now and I recognise the flower there is a cultivated version (Iberis Sempervirens) that I used to grow Very Happy They are very pretty you are lucky to have them in such abundance Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 4:39 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

That's right Jacquie, we can also buy the cultivated variety here in garden centers - the flowers of the Iberis sempervirens are smaller than those ot the wild Iberis pinnata, though.

Here I've heard the cuckoo practically everyday since early April - seeing him is a totally different story though!!! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 5:47 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I think those in your photo are much nicer as they are open and airy, sempervirens is very close and lumpy Laughing

So sad we don't hear the cuckoo any more, he used to come every year around the middle of April.

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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 6:10 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I don't know if I'm hearing the same cuckoo or 2 different ones! About a quarter to half a mile separates the fields/woods from where the sound comes, at about the same time of day e.g. 10.30 a.m. or thereabouts. Such an entrancing sound ...

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