21 November 2014

My 100th Post

I can't believe I've just written that.
If Blogger didn't count them and inform me 
 I would have let this special day pass me by without knowing.

If you don't mind I need to write it again only in bigger numbers
100 th. post.

I promise I won't mention it again.

 I created my blog in 2012. If you weren't reading me then take a look at my first post.

Except for my family, I really didn't know who would want to read about my daily life, 
but 99 posts later and just past the 40,000 number of views.
I'm feeling quite pleased with myself.
 I'm still here and when I don't enjoy writing and sharing I'll stop.

I thank every one of you who take the time to read about me, 

If you don't write a comment  I don't know you are reading it, but thank you anyway.

Finally a special thank you to all my blogging friends
who leave such lovely encouraging comments.

 A sketch from my journal of the back view of our house from the grazing field.

What better subject to share with you than the beautiful countryside I enjoy where I live, 
and what a stunning time of the year when the trees are exploding with such beautiful colours.

If you would like to join me on my walk, we will start from 

Our summer visitors have gone. the vine has been trimmed

                         but it still looks inviting with the lovely red leaves on the Virginia Creeper.

During my recuperation time I sat most days on our terrace 
and sketched this view of the ruined barn 

Now the Berberis is looking at its best, so many shades of red.

We could take this lane.

But I think we'll go  this way.

 We will walk the  'Le Route Forrestier' 

 I haven't taken this pathway for quite some time as it was too hilly for me, but now I'm able to walk much further again, it's the best route for views.  We will be able to see the many species of trees which grow in our region  some of them are already bare and others are still showing off  their colourful robes. This particular day started with heavy showers then the sun came out which lit up the trees making their colours even more beautiful, 

I climbed the first hill to see the lovely big Oak tree
 which stands alone in the field where the Limousin cows feed,
 This oak always look splendid whatever the season, it hangs onto
it's leaves almost until the new Spring leaves begin to appear.

 I stopped and turned around so that you could have a glimpse of my home through the bare trees.

I can see lots of  dark clouds beginning to gather so before it starts to rain again.
I think we'll take a little detour,  I don't think you'll be disappointed.
it's this winding path which has lots of ferns along the edge of the path

Look at the lovely shades of rust of these ferns, 
I'll be cutting them soon and taking them to use as a winter coat for my fragile Fuchsias.
I learnt that tip from an old man in the village where we lived when we first arrived in France.
If you'd like to read some of my happenings in that village take a peep    here

I'm so glad I took the detour even though it didn't rain
We would have missed seeing these trees.
Aren't they beautiful ?

When it snows and I write about the snow plough never passing our house, you can see why. 

         I'll be able to show you the ruined house near to where I live.which is so over grown now

We are now back, to where we started our walk.
I hope you enjoyed the beautiful colours I'm seeing at the moment.
This year we still haven't had any frost, so we're still enjoying our Autumn.

 Now for a little insight of my preparation before I actually make a post. 

I say it so many times I am not technically minded.
I forget how to do things, so have to write it down, especially doing a link.
That's why I don't join in with Link posts but I do read the blogs you all link to.

I'd never get anything done I'd still be sitting at my laptop struggling.
Oh believe me sometimes it takes me ages.
However I have managed to put two links in this post.

When I first started writing on my blog I used to get Mr France to take the photos.

But since then  I've learnt such a lot about taking photos and I'm still learning, 
Here I'm preparing for a photo shoot I wanted to show you 
the last three stems of Lavender I found this morning.

Most of the photos I take are with my aim & shoot camera,  I can master that.

It's still not right. but was the best of all that I took.
This stone jar I found buried in the barn under all the hay at our first house.

I fiddled about adding a few more bits and pieces.
I've just made some Lavender sachets as extra little gifts for Christmas
and I thought it would fit in with the theme.
But too many shadows. 

I hope you enjoyed my special post.

à bientôt
Barbara Lilian


  1. Congratulations on 100 posts!
    I love where you live Barbara..
    So peaceful and pretty.
    I have loved that about blogging too..learning about photography..all the friendly contacts..etc..

    Enjoy the day!

  2. Congratulations, Barbara, on your 100th post, a great achievement and what a lot of page views you've had! Your area looks beautiful, in fact I think all of France is lovely. I have joined the 'Grow your blog party' for next January in the hope of finding more readers.
    I heard about it from you last January and I've been keeping an eye on Vicki's blog ever since. Keep up the blogging, it's so nice to see the world through other eyes!

  3. BRAVO Barbara !!
    A milestone on a beautiful blog ;))

  4. Well done on the 100th Posting. Whenever I am with you in France, we are never stuck for something to talk about; whether about the garden, the family, or even my own comings and goings . Through your Blog I can hear your voice, it is like being with you. xx Cerries

  5. Hi Barbara - Oh, I did love taking this beautiful walk with you! Congratulations on your 100th post, too! I do love your beautiful home and the lovely countryside! Your sketches are wonderful. I have been dabbling with sketching lately, too and want to learn watercolor. I think that when you live in a beautiful place you just want to capture it! I am so happy that I have found your blog. I did not know a thing about photography or computers when I started blogging either, but it forces you to learn, which is a good thing, I think. Now I can't imagine not capturing the world in photos....Your gardens are splendid, by the way. Hugs xo Karen

  6. Dear Barbara congratulations friend on your 100th post. I read your first post and how you got started blogging. Like you I am not top notch in the technical parts but really love blogging. So thankful that I met you and get to visit your gorgeous part of the world. Your pictures are outstanding and I so loved my walk. Thank you so much for taking me along. Looking forward to your next 100 posts! Have a super week.

  7. Congratulars, Barbara! I truly did enjoy your 100th post…thanks so much for taking us on such a lovely stroll. Here in New England the trees are bare and it is snowing. We will end up with at least 6 or more inches so I enjoyed seeing your beautiful color instead of white. :)

  8. Dear Barbara, I just love how your surround yourself with beauty beauty beauty!! I I thank you for sharing it, it makes me feel so good good good. The colors in your post look especially beautiful to me as I look out the window to snow. I so relate to you about the technical process. I had to buy a new camera, still a point & shoot, but now it's more complicated than my last model & I have to stumble through the steps. It took me well over a week just to charge it up...Best, Rita

  9. PS Congratulations on your 100th. I too enjoy this ongoing process & enjoy visiting a few favorite blogs like yours, when I can...

  10. What a delightful post. I felt as thought I was walking next to you enjoying all the beautiful places near your home. Thank you for taking the time to share it all with us. I love your posts. May you write a 100 more! Sharon


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