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Married to the lovely Geoffrey, my soulmate. I have two fantastic big kids,both married, whom I love and miss every day I'm not with them, but I know they're living and loving their lives and we make up for time when we get together.I now have three granddaughters too...

Friday, 20 February 2009

Who's Idea Was This....

Geoff and I went off for a good walk yesterday, I insisted that we should go somewhere different.
You can't go wrong around here but at sometime sooner or later you do have to realise that you have to go up!!
In every glade you're bound to find a tiny church.
We set a good pace and before we realised we were climbing up a long gradient. My heart was pumping and I was feeling really good, trying to keep up with Geoff. We chatted easily about our daily life, what we were going to do to the house once the kitchen is finished. We have so many jobs to do outside too. There's also my trip to London in March. Bethan and I are going to be shopping for a wedding dress, plus meeting Matthew's parents (first time for me!) I'm so looking forward to it, we've been in contact via email and spoken on Skype so I think we will feel quite comfortable meeting.
The countryside around us was quite different with huge rocks jutting out of the undergrowth and goats scrambling about.

Then Geoff said he thought it not a good idea that I turn around, of course I did..

What to do!.... huge thundering rain clouds chasing behind us and beautiful sunny skies ahead.
We decided if we climbed high enough maybe we'd miss the worst of it, so, we continued on to the top of the mountain. I kept thinking that maybe over the next hill we would have a view of the sea with the sun glinting on it, but no.


The views were splendid and the rain missed us

We stopped at another church and smiled with this chap who is poised forever with his favourite tipple.
We also came across these tiny orchids, Orchis papilionacea ssp. heroica.


Eventually, time to wend our way down, slightly damp around the edges and very weary but happy in each others company. That's where we live, there, in the middle of the photogragh.... across the valley.








22 comments:

soulbrush said...

what a wonderful ramble, thanks for sharing it with us.

Lynn said...

Oh I am all tuckered out from that steep climb uphill but it was worth it the view is lovely.
What a wonderful way to spend a day with your guy.

Artist Unplugged said...

Thanks for showing all the incredible beauty that surrounds you!!! I didn't get to leave a message yesterday but it was very interesting about all the oils and seeing all the photos!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Wow.. you went far. What a nice long lovely walk. Now I am tuckered out. :} Loved that lovely flower too. Thanks for taking us along.

Milla said...

we went on a walk today to somewhere new, too, but it was more of a scorched moonscape with none of that beauty, and definitely shy an orchid!

bethan said...

And here is me doing laps of a square, concrete and razor wire enclosed compound in a desert. No wonder you are winning!

Wild Somerset Child said...

What a day, and what a walk - and superb views.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

It looks amazing.

CJ xx

Jude said...

Thank you, looking at the photos now, it's lovely but, when we were walking it, especially on the way back, it was tiring!

katie jane said...

You have the most amazing places to visit there, and the VIEWS!! Wow. I'd be out walking every day, just to see what I could find. I really enjoyed yesterday's post with the essential oils. How fun.

And how exciting, planning "your" wedding. I'll bet you are looking forward to a trip back to England.

Lulu Barbarian said...

How beautiful! I envy you your surroundings. But not in a bad evil-eye kind of way. :-)

Mediterranean kiwi said...

you did well for one day - fancy missing the rain!

Blu said...

Wow that was quite a walk back. You must be getting very fit!

Cheryl said...

What a great walk! You must feel great, good for both of you! Incredible:)

Tiina said...

Hi! How nice of you to follow my blog. I have been to Crete four times to Chania, Rethymnon, Gerani and Hersonisos. Me and my family loves Crete and I was so glad that I found your blog so we can follow what happens there. We were in Rethymnon last summer and the boys wants to go there this summer too.
We have -6 in Sweden, lots of snow and we haven´t seen the sun for many days. Have a nice weekend and I hope to here from you again.

Robyn said...

Phew, I'm feeling quite frazzled after that long walk but I enjoyed every minute of it!

Cynthia said...

What an ambitious walk, Jude. I'm impressed that you could out walk a storm! Your view from afar of your home makes a powerful impact!

Kathleen said...

And I've just found your blog! So beautiful! Thanks for such a lovely post.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

What a hike! Glad you managed to fit between bursts of rain...must be so fit and strong! Special to have those quiet conversations on your walks.

Odd Chick said...

Thank you for taking us on your walk -it was beautiful and refreshing and much better than my treadmill!! I went to Greece last year but I didn't get to see Crete which i regret - but now I've seen a small part

bindu said...

Looks like a beautiful walk. It must have been interesting with the flowers and the rain clouds chasing you. Thanks for sharing!

Pondside said...

That was quite a hike!
Beautiful photos - you'll have us all tramping around over there!