Wednesday’s Walk

Because one or two of you asked for more ‘outdoor’ photos from me and because it was such a beautiful morning, I took my phone with me again on the morning dog walk.

I started off by checking on the peony which is quite old now – it was here when we moved in over 14 years ago but never really seems to get any bigger.  I think it’s called a ‘Bowl of Beauty’.

I thought I’d better get some washing out on the way  – love seeing white linen flapping in the breeze but shudder at the thought of ironing it – so I usually don’t.

Nearly at the top of the garden now.  There’s still some snow left up on those peaks.

His Lordship was with us again.

Usually lots of wild orchids growing but not so many this year.  Mr. Tialys says it’s because, due to the dry winter, the badgers would have dug up the bulbs.  I still haven’t caught sight of our badgers but there is plenty of fresh evidence in the form of poo pits.  I was going to take a photo for you but thought you might prefer one of an orchid.

Listening for something chaseworthy.

How come he’s allowed to roam about freely?

It’s an outrage!

O.K. enough of looking at the view now, let’s go back where breakfast will be served.

Leon leads the way and nobody’s allowed to overtake him otherwise he gets nasty.

Almost there.  You can see one of our lilac bushes to the right of the judas tree.   I don’t know whether the dogs appreciate the smell of the lilacs  but I certainly do.  I won’t bring them inside the house though as it’s supposed to be unlucky.  No point tempting fate.

Speaking of which, as it’s the 1st of May, the ‘Fête du Travail’ in France today and a public holiday, it’s traditional to give friends and loved ones a muguet or lily of the valley  for good luck on this day so here’s a ‘virtual’ one for you.

  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on May 1, 2019 - 12:31

    Gorgeous! Thank you for the virtual muguet – they remind me of my Grandfather.

    • #2 by tialys on May 2, 2019 - 12:56

      It’s lovely when something unexpected can spark off a memory isn’t it.

  2. #3 by Lynda on May 1, 2019 - 12:53

    So beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us.

    • #4 by tialys on May 2, 2019 - 12:55

      You’re welcome Lynda.

  3. #5 by onecreativefamily on May 1, 2019 - 12:58

    Your walk is wonderful. Thank you

    • #6 by tialys on May 2, 2019 - 12:55

      You are very welcome, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  4. #7 by katechiconi on May 1, 2019 - 13:24

    Thank you for reminding me of the smell of lilacs, which won’t grow here, and which I miss 🙂

    • #8 by tialys on May 2, 2019 - 12:50

      I’m wafting some over the oceans especially for you.

  5. #10 by nottaholiday on May 1, 2019 - 13:26

    fab photo of the peony with bee. Apparently you can only grow them here if you put ice cubes on them w hen they’re dormant. I didn’t know bringing lilacs inside was unlucky….interesting

    • #11 by tialys on May 2, 2019 - 12:49

      According to certain English folklore, the strong scent of the lilacs enticed the fairy folk into the house and
      ‘faeries were often feared. They were wild and unpredictable. Even pranks and games might prove to be deadly. Worse of all faeries would kidnap people and carry them to the realm of the fey’.
      Apparently, putting up a wind chime can see them off so, if you’re really keen to have some lilac blooms in your house you can annoy your neighbours at the same time which might be a win win situation depending on your neighbours.

  6. #12 by Laurie Graves on May 1, 2019 - 14:08

    A-w-w-w, thank you! Wonderful to go on a walk with you and the gang. You live in a beautiful place. There won’t be any lilacs in Maine until the end of the month. Enjoy that lovely smell!

    • #13 by tialys on May 2, 2019 - 10:58

      I will – it’s strongest in the early mornings and evenings.

  7. #14 by Kim on May 1, 2019 - 16:04

    Lovely! And I’m very impressed by your cat. I think cats are very spirited and a much underrated pet.
    Our local community cat (he does has an owner but he disagrees 😹) had to be prevented from beating seven bells out of a Labrador the other day. I think he probably got up to about five. The Lab was consoled further down the street. We considered finding a tin of salmon for the victor!

    • #15 by tialys on May 2, 2019 - 10:56

      He sounds like quite a character. If he lived round here somebody might have shot him by now – and I don’t jest.

      • #16 by Kim on May 2, 2019 - 16:39


  8. #17 by kathyreeves on May 1, 2019 - 16:41

    His Lordship…cracks me up, and the outrage too! That bee flying by the peony is quite the capture, definitely frameworthy! Thanks for the walk, much better than mine this am!

    • #18 by tialys on May 2, 2019 - 10:55

      Ooh, yes, all that snow. Hope it disappears soon and Spring will resume.

  9. #19 by magpiesue on May 1, 2019 - 20:26

    Thanks for the lily of the valley. 🙂 I didn’t know it was considered unlucky to bring lilacs in the house. They were one of the few flowers my farmer-father grew and brought into the house. It was a pleasure to join you and Leon and the canines on your walk – thanks for that!

  10. #20 by craftycreeky on May 1, 2019 - 20:54

    Thanks for sharing you dog walk, the area looks beautiful, love the peony too 🙂

    • #21 by tialys on May 2, 2019 - 10:53

      We thought we’d lost the peony last year, it got cut right back by some hailstones. It seems to have recovered well enough now but I wish it would grow a little bigger. It was planted in a strange place though – by the previous owners – but I don’t want to risk moving it.

  11. #22 by claire93 on May 1, 2019 - 21:03

    love how Leon leads the way! Our cat, Merlin (may he RIP) used to join us for walks with the dog too.

    • #23 by tialys on May 2, 2019 - 10:51

      It’s great how they all have such different characters isn’t it.

  12. #24 by thecontentedcrafter on May 1, 2019 - 22:15

    What a lovely back yard you have, what a fabulous view! I do admire how Leon accompanies you – Orlando only comes with us when it is dark and I’m not inclined to want to do that so much. It’s a wonderful part of the world you are living in and as Brexit will never be ‘done’ it seems, you will be happily there forever 🙂

    • #25 by tialys on May 2, 2019 - 10:51

      Don’t mention the ‘B’ word 😱
      Leon is funny – he even comes with us when it’s very hot and then, when we get back home, he flings himself down and lays there with his little tongue out panting like a small dog. Strangely, he only comes for a walk with me – he doesn’t go when Mr. Tialys is home and does the dog walking.

  13. #26 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on May 2, 2019 - 08:51

    I’ve visiting France. I think we are doing South Brittany area this year.

  14. #27 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on May 2, 2019 - 08:52

    That should say love visiting France. Stupid autocorrect

    • #28 by tialys on May 2, 2019 - 10:48

      I got your drift! I’m always sending text messages that make no sense at all.

  15. #29 by KerryCan on May 2, 2019 - 12:25

    Your flower photos give me a preview of coming attractions–we’ll have peonies and lilies of the valley in 3-4 weeks! With that posse of yours, I imagine walks are never boring!
    Enjoy your blooms when they arrive.

    • #30 by tialys on May 2, 2019 - 12:54

      I actually prefer them when they’re a bit boring because exciting generally means they’ve gone off after a deer/squirrel/rabbit/wild boar and I’m stressed until they come back in case they – or the wild beast – get injured.

  16. #31 by Born To Organize on May 7, 2019 - 08:09

    What a lovely walk! What a gorgeous view! What a beautiful country! My goodness that was fun, but what entirely stopped me in my tracks is your spectacular photo of the bee. Well done!

    • #32 by tialys on May 7, 2019 - 09:22

      Thank you. I took that photo in April 2011, along with two others. For some reason I put the other two in the blog post but not this one although it’s probably the best. I might frame it.

      • #33 by Born To Organize on May 8, 2019 - 05:49

        I would absolutely frame it. Maybe even make some cards, too. It’s a brilliant photo.

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