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My morning walk

We are taking our daily walks as we did last summer and fall. The kids and I make a big tour of our village and then head home for lunch.

First leaves

Here are this years first leaves on a tree I enjoy sitting under near our building.


This is the view we see from our windows and near our building. It is breathtaking.

Swiss cows

The cows and horses are out in the fields. Here they are wondering what the heck I am doing.

Kids eye view

Petite Clown (age 4) took this shot. She did a nice job getting the field of dandelions.

Our Swiss Village

Our village.

Snail on a flower

Do you see the snail on the daffodil? Too bad my camera overexposed the shot and I can’t fix it.

In reality, the image of this tiny snail seeking refuge on the flower was very soft and sweet.


Another snail we found trying to find shade on a tree.

It has been very warm the past four days. Each day has been in the mid seventies. With the strong mountain sun we all have a nice start on our summer tans. I think that the Jura goes from winter to summer without a real spring.

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  • expatraveler May 9, 2008, 3:33 am

    How beautiful! I loved my morning walks in Basel and also in Montreux. I used to do about 1 to 2 hrs every day and I took used to take photos.. You definitely made me smile. I love the village shot the most. And don’t you find it odd how different snails are from Europe to the US?

  • Betty C. May 9, 2008, 9:42 am

    Hi Pumpkin,

    I haven’t visited you in a long time — I think I got a little lost in some moves you made. I just read your comments on Chez Loulou, though, and do hope you will make your way in your new village.

    I have a friend from my home town — my age, also married to a Frenchman with the same name as my husband(!) who lives in Switzerland. They are happy there but from speaking with her, I came to understand that Switzerland is VERY different from France, and something of an insular society. But things take time.

    Take care!

  • Betty C. May 9, 2008, 9:43 am

    I also wanted to say that your area looks breathtakingly beautiful, too…

  • Torun May 9, 2008, 3:17 pm

    Hello there, Pumpkin Pie! Long time no see!!!

    Thank you so much for stopping by on my site. I’m so happy to read your blog again. I love the photos – and sympathize with your frustration at living in a small, narrowminded but beautiful place. It’s the story of my own childhood in a mountain valley here in Norway. Just hang in there and never lose the faith in yourself and your own worth!

    Love Torun

  • Pumpkin May 9, 2008, 6:45 pm

    The last snail is my favorite. It is like vanilla with chocolate swirl. :)

    Betty C.,
    Thank you. I know it will take time but have also came to the conclusion that I need to be in either a larger village or city. It is me as much as the village. :)

    Thank you.
    I have added all the blogs that I read into Google reader and am now wondering why I didn’t do that before. It is so much easier to follow everyone and such a time saver.
    I think you do understand what I am going through and I will take your advice. :)

  • might i add ... ? May 16, 2008, 4:23 am

    I played around with your picture a little bit (the one you said was overexposed). I hope you don’t mind. There’s a little more contrast in the flowers, although what I did makes it look a little dark, I think. I don’t know how to get it to you, though. Would you like me to post it on my flickr account and then send you the link?

    I do like the picture (I think snails are very sweet!), but mostly I did it to see if I could help out with the photo.

    Let me know what you’d like me to do! (And thanks for sharing your lovely photos and thoughts about life, etc.!)

  • Pumpkin May 16, 2008, 9:14 am

    might i add,
    Thank you and I can’t wait to see what you did. Do you have photoshop? I only have Picasa2 to try to fix my photos since Gimp is a little over my head at the moment.

    You can email the photo at myfrenchwindow (at) gmail (dot)com.

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