In following the track

 En suivant la piste.
In following the track.

Avec la dialyse tous les Mardis, Jeudi et Samedi nous avons seulement Dimanche et Lundi pour faire de courts voyages à 150 km d’Amiens. Mais il nous reste des souvenirs. En voici deux d’ Avril 2011

With the dialysis all the Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday we have only Sunday and Monday for rather short trips in a distance of 150 km( 93 miles) from Amiens . But we have memories of trips . Here are two from April 2011

English version below the pictures .….

– J’avais remarqué sur la carte géologique de la France que dans un village proche de notre lieu de séjour en Normandie début Avril, nous pouvions voir les plus vieilles roches de la terre telles celles de Scandinavie, des îles Hébrides en Ecosse, dans le Bouclier canadien et dans le canyon du Colorado.

Nous avons trouvé facilement le village, mais où étaient les vieilles roches parmi toutes ces maisons? Nous sommes sortis du village et à l’horizon, j’ai vu le haut de peupliers. J’ai dit à Janine qui était au volant: peupliers = zone humide  = vallée. Alors, sans hésitation, Janine a pris la première route vers ces peupliers et de fait, nous sommes descendus par une route étroite et sinueuse dans une vallée profonde. Et là nous avons trouvé notre vieille roche. Heureux, étions-nous! Nous étions dansnotre canyon du Colorado. Il était si beau, avec une rivière paisible, un pêcheur, un vieux moulin et une quantité de merveilleuses  fleurs du printemps épanouies J’ai particulièrement apprécié une population d’ail des ours, espèce non vue par moi depuis longtemps! 

Nous avons été récompensés de notre raid aventureux! particulièrement apprécié une population d’ail des ours, espèce non vue par moi depuis longtemps! Nous avons été récompensés de notre raid aventureux

Peaceful river Une paisible rivière
Old mill Un vieux moulin

I had noticed on the geological map of France that in a village not to far of where we stayed in Normandy at the beginning of April we could see the oldest rocks of earth such the ones of Scandinavia, Hebrides Islands in Scotland , in the Canadian shield and in the Canyon of Colorado.
 

We found easily the village but where were the old rocks among all of those houses? We came out of the village and at the skyline I saw the top of poplars. I told Janine who was driving:  poplars = wet place = valley. So without hesitation, Janine took the first road towards the poplars and indeed we went down by a narrow and winding road in a deep valley . And there we found our old rock .Happy we were! We were in our canyon of Colorado. It was so beautiful, with a peaceful river, a fisher, an old mill and a lot of  wonderful spring flowers in bloom. I especially appreciated a population of bear’s garlic ( ramsons , Allium ursinum ) ,  specie not seen by me a long time ago !!We were rewarded of our adventurous raid

Jeudi dernier, nous avons visité les tombes de la famille dans ma région natale (Boulonnais) à l’approche des Rameaux. Nous roulions au  pied d’une colline quand soudain je vis un hameau au sommet. Je me souvenais qu’il  y avait un chemin pour y aller. A ce moment, je le vois et dis à Janine (toujours au volant); »prends ce chemin, il va directement d’ici au sommet de la colline où se trouve le hameau ».
  Hélas le chemin est devenu rapidement rocheux, comme un  torrent en été, sec dans son lit. Il était de plus en plus étroit, sinuant entre des buissons épineuxd’Ajonc d’Europe. Pas moyen de revenir en arrière. Le rythme cardiaque de Janine était au maximum. Elle a été courageuse et j’ avais un peu honte de nousavoir mis dans une situation si désastreuse. Les lapins de garenne éclataient de rire. J’avais oublié que j’avais emprunté ce chemin quand j’étais jeune à pieds et non pas en voiture .. Enfin, nous avons atteint le haut et un homme qui était dans son jardin fut très surpris de nous voir déboucher de là! Personne n’utilise ce passage en voiture de nos jours, dit-il!

 J’ ai toujours pensé que ma femme Janine était un héros.

 Last Thursday we were visiting the family graves in my birthplace area ( Boulonnais ) at the approach of Palm Day . We drove along the foot of a hill when I suddenly saw a hamlet at the top . I remembered there was a path to go there . At this moment I see it and told Janine ( who still was driving ); take this path ,it goes directly from here to the top of the hill where the hamlet is .

 Alas the path became quickly  rocky  , as torrent in summer dried in its channel . It was narrower and narrower, winding between spiky bushes of common gorse. No way to come back . Janine heartbeat ‘ s rate was at the maximum . She has been courageous and I was somewhat ashamed to put us in a so disastrous situation. The rabbits of warren were bursting of laughing . I have forgotten I had only  walked in this track when I was young and not by car.. At last we reached the top and a man who was in his garden was amazed to see us coming by this path !! No one uses this path with a car nowadays, he said !!!
I always thought my wife Janine was a hero!!

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84 Responses to In following the track

  1. How wonderful that you and Janine were rewarded for your adventurous raid and found the rock(s)! What a beautiful place!

    I love your drawing of the adventure! Look! That cute little bunny is staying out of the way! 😉 You are a talented artist, Michel! I hope some of your drawings have been framed, and hung up on walls, for people to enjoy!

    OH my! 😮 Janine IS a hero for accomplishing a drive on a walking track/path! 🙂 You should draw a picture of the gardening-man’s face when he saw you two appear!
    (So glad you and Janine were safe!)

    You remind us of a good life lesson: Sometimes it’s important to stay on the path/track…other times getting off makes for an amazing adventure! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

    • You are kind about my drawing s, Carolyn . You know I make them on a bit of paper only to post . ; But Perhaps I should put together some of them to make a small collection ? For some of my children. Thank you for the suggestion. ❤

  2. Marion says:

    Haha! I can just imagine you and Janine moving further and further along this rocky road! I just love your drawing here of you and Janine in your car on the rocky road. 🙂

  3. weggieboy says:

    Yes, creatinfg a book or collection of your drawings would be a wonderful souvenir for your children and grandchildren! What a delightful trail tale, too! I can imagine there were lots of surprised looks when you realized the foot trail of your youth wasn’t designed for motor traffic!

    I’m pleased to know you have continued to explore. As a fellow kidney patient (also on a Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday dialysis schedule) I know the benefit of living as normal a life as possible, especially finding time to laugh and for enjoyment in life. A positive attitude is such blessing when dealing with this serious medical condition. (I hope Citroens are available in America again some day, though my little VW Golf Sportwagen probably will be the last cart I buy. French cars are interesting for their design and enginering qualities.)

    • Yes, Doug, I kept in my mind a trail of my youth not all convenient for car ! You are right we have to look at the good moments and laugh .

      • weggieboy says:

        Did Janine think it was funny? Or are you sleeping on the couch now? Ha!

      • No , Doug Janine was rather frightened to drive on this rocky trail .

      • weggieboy says:

        I once decided to take the backroads from Deadwood, South Dakota to a ghost town (abandoned mineing town) called Tinton. A friend and I found a book in a shop in Deadwood that showed the road, and it looked like an easy one to follow. (At the time I had an Audi Fox – Audi 80 over there – a nice car for highways!) After a certain point, the road became a trail over lots of jutting rocks. A Jeep would have worked well in the situation, but an Audi definitely wasn’t the right vehicle to go on that trail! The worst of it, Michel, was there were too many trees on either side, let alone outcrops of granite that our choiuce was limited to continue down the trail or back iup several kilometers to the last maintained road (a dirt and gravel country road that wasn’t much better than the trail!). We managed to get to Tinton and we vowed we’d never take the backroads of South Dakota again.

      • Here is an adventure , Doug , that looks much like the mine ! 🙂 We cannot forget this.

      • weggieboy says:

        Me, either! I was a fraid were would damage the car in some way we’;d be stuck in the wilderness! That musdt have been your wife’s concern, too.

      • You had to choose between trees and rocks, nothing good for the beautiful Audi. I imagine that you had to sweat blood and water for fear of not getting there without breaking!
        Yes, Doug, Janine was scared, which I expressed in my sketch. I have always loved the adventure , my children have memorized this !!!! 🙂

      • weggieboy says:

        Yes, a breakdown would have put us miles from any help.

      • I imagine easily, Doug.

  4. weggieboy says:

    “Cart” Ha! I meant “car” of course! It actually is more deluxe than a mere cart, and much more fun to drive.

  5. Truly enjoyed, esp the artwork! ♥️

  6. Cheri Herald says:

    Oh, I do things like that! I’m glad your adventure turned out well. 🙂

  7. Tribo, OCarm says:

    praying for better health for you friend Michel. Your trips are beautiful and inspiring. Beholding the beauty and wonder of creation.

  8. Peggy Flora says:

    What an adventure!!!
    I am no longer blogging, but do posting on Facebook, now and then.

  9. Susan Joos says:

    Such adventures! Glad the last one got you to your destination relatively unscathed! I also enjoy your drawings, and agree that you should make collection of them. They are very nice!

  10. Isabel Capillas says:

    I can feel your excitement while having your road trip and adventures with Janine😃. You are a loving couple❤️. Love your drawings too😀. Uncle Michel, take care always❤️

  11. I always love seeing your drawings and reading of your adventures. Who is having dialysis? I must have missed an important post.

  12. puffpop says:

    How exciting…seeing ancient rock formations. It exercises one’s imagination. I can relate to your rather scary adventures. We found ourselves in tight rocky and even high places when we traveled the country in our motor home. Some of those narrow , tricky roads lead to beautiful destinations.

    Bravo for Janine. I would not be so brave. John did all the driving of our RV.

    It seems you travel far for dialysis. Does Janine drive you? If she does, does she stay the duration of your treatment….John’s took about 3 hours…4 if you count the setting up.

    • I go to the hospital and badck in ambulance, Françoise. The dialyse itself takes 4 hours ,+ half a hour for the setting up. ❤
      For the short trips this is janine who drives the most.

  13. judyrutrider says:

    What an adventure! You needed a mountain bike for that trail.

  14. blb1 says:

    Janine is indeed brave and the way you drew her hair indicates how afraid she may have been. I noticed that before the rabbit. lol
    Glad you found the rock.

  15. “blessed are those who are curious, for they shall have adventures!”

    i love looking back on my travels and adventures 🙂 i’m glad you do, too!

    please take good care of yourself, much love to you and janine ❤

  16. mrswrangler says:

    The pictures you shared are lovely. Sounds like an adventure for sure. Hope you have a wonderful week my friend.

  17. You must have a good memory to remember paths from your childhood days. That’s a lovely picture of the river – it’s so peaceful.

  18. Carole says:

    Bonjour Papa, Tu as l art pour découvrir les chemins en voiture. Je me souviens en Auvergne on avait la ds familial et tu l as remonte au maximum pour pouvoir passer. J ai eu peur aussi mais ça m avait plu. Tu es un aventurier. Moi je le fais à cheval c est plus facile 😂. Je vous souhaite une bonne soirée et vous embrasse bien fort Carole

  19. Lavinia Ross says:

    What an interesting adventure you and Janine had, going up that track! I love your drawing of it, Michel! 🙂

    Love to you and the family, ❤
    Lavinia

  20. Julie says:

    What a great memory for you both 🙂 🙂 and you are right Janine was very brave indeed. I once told John to walk down a path to a beach when Louise was a little girl , we nearly got caught up in the incoming tide , they will not let me forget that little adventure that we had many years ago

  21. cjjustice1 says:

    What an adventure! I love reading your blogs! Sometimes about family, faith, French history, gardening, etc. . . . doesn’t matter. I love it all! And you are such a good artist, too. I’d buy a book if you wrote down your blog posts and pictures, for sure!! I also enjoy when you put videos up. You are a gifted man in so many ways including musically. I’m so sorry that you are needing dialysis. I pray that you get better.
    Love to you and Janine ❤
    Carolyn

  22. iampeacenow says:

    Oh what an adventure you’ve had! I am glad it turned out well enough though surprisingly so. It is often a pleasure to ramble about the areas we have traveled in the past. So often they are not precisely as remembered. I love your illustration of this adventure and the photo of the peaceful river.
    peace & love,
    Jane

  23. bernard25 says:

    Bonjour mon ami MICHEL
    IL EST :
    Libre de penser, de rire et d’aimer
    IL FAUT :
    Profiter des secondes de bonheur
    IL FAUT:
    Savoir dire non, oser et choisir
    IL SUFFIT
    de si peu de chose, d’avoir
    d’un peu de courage si j’ose
    On SAIT que
    La vie n’est pas toujours facile,
    Mais il suffit de redresser la tête,
    D’affronter certaines adversités,
    Avec beaucoup de sincérité
    Belle journée bonne semaine à venir Bernard BISOUS

  24. neilc693 says:

    Allium ursinum—now I would have liked to see a natural carpet of those. They sound tasty too.

    • No, Neil, the photo above is not of Allium ursinum but of Lily of the valley ( Convallaria majalis ). We offer a flowered stem or two at the first of Mai . It is a tradition in France .
      But about Allium ursinum, it is in bloom at this time of the year too. My youngest daughter who lives in Kent ( England) has just sent to me via e;mail a photo of a patch of Allium ursinum she discovered in a wood near Folkestone .( Kent , England)

  25. Véronique says:

    Super-Maman !!! A cœur vaillant, rien d’impossible !!!
    L’année dernière, j’ai ramené du Kent, une motte d’ail des ours que j’ai replanté derrière mon CDI. Il a bien repris et il est en fleurs en ce moment. J’ai bon espoir qu’il recouvre bientôt une bonne parcelle du terrain. Je t’enverrai une photo demain !
    Je vous embrasse tous les deux
    Véro

    • Bravo Véronique ! Grâce à toi le terrain derrière ton CDi va devenir un jardin d ‘ acclimatation.
      Isabelle vient de m’ envoyer une photo de la station d ‘ Allium ursinum en fleur du Kent .
      Vous faites vraimenyt la paire ! 🙂

  26. marica0701 says:

    I love the photo of the “peaceful river”! It would be lovely to print on a large canvas and display on a wall in a house. Very calm and dreamy.

  27. suester7 says:

    Kudos to Janine – she’s so brave!

  28. What a great adventure. I love discovering new things/places. Loved your drawing too. Janine did well..courageous. Beautiful areas as well.
    Love and hugs. E

  29. The month of May is here! Wishing you a happy new month, Michel! 2019 is flying by! 😮
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  30. Janine is a road warrior! Those rabbits were not laughing, they were cheering! Happy Trails Michel and Janine xxoo Cassi

  31. Sartenada says:

    Quelle belle aventure! C’était très agréable de lire votre texte et d’imaginer à travers votre photos où vous avez rendu visite. Je me sentais comme être là. Merci.

    Amitiés,Matti

  32. nhislop says:

    Thank you for sharing your memories. It is often pleasant to remember people and places from the past

    I think Janine is your hero and you are hers. You have shared many things together over the years.

  33. Catherine Lee says:

    LOL I’m thinking of Indiana Jones!

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