The smile of the spring

Les sourire du printemps.

English version below the picture

Encouragé par le beau temps et le ciel bleu, je suis allé me promener dans le jardin.
J’ai été accueilli par les pivoines affichant leur beauté et les ancolies bleues plus discrètes mais très jolies aussi. Janine a pris une photo de ces jolies fleurs.

Comme vous pouvez le voir, je ne peux pas travailler dans le jardin pour le moment mais je peux toujours m’y promener.
Ça montre que je vais un peu mieux

The entrance of the garden Photo Janine Fauquet May2022

Encouraged by sunny weather and blue skies, I went for a walk in the garden.
I was greeted by the peonies displaying their beauty and the more discreet but very pretty blue columbines too. Janine took a picture.
of these pretty flowers.
As you can see I can’t work in the garden at the moment but I can still walk there. It shows that I’m a bit better

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134 Responses to The smile of the spring

  1. Lavinia Ross says:

    It is good to see you back, Michel, up and walking in your garden! It is lovely! Spring is a good time for healing.

    Love to you, Janine and the family, ❤️
    Lavinia

  2. Caro says:

    Bonjour Papa on est content de ces bonnes nouvelles..que tu ailles mieux. Ça fait du bien au moral de pouvoir profiter de ces merveilleset du soleil 😉je vous souhaite une bonne soirée et je vous embrasse bien fort Carole

  3. nannyfountain says:

    So happy you are able to get out and enjoy. Even the smallest effort lightens our spirits. Many prayers and love to you both!

  4. wissh says:

    I am so happy to see this post from you, Michel, and that you’re feeling a bit better. It must be bittersweet to get out into your garden and not be able to dig around in it, but at least you got to enjoy the sunshine and flowers.
    Christine ❤️

  5. slmret says:

    So happy to know that you are up and about, Michel. A walk in the garden must have helped you to feel even better — one step at a time!
    Fondly —

  6. Stephanie says:

    Heureuse que tu es sortie dans le jardin. C’est une très belle saison, avec la régénération et beauté des jeunes plantes et leurs fleurs.

    En amitié Stéphanie et David

  7. Rachel says:

    Very thankful to God that you are better. I have prayed for your recovery. Spring has finally arrived in Michigan. Overnight the flowers have bloomed and there are leaves on the trees. The grass is green and needs mowing. The girls and I are busy working on a big garden this year.
    I hope you can enjoy all that is surrounding you. ♥️Rachel

  8. blb1 says:

    Such a pretty area to walk. We have skipped Spring and are now in Summer.

  9. calmkate says:

    lovely photo Michel … so very glad to know that you are both alive and enjoying spring! One day unfolds at a time 🙂

  10. Beautiful flowers! So happy you are feeling better, Michel. I continue to lift you up in prayer.

    Love,
    Caroline ❤️

  11. I am delighted that you are feeling better, Michel, and walking in your garden among the gorgeous peonies! Love to you and Jeanine and your big, wonderful family! ❤ ❤ ❤ Cheryl

  12. Marion says:

    Dear Michel, I really hope you’re feeling much better now, and I’m so happy to see you post here! 🙂 Your beautiful garden has always been a great source of inspiration to you, and I very much enjoy seeing photos and reading about it. ❤

  13. judyrutrider says:

    Yay! There’s nothing like the garden in spring to revive the spirit! I think of you often when I’m out in my own garden enjoying the growth of the young plants and the wild poppies finally going to seed, so I can pull them out to plant my summer vegetables. If you were my neighbor, I would come over to your house and help you with your garden. You could talk to me in French while I did the weeding.

  14. Wonderful to see your words and your garden!

  15. Gayle says:

    So glad you can go for walks Michel! You take care of yourself!! God bless you and Janine ❤

  16. LGail says:

    It’s so good to see you post again! Glad you’re better. Keep doing that. Janine’s picture of flowers is beautiful.

  17. vickyvix2 says:

    It is a joy to see that you’re back in the garden. I wish you well for your recovery.

  18. mrswrangler says:

    Beautiful flowers. I am glad to see a post from you.

  19. Pam says:

    Wonderful that you are doing better and are back in the garden!

  20. Marlaine says:

    thinking about you 🙂
    so glad you could enjoy the beauty of spring!
    hugs, michel xo

  21. neilc693 says:

    The image of your garden is literally a bright spot ! It gives me optimism to see that it and you are partaking of the general renewal. Lately I feel persistently that it misses me—ce qui je sais de l’experience c’est inquiétant . But I can still be encouraged by others’ fortune , you all are definitely in my thoughts and prayers ! 🙂

    • You worry me, Neil. What is happening to you?

      • neilc693 says:

        Too much stress, I am afraid. I try to persevere!

        Maintenant on voit les camomile-typ Astéracées. Cette famille n’est pas favori à moi, mais les petites fleurs sur la tige avec feuillage limité, c’est tres elegant.

      • Keep firm, Neil . Yes the botanic is source of peace for the mind.

      • neilc693 says:

        Je t’entends. La dysthymie, c’est moins craintif que depression majeur, c’est tout de même un diable.

        Aujourd’hui j’ai vu dans un champ non entretenu plusieurs de Aquilegia canadensis : une vue jolie. Peut-être ils coloniseront l’endroit naturellement. Aussi j’ai retrouvé des possessions que je croyais perdus. Un jour bien.

      • Oui les encolies ( aquilegia)sont des fleurs délicates et élégantes mais discrètes . Elle se font aimer.
        j’espère que tu n’as pas de soucis professionnels ni de santé (à part cette tristesse ). . Mais le monde n’est-il pas triste en ce moment ?

      • neilc693 says:

        Malheureusement plusieurs de préoccupations pratiques importantes (travail, vie quotidienne) porte des difficultés, ce qui a duré pour trop longtemps — donc le stress en haute niveau. Physiquement je vais bien, c’est la bénédiction du destin (ou Dieu). Mais mentalement, ç’est ce qui compte ; sans ça, dans un vrai sens, peu d’autre a d’importance (pourquoi le dysthymie est si déchirant). Donc j’essaie , ne pas penser excessivement sur moi-même (sans grand succès, hélas).

      • It seems to me, Neil, that you need a more intense social life. Since you are interested in plants, why not join an association whose goal is to study plants in different environments? Don’t stay alone.

      • neilc693 says:

        Tu as raison: ma réaction à le stress est de s’isoler. “Im Nebel” de Hermann Hesse me décrit parfaitement (ou mes point de vue). “Old habits die hard”, malheureusement, et les dérangements de Covid l’ont exacerbé.

      • Oublie tes vieilles habitudes et engage-toi résolument dans la vie sociale même s’il faut là aussi un temps d’adaptation.

      • neilc693 says:

        Je l’aime bien de boire du café, dans les cafés. On reconnaît les clients réguliers et profite de leur compagnie, c’est bien entendu une des charmes de la culture de café. 🙂 Mais maintenant l’argent manque et grâce à le covid les établissements commerciaux sont (encore) raccourcis. 😦

  22. Anne-Marie says:

    Comme le jardin de Monet !
    Tant de beauté à apprécier !
    Vive le printemps revenu et les promenades !
    Heureux que tu sois revenu à la maison cher Michel !
    Nos amitiés à toi et à toute la famille
    A-M & Johann

  23. Julie says:

    Its wonderful to hear that you are feeling much better and enjoying the spring and its wonderful flowers , take care of yourself 🙂

  24. so so SO great to hear you’ve been spending time in your beautiful garden, Michel! 🙂
    You continue to be in my heart, thoughts, and prayers. 🙂
    Spring makes me smile…but this posting from you does, too! BIG smile! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) ❤️ 🙂

  25. Catherine aka Singapore Girl says:

    Great to see you again! Would it be lovely to sit in the shade and listen to the birds and little creatures?…
    It’s often too humid and scorching here in Singapore. 1 minute in the sun feels like 10 minutes.

  26. Isabel Capillas says:

    So glad that you are getting better, Uncle Michel. That’s the best part of the story. Sending you love and prayers❤️.

  27. suester7 says:

    I’m so glad you’re a bit better, Michel! It’s great you are able to take a walk in your garden and admire the lovely blooms ❤️

  28. Thrilled to know you are feeling better! Keep smiling!!!

  29. It’s wonderful that you and Janine are in your beautiful garden. It’s really lovely 💐❤️

  30. atagrandma says:

    I am so Glad you are better enough to post, and to walk in your garden. I’ve been praying for you. Thanks to God.

  31. murisopsis says:

    The well ordered garden is often desired but the wild garden harbors more dreams and poetry! I’m so happy (overjoyed in fact) to see you are posting again!!!! Much love! ❤ ❤ ❤ I will continue to pray for you and Janine (May being dedicate to Our Lady and the Rosary)!

  32. joyce says:

    so thankful for your update, and the hope and peace you find in observing the beauty God has created in our world. thankful, too, that you are still able to get around, and walk in your garden

  33. Marilyn Thysell says:

    Glad you have been able to walk some in your garden and enjoy all the pretty flowers. I have been somewhat housebound as for shortness of breath, etc. Spent 9 hrs in ER in April, lots of tests, but haven been told much of anything. This getting older is really hard work. My peonies not blooming but should be by end of May. Some iris just starting to bloom. We’ve had a very cold spring and what few veggies I have are still in the little greenhouse. Hopefully by end of May, I can starting plant them and the 4 big flower pot I have. Take care of yourself and work on getting better. Thank you for sharing. Hugs to you and Janine. ❤ Marilyn

    • I did not know you had to go to the ER , Marilyn . Yes getting older i a hard work
      You got a cold spring while here it is the drought since April .My town Amiens ( northern France ) could change its name : Amiens the drought ! 🙂 We don’t have seasons anymore.
      Take care of you
      Love ❤

  34. Doug Thomas says:

    Good news! I join others in congratulating you on feeling good enough for a garden walk! I have no doubt that was a big morale booster for both you, Janine, and your family!

  35. I hope you’re doing well and am glad you were able to walk to the garden.

  36. Louisa says:

    Michel, I’m so happy to see your post and the beautiful flowers growing in your garden. I’ve been thinking about you and Janine. Although you can’t work in the garden, taking a walk is very enjoyable in this beautiful weather. Enjoy and take care!

  37. kmaidy says:

    Bonjour Michel,
    l’essentiel est que tu ailles un peu mieux , il faut faire doucement, laisser le temps 0 temps !
    J’ai entendu qu’il faut toujours laisser les fourmis aux pivoines pour qu’elles réussissent bien et dire, que chaque année, nous prenions la peine de les ôter . Oui, c’est une fleur magnifique !
    avec des bises ! bonne semaine !

    • Tu m’apprends quelque chose à propos des fourmis et des pivoines,, Maidy.. Dieu merci , ici il n’y en a pas ici sur cette fleur . ( à vérifier quand même ! 🙂 ❤

      • kmaidy says:

        elles sont magnifiques vos pivoines ! très belle la photo de Janine !
        oui peut-être que les fourmis sont cachées ? sourire
        bises ! bonne semaine à vous !

      • Les pivoines tirent déjà sur la fin; Maidy. En ce moment on sème des carottes et on des dhalias ! 🙂

  38. sherazade says:

    Caro carissimo Michel !
    sono felice che tu possa godere del tuo bellissimo giardino, dei fiori e dei loro colori 🌼🌻Tutta questa bellezza certamente rallegra il cuore e perché no anche il corpo.
    Abbracci.❤️

  39. Marsha Bryant says:

    Morning Glorie! I’m so happy to see you post and share your garden with us again! It’s absolutely beautiful and Thanks to Janine for taking care of it and you! ILYM ❣️

    The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth, One is nearer God’s Heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth’ from ‘God’s Garden’, 1913, by English hymn-writer and poet Dorothy Frances Blomfield (1858–1932)

  40. cocosangel says:

    It is so nice to hear from you Michel. Specially since you were sick. Janine know how to take good photos. 🙂

  41. equinoxio21 says:

    Bon. Voilà une bonne nouvelle. Même si se ne sont que quelques pas, c’est toujours ça. One step at a time.
    Bonne récupération Michel…

  42. KB says:

    The peonies are beautiful and I am so glad you were able to be out and enjoy them!

  43. Dear Michel, I’m so sorry to learn you’ve been unwell.
    I’m Pleased you are able to enjoy your peonies in your lovely garden
    Sending healing thoughts for your recovery. 💙

  44. Resa says:

    I adore the crazy beauty of that garden.
    Glad to hear you are doing better! Resa – ❤❤

  45. cheriherald says:

    I’m so glad that you can enjoy your garden. Our afternoon rains have begun, so everything looks pretty good here.

    • I am glad you have rain enough , Cheri . Here in northern France it was the drought until then . But we got a little rain during a morning two days ago . It was good . ❤

  46. Good to see you back. Lovely garden.

  47. neilc693 says:

    Aujourd’hui je suis passé devant un maison dans cette voisinage avec un grand cour. Il y a plusieurs des arbres de Acer spp. là, peut-être trop pour l’endroit. Mais je l’aime beaucoup, cette variété d’arbre. Je croire, il conviendrait à ton jardin.

    • Oui Acer pseudoplatanus ( érable faux platane ) est un bel arbre , Il se multiplie facilement et envahit mes haies . En effet j’ avais un grand érable au début de ma pelouse .C’était un géant et on a du l’abattre car il était trop près de la maison du voisin .Mais il a eu le temps de donner beaucoup de semence qui durent plusieurs années.

  48. bernard25 says:

    Bonjour MICHEL BONNE FETE A TON EPOUSE POR LES MAMANS
    Mon ami amie

    Malgré la distance tu es celle ou celui qui me comprends quand je suis triste
    Tu es celle ou celui qui me réconforte dans ces moments là
    Toi seule ou seul sait me redonner le sourire qu’il se doit
    Comme si tu étais à mes cotés à ces instants précis
    Je vous souhaite une belle semaine et une mention particulière pour la fête des mères aux mamans

    Bonne fêtes des mères pour ce 29 mai à venir
    Bise Amitié Bernard A tous mes amis Amies Soyez Heureux

  49. neilc693 says:

    Quel dommage, un Acer bien placé et de bonne taille est parfait pour s’asseoir au-dessous.

    Aussi je vois devant une autre maison le Cornus kousa en début de fleurir. Les bractées ou sépales sont tres elegant.

  50. Gayle says:

    Michel
    Gardens do have a way of making us feel better!
    I am glad you’re getting better and praying you will continue to so you can again some day work in your garden. God bless you and Janine ❤

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