Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Gone Walking

My parents' allotment has featured quite a few times in my blog already, for instance here.
On the day described in that entry, I went out for a walk in between the coffee & elderflower fries and dinner & strawberry punch.

The area around the allotment is hilly and very green; there are woods and fields and a tiny village that looks as if it came straight out of a picture book.

Sometimes, I walk there for an hour or more without seeing any
body else, and I enjoy the solitude, peace and quiet for a while before I want the company of others again, their laughter and talk, their affection and attention.

Here are some pictures I took during that walk. I esp
ecially like this one with the "wave" pattern in various shades of green:

The picture book village:

Paths that lend themselves to peaceful and quiet walking & thinking but would be nice for a good run, too:

A close-up of one of many fields of rye - it looks beautiful when it gets moved about by the wind, like the ripples on the surface of a lake:


  1. Julie, it is, isn't it! Makes it hard to believe that one of the busiest car-producing areas of Germany is only a few miles away (I always call it "Daimler-and-Porsche country").

  2. Your pictures are lovely!

  3. What a great place for a solitary walk. Come to think of it, I probably need a good solitary walk from time to time anywhere. But this does look special.

  4. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment, Sonia! I am going to have a look at your blog in a minute.

    Mark, it is special, and a lot more solitary than the fields close to where I live, where I can be within ten minutes but will always see other people, cars, bikes, dogs and so on.

  5. HOW WONDERFUL! It is so beautiful! and you are a runner? I am amazed at the energy level of a runner. So you and your boyfriend are taking dance lessons together? My hubby said, anytime, he would take lessons but...the poor guy...he has 2 left feet and I would never put him through that misery of falling over himself...lol I am going to look up your show you watched, I am sure I can find it....I love reality tv! LOL

  6. The beauty and peace of the area shows in your photos and the first picture is almost like a water colour painting.

    Your comment on walking alone is, however, in sharp contrast to my feelings. I love being alone. I love walking. However I dislike walking alone. Perhaps that will be a blog post at some time.

  7. It looks like a slice of heaven! How lucky are you to be able to walk in such a wonderful spot!

  8. Linda, yes, I have posted about running on this blog a few times, I think. My boyfriend teaches me - he's been dancing regularly since childhood and is very good!

    GB, if possible, I prefer walking with someone else, too, but more often than not, nobody feels like it, and so I have come to learn to appreciate walking on my own as well.
    Yes, I think that about the first picture, too, it looks almost like a painting.

    Mary, it is indeed a wonderful spot and I am glad that my parents have chosen to have their allotment in such a beautiful area.

  9. The German countryside is so very beautiful. I remember the first time I ever saw it, in 1973. I was quite surprised. I'd never even seen a photo of Germany (except bombed cities from WWII) but when I was there I recognized so much from illustrations in my fairytale books. The half-timbered houses, for instance. Now I have relatives in Ravensburg, in Heidenheim and near Coburg and they are all beautiful and I feel peaceful and happy when I am there. (But I also feel peaceful and happy at home!)

  10. Kristi, it certainly is a country with many beautiful areas, and I am not only saying that because it is my home country.
    Sadly, we also have heavily industrialized areas, and the percentage of ground that's covered in concrete is way too large (which is one reason for flooding along the rivers, it happens every year, sometimes more, sometimes less dramatically).

  11. Oh my gosh, this is so beautiful! I can't believe the colors in the first picture. Do you know anything about the village? Is it thriving? Thank you for these pictures. They give me such a feeling for Germany. More please!

  12. Thank you, Nan! I was quite impressed with the pattern and colours myself.
    Hmm I don't think I've ever walked all the way into the village, but maybe I will do now that you've asked about it, and take some more pictures. I don't even know its name, but when I am at my parents' garden, I can sometimes (depending on which direction the wind blows) here a cock announcing his presence over there.