Saturday, 16 May 2009

Dodging the showers

Today has been a bit of a mixed day weather wise. Sudden heavy rainfalls then sunshine again. Phoebe and I went out for a walk and bike ride close to the house. I put three loads of washing out but got caught out on the third lot, heavy downpour!

This field is in front of our house. Phoebe frequently runs out there when she hears the sound of the steam train approaching.

Here it is ... We often go a lot closer to the track at the bottom of the field and see the people in the carriages waving.

I LOVE having a steam train pass so close to the house. I love the sound and smell of the coal that stays in the air for a while after passing by. Nostalgia on my doorstep! Even though it goes by every weekend and in the summer every day, I never take it for granted. I appreciate it's sound and love watching it go by. I imagine that it is a scene that could easily have looked identical had I been there in the 1930's.

After having watched the train go by, Phoebe and I headed for the lane which runs parallel to the field.

We headed down the lane towards the railway bridge, where Phoebe likes to have a shout to hear the echo. She calls is echo bridge, has done since she was a toddler.

I love the cow parsley adorning the banks of country lanes

After a short walk and cycle down, we turned around and made our way back towards the house again.

Almost home

Phoebe cycling back up the lane

This beautiful embroidered picture arrived in the post today. I bought it on Ebay recently. I love the colours and detail and the fact that it is a thatched cottage scene.

I wish you all a very good weekend.

A bientôt!

Isabelle x


Les Cotrions said...

You seems to have had a faboulous day! Marvellous landscape and nice embroidery you bought!
Have a great Sunday!
Big hugs

Moonspinner said...

Oh I love the sound of steam trains, I have the Miss Marple and Poiret DVDs and on some you can see & hear the steam trains, they do make you so nostalgic .... sigh!

The photo's are beautiful, you live in such a picturesque place! Thanks for the refreshing walk. (the embroidery is so nice, so are the ones on the sidebar) xx

Shabby Chick said...

That looks like a wonderful walk, I enjoyed all your photos especially all the cow parsley. There's a railway down the bottom of the road next to our house and you can see it from outside and from my daughter's window and we all love seeing a steam train too :)

Mel xxx

Laura said...

Hi Isabelle!
Thank you for taking us on your little walk live in such a beautiful place...
I hope your Sunday brings sunshine!
Be well, Laura

koralee said...

you are so lucky to live is such a beautiful corner of the world....oh to hear the sound of the train would be so romantic...sounds like you know how blessed you are...enjoy..

Sal said...

How idyllic!!
We have a railway line behind our house but it is rarely used now..apart from to carry ball clay, now and again. We found the disused station recently..all gone to rack and ruin..very sad!
It looks so lovely where you live ;-)

Sal said...

P.S. I meant to say that I love your header pic of the embroidery! ;-)

Hen said...

It looks lovely in the lanes around where you live. Oh my, the two boys in my house would love those steam trains passing by, I'm sure I'd lose them for whole days to the bottom of the field!
Hen x

Pink Feather Paradise said...

I am going to take the children on the steam train at Cranmore, I love steam trains.. do you think we would live a much simpler life if we hadn't invented such fast modes of transport?

If a train trip or a boat trip or even a car trip took longer do you think we would take time to notice our surroundings... interact with the people around us?

take care

Hens Teeth said...

What a perfectly lovely place to live. Your post just sums up this time of year beauifully :-)

Anonymous said...

It looks just beautiful where you live. xxx

Floss said...

What a beautiful post - very nostalgic if you've left England, like we have! Thanks.

English style said...

Hi Isabella,
what al lovely train, and a beautiful landscape !!
the flowers here on photo,they called in holland FLUITEKRUID, so you learned now a dutch word :-)
beautiful pictures, i enjoy it !!!
a big hug !! Yvonne

BusyLizzie said...

Hi Isabelle
We also have a steam railway nearby! I adore the sound of the trains in the distance... and have happy memories of taking my boys down to the station to wave to the trains. Have a lovely week, Lizzie x

Nora Johnson said...

Just stopped by to say have left a little award for you on my site. Additionally, have added your blog to my blogroll and am also your newest follower!
Take care
PS I think you may already have this award. However, I believe it was Meryl Streep who said "You can't have too many Oscars!"

Clare said...

You're so lucky living there, the steam train is great and we loved travelling the short journey on it (and waving at Pheobe!) Whata great find on ebay, such detail. Have a good week.

Room design studio said...

aaah you just took me to a trip I dream about all the time.. this is a dream to me.. I wish oneday it could come true!

Beth Niquette said...

You have a STEAM engine chug past your home every now and then??? Ah, my husband would be so envious! What lovely photos--what lovely fields. Beautiful photography, my dear.

Redwoodhouse said...

A lovely walk it is so very pretty with the wonderful cow parsley and the steam train to finish is it off....
The picture is delightful I love it...

June said...

Hi Isabelle,
I could look at these pictures for hours on end. Imagining myself there walking down the lane.

Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

Wow, Isabelle, You live in wonderful country side. Perfect place to raise a child. I know she must enjoy every bit of it. Your embroidered cottage is pretty. I love it.
Thank you for coming by and signing up for my giveaway. Good Luck.

Katie said...

Your new embroidery is gorgeous! All of your lovely photos are making me want to grab my coat and go for a walk myself! Katie x

Ragged Roses said...

What beautiful photos, thank you! How lovely for you to be living amongst all that beauty - and to be able to hear the steam trains tootling alongside, perfection!
Love the embroidery you bought too, so very nostalgic

Anonymous said...

What beautiful photos :)

I completely understand about the smell of the train. To this day, the smell of diesel on a cold morning reminds me of waiting for the bus at the bottom of our road.

The embroidery is lovely and makes a perfect picture for your blog.

How is Larry progressing? Well I hope!


Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

I can't believe how beautiful your surrounds are. I've missed coming by to see you. I haven't had the time lately because of work and wanted to not be rushed because I so enjoy your posts. We were so busy this weekend and I needed the wonderful and peaceful feeling I get after read your blog. I'm not sure if we have cow parsley here though we have something similar that has cropped up that seems to be choking other weeds out. Maybe not such a good weed.