Happy Place – a French Hillside and a View

When I saw the title of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge I knew exactly what I would say if asked what is my ‘Happy Place’ and where I would go to find my ‘groove’ and inspiration .

For almost 14 years now we have lived on a hillside in south western France. The roofs still leak and parts of the boundary walls need rebuilding, the garden still lacks borders and plants, the house would be so much nicer with a decent bathroom and a heating system that worked, the kitchen is woeful, we never have enough buckets when it rains, the water pump is constantly blocked with snails and most recently a small frog, our chic is decidedly shabby and with winter just around the corner we will be putting on layers and layers of woolly sweaters and socks to keep warm.   But for all that, the place has an atmosphere, a setting and a view which are beautiful beyond riches and I wouldn’t change it for the world……

Here are a few images of the view from a French Hillside in the morning sun and the evening sun in Autumn.

Morning sun across to La Motte

Morning sun through the oak tree_

Evening sun across to La Motte

Sunset

ALL PHOTOS © JANE MORLEY

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54 Comments Add yours

  1. elifamily2 says:

    What a beautiful spot you are able to enjoy.

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    1. It is indeed thank you elifamily2!

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  2. Beautiful. There is nothing to compare with Shabby Chic! What avview.

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    1. Thank you Sarah, I hope we’re still slightly more chic than shabby but it’s a close run thing! 😀

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  3. Jane, that’s a home with a (fabulous) view, that’s for sure. What a joy, even when the shabby overwhelms the chic.

    janet

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    1. You’re quite right Janet! There’ is always something beautiful to look at whatever the season or the weather 🙂

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  4. alexraphael says:

    Delightful, especially the final one.

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      1. alexraphael says:

        After my latest blog post I like to think I’m officially an expert sunshine appreciator 🙂

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      2. I’d better go and check that one out Alex – definitely missed it 😦

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      3. alexraphael says:

        As someone with such talent, I’d be curious which one stands out most to you.

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      4. Aha beat you to it – I just cast my vote on your blog! And thanks for the very kind compliment Alex! 🙂

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  5. These are sumptuous Jane, what a beautiful place you must live in…I wouldn’t swap it for the world 😊

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    1. Thank you James! It doesn’t have the rugged majesty of the moors but it has it’s own special beauty – and lots of sunshine! 🙂

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  6. These are absolutely glorious!! They make me happy and it isn’t even my “place”.

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    1. Thank you so much Janet! It is hard to be miserable when you have a view like this to cheer you up even in winter it’s beautiful!

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      1. I can see that! 🙂 Thanks to you and your camera.

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  7. Tina Schell says:

    Love that sunset view of the farmlands Jane – just lovely. A happy place indeed!

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    1. Thank you Tina! The colours may look a little over orange but the hills really were coloured like this by the sun!

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  8. Even you have struggles with some issues of your house, but absolutely looks like a very Happy Place. It’s you and your presence which makes it a happy place. The first images what kind of trees are growing in the back ground, just being curious?

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    1. Thank you Cornelia! There are lots of poplars on the left and a mixture of all sorts on the hills, horse chestnut, French oaks etc.

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  9. kazg10 says:

    funny how things that you wouldn’t put up with normally become quaint idiosyncrasies when you are in your happy place and yes I would put up with all of that and more just to have your wonderful view and be in France. 🙂

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    1. You’re right Kaz! I suppose there are certain surroundings that allow you to appreciate the little things in life and suddenly material things take on less importance! (Luckily!!) 🙂

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  10. oh my that is so lovely…the view and atmosphere outweigh the rest. Sweaters are cosy. 😉

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    1. They certainly are frenchapple – I even make my own now 😀 !!

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  11. Lovely! Is that the Provence?

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    1. Thanks Herbert – no actually we’re in south Charente, about an hour east of Bordeaux, cognac country!

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  12. These are some of the best scenic photos I have seen for awhile! Keep clicking!”

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    1. Thank you so much marlandphotos – I really appreciate your kind comments!

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      1. Great Photography, needs to be complimented!

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  13. Pat says:

    Very beautiful shots of countryside and a delightful sunset

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    1. Many thanks indeed Pat, so pleased you like them!

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  14. Grace says:

    So lovely, Jane! You’re right, the views make everything else worthwhile! xx

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    1. Thank you Grace! 😉

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  15. Jane Lurie says:

    What a magnificent place and your images celebrate the home you love, Jane. The crispness and colors of the farm with the setting sun (or maybe it’s rising?) is so beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Jane! They go from early(ish!) morning views to orange reflections from a stormy evening around sunset! Not always like this and some parts have changed a little but these are some of my favourite views of my ‘Happy place’. Don’t really consider myself much of a landscape photographer but this spot is the source of so much inspiration!

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      1. Jane Lurie says:

        Your landscapes are stunning although I know your heart lies with still life.

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      2. Cheers Jane! 🙂

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    1. Many thanks Nathalie!

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  16. I could be happy there. My wife might complain at first hint of winter but she has an adventurous spirit! Thanks, Jane, for giving me wanderlust!

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    1. Cheers Emilio! Glad you like it, it’s certainly not as warm as your part of the world, although the sun does shine a lot, but the countryside is beautiful and the wine is good!

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      1. All I need is the wine!

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      2. Has a way of compensating doesn’t it 😀

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  17. Ian Hamlin says:

    Taking in the views from hillsides are definitely happy places – I can feel the joy from here! Beautiful, Jane.

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    1. Many thanks indeed Ian! 🙂

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  18. AZAD says:

    Always had a penchant for hillsides and dislike for urban polluted centers. Your article reignited that wish and now wondering how to put it out.

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    1. Hello AZAD, thanks for your visit – I’m sure we all need to take a break from urban hustle and bustle now and then just to get back in touch with nature in however small a way. I’m sure most townies would find our life here way too quiet! Finding the right balance is different for everyone I suppose!

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      1. AZAD says:

        Right. I believe happiness lies in quiet life. In that sense, you have found the perfect place for you. Well wishing you all the best for your adventures.

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      2. Thankyou AZAD and you too!

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