glorious french countryside

by Sharon Santoni
cement urn on a pedestal, in front of a horse pasture

We are promised a fine weekend here in sunny normandy. Hard to describe in words how beautiful the valley looks at the moment. Instead here are a few shots taken yesterday early evening.

trees with new green leaves lining a road
large estate with trees and small shrubs
brick manor home half-hidden behind trees


two white labs on a path
large garden with trees and shrubs
Wishing you all a warm and relaxing weekend
All photos taken yesterday at the beautiful Château d’Emalleville, 

a good address for a long weekend!

chateau d'emalleville, a large brick chateau



The Paper Mulberry April 9, 2011 - 10:03 am

Oh thank you so much! I have been looking for topiary inspiration for our garden and this is wonderful!!! So simple and so stylish, just gorgeous!!!

Jeanne April 9, 2011 - 10:12 am

Beautiful Sharon!

Jane and Lance Hattatt April 9, 2011 - 10:20 am

Yes, you are so right, what a beautiful setting. And all of the different greens are, indeed, very appealing. We do hope that you will enjoy a fun weekend!

Henrik April 9, 2011 - 10:59 am

Spring has really arrived in Normandy, here in Denmark we have still to see the leave emerge on the trees. But daffodils are in full bloom.
I always enjoys our photos of the landscape and countryside.

webb April 9, 2011 - 2:31 pm

You're only a few weeks ahead of us (in Central Virginia, US) but everything looks so good! No leaves here yet. I always forget what a difference that make! Enjoy your weekend.

My Little World April 9, 2011 - 2:42 pm

A very pretty place. Thank you for posting.
xoxo Australia.

Suzi April 9, 2011 - 2:45 pm

wow – everything looks so green and inviting. Perfect. x

De tout, de rien April 9, 2011 - 3:20 pm

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have to say again how envious I am! What a scenery! Such beauty around you.

becky April 9, 2011 - 4:05 pm

I'm dreaming here, Sharon.
Dreaming of a lovely weekend for all 🙂

Stephanie April 9, 2011 - 4:34 pm

Beautiful! Hope the whole weekend is as lovely! In the meantime, we are finally looking at the possibility of warmer weather here next week.

The enchanted home April 9, 2011 - 4:38 pm

Breathtaking is the only word that comes to mind. OMG I would be walking around with my mouth on the ground all day..I am so visually stimulated by such beauty that my mouth would be agape all day long and I would take pictures nonstop. What beauty you are surrounded by!! Thanks so much for sharing and the little visual getaway!

Belle de Ville April 9, 2011 - 4:41 pm

So lovely!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) April 9, 2011 - 4:50 pm

Oh my so pretty. Great pics, thanks for the tour. Hugs, Marty

Ideezine April 9, 2011 - 6:29 pm

How gracious of you to share all that surrounds you. Thank you!
Love the little doggies ready to go! Perfect!

Blondie's Journal April 9, 2011 - 8:06 pm

Just beautiful, Sharon!


Mariette April 9, 2011 - 8:11 pm

Dearest Sharon,

It is for a reason that the Dutch have a saying; 'Living like God in France…'
Sure this looks like a paradise right now. Guess for you the spring is also the most beautiful season! Everything is lovely, castles are envelopped in green and color.
Enjoy your weekend!


Deborah April 9, 2011 - 8:32 pm

It looks absolutely inviting!
What a beautiful sight!
Enjoy your weekend..I see that you are! xo

Deborah xo

Razmataz April 9, 2011 - 10:27 pm

Oh to spend the Spring in France…..

Tracey April 9, 2011 - 11:47 pm

Your photos are always so divine. xx

Desire Empire April 9, 2011 - 11:49 pm

Such stunning beauty. I'm off to tour the chateau.
Bon weekend!!!

Desire Empire April 10, 2011 - 12:03 am

I just visited the Chateau. It is now on my 'things to do before I die' list. Thank you so much for your lovely post about it.
Best Carolyn

chateaudelille April 10, 2011 - 2:02 am

Do you have to pinch yourself to know its not a dream? I would have to. Its all so beautiful.Fiona

5th and state April 10, 2011 - 2:55 am

a beautiful setting indeed, do you "pinch yourself" for living in such beauty?

sharon your trees are fully leafed out, was not the case in england and at home barely a glimmer of a bud….


Beth - In My World... April 10, 2011 - 4:53 am


Enough said.

Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos…these are going into my vision book!

Kerri April 10, 2011 - 5:27 am

Stunning!! We attended a wedding in Nantes for our French friends at this time of year a few years ago, and we fell in love with Spring time in France! Your photos bring it all back. Must go again soon!

Amy April 10, 2011 - 5:35 am

It looks like pure, golden springtime!

Il calesse April 10, 2011 - 7:08 am

Buongiorno, mi sono trovata per caso nel tuo bellissimo e incantevole blog.Anch'io come te amo la natura è la mia" Musa" ispiratrice, mi ricrea lo spirito,mi da forza, energia…..Spero non ti dispiaccia se mi unisco tra i tuoi sostenitori.
Buona domenica! LUCIA

Things That Inspire April 10, 2011 - 12:50 pm

Beautiful, beautiful images – just the right way to start a Sunday – with inspiration.

Tell me, are houses with such exterior symmetry and order (such as Château d'Emalleville) common in your area?


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