a beautiful morning in our normandy valley

by Sharon Santoni
Stunning is the word that came to mind early this morning; the valley was shrouded in a light mist that augured well for a fine day ahead, a real treat at the end of October.
Shot up to the field early to feed the horses and the dogs had to agree with me that it was just lovely to be out and about enjoying that very special light at the beginning of the day.
Of course Gibson and Ghetto always come up with me, and tear around at breakneck speed .  No prizes for guessing which one comes back first when I call them to go home  ….

 Couldn’t resist asking them to pose in the sunshine this morning,
 but it was asking a lot … especially of little Ghetto …

“This is so-o-o tedious, she wants us to sit down again for another picture… life is just too short for this  rubbish…”

“At least let’s use the time to see what else is going on.  You look that way and I’ll look my side…”

“So what did you see your side?”

 “OK, we’ve sat here long enough, don’t say anything, just creep past her, she won’t even notice …”[blank]

…. sigh ….[blank]
Love it when the village is emerging from the mist like this;
 the same mist that highlights every detail on our path
 hope you have a sunny moment to enjoy today, thank you for reading me.


Anonymous October 25, 2012 - 12:26 pm

beautiful post

cindy October 25, 2012 - 1:41 pm

Our golden retriever is nestled next to me as I get to witness your beautiful morning across the pond in lovely Normandy. Adorable dogs, beautiful land and excellent cobweb shots!

Laura October 25, 2012 - 1:44 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! Sweet dogs!

Cindy The Victorian Journey October 25, 2012 - 2:01 pm

I love your pictures. Your land is gorgeous,and your dogs are also. So beautiful… Cindy

Laura October 25, 2012 - 2:06 pm

beautiful pictures!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living October 25, 2012 - 2:10 pm

Gorgeous landscape. You're lucky to live there. Love the spiderweb photos and the dogs are adorable!

Delana@dujour October 25, 2012 - 2:30 pm

Sharon, that village in the mist photo is brilliant.

lizzysapronstrings.com October 25, 2012 - 2:33 pm

Love your pictures!! I love the spider web! Makes me think of Charlotte in Charlotte's Web!! Thank you for sharing!! : )

Splenderosa October 25, 2012 - 3:46 pm

My son, the "world-famous" commercial photographer would love this light. This is the reason he awakes early. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, Sharon…and, of course, your companions make it wonderful. Love your captioning. xx's

Wild Oak Designs October 25, 2012 - 3:50 pm

Your view is outstanding! Someday, I hope to come visit and see your view in person.
Thank you for sharing. Your dogs are wonderful and how lucky they are to be able to run in such a big open area. No leashes….lucky dogs.

angiemanzi October 25, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Glorious. Many thanks.

PURA VIDA October 25, 2012 - 4:12 pm

aren't those webs incredible? and those puppy faces just so dear

French Girl in Seattle October 25, 2012 - 4:12 pm

Bonjour Sharon. Que tes chiens sont mignons! I laughed out loud when I saw that little "skit" you photographed. Darling, happy dogs. They look really good with scenic Normandy as a backdrop… Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Stephanie October 25, 2012 - 4:37 pm

Beautiful indeed! How fortunate you are to live amid such beauty! And the pups are too adorable.

CÉLINE CHOLLET October 25, 2012 - 4:55 pm

Sharon !
J'aime bien ton petit fox ! Trop mignon !

hostess of the humble bungalow October 25, 2012 - 5:15 pm

What a fun image of the two dogs looking in opposite directions.
I'd frame that one!

Amy October 25, 2012 - 5:31 pm

Beautiful! It's been foggy and misty here in Minnesota, too, but it doesn't look quite this magical.

Your dogs. They made me smile!

The Blue Farmhouse October 25, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Beautiful post….I love the early morning rise and the sunshine.

Our French Inspired Home October 25, 2012 - 5:44 pm

You already know those dogs are so cute. What a beautiful place to spend your days. – Tonya

Amelia October 25, 2012 - 6:03 pm

The flip flops of the season, your day is looking to be a great one for out of door activities, and here at somewhere near the Rockies, we have snow. Gorgeous scenery for viewing from indoor with a cup of tea. And according to the weatherman, the temp will be back up to the 70s in a couple of days.

I love foggy mornings like the one you're having today. The slow opening up of the day as the sun peeks through. Reminds me of, when I used to live in San Francisco, one of my favorite city.

Hugs to my cyber friends, Gibson and Ghetto! Always lovely to see them. Enjoy the wonderful weather in your neck of the woods!


markdownmaven October 25, 2012 - 6:28 pm

Breathtaking! We are blessed to be able to enjoy such beautiful fall days.

Barbara October 25, 2012 - 6:35 pm

Adorable, simply ADORABLE!!!! Not to mention your commentary Sharon, such fun to read!! I just took two of my furry friends to the groomers this morning in thr foggy, misty rain here in Maryland. It was great to get out into the country and see the fall turning even on this misty morn!

As ALWAYS, I adore your blog…..can't miss it!!

Enjoy your day and evening!!
Barbara P.

Kristie Franklin October 25, 2012 - 6:59 pm

I adore these photos! Your dogs are precious. How on earth were you able to get them to sit still that long and still manage to snap the different poses, charming! Beautiful photos on what looks like a beautiful sunny day!

Suman October 25, 2012 - 7:01 pm

What gorgeous shots! I am yet to come out of the dream…
Thanks for sharing such joy.

sweetvintageofmine October 25, 2012 - 7:30 pm

I'm not suppose to covet!!!! Dreamy Beautiful! Roxie

Valentina October 25, 2012 - 8:26 pm

You live in a wonderful place!

Deb October 25, 2012 - 8:26 pm

Beautiful ♥

Barbara Lilian October 25, 2012 - 8:46 pm

Lovely shots of your adorable dogs. Walking with dogs is such fun. I miss my Labradors. I too was out walking early morning & took a few pics of the webs covered in the early morning dew.I live in the Limousin area, so we too have beautiful open fields around us.

The-Countrypolitan October 25, 2012 - 9:02 pm

Sharon… your photos are wonderful… I love the detail of the web patterns… and the village shot in the mist is really great…!

Anonymous October 25, 2012 - 10:35 pm

Lovely photos Sharon, what is the name of you village? Theresa, Australia.

Francesca Muir October 25, 2012 - 11:25 pm

Stunning is right Sharon and how I love the first photo – this view is never the same and I never tire of it – it's always SO inviting – to take the road well travelled by Gibson and Ghetto. Have a lovely weekend Fx

Yvonne @ StoneGable October 25, 2012 - 11:38 pm

Fairytale!!! Looks like this came out of a picture book! Sigh!

Anonymous October 26, 2012 - 12:50 am

Beautiful post Sharon…I love the doggie conversation! I live in the Blue mountains Australia and have only recently found your blog. I absolutely love it and wish I had known about your guest cottage last year when I was visiting Europe with my family. But it is definitely on my list for next time. I am now busy reading back through all your posts from the beginning..better than a good book..and your photos are wonderful. Thank you for your wonderful insight into French life…I am loving it…Annie M x

Lorrie Orr October 26, 2012 - 2:36 am

Bonjour Sharon,

Such ethereal loveliness in the photos of the mist and the cobwebs. What a wonderful start to the day.

Stacey Snacks October 26, 2012 - 4:25 am

Mr. Henry especially loved this post……
Hello to our 4 legged and 2 legged beautiful friends.

Heaven's Walk October 26, 2012 - 4:40 am

Incredible beauty, Sharon. Just incredible. I can't even imagine being surrounded by that lovliness day after day! Loved seeing your furbabies pose for you. So cute! lol! That one pic of the spiderweb reminds me of the book, "Charlotte's Web". 🙂

xoxo laurie

Jody and Stan October 26, 2012 - 5:21 am

Sharon, Your photos are so awesome! What a beautiful place to live and I'm sure your doggies love it too!


Alison @ The Polohouse October 26, 2012 - 5:27 am

Stunning photos!

Pamela RG October 26, 2012 - 5:54 am

I love misty mornings too. It is so beautiful over there. Looks so peaceful and magical. I love your dogs. They know how to pose!

Mouse October 26, 2012 - 7:55 am

Lovely misty mornings and soon they will be lovely frosty mornings!

Brenda October 26, 2012 - 8:05 am

Gosh I like your blog – it's like a breath of fresh air.

Magnolia Verandah October 26, 2012 - 8:34 am

Glorious photos, misty mornings how lovely for the soul.

Vicki October 26, 2012 - 8:37 am

I'm again reminded of the beautiful place you call home. Wonderful photos capturing dawn of day. What a peaceful and healthy environment for all living things.

My husband always says he wants to come back in his next life as a dog. Wake, go outside, greet the morning, eat, sleep, check on your humans, maybe get in some bonding time with them including a nice pat on the head; sniff around in the air outside again, get in a good howl with the wind or a stretch your jaws with some solid barking; come in for more snoozing and additional bites to eat; chew on a toy; play and scuffle with Doggie #2. Snuggle down for the night with a nice blanket.

It's a dog's life!

Alison @ BaysideVintage October 26, 2012 - 11:18 am

Absolutely stunning, picture-postcard perfect. Can't wait to get over your way!


Anonymous October 26, 2012 - 11:58 am

I don't comment often, but I relish the emails that arrive in my inbox. They always and without fail offer some calm in a hectic and trying day. I can literally feel the stress dropping away as I take a moment to share your thoughts, pictures and words. Thank you, it means a lot to me getting this wonderful view into your gorgeous world. xx

Jayne October 26, 2012 - 12:03 pm

I want to live where you do! I'd learn French and spend my days pretending I was in a chocolate flake commercial from the UK in the 1970s. They always seemed to involve soft lighting, fields, hammocks, and a girl in a hippy dress eating chocolate beside a hammock. I so wanted to be that lady!

The enchanted home October 26, 2012 - 1:18 pm

So thats what heaven looks like, huh! Just gorgeous…..what a sight to wake up to!

Lana October 26, 2012 - 2:51 pm

I want to live there too! I would love to travel to Normandy someday it looks like heaven to me.

Roxane October 26, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Our mornings here in New Hampshire have been misty & foggy especially on the river and have rewarded me with some amazing photos of Autumn. Gibson & Ghetto are such "hams", lol, wish I was there feeding them treats! Normandy reminded me so much of home while we were visiting, truly a beautiful area of France.

Sandy @ You May Be Wandering October 26, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Sharon, your photos are simply stunning! What a beautiful place to live. I am going to leave your post open and come back to them from time to time throughout my day just because they give me such a feeling of peace. Thank you!

peggy braswell October 26, 2012 - 5:07 pm

Read the whole thing to Sir Barkley-he loves it when dogs speak! beautiful country. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

LA CONTESSA October 26, 2012 - 5:13 pm

I have to concour!(Is that how you spell concour?)STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!Dog photos and captions are just PERFECT!YOu do realize you live in a magical setting?Right!To have the horses,the dogs and that magical garden where you collect all your beautiful fleurs……….and your house!All just BEAUTIFUL!YOu really add a skip to my day!

Mem October 26, 2012 - 5:18 pm

Our days are lovely too…have to enjoy them as they come.

CWoodyard October 26, 2012 - 5:29 pm

Funny lucky dogs! Great pics! Cynthia

Sopa Azul October 26, 2012 - 5:57 pm

Just perfect!!!! ;o)

zanetastyle October 26, 2012 - 9:15 pm

The first photo is a definition of Beauty, the spied webs are stunning … Thanks for sharing your views … Ciao z

Denise October 27, 2012 - 2:12 am

Stunning photos. Wow. Your dogs are so adorable!

helen tilston October 27, 2012 - 2:38 am

Hello Sharon

Incredibly beautiful images and those dogs are precious.

Have a glorious weekend

Helen xx

Debbie Keady October 27, 2012 - 8:29 pm

Love the spider webs and the darling pups!

Sari October 28, 2012 - 6:51 am

Wonderful pictures and so beautiful you there. You dogs are so awesome, so nice pictures of their outdoor time 🙂

Susan @ Afford Your Passions October 28, 2012 - 3:43 pm

What beautiful images, Sharon – thanks for sharing.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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