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© janet m. webb

There are two things you see everywhere in France: memorials to those lost in World Wars I and II and crosses.  Some of these crosses are hundreds of years old and they pop up everywhere.  If you were to stop at each one, not only would it take you forever to get anywhere, you’d probably get hit by any number of cars or other vehicles as most of them are right next to the road.  But each one is attractive.  Here’s a small sample for you to enjoy.

Near Raddon-et -Chapendu:

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Having survived the arrival blues with the help of my b-i-l, it was now time to relax.  And explore.  Every day, my s-i-l and I took the dogs for a walk, all the dogs except for Lily, the dog that was deathly ill from a tick bite.  Although there’s always danger of ticks in the forest, this year the evil little critters are particularly plentiful, so despite the heat, we went out in long pants, long-sleeved shirts, brimmed hats over pulled-back hair, and all exposed parts sprayed with repellent.  We thoroughly checked the dogs during and after the walk and ourselves as well.  Despite the care, there were always ticks to be drowned.  Ticks aren’t just in the forests of France  We have them here in Naperville and they could easily be near you.  So do take care and do the same for mosquitoes.  Too many bad diseases being transmitted by them these days.

But enough of that. Our mornings began with tea.  I was able to try some African teas that my b-i-l had brought back and served as the tea-rista for everyone most of the time.

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The forests around us have been inhabited for thousands of years.  The Celts were here, perhaps built this very wall.

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You can look out from certain spots.

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But be sure to look down as well.  There’s life all around, even in the moss that grows on downed trees.

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Throughout the day, I refreshed my soul by glimpses of this view.

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Every morning we explored the near.  In the afternoons, we explored the far(ther.)