A little walk up the hill …

The summer this year has been unbelievably crappy. Not that spring was any better. But this year, it seems as if we have skipped spring to go straight into autumn mode. My babies on the balcony are suffering: not a single ripe tomato in sight even though we are already reaching the end of August … and my aubergine plants have not grown big nor have they matured enough to sprout a single bloom! But more about my poor babies in another entry.

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Rather … given such a gloomy and very autumn-like weather that we are having today (as can be seen on the picture above), I prefer to share something that reminds me that we are, in fact, still in summer.

It was on the little walking excursion that the hubby and I did last week, on one of the few evenings when the day was nice and warm. Unfortunately, the nice day was marred by some rain showers towards the end of the walk. But in spite of the spoiler towards the end of our little walk, it was still a very nice outing … with unexpected ‘bounty’ at the end of it.

The following are some shots that I took … several of which are of the nice houses up the hill (in Epalinges, a commune just above Lausanne) that, unfortunately, I can only dream about having as my own!

SAM_9121AThe first house that caught my interest. It has a beautiful view with a large sloping garden that has lots of possibilities!

SAM_9124.ABut as we walked further uphill …

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… there was this house which enjoys an even better view. Although it looked like one big house … it is actually comprised of several separate units.

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Its strategic location ensures that it has a superb view of Lake Geneva. (There is another shot of the house further down the entry which shows the view of the lake and mountains which can be seen from this house.)

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Another interesting looking house, a semi-detached this time. This style used to be in l’esprit du temps (in simple English … very trendy lah!) only a few years ago. But it has since fallen out of favour.

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The wooden construction, the potager garden at the back of the house … plus the lake view from the balcony and the terrace in front: this house easily became my favourite during the walk!

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Hubby leading the way … while I was busy snapping photos of the houses and gardens that I saw along the way.

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Somehow, the front porch of this house reminded me of a house that I had seen in an old Malay film which I could not remember the title of … nor the storyline!

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The streets were clean and there were not that many cars … so that it was hard not to notice that the air felt a whole lot fresher up here than down the hill.

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I walked towards this house (a few minutes further up from the previous picture) … only because we heard the sound of cow bells coming from this side of the street. I could not resist checking it out …

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… and, true enough, there were 3 of them on this small field … staring fixedly at me when I tried to snap their photos! 🙂

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The view that greeted the cows as they were grazing in the field that evening. Lucky cows!!

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Walking past a house with a big flower garden …

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… with a partial lake view as we left the cows grazing peacefully.

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I really love the area. The houses were all very nice, the streets were clean with very little traffic … and the lake view is definitely a bonus!

I was ready to go home by this time … but the hubby insisted that there was not much further to go from where he wanted to show me something.

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He had been to this old church on the hill a few times before on his runs …

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… and so he was keen to bring me here so that I could see the view from this standpoint. Unfortunately, because of the rain clouds … the picture turned out a little dark. (Just click on the picture to get a better look at the view.)

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Nonetheless, I have to agree with the hubby that the view from the old church was really beautiful …

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… and there was basically nothing to obstruct the panoramic view (with France across the lake).

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Looking at the view from this side (Alpes vaudoises and Valais in sight), however, it reminded me that given our lousy summer weather … we should not be surprised to see autumn come knocking on our door sooner than we would have expected! The leaves are already starting to change colours!

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The greyness of the rain clouds and the golden hue of the evening sun made such a beautiful contrast as we made our way home more than an hour later.

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The same house that we had passed by on our way up earlier and which overlooks a wide expanse of Lake Geneva (or Lac Léman in French) as it was bathed in the glow of the evening sun.

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And … in addition, we spotted not just one … but two sets of rainbow (although you might not be able to see the second one on the outer ring very clearly) that were arching over the house. So beautiful …

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As an icing on the cake … I also spotted these beauties from across the road … as we were walking. Even though we had not brought anything with us to put these sweet brambles (they were sweeter than the ones that I picked from the woods just two weeks earlier) …

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… we could not let these free stuff go to waste. The cap of the thermos flask that the hubby had carried with him to put his tea .. and his palm … served as containers just as well! hehehe … 😀

Other entries on Epalinges:

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3 thoughts on “A little walk up the hill …

  1. Despite the ‘residential sprawl’, I really enjoy this area and I am glad that you like it too. I shall have to take you up there again to enjoy the beautiful colours of autumn, but this time through the woods which we can see on some of the pictures. I shall then be able to point out to you what I like to believe was a Celtic look-out point. In fact, I wonder whether this church might not have been built on some Celtic remnant as it has been the case at so many places elsewhere.

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