Saturday, October 25, 2014

Walking for peace of mind



Living in Switzerland is good. This country is so pretty and overwhelmingly well taken care of. Clean. Colorful. Historic with fantastic nature and dramatic landscapes. But I have to say, living close to Lac Leman, also known as Lake Geneva, is essential to me. The lake makes me feel close to the coast even though I am stuck in the middle of Europe. It opens up with the big Alps on the other side, which comfortable makes you feel safe. It makes me feel free, like I can take off on an adventure any day I want.

It takes me about 10 minutes to drive down from the Jura mountains where I live, to a pretty village called Rolle, and this is a wonderful place for a stroll on a sunny Friday afternoon. Yesterday was such a beautiful autumn day with sun and clear blue skies. A little bit frisky and very refreshing. The mountains could be viewed behind the haze and the beach walk was quiet and calm. Not many people was out, which is very rare here.

I truly enjoy these moments that I capture and just enjoy my surroundings to see the beauty in life. Often I am so caught up in every day chores and often stressed to the bones that I seem to hold my breath for days in a row. How can someone survive that, I wonder, when I slowly walk, breathe and snap off iPhone pics along my walk. How can someone not suffocate when put all that pressure on themselves.

I should really do this more often. Maybe it is time to catch up with my Come Walk With Me (Check the cathegory Come Walk With Me for more information) mission I once started a few years back. Because taking a walk is an investment in life, health and peace of mind. So why don't we do it more often? Take a break, a walk for peace of mind.

Kärlek
Annette

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  1. Olá Annette,realmente as imagens que vejo por aqui do lugar onde vive são encantadoras,seu as pessoas do seu pais são muito cuidadosas e dão valor ao que possuem.Tenho uma vizinha a Cidinha que é casada com um Suiço Sr Marcos,1 vez ao ano eles passeiam por ai e ela fala que tem vontade de não voltar para o Brasil e morar na Suiça,já o Marcos diz que ama o verão Brasileiro,vamos ver quem ganha essa luta Suiça & Brasil.Bom fim de semana.Beijo em seu coração amiga.Valéria.

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  2. Oh Annette I've just been reading about Louise's walk over here in Staffordshire (at Ramblings of a Roachling) and how even just half an hour can be so restorative. I think sometimes taking your camera with you makes you stop and look a bit more, a little bit closer, and helps you to slow down and breathe things in. I feel restored just looking at your pictures! Jane x

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  3. Oh these are gorgeous pictures Annette! Please continue your 'Come Walk With Me' series!

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    1. Hi Dana
      Thank you! I'll do my best. So happy to hear you loved it so much.
      Xxx
      Annette

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  4. You live in such a beautiful part of the world, water and mountains - lovely.

    You have inspired me to put on my walking shoes and get out and about walking - I started a new job a year ago, and, although I really love it, don't get the chance on a daily basis to walk as driving is a big part of my job. But even 15 minutes per day walking would do me good on weekdays. I really will try this when I return to work next week.

    Helenxx

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    1. Hi Helen
      I guess you ahve read my first Come Walk With Me blog post from a few years ago...??? My walking goes in waves. For months I can be a couch potato but ones I start to get out, only 15 minuets a day, I quickly add on minutes to half an hour without problem. And it makes such a difference to mood and energy. You go for it. 15 minutes a day we can all do.
      Thanks for visiting.
      Xxx
      Annette

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  5. I loved your walk photos Annette....walking makes me feel the same....a chance to breath and relax. As well as great exercise. I hope you won't mind if I quote you on my blog, and link to this post.
    Jacquie x

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    1. Hi Jacquie
      What a nice visit to have you here in my commenting field. I know you are a big fan of walking as well as running. I so wish I could develop a love for running. I have tried so many times but somehow it is just not my thing. But walking, absolutely. Like honey for the soul. Feel free to quote and link. The more people we can inspire to walk the better.
      Thanks for popping in today.
      Xxx
      Annette

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  6. Love that Annette! I love the beautiful pictures of your country. What a great reminder to stop, relax, enjoy, and be grateful!

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    1. Hi Lisa
      Thank you! Happy to hear you are inspired by my words. Now it is time for today's forest walk. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for visiting.
      Xxx
      Annette

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  7. You are very fortunate indeed!!!
    xo Kris

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    1. Hi Kris
      I know! You are fortunate too with your garden and grandson. :)
      Xxx
      Annette

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  8. Hello Annette, what beautiful photos....walking is definitely good for the soul. Thank you for cheering up my day xx

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    1. Hi Nikki
      Happy to hear I have cheered up your day. Thank you for visiting!
      Xxx
      Annette

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  9. Simply stunning. Beautiful pics. I would love to go there. Sometimes we have a habit of taking things for granted and we need to take stock of what we have around us

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    1. Hi Susie
      So true, so true. The other day we got stuck in a cow shuffle. My daughter asked me if we could over take the cow group or take a short cut to get moving. She told me it took too long. I then explained that sometimes it is good to go slow. Look out the window (instead of your iPhone screen!!!) and see the beauty. Watch the cows and take a deep breath. This we can't rush. We just have to go with it. And it is nice to go slow and reflect upon our surroundings... You wonder what my daughter did? Rolled her eyes (13 tomorrow) and let her bottom jaw down like a fish meaning "You are so uncool Mama.". Ha ha ha!
      Xxx
      Annette

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  10. Beautiful photos. I spent just one day driving through Switzerland two years ago and fell in love with the country you live in. I'm glad your walked helped you.
    Anne xx

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    1. Hi Anne
      Thank you! SO happy to hear you got at least one day of viewing the beauty of Switzerland. Maybe you will come back one day and see more.
      Xxx
      Annette

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  11. Hi Annette! We both visited Rolle recently for our photo inspirations! I've just put my posting up!
    I know all those places you present here, including the gates, alleyways and buildings! I have connections in Rolle and visit several times a year. It's not far from Lausanne after all!
    Good luck with your walking programme! It's the best exercise for me too!
    P.S. Those numbers are so much easier to read than the terrible word verification. Great switch!

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    1. Hi Sandra
      How lovely! Rolle is a fabulous place for some photographing and healthy steps isn’t it? We had our field trip for the photography course there as well. I will write about it soon. I will have to check out your blog post to see if we snapped the same things. Ha ha ha!

      Regarding the verification, it is all out of my control I am afraid. Lately they have changed it to numbers but who knows when they will switch it back to letters and weird words or - please spare us!!! - a mix of numbers and letters! Maybe it would be worth trying it out without the verification again but I am just so afraid of all the spam… We’ll see. Might be something to bring up in the blog course I am attending on line as well (more about that soon too).

      Have a lovely Sunday dear.

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    1. Hi
      Thank you. It really was wonderful. Looking forward to many more walks.
      Xxx
      Annette

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  13. Oh Annette, you are so lucky, of all the things MS has changed in my life, my ability to walk is one of the most difficult. I'm a walker by nature, mile and miles I'd walk, preferring it to any other transport. I can still walk very small distances but in my dreams I still walk along country paths and along the tops of beautiful hills. Hold tight this very special gift, as I'm sure you do! :) xxx

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  14. Beautiful! Walks are so incredibly enjoyable for me as well. It looks like you came from such a lovely place (Sweden), but are also blessed to live in another stunning place (Switzerland!) I really enjoy your photos as it makes me feel like I am visiting both of these places, which have always been high on my travel list :)
    -Vintage Sheet Addict, I wish you many, many gorgeous dream walks in your future as well as real walks when you can tolerate them :)

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  15. Such a beautiful place to walk and regain your sense of balance. I feel like you rushed and almost overwhelmed with all life is giving me. I need to take a deep breath and relax every once in a while.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Hi Meredith
      Exactly. We run around like headless chickens accomplishing nothing and when yo take a break, walk away and catch you breath a bit everything seem to fall back into place. Thanks for visiting.
      Xxx
      Annette

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  16. What a beautiful place to be walking in! I'd want to walk everywhere if I lived there!

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  17. A beautiful part of the world which you live. I totally agree, a walk can do wonders, and often wonder why I don't do it more often. Maybe if we looked at it as an important need and not just a 'me' moment maybe we would work it into our daily things to do. Here's to more walks for us all!

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  18. What beautiful photos! I am trying to get back into walking and luckily live in beautiful area. Your post is very motivating :)

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  19. Thanks for sharing these pictures! About 5 years ago I lived in Chexbres working as an au pair. I loved everything about it :)

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Kärlek
Annette

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