Trip to Lhota – Part 1

Winter has been enormously persistent here this year, here as well as in many other parts of the world as I can see from my fellow blogger friends. I find it increasingly harder to manage my duties at home, let alone all the challenges I face, I’ve been longingly waiting for warmer and sunnier days.

I know, whining doesn’t improve anything… it even doesn’t bring any relief. It’s necessary to be looking for a source of energy. Sometimes it comes from unexpected directions and I found one when our former colleague visited us at work a few weeks ago. I was dressed in blue jeans and a dark blue sweater while she came in orange trousers, bright yellow T-shirt and a light grey sweater. My boss was praising her choice of colours and told her that she was bringing spring to us and I realised how much we influence ourselves by clothes we wear and things we surround ourselves with.

I was browsing my photos for a while to pick out the ones I felt like sharing and I chose the ones taken in summer 2011. That summer I spent with my children three weeks at my mother-in-law’s in Moravia while my husband was supervising the final part of reconstruction of our house. I made a few trips and the one I liked most of all was a trip to Lhota. I planned it according to a map, took my sons and spent a wonderful day. Let’s take a few stops along the way:

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The plant climbing the house’s walls might be a variety of Hedera or Parthenocissus quinquefolia, I love those green-covered walls. They say that these plants are quite aggressive and may damage plastering, moreover they let more insect species reach windows and rooms behind them, that’s why I wouldn’t be brave or foolish enough to decorate our house with them. But it’s always a treat to see such a house.

We followed a road first, then a path in a meadow and were going up further…

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and further…

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It was a nice summer day making you feel good.

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Along our way we came to an enclosure with a few grazing horses. They looked beautiful but were quite faraway so I went closer to the fence eager to take a few photos.

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I didn’t expect my presence would draw any attention and was really surprised when they turned and started to run at my direction.

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They might have been just curious and there was the fence separating us but I felt somewhat frightened and backed away a bit. They stopped and gathered together, much calmer but still watching me.

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It was time to go on.

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18 Comments

  1. I, too, love the "ivy" covered house. It looks so charming. The scenery on your upward climb was just amazing. But, of course, the horses are my favorites. Judging from their attitude as they came toward the fence, I think they just wanted to greet their visitors; but I can understand your alarm. You got some great shots anyway.

  2. I can relate to your longing for spring and desire to revisit sunnier days. Great horse photos! It's best to play it safe with all animals that you don't already know.

    Thanks for sharing Phuc's video post on FB!

  3. Spring is in the air – we had 3 good walks today and that north wind seems to have changed direction, with the severe March winds calming down. These photos are most beautiful and I am opting to find brighter colours to wear. Today it was blue jeans n yellow sweater 🙂 Have a wonderful evening.

    1. Lilly, thank you. We still have snow and temperatures around zero here so that doesn’t look much optimistic. But it will be April soon and the change can’t be too far. Congratulation on your choice of the yellow sweater, it’s a good one! 🙂

  4. It's nice to look back at photos in your album ( of 2011, I'm publishing them all of the time thanks to my delays with watermarking 🙂 !!). Such a beautiful location and a nice fresh, natural story and images with the horses.

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