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a quest for poppies 5-5 a

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On April 27, I took a short detour on my virtual bike tour, to find a field of poppies.  I love poppies and I’d like to find a field of them on my virtual visit to central France.

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5 side trip Logbook

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poppy quest map

map showing red field … could it be a field of blooming poppies? (map from Google Maps)

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I started by scanning the maps to the south of the area I have been visiting.  And I found what looked like a red field just south of my bike path.  Side trip!!!!

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poppy quest map two

map showing my quest to find a field of poppies (map from Google maps)

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At the first of my side trip, I saw a lady, picking flowers along the roadside …

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poppy quest a

looks like she is picking daisies … (image from Street View)

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I stopped to ask her if she knew any poppy fields in the area …

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poppy quest b

the lady stops to talk (image from Street View)

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Jane to Lady-picking-flowers: Bonjour Madame! (Hello Madame.)

Lady-picking-flowers: Bonjour!  (Hello!)

Jane: Je pense que vous aimez les fleurs! (I think you must like flowers!)

Lady: Oui.  Je trouve un bouquet pour la table!  (Yes.  I am getting a bouquet for the table.)

Jane: Est-ce que vous connaissez s’il y a un champ des coquelicots dans cet territoire?  (Do you know if there are any fields of poppies in this area?)

Lady:  Oui.  Dans le printemps, il y a un grand champ des coquelicots just à côté de cette route.  Il n’est que deux kilomètres vers l’est.   (Yes.  In the spring, there is a big field of poppies just beside this road.  It’s only two kilometers to the east.)

Jane:  Bon!  Merci!  Bonjour!  (Great!  Thanks!  Have a good day!)

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So off I went, peddling madly between fields of grain and plowed soil on a very narrow dirt road …

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poppy quest g

the poppy field must be just up ahead (image from street View)

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It was boring, but I was watching for that gorgeous field of poppies …

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poppy quest h

it should be just off to the left … (image from Street View)

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When I got to the area on the map where I was sure there was a poppy field, I saw only plowed field …

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poppy quest l

I’m sure they should be just over there (image from Street View)

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As a reward for my search, I saw two poppy blooms in the grass beside the road …

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two poppies

two poppies beside the road (image from Street View)

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I realised then, the Google Map and the Street View images were taken at different times of the year.  So sad.

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Best View: imaginary poppies …

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'poppies'

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Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

May 22, 2013 at 7:05 am

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  1. Oh! Your imaginary poppies are the Best View of all. 🙂

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    Robin

    June 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    • Hi Robin. Thanks. Glad you like them. Watercolor as a medium is much harder than pencil! Jane

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      jane tims

      June 4, 2013 at 12:08 am

  2. I love the Best View – and the humour!

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    Jane Fritz

    May 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    • Hi. I wonder what the ‘lady picking flwoers’ would think if she knew she was the star of my post?!! Jane

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      jane tims

      May 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

  3. The drawing pf the poppies is gorgeous. If you can’t find them, create them.

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    Carol Steel

    May 22, 2013 at 9:06 am

    • Hi Carol. Thanks! I am experimenting with adding color to the drawings and doing some watercolors. I need paper that won’t wrinkle when water is added! Jane

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      jane tims

      May 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm


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