Country Rambles

We've been having an exceptionally beautiful month of October.
The temperatures having been hovering between 18-24 Celsius (around 68 Fahrenheit)
and I've been out as much as possible, enjoying nature.

From where I live in the town of Lausanne,
I need to take the metro, the train and then another little country train
which you can see here.
It stops at every single little village and hamlet on the way!

I went with a friend, and we noticed how dry the earth was through lack of rain.
The trees were changing colour and looking beautifully seasonal.

Some autumn plantations had already been done and appeared very green
against the dried fields of ploughed earth.

The mountains took on an almost purple hue

and quite a few had been planted with a ground cover
of purple flowers which I learnt were to replenish the soil in nutrients.

Here is a group of flowers in close-up.
The bees seemed to love it.

These country roads are wonderful for walks
and I love to go here at least twice a year to see the beautiful area in different seasons.

I love the lines of fields in different colours.
After walking through the woods, we turned to go back down the hill
down to a village called Apples.

The village church steeple can be seen
and the mountains above the lake as well.

We are still high enough to see the lake
and behind the mountain to the right
is the well-known Mont Blanc Mountain which is in France.

I thought these sunlit leaves, already quite orange,
were so typical of this beautiful season.
Nearer to home, I collected fallen leaves and thought it would be fun
to create an Autumn Quilt by taking macro shots of parts of the leaves and making a collage.

A quilt inspired by nature
in this beautiful month of October.


  1. That photo-quilt is absolutely stunning, would look great as a large picture on the wall. Oh yes, I love the colours of autumn!

    1. Thank you, Marjan. We have to take advantage of these beautiful days as long as they last!

  2. What a marvelous way to spend a day . . . riding the rails and enjoying the Autumn color. Thanks for letting us tag a-long :)

    1. Yes, it really was a gorgeous day and I just love that little country train! Thanks for coming along, Connie!

  3. What a wonderful idea for your nature-inspired quilt. LOVELY.

    Your photo's make me want to go and live in Switzerland permanently. It always looks to so fresh and clean. I feel like I could fill my lungs with some lovely crisp fresh air when I look at them.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

    1. It was a lovely day in the country, Sarn. I get out of town regularly to enjoy the peace and beauty! I do love breathing in that pure country air too! It was fun to make the quilt out of leaf photos!Thank you!

  4. Fall in your area is gorgeous! I'm so glad the weather was nice so you could get out and enjoy it! Brilliant idea to create a fall leaf quilt. It's beautiful!

    1. Thanks, Cathy. We're really getting a gorgeous late autumn and I have been taking full advantage of it all! The wind, wet and cold will come soon enough!

  5. What beautiful autumn colours. I just love your quilt of leaves!

    1. Thanks, Fi! I had fun picking up masses of fallen leaves in my street as I had a quilt in mind! Glad you like it!

  6. Oh, your "quilt" of leaves is so cleaver, Sandra--nature's beauty at its best :) I so love your landscape photos--especially the fields of different colors with the lovely mountains in the distance. You certainly live is a gorgeous part of the world!

    1. Thanks so much, Carol. We've had such a gorgeous autumn, even though now it has turned so much colder! Glad you like the 'quilt' of leaves. They were all picked up in my street!

  7. Stunning photos Sandra! We too have been getting nice weather for October. I have to catch up with my comments - been MIA but everything is fine... miss you!
    Xo Anna and Liz

    1. Thanks so much! Glad you have also been getting lovely October weather! The grey and wet and windy part of autumn finally came in last weekend. I think that sunny days will be back again, but just without the warmth!
      So glad you are fine!