Meanwhile in Normandy

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Feeling fortunate to be in Normandy: more and more in love with swans, a wish come true to see a female nestling with her tiny new born cygnet

Paris is having a hard time: floods, antigovernment demonstrations and strikes, vandals roaming the streets. Friends of friends invited us to this paradise, a “teaching farm” near Ouville l’Abbaye, in northern Normandy about 30 minutes from the English Channel. If you are nearby, contact the gracious owners, Antoine and Brigitte Vandecandelaere and plan a visit:

www.lafermeaufildessaisons.fr

IMG_0636The house…

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Linen museum and farm shop: delicious local eggs, cheeses, garden vegetables, apples, apple juice, cider, pâtés, bread, pastries, handmade flaxseed oil soaps, bread, potatoes…a feast at your fingertips, plus linen scarves and socks…

IMG_0634Traditional brick and flint buildings + chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, peacocks, pigs, rabbits, orchards, meadows…

IMG_0633donkeys to pat and ride…

IMG_0639“Unique,” a white percheron who loves to roll in the mud…IMG_0637Flax (linen) crop and grains…

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Cliffs at nearby Veules-les-Roses…

IMG_0629Delicious lunch, lovely service and a ray of sunshine at “Comme à la Maison”…

http://www.veules-les-roses.fr/adresse/adresse.php?val=58_comme+maison

Of course, this is not where you wanted to be 70 years ago. The regional capital, Yvetot, was completely razed by the Nazis and rebuilt after the war. You can measure the destruction by the difference in architectural style between the old and the new…

Blessings to all those who gave their lives on D-Day, before and after, soldiers and civilians…

Thank you everyone for checking in so often although I haven’t had time to post very much recently. it has been a very full month, lots to catch up on… To be continued xxxx Aliss

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