From the Caen International Festival

One image from the Foire Internationale du Caen – from the Parade of the Sun, as they passed through the exhibition halls; part of the special expo the “Sacred Gold of the Incas”

A very interesting day out; the exhibition itself was well worth a visit, with the Fair as well it was a bit too much.

See more of the exhibition on 

and more of the Fair through

Bob and Marjory

The European Week of “Mobility” (“La semaine europeenne de la mobilite”)

Here in Manche it’s being celebrated in several different (and money-saving) events; leading into a celebration of local heritage in “Journees de patrimoine”.

From Wednesday to Sunday a series of randonees – walks, cycle rides and so on – to discover the green ways (les voies vertes) through Manche – old tracks and paths, disused railway lines reclaimed as pathways, and so on. gives more detail.

Wednesday 17th was also the “journee du transport public” across France, celebrated here by a 1€ fare anywhere in Manche courtesy of Maneo, the public transport system sponsored by the Conseil General de Manche. Details of them and the public transport system in Manche through

This weekend there follows a special offer on the trains – 5€ anywhere in Basse-Normandie to discover more of our local heritage. We’ll be using this offer to visit the “Foire Internationale de Caen”, with it’s special expo on the Sacred Gold of the Incas. This exhibition from the 19 to 29th Sept celebrates our world heritage – details and

More about this later – though it may be a while as Monday we take our holiday for a couple of weeks; almost all holiday makers having now left the area

Bob and Marjory

Buffy goes to France (eventually) part 3

Yes I am sitting (almost)

Yes I am sitting (almost)


And just when everything was going so smoothly.

We took Buffy for her blood test at the beginning of May, which involves a small sample of blood being taken and sent for analysis to determine that the inoculation has been effective, all of which passed off without incident. Two weeks later the vet rang with the results. Unfortunately the antibody level in her blood wasn’t high enough to be accepted and so the passport can’t be issued. The vet said that this wasn’t at all uncommon – about 10% of dogs fail the test first time round, and the failure rate is higher in dogs under one year old. Nothing to be done but for the rabies inoculation to be given again, and to be re-tested; the vet told us that re-inoculation invariably does the trick. So Buffy had her second inoculation, and she’ll have another blood sample taken at the beginning of June.

So I suppose that the moral of the story is to allow plenty of time for the passporting process, which can’t be hurried – it takes as long as it takes. Still assuming that the next blood test turns out ok, we’ll be able to take Buffy with us when we go over to Surtainville at Christmas – we’re looking forward to letting her have a run on that long deserted sandy beach!

Buffy herself is now about four and a half months old (end of May), and seems to be developing well. She now weighs about 13.5kilos – a full-grown bull terrier usually weighs in at between 24-30 kilos so she’s some growing still to do. She’s teething at the moment -dogs lose their baby teeth just as humans do – and although it must be causing her some discomfort she’s refraining from chewing the furniture (up to now at least).

As preparation for her ferry trip to France we took Buffy over to the Isle of Wight with us last weekend and I have to say that she was a little angel throughout. She behaved very well on the ferry and in the car, and curled up decorously under the table when we had a pub lunch. She was also much admired by everyone whom she encountered, though I’m afraid that we expect nothing less these days!

Buffy is also attending weekly dog training classes (see photo) – every Thursday a Portsmouth Community Centre echoes to the excited yelps of fifteen or so dogs of all shapes and sizes! She responds very well to positive commands (by and large when she’s told to do something she does it, especially if there’s a treat involved, and there usually is). The problem is that, being a bull terrier (a breed famed for it’s tenacity and stubbornness), she responds a lot less well to negative commands such as “Don’t do that”. Still a work in progress, I’m afraid.

More when we have the results of the next blood test.

Peter and Sue

The Millenium Pyramid at Briquebec

  Have you seen it yet?

Created for the millenium, this pyramid in the grounds of the chateau at Briquebec tells the story of the 20th Century through the artefacts that are gradually revealed from within it.

The Pyramid was made using sand from the landing beaches, and contains artefacts from the 20th century. It is designed to erode with the weather and gradually reveal more of the history of the century. (The Mairie at Briquebec asks for all artefacts to be returned through them).

So far we have seen parts from rifles and other munitions, bits of bicycles, parts of motorcycles, amongst other things. A fascinating way to tell the story of the last century before the new millenium, that still continues. Have you seen it yet? What do you think?

Bob and Marjory  

We’re back at last


Back at last after a very busy summer season; made worse by my internet connection being in a very dodgy state. So no postings since May, and so much that has happened and could have been written about.

Apologies if you’ve been waiting for the latest installment on “Buffy”, or for news of what’s happening around here; we’ll be doing our best to get postings in over the next few days, and get ourselves up to date.

In the meantime why not check out our Guestbook for comments from those who’ve visited –

Bob and Marjory