Interesting place to visit – called in by chance last week on our little camping tour – “le Poulailler”, a small, but very interesting bar close to the cathedral in Coutance. It changed it’s name in 2002 to
with artwork inside and out by Paul Martineau
In 2008 it was extended, and the interior made to look even more like a chicken shed, and with further artwork by Paul Martineau
Even the sign for the toilet continues the farmyard/chicken shed theme
A couple of “1664”s and a very palatable rose wine made for a very enjoyable apero. Well worth a visit.
Bob and Marjory
After the vikings last weekend – and perhaps previously –
it was the turn of the english at the Mare des Laguettes –
Jaguar, MG, Morgan, Triumph – all English makes – even (for fans of the original “Prisoner” series) two Caterham “Super 7” –
All english cars, but look again at the registration plates.
All owned locally by members of the “Roadsters Owners Club” of Normandy. Preserved in excellent condition and driven with pride –
We visited with French friends, who asked if there are similar clubs in England for French cars !! but then went on to admit that the French have never built cars like these – but we did remember the pheneomenon of the “2CV” clubs in England.
Has any nation other than England, or Italy, built cars like these? Not only stylish and sleek, but winners of races like Le Mans year on year, as many of these cars boasted –
Bob & Marjory
Managed to get there on Friday afternoon. Expo this year was “The India of the Maharajas”
a history of Rajasthan, that told us of the importance of the elephant in Indian society
of the importance of the tiger in the life of the maharajas
and of the religion of hinduism in the life and culture of India
And at the end of the expo a chance to buy spices from India
and to visit the bazaar
Of course, the fair is more than just the expo. 1000 exhibits, 50 countries, 30 restaurants; and much, much more.
Well worth a visit, even if just to the websites –
Had to visit Friday, because last weekend was the “journees de patrimoine” and this weekend is of course, the first day of the Chasse. Our friends are involved in the Chasse, and today were doing the meal for the chasseurs! We ourselves were awakened at 0900hrs by the noise of the guns around us. Next week is the Foire de Brix (St. Denis). We will not be here, as we are setting off on conges (annual holiday). Summer’s over, but still lots of things happening locally.
Bob & Marjory
In September we are invited to discover the “regional natural parks” of the Basse-Normandie Region. The nearest one to here is the Park of the Marais – based around Carentan and stretching out to St. Saveur-le-Vicomte, north to St. Mere Eglise, and south to Perrier and Lessay. The salt marshes of this low-lying area of land are home to many species of birds and animals.
From the centre at Les Ponts d’Ouve
you can explore the Marais in many different ways, including by boat
either by yourself, or as part of a guided tour.
More information is available on the site
as also about the ongoing exhibition of building, using natural materials in the region
Well worth a visit, if not in this month of parks, than at any other time, to discover more of this region’s fascinating ecology and history.
Bob and Marjory
Last weekend saw the start of some traditional summer festivities with the local commune of St Germain-le-Gaillard celebrating its Foire Saint-Urbain. Traditionally a livestock fair, it began with a concours de mouton; and then through the day an animation inter-commune; including courses en sac, tir a la corde, lancer de charentaise, course a l’oeuf – recognise these from English village fairs?
There was , of course, the modern aspects to the fair, with a soiree couscous, a vide-grenier (literally an empty attic) or car boot sale, and a moto-cross. All-in-all a good time was had by all; and the weather, though not as sunny as the previous few weeks was good. Not like now as we have traditional English Bank Holiday weather!!
But then there was the more modern start to summer. Last year it was the fishermen protesting at the price of fuel and blockading the ports. This year the farmers blockaded the supermarket carparks. In an on-going protest at the supermarkets’ lowering the price paid to the farmers for milk, old tires, fumeur (mucking-out from the cowsheds) and agricultural vehicles are used to block entry to supermarket carparks. To do our weekly shop last Friday we had to park in a nearby street, and walk to the supermarket. Super-U was quieter than we have ever seen it! The protest continues, and there are rumours of a shortage of milk and dairy produce. We wait for further news.
Meanwhile however, the summer season slowly begins – watch this space for upcoming events and new, or refurbished summer attractions.
Hoping the weather continues to improve after this Bank Holiday setback. (We have our fourth bank holiday within a month next Monday – Lundi de Pentecote (Whit Monday, the [religious] forerunner of Spring Bank Holiday).
Bob and Marjory
How did you celebrate St. George?
The highlight of Les Pieux’s celebration last weekend appears to have been a Lotto (Bingo) session!! a far cry from last year’s national box-cart competition. Though there does appear to be a big event happening this weekend at the Centre d’Hippique – temporary stabling set up in the municipal fields below below the Equestrian Centre, and horse boxes of all shapes and sizes arriving over the past few days. Have a look at the Centre website for what’s happening later in the season – http://pagesperso-orange.fr/equitation.lespieux/topic/index.html
Meanwhile the commune of St-Georges-de-la-Riviere (just south of Barneville-Carteret) celebrates its patronal festival this coming Sunday with a sung mass in the Church, followed by a “Vin D’Honneur”; and then in the afternoon various cycling events for all the family.
For me ? the best I can do for the moment is a glass of English beer !!
has been heard in Pierreville, and in Surtainville. Along with the swallows, which now seem to be arriving in profusion, another sign of the arrival of summer.
Francis, our next door neighbour, told me of some old country lore about the cuckoo when I told him I’d heard them at Surtainville, and he’d said that they were in the fields close to home too. He asked how much loose change I had in my pocket at the time I’d heard them. To hear the call of the cuckoo is auspicious in annnouncing the summer, but if you have money in your pocket at the time, then that’s better; and the more money you have, the better the year will be. Let’s hope he’s right !!