Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Inside the house in Normandy

I'm only sharing photos of our family who I have been able to ask if they would let me put them on this post.

 This is what greeted us on our arrival, a lovely gift basket filled with goodies with more in the fridge, and our favorite was the tin of biscuits (cookies) below.



 Gregg with our Babes, son and daughter-in-law, Lisa and Brad.
 


Celia is in the dining room area.  Our hosts had put fresh-cut flowers on the table.


Celia and Gully.


 This is part of the main room and if you look closely in the mirror.....



 you can see Brad in the kitchen, which is very well equipped.


The next three photos show the foyer.





We noticed the flags immediately.  They made us feel very welcome, and we thought it a very nice gesture from our hosts.


Various views inside the sunroom.












I liked the line of bottles and another nice welcoming touch, having the French and American Flags inside two.


The other side of the sun room shows the above-ground swimming pool and a large table, with a propane barbecue grill which was used at least once while we were there.  We were on the go all the time and there was not much of a chance to use it again.



There was the larger room and this smaller one at the end of the house.  It was full of lovely old antiques.


I thought the old bellows used as a coffee table was delightful.


The larger room had a more modern look to it, and this one had that old fashioned feel which I loved.  It reminded me of one of my aunts who had her place decorated in a similar fashion. Whenever we had a chance we would come into this room.  I could just imagine a cosy fire in the wintertime.


I didn't take any photos upstairs as we were all well entrenched and with such a busy time, when we were there, those rooms were our sanctuary.  Especially as we also had a small baby to be put down for a nap. 

My photos really don't do the place justice but they do have a website.  If your family ever decides to get together and visit Normandy, or even if you only visit the site because you enjoy looking at lovely old farmhouses, I can highly recommend a browse. I am sure the other house is just as lovely from what I see of their online photos.  You can go here to see both.  

If you scroll down the page a bit and click on either house (ours was the second one), and then scroll down once again, there is a slide show with photos that shows the bedrooms.  

Also I came across another blogger's post after doing a search trying to find the above site, and lo and behold she and her family had stayed at the other house.  You can see her post here.  Amazing what you can find online!

Monday, July 28, 2014

The house we rented when on vacation in Normandy.

Today I thought I would show you a few photos around the outside of our rental house in Gouville-sur-Mer, and of some 'local residents'.
 

 This is the front of the property looking from left to right. Isn't that stonework gorgeous?   I fell in love with this house as soon as I saw it and have to thank Gregg for finding it in the first place.  He googled it!  There were ten of us who slept here and the bedrooms were very comfortable. 


The front door.

 
 A lovely line of old green bottles were in the front.....


You know me and rusty old things, I adored them.


These were at the front also but on the side wall.
 

 This was in the back garden.  Looking over the hedge you could see the next door neighbors' house.


 I had not one peeve about this place.  Well, maybe one, we we had to leave eventually!  Next time I will have some inside pictures.


And now we come to the 'local residents'.  We used to pass them on our walks and weren't too far down the road.  They weren't too chatty, more curious than anything else.





 

 

 Gouville-sur-Mer is marked in red.  You can see how near we are to England - to Plymouth - which wasn't too far from where I used to live.  As the crow flies I think it is about 60 to 70 miles from Normandy to Plymouth.  

 

 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A poem

 
This is a poem I found called "Messenger"
by one of my all-time favorites, Mary Oliver from her book "Thirst".


My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird,
Equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast, there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.

Are my boots old?  Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect?
Let me keep my mind on what matters,
Which is my work,
Which is mostly standing still and learning to be
Astonished. 
The phoebe, the delphinium,
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all the ingredients are here,

Which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
And these body-clothes,
A mouth with which to give shouts of joy
To the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
Telling them all, over and over, how it is
That we live forever. 


These photos are nothing to do with this poem, well maybe just a little, as I love the frog whom I think is looking out on nature with what I would say is pure joy.  Yes, I am empathizing.  It is something I relate to wholeheartedly.  Gregg took the shot of the sundial, and I think it is such a neat photo.  

My vacation posts will resume in the coming week.