Stevie and Kerry had arranged a surprise … after the days of winter the sun warmed their garden so strongly you had to be careful not to catch sunstroke. Some of us took refuge from the heat in the kitchen near the tea urn and the excellent homemade pastries and scones. Those who wanted to enjoy the sun remained on the terrace admiring the pond and the wild flowers in the garden. It was again a great success through the efforts of the hosts in their beautifully renovated house with castle-like stairs. A big thank you to Stevie and Kerry.
Thursday 16th March 2017 was a beautiful day for a trip out and on this sunny day the ‘Association Anglophone de Coutances’ were off to Villedieu les Poêles to visit the Fonderie de Cloches Cornille-Havard (Bell Foundry).
We met at 12.15 to have lunch prior to our guided tour. We were twelve who enjoyed à la carte meals at La Cuisine de Léonie.
We all had a most enjoyable and convivial time that lasted right up to the time of our planned visit… The Bell Foundry was a fascinating place and our guide, who spoke perfect English, explained and showed to us all the steps of making a bell. It is interesting how the Fonderie de Cloches not only receives commissions for new bells from places such as the Notre-Dame in Paris but also from far afield making bells for towns and cities in the USA! Currently they are making plaques for all of the American War Cemetries and some can already be seen at St. James and Colleville sur Mer.
We finished off our visit with a trip to the gift shop after having ‘played’ the bells that are all around in the courtyard…Smashing… We think a lovely time was had by all.
The 10th of March dawned foggy and damp but the Anglophones members are hardy souls and this did not put anyone off meeting for the first walk of the 2017 season.
We walked from Le Haut Dy along the estuary of the Ay towards the sea, ever hopeful that the mist would lift. As we crossed the dunes there were some hints of brightness and we got some quite impressionistic glimpses of the beach.
Then it was back through the leek fields – where we commented on the likely state of the peoples’ backs who were busy in the fields – to our parking spot.
We then had an excellent lunch at La Badine at Creances Plage – a recommended venue for a good value lunch if you are in the area.