There was a distinct absence of dogs, mad or otherwise, when a group of us met at Lac des Bruyères for a walk. It was 10.30 am and already hot, hot, hot! Because of this, there was a choice of a 2 or 5 km route. The majority did, however, opt for the longer walk. So, sunscreen applied, water supplies to hand and sun hats on heads, we set off. Our route took us along country tracks and included wooded areas where some dappled shade gave welcome respite from the sun. Towards the end, we walked by a small lake, before coming to the large lake on the home stretch. We finished at the rest area where we partook of our well earned picnic. Once retrieved, out came a goodly array of light refreshments! Another good walk, well planned by Louise & David.
How lucky were we, after Tuesday’s high winds and driving rain, to be sat outside in sunshine surrounded by the most beautiful garden.
Annette invited the Anglophone Association to afternoon tea with, not only a selection of cakes, but an extra bonus of Belgian waffles. Catherine and Annette did a splendid job with the waffles, many more helpers were serving teas and coffee.
It was a very relaxing and friendly atmosphere with everyone joining in a conversation, either with people they knew well, or getting to know those they didn’t know too well.
Apart from the refreshments the garden was superb with so many flowers and plants to look at. Considering the house was only a short way from the main road and a busy shopping area it was so peaceful.
Being nosey, I spoke to Michelle, one of Annette’s neighbours, who was carving a piece of wood. She beckoned me over and showed me all the different sculptures in her home that she had made from various media. That was such a nice addition to a lovely afternoon.
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The most precious ingredients for a late spring walk are fair weather and sunshine and we were blessed with both at La Baleine. Add beautiful countryside, quiet lanes and wildlife and your day is idyllic. From Le Krill restaurant in the village we climbed a short hill to give us a wonderfully expansive view of the area north towards Coutances.
We exited the woodland at the entrance to the Mini Golf centre and posed for a group photograph before turning briefly onto a quiet road and then exploring deeper into the shade through this countryside billowing with spring wild flowers.
We found tracks that looked as though they had not seen any wheeled traffic for a very long time. A sense of rural abandonment pervaded the land until we met a number of ponies and horses who were curious at our arrival. Who were these strangers briefly disturbing their day? Our Breton spaniel was grateful to share their drinking water as the heat of the midday sun increased.
We occasionally crossed a road as we followed a figure of eight route around this village and followed even quieter and deeper tracks before eventually returning towards our starting point, affording vistas of seemingly endless countryside. I considered it the most beautiful walk to date and have promised the dogs that we will return. We were fortunate to be able to park in the shade at Gavray where the sun continued unabated and we thoroughly enjoyed a varied menu at L’Hotel de la Gare.
After a lovely lunch at the Auberge du Vieux chateau in St Sauveur le Vicomte, a good number of Anglophones met up in slightly uncertain weather for the guided tour of the 16th and 17th century chateau at Crosville-sur-Douve.
We were shown round by the owner, Michele Lefol, who has been restoring the chateau since 1985. She was absolutely passionate about the chateau and its history, and really enthused us with her love for the place and the work she is doing.
Afterwards we enjoyed a cup of tea and fabulous cakes in the Salon de Thé. For those who were not able to be there on the day, I highly recommend a visit, – if only to the tea room!
Thanks to Jacques for his excellent translation of Michele’s words as we toured the chateau.
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