Sunday, May 03, 2015

Wisteria. Flight of the Bumblebee.

Wisteria in full bloom is swarmed by bumblebees. It had been a sad little bush until we replanted it a few years ago. Against a south-facing wall it shot up right to the roof.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Higher Power.

There is no photoshopping here, it's a real place in Normandy. A giant wind turbine and a stone cross seem to be having a debate.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Super Spring Tide (Grande Marées) at Mont Saint Michel.

On Saturday, 21 March 2015, the French Grand Ouest (West France) was bashed by a super high spring tide, an event that happens when the Moon passes closest to the Earth on its elliptic orbit. They say it was the grand marées du siecle — spring tide of the century, with tidal waves going as high as a four-story house.

Here is a selection of photos by Joke Reijnders (the Netherlands) who went to see the event firsthand with the family. None of hers got washed away.

However, news reports say at least two people died when they approached the sea too close. See more photos of this event and other pictures of Normandy on her blog In Normandië (text in Dutch).

Friday, March 20, 2015

La Poste, a Rural Composition.

On the side of a small rural road, I spotted this clever contraption.

Why bother with putting up a permanent pole for your postbox? An old chair with the box tied to it with a piece of string will do just as well.

The house itself is about a hundred metres down the lane.

(Domfront area, l'Orne)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snowdrops 2015.

Mid February. Snowdrops are out in force, and more to come. In the village of Pont d'Egrenne, the Orne.

This one is last year's, with my Golden retriever Strelka pretending to be a snowdrop.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Manoir de La Saucerie.

This is a strange, eerie place. Manoir de la Saucerie (Commune de la Haute Chapelle) near Domfront in the Orne. It a castle gatehouse without the castle. There is even a part-moat — a pond and a bridge over it that may have once been a drawbridge. There are slits for the chains.

It stands in a corner of a flat marshy plain. There are a few houses nearby and cows graze in the fields but otherwise the place looks as though it's deserted.

The manor dates from the late 12th century when there was a trend for knights to move out of the small houses they had previously occupied within the bailey to live in fortified houses in the countryside. Aliénor (Eleanor) of Aquitaine, queen of both England and France, gave the land to one of her knights, Robert Le Saucier. Why he left us only this beautiful (recently restored) gatehouse, I don't know. Perhaps there was a palisade. There was also a manor house nearby, it burned down in 19th Century.

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