Category Archives: France

A Channel island?

The Channel Islands sit off the Normandy Coast and form a group of islands administered as Jersey or Guernsey, with their strange statuses as Crown Dependencies of the UK.  Yet a few miles south of Jersey is a small archipelago … Continue reading

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Normandy awakenings

A few hundred miles south from home and spring is well advanced.  The mornings were still frosty but the warmth of the February sun is noticeably hotter than in Northumberland.  So in the lanes that criss-cross the countryside the primroses … Continue reading

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Under the Mistletoe

One of the distinctive features of a winter walk in Normandy is the scatter of tall trees bearing green clumps of mistletoe.  This parasitic plant does produce some of its own food with its green fleshy leaves but gets minerals … Continue reading

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In the Bocage

Parts of the Normandy countryside are defined by tiny fields reached along sunken trackways. As with all such pastoral landscapes it is in decline, fields are amalgamated and the lanes abandoned; useless to the modern scale of farm machinery. Still … Continue reading

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Normandy railway wanderings

A walk along an old railway near Coutances in Normandy was a chance to see a different autumn to that found in our more normal Northumberland.  There isn’t much different between the South of England and Normandy, perhaps even less … Continue reading

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