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Vive La France!!

Formidable! La France sont les champions du monde. Allez les bleus!Fantastic! France are World Champions. C'mon the Blues!!

Apple Blossom at Les Coudreaux

Apple Blossom at Les Coudreaux
A glorious Spring day here today - sun, blue sky, wonderfully warm - the apple blossom is blooming - how wonderful Nature is!Une magnifique journée printanier aujourd’hui - du soleil, un ciel bleu, chaud.  Les pommiers fleurissent - la Nature est merveilleux!

New Life at Les Coudreaux!!

New Life at Les Coudreaux!!
We have four beautiful chicks - Clara is their mummy and is doing a fantastic job looking after them.  You can only see one in this picture - the other three are safely under mum’s wing.Nous avons quatre beaux poussins - Clara est leur maman et elle s’occupe bien d’eux.  Vous pouvez voir qu’un dans ce photo - les trois autres sont sous l’aile de leur maman.

Muguet - Lily of the Valley

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Je vous porte de bonheur!  Bonne fête du 1er mai - quelle merveilleuse tradition française!I bring you happiness!  Happy May Day!   What a marvellous French tradition  

Belle fleur qui me fait sourire - A beautiful flower which makes me smile!

Belle fleur qui me fait sourire - A beautiful flower which makes me smile!
Cette belle plante est dans notre salle de piscine (l'eau est bien chauffée - sa temperature est actuellement 29 degrés!).  Deux de mes anciennes étudiantes me l’ont offert il y a 12 ans (lorsque nous habitions en Belgique) - merci de tout coeur Zuzana et Stanka.   Je pense que la plante aime bien son petit coin.This beautiful plant is in our swimming pool room (which is well heated - the water temperature is currently 29 degrees!).  Two of my former students gave it to me 12 years ago (when we lived in Belgium) - thank you so much Zuzana and Stanka.  I think the plant likes its little corner.

Joyeuses Pâques - Happy Easter!

Joyeuses Pâques - Happy Easter!
Wishing all our lovely friends, family and guests a very Happy Easter!En souhaitant tous nos chers amis, notre famille et nos clients Joyeuses Pâques!With love  /  AmitiésLynne & Simon 

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes
Merci de tout coeur à tous mes amis pour leurs cartes de voeux et leurs cadeaux d’anniversaire mais particulièrement à mon mari - Simon et à Claudine et Alain Recton et Laurel et Robert Line.  Grâce à eux, j’ai passé une très belle soirée!  Thank you so much to all my friends for their cards and presents but particularly to my husband Simon and to Claudine & Alain Recton and Laurel & Robert Line.  Thanks to them I had a wonderful evening .

Apéro chez les amis - Drinks and nibbles at our friends' house

Apéro chez les amis - Drinks and nibbles at our friends' house

A fantastic time spent with friends - we love the French tradition of “Apéro” - pre-lunch drinks and nibbles (although the nibbles are usually so good you don’t need to eat afterwards!).  

Nous avons passé un très bon moment avec nos amis - nous adorons la tradition française «apéro» - les amuses-gueules et boissons apéritives avant un repas (même si les amuses-gueules sont souvent si bons qu’il n'y a plus besoin de manger!)

Brittany Ferries Special Offer!

Les Coudreaux in early Spring is a lovely, cosy escape

Why not treat yourself to a short break away and take advantage of Brittany Ferries brilliant offer below?Look forward to seeing you soon!Sail away for up to 4 days in France 

What better way to kick off the year than with a trip to France? It's a great way to brighten up the dark winter days or see in the early spring with plenty to see and explore.

Take advantage of our 4-d

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Spring is coming! - Le printemps arrive!

Spring is coming! - Le printemps arrive!
These beautiful little plants are amazing - so courageous, delicate and absolutely beautiful.  A sure sign that Spring is coming!!Ces petites plantes sont incroyable - si courageuses, délicates et belles.  Une vraie signe que le Printemps arrive!

Bonne Année 2018

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We wish you all a happy and healthy 2018 filled with joy. Nous vous souhaitons bonne année 2018 - beaucoup de joie, de bonheur et de bonne santé      

 

Joyeux Noël et Bonnes fêtes de fin d'année!!

Joyeux Noël et Bonnes fêtes de fin d'année!!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful 2018!!    Nous vous souhaitons Joyeux Noël et beaucoup de bonheur, de bonne santé (surtout ça) - en fait, que des bonnes choses en 2018.We had a fantastic night last night visiting some local villages to see the Christmas lights.  Enjoyed a glass of mulled cider whilst we were out!  A wonderful event with dear friends.Nous avons passé une belle soirée hier - nous sommes allés voir les illuminations dans quelques villages près de chez nous.  Nous avons dégusté du cidre chaud pendant notre sortie - un merveilleux événement avec nos chers amis.Warmest regards from us bothTrès amicalementLynne & Simon 

It's Halloween! C'est Halloween!

It's Halloween! C'est Halloween!
Two pumpkins picked from our veg patch this morning and now doing a fantastic job acting as guardians for Les Coudreaux this Halloween evening!The one on the right was carved by us and the one on the left by our lovely guests - enjoying a peaceful and relaxing autumn break in Le Trou Normand and we are delighted welcome them.  I think our guests have won the scariest pumpkin competition!As well as being great fun, the contents have also been turned into a delicious soup!  Happy Halloween everyone!Deux citrouilles que nous avons cueilli de notre potager ce matin - elles font un très bon travail ce soir - elles sont des bons gardiennes aux Coudreaux ce soir - Halloween!L’une à droite a été découpé par nous et l’autre par nos chers clients - qui sont très, très sympas - ils profitent de leurs vacances reposantes et tranquilles au Trou Normand cette semaine et nous sommes ravis de les avoir accueilli.  Je pense que nos clients ont gagné le concours de la citrouille la plus effrayante!  Nous nous sommes bien amusés et nous avons fait une soupe délicieuse aussi!Joyeuse fête d’Halloween à tous!

Nature's Bounty!

Nature's Bounty!
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.  Autumn is here, the September light is glorious, the trees laden with apples and chestnuts.  Our ‘potager’ is giving up its final bounty - countless butternut squash, onions, garlic, peppers and chillies - I can feel a delicious veggie curry coming on!With the apples, a luscious Tarte Tatin beckons - crisp, buttery pastry, melt in the mouth apples smothered in caramel - divine!Les Coudreaux is beautiful at this time of year, the tranquility broken only by the occasional sound of tractors as the farmers harvest their corn - winter feed for the all important cows.  The log pile is stacked and ready for the wood burners - cosy nights snuggled in front of the fire - bliss!

Brittany Ferries Special Offer - book by 12th September!

Brittany Ferries Special Offer - book by 12th September!
Les Coudreaux is lovely at this time of year - why not take advantage of Brittany Ferries special offer and book a fantastic, "get away from it all” break? View online version                                         Add to address book                                         

Last chance to save on a late summer or autumn getaway to France

There’s still time to set sail to France with our latest great value ferry offer but you’ll have to hurry.

Book by 12 September to enjoy up to 4 days away from just ¡ê138 return for a car and two passengers – that’s only ¡ê69 per person.                                                                     

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The corn is as high as an elephant's eye...

The corn is as high as an elephant's eye...
sadly, not destined for the barbecue but to feed the beautiful Normande cows that produce the wonderful milk, camembert, cream and butter that Normandy is rightly famous for.  If you put good stuff in, you get good stuff out!  

Lovely gift from a happy guest!

Lovely gift from a happy guest!
Thank you Shena, Ian and Thomas for the beautiful arrangement.  We are so glad you enjoyed your holiday - your 4th time here and it’s such a compliment that you have booked again for next summer!  We’ll very much look forward to seeing you then.

Les Coudreaux 2017 Vintage!

Les Coudreaux 2017 Vintage!
We probably aren’t going to get too many bottles of white but they’ll make delicious table grapes when they ripen in early Autumn ?

Lovely gift from a happy guest!

Thank you Shena, Ian and Thomas for the beautiful arrangement.  We are so glad you enjoyed your holiday - your 4th time here and it’s such a compliment that you have booked again for next summer!  We’ll very much look forward to seeing you then.  

Summer clothes!

Summer clothes!
Our beautiful gîtes wearing their summer clothes!  Glorious weather today - perfect for our flowers and our lovely guests who are just settling in - two weeks of relaxation and fun await in this wonderful corner of France.  Warmest regardsLynne and Simon