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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!  

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!

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.

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.  

Fête Nationale!

Fête Nationale!
A fantastic day yesterday shared with our wonderful French and British friends - we celebrated France’s Fête Nationale (Bastille Day as we know it in English) with a picnic and barbecue under the apple trees in our French friends’ orchard - perfect!  

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 

Delicious

Cherries

A perfect end to a lovely Sunday – we decided to pick some of the last of our cherries from one of the many trees in our garden.

 Destined for a fabulous Clafoutis – a delicious French dessert made with pancake batter and cherries – a kind of sweet Yorkshire Pudding! Try it – it’s fantastic!    Here’s Raymond Blanc’s recipe  http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/cherry_clafoutis_18623 Bon appétit!   

 

New Arrival

Goose
Our new baby goose is growing fast – almost before our very eyes!  Getting stuck into dandelion leaves!  Being very well looked after by Mum – Penelope and Dad – Monsieur Meldrew.  SO cute!