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Port-en-Bessin harbour at dusk

Monday, August 14th, 2017

The sun sets on the harbour at Port – 

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Returning to Port

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

A flotilla of little trawlers make their way back to the harbour at Port-en-Bessin on a December evening, their decks laden with scallops


The first stage of La Chevauchée

Monday, October 17th, 2016


Three horsemen set off from Isigny this weekend on the first stage of  La Chevauchée, a reenactment of the famous ride to Falaise undertaken by William in 1047, Duke of Normandy, who was later to become the  conqueror of England. The focus on this episode in William’s struggle for dominance forms  part of the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. To find out more about the Chevauchée go to


Wednesday, September 14th, 2016


Est-ce un oiseau?
Est-ce un avion?
Non… c’est SuperMario!

On avait un invité génial qui a passé la nuit sur le terrain de sport dimanche dernier – Mario le mulet. Il fait une randonnée en Normandie avec ses deux compagnons humains, Jean et Anne, afin qu’ils puissent ensemble trouver les fonds pour financer une organisation caritative, l’Etoile de Martin, qui soutient la recherche sur les cancers pédiatriques. Vous pouvez lire le blog de Jean sur et/ou faire un don sur

The apple tree in flower

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

The apple tree in the courtyard in spectacular blossom this May…
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Mont St Michel – after the visitors have left….

Monday, September 28th, 2015


Some photos from a recent trip to Mont St Michel taken at the end of the day, once the day trippers have gone.

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The fruit harvest

Monday, September 21st, 2015

All over Normandy fruit is being collected from  apple orchards, as well as from the private  gardens, vines, roadsides and country hedgerows. Together with the apple harvest, a huge amount of pears, berries, grapes and assorted fruits are now finding their way into local markets jam jars and fruit bowls.

Here at Le Clos, despite the less than ideal weather conditions this summer,  apples, pears, figs, grapes, raspberries, blackberries and tomatoes have all been successfully grown.

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Bayeux Medieval Festival 2015

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Each summer Bayeux plays host to a spectacular Medieval festival. This year the theme was “Jugglers, poets and troubadours of the Middle Ages”









Our orchids in flower!

Sunday, June 21st, 2015
a) Ophrys apifera / bee orchid / ophrys abeille  :  4 flowering plants in our wild garden – a new-comer in 2015!
b) Anacamptis pyramidalis / pyramidal orchid / orchis pyramidal  :  5 flowering plants in our wild garden
c) Himantoglossum hircinum / lizard orchid / orchis bouc  :  19 flowering plants in our wild garden !


A Summer barbecue…..

Thursday, June 18th, 2015



It wasn’t quite perfect weather for St Benedict’s barbecue on the final day of their stay at Le Clos, but no-one was too worried…. the roast lamb, pork and chicken looked great and tasted better….




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