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La Grande Maree

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | Comments Off on La Grande Maree

La Grande Maree

The summer late night visits to Mont St Michel finished at the end of last week and we are heading into high tide season. The bay of Mont St Michel is famous for having one of the fastest rising tides in Europe.  ‘Faster than a galloping horse’.  The tides follow a fortnightly pattern and for a few days every couple of weeks the Mont is surrounded by water and appears to be an island.  For some of the highest tides, there is the chance of seeing a tidal bore rolling across the bay, though that does need the wind to be in the right...

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Teenagers on Holiday

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | Comments Off on Teenagers on Holiday

Teenagers on Holiday

I don’t have children so I borrowed a couple of teenagers for a few days!  Then I had to decide what we would do.  I had learnt on a previous day out that the teenagers I had borrowed tend not to come with ideas, so I wrote a list of possible things to do.   Of course I was still working.  We have people arriving and leaving almost every day in August and there are always chores.  Even teenagers can be a helpful pair of hands, though I am sworn to secrecy about what they did, in case they get asked to do it at home. Things that we did...

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Grimpant

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | Comments Off on Grimpant

Grimpant

We might not be up to a marathon, but today we achieved a first… climbing up and abseiling down Mont Dol.  It’s always a challenge for us to find something that we both want to do, and also to find time to do it.  So we closed for a couple of days and signed up for a climb. The day had started brightly, but by the time we were due to start the rain clouds threatened.  There was very little chat from the instructor.  We got our gear on, the instructor scooted up a cliff face, tied some rope to it, scooted back down and then it was...

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Le Marathon du Mont St Michel

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | Comments Off on Le Marathon du Mont St Michel

Le Marathon du Mont St Michel

  It was the marathon at the weekend.  26 miles of apparently flat terrain, with the destination in site for a lot of the time. The route criss-crosses the Polders to Mont St Michel, so I popped out to see what was happening at the 35km point, which is about 5 minutes from home. I arrived as the eighth runner went past....

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La Pointe du Grouin and dinner in Cancale

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | Comments Off on La Pointe du Grouin and dinner in Cancale

La Pointe du Grouin and dinner in Cancale

Drive past Cancale along the coast road and you will find La Pointe du Grouin, the most northerly tip of the St Malo peninsular.  On a sunny day, the views from here are spectacular.  I am always inspired looking at the vastness of the sea.  You can often see the Îles Chausey, though the best way to get to them is from Granville, the other side of the bay.  The point is on the GR34, the walking route around the coast of Brittany. Even on a not so sunny evening, when you look at the water you can see why this part of the Brittany coastline is...

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Le Tour de France 2016

Posted by on Aug 1, 2015 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | 0 comments

Le Tour de France 2016

The Tour de France is coming back to Mont St Michel next year on 1st July.  The last time we had a time trial that finished at Mont St Michel.  This time the start of stage one will be from Mont St Michel.  With stages 2 and 3 also starting close by, it promises to be an exciting weekend. Image source: Ouest de...

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Mont St Michel at night

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | 0 comments

Mont St Michel at night

During the summer the abbey at Mont St Michel is open until midnight every night except on Sundays until the end of August. It’s a great way to see the abbey without the crowds and can be much more relaxing and quite a bit cooler on a hot...

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Raspberry or Cherry

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | 0 comments

Raspberry or Cherry

The season is here and we have been caught out. The raspberries are quite straightforward and half an hour every 2 days seems to be enough to stay ahead of the ripening crop.  I will probably be picking raspberries until September. Cherries are bit more complicated. There are trees and ladders involved, and the best cherry tree is in the middle of the field, so I don’t just wander past to see how the cherries are coming on… so they have ripened while I haven’t been looking. Still we managed to gather about 5kg today and they...

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Jam Time

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | 0 comments

Jam Time

I know it’s time to start making jam when the apricots arrive in the supermarket, the raspberries are turn pink and the Elder trees are covered in white blossom. And that’s now. I have just put the elderflowers to steep in water over night and will be making cordial tomorrow.  Next the jam apricots will suddenly appear in the supermarket in boxes of 5 kilos.  My crop of raspberries looks likely to be bumper, so I will certainly be making some apricot and raspberry jam in about 4 weeks time. Does anyone have any interesting jam...

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Le Marathon du Mont St Michel 2015

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | 0 comments

Le Marathon du Mont St Michel 2015

It’s arrived. It’s Marathon weekend and it seems most of our guests will be running!  Previous guests have talked about how gruelling the race is as although the terrain is mostly flat, you can see the finish, Mont St Michel, from about the half way point. Follow this link to find out more: http://www.montsaintmichel-marathon.com/ For this weekend it does mean that St Malo will be full of runners running a 5k and a 10k race, and Mont St Michel will be a place to avoid on Sunday unless you are wearing shorts and trainers! There are...

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Some Dates for your Diary

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | 0 comments

Some Dates for your Diary

The abbey at Mont St Michel is always closed on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. 31st May – Mont St Michel Marathon. It’s quite an event and we are already almost full. Not a day to visit the Abbey unless you like running. 6th June – Concert in the Abbey at 8.30pm – CONCERTOS POUR 12 CORDES During July and August there are concerts at the cathedral in Dol de Bretagne 11th July – 29th August– The abbey at Mont St Michel stays open until midnight. It is very atmospheric to visit in the evening. It is...

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Valentino

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Mont Saint Michel Gites Blog | 0 comments

Valentino

Constance had her first baby yesterday, so the name was easy given it was Valentine’s day. She isn’t doing too badly, but seems to have adopted the tough love approach. When her lamb was only a few hours old, she charged across the field for food. Her lamb was bleating for several minutes before she turned and bleated back… more of ‘I’m over here’ than ‘I’m coming to get you’. Still Valentino appears to be a fighter and has started joining the rest of the flock. He has no choice really, as...

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