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10 years in the Bay of Mont St Michel living at la Ferme de la Baie

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10 years ago I arrived in France and picked up the keys to my new home in the bay of Mont St Michel.  Henry arrived a day later with all our possessions packed into 2 box vans, which would fit a tiny corner of our new home. We are still here 10 years later and there have been quite a few changes, including a few grey hairs and a lot of anecdotes.  Big Steve, our Ouessant ram, is still here too and if he could talk, I imagine he would have some tales to tell. Nursing new lambs Big Steve Pigs, chickens and teenagers Frodo, our friendly dog The original flock of chickens One of the highlights...

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Fromage et Pommes de Terre (Cheese and Potatoes) – Winter dining in France

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Fromage et Pommes de Terre (Cheese and Potatoes) – Winter dining in France

France has a reputation for fine dining, enhanced by the Michelin star system of rating top restaurants, but for every day dining winter is the time for cheese and potatoes or fromage et pommes de terre. This is the cuisine of the Alps and it gets a national airing at the start of the year. Raclette Fondue is perhaps the best known Alpine dish, but raclette is a very popular and very sociable eating experience. Raclette is basically melted cheese. It is served with boiled potatoes and cold meats plus a garnish of gherkins and pickled onions. Doesn’t sound quite so exciting now does it? Our...

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La Grande Maree

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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 direction.   You can see the tide tables at The...

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Teenagers on Holiday

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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 manage to do: Accrobranches Zip wires and an aerial...

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Grimpant

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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 our turn.  There was a quick lesson in how to tie...

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Le Marathon du Mont St Michel

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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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