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Practice Another beautiful autumn in Normandy

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Practice Another beautiful autumn in Normandy

The Archway The entrance to the central courtyard of the Haras is framed by the two beautiful, horse and carriage sized, stone archways. The bell (which stays silent these days) used to summon the field workers back for ‘dejeuner’ and also mark the end of the day’s labour. It was an uplifting way to start the day to see the dawn break through the Haras du Gazon archway last weekend. Climbing beauty The beautiful red climber is a Virginia Creeper, rather than a true ivy. After its glory days of autumn colour have faded, we’ll need to draw a line and set some boundaries – the windows...

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Practice I love Normandy in the Autumn

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Practice I love Normandy in the Autumn

For many, autumn is a favourite time to visit Normandy. The summer visitors have gone home, the prices go down and weather can be brilliant until the end of October. The bright light and clear blue skies of the long days of summer soften into misty mornings and high drifting clouds. The traditional local stone buildings almost seem to go into soft focus in autumn and the hedgerows fill up with sloes, wild rose hips, hawthorn fruits and delicious blackberries. Orchards hang heavy with apples and pears, mushrooms appear in the fields and woodland and the cooler days can be perfect for long...

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Practice Après la pluie – le beau temps

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Practice Après la pluie – le beau temps

Here comes the sun This evening, the sun came out (after the showers of the afternoon), so I disregarded all the 101 things I should be doing and went for a walk instead, over to the Old Barn field: ‘La Cabane’ Heading out through the archway: I took the long gangway which leads directly to La Cabane:  I didn’t want to disturb the mares and foals who are grazing over there. Horses don’t like visitors to their fields in the evening, when the light is fading and the ancient fear of predators overrides any recognition that it might be only me. So half way along the track, I turned left and...

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Practice Autumn evening in Normandy

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Practice Autumn evening in Normandy

Crab apples and magical skies I thought I’d show you the crab apple trees which form a colourful avenue on the drive in front of the office. They’re really beautiful, both in the spring; with a brilliant show of blossom and again in the autumn; with their masses of bright, red, tiny apples. It was getting late but I thought there’d be enough light to go up and take a portrait of the 4 year olds, who are relaxing in the field after some work in the school and popping over some little jumps during the week . It wasn’t good timing ; they’d been rolling in mud after...

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