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  • De captivants à banals, les articles et photographies de “The Baguette” sont une tentative de publier un journal de ma vie dans la Manche et de proposer un forum de discussion pour tout ce qui touche à la Normandie.
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September 5 2011 2 05 /09 /September /2011 11:31

Three wood cabins that used to supply refreshments to the beach-going population at Querqueville plage have finally given way to a more modern construction, Le Petit Piaf.  004 Querqueville PlageAlthough it’s not as attractive as it could be, it does have some advantages.  It’s farther from the shore and less likely to be damaged during a storm.  Inside there is a friendly bar along with restaurant seating.  Outside is a nice patio with a walk-up window where people can order something to take with them.  005 Querqueville PlageMy only question is, “why did it take so long to build?”  The beach is open year-round but officially it only operates with lifeguards and serving staff from July through August.  This place didn’t open its doors until mid August—losing valuable business I imagine.  As for its appearance, just imagine a large, commercial meat locker or international freight container and you’ll realize that it is just a big white box with a few windows.  It actually looks like someone's double-wide trailer home.  It lacks architectural dignity and I believe that the Querqueville city council could have come up with something a bit more pleasing to the eye.  Your thoughts?

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August 21 2011 1 21 /08 /August /2011 12:34

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August 15 2011 2 15 /08 /August /2011 12:57

033.jpg001Alors un signe grandiose apparut dans le ciel: c'était une femme.  Elle avait pour vêtement le soleil, la lune sous ses pieds et une couronne de douze étoiles sur sa tête.  Elle était enceinte, sur le point d'accoucher, et ses douleurs lui arrachaient des cris.  Apocalypse 11:19; 12:1-6, 10 002Psaume : Heureuse es-tu, Vierge Marie, dans la gloire de ton Fils. 003Mais, en réalité, le Christ est bien revenu à la vie et, comme les premiers fruits de la moisson, il annonce la résurrection des morts.  Car, tout comme la mort a fait son entrée dans ce monde par un homme, la résurrection vient aussi par un homme. 1 Corinthiens 15:20-27 005Mon âme chante la grandeur du Seigneur et mon esprit se réjouit à cause de Dieu, mon Sauveur. Luc 1:39-56 006007Une fille d’Israël appelée Marie a trouvé grâce auprès de Dieu.009Sur le parvis : Crêpes au profit de l’Acasea (Amitié et Coopération Avec le Sud-Est Asiatique)010

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August 9 2011 3 09 /08 /August /2011 05:22

Juliette Defrance et André Defrance : Militants communistes, résistants.  Bustes à Équeurdreville-Hainneville par Xavier Gonzalès.4058 Bustes des résistants communistes Juliette et André4059 Bustes des résistants communistes Juliette et André4060 Bustes des résistants communistes Juliette et André

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August 1 2011 2 01 /08 /August /2011 08:45

4075 Port du Hâble, Omonville-la-RogueOn Friday I went on another hike along le sentier des douaniers of La Hague.  4071 Port du Hâble, Omonville-la-Rogue4072 Port du Hâble, Omonville-la-Rogue4073 Port du Hâble, Omonville-la-RogueThis time I started from Port du Hable in Omonville-la-Rogue toward Port Racine in Saint-Germain-des-Vaux for a total of 14 km.  The distance wasn’t the problem for me but the stone / gravel seashore and paved roadways certainly punished my knees.  It is not a hike that I would recommend unless you are keen on walking several kilometres along loose stones most of the way.  Before you head out, have lunch at the restaurant Le café du port.  The pot of moules-frites is huge and a serving for one actually feeds two!  To drink we had a bottle of cider and for dessert I had the crème brûlée while my friend had the fondant au chocolat (don’t worry, the hike worked off any extra calories).  4077 Sémaphore de Jardeheu, Digulleville4079 Anse Saint-MartinAfter passing the Sémaphore de Jardeheu the shoreline near the Havre de Plainvic and l'anse Saint-Martin comes into view revealed many strange rock formations.  4081 Sainte-Hélène4083 Port Racine, Saint-Germain-des-Vaux4084 Port Racine, Saint-Germain-des-Vaux4088 Port Racine, Saint-Germain-des-VauxAs I got closer to Port Racine, I saw remains of German gun batteries which used to follow along the entire Atlantic coast during World War II.  4086 Port Racine, Saint-Germain-des-Vaux4085 Port Racine, Saint-Germain-des-VauxIt was rather strange seeing this solitary sunflower growing directly from the stones along the shore.  Hiking back to the car we took the D45 through the small hamlets of Renet and Les Mesnils, then veering off along the D203 at Hameau-ès-Fours past Hameau-ès-Asselines and La Rivière until reaching l'église Saint-Jean-Baptiste back in Omonville.  4093 l'église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Omonville-la-Rogue4082 Port Racine, Saint-Germain-des-Vaux4091 Hameau de la Rivière, DigullevilleAll along the way, flowers grew wild along the road or in the neatly planted gardens of people lucky enough to live in this region of La Manche.4092 Hameau de la Rivière, Digulleville

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July 27 2011 4 27 /07 /July /2011 16:31

4004 Saint-Pierre-d'ArthégliseThe small town of Saint-Pierre-d’Arthéglise was ascribed from the juxtaposition of two names—Saint Pierre, the name of the patron saint of the local church and another name, Arnketill, from Anglo-Scandinavian origin meaning “church of Arnketill”.  One finds in old texts from 1150 the name: Sancti-Petri Archetiglise as well as a name from a 1760 text: St-Pierre-d’Arthéglise-en-Rivière (meaning by the waterfront).  The heath of Bosc-de-la-Haye, which used to be more extensive than it is today, belonged to the lords of Breuil and the lords of Sortosville-en-Beaumont.  For each animal that was put there to graze, the local inhabitants had to give one chicken and ten eggs on the feast day of Saint John the Baptist.  The two lords shared the royalties from the land.  In 1819, the heath covered an area of 270 hectares or about 46 percent of the territory of the commune of Saint-Pierre-d’Arthéglise.  They were the only ones who levied such a tax on each animal that was put there to graze as it was their sole source of income: 0.23F for cattle and 1.30F for horses in 1817.  Each animal was then branded with the mark of the town.  4005 Saint-Pierre-d'ArthégliseIn 1834, the town council decided to sell or rent out portions of land to meet the cost of building a church tower and to create income for the church and its rectory.  With the exception of the base of the bell tower, the church underwent a complete renovation in the 19th century (1835 – 1840) leaving no trace of the medieval sanctuary.  4007 Saint-Pierre-d'Arthéglise4008 Saint-Pierre-d'ArthégliseStill there are some interesting pieces that have been preserved and are on display within the church: the Education of the Virgin, the Flagellation and a rare statue depicting the Trinity.  In the cemetery, near the door, along the south wall of the chancel, is a grave stone from Yvetot-Bocage with the following inscription:  “HERE LIES THE BODY OF LELAIDIER, CURÉ OF THIS PARISH, CONFESSOR OF THE FAITH, ZEALOUS PASTOR, FATHER TO THE POOR, DIED 9 JANUARY 1841, AGE 81 YEARS, PRAY FOR HIM.”  Abbe Jean-Jacques Lelaidier, born in Tréauville, was the vicar of Baudeville in 1791.  As its pastor, he refused to swear allegiance to the civil constitution of the clergy and in September of 1792, sailed for Alderney and exiled himself in England.  He returned to France after the Concordat of 1801 and died as the parish priest of Saint-Pierre d’Arthéglise.  4019 Saint-Pierre-d'Arthéglise4020 l’Education de la Vierge, Saint-Pierre-d'ArthégliseThe south chapel is dedicated to Sainte-Anne and the Education of the Virgin.  Above the altar is a work in stone from the 15th century.  The donor, holding a shield, is shown in the lower right.  4022 Saint-Pierre-d'ArthégliseOpposite the altar is a painted traditional Pietà.  4021 Saint-Pierre-d'ArthégliseTake a look at the fine, small polychrome wood sculptures surrounding the tabernacle.  4012 La Flagellation du Christ, Saint-Pierre-d'ArthégliseThe Flagellation from the 14th century, located on the north wall, is made from English alabaster and probably comes from the workshops of Nottingham.  Christ is represented from the front with His hands tied to a thin column while four bearded executioners raise their scourges.  This piece was probably part of an ensemble that illustrated the Passion.  4011 La Trinité, Saint-Pierre-d'ArthégliseA statue of the Trinity, located on the south wall of the nave, is not unlike the one visible in the church of Golleville.  The Father, wearing a three-tiered tiara, sits enthroned bearing the cross of Christ with His hands.  The wings and the tail of the dove touch the Father’s beard while the beak touches Christ’s crown of thorns. 4015 Saint-Pierre-d'ArthégliseThe north chapel, under the bell tower, was dedicated to Saint-Ortaire, secondary patron of the parish, who lived in the 6th century.  Tradition says that he was raised in Dézert and became the abbot of Landelles-et-Coupigny, a canton of Saint-Sever in Calvados where he died.  The feast of Saint-Ortaire is still celebrated in this town at the end of May.  He is invoked for the healing of children, the disabled and rheumatism.  Traditionally, he is represented dressed in a hooded robe, carrying a book and leaning on a pastoral staff.  In the Saint- Ortaire chapel, to the left of the splay of the window, is the following inscription written in Gothic letters.  4015a Saint-Pierre-d'ArthégliseDeciphered, it reads: “HERE LIES THE REMAINS OF AN HONEST MAN, BLAISE FLAMBART WHO LIVED IN SAINT-PIERRE D’ARTHEGLISE AND FOUNDED THE PERPETUAL MASS TO BE SAID IN THIS CHURCH ON THE NIGHT OF THE HOLY RESSURECTION WITH HYMNS FOR OTHERS WHO HAVE DIED AND THAT A MASS MAY BE SUNG AT HIS GRAVE DURING VESPERS FOR THE PRICE OF SIX SOLS AND FOR THE BENEFIT OF OTHERS ON THE DAY OF RESSURECTION.  THE ANNUITY HAS NO END FOR THE DECEASED.  HE DIED THURSDAY, 7 MAY 1620.  MAY GOD FORGIVE THE SINS OF THOSE WHO HAVE DONATED.  AVE MARIA.”  4017 Saint Ortaire, Saint-Pierre-d'ArthégliseIn this church, Saint-Ortaire’s statue is to the right of the high altar.  Another statue in wood is on the side of the tabernacle while another stone statue rests above the portal of the west gable of the church.  4013 Saint-Pierre-d'ArthégliseStained glass windows in the church are fairly recent and depict scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary.  4009 Stéphane Marie, Saint-Pierre-d'ArthégliseAn exquisite marble baptismal font is located near the narthex at the west end of the church.  4016 Saint-Pierre-d'ArthégliseThe ornate high altar is made of marble and depicts Christ giving Saint Peter the keys to the Church.  One final piece of trivia: Stéphane Marie, host of the France 5 television gardening show Silence, ça pousse ! was born here in 1960.  He maintains the family garden and it is often the site where each broadcast takes place.  The garden is featured in his books and is open to the public once a year.  4023 La chapelle, Notre Dame de Boulogne, Saint-Pierre-d'ArBefore leaving the village, check out the small chapel by the side of the road.  Trust me, there’s no information about it whatsoever on the internet so I’m doing my best to give you accurate information.  It is dedicated to the memory of former priest and missionary, Abbé Armand BIHEL who served as the parish priest from 1942 to 1949.  He was also known as Père Marie-Floxel BIHEL when he took the habit at the Cistercian Abbey of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce in Bricquebec.  In May of 1945 he wrote a special article for a monthly magazine called l’Ami de Tous where he praised the miraculous virtues of the statue of Our Lady of Boulogne.  4025 La chapelle, Notre Dame de Boulogne, Saint-Pierre-d'Ar“The statue of Our Lady of Boulogne, which throughout the history of France was the object of veneration by the faithful French, arrived centuries ago on the shores of Boulogne, somehow, on a boat without a pilot….  When the Germans arrived in 1940, Notre Dame was not at Boulogne.  Step by step she moved throughout the land until she reached the Pyrénées ….  Now she returns to her throne and wherever the statue goes, it raises waves of enthusiasm, faith and love.  In July, the statue will arrive in the southern part of our Department.  On August 23, leaving the main road, it will arrive in Saint-Pierre-d’Arthéglise.”  4024 La chapelle, Notre Dame de Boulogne, Saint-Pierre-d'ArWhether or not this is the actual statue that arrived in the town or a copy, it is interesting to see how it is lovingly well kept.

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July 25 2011 2 25 /07 /July /2011 10:31

4031 Fierville-les-MinesYesterday after Mass, I went to visit the old windmill in Fierville-les-Mines called Le Moulin à vent du Cotentin.  Built in 1744, it is seven meters tall with a pivoting roof depending on which way the wind blows.  4032 Fierville-les-MinesIt is one of the few mills in France that is still in operation and the only one in the Cotentin area, which during the 18th century had nearly 80 such mills in operation.  In those days, the mill was primarily used to make flour for bread and to grind grains to feed farm animals.  Sadly, the industrial revolution brought about the decline of old windmills in the Cotentin.  4034 Fierville-les-MinesThis particular mill was abandoned in 1848 and over the years lost its roof, wooden sails and its interior mechanisms.  Only the stone tower was left standing.  In 1944, it was occupied by the Germans who covered it with a concrete slab and used it as an observation post.  It wasn't until the late 1990s that the local mayor, Maurice Gallet, against all odds, began renovating the mill.  He was supported by the community of Portbail and provided with money by the Department, Region and State.  Extensive work was undertaken and carried out by the company Croix d'Angers and inaugurated in 1997.  Since 2005 it has been operated by the Côte des Isles, a community formed when the communes of Portbail and Barneville-Carteret became one.  4037 Fierville-les-MinesDue to its tourist vocation, it receives an average of 10,000 visitors per year, including 2,000 schools (80 percent of which come from the department of La Manche).  As of 2011, it is the only windmill in the Cotentin open to the public still in operation.  A 30 to 40 minute guided tour costs 4€.  4042 Fierville-les-Mines4043 Fierville-les-Mines4044 Fierville-les-MinesNearby is a barn with a thatched roof that serves as a boutique selling local products as well as a showroom and museum for visitors.  Just beside the windmill is the old miller’s house (with a thatched roof), which was also restored and made into a restaurant (La crêperie du Moulin).  4038 Fierville-les-Mines4038a Fierville-les-MinesMy friend and I had a meal from the special chef’s menu which only cost 19,50€.  I had the Beignet de Camembert, Magret de canard with sauce à l'orange and crème brûlée for dessert.  My friend had the Cassolette de la mer,     Filet de perche sauce à l’aneth and aumônière normande for dessert.  Together we had two bowls of apple cider.  It was all very delicious.  4040 Fierville-les-Mines, Windsor Morris Dancing4055 Fierville-les-Mines, Windsor Morris Dancing4056 Fierville-les-Mines, Windsor Morris DancingBefore lunch we were treated to an unexpected performance of Morris dancing by two troupes visiting from the UK.  They wore colorful costumes with bells on their calves and frolicked about with sticks and white handkerchiefs.  One group, the Windsor Morris is the longest established women’s Morris team in Berkshire.  The other group called themselves the Berkshire Bedlam and were made up of men wearing red, white and blue.  All of the dancing was supported with music from accordions, drums and tambourines.4050 Fierville-les-Mines, Windsor Morris Dancing4049 Fierville-les-Mines, Windsor Morris Dancing4046 Fierville-les-Mines, Windsor Morris Dancing4051 Fierville-les-Mines, Windsor Morris Dancing

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July 23 2011 7 23 /07 /July /2011 13:32

302 Vauville303 Vauville305 VauvilleOn Friday, after some cloudy skies in the morning, the sun came out and I decided to continue with my hikes along le sentier des douaniers near Vauville.  I parked near l’ancien carrière at the bottom of the D318 and proceeded to walk down la rue following the signs to le prieuré.  304 Vauville306 Le prieuré de Vauville307 Le prieuré de VauvilleThe Benedictine priory of St-Michel, which stands on a hill to the left of the road, was founded in 1147 by Richard, grandson of William of Vauville.  He was responsible for bringing here the monks of Cerisy-la-Forêt.  It has long been called the Priory of St-Hermel and is the same priory where the Blessed Thomas Hélye (1187-1257), chaplain of St-Louis, came to study when he was very young.  His body now lies in a reliquary tomb at the church in Biville.  308 Le prieuré de Vauville309 Le prieuré de Vauville310 Le prieuré de VauvilleSadly, the priory is now a private residence and visits are not permitted beyond the white gate.  310a Le prieuré de VauvilleFamous local artist, Jean-François Millet did this oil painting of the priory.  It now hangs in a museum in Amsterdam.  312 VauvilleThis hike was only 8.2 kilometres long and was quite easy-going despite most of the uphill walking.  At one point, I was at a level altitude with the La Hague Reprocessing Plant which I could see in the distance.  311 VauvilleUp here there are a lot of fenced-in properties with cows, sheep, goats and horses grazing—I had to be sure I closed gates behind me as I went along the trails.  314 Le Lavoir, Vauville316 VauvilleLe petit Doué lies at the bottom of the path where I stumbled upon a covered lavoir once used by residents to wash their clothes.  I wanted to visit the church in Vauville again and so I followed the signs into town.  336 L'église Saint-Martin, VauvilleThe church was placed under the patronage of St-Martin and its construction is dated to around 1160, shortly after that of the priory.  The three-level bell tower has Romanesque windows and is covered with a pyramid roof.  There used to be three bells in the belfry but they were recast in Villedieu on February 3, 1951 and the new electric bell was blessed on June 12, 1952.  333 L'église Saint-Martin, Vauville326 L'église Saint-Martin, Vauville323 L'église Saint-Martin, VauvilleThe nave is covered in wood from the 12th century.  The Lady Chapel dates from the beginning of 13th century as does the Gothic choir, which was renovated in the 18th century and is well lit by the modern windows placed there in 1966.  331 L'église Saint-Martin, Vauville330 L'église Saint-Martin, Vauville329 L'église Saint-Martin, Vauville328 L'église Saint-Martin, Vauville327 L'église Saint-Martin, VauvilleJust beyond the church are the château and the jardin botanique.  I chose not to visit them since I’ve been there so many times before.  The château was built in 1163 by Richard of Vauville—only the keep remains.  The current building from the 17th century has two wings built at right angles above the former foundations.  337 Château de VauvilleIt is the property of Guillaume Pellerin whose father designed the botanical gardens nearby.  In 1972 the château was inscribed as a historical monument and the gardens were included in 1992.  The château is almost always closed since it is a private residence and therefore only opens during European Heritage Days in October.  However, the gardens are open throughout the year and are quite beautiful.  They contain the largest palm grove in northern Europe.  341 La plage, VauvilleAfter walking around the town, I followed the beach back to where I parked my car.301

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