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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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April 19 2011 3 19 /04 /April /2011 08:22

006 BrixThis oratory to Notre Dame de Grâce in the forest of Brix has a very ancient origin.  The dates engraved on the Romanesque turret coincide with its successive restorations: 1695, 1876 and 1906.  009a BrixLegend has it that the tower contains the trunk of a tree. This trunk once housed a lantern of the dead, perhaps to protect the living from the haunting of ghosts.  The stone at the base of the cross was where coffins were laid before being buried in the cemetery.  012 BrixAlong the path through the forest, one can see also the 12th century church 013 Église Notre-Dame de Brixand this monument commemorating the Battle of Hastings in 1066.  It was erected in 1966, 900 years after the Norman victory.005 Brix

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April 18 2011 2 18 /04 /April /2011 05:11

232 Château de Crosville-sur-DouveNot much is known of the château’s origins before construction in the second half of the 15th century except that there was a castle keep and a set of double arches before entering the inner courtyard.  232a Château de Crosville-sur-Douve233 Château de Crosville-sur-DouveThe château itself was constructed in the early half of the 17th century.  The family Boudet that included the Lord of Crosville, Jean, in 1463, originally owned the property.  235 Château de Crosville-sur-DouveIt mixes the styles Gothic, Renaissance and Classical.   Uninhabited since 1742, it was purchased by the Le Fol family in 1980.  In 1987 the Friends of the Château was formed and restoration work has been carried out.  243 Château de Crosville-sur-Douve copy244 Château de Crosville-sur-Douve250 Château de Crosville-sur-DouveThe interior is quite beautiful with its large beams, painted walls, pillared fireplaces and a monumental central staircase.  Still, a lot of work must be done to bring back the original splendor to this handsome building.  240 Château de Crosville-sur-Douve241 Château de Crosville-sur-Douve252 Château de Crosville-sur-DouveIn 2000, the château, its façades, roofs of the common buildings, the base of the garden and its surrounding walls, the gatehouse and its turret and two corner pavilions which outline the garden were all designated as historic monuments.  257 Château de Crosville-sur-DouveOver the weekend was the annual Journées des Plantes     Franco-Britanniques with over 80 garden specialists participating.  254 Château de Crosville-sur-DouveEverything was so nicely laid out on either side of the path leading to the entrance of the château.  I lack space in my garden for a huge variety of plants so I ended up purchasing only six geraniums—I still don’t know where I’m going to plant them !

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April 17 2011 1 17 /04 /April /2011 05:00

001 Maison Pour Tous, OctevilleWhile waiting for class to start at Maison Pour Tous, I found myself enjoying the cherry blossoms along Avenue de Normandie.  It seemed no matter where I looked, I could find a little bit of Japan--the Shinto gate in Gâtinais park nearby evoked strong memories of my time there.  005 Help Japan, CherbourgThe pink petals were falling like snow and as I went to put away my camera, I saw the Japanese flag unintentionally represented along the wall of my school.003 Help Japan, Cherbourg  Coincidence ?  002 Maison Pour Tous, OctevilleDuring World War II, the Japanese people were encouraged by their government to believe that the souls of dead soldiers, especially those that drowned, were reincarnated in the cherry blossoms.  This seems rather apt in the current situation with so many dead from the recent earthquake and tsunami.  My heart goes out to the people of Japan.006 Cherry Blossoms, Cherbourg   Earthquake, tsunami.

This small country is hurting.

See what you can do.

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April 16 2011 7 16 /04 /April /2011 05:00

079 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixNear the town of Brix, at 100, route du Mont Epinguet is the unique Jardin de Clairbois.  Its name derives from the small river La Claire which winds along the foot of the wooded hills of Mont Epinguet, part of the ancient forest of Brix.  058 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixIn 1964, M. and Mme. Hubert Egon (now deceased), parents of the current owner, began to plant an undergrowth of rhododendrons and other heath shrubs on their land.  060 Top Banana, Jardin de Clairbois, BrixThe land’s proximity to La Claire brings moisture while the leafy cover of deciduous and conifer trees dims the sunlight.  The ground is naturally rich in humus and a subsoil of Armorican sandstone allows excess moisture to drain away.  062 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixThese conditions make the area ideal for a forest garden.  The three hectare garden is divided into three distinct areas.  080 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixAged for fifteen years, the 8000 m² Jardin des hybrides has more than 301 species and 829 hybrid varieties of rhododendrons, azaleas, dogwoods, camellias, pittosporums, and hydrangeas.  066 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixNearly a third of the plantings have received awards by the British Royal Horticultural Society.  It was originally designed to provide an aesthetic color palette which changes continually throughout the year.  076 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixIts grassy pathways are well cared for by M. Christophe Egon and his wife, Pascale.  073 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixThe 2000 m² Jardin des espèces forms a buffer zone between the first, well-manicured hybrid garden.  It contains many coniferous trees and larch wood as well as 100 botanical species from Asia, North and South America, Australia and Russia.  064 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixAs this part of the garden is in a constant state of improvement, hundreds of new shrubs have been planted and new pathways have been cleared.  A small pond with its own waterfall has been created next to the ruins of an ancient stone building thought to be part of a medieval quarry.  074 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixFinally, the largest part of the garden open to the public is the 20,000 m² Jardin forestier.  Here the forest is stepped along the southern part of the hillside, a remnant of the ancient forest of Brix.  067 Jardin de Clairbois, Brix (2)Some rhododendrons planted in the 1960s form enormous masses of color mixed among the very old beech trees, chestnuts, oaks and natural birches.  069 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixBe careful—this part of the garden is only for the most adventurous of visitors.  077 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixChristophe and Pascale also run a nursery called La pépinière de Clairbois where visitors can purchase different varieties of trees and shrubs found in their garden.  078 Jardin de Clairbois, BrixThere is even a small picnic area where visitors can purchase drinks or a refreshing ice cream.

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April 15 2011 6 15 /04 /April /2011 16:44

001 Titanic Memorial, CherbourgPour commémorer la catastrophe du Titanic survenue le 14 avril 1912, d’importantes manifestations sont prévues dans les années à venir notamment chez nos amis britanniques.  004 Titanic Memorial, CherbourgCherbourg, seule escale continentale du voyage du Titanic, accompagnera cette commémoration par la mise en œuvre de manifestations originales.  La Cité de la Mer célèbrera dignement ce centième anniversaire de l’escale du Titanic...010 Titanic Memorial, Cherbourg

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April 11 2011 2 11 /04 /April /2011 12:16

001 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLEYesterday marked the consecration of the new altar of the parish church in Urville-Nacqueville.  Other liturgical pieces were also blessed.  More information about the renovation project and photos can be found at the parish website.041 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE  002 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE003 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE005 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE004 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE006 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE007 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE009 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLEThe new liturgical furniture included the new tabernacle and lamp, paschal candle stand, baptismal font, chairs for celebrants and altar servers, pulpit, and a beautiful ambo and altar made of Carrera marble and glass.  017 Daniel JAMELOT, Stanislas LALANNE et Serge LEMIEREFr. Daniel JAMELOT along with our Curé, Serge LEMIERE assisted our bishop, Stanislas LALANNE in performing the special duties of the blessings and the Mass.  Let’s not forget Deacon Benoît PITON and the assistance he gave during the blessing of the altar!  010 Mireille BOUCHARDMireille BOUCHARD, gave the first reading from the Old Testament.  013 Chantal ILLIENChantal ILLIEN who gave the second reading followed her.  015 Joël TESSONFinally, Deacon Joël TESSON read the Gospel.  Several artists including metal craftsman, Martial BESNIER, woodcrafters and gilders, Bernard and Solange DELAVAL, and architect Mireille BOUCHARD, designed the pieces.  Stonemasons Phillipe GRIOT and his son Etienne created the altar and the pulpit.  The seats for the presiding celebrants were created by Monsieur CRANGA, artisan.      011 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE019 Bernard HÉCQUETBernard HÉQUET sealed relics of several local saints including Ste-Marie Madeleine POSTEL and Blessed Thomas HÉLYE of Biville inside the altar during the ceremony while members of the choir and Father Yann DESWARTE sang the Litany of the Saints.  025 Christophe FEREY et Yann DESWARTETheir voices were sublime and, at times, almost angelic.  Everything about the morning was perfect.  020 Stanislas LALANNE, Serge LEMIERE et Christophe FEREY023 Stanislas LALANNE et Serge LEMIERE024 Stanislas LALANNE et Serge LEMIEREThe temperatures were warm, the sun was shining and everyone gathered were in high spirits.  027 Jacques LEMIERE, Jean-Claude HUE, Louis DESCHAMPS, ParfHere we see other celebrants who participated in the ceremonies : Fr Gilbert LEMERE, Fr. Jean-Claude HUE, Fr. Louis DESCHAMPS, Fr. Parfait LOUTHE, and Fr. Christophe FEREY. 028 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLEThe parishes of Saint Clair and Our Lady of the Assumption are close-knit and everyone is very friendly and polite.  The last part of the service was devoted to honoring certain parishioners for their many years of service.  037 André PASQUIERHere is a photo of my friend André PASQUIER who received a bronze medal and certificate.  Congratulations !   030 Stanislas LALANNE033 Serge LEMIERE034 Parfait LOUTHE032 Yann DESWARTEAfter the service, drinks and snacks were served underneath a large tent beside the church.  035 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE036 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE038 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLELater on, there was a luncheon at the Maison Familiale organized by Marie HÉCQUET and other members of the parish council.  040 Stanislas LALANNE044 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE043 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE042 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE046 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE045 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLEThere was a great turnout and the food was delicious.  Thanks to everyone involved and peace be with you.128a ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE, La Manche Libre - 15Presse de la Manche - 12 avril 2011039 ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE

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April 10 2011 1 10 /04 /April /2011 06:33

042 CHÂTEAU LE MONT EPINGUETTheir website says : “Built in 1751, Château le Mont Epinguet is steeped in history and tradition.”  I can’t find any information online as to what history or tradition it is steeped in but that’s probably because it’s all written in books that haven’t been digitally scanned for public consumption.  I’m too lazy to go looking for stuff like that at the library.  044 CHÂTEAU LE MONT EPINGUETTheir website also says that it used to be a farming estate on 2000 acres and was occupied by the Germans during World War II.  If you want to rent out the chateau or some of its rooms, that seems to be something they offer.  Enjoy.

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April 7 2011 5 07 /04 /April /2011 14:17

The town of Tonneville is famous for the local legend of Blanche de Percy, la demoiselle de Tonneville, a 13th century noblewoman.  Upon the death of her parents, she became the sole heir to the Percy lands.  She refuted all offers of marriage, lived alone and studied witchcraft.  001This eventually led to a dispute over her lands from the local parish and that of Flottemanville.  She cursed those who contested her inheritence saying, « Si, après ma mort, j'avais un pied dans le ciel, et l'autre dans l'enfer, je retirerais le premier pour avoir toute la lande à moi. »  (If, after my death, I had one foot in heaven, and the other in hell, I would withdraw the first to have all of my lands.)  At the time of her death she turned away from the sacraments of the priest and refused to retract her blasphemous words about the possession of her lands.  007At her funeral, her coffin became so heavy that it was impossible to move from the doorway of her manor house.  Despite all efforts to have it moved, the locals decided to have it buried on the spot at the entrance to the manor.  Since then, in keeping with her malediction, she haunts the lands and attacks weary travellers.  The legend was given even more credence when in 1949, during demolition work at the site of the manor house, a tomb without inscription was found under the threshold.  Could it possibly be the centuries-old legendary tomb of la demoiselle de Tonneville ?  010 ÉGLISE DE TONNEVILLEIn a 12th century charter of the Abbaye Notre-Dame du Vœu, one finds the first mention of the town of Tonneville.  The church, dedicated to St-Martin, was built in the Roman style at the beginning of the 13th century.029 ÉGLISE DE TONNEVILLE012 ÉGLISE DE TONNEVILLE013 ÉGLISE DE TONNEVILLEThe nave and the choir were reshaped in the 15th century.  A saddleback tower houses a single bell.  Recently renovated, the interior of the building is welcoming and pleasant.  019 ÉGLISE DE TONNEVILLEIn the north wall of the choir is the 15th century funerary plaque of Anne Le Tellier who died in 1490.  She was the wife of Jehan Basan, a former lord of Tonneville.  It reads as follows : CY DEVA(N)T GIST NOBLE DAMESELLE ANNE LE TELLIER, EN SO(N) VIVA(N)T FAME DE NOBLE HO(MM)E JEHAN BASAN S(EI)G(NEU)R P(A)TRO(N) DE THO(N)NEVILLE: DE SYOU(VIL)LE ET PIERRE(VIL)LE, LA Q(UEL)LE T(R)ESPASSA LE XIIIe JOUR DE JU(I)LLET L'A(N) M CCCC IIIIxx ET X. DIEU EN AIT L'A(M)E.  023a ÉGLISE DE TONNEVILLE026a ÉGLISE DE TONNEVILLE021 ÉGLISE DE TONNEVILLE031 ÉGLISE DE TONNEVILLEFive of the stained glass windows in the church date from 1953.  There is one tomb of interest in the cemetery of smaller memorials surrounding the church.  008 ÉGLISE DE TONNEVILLEIt is quite large and since 1880 has served as the final resting place for members three Tonneville families : Piel, A. Leveziel and Lemoine.022 ÉGLISE DE TONNEVILLE014 ÉGLISE DE TONNEVILLE

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March 27 2011 1 27 /03 /March /2011 13:13

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March 26 2011 7 26 /03 /March /2011 07:00

105 ÉGLISE D’HAINNEVILLELike so many religious buildings in the Cotentin, this church is consecrated to the Virgin Mary.  In Normandy alone, more than a thousand are named in her honor.  Built on the hillside town of Hainneville, the church stands in the middle of a cemetery.  107 ÉGLISE D’HAINNEVILLEA church existed at this site by the end of the 11th century, under the patronage of St-Sauveur-le-Vicomte Abbey and the powerful Norman baron Néel II.  It was not until 1650 that Louis Gigault de Bellefonds, Lord of Hainneville, became its patron and founded the Confraternity of the Holy Trinity in 1657.  109 ÉGLISE D’HAINNEVILLEAn elegant bell tower (A), which dates from the middle of the 18th century, welcomes visitors.  The main portal is composed of a semicircular Gothic arch supported by pilasters topped with a classical triangular pediment.  108 ÉGLISE D’HAINNEVILLEThe tympanum reveals a bas-relief shield which identifies the local lord, Jacques Bernardin, who took the title of Marquis de Bellefonds in 1753.  110 ÉGLISE D’HAINNEVILLEAbove the door is this beautiful stained glass window in red adorned with tulips and lilies.  Inside, the 15th century choir (E) is quite large for a country church.  111 ÉGLISE D’HAINNEVILLEPunctuated by strong, round pillars it has the distinction of being flanked by two chapels.  (G) The sacristy is located to the south-east corner of the church beside the choir.  112 ÉGLISE D’HAINNEVILLEThe southern chapel (F) is dedicated to Ste-Anne.  Its 18th century tabernacle is in polychrome wood with gold inlay.  It is currently undergoing restoration.  To the left and right are statues of St. Joseph and Venerable Thomas Hélye of Biville.  113 ÉGLISE D’HAINNEVILLEThe northern chapel (D) is dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes and was built in 1857 with generous donations from parish members.  It, too, is of polychrome wood and gold inlay.  The arches of the nave (B), which have been reworked throughout the 19th century, provide access to the aisles (C) which were enlarged and extended in 1859 to accommodate the growing local population.  114 ÉGLISE D’HAINNEVILLE115 ÉGLISE D’HAINNEVILLETwo columns along the south aisle have interesting corbels – one appears to be the face of a man while the other a face of an animal.  116 ÉGLISE D’HAINNEVILLE(1) The baptismal font is limestone and dates from the middle 19th century as does the 117 ÉGLISE D’HAINNEVILLE(2) pine wood confessional.  Other points of interest throughout the church are the extraordinary stained glass windows from the workshops of Vermonet-Pommery in Riems: 118 St-Louis, Église d'Hanneville(3) St-Louis, 119 St-Albert, Église d'Hanneville(4) St-Albert, 120 St-Eloi, Église d'Hanneville(5) St-Eloi, 121 Our Lady Restoring Health, Église d'Hanneville(6) The Virgin bestowing health, 122 St-Joseph, Église d'Hanneville(7) St-Joseph, 123 St-John the Evangelist, Église d'Hanneville(8) St-John the Evangelist, 124 St-Francis de Sales, Église d'Hanneville(9) St-Francis de Sales, 125 St-Jacques, Église d'Hanneville(10) St-James, 126 Thomas Hélye, Église d'Hannevilleand (11) Venerable Thomas Hélye.  127 Our Lady and Infant, ÉGLISE D’HAINNEVILLE128 St-John the Baptist, ÉGLISE D'HAINNEVILLEJust before the altar are left (12) The Virgin and Infant, and right (13) St-John the Baptist – both in polychrome wood from the end of the 18th century.  129 Our Lady of the Assumption, ÉGLISE D'HAINNEVILLE(14) The three stained glass windows in the choir depict St-Peter and St-Paul with the Assumption of the Virgin at the center.  130 Epitaph from 1510 of Gautier de la Chapelle, ÉGLISE D'(15) One round column close to the altar has the limestone epitaph from 1510 of Gautier de la Chapelle, a priest from nearby Flottemanville.  131 Epitaph from 1650 of priest, Gilles Nicollet, ÉGLISE D(16) Another column nearby has the limestone epitaph from 1650 of priest, Gilles Nicollet.  Overall, this is a very warm and welcoming country church.  Although the congregation has decreased over the years, it is still a part of my local parish, Notre-Dame de l'Assomption.106 ÉGLISE D’HAINNEVILLE

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