Monthly Archives: June 2021

Nature in Normandy part 2

The “Regional Park of the Marshes of Cotentin and Bessin” takes up most of the central part of the Cherbourg peninsula, and I’m keen to explore as much of it as I can while I’m here, despite the fact that … Continue reading

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Nature in Normandy

Tuesday: I’m in a rather grand “Observetoire” in the  marshlands near Carentan in the Cherbourg peninsula. I’m the only person here. It’s raining, and has been all day, which means the light is poor and I need the big lens, … Continue reading

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Memory

I’ve never been here before, but it feels familiar. I’m alone in a beautifully simple campsite  at St. Martin d’Aubigny in the middle of the Cherbourg Peninsula. The whole country feels familiar, and what I’m feeling has a lot to … Continue reading

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. . . .and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land

Even I can hear the voice, that loud but soothing purr purr. They perch and purr in the trees above La Bruyere, (above) in Pays de Loire, France.  The French word catches the sound beautifully: La Tourtourelle. We call them … Continue reading

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Best of April and May

  Where did it all go wrong? April was full of promise. The 16 year-old Red Kite with the wing tags – a familiar above our garden in the winter – was back on the nest just up the road … Continue reading

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