The Genetic Web

I was fascinated watching BBC Spring Watch the other evening. A Jackdaw had set up residence with a Magpie and together, they were building a nest. The presenters suggested that the Jackdaw, thinking he was a Magpie, occasioned this strange phenomenon. Perhaps his egg...

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Feed your soul with the nutrition of Nature

We’ve discovered that our home, La Chatouillette, has a soul. As we understand it, a soul has no ego. It’s an external interaction between our life experiences and the reality of nature. Natural signs of the soul are bountiful here and come without cost. Nature...

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Easter Surprise… 9 Eggs

Easter. For me Easter is a time of mixed feelings – firstly the sad story of a cruel death – then the relief and happiness of an amazing re-birth. I’m glad that the feelings come in that order and that Easter is celebrated at the start of Spring, where every living...

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‘Common place book’

Who’s heard of a ‘Common Place Book’? As we understand it, it’s a little book in which you record favorite quotations. Some psychologists suggest that what a person jots down in their own Common Place Book, often gives others a clue to their personalities.   Be...

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Moon’s Halo

Halo... While stargazing, I noticed a large circular band of light surrounding the moon. Does it indicate that there is unsettled weather on its way?  More snow or rain? Folklore would say so, but in fact it is an indication that there is a layer of microscopic ice...

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The Excitement of finding a Possible treasure!

We had a surprise visit from our grandchildren last weekend. They love to explore La Chatouillette and its surrounds. When, bristling with excitement, they ran to us and shouted that they thought they’d discovered a hidden treasure, at first we didn’t pay much...

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The Bonds of Spring in Next Door Normandy

Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) History has recorded famous people and events that link Next Door Normandyto England, some are warlike, others are pleasing but how often do we think of flowers as being the bridge between these two celebrated regions? Often...

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Next Door Normandy

Why we coined the phrase ‘Next Door Normandy.’ Normandy is steeped in thousands of years of history. It boasts a past closely related to the Britain we know today. Familiar stories of love, hate, religious strife and political intrigue go back a long way. Yet Normandy...

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Why We Like Normandy

How many people have told you that generally speaking the French don’t welcome Brits to France? ‘Qui est codswallop!’ We have experienced the exact opposite. We live in the Department of Manche, and our amazing French neighbours have accepted us as exactly that. ‘Vous...

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