What is Truth?

My current truth is that I’m happy in my simple lifestyle … simple being the definition given by those who live in a faster lane than I.  Josie and I live close to Nature. Our home La Chatouillette instills a peace that neither of us has experienced. But what brings...

La Chatouillette will soon have a new riverside picnic spot

La Chatouillette is always full of surprises … even for me who relishes its land almost every day of my life. The other morning I discovered an amazing pebble beach on the banks of our river. It had remained almost hidden from view for what must have been decades. It...

Is more WEIGHT worth the WAIT?

A single big catch or seven smaller ones – which is the more gratifying? A recent angler named Bob, sat for three hours in a spot by our waters where it was thought the largest Carp dwelt. His companion fished for the same period from various allocated swims and...

Carp fishing on a dry fly

It’s said that Carp, during summer, when there’s a hatch of flies, occasionally do feed naturally off the surface. This, however, does not seem to be a very frequent occurrence. At La Chatouillette’s private lake in Normandy, together with two experienced fly...

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...

Why come to ‘Next door Normandy’ at Easter?

France can be a romantic place to visit anytime of the year but Easter has it’s own special appeal. You’ll want to spend as much of your valuable Easter holiday enjoying yourselves and as little time travelling as possible. That’s why it’s sensible to consider ‘Next...