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After a long break……………………summer got in the way of blogging……….here are some lovely photos of our favourite gardens.  It was a beautifully hot  August day and the gardens were lovely.  We picnicked round the back of the house in the shade of the trees because, like most French places, they shut for lunch!  Because we got there just about 12 noon we got in before the gates were shut.  When they opened at 2pm we paid and went round the gardens, and here are some of the photos we took.



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Springtime in England….Bolton Abbey

England is at its best in Spring.  We visited Bolton Abbey last week, the first cold day for a fortnight.  It was still lovely.

It’s sad to think that it was only 2 years after the roof was finished that the Abbey was dissolved by order of the king.  the Abbot did the sensible thing and took new vows and became the first parish vicar under the new regime.  Who can blame him.

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The present church is one end of the original abbey.  It is filled with interesting things and opportunities for prayer.

There’s a great coffee shop, really well designed and organised with delicious food and super coffee.  Children can put their own toppings on their ice creams.  The loos are clean and there are enough!  (Ladies take note)  Excellent access for wheelchairs and prams as well as lots of outside tables and chairs for the smokers.  The birds are very tame and will take food from you.

You can take several different walks and the leaflets tell you how difficult they are.  The Abbey grounds would be a bit tricky for wheelchairs but ther’s good access to the church itself.
The car park is a short walk and is run by the village but you can drive up to the Abbey if you are disabled.

Carnival in UK

This is the August 2011 West Indian Carnival, Leeds, UK. My husband took our number 1 granddaughter plus her swanky camera to see what there was to see.  What do you think??

Is there a West Indian carnival anywhere in France?  Or anything similar?

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Mardi Gras in France and Carnival in UK

In February lots of towns and villages, big and small have a carnival.  In Equihen Plage the schools are closed on Shrove Tuesday and everyone dresses up to parade through the little town.  Great fun.

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the carnival in UK is on the next post…….it won’t let me post 2 different slideshows on 1 post so look at the next one!

Reflections………… Another Reason Not to Move to France

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in September,  Hampton Court in October. 

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What could be more beautiful?  Is there anywhere like this in France?   Just reflect on these pictures.

Flowers in the Gardens at Giverny

If you have time to visit Monet’s Garden at Giverny do go.  It’s well worth it whatever time of year.


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