|L'Etang de l'Aunay - wonderful theatre, and excellent planting
|Miromesnil - where the lawns were mown to resemble parquet de Versailles
Nothing disappointed, although inevitably some things shone less brightly than others. From the theatrical creativity at L'Etang de l'Aunay, through the exquisite aristocratic charm of Brécy and the tranquil and breathtaking perfection of Boutemont, all was spectacular. So much so, that any more of it would have been too much to be able to assimilate in such a short period.
|Vasterival - vistas, vistas, and yet more vistas
|Galleville - Ducal fox terriers, and brioches heaped up before the blazing fire
|Brécy - the exquisite charm of a frail and elderly Duchess
|Canon - yet more dahlias!
|The polished perfection of the Chateau de Reux
|Boutemont - paradise!
All four-footeds were delighted that we were back; this had been a longer absence for us than normal, and for the first hour or so after we arrived home, the cats made a point of jumping through windows and making forbidden dashes through the house, just to demonstrate that they could...and the canine four-footed has been periodically wrapping himself around my legs all weekend, generally at very unhelpful moments when I've been in the middle of mowing, or hacking at tree branches, or hefting bags of weeds in the direction of the compost heap (or compost mountain, as it currently is).
|Champ de Bataille - impressive in its splendour
It's good to be home.
Boned Chicken and Fave.
Peach Sorbet (we have a peach glut - the latest fruiting of the white peach trees was stripped yesterday, and even after having made ten kilos of jam, a challenging quantity still remains...)