It’s scary to try something new. Even scarier to show people what you’re doing. #watercolor Above is my “artistic” attempt to recreate the photo I took below. The photo was taken during our visit to the #normandy beaches in France in 2017. #normandyfrance#utahbeach
Lazy afternoons in French Cider Orchards 🍏🍎
Manoir de Grandouet is one of my favourite cider producers and I was so lucky to visit them in @normandy_tourism after finding out about their amazing cider at @parkhyattdubai Brasserie Du Park 🥂
Chausey is a gorgeous tiny Island off the coast of Normandy. 🐚 We awoke early to take the boat over and then slept on the empty sandy beach once we arrived. 🐚
We walked round the coast, which admittedly didn’t take long and fed the sparrows. Two barefoot girls worked their way up the beach, crouched over, with legs coated in wet sand, stopping at puddles. They each dug with their hands and pulled out shellfish. It was serene, beautiful and full of birds. 🐚
Blue lobster is a speciality on the only restaurant here and to my delight, the beach is littered with tiny shells. 💕🐚
This pink Cornus was just covered in flowers and a delightful surprise at the back of the ‘Jardin des Plants’ in Coutances. A town with as as many beautiful pastries and cakes in the shop windows as flowers in the garden. 🌸
Finished in 1855 the public garden is complete with a maze, fountain and obelisk. The maze is made of hornbeam, a spiral path that rewards you with a view of the garden once you make your way to the top.
It is a mix of Italian, French and English styles, with lots of fancy bedding. The garden was bequeathed to the public with the understanding that it would be a garden for pleasure and health, with herbs grown within the grounds.
You often see dogwood growing in semi-shade but this was very happy in full sun. What a pretty pink 💕
I have neither the purse nor what I imagine is the life of extravagant parties that offers a familiarity with the work of Christian Dior, although I must admit I sometimes wear the very popular and lovely J’adore perfume.
Initially designing costumes for theatre and film, the Frenchman founded one of the world's top fashion houses. Creating dresses after the Second World War his work was noticeably more voluptuous, stating ‘I have designed flower women’, the first line of his collection was even called ‘Corolle’ translating to corolla (the botanical term for the collective of petals).
Visiting the town of his birth, and upon hearing that his cliff top house is accompanied with a garden, I was desperate to visit. More than we realise, I think there is often an unsung inspiration or relationship with plants for those masters of the creative world in a wide and diverse field of design. 💐
It was Christian Dior’s mother who first started working on the garden in the early part of the 20th century in Granville, Normandy with Christian taking an increasing interest as he grew up in the house.
Quite wonderful to see in particular, is the rose garden growing protected from the marine winds and climate. There are photos inside the house of Christian Dior gardening and clearing the pond, and my favourite quote of his, ‘Having inherited my mother’s passion for flowers, I was happiest in the company of plants and gardeners.’
Lovely to meet you CD 🌹
To misquote the incredible Beyoncé. ⭐️ I woke up to this. ⭐️ I really love it here on the farm in Normandy. Being so city we didn’t realise on our first night that the windows had shutters and so obviously the light flooded in early this morning. Not a bad thing mind, as I made a large mug of rose, chamomile and lavender tea then wandered outside. It was warm and misty as the sun came up and I was greeted by several lovely cows. Needless to say I made my way back inside after a few minutes and enjoyed the lie in that I was so looking forward to. My first ever trip to Normandy, and I am in ❤️ ...Would ‘Cow with cow parsley’ have made a wittier title? ☺️
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Half the time I’m standing there for over an hour I have to convince myself it’s ok. Don’t lock your knees!!! Am I going to faint? Nahhh you ain’t going down like this. You got this! Dang it’s hot or it’s really pouring right now. But the sacrifices we make will never compare to the ones who gave up their lives on the beaches of Normandy. I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to be a part of something you only read in history books. #dday#normandyfrance#usaf#millife#picauvillefrance#omahabeach#basehonorguard
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📌 Saint Michael's Mount (Le Mont Saint-Michel / Mont Saint Miché / Monte Saint-Michel), Normandy (Normandie / Normaundie / Normandia), France (França)
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🇬🇧 One of France's most recognizable landmarks, visited by more than 3 million people each year, Mont Saint-Michel and its bay are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Over 60 buildings within the commune are protected in France as monuments historiques. Saint Michael's Mount is located about one kilometre (0.6 miles) off the country's northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches and is 100 hectares (247 acres) in size. As of 2009, the island has a population of 44. The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The commune's position — on an island just 600 metres from land — made it accessible at low tide to the many pilgrims to its abbey, but defensible as an incoming tide stranded, drove off, or drowned would-be assailants.
🇧🇷 Um dos pontos de referência mais famosos da França, visitado por mais de 3 milhões de pessoas por ano, o Mont Saint-Michel e sua baía estão na lista de Patrimônio Mundiais da Humanidade. O local abriga mais de 60 construções classificadas como monumentos históricos pela França. O Mont Saint-Michel está localizado a cerca de um quilômetro da costa noroeste do país, na foz do rio Couesnon, perto de Avranches, e tem uma área de 100 hectares. A população é de apenas 44 pessoas. A ilha tem mantido fortificações estratégicas desde os tempos antigos e desde o século VIII tem sido a sede do mosteiro de onde recebeu o seu nome. A localização estratégica em uma ilha a apenas 600 metros da terra tornou acessível, na maré baixa, aos muitos peregrinos de sua abadia, mas defensável na maré alta, que afugentava invasores.