Friday, 18 January 2013

Grow Your Blog Party


My very dear friend Vicki is hosting a Grow Your Blog Party this weekend.
If you are a first time visitor to Normandy Life and have come via the GYB party then, welcome!
My name is Maggie a 60 something child of the 60's!
I love -
My husband of over 30 years, who I affectionately call the Senior Partner.
Our dog, Fleur, a 2 year German Shepherd. We are still grieving the loss of Mr Ben who passed away recently.
Living in the beautiful Normandy countryside.
Gardening, growing organic fruit & vegetables in my potager.
Baking, pies & cakes.
Scrapbooking ( I have a separate blog "just scrapping" where I indulge my addiction for all paper products)
Photography, goes great with scrapbooking! 
Travelling the world with my sweetie, especially when that means time for relaxing, with a little retail therapy on the side and meeting up with friends in Hilton Hilton, SC. whenever I get the chance.

Vicki & me in Hilton Head
October 2012
These are the sort of things that you'll find when you come to visit Normandy Life.
I wrote my first post in April 2008, it was about planting out the potager for spring.
Since then 330 wonderful people have signed up to follow me.
If you're one of them then perhaps you'll already know some of the above.
I'd like to say a great big thank you to you all for your support and friendship.
Some of you I have been lucky enough to meet in person, like Vicki, Jenny, Jackie, Sarah and Martha.
I really hope I get to meet more of you in the future.

You may remember reading on Normandy Life about the stunningly beautiful nests which Vicki creates.
If you missed those posts then click here and here and be amazed by what a talented crafter she is.
Click on this link, or the green button on my sidebar to visit Vicki's beautiful blog 2 Bags Full to discover a world full of travel, knitting and adventure and join the party!

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Sunday walk - through the dunes

We headed back to the beach this morning for our Sunday walk and were surprised to find a completely different scene in front of us, than the one we saw last time.


As you can see the tide was only just going out and it wasn't easy to find a strip of sand to walk on, so we stayed up in the dunes until we founds a way down to a place where we wouldn't get our feet wet.


Even on the land side of the dunes the going was wet and boggy.


There isn't usually a small lake here.


You saw "Les Braves", a fantastic piece of art, in last week's post.......


It takes on a whole new meaning when the waves are crashing down around it, n'est pas?
bon dimanche.
Joining Mary's Mosaic Monday
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Sunday, 6 January 2013

Sunday Walk - at the beach

Firstly, I would like to start by thanking everyone for their kind comments & emails of support following my last post.
We are trying to get back to la vie quotidienne, but it isn't easy.
To lessen the pain a little we decided to take our Sunday walk in a different location than the one that I have shared with you (and Ben) many times before.


So, we drove the short distance to Saint Laurent sur Mer, also known as Omaha beach, to join other dog walkers and some horseback riders there.


We stopped to admire the stunning sculpture "Les Braves" by Anilore Banon which she created to honour the courage of those men who's lives were lost on the 6th June 1944.




Happy New Year from me, the SP & Fleur, 
things can only get better from now on.



Linking this post to Mary's Mosaic Monday
@ the little red house.
Click on the link to see who else is participating in the first MM of 2013

Thursday, 3 January 2013

au revoir my sweet Ben


My best pal, dear sweet Ben
 went to sleep for the very last time today, 
life in Normandy will never be the same without him.