En vacance – Episode 1 – The gite

Here’s the first entry about our recent holiday in France. I’m not planning on doing too many and boring you all senseless, but I know some of you would like to see the pictures.  This also means that we won’t be dinner guests will be spared a slide show of 274 pictures of France. (Hurrah I hear you say!)
So, here goes. 
We stayed at the delightful Ferme De Nobecourt in the Somme region, hosted by the equally delightful Marc and Stephanie Leroy.  They are charming and very kind about our abysmal French.  I can highly recommend this gite.
Our ‘cottage’ , built in 1746 and recently fully renovated, was wonderful….

But I turned several shades of green over M et Mme Leroy’s ‘farmhouse’…..
And that’s only the back of the house.   

Even I’m not brazen enough to take pictures of their front door (oak and wrought iron for those who are interested.  Double doors about 8 ft high and 12 wide.  Stunning.)

Whilst the cottage is on a working farm (and boy, do those guys work hard!), the view at the front was screened by ancient chestnut trees….
and the view from the patio at the back was equally wonderful….
Lets face it, the view on the patio wasn’t too bad either (and only about £2.00 a bottle, even with the appallingly poor exchange rate at the moment).
But don’t be fooled  by the glorious weather in these pics….these were taken on the Sunday after we arrived and that was pretty much it for lovely weather from there on in!   Hmmmm….September in the Somme….we were very grateful for any sun.

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