2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The London Olympic Stadium is 53 meters high. This blog had about 520 visitors in 2012. If every visitor were a meter, this blog would be 10 times taller than the Olympic Stadium – not too shabby.

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The Climbing Tree, St Martin de Bréhal

We come to the beach house in St Martin de Bréhal whenever we can.  Sadly this is not nearly as often as we would like.  The problem with being divorced is that the girls have to go to Papa every other weekend and for half of the school holidays.  Sometimes this is a necessary respite from the day to day slog of doing it alone, but mostly we feel that we never get to spend enough time together doing the fun stuff. 

My best friend, Fi from ‘Frisco, and her new beau came for New Year and stayed for a week, and as our New Year booker failed to appear we got to spend some extra time at the Beach House.  The girls favourite spot apart from the beach of course is the climbing tree, which is a handy venue for photos too.

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Le Foire de Lessay – a French County Fair

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday was the Foire de Lessay, which is the equivalent of a county fair. Friday and Saturday there are horses, donkeys and bovines for sale and every day their are dogs, cats and other beasts and fowl, side by side and cheek by jowl. This fair has been going on since the beginning of time (practically), as it was set up by Royal Decree in 1671, by the Benedictine Monks. Just 40 minutes from home and the beach house, we were hit with mixed weather. Too hot for a raincoat despite the occasional rain drop, we then got soaked to the skin at about 4pm and had to drive home with the kids dressed in towels and wellies! An interesting look!

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Haras National, Saint-Lô

Every Thursday in Saint-Lô at the National Stud there is an exhibition of the different breeds of photos. Sadly the rain came to join us.

Originally the National Studs were set up pretty much all over France to supply horses for the French army under Napoleon. A lot of them still exist, and Saint-Lô is one of the more impressive ones. It is also next to the Regional Sports Horse Complex, where some of the events in the World Equestrian Games will be taking place in 2014. This also where they hold the CSI 1 & 2, International Showjumping Competitions the second week of August each year. Competitions are held all year round in the all weather arenas and there are regular evening Horseball events (roughly like a cross between circus skill and basket ball on horses). We are lucky that we are just 15 minutes away.

The National Association of Sports Horses Sales will be held there on 14th and 15th October 2011.

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Bayeux

I was planning to take Rachel to the Cathedral at Bayeux on our way to the D-Day beaches, but we ended up going no further than Bayeux because there were so many things to see. The Cathdral, the British Cemetery and the Bayeux Tapestry.

Bayeux Cathedral is my all time favourite building, and if ever I had to go to church again every Sunday, this would be the building to choose because there is so much to look at.

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The American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer

We visited the American Cemetery on a beautiful day. I find that all the war cemeteries have been surprisingly peaceful places. The American ones have no ages or dates or births on the head stones, I’m not sure why. Both the British one in Bayeux, and the German Cemetery near Marigny did and they were all younger than I am, 40, which is a bit shocking.

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The American Cemetery is enormous, but has comparatively few people buried in it, in comparison to the German cemetery, which had two per grave.

The American Cemetery is well worth the visit, for me the bits I liked the best were the views from the cliffs, the beautiful Jewish headstones, which were mixed in with the others, and the huge invasion maps. One of these is upside down and I had a hard time working out were we live on it!

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Scultpture Garden

My last helpXer was a lovely young woman from Kentucky called Rachel. I tried to teach her to drive a manual gear stick, but it was a bit hair-raising and so during the holidays we visited a few of the local sights. There are so many places I have never been, despite having lived here for 16 years. We were on our way to Bayeux when we started following signs to various places, and ended up at this amazing and completely unsignposted sculpture park.

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