Sunday 9 July 2006


It's been a year and a day since Paul and I first set eyes on the place, when Sebastien from the Cabinet Faudais in St. Lo brought us here for a sneaky viewing when the owner wasn't available. The weather was better then than it is now, a bright hot day with a brilliant blue sky and butterflies and grasshoppers in their thousands all over the meadows.


We climbed the gate, tramped across the field and fell in love with the solitude and remoteness of a place dramatically isolated and beautiful. So many plans were discussed and discarded, taken up again and modified that even now the future of the place seems more of a complicated knot of possibilities than a single strand leading us forward to some definite end, but that's not important. We have the land, we have the buildings and we can take our time deciding what to do with them.

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