France – May 2019 – The Watermill Part 1

I’ve been neglecting the Universe Blog whilst doing my 365 on The Other Place and going on holiday, so thought I’d get back to it. Last week we travelled to Normandy, France for a few days visiting historical sites. But before we hop off on a visit I’m going to show you around where we stayed. The place we stayed is called La Houssain, it’s tiny, but in it there’s an old watermill, built in the 1700’s and added to in the 18’s.

The Watermill
The Watermill

 

Should have moved the car but never mind. A river runs along side it (of course- it’s hard to be a watermill without water 🙂 )

rear view from the riverside

 

The mill is nestled in woodlands and forest, and the soundtrack to life is of countless birdsongs, the breeze in the trees and the flow of the nearby river. An escape from the madding crowd, where peace and nature surround and seduce you. 

There is an old building on site that once was a bakers oven, the people in the surrounding area brought their wheat to the mill to be ground, and then took it to the oven to be baked. It was our view from the front door.

Oven house
The Oven house seen from the driveway

Nicola, the owner, uses it to store wood for the range fire in the mill.

Nicola keeps a few sheep on her land too

The sheeple.

Next time we’ll have a look at some of the interesting garden and water features! 🙂

Stay tooned!

49 Comments

  1. Carson Maitland - Smith

    Wonderful post
    💜❤️
    💛💙

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  2. Looks like an idyllic place to stay, FR. Normandy has a lot going for it, especially in nice weather.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Yes, we are going back next year 😊

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      1. Brittany just edged it for me. The area around Quimper is very nice, from what I remember.

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  3. Wow, what a find!,, I love it Fraggy. I can all most here nature, the way you described it all, I’ve always loved those type of brick farm 🏠 homes, and the like.
    Really fab Fraggy. Can’t wait to see the rest.

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    1. Thanks Kathy, will get another post up for the weekend if I get time!

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  4. Love the oven house photo particularly much!

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  5. What an absolutely lovely place! Lucky you! Looking forward to more.

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    1. Cheers Naomi x

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  6. What a gorgeous place/area! Makes me want to hop on a plane and fly over. 😉

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    1. I think that every time I see photos from America and Canada.

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      1. That’s the upside and downside of (our) blogs, isn’t it. On the one hand we enjoy all the pictures we see, and on the other hand it makes us long to get to these places.

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        1. Yes, am always planning holidays, most of which I don’t go on! 😀

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          1. But planning is fun, isn’t it?

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          2. 🙂

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  7. What a delight, Fraggle!

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    1. It was Sue! I see you’ve joined David duChemins group on FB 😊

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      1. I have, and not too sure how well it will work for me, given my physical limitations these days. I really admire David, I’ve read a number of his books, and applied some of the things he, and Otto Von Münchow for that matter, suggest. How about you, how’s it going?

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        1. I really enjoy listening to his talks, and I’ve read his books etc. I try and keep it all in mind when I pick up my camera. Don’t let your physical stuff get in the way, I remember David saying when he was laid up with a broken leg he spent a month photographing whisky, digging deep to make a body of work! You can do it 😊 !

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          1. Yay, thanks, Fraggle!!

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  8. Looks fab…I was staying in woody place last week too…very similar landscape…except mine was an eco cabin not a sexy old mill!

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    1. Ooh sounds nice where’s the photos!? 😃

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  9. Wow that looks like a lovely place to stay! 🙂 Such nice pictures as always, can’t wait to see and read more

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    1. Cheers M.B a few WW2 posts to come later. 😊

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      1. I’ll be looking forward to it!

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  10. What a wonderful place

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    1. It really is, cheers N-man. 😊

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  11. What a beautiful place, Fraggle. Thanks for letting us come along. That’s an amazing shot of the insect! Oooh well done! And what is it about sheep that nearly always makes me smile? Hugs on the wing!

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    1. They are comical with their big round bodies and tiny thin legs! Bit like me really 🙂

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      1. Not at all!
        Years ago, I had two guy friends where I worked. They were always kidding each other with sheep jokes. If I wanted a quick response to an email, in the subject line I’d put “Baaaaaaaah.” LOL.

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        1. Guys are weird! 😊

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  12. Wow the scenery & nature is gorgeous!😀💝📷💥

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  13. Thank you for reading the tribute to my dad. He was quite a character.
    What a tranquil place, and fabulous photographs! Cheers.

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    1. Thanks back! 🙂

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  14. These are so lovely Fraggle. I’m not sure I could have brought myself to leave.

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    1. I’m going back! Cheers Kim 😘

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        1. That would be so nice!

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  15. Beautiful shots as always. Moving the cars is one of my “should have’s.” But there you go; and, that’s why the cars are there–someone else went too, couldn’t move the other one. Yes, I know they are out of historical context, but then they set off the past and present. Thanks for the images of the site. Warmest regards, Ed

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    1. Thanks Ed, and for visiting!

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  16. Lovely — very rustic and serene!

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    1. Its a fab place for a holiday, cheap too and Nicola is just lovely and very interesting! Can highly reccommend it!

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