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The rise and fall of the English gardener at Giverny

Tinted photograph of Monets garden at the beginning of the 20th century

Spring 2018 and a short news item in a Normandy newspaper simply states: * * * A NEW HEAD GARDENER IN MONET'S HOME GIVERNY Jean-Marie Avisard will be replacing the legendary Gilbert Vahé as head gardener at Giverny, home of Claude Monet. The role is responsible for keeping the beautiful gardens, so important to Monet's

Ripe for renovation; a chateau in the Eure

CHATEAU RUINS FOR SALE IN NORMANDY. If there a more magical phrase we do not know it. Six words that send us on a dream of possessing our own fortress in the beautiful Eure countryside.  For less than the price of a studio flat in London, we could be lord

The long rise and the sharp fall of the Houëls of La Pommeraye

Fatouville la Pommeraye gatehouse

The entrance pavilion of Manoir de La Pommeraye is picturesque even on a cold winter’s day. A central archway edged with pale stones is flanked by sturdy stone tower and topped with a balcony and roofs that would look quite at home in a fairy-tale. But for Normandy, this building is

3rd Sunday regular antique brocante in La Ferrière-sur-Risle

La Ferrière-sur-Risle is perfect example of a small Eure Normandy country town, with ancient beamed homes, elegant brick maison and wide tree-lined streets. A regular antique brocante takes place on the third Sunday of the month (except August).  Worth a visit for the location as well as for bargains, it takes place

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