Welcome to the blog version of our monthly Newsletter from Gites de La Richardière. To sign up for the newsletter direct follow this link.

Little did we realise that between our March and April Newsletters the world would change so much. We hope you, and all of those close to you, are, and will remain, safe and well.

We had been planning to write about our 2020 season and how amazing it is to realise that this will be our 6th season since moving here to France in March 2015. All that seems a little hollow now and not really what people are focused on at this time. We are very isolated here at La Richardière and one could be forgiven for thinking there is no crisis, but, as soon as we leave our property on our occasional excursions for essentials, it is clear that the world is a very different place and will be for some time to come. We watch the BBC News everyday and keep abreast of the French news too. None of us can know whether we will have regained our liberty by the time the warm weather of summer arrives.

In the meantime, we will try to provide a moment’s escapism and diversion through our Newsletters.

Wildlife Camera:
We have often seen evidence of wildlife visiting our grounds, but have never really seen anything to talk about, so, we installed an infrared wildlife camera in the New Year. Apart from pictures of the cat, the dogs, and the local farmer beating the bounds of his property, we have been visited by numerous hares, a fox and some small roe deer. Here are just a couple of pictures.
Wildlife at Gites de La RichardiereMore wildlife at Gites de La Richardiere.

A New Floor in L’Hirondelle:
We took the plunge in the Autumn and dug out the floor in the Gite L’Hirondelle. It was old and tired and much in need of a new look. Here is an after picture. All that’s left to do now is to clean and add the furniture. We’ll post a picture in next month’s newsletter.

The new floor in L’Hirondelle. The next step is to return the furniture.
The garden at La Richardière with comfortable chairs to sit and relax.

Garden Activities:Whilst we have been on our enforced isolation there has been a lot to do in the garden. For those who haven’t visited, we have 3 acres of grass which needs to be cut and many flower beds which need weeding. The gardens are beginning to look beautiful as Spring takes hold, it’s just sad there is no-one here to share them with us.

This is our Games field. In the summer guests play football, badminton, Boule, Table-Tennis and many other games.

Thanks again for reading and/or sharing.
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Best wishes,
Dave and Patience