Thursday, July 14, 2011

Gardens

In the U.S. we call it a yard, front yard or back yard, but in England they call it a garden.  We wanted a little outdoor space of our own, so all the properties we looked at had some form of garden.  Here are some photos of those outdoor spaces.

IMG_6849_2_1
This was a lovely garden, which was slightly separated from the house. 

IMG_6850_3_1
Another part of the same garden.

IMG_6846_1_1
And this is the pathway down to the front door of the house. The barn or storage space in the foreground was not part of the property.

IMG_6852_4_1
This one had a similar situation. A lovely garden space surrounded by trees and a hedge,
IMG_6856_5_1
And this is the pathway down to the house.
IMG_6893_6_1
This empty field also went with the house.  I believe it is the part on the right that has been mowed less often that went with the house we looked at. The other part went with the house next door.
Normandy 1 049_7_1
This was a nice garden accessed from the house either by going through the garage or around the house next door and down the alley. the realtors suggested we might do some remodeling and add a deck and a door off the back of the house, which would have been very nice.
Normandy 1 053_8_1
Another view of that garden.  It had a lovely view out towards Mt-St-Michel in the far distance.
Normandy 1 154_9_1
This one was a blank slate, again across the lane from the house.
Normandy 1 165_10_1
We liked this one.  No lawn to mow and close to the back door of the house.
Normandy 1 167_11_1
The access from the street is either through the house (right) or through the neighbor's property straight ahead.
Normandy 1 201_13_1
We liked this private space just outside the kitchen.
Normandy 1 200_12_1
A private patio and a garden beyond.
patio 033_5_1_14_1
But this one won us over.  A private gravel patio outside the back door with space for planting and a garage accessed from the street behind the house.  We think we'll enjoy this space very much.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Hallways and attic rooms

(If you haven't read the previous post, you need to start there.)

These are some of the hallways that we saw in the 8 houses we visited. We just don't see things like this in the U.S.

Normandy 1 054_4_1

We were told this house was remodeled in the 1930's and that these tiles date to that period.

Normandy 1 073_5_1

And in the same house the 3-story glass block window apparently also dates from the '30's.

IMG_6843_1_1

A more modern renovated hallway.

Normandy 1 126_6_1

The owner of this cute little house was an artist and his studio was in the upstairs hallway.

Normandy 1 208_10_1

Yes, that is a toilet in the hallway. There is no door. It obviously is never used and once the renovation is finished on the floor above would be removed.

Normandy 1 186_9_1 My favorite hallway again. It has the old French foyer feel. This looks older to me, but we were told the house is post-war. (WWII, that is.)

Normandy 1 027_3_1

This is the living room of the "gite" where we stayed.

IMG_6884_2_1

This house had a huge attic room. The bathroom is behind the short wall.

Normandy 1 177_8_1

This attic room had been painted red.

Normandy 1 175_7_1

Another view of the red attic bedroom, showing a skylight.

st fraimbault 012_11_1

And "our" unfinished attic bedroom.

st fraimbault 014_12_1

The ceiling and top of the wall of the bathroom. We plan to have this room finished as a third bedroom.

Why Normandy? We've been asked that so I addressed that topic on this web page. Why Normandy? I did it on my web-site, because I wanted to include larger pictures without you having to click on the pictures to see the larger versions.

Why Normandy? (my web page)

Do leave a comment. Comments are the incentive to keep this up. Or email me. I'd love to hear from you.