Flying the Nest

A quite magical moment. Every year we have swallows nest above our front door, our visitors from North Africa. It is always a sign that summer is on the way when they arrive.

They typically they have two separate clutches each year. The noise from the nest as the parents swoop in with beaks full of insects to feed their brood gets louder and louder as the chicks grow.

The other evening the noise was unreal. I opened the door to see four chicks out of the nest and before I could take this photo two of them flew the nest, moments after this photo these two did the same never to return as chicks. From dependent to independent in the blink of an eye.

In a few weeks they will be making the long flight to North Africa and in less than 9 months time the cycle will repeat.

Hello Spaceboy

floating in a tin can

David Bowie’s Glastonbury 2000 performance was recently broadcast in it’s entirety for the first time on the BBC.

One of the songs included in his set was a lesser known song but one that neatly reprises one of his earliest hits, space oddity.

The song in question was “hello spaceboy” and it is an appropriate song for when stargazing here at la Ménantelière.

We are fortunate to have no light pollution and on a clear night the sky above is a wonder to behold.

Apart from the planets, stars and meteorites we see space hardware in the form of satellites traversing the night sky, tracing a steady constant path from one horizon to the other.

The real standout event when surveying the heavens is when the ISS passes overhead. It is closer to us than we are to Paris but seems to be a world away.

We will next be looking at the International Space Station 10 Jul at 5:01 AM! – Generated with the ISS Spotter App, why not download it to see when it is passing over you.

Post lockdown dining out

We had our first meal out since the Covid19 lockdown was imposed at le Lion D’Or just down the road from us at la Ménantelière in St Hilaire de Voust. Our meal was great value and of the usual high quality and enlivened as always by Patricia and her staff.

We recommend their Moules Frites when it is available.

You can see about them on their Facebook page, Bon Appetite!

Top Holiday Destination

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel has listed Poitou-Charentes as one of the Top Ten Regions of the world to visit:

“What makes Poitou-Charentes so different from the rest of France is that it encapsulates the best of France in one small, easily digestible region. Put simply, Poitou-Charentes combines all the best clichés of the French countryside – the sleepy rural villages, the endless fields of sunflowers and the delicious food and drink – and this alone makes it different from every other region in the country.”

“Much more laid back than the Med (but with almost as much sunshine) and ideally suited to family holidays, this is a place where you can slow the pace right down, settle in and indulge in the finer things life has to offer.”

Taken directly from Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel

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What three Words

Have you heard of the what 3 words app? The globe has been divided into a grid of 3 by 3 metre squares and every square can be identified by a unique combination of three words. So if you are ever stuck trying to explain to someone exactly where you are you can use just three words for them to pinpoint your location.

As for MonPetitCoeur you can find us using this link and the three words insulation.packs.valentine

This 3 word address refers to an exact 3m x 3m location. Tap the link or enter the 3 words into the free what3words app to find it.

You can find the what three words app in the App Store.


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