Wednesday, 7 February 2018

New Year Greetings.

New Year Greetings from Gites de La Richardière,

          We're pleased to wish you a Happy New Year from central France through this first Newsletter of 2018. Like most parts of Europe we're "enjoying" the wet and blustery weather, and in the last couple of days we have experienced snowy conditions.

       It's a strange time of the year as our Gites are currently closed and we don't have any guests, so it's a period of re-organisation, cleaning, repairing and generally getting everything ready for when we open at the end of March.

       "So what is there to do?" Well, keeping warm is one aspect of living in the wilds of the countryside. It's necessary to have a good supply of wood for the wood burning stove. So a lot of time is spent in the wood store with the chain saw. It's also a good time to work in the grounds at La Richardière as there is a great deal to clear up after recent storms, pathways to make good and new areas to open up in the woods. 

          We had a very interesting day in the Brennelast week with a local bird enthusiast. We visited the Park Information Centre in Mézières-en-Brenne where there was a lot of information about the layout of the 1,000 lakes and information about where various birds could be seen. We spent some time in observatories / hides watching a variety of Ducks, Egrets, Herons, Coots and other water birds and for the first time we saw a Marsh Harrier. An amazing sight to see it gliding over the lake in search of its next meal. Our friend was also delighted to see some migrating Cranes, for the first time, "resting" in a field after their log journey from Africa.

SUMMER 2018:

We are delighted to welcome new, and returning guests this year and we hope that everyone will enjoy a pleasant stay at La Richardière.

         If you haven't yet booked your 2018 holidays, and are thinking about coming to La Richardière, then now is the time to do it as the next two months are our busiest time for enquiries and bookings. CLICK HERE to contact us and enquire about renting a Gite this spring, summer or autumn.

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