Coutances - August 1999

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the wonderful Manda, whose house (or rather garden) in Ouville is where we pitched our tent

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that isn't her house alas, but it not only locates the area quite well but shows you what it looks like round there...

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this is a house up the lane, with a wonderful Old Pear Tree growing up it - I WANT.

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the Ouville area seems to have a penchant for having fierce Guard Sheep, rather than dogs...

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Ben queens it at a french country fete - most convincing I'm sure you agree...

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a falconer with one of his enormous and rather dangerous looking birds - striking though...

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le tout village donned medieval costume - local toddler jongleurs looking awfully "cute"

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Mark confesses that he is mocking one of the principal rituals of the Catholic Church...


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...while Ben indulges his persistent "looking vague in a pulpit" fetish yet again... 

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some very fine early stained glass from Coutances Cathedral - featuring several persons in hell!

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a fortuitously placed Stone, visited after scaring away the great sun-eating eclipse-dragon

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the countryside is littered with cramped graveyards - here is a rather gothic detail of Vauville's

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the hand of the young druid writes in the flames!... well, he was rather drunk at the time and later threw up ;)

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Maximus Bigbonce (Gaius Julius Caesar - as seen by Louis VIV's garden sculptors at Marly) 

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the tower roof of a late-romanesque church in Coutances - almost abstract in it's effect.

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the head of a wonderful Sceptre in the Louvre...

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...and the back of said sceptre head...

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... and a bit more - it is only about 3.5 inches high...

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