Mrs Jones’ (Rachel’s Mum) Zucchini Muffins

Now to Europeans I suspect the idea of eating sweet courgette muffins, probably sounds pretty odd.  But I swear these are just delicious and very light.  I’m not claiming any health benefits, but they could be worse!


Rachel was a helper from Kentucky who stayed with us for 6 weeks last summer, who claims that I inspired her to learn to cook.  Rachel is just about the kindest person alive, but I am still very flattered!  She beautifully hand-sewed and designed the cushions at the beach house and created our Gîte Lily and Poppy sign at the end of the drive.

This recipe came from her Mum, from whom I have learnt quite a few recipes, including Apple Butter, another unknown in Europe.

Put the oven on at gas mark 5, 190°C.

3 eggs

1.5-2 cups sugar

2 cups grated zucchini

1 cup canola/vegetable oil (I used 2/3 of a cup)

2.5 cups flour

1.5 teaspoons baking soda

0.5 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon ( I used mixed spice)

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup of either golden raisins, nuts, or chocolate chips

Put the oven on at gas mark 5, 190°C.

Mix together all the dry ingredients, add the wet, mix together roughly and spoon into muffin cases.  Put in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Delicious.



Granville Carnival 2013

Every year there is an enormous carnival in Granville, with 4 days of fancy dress, floats, confetti fights and street life.  Good for all ages and not to be missed if at all possible.  Just minutes away from our beach house and 40 minutes from the gites in Moyon.  We still have availability in 1 gite for 4 people and availability in the beach house up to Saturday.

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Carnaval de Granville 2013 : Le plein de bonne humeur !

Sortez les cotillons et préparez-vous à vivre des moments de liesse !  Le Carnaval de Granville 2013 -139ème du nom- est de retour du 8 au 12 février et promet encore de bien bons moments en perspective.

Carnaval de Granville (copyright Thierry SENI)

Pour la petite histoire…

La tradition veut que ce soit les marins de la grande pêche qui soient à l’origine du Carnaval de Granville. Les départs pour les Bancs de Terre Neuve avaient lieu chaque année autour de mardi gras. La traversée était longue et rude et les marins, avant de partir, voulaient s’amuser avant de braver les tempêtes. Les Granvillais ont perpétué la tradition.

Le Bonhomme Carnaval mis à mal !  

34 chars satiriques, jusqu’à 130 000 carnavaliers, et des millions de confettis envahissent les rues de Granville. Concerts et fanfares, défilé et Bal des enfants, grande cavalcade illuminée, Bal à papa seront au programme des réjouissances. Le dernier jour, les chars emmènent le Bonhomme Carnaval pour le juger et, comme à chaque fois, le jugement lui est fatal… au bûcher ! La bataille de confettis anime alors les foules et le carnaval se termine par la soirée d’intrigues dans les rues, et autour d’un bon repas dans les bistrots et restaurants animés de la ville.

Infos pratiques

Carnaval de Granville 2013
Du vendredi 8 février au mardi 12 février 2013


With fireworks, it turns out that sometimes, more is just more!

On the first night of our 10 days at the beach house this summer there was the most enormous fireworks display!  The quantity of firepower was quite amazing, and as we were down wind of the display we pretty much got covered in debris.

Fireworks at the Start of the Festival à Fond la Cale, St Martin de Bréhal

Fireworks at the Start of the Festival à Fond la Cale, St Martin de Bréhal

The fireworks were after the first night of the Festival a Fond La Cale à St Martin de Bréhal, which is the big summer festival that happens in mid-August every year.

One of the floats, OFNI 2012

One of the floats, OFNI 20


One of the floats, OFNI 2012

One of the floats, OFNI 2012

They first Sunday there is also the Unidentified Floating Object Competition, which is a carnival where the floats have to actually float and the winner is the first one to make it back to the beach!

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There are also a couple of days activity at the racecourse, with Trotters, Flat and Jump Racing.

And finally there is the Agricultural Show, which we only saw the tail end of, as the exhibitors were leaving (too busy having a siesta!)