It's that time of year when the countryside in this part of Normandy is at it's prettiest.
The cider apple trees in the surrounding orchards are a froth of pink and white
and the delicately scented flowers never fail to delight!
Some of the flower buds are the darkest pink
whilst others are much paler depending on the variety of the apple.
Some of the trees here at the gites are old, heritage varieties which are less commonely found these days. Not far from here is La Maison de la Pomme et de la Poire at Barenton where you can find out more about the heritage varieties and learn about the process of cider making as well as having the opportunity to sample some local cider.