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A rather lovely day

Not just for the wonderful weather we enjoyed here yesterday – 25°c and very sunny . The oldest resident of the hamlet came home today for the first time in 2 months. Maria Garner is 82 and had a second stroke in August. Since then she has been in a nursing home since then having also fallen and broken her leg. La Mancelière has been her home for over 50 years, she gave birth to 5 children here and it was very emotional for her and her familu when she came back for the day. We were invited over for an apéro and lunch and it was such a pleasure seeing her again. She has had a pretty tough life, married to a Breton paysan who is still incredibly chauvanistic, but she has never complained. She used to go on a bike ride every afternoon before her first stroke 5 years ago, then afterwards when the weather was OK she would go out for a walk every afternoon and I often met her on the road during my daily dog walk. Everyone here hopes that she gets well enough to live the rest of her life in her own home, enjoying the wonderful view over the valley that she has from her house.

The oldest and youngest resident in the village
The oldest and youngest resident in the village




Here’s wishing Maria a quick recovery. One’s home is always best, especially one with a view over the valley.


Those Breton paysans sure can be a handful. But Maria is obviously a woman of character. We hope she’ll be up and biking again, soon.


Hi Jenny
I don’t think she will ever go biking again, but she is out of the wheelchair now, and very nifty with the walking frame when she is back in the village!


Hi Aldo,
thankyou for your comment – Maria is a lot better, but still in the hospital during the week, although she makes it home every weekend now. I secretly think that she is happy with this arrangement, she is well cared for in the hospital and doesn’t have to run around after her husband anymore!


Maria sadly passed away last August at the age of 83 following a 3rd blood clot. It was very sudden, she was playing cards with her friends when it suddenly happened. The church was overflowing with people who wanted to pay their respects to her at the funeral.

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