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Our House. This title may astonish you. Fact is, the offer here made
has come about in this house. When we bought it - in 1993 - lawns, hedges and driveways were meticulously manicured. Today surroundings are wild. Small islands have developed. To sit, think, speak and observe nature.
Our House. What do we do here? What do we offer? Apart from Normandie as such (its landscapes, skies, beaches and impressive cultural heritage) it is the opportunity to learn in our workshops how to participate in creation. Our program is for all ages. All year round.
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Digital revolution. Genetic engineering. Environmental modifications. Exploring space. Will they change the basic need for human nourishment, garment, housing and movement? No! Humans will continue to need food, clothes, shelter and activity. There is no choice in the matter, only the question how?No breathtaking advance of our time will displace the intrinsic value of nutrition, dress, accommodation and exercise. And hence here first things first.
Garments made-to-measure, the concept gives rise to two very different thoughts. Noble, costly and far too fancy (1) and home-fabricated, cheap and poorly made (2). The idea here is another. Simple suitable garments, machine-washable, made to fit body, style and situation.
Key to a wardrobe for all seasons is taking measurements and producing a proper basic pattern for your body. Such is the base for making clothes that become (and please). Made to mix and match. A properly fitted pattern intrinsically has style and beauty. Next comes the choice of fabric (only in the washing machine does it reveal its true nature). Pattern pieces are cut, joined and fine-tuned. And then comes the accurate, detailed, affectionate finishing process.
Photo: Socks After a Long Winter
3. Home Furnishing
The former Chateau de la Boulaye (now
Our House) provides unexpected challenges. A simple store-bought chair here is a no-go. So we decided to work out our own furniture. And produce it. Tables, lamps, shelfs, desks, chairs and seats of unique design and size (many of them mobile) have followed.
Sitting on a mobile chair, at a table of cor-responding dimensions is an experience.. Making such chairs and tables is unique as well. Manufactured from local materials. Finished by hand with class makes they are a matter of personal engagement and bring asting joy.
Image: Table/5 (stackable)
In 2010 I discovered (in La Boulaye) the treasures of nature. Herbs, wild-growing vegetables and fruit everywhere. Thanks to the Internet information on plant processing followed quickly. Our home-made products time and again exceed any products on offer commercially. And, finally I have discovered why!
Plant identity resembles corporate identity in its best sense. Plants speak and, if one speaks to you, all of its kind speak. Love is all they desire. If one goes about harvesting them with devotion, care and love, they will respond likewise, and give their all. Technics to turn
them into useful products are easy.
Photo: The Famous Burdock
In 2016, when my study-horsemanship (1990-2015) project came to its conclusion, there was no inkling of the extent to which it would affect succeeding and current work. A long standing notion thus was confirmed. Horseback riding has a positive and lasting effect on the rider’s body and mind.
Movement as such offers countless options to maintain body soundness. Some movements have proven to be of particular value. Everybody should know and exercise them for health
and comfort. These and more we teach in our movement workshops. Close attention is given to proper posture.
Image:The Rider's Seat