Last weekend we had friends staying in the gite although we had lost contact over 18 years ago! They did not even know we have moved to France but when David was googling for gite accommodation he stumbled across one Eco-Gites of Lenault run by one Rosie Hill and realised who it was.
David had a very particular reason to visit Normandy at this time. His father, Peter, was in the 413 Battery, Essex Yeomanry (Royal Artillery) and he had landed on the beach at Le Hamel, (Gold Beach) on June 6th 1944, part of the first wave of soldiers in the D-Day Landings. He succeeded in getting safely off the beach and worked his way inland in what was to be a much slower than anticipated liberation of Normandy. Probably luckily for David, his father was injured near Tilly-sur-Seulles and he saw no more action from that day.