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Visiting the Linen fields of Normandy

I was lucky to be able to take a few days off work for our trip to the ‘Festival du Lin’.

I actually expected the countryside to be bathed in a haze of wafting blue flowers, as it was, the flowering period was mainly over and the crop was being cut and left to dry in the sun. This sets a stunning scene as it is…

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The plants usually flower around the 3rd week of June in the mornings and around about the longest day. Obviously this varies according to when they were planted and the weather conditions. We were fortunate enough to find a small strip of a field in full bloom, which was must have been a late sowing. I could then capture these images:

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The local villages that participate in the festival have small bunches of Flax tied to sign posts, railings, fences, crosses and just everywhere really

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We briefly spent some time viewing art installations that were all part of the festival and the wonder of the yarn
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Following that up with Linseed bread with our lunch and linseed biscuits with our tea for the complete unique experience

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