Friday, August 26, 2011

Josy's Bed and Breakfast

When we booked the place to stay at Flesselles, we did not anticipate the problem that we would face because of the distance of Flesselles from Amiens. We thought 12 kms is nothing and we can somehow commute to the town. But it’s a real small place and there is only one bus in the morning and one in the evening.

But we are glad that we booked this place as we had a great time staying with Daniel and Josy at Josy’s B&B. (Bed & Breakfast)

The couple are so warm hearted and open that we felt that we were staying at home.

Like mentioned on his website “Ducks are the boss’s favorite” You will find artifacts all over the house in the form of ducks.

I identified 5 ducks in the one above. Do you see more ?

Each one of his ducks in the pond are tagged and he takes special care of them, even to the extend that he would pump warm water into the pond so that they will not feel cold in winter. He takes care of all the birds and animals in the field and loves gardening.

As I clicked this picture, a swallow swooped down, skimmed the water and flew away. Daniel said, “you saw that? That bird is taking water in its beak to built its nest. Come I will show you”
He took us to the place where he used to park his car, and showed us the nests made by the swallow. There were many and it was high up on the roof. I managed to get a few shots using my zoom.

He loves nature so much that he never made any attempt to remove or deter the birds from making nests there. (Swallow’s nests are very messy with bird droppings all over the place)

In the orchard they have apples, figs, plums, kiwi fruit, berries, pears, and peaches of all varieties.

The best of the fruits were plucked from the orchard and used to make jam, fruit preserves and other delicacies by Josy.

David and his wife from Belgium were also guests during the time of our stay.

The next day in the morning, Josy was kind enough to drop us at Amiens for our sightseeing.

Liked the eco friendly living room with the lights coming on only when it is required. (some sort of proximity switch or sensor for each lamp I suppose)

The old hand pump was used as a decorative piece near the front door.

The view from our room

And the view of our room

I loved the skylight in the bathroom.

A view in the twilight :

Every morning we were woken up by the cock crowing at the crack of dawn.

He said that it was an English Rooster, so would only go “Cock a doodle doo… instead of Cocorico”
During the day time its absolute silence with only the birds chirping and the occassional neigh of the horse in the neighbour's farm. 
One of the rabbits that he caught.

In case you are wondering, these birds and animals are not meant for the dinning table.
A Ducth couple who came all the way from Amsterdam cycling, to spend the night there. They looked weather beaten, but their spirits were high.

I liked the small instruction that was put up on the door in the room.

On the last night of our stay, Josy showed us their family photographs while Daniel (who was in the French army) showed us how he looked in his hey days among some penguins somewhere in Russia (you can see Daniel rumaging through his collection in the mirror)

While we talked, small glasses of a stiff shot were passed around which he said was “good for digestion” (this was brewed at home)

Josy wanted to click us but the flash of her camera refused to work.

The ever helping Daniel fixed it for her.

All eyes on wifey as she made the entry in the guest book. They said that they are proud of that entry as it was the first from India.
(we wish them more)

One picture for posterity with all of us.

We felt sad leaving the place, but we had to move on to our next destination.

The bus arrived exactly as per schedule at five minutes past seven in the morning.

(will write about Amiens and its boat cruise later as I have to prepare the video clipping for uploading on YouTube.)


Susan Deborah said...

Birds!!!! I enjoyed this passage through birds, home, hosts and others. By viewing this post, you have enabled us to partake in your journey. thanks for the kindness.

Joy always,

P. S: I would like to spend time in such lovely bathrooms. I would never come out.

Daisy said...

I liked your pictures and story of your visit at the bed and breakfast. It looks like a lovely and very friendly place to stay. They are fortunate to have such a wonderful orchard and ducks in the pond to enjoy. They sound like they were perfect hosts. :)

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Personally, we've enjoyed b&b before and it is a different experience especially when the hosts are excellent. You have wonderful memories to take home. Enjoy your hols.

rama said...

Lovely description of the place and good pictures too. Glad to know that you are having a good time.

anilkurup said...

Lovely time You have had. B&B I have never done that , wish I could once somewhere in Europe.

Sovina said...

The room looks really cozy and beautiful :)

Renu said...

your pictures are always so perfect..I wonder whether you always get such perfect places or is it you way of recounting the happenings, but anyway I would love to stay at such place..its my dream to have an orchard.

Indrani said...

You are having a grand time. Enjoy!!!

Bikramjit said...

Simply awesome .. you are having fun time and enjoying ..
B&B are sometimes ideal is travelling .. I plan to do a europe tour by car they wil lcome handy then ..

Enjoy and have fun

Harman said...

Lovely pichhas..I felt like reading a personal diary.. felt so good ,straight from heart.
Nice pictures provided ..its looks very fresh...

CAntony said...

Beautifully written post to narrate lovely pictures from a fantastic trip.

Shadow of my life said...

i think m going to finish reading all your posts today..really interesting. and I agree with Harman, pictures explain a lot about your stay there.