I was reminded of the interesting history of this area by a comment regarding the upcoming mini-iper-meet there on 7th and 8th June. Normandy was ceded to the viking leader Hrolf (latinised to Rollo) by the French king, Charles the Simple, under the treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte in 911 AD. Allegedly the viking longships had sailed up the Seine to Paris and the land was given to the vikings in return for them 'going away'. In time this new land of the Northmen became known as 'Normandy'.
Well, that's my little nugget of historical information for today. Now I must go food shopping - the cupboards are bare once more ... have a good weekend!