Méry-Corbon
The village is situated in the administrative region of Calvados some 14 miles south east of the major city of Caen on the flood plains of the River Dives. In the winter season it is not unusual for many areas of farmland to the north of the village to be flooded. In that sense it is very unlike Mary Tavy, but such flooding provides it with rich fertile land, which in common with much of Normandy gives it a heritage of agriculture, particularly dairy produce of all types and its famous Calvados. In many ways however, the village is not unlike Mary Tavy. Its population is similar, it has a Church and cemetery at its heart, a small river, junior school, village hall and even a redundant railway station!

The main route into the village, by branching off the autoroute between Caen and Lisieux, comes in from the south and meets three other minor roads in the village square. Here, in addition to the general stores, Méry-Corbon boasts a butcher, greengrocery, hairdresser and a baker who produces his own fresh bread every day and a selection of quite exquisite cakes. The cafe in one corner provides the local watering hole. The hypermarkets of Caen have not yet persuaded the French that village shops are a dying breed. The road west out of the square leads some half a mile further on to the little village of Canteloup which is divided from Méry-Corbon by the River Laizon.

At the edge of the village in this direction beside the river is in the communal wash-house where village ladies used to do their weekly wash. It has been re-roofed and refurbished in recent years, but retains a certain charm and a reminder of days long before the automatic washing machine! The road east from the square leads to the former railway station and as in Mary Tavy, one can trace the route of the track bed and see the station house, but nothing else remains. The road north, leads via many farmsteads to Cleville some two miles away.