What's in a name?

I think my first blog had better answer the one question that is already being asked, why Gîte des Milans?

Le Milan is French for the Red Kite and one of the many birds of prey that are finding their aerial territory above us this spring.

The house is actually called La Lande, which roughly translates as high pasture or moorland, but as we are one of about three La Landes within a 5km radius, we thought we would find a new more suitable and appealing name for our holiday home. We thought of all the other birds which are busy at the moment, Swallows, Redstarts, Kestrels, Buzzards, Hoopoes, and Nightingales, but the majestic Kite won the day. We may get a rebuke from the Post Office for not picking a name like 122 Bis, but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.