Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck
Roosting on the gate

2011 - My second year of blogging in Brittany

I felt I would like to share some of the photographs I have taken so far this year and some from other years. I live in a beautiful part of Brittany and just love being here. It's a lovely place to photograph and enjoy being in through all the seasons and hopefully this blog will show you where I live my life.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday, 12 February 2010 - Features in my village

The weather continues to be cold and snowy here and the ground is lethally slippery with ice.  I have been looking through photographs I've taken of my village during the short time I've lived here and realised just how many interesting architectural and decorative features there are here.  I am particularly drawn to faded paintwork, beautiful stone and rusting ironwork.

The geraniums are an intrinsic part of the French summer - I believe they are thought to discourage flies coming in through the windows and doors with the added bonus of the colourful flowers.  I have a yellow freemontededron one side of my door and a campsis on the other to lift the bare stone walls.  I see that one of my neighbours has a rose here.

I really like the details like the little triangle of lace curtain in this window, and just look at those gorgeous maroon hollyhocks.  I collected some of the seed from them, and if I can find the safe place I put it in, I may be able to sow it this year.

This dated stone is a lintel above a door in my longere.  It must have originally come from another building somewhere because it doesn't quite fit the rest of the doorway.

This is a gate bell with a cockerel on top which I particularly like.  And the rusty door furniture on the faded paint door.  Everywhere I look there is something interesting which I hadn't noticed before.  I think that walking around with a camera makes you concentrate on really looking.


  1. Your village looks so lovely and charming. It brings back memories of a visit to Brittany about ten years ago. Unfortunately, though, I didn't get to the Cotes d'Armor -- only to Morbihan and Finistere. I guess I'll have to go back again. :-) -Jean

  2. Thanks, Jean. I do love it here and if you do come back to Brittany there'll be a very warm welcome for you here. I have lots of room for visitors ....

  3. HI Just came over to visit your blog. You have a very interesting blog. Enjoyed my visit.

    Have a great day,

  4. Some really lovely photos here Sandra - I also love the picture of your baby Muscovy at the top - v. cute!! Have a good week -Miranda x

  5. Thanks, Miranda. Just home from the Clinic for my last weekend. I return there this afternoon for one more week and then return home next Saturday for good. Then I can start taking photographs again and writing. Really missed it all, no internet connection at the Clinic.