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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.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Saturday, 6 February 2010 - Getting veggies and fruit ready

I went to the local garden shop, Point Vert, yesterday afternoon.  I had wanted to buy some seed potatoes and I bought Charlotte which is what I tend to buy in the supermarket in the summer months.  They gave me a free net of another seed potato called Delice which they said was an all-rounder.  I had been going to cut down my potato crop this year because I'm finding it more and more difficult to dig, but maybe I'll plant some in plastic dustbins so I don't have to use a spade - I can't refuse a freebie. 

I have actually planned to plant raspberry canes in the potato bed this year, but through weed suppressing membrane so that no digging is necessary, just pruning, picking and eating!  I have collected between 60-70 canes of what the seller thought were Autumn Bliss raspberries which were advertised on our local expat website, which is often a source of goodies for me.

I also succumbed to the display of shallots and onions sets which they had in the main shop and bought both shallots which I like best for salads and moules marinieres, and red onions which I use in my spiced cabbage recipe amongst other things.


My rhubarb is just poking it's head out of the ground and I can see the textured leaves and the beginning of bright pink rhubarb.  I don't force my rhubarb as I believe it weakens the plants and anyway, I am a believer of eating crops when they mature naturally.  I adore rhubarb in crumble and as a fool, and I love a glass of the juice left in the roasting dish when I cook it for crumble.

My Maran hen has just started laying again and her eggs are such a beautiful deep brown.  The egg on the left was laid by I'm not sure whom, just before Christmas and I have blown it for decorating at Easter.  It weighed three and a half ounces, which is very heavy for a hen's egg.  The second egg is a normal brown hen's  egg, the third one is the Maran's egg and the little one on the right is from one of the eight week old bantams I brought home in October, who have just come into lay.


  1. Great to see all the progress on your blog in just one week - you're certainly ahead of me on the planning stakes for veggies... all looks great though and I love rhubarb too and am definately with you on not forcing it! Hope you're having a good weekend.. Miranda

  2. What impressive and lovely eggs! But what generated the most admiration and envy in me is the fact that you've got rhubarb coming up already. here it will be at least 2 1/2 months before local rhubarb makes an appearance, and I have none left in the freezer. Frozen-from-stores rhubarb just doesn't cut it, does it?

  3. Thanks for the comments, girls! I'm still having problems with the order of things and have to publish the post to look at it and then redo it which is a bit frustrating, but I'm getting there. Hopefully, we're going to clip the wings on Grace tomorrow to try and keep her in one field and therefore away from the fox - it depends how much she struggles.

    I do love my rhubarb and I hadn't thought about it, but it does come up always in February and did for me in Cornwall when I lived there too. It must be difficult living somewhere where the temperature doesn't rise until later. Roll on summer!

  4. Greetings via Jean. Wow, I can almost feel the warmth from those fresh eggs! And I'm sooooo hungry for rhubarb ...