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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, March 20, 2010

Saturday, 20 March 2010 - Moaning about horrid wet and windy days etc.

It's so frustrating to have this horrid wet and windy weather now after a beautifully sunny start to the week, just like having a main course and not being allowed a pudding.  I am all fired up now to garden and still need digging to be done before many things can be planted. 

I saw the consultant yesterday, who did my gall bladder removal in November.  I am extremely fat and have recently spent three weeks in a clinic to get me going on an exercise and sensible diet routine, which is going well.  However, it seems that I may not be allowed to lose weight following this new regime as I have been diagnosed with a marked fatty liver which could lead to cirrhosis (I had wrongly thought this was primarily a problem for alcoholics) if not dealt with relatively quickly.  The consultant said he would book me in for a gastric bypass operation for October as he doesn't believe I will be able to lose the huge amount of weight necessary to reverse this situation without surgical help.  To say I am stunned would be an understatement.  I had been offered a GBP before, just for weight loss, not for anything more sinister associated with my weight, and refused as I couldn't contemplate life with a few spoonsful of food being my future meals.  Not sure quite which way to go at the moment.

To cheer myself up, I've changed my header photo to one of plants in my garden last summer, and I can't wait to see them all again, along with new neighbours.  Here's a beautiful primrose in the lane.

Three Beautiful Things:

1.   My goose Grace, bathing with her new partner, Gerry.
2.   This morning, picking in my polytunnel fresh-as-a-daisy salad leaves, beetroot, shallots and herbs to accompany my own free range hens' eggs omelette for lunch.
3.   Knowing that a very good friend is arriving to stay with me this week from England.


  1. Goodness ... so sorry to hear about your health problems. It's always a shock when we hear the not-so-good report on our health ... it's good that you have a friend coming to stay ... it will be so helpful to talk everything through with someone you trust. Here's hoping everything works out for the best.

    Lovely new header too, by the way. You had some beautiful blooms last summer. Let's hope the weather changes for the better soon.

  2. Hello and thanks for the words of support, Bernie. I have just had a quick walk round the garden and down the lane on the way back. I couldn't resist taking a photo and adding the primroses which I found there - they are so lovely.

    I've also just had a look at some of your postings and will definitely visit again - lovely photographs. Sandra

  3. I hope you find a solution to that serious health condition. Have you considered getting a second opinion with maybe a nutritionist who might be able to come up with a diet+exercise that might do the trick?

    Love your garden photos! You sure have a lot of color in your garden.

  4. Hello Sylvana Thanks for visiting my blog and for your concern. I have been in a Clinic here for reeducation of diet and exercise and am losing weight steadily now. I hope to show the consultant that I am losing weight without the need for a bypass. I know I can do it, it’s just showing him!

    It’s been raining all week here and I can’t wait for the sun to come out again so I can get back into the garden. I’ve just looked at your interesting blogs and will be visiting again.

    Enjoy your weekend!