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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 6, 2010

Saturday, 6 March 2010 - Back home after three weeks away

It's so good to be home again - I can't tell you how good.  I was in a Clinic in Rennes to be re-educated about eating balanced meals and taking proper exercise, in an effort to start a new healthy life which will hopefully result in me losing a lot of the excess weight I am currently carrying. 

There were few opportunities at the Clinic for photography, but I did take a few photographs, just to keep my hand in.  This is the park in the Clinic where we had to walk for a minimum of half an hour every day.  Sometimes we walked there when we weren't forced to!

Lovely little white violets which started flowering while I was at the Clinic.  There were purple ones too.

And then I found these pink ones - like the little sugar flowers you find on cupcakes - mmmmm - oops - nobody mention cakes please!

There was lots of lichen on the trees and a lot of big toothed leaves which had been swept up into a pile.

The second weekend we were allowed to go home.  This weekend there was a very bad storm here in the west and north-west of France - over 50 people lost their lives - and many, many homes were flooded.  As I drove back to the Clinic, out of the window of the car, I just took one photograph of the flooded field to my right.  You'll notice too the trees in the distance full of mistletoe. 

I'm now enjoying being home.  It was a very heavy frost this morning, but the sun has been trying to peer through the clouds and  has been quite a pleasant day here.  I went shopping this morning and bought some blackcurrant bushes, perennials for the border, a cherry tree  and a tarragon plant to add to my herb bed.  Unfortunately, during the exercise at the Clinic I injured the Achilles tendon in my left ankle and have tendonitis so can't do much in the way of walking at the moment.  I'll have to wait a  while to put these plants in - it's so difficult to wait!

Just one more photograph.  It is not one of mine, but taken by Paul Syson, who lives just outside Plouyé, who has kindly allowed me to post it in my blog.  It is of a beautiful hare which I believe he took in or from his garden.

Isn't he lovely?


  1. Welcome back! The hare is lovely, but I'm glad he's not in my garden. The photo of the lichen is wonderful. I'll have to wait another month or two before violets show up in my garden -- but the oak leaves are all too familiar; I think I have about a zillion of their cousins appearing from under melting snow and just waiting to be raked up. -Jean

  2. Hi Sandra - I bet you're glad you're home now... sorry about the tendonitis in your ankle - what a pain but hopefully it will heal quickly. Work has gone mad since we last talked and I've not had a great deal of time for my blog during this last week - what a mix of weather!! At least now I'm able to get out and cut grass once the frost has gone - the ground has dried up v. well considering. Hope you have a good rest of the weekend - look forward to more pics soon - Miranda x

  3. Hello Jean. They're not oak leaves but I'm not sure what they are at the moment. Each leaf is about 15-18 centimetres long, so really big leaves. I did bring one back with me to see if anyone I knew could recognise it.
    It's so good to be back!

  4. Hi Miranda. My ankle is slightly worse this morning as I had to run across the room to throw Daisy, my white cat out of the door before she threw up in my sitting room! Lovely sunny day here, but the wind is really chilly. Glad you're getting lots of work at the moment, the weather has been really weird during February. Roll on Spring! x