My life in a small French hamlet in Brittany. The flora and fauna, the weather, veggies and polytunnel, garden flowers, neighbours, friends, cats, rabbits, hens, ducks and goats and everything else which comes into my life here in my home in St André.
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.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 - Beautiful day and started work in the veggie garden
It was really foggy when I woke up yesterday morning, but the sun came through and I ended up gardening in shorts and a strappy top with sunoil smeared over the exposed bits. K, my builder and handyman, came to help me today. He dug over and weeded the old potato patch, covered it in weed suppressing membrane and planted raspberry canes through it. Then the runner bean patch was dug through and a quarter of one of the compost bin contents dug in, before tackling some of the raised beds and mending holes in the fence round the hen field. We had thought the chickens were flying over the fence, but we found that there were several escape holes which have now been wired over. After the afternoon teabreak, under a clear blue sky, K planted two new azalea plants in the large border in the garden and last of all, the strawberry beds in the polytunnel were dug, composted and some strawberries planted and watered. I put in some shallots and red onions and did some of the watering, not more, as I'm still hampered by my ankle. It's lovely to come in with dirt under my fingernails for the first time this year and a very slight red tinge from the wonderful sunrays.
Yesterday the sunset was so gorgeous, making truth of "red sky at night, shepherds' delight". For some reason, I can't get my photo to post the right way up, so here's a previous one I took from the far end of my garden.
I have a eucalyptus in the garden which was caught by the sunset and the usually silvery trunk and limbs turned rusty red.
I planted more strawberries today in the polytunnel and carrot seeds outside. I can't find the runner beans seeds I saved from last year, I've obviously put them somewhere safe! A good friend is coming over from England next week, so I'm hoping I can get her to bring me some as we don't really have a selection of runner beans here, and they're grown for the beans inside, not for eating the whole thing like in the UK.
A friend, B, has put a nestbox up for me today which has a colour camera inside, so when I can work out how to connect it to the television, if birds nest in it, I shall have a great view.
Three Beautiful Things:
1. Earth from the veggie plot under my fingernails for the first time this year. 2. A cloudless blue sky and the first touch of sun on my skin as I wore shorts and a strappy t-shirt. 3. My bedlinen hanging out in the sunny air, and smelling so fresh and lovely when I brought it in to fold.