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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.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday 2 April 2010 - Going for walks around the area

My ankle has been feeling much better this week and on Wednesday, which had been forecast as rainy, but turned out to be a blue skyed sunny and warm day I went on my first walk for ages with B.  We drove to the beginning of an old railway track and I managed to do forty minutes of walking with a few stops for photographs.  This was somewhere I hadn't been before and I was amazed at the scenery.  This was the first pussy willow that I have seen this year - golden and fluffy.

The first house on this walk is a mill - a truly lovely old stone building, and as you walk past the mill there is a spectacular waterfall.

The celandines were everywhere - bright yellow patches of petalled sunshine.

It was so good to be out in the sunshine after all the rain and snow we have had this year.  I was beginning to think I'd never feel the sun on my back again - the winter has been so long.

The last rough surface before the calm pool above - the noise of the water was terrific.  Then the pool with hardly a ripple on it's surface.

On Thursday, in the morning I had to drive to collect some blue and yellow irises for my pond.  On the way I passed this lake, which was created by a large dam and you can see the previous road bridge in the lake. 

Coming back I had to stop and take a photograph of the forsythia in the hedges. 

In the afternoon B and I walked at the other end of my village - again a path I'd never taken before and another mill, with a smaller waterfall.

The scenery is almost prehistoric once you get past the mill.  Lichen almost drips off the trees and every side of the trees seems to be covered, not just the north side as is usual in Europe.  Little ferns have started growing in amongst the lichen too. 

The next photograph shows a tree whose seed must have found some earth in the rock it is growing out of now.  Some of the roots are growing round the rock and the whole thing is covered in lichen.

Three Beautiful Things:

1.   Finding I had walked for fifty minutes, with a few stops, my longest walk so far. 
2.   Feeling the sun on my skin for the whole walk.
3.   Enjoying a lovely massage from my physio this evening.


  1. aloha,

    thank you for sharing your virtual walk with me, i enjoyed it tremendously - its such a treat to get out into a different world and see things through your beautiful photographs.

    have a great weekend!

  2. Hello Noel Thank you for your lovely comments. I have just had quick look at your blog and your flower photographs are just incredible - I will definitely visit again. Sandra

  3. Hi Sandra - hope you have very Happy Easter - loved your photos - especially the one of the slightly wonky tree and the winding river in the background - beautiful! Also love the montage of flowers from your garden from last year too... take care Miranda x

  4. Hello Miranda - Thanks for the encouraging comments - because I am not a walker by nature, I've never seen this scenery around me before. Unfortunately my ankle is still causing me problems, so I may have to rest it for a bit longer. Lovely and sunny here today with a stiff breeze, so much better than the rain. The children are coming over the water on Wednesday for six days so I'm really looking forward to that. Happy Easter to you too! x