Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck
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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.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Friends on the Mill Stream Walk, Seeds, Cockerels and Hens

My friends, Lesley and Roy, arrived with me on Sunday for supper, bed and breakfast. It was a flying visit, packed in amongst other visits, so far too short, but lovely to see them. The weather was glorious for this time of year and we went for a walk by the mill in St Nicolas du Pélem.

I returned to the car after about 20 minutes to read my next book club project, Stone’s Fall, and parked again so that I could open the door and be in the sunshine as I read. They continued their walk and returned a little later.  The path was really busy, with lots of familes out - it was Grandmothers' Day in France yesterday and most of the familes were of three generations, walking, cycling, with dogs and pushchairs - it was lovely to see so many people enjoying the fine weather.

The bullrushes in the mill stream were bursting with seeds, the catkins were turning brown and the celandines were like little drops of gold in the grass.

After they left on Sunday morning, I went down to the field with some of my seeds to plant up in the polytunnel. 

I put in broad beans and butternut squash to start and later transplant.  The butternut squash were very successful last year - I love them in soup and all the family love them roasted. 

I still can’t do much at a time, so after planting those seeds, I sat in the hen/duck run and took photos of some of the cockerels. The colours of their plumage were brilliant in the sunshine of another beautiful day.

And here are some of the hens in my kitchen - you can just see them on top of the cupboards.  The yellow box on the left is the incubator where I am hopefully hatching some chicks.

Tomorrow I have my hyperparathyroid tests at Yves Le Foll Hospital in St Brieuc.  I have an ultrasound booked for 10.00am and then at 11.00am I go to the Nuclear Medicine Department for the scintigraph.  It's a three hour wait after that before I am allowed to drive back home, so I shall have the chance to get through quite a bit of my book.

Lastly, another photo of Daisy.

As I was finishing this post, a great tit flew into my windowpane and stunned himself.

I brought him in and held him gently for about ten minutes while he recovered and then released him back into the world outside again.


  1. Good luck on your tests. Hope the news is good. Lucky little bird. I love your hens--in and out. I am excited. We get our chicks Wednesday. cheers. ann

  2. Hello Ann My tests have been delayed until Friday this week, as the radio active material had not been delivered overnight on Monday.

    I had six chicks from six blue eggs hatch since 21.00 last night. One had to be killed as it's insides were outside. The others all look good! I still have two more which are due to hatch tomorrow, but I'm a bit doubtful about them, and four brown eggs due on Sunday. It is exciting and I hope your chicks arrive safely on Wednesday. As it's too cold in the garage, even in the incubator, at this time of year, I have them in the sitting room/kitchen tweeting away, and strangely Daisy is not trying to look at them - she's just ignoring the noise!