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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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Alfie, Badly Placed Sunflowers and My Garden

On Monday morning we drove Alfie to the vet. On the top lane, before reaching the main road, there was a handsome hare, just sitting on the verge and totally unflummoxed by my driving to within a few metres of him. Why didn't I have my camera with me?

Because Alfie was going to have the stitches taken out of his face where his eye and some tumour were removed three weeks ago, all three cats had been starved since midnight, since any food or drink I put down could have been eaten by any one of them. The vet, Aude, who is lovely, said that unusually, because Alfie has such a gentle temperament, that she might be able to remove the stitches without sedation, but just in case, that he shouldn't have had anything to eat. He was so good on the journey to the vet, not a sound from him. We waited for ten minutes and then went into Aude's surgery and she removed the stitches without any fuss from Alfie at all. What a lovely cat he is! She dimmed the lights and checked his remaining eye, which appeared to be fine still.

Today, things were not so good with Alfie. His eye was pouring with puss and clearly there was an infection. I kept expressing the revolting stuff by gentle pressure and wiping. We drove to see Aude, our lovely vet, and with a large needleless syringe she washed out the infection several times until the draining fluid was clear. I asked the question, through tears, that all pet owners dread asking "is it better to let him go now and not put him through anymore stress and pain?" She said that if he was her cat she would give him another chance with antibiotics. She then gave him an antibiotic injection and asked to see him again on Friday morning. She said he had the most beautifully temperament of any cat she'd ever seen. He didn't flinch while she had been doing all of these horrible things to him, except a little flinch at the rectal thermometer, which showed no raised temperature.   Here's Daisy looking after him.

And, by the way, on Monday, on the way home, in the same place, the hare was sitting, as if waiting for me to come back. He crossed the road in front of us and sat on the other verge for a while before making his way into the field.  It really makes my day to see something like this. I had never seen any hares before coming here and to see one close like that is just so wonderful and starts the day off really well.

Note to self - DO NOT FORGET CAMERA IN FUTURE. I used to carry it in my pocket all the time, but slammed the car door shut on it a few weeks ago and the screen has broken.  
I think you can make out the dent in the front of the camera in this photograph.  Luckily I picked up one on eBay for a pretty good price, so have the same model again - it takes me so long to get used to a new one with different features. 

The next thing was a friend coming from near Rostrenen to trim the goats' hooves. She arrived about 11.00am and Andy held each goat in turn while Ros cut away the overgrowing cuticle. While they were being held firmly, I managed to put a large syringe, without needle, into their mouths with worming treatment. Everything went well and that's that sorted for another year.

I think it make have been a mistake to sow sunflower seeds under the sitting room window. Two plants have grown about a metre now and are coming up past the glass and will soon block the view on one pane!
Still, at least I shall have a good view as they go on upwards towards the flowering moment. 
Under the kitchen window I have my blue pots and nasturtians which won't cover the view.

   This evening I had a quick walk round the garden when the sun popped out for a bit and took photos of - first Lychnis Chalcedonica Cardinal

Secondly the honeysuckle on the garden wall.

Then two seed heads from my red poppies in the border and

next of the nasturtians which have turned out to be plain and variegated this year.

Lastly a view of the pergola with the pink rose growing by it.

It's been a reall weird weather day, perhaps now we're heading towards winter again the weather doesn't quite know what to do.  I can't believe the sunshine finally came out today.  Apparently it's going to change at the weekend and be wall to wall sun for a while - let's hope so.

Three things I like:

1.   Purrdy snuggling up on my shoulder purring loudly.
2.   Collecting hen eggs - still warm.
3.   Eating my friends' daughter's birthday cake in the polytunnel.


  1. I am so sorry for the poor baby. Eyes are difficult to treat and I hope this is what does it for him. Your blooms are sure looking great though.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. Poor Alfie. what a trouper he must be. We hate to see our beloved companions hurting. He will heal and be healthy with his good care. I'd love to come sit in your garden; it would mean traveling hours and hours, renewing my passport, but I'd do it for a few minutes your lovely garden.

  3. Thank you both for your best wishes for Alfie. His eye does seem a little better this morning -much drier. You'd be very welcome Ann - I love to have visitors! I sat outside in the sunshine this morning reading magazines I had been given, determined not to be driven each time a cloud blocked the warmth out. I also cut the seeds heads from my pink aquilegia to dry in the garage,and pruned off the rainsodden rose blooms and spent purple geranium flowers. It doesn't sound a lot, but I have to pace myself with my back and knees - I hate this getting older business! Sandra

  4. I stumbled upon your Blog. Must say I like the nasturtians in your photos here, especially the ones in the blue pots. Looks really great those two colors. Will visit again. Jack

  5. Hello Jack Thank you for visiting my blog. I am not a fan of the colour orange generally, but I can't fault the nasturtians and I love my blue pots - can never resist buying one when I see it! My last lot came from a friend who was moving and only cost me twelve euros for the seven pots - bargain! Sandra