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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.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fresh morning, but hot days

The garden has been very neglected over the summer months as I wasn't well enough to do anything physical.   I'm afraid the veggie patch on the field and the polytunnel went the same way too.  However, you just can't stop some things and here are photos I took yesterday of the grapevine.

Yesterday we snipped off the leaves covering the bunches of grapes to allow the September sun to finishing ripening them.

In the border there were some interesting perennials which I had planted in the Springtime.

I can't remember what this last one is called and haven't been able to find it on the internet either up until now.

The veggie plot burgeoned with produce, but it was a bit like hacking through a jungle to reach the rewards.  Courgettes had grow to marrow size and most of these went to the hens.  Beetroot, runner beans, spinach and rhubarb have been prolific.  Red and white onions are now drying in the polytunnel and I'm still picking tomatoes and making sauce to go in the freezer.

Sometimes I think I never want to see another tomato!

I am torn between tidying up the flower garden and all the pots and leaving them for my friend, June, to see when she arrives  to stay in 13 days time.  I thought she could at least then get an impression of how lovely it's been, although many things are going over.  Amazingly the honeysuckle is still going after months of flowering and the roses are really lovely. 

Autumn suddenly seemed to arrive on Monday here.  It's been so hot this week during the day time, but the early mornings and nights are definitely cooler and fresher.  For three days running I have sat in the sunshine in the garden reading and have finished two books.

My next book is yet another by Anita Shreve entitled Sea Glass.  Hopefully, this morning's sunshine will last all day and I can make inroads into this one while enjoying the heat in the garden again.

Three things I like:

1.   The gravel being weed free again
2.   Chatting with my neighbour in the lane
3.   Seeing the pile of books I have yet to read