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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.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Chair and stool, Presents and Roquefort

This morning, when I got into the Land Rover to go and collect a chair and stool I was buying from someone on my local expat forum, I found that the sunroof windows, both of them, have been leaking rain into the vehicle.  Not good.  They did leak in 2006, when I bought it from my roofer, but we siliconed them up and everything’s been fine until now.  After Christmas we’ll have to dig out the old stuff and renew it.  I had to put a tartan rug on the floor so I didn’t spoil the chair and stool, so now that needs washing.  Why does one job always lead to another? 

I am pleased with the purchase.  It looks almost identical, except for colour - yes it is green, not usually my preference but it seems to work -  to my previous chair, but is much more comfortable and slightly higher which is a good thing.

I spent the morning going round the shops and hadn’t realized the time until, while I was browsing shelves at the back of a shop in Rostrenen, the lights went off.  It was, of course, midday, when most shops close for two hours of lunch.  The shop assistants hadn’t realized there was anyone still in the store.  I shouted “Oh!” and one of them arrived and apologized, they then passed me through the checkout at double quick time, so they didn't miss any of their two hour lunch, and released me to the car park.

It was quite a successful morning and I have managed to acquire and wrap some more presents, thank goodness!

It’s drizzled with rain all day on and off and although I hate wet weather, it is so much better than icy, snowy weather for this Christmas travelling week. 

Flick and Andy's daughter came round to wish me a Happy Christmas before they go off into France proper for their Christmas.  I'd forgotten how children talk non-stop and she even managed to wake up Purrdy, who had been asleep, shattered with the whole festive preparations and social whirl she's been involved in.

While shopping I was looking for a cheese fix and found Roquefort which isn't made with cow's milk and so shouldn't have an effect on my lactose intolerance.  For some reason the

label won't load and save round the right way - you get days like that don't you?  Well I have eaten some of it on TUC biscuits, but it is very strong and, under previous conditions, I would have spread butter thickly under the cheese to mellow it a bit.  However, of course, that would defeat the object of using sheep's cheese.   I shall just have to have a very small amount now and then, and keep searching for something that I really enjoy meantime.

Three things I like:

1.   My newish chair and stool.
2.   The  different Christmas choirs on BBC Breakfast each day at the programme end.
3.   Having a long, long chat on the 'phone to an old friend this afternoon.


  1. I hadn't thought about you being able to eat goats' or ewes' milk cheese - there is plenty of choice, just a matter of finding some that you like!

  2. I've eaten cream, camembert and butter cooked in things over the last couple of days and boy, do I know it! It was worth it though, just to taste camembert again - actually rather more than a taste.