Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck
Roosting on the gate

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, January 4, 2012

The Village, Spring Growth and My Animals

I had a dreadful night without much sleep but am still full of energy this morning.  After I'd walked up to the field and looked after the animals, I walked down the lane, past the calvaire to a little opening I'd never noticed before.  Today it was easier to see as logs have been cut and left there for collection.  This is something you see all over Brittany, piles of logs, huge, huge piles sometimes, which the owners leave to season on the roadside without risk of anyone taking them.

My neighbours had told me that there was a little house down there where I could collect leaves for leafmould.  It was very damp and the leaves underfoot had obviously been falling there for years and years and were deep. 

You can see how damp it is by the amount of moss which is growing on the trees and how far up the trunks the moss comes. 

Tucked away by a tiny house were primroses in flower and periwinkle, also a tiny oak seedling, one of many growing through the leaves.  With the enormous quantity of acorns produced and fallen this year, I should imagine there will be thousands and thousands of new little oak seedlings this time next year.

There are catkins on the trees in the lane too, some golden and some red.  I can't ever remember seeing red before, but when I look closely the golden ones have tinges of red so perhaps they change colour.

Here's a hazelnut on the same tree as the red catkins.

Here are photos of another neighbour's lake and a sheep on the few hundred metres back home.

Back up to my field and Betsy and Basil were cuddling together on top of the old pig shelter.

The ducks and hens are enjoying their extra area which I opened up to them yesterday.

When I got back home I gave the rabbits, Bert, Boris and Ruby, the dandelion and nasturtian leaves I had picked for them.  There were actually yellow dandelion flowers in bud - it's only 4 January!

Three things I like:

1.   The sunshine when I'm walking.
2.   The woodburner when I get home.
3.   Hot homemade soup for lunch.


  1. Hi and Happy New year! I thought I'd come over and say hello :)

    Thanks for your comment over at mine re the salad challenge. It'll be great to have you joining in and adding a quite different geographical location which could reveal lots for us to learn from :)

    The first post kicks off on Friday. Several people have started sowing various hardy lettuces or sprouting seeds if you want to get a head start on me ;)

    Otherwise there'll be plenty of ideas for you to try outlined on Friday!

  2. HI and welcome to the New Year. Just stopped by to say hi. Love it when someone posts about the wild and domestic animals, birds and other things.

    Have a wonderful day,

  3. Do you realize that you have just presented the classic English Country fantasy?

  4. Hello VP - Thanks for visiting. I've got my salad seeds ready, but am waiting for your ideas on Friday.

    Hello Liza and John - Good to hear from you. I really like wandering round the village and lanes here and love the photo of my goats.

    Hello Ann

    lol - lovely to see you popping in again.