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.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Veggie beds, hens and goats and views of the village

I've had a worker helping me, he was with a friend who had to return to the UK unexpectedly so I got him for ten days and he's cleared all my veggie and flower beds and dug them through.  I've followed behind him sowing seeds and being very happy that the hard work has been done for me.  The tiny weeny lettuce plants I put in the polytunnel are growing except for one casualty which the slugs got to.  I am organic except for slug pellets.  I just can't sit back and let my little plants get eaten, but the lettuces seem to be the only thing attacked each year.  I have parsley growing strongly and the strawberry plants are ready to be planted now.  The first three years I had the polytunnel I grew strawberries inside and they were great.  Last year I planted strawberries outside and in spite of it being a good weather summer the fruiting was very poor.  So - this year I'm going back to planting inside the polytunnel again.

In the back end of the barn the chickens and goats seem to mix happily and I really like to see them in there.

The blue egg laying Cream Legbars have settled in  to their new very large area but are still not laying which is very frustrating.

Flowers in the lane in my village and garden, a neighbour's woodpile and what's left of leylandii which needed to come down.

Just a few logs for the winter!    
And a foggy morning before the sun came out, scorching hot, and I had my first swimsuit sunbathing session of the year.  I love reading in the sunshine and managed to almost finish my book club book - only another 32 pages to go now, so I'll definitely get it read in time for the meeting in ten days.  The book is Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant and takes place in an Italian convent in 1570.  Not my cup of tea, but I will have read it all.

Today the fog has cleared and come back and almost cleared again, but there was no sun this morning unfortunately although it  was 14°C so not cold, just no sunshine.  As I write this the sun is now out and so shall I be in a moment!

 As I couldn't go out and sunbathe I cleared out the fridge freezer in the kitchen area so feel very virtuous.  I gave the dogs across the road some of the slightly freezer burned meat so they are happy.  I have got out some butternut squash soup for my supper and a small lamb joint to defrost for tomorrow.

Three things I like:

1.   The rabbits going into their house at night with no hassle.  It used to take me ages to get them in and now finally they seem to be getting the idea after more than two years.
2.   Receiving an email reply from my surgeon within three hours of sending mine to him.
3.   Knowing that a friend's got through a back operation and is now recovering well. 


  1. Looks like a very picturesque place you live...
    Nice to see the goats and chickens hanging out in harmony, my goat girls are little BRATS! :)))

  2. Hello Melody Yes, I love it here. Very quiet and rural, suits me perfectly.

  3. Thanks, Ann. I like the foggy photos too, especially across fields where you get several shades of grey going back. Haven't taken any like that receently. I hate the fog though because it stops the sunshine coming through. Wonderful day today though and I spent 2-3 hours doing a one hour drive back from visiting a friend in hospital stopping and taking photos in the sun. Sandra x

  4. I liked the photos of the goats and chickens, It bought back fond memories as we have had chickens and animals most of our lives, however we have a daughter in New Zealand that we visit each year ( this year we were gone for a Month ) so took the decision not to have any over here as It is too much to ask other people to look after them while we are away.
    Just really starting on our garden now and really looking forward to it although this will be our first season over here in France so not expecting too much :)

  5. Thanks, Michael. I am getting seriously overloaded with eggs now the lighter days are coming. Luckily I have friends who look after the cats, rabbits, goats, hens, ducks and fish while I go away. I'm only away for two one week periods each year, so it's not too bad, but they would be a tie otherwise. You'll be surprised at how much your garden will grow, even in the first year in the prolific rain and lovely warm Breton sunshine!