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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.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Back home again in Brittany after a week in Cornwall

Just home from Cornwall after a week back in the UK to a pile of birthday cards on the dining table to add to those I received in England - thank you to those responsible.  It's amazing how much the veggie plants in the polytunnel and outside beds have grown.

Here is the rhubarb patch, doing really well  I've had rhubarb crumble twice and given loads away already and we're only half way through April.

Here you can see squashes in the foreground and broad beans behind them. 

These lettuces were the first planted this year.  I have others, different types, coming on now too.

The weather wasn't as bad as predicted and I celebrated my 65th birthday with my oldest son and friends at lunch in the upmarket newly developed Llawnroc restaurant in Gorran Haven  and in the evening ten pin bowling with friends and family - when I came second, to my daughter, out of seven people in the second game.  It's the first time I'd played since 1996 -  and then we all had take away Chinese.

As usual the trailer I was towing was overpacked so I drove back slowly from Roscoff last night arriving back around 11.00pm.  I had 500 litres of compost, bedding and perennial plants, English food products and clothes for my 8st10lbs lighter figure.  I hadn't bought any clothes since my mini gastric bypass in July last year and it was certainly time for me to spend some money.  My chiropodist, the last time I saw her, said I looked like a clown in my oversize trousers!  It was a strange experience buying clothes from a women's rail and trying to ascertain my current size, as when I was 22 stone plus I had to buy from the men's XXL range of t-shirts and trousers.  Now I've been shopping, I shall have to get on with sorting and getting rid of clothes that I will never need again.

The cats and rabbits looked fine and when I went up to the field this morning to see to the animals there they were good too.  Somehow, my worker, Andy, had managed to unload, earlier in the morning, the whole of my car contents into the downstairs of my house while I slept.  There was loads of stuff and I can't believe he did it so quietly.  Just after lunch some friends who have a holiday home in the next village arrived to say hello.  It was good to see them and they were amazed to see my weight loss - always good to get a compliment!

This weekend there has been a horse fair and endurance races in the next village.  I popped down, rather later than I might have been, to take some photos.

There were a tremendous of people there earlier in the day, but I was a little late to catch the true atmosphere.

And, lastly, a beautiful dandelion seedhead in the lane, almost shining in the morning sun.

Three things I like:

1.   Being back in my own home again with my animals and things about me.
2.   Finding I've still lost weight this week while eating lots of bad stuff in the UK.
3.   Having made it to the grand age of 65 and looking forward to many more years.


  1. I must wish you a happy belated birthday. I am glad to hear say 65 is grand, for I, too, turned 65 just before Christmas and despite the alternative to having birthdays, I have been pouting about it. I shouldn't, I know. I am thankful for everyday I have. Your weight loss is fabulous. I don't know how many pounds 20 stone equal, but I none the less, I am happy for you. Rhubarb looks so good. Ours is coming along. Your garden is quite ahead of us.

  2. Hello Ann - thanks for the birthday wishes. I started on operation day at 315.5 pounds - 18 July 2011. Today I am 187.5 pounds. Funny how you don't use stones in America. I get really confused, as I have to use kilos here in France and spend my life converting back and forth! Our weather has been unseasonably warm, except for this week when it's going to be colder than it should be for April and very windy. I may fill some terrace pots with compost today ready for planting after this week has gone. Sandra x