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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, April 20, 2012

Time out in the north of Brittany

Another typical April showers day today with alternating hard rain showers and brilliant sunshine.  I spent the day with a friend, who brought me some lovely yellow roses.  Here are some from one side of the vase.

As I had to visit the hospital in St Brieuc for the first appointment of the afternoon, we ended up on the north coast afterwards, walking along the estuary at Plérin. 

It was bright as we walked away from the car and we walked to the lighthouse and watched men digging for something, bait perhaps, while the tide was out.  Soon the sky darkened and on the way back we were sheltering under an umbrella trying to keep the rain from soaking us completely as we made our way back to the parking. 

I have lately been attracted to the colour purple - I can't explain why, but there were a few subjects which I was unable to pass without photographing.  The tiles decorating a house were more purple than they appear to be here.

The bicycle was brilliant and even the bit of graffiti on the wall was purple.

I think the flowers are perennial wallflowers, Erysimum, possibly Bowles' Mauve.  I've never seen them growing in the wild or on the beach before.

The hospital appointment was interesting.  My consultant asked me to drink a glass of Lait Ribot, buttermilk, each day and take antibiotics for seven days starting now and again every three months for the next year.  I'm not sure I shall like buttermilk, but my friend suggested I try it in a smoothie and so I'll be getting bananas and any other interesting fruit tomorrow when I buy the buttermilk.  I also came away with an appointment to see an Intestinal Consultant at Clinique St Yves in Rennes during the second week in May, so hopefully before too long my bowel problems will be sorted out.

Three things I like:

1.   Visiting places with someone instead of alone.
2.   Finding a late birthday card in my letterbox from a friend visiting Australia.
3.   The wonderful clouds and skies that the stormy and sunny weather is producing. 


  1. Love your blog. Wonderful pictures and full of positivity.

    I particularly like the purple photos they work so well individually but put together - great.
    The cloud picture is excellent too.

  2. Hello Wendy - thanks for your comments. I don't know why I have suddenly taken to purple but I have. When I get a mo I will make a college of purple photos. I've visited your blog and enjoyed it. I particularly liked the photo of the old man's beard. Sandra

  3. I meant to comment on this a few days ago - I love that purple bicycle! You know purple's to do with ageing, right?!! I'm sure you know that poem "When I am an old woman...." :-)

    By the way, how come I can comment without having to fill out the silly spam test word thingy on yours? Mine and everyone else I know have a problem with this automatically always changing to On even though it is set to Off - every time I go back into the controls it has changed again. Are you still on the old dashboard as when I changed to the new dashboard that's when the problems began.

  4. Yes, I know the poem - it's lovely! Funny - perhaps it is age - as I've never liked it as a colour at all but now can't get enough of it. The park railings opposite the library in St Austell are painted purple and they look brilliant - it's a shade I'm now very conscious of and I seem to find it everywhere.

    I think it all changed automatically for me, I didn't do anything. And the section where you to write stuff has all changed again in the last seven days.