My life in a small French hamlet in Brittany. The flora and fauna, the weather, veggies and polytunnel, garden flowers, neighbours, friends, cats, rabbits, hens, ducks and goats and everything else which comes into my life here in my home in St André.
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.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Langoëlan lake, veggies and more flowers
I visited Étang de Dordu at Langoëlan on Thursday afternoon this week.
It was a lovely location and I talked to two Breton fisherman who were hoping to catch pike. One of the men had four rods set up along the bank, so he was obviously serious.
The sun shone and it was without question the best weather day of the week. I walked round the lake and met a woman with a large butterfly net. She was searching for dragonflies as part of a survey for Bretagne Vivante - an organisation concerned with the nature and environment in Brittany.
Canada geese were everywhere and a few beautifully clean swans.
This is one of the bluebells in the lane on the way to the field - I'm sure they are about, but I haven't seen carpets of them in the woods like I used to in Cornwall.
Friday afternoon was drizzly but as the veggies were getting out of hand in the polytunnel transplanting was the order of the day. My worker and I planted out all the squashes, pumpkins and broad beans which left room the polytunnel to sow some seeds.
This is a bed with squashes, pumpkins and young fruit bushes.
This photograph shows onions, squashes, broad beans, red cabbage, woad, fruit bushes, strawberries etc. etc. This morning I sowed seed for Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Carrots and Perpetual Spinach in the empty beds on the right. You can just see one of the goats, Betsy, in the next field.
I also sowed cucumber seeds inside in the soil and pots of aubergine. Then I potted on pepper and some more tomatoes.
The runner beans have also been planted out on this side of the frame and seeds put in the ground direct on the other side.
Back at the house the wisteria is somehow withstanding the wind and the rain which has returned today.
My clematis seems to be much later opening flower than friends' plants, but there are loads of buds and there should be a good display eventually.
The pink aquelegia is in full flower, here it is with ajuga in the foreground. The blue is just coming into flower now.
The blue aquelegia is just coming into flower now - here is the first bloom.
Three things I like:
1. The spicy prawns for lunch today with the sauce mopped up with a fresh baguette.
2. Watching the rabbits gorging on the armful of dandelions I picked in the lane. 3. Getting more seeds sown outside in spite of the drizzly rain this morning.