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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.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Frosty mornings, kittens and poppy seeds

It was really frosty on Thursday morning – the first hard frost of the winter here in St André.  I had to put my wellied foot into the animal water containers to break the thin ice coat on the top.  One of the lovely things about frost though is the way it settles on the plants and makes them look magical.
You can click on any photo to enlarge it.


The lane back home. 
I took a photo of an iced up cobweb and moments later in the early sunshine the frost had melted to little water droplets.  All around it sounded like rain, but it was just the frost on the tree leaves melting and hitting the lane beneath.
I was attracted to the shadows made as the easterly morning sun shone through my neighbour's gates.
Back home the kittens were looking photogenic.

You know that funny thing cats do - looking into the distance or upwards just to make you look for what they're pretending to be looking at ...

I had a large plastic box absolutely bursting with poppy seedheads from various plants over the last two years from my garden and the veggie patch.  This photo only shows a few of them.  I sat for an hour or so and split them all open and knocked the seeds out into brown paper bags to keep for sowing next year.

There were so many different shapes and opening for the seeds to disperse.
Just to show you that I am equipped for all weathers.  Here, on the terrace, you can see my two log trolleys which I keep filled so that I don't have to go far if it's raining, and a sunchair and footrest for catching even the smallest amount of sunshine at this time of year.
Three things I like:
1.   Drifting off to sleep in my reclined chair in front of the woodburner.
2.   Friends, who I haven't seen for a while, 'phoning to say hello.
3.   My elder son, has decided to come to stay for New Year.


  1. Hi Sandra - I'm trying to catch up in blogland as didn't have much chance during November. I love all your frosty photos and I'm waiting for the rain to subside and some sunshine and frost as I haven't taken a single photo since I came back from England and don't know what is wrong with me! Love your kittens - two are always better than one as they keep themselves amused and are fun to watch. Glad you are OK after your op. Take care, Mandy xx