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.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Frost, my new Legbars and my afternoon walk

The weather has certainly changed since I last blogged.  We have now had three clear, frosty nights and the duck pond was lightly frozen over this morning.  All the water containers had thick ice which had to be broken for the animals and poultry to drink.

Sun rising on the lane as I walked back home today at 09.15am - my feet were cold.  My head was wrapped up in a fleece thing which can go over your head or round your neck - because my ears get so cold, I wear it over my head - it's not a fashion statement!

Here is the lane at 16.30pm when I walked back this afternoon.

My new trio of Cream Legbars are now settled in a run with an adjacent house.  The cockerel couldn't fit into the integral house, so another one, with a larger pophole, had to be adapted and attached to the side of the run.   He's very shy and I couldn't get near enough to eliminate the wire of the run without him hiding in his new house.

I'm hoping that when they come into lay the girls will provide me with either eggs to incubate or chicks - fingers crossed.  These are two photographs I took on the way to Mur de Bretagne late Saturday morning on my journey to get the trio.

It was so lovely this afternoon that I walked down the lane towards the bridge, but stopped and turned round at the horses because Jean-Louis drove up and started chatting.

The horses are used for endurance races throughout France and they are very successful often being placed in the top three.

The first photo is back sunlit moss on a boulder along the lane and the second one is looking up a tree into the beautiful blue sky of this afternoon.

I am only 5ft 3ins tall, if I stretch my neck a little, but in the late afternoon my shadow takes up over 25ft of ground!   It makes a change to want to see it in a photograph, usually I am having to move around so my shadow doesn't become part of it.   While I was in the poultry area I snapped my lone Muscovy duck, who's rather lovely I think.

This is a snail with its casts in the flowerbed on the driveway which was cleared on Friday.  Purrdy has found a worm and isn't sure what to do with it.

You'll need to click on the photo of Purrdy to see the worm!

It's cold again this evening.  I've collected two eggs and locked all the animals away safely, although the rabbits gave me a run for my money this evening, not wanting to go inside at all - they only just missed being left out for the fox.

Three things I like:

1.   Sitting in front of the woodburner with a bowl of black olives and radishes.
2.   Looking at my new weather station monitor and noting that the temperature outside is 21 degrees centigrade less than it is inside!
3.   Nodding off unexpectedly in the middle of a pre-recorded programme, so you just have to rewind and everything's ok again.