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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sheds, sheds and sheds

I have a thing about sheds.  I always have.  One of my friends in Cornwall called my garden "Shed City".   I had a duckhouse on the island in the pond, a chicken house, two log houses, a bike shed, a rabbit shed and three summerhouses.  Most of them were bought in flat packs although two were homemade but very conventionally.

Here in Brittany, coming down the lane from the nearest village to me there is a selection of wonderful sheds.

The sheds are all within a run of 200 metres and not one of them has been "bought in".  I love the materials they are made of and how they have weathered and rusted.

Here in my hamlet I have a duckhouse, chicken shed, barn, straw shed, rabbit house, barn, shelters and two small houses for hens.  Here is the rabbit shed in the snow a couple of years ago.

And this shows my barn, straw shed, shade shelter and the old pig shelter on my field.


Here's my neighbour's collapsing barn and my other neighbour's shed in the orchard.

This is my old pig shelter which the goats have always liked to sunbathe on.

When I used to go back and forward to school at the beginning and end of terms, it was by steam train and from the train you looked into everyone's back garden and saw the most wonderful sheds.  Perhaps it was this early experience which has promoted my love of sheds.

Three things I like:

1.   Making a meal from leftovers in the fridge.
2.   Finishing the novel, in good time, that I am reading for the Book Club next Monday.
3.   Finding all the ducks in their area and not outside the fence this evening.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award and Things You Never Knew About Me

I feel a thank you speech coming on!  I was Very surprised and honoured to find that Mandy at had awarded me a Versatile Blogger Award.  Thank you, Mandy.

I have now to present this award to other bloggers and would like to give this award to the following three blogs:

Who writes about gardening and posts the most beautiful photographs, particularly of birds in her garden.

This blog is about everything.  It covers things happening and the countryside around Glastonbury, crafts, cooking - everything.

This blog, unsurprisingly is essentially about veggie growing - all aspects.  Also about Chippenham and the changes in the town.

As I have nominated three blogs for this award, I have to disclose three facts which you probably don't know about me.

I used to sing.  I was in the Gloucester Cathedral Choir, The Brussels Choral Society, The Huntley Singers, The Society of Suppressed Songsters etc. etc. and loved it.  I lost my singing voice due to the drugs I take for my asthma.  It is possible that my voice may return now that I don't take them except when I have a cold.  Only a very small percentage of people's vocal chords are affected by the drugs and, of course, I had to be in that minority!

I was a snake handler many moons ago.  I worked for a company which had a snake house, and used to milk the venom from the Malayan Pit Vipers which was then fractionated and used to produce an anti-thrombotic drug.  The snake man had a python, Rex, and I used to demonstrate him when we had guests to the laboratory. 

And lastly, when I got married my hips were 34" and I could make a skirt from a yard of 36" wide material!