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.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Snow has arrived in St André

Snow finally reached St André overnight and I woke up on Friday to a white world here and took this photo by the light of the security lamp just before 06.00hrs.  It was not a surprise as the weather forecast had warned us and, for once, they were right. Remember you can double click all photos to enlarge them.

These are photos of my garden.   I love the way the snow makes everything look tidy!

My car which wasn't going anywhere.  I had tried the day before to go out in the Peugeot and couldn't open the driver's door as it was frozen shut.  I had to get in through the passenger door and really push hard to open the offside door.  

My neighbour's house with icicles hanging from the gutter and the calvaire in the snow.

The horses haven't got a shelter and only one has a coat - I bet they were really cold.  

On the left immediately round the bend is my field.  It looks so different up there in the snow.

Here are some of the ducks and some of the hens in the old hay shed.  They really didn't want to come out and I had to feed them in their house.  

The veggie beds are covered - I hope the snow doesn't set back the rhubarb which is coming through at the back of this bed.

Back at home Claude is sleeping while Grace is watching for birds coming down to feed at the table.

And here are some of those birds.

Today we had to drive to get animal feed as all the bins were getting very low and there were no reserves.  Luckily the roads west of here were much clearer than the lanes here in St André.  We are quite high here though at 235 metres above sea level.  

This was some lovely Cornus - dogwood - on a roundabout near the feed supplier.  The photo doesn't do it justice - the colours were brilliant - just like a fire on the roundabout. 

This is what 400 kilos of the feed looks like in the trailer.  It was a relief that we were able to get there and back with no problem.

Three things I like:

1.   The jays coming to the bird table - yesterday two of them were fighting in the air above the table.
2.   The snow, which has been crunchy and not dangerously slippy to walk on up until now.
3.   Hot buttered toast with golden syrup.


  1. Are those 'Indian runners'?

    Our ducks and geese would not emerge when it was snowing either...we used to insulate their house with straw bales...but they were clearly not amused.

  2. Yes - I've got three Indian Runners, two Khaki Campbells and three Muscovies. They're a bit happier now it's mostly melted in their runs but some of them really do prefer it inside. In Cornwall, the hens I had would never go into their house in the daytime except to lay. It could hail, pour, snow and they just stood outside with shoulders and heads down looking very sorry for themselves and completely drenched. I don't think an entire flock of hens has a brain cell between them!

  3. I loved all your snowy wintery pictures today! The icicles are amazing! And how cosy the kitties look snuggled up there.
    Enjoy your snowy times and keep cosy!
    Helen x

  4. Thanks, Helen. I'm not sure why my neighbours get such wonderful icicles hanging from their utility building, but every snowy year it's the same. My imagination runs wild - I think you could stab someone to death with the icicle and the weapon would melt away so no evidence - if you were the murdering sort! All snow has disappeared now although the frost was hard this morning. x