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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.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Fire in the kitchen, poorly cat and clocks going forward

It snowed all Friday but it was so wet on the ground that nothing settled thank goodness.  It's been very cold at night and frost in the morning but during the day quite pleasant.  In fact today, Easter Sunday, has been really sunny and lovely. 

I had trouble with Claude, my white kitten yesterday morning. When I came downstairs first thing in the morning he was very lethargic with tongue protruding, dribbling, not moving etc.  I took him to the vet and on the way he perked up and started clawing madly to get out of the basket and crying loudly. I turned round and came back home and kept an eye on him. He was hot and very quiet again when we got home, wouldn’t be touched and no purring, wouldn’t eat.  By the evening, he was back to normal and ate for the first time. He was playing with red shield bugs on Friday, which had come in on the logs, and I think he may have eaten one or two. My friend, Mandy, says her cat was salivating badly after eating one, so maybe they are slightly poisonous. Anyway, all’s well that ends well.  The photo is of him at 11.00am, not very well at all.

Then, this afternoon I had a fire in the kitchen – my own fault. I put a frying pan with oil on the hob and then heard my neighbour and I needed to speak to her about something. I went out and she wandered down the garden with me, didn’t think a thing about the pan. Came back in to thick black smoke and then the smoke alarm started – a bit late for that – flames licking the cupboards each side of the hob and had melted the extractor fan onto the hob surface and the fluorescent lights above! 

Managed to damp a couple of t-towels and put them over the flames and carry pan out to the garden still alight but no problem. All the cobwebs in the downstairs, up the stairs and on the landing are standing out with carbon black on them. The ceiling will need repainting - it was only done last year - and lots of cleaning up to do and electric stuff to replace - but it could have been a lot worse.  I dread to think what it would have been like if I had been a few minutes longer. Took me a while to stop choking from the smoke and I used up a lot of Ventolin!   Luckily the cats had followed me out into the garden so they weren't in the building.  Today my worker came round and cleaned up as best he could, removed the remains of the melted extractor fan and replaced the fluorescent tubes so I can see when I cook.  We'll have to take out all the grout and replace it which is a pain in the butt - let's hope there are not too many of these senior moments!

Here is Claude today - I had told him to go out as he'd pissed on the floor.  He's thinking that he is hiding really well under the tassles of the throw and that I can't see him.  A bit like when a child covers their eyes with their hands because if they can't see you surely you can't see them.

The clocks went forward to European Summertime at 02.00hrs this morning.  Although you wouldn't have thought we were entering summertime with the ice on the fish barrel on the terrace.  Every clock in the house has been adjusted except for the temporary cooker I have in my kitchen and I'm damned if I can work out how to change it and I can't find the manual.  I shall just have to put up with being an hour slow in the culinary department.

I'm just hoping that the third thing which should happen, whatever that is, doesn't.

Friends turned up unexpectedly this afternoon to check I was surviving after my fire which was kind of them and it's always good to catch up with news etc.  

I had a scintigraphie this week - a radio active isotope scan - on my parathyroid glands.  I had one right one removed with its tumour in June 2011 and apparently I am to be symmetrical again and need to have a left one removed with its tumour sometime.  There's no rush and it's highly unlikely that it is malignant just because they aren't usually, so no real worry.

Let's hope after this week, which is forecast to be cold, it will start to be more like summer so I can get my veggies started.  Roll on wall to wall sunshine.  I want to be able to complain that we aren't having enough rain!

Three things I like:

1.   The little chocolate cakes I made yesterday - first baking I've done for ages.
2.   The Jacquie Lawson Easter cards I've received - I love her cards .
3.   The lighter evenings we are having from today onwards.


  1. Goodness, what a rotten thing after another.
    Let's hope it all turns the corner now.

  2. Golly gosh what a week, always good to think about the happier things , albeit small blessings.

  3. Good to hear from you two! Claude is now fine thank goodness. It has been decided to redecorate as cleaning up the smoke damage isn't working well enough. The whole of the downstairs is one room and the stairs lead out to the landing with no doors in between so it's quite a bit of painting to be done. Hopefully my worker will do some, if not all of it, while I'm away in England. At least I still have a house to redecorate - it could all have been so different!