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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.

Friday, September 20, 2013

My progress, Mia and the garden

It’s a much better weather day today after lots of grey, drizzly days here.  Much more sunshine and I’ve had to open the landing windows and the outside doors to take the heat from the woodburner away as the sunshine has warmed everything up .
On Wednesday, I piggybacked on an appointment my friend, Jackie, had with my surgeon so he could check out the large haematoma on my left thigh.  He said it was normal to get bruising as the blood leaked downward but when I showed him the area he did seem surprised at the size of the swelling and thought it would take about three weeks to reduce. 
The nurse came in this morning to do my anti-coagulant jab and I said I’d do them in future as it’s not rocket science and I’m sure she’s got much better things to do.  Someone will still come in twice a week to change the dressings and perhaps take blood for analysis.  Everything is still pretty sore but my tummy muscles are definitely getting stronger and I can withstand a small sneeze or cough without being reduced to tears now.  It’s generally easier to move around although I don’t have a huge amount of energy yet.  Andy or Flick continue to come in and do the animals for me and even guests staying in Small Cottage have helped me with reaching things from high shelves and loading the bottom of the dishwasher – people are very kind.  
My daughter, Libby, had her tonsils out last week and is suffering at the moment.  Unless you have personal experience of an adult tonsillectomy - I had mine out at 18 years old - I think it is impossible to understand the level of discomfort and pain this apparently minor op generates.   I feel really sorry for her and wish her an as quick as possible recovery.
My beautiful granddaughter continues to thrive and here are three of the latest photos of her.   The first shows her enjoying bathtime.

Mia doing her first press-ups.
The one below is Mia at seven weeks  and is my current favourite.
The bunches of grapes on the vine in the garden just need a little more sunshine to ripen fully, so we will have to trim the leaves back enabling the sun to reach them.  The ones that have ripened are sweet and lovely.
The honeysuckle flowers have now turned into lovely red berries decorating the wall to the driveway.
The Campsis next to the outside door has also finally flowered a bit after being cut down quite severely at the end of last year to try and stimulate flower production.  Although I do love the flowers I don't feel it earns its keep and think it probably needs replacing with something more productive and attractive.
Three things I like:
1.   Being able to sit out in the sunshine again.
2.   Friends visiting and caring.
3.   Just being back at home again - there's nothing like it!


  1. I hope you have a speedy recovery.

  2. Thank you, Paul. I'm already feeling much better thank goodness.