2014 in review – thank you for all the visits !

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 470 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 8 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the…

Stones that made food

Originally posted on Bente Haarstad Photography:
For centuries there was production of millstones in these mountains, now a national park. The production in Kvernfjellet (The millstone mountains) started sometime during the 1500s, and lasted until 1914. There have been many sites for millstone productions in Norway during history, but this was the biggest with more…

Autumn into Winter

It’s really cold and windy this morning. On days like this I know I live on the westernmost point of Brittany, where the land juts out undefended into the wild, wintery Atlantic ocean. Trapped indoors by the weather, it is time to cook, read, keep warm, hibernate. A glut of apples led to an afternoon of…

Pink Wellies

Getting ready to garden…..the end of March approaches and with it the likelihood of frosts. Time to think about the garden and new projects. Will it be more veggies … more flowers…a new chicken coop? All in good time! The essential is to be able to be outdoors and get some daylight time in.

Baie de Morlaix

 A  sunny lunch break and my iPhone… sandwich in the car and a coffee gone lukewarm from being all morning in a thermos. Sometimes it is just nice to stop and think about nothing in particular. Just to be.


A superb and touching short film about change and difference. I first saw this on the blog of Karin Lisa Atkinson  – http://changethelifechannel.blogspot.fr which is a great source of short films with a theme of peace and change running through it. So thanks to Lisa for finding this.

This week…Nelson, The Colour Purple and other sadnesses

It has been a long week. A week in which Nelson Mandela left us at a great age leaving an enormous legacy of how we can learn to live in truth, tolerance and pardon. I’d just finished reading one of Tony Hillerman’s Navajo Tribal Police books “The Dark Wind” and was fascinated by the Navajo…

A city by the sea – part 1

When I first told friends I was moving to Brest, they looked sad…. Brest has a reputation in Brittany… an ugly concrete jungle thrown up in a hurry to replace the old city flattened during the Allied bombardements in 1944. To an extent this is true. The city centre has little to recommend it to the eye….


January. The festive period over and skies are grey. In search of a bit of nature, I started feeding the birds around the garden. What was surprising was just how quickly they cottoned on to the new food source in the neighbourhood. Within a day or two of the grease-balls appearing in the magnolia, the…