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French Cycle Trip 2014

Last year we had a lot of family stuff going on and felt unable to travel too far for too long. I also had a mental block when trying to write our blog. I would look at the blank page but feel uninspired. It’s funny how some people can pour their hearts out on to a page – and probably feel better for it – but that white space just left me cold. My distracted mind could not focus, and when I did try to get something down, it just didn’t flow right. Anyway, things have slowly improved and I have a lot of catching up to do!

We did manage to grab two short, 10-day cycle tours, one in early June and the other in early August. I shall work backwards and cover the last holiday first. In August, we caught the ferry from Poole to St Malo and cycled a 200-mile circular route, starting from St Malo, then inland to Rennes, across to Vitre and Fougeres, out to Mont St Michel on the coast and then along the coast back to St Malo.

Our first stop was just a short hop from the ferry to St Suliac, a charming little fishing village and port on the banks of the Rance river. We were lucky enough to squeeze into the campsite as, unbeknown to us, it was the weekend of the village’s annual festival to celebrate the traditions of  the sea and land. The houses were bedecked with fishing nets, the streets had displays of fresh produce from the local fields, many of the villagers were wearing traditional clothes and wooden clogs and gave demonstrations of crafts from days gone by. And all of this was accompanied by much traditional Breton music and dancing. The atmosphere in the village was so friendly and full of fun that we decided to stay on for a couple of days to soak it up, along with a few bowls of the local ‘cidre’!!

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Traditions of the sea and land Festival st-Suliac

Traditions of the sea and land Festival st-Suliac

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Spring in all its glory

In my last post, I was eagerly awaiting spring. It’s now here, in all its glory! For me, this has got to be one of the best times of the year – it signifies the true start of a new year, with the plants and flowers beginning to grow, trees blossoming and sprouting new leaves, animals being born and birds hatching in their nests, days getting longer and warmer, evenings getting lighter, a true sense of expectation for the summer to come. I love it!

While out camping this weekend, I recorded the magical dawn chorus. Click on the audio link below, turn up the volume on your listening device, and enjoy.

 

 

(If you want to see any of the photos in a larger format, just click on the image.)

 

 

 

Mint leaf beetle feeding on wild mint

Mint leaf beetle feeding on wild mint

Primrose,

Primrose

Beach huts on Portland Bill, Dorset

Beach huts on Portland Bill, Dorset

Beach hut

Beach hut

Thrift in flower

Thrift in flower

Laburnum tree

Laburnum tree

Country road in Spring

Country road in Spring

Newborn lambs

Newborn lambs

Bluebell Wood

Bluebell Wood

Field of Oilseed Rape

Field of Oilseed Rape

Lone Tree growing in a field of oilseed rape

Lone Tree growing in a field of oilseed rape