In October we returned to Ty Hir to enjoy the late Indian Summer. The garden was carpeted with mushrooms and we referred to our Collins Fungi Guide in order to try to establish if they were edible.
We decided that they must be woodland mushrooms which are safe to eat. As there are many similar fungi are listed as deadly, we thought that we would stay on the safe side and just photograph them instead!
Some pharmacists in France are trained to identify certain fungi and, if in doubt, they will inspect your mushrooms and advise whether they are dangerous or edible - maybe we will do this next year!
We stopped to say hello to our neighbour's cows but they were too busy enjoying the lush green grass to exchange pleasantries. Can't blame them I guess...
The Kerampeulven Menhir, which is over 6 metres high, lies on a circular walk that links Berrien and Huelgoat. The stone has always drawn many visitors.
In past times, women who could not have children would come to rub their stomachs against the standing stone and hope this would improve their chances of conceiving!
The trail passed through the magical boulder strewn Huelgoat Forest where we were delighted to discover a plethora of fairy tale red toadstools dotted amongst the pine trees. These were enhanced by the colourful autumn leaves that littered the forest floor.
This majestically flowing salmon river is overlooked by an arched viaduct. It was constructed in the 19th century to carry trains to Brest at the far north-western end of Brittany.
You can still see ladies in the market town of Pont-l'Abbé wearing the distinctive Breton costumes including the lace headwear called coiffe brettone.
Next we moved on to another fishing harbour, Kerity, which is flanked by long sandy beaches. Piles of colourful shells dotted the deserted seashore like piles of precious jewels.
On the other side of the dunes lay marshes where we discovered coffin shaped seaweed ovens. These were used by the locals in days gone by to create fertilizer from seaweed which was an important source of income to the area.
In November we made a flying visit to Brittany, spending only two nights at Ty Hir. We did manage to squeeze in a visit to Pointe du Raz which is most westerly mainland point in France.
As we made our way along the Sizun Peninsular towards the Point, we stopped at the pretty cove of Anse du Loch as the sun broke through the clouds - perfect timing!
We walked along the winding northern coastal path from the Pointe du Raz to the Baie des Trépassés, 2.5kms away. The scenery in this part of the world is truly is stunning and the entire Sizun Peninsular is a must visit when you are in Finistère.
Well that concludes the summary of our adventures in Brittany in 2012. I hope that you have enjoyed reading about them and I look forward to sharing more of our adventures in fascinating Finistère in 2013.