Our main job was to trim the hedge to restore the view to the front of the gites. I can't believe that it had grown three feet since March - glad we bought a petrol hedge trimmer!
For this post I thought that I'd share some of my favourite Brittany related blogs to give you a break from my ramblings.
Michael Collinson is a near neighbour of ours in Brittany, living just the other side of the lovely lakeside town of Huelgoat. Michael writes from a perspective of those looking to move from the UK to France.
Michael's often humorous posts, sometimes about the pickles that he has gotten himself into, entertain and delight whilst being informative for those thinking about making the move over La Manche. From getting tractors stuck in mud, dental treatment in France to dealing with French taxes you will find something of interest here.
Wendy Mewes is a writer who lives in Finistere who also runs Brittany Walks. I think that it is fair to say that we have most of Wendy's guide books on Brittany and some of her novels too. We always make sure we have them with us on our exploratory trips around Finistere as she is bound to have covered the area in one book or another.
Wendy writes about the history of Brittany on her blog. She also shares her experiences of the lovely places she has discovered either as part of her research for her books or on one of the walks that she regularly leads. These attract locals and visitors alike.
Jude is a lovely lady who I met through Twitter, brought together by our love of Brittany. I was lucky enough to be invited to dinner with her family whilst on my way to the ferry at Roscoff last year.
One memory of that evening, other than the tasty food that I enjoyed, is the fact that, as a result of having taken a mooring at the local harbour, her husband has the right to have two lobster pots. They sensibly take full advantage of this - lucky sods!
Jude shares her favourite receipes on her blog as well as mouth watering photos of the meals that she has prepared - be warned, don't read it if you are feeling peckish!
Jenny writes about the about the renovation project that she and her partner John have taken on in Huelgoat.
They are planning to open a B&B and it is a great source of information on what to expect if you are planning on a similar project. Useful and entertaining as the reality of undertaking such a big task in a foreign country, where nothing opens on bank holidays and (nearly) everything closes for two hours at midday, slowly reveals itself through Jenny's detailed posts, illustrated with lots of great photos.
Not updated frequently but nonetheless some interesting musings on life in Brittany by one half of the charming team who are the directors of A House in Brittany estate agents.
Chris and Micki bought Le Roz in Brittany as a renovation project in 1999. As a result of their experiences set they up their own agency in France. A sense of humour is required when buying property abroad and these guys certainly know how to have a little fun, particularly at their own expense. Have a poke around their website and you will see what I mean!