Frosty January 2023

We had minus five Celsius in the greenhouse. Outside it would have been a lot colder….

Laurel bowing doing yoga in the early morning sun.

Frozen pondscape with silver birch

Oak “fingers” in the sun…

Relection in the unfrozen overflow from the well

Vibrant green in the well overflow…blowing bubbles…

Watery light

Frozen stiff …

In the Bleak Midwinter

The idea was to try to find some colour…

First primrose ~ 1cm across

My glamorous assistant Bowie the non binary stray cat.

Magnolia bud

Pretty in pink

Daffodils will be ready well before Dewi Sant..

Water drop at Traou an Dour

Toffee apples?

Kate Moss?

Daffodil soldiers standing at attention

A rose by any other name – starting to bud already!!

Vibrant violet….

Trébeurden – Friday 13th January

Trébeurden est une station balnéaire bretonne sur la Manche, à l’entrée de la baie de Lannion, classée station touristique le 13 juin 1921. Elle correspond à la partie occidentale de la côte de granit rose. Ses principaux atouts sont ses sites naturels protégés, ses plages qui bénéficient pour deux d’entre elles d’une exposition sud et sud-ouest rare en Bretagne Nord, son port de plaisance doté d’un bassin à flot, son port municipal et ses autres mouillages. Trébeurden se trouve sur le territoire de l’ancienne province du Trégor. Ses devises sont : « ar mor eo ma flijadur » (« la mer est mon plaisir ») et « S’attache, qui m’aborde ».













La plage de Trestraou – Out of Season

All these photographs were taken within the space of an hour…the weather can change fast here!!

“Sur 1,4 km de sable fin, la plage de Trestraou est le lieu privilégié des estivants en villégiature à Perros-Guirec. Appréciée des surfeurs et autres amateurs de sport nautique, la plage de Trestraou ne manque pas d’activités : club pour enfants, restaurants, casino, centre nautique… Le panorama donnant sur les 7 îles au large des côtes constitue également un atout phare de cette plage, vous pourrez les rejoindre grâce aux vedettes situées en fin de digue.”






Inpatients from the local asylum are allowed out to bathe…






From Femtoseconds to Chainsaws…

There was a break in the weather so it was time to get busy with the wood. In Chinese astrology I am a Wood Dragon. So 2024 will bring in a Dragon year and I will be 60.

Here you can see our ash pile from the log burner and our three compostors.

There is a broken up palette for kindling and some smallish pine…

It really fell like this! This is not posed.

First wheelbarrow full…

Second wheelbarrow full…

Ta-dah as if by magic all the wood has gone…

River is High – More Rain Due

The puddle outside my “office”. I will go and get the water pump for the basement / vide sanitaire. There is already some water in there.

Le Jaudy is about 15cm below the footbridge, we are due another 1 cm of rain today…

It is hacking it through from the mill, le moulin…

It is a bit freaky standing on the bridge with the torrent underneath…

Les soldats are bending in the wind…

Looking downstream, it is a good job they removed the fallen tree otherwise it would be backing up…

A day in the life…


All 21 mole traps retrieved and washed. One mole left dead under the lawn.

I could now open shop as a mole catcher.


Various cutting implements, the red handled pruning saw gets a lot of use!


Wolfie the pruning shears, the red saw also fits on top and it extends to 4 metres.

Industrial grade two stroke strimmer for strimmer frenzy….waders for pond and river work.


Elf and safety..


A picture of my hickory handled four and a half pound axe and chopping block.