I added this first photo as I found it amusing. Just before we hit the open field we noticed this rotting car in a wild overgrown patch at the end of the lane. It's not just in France where you find old cars like this rusting away in the corners of people's property (this was actually private land). It's just that this isn't a Citroen 2CV!
|Rotting corpse, but maybe good for birds to nest in!|
|Now this has to be the most tidy, best kept public footpath I've ever seen; |
ditto the poshest sheep fencing in the universe!
|Green! Nice for us to see sheep about as they are not really farmed much in Brittany; |
only private individuals keep a few sheep for their own needs.
|There were plenty of Commas (Polygonia c-album) about. |
With their wings closed they often look just boring brown,
but look close up and there are all sorts
of pretty markings on the underside of their wings.
|I would never have known what these were if I had not read|
Rosie Nixon's Leavesnbloom blog post about them!
They are Bedeguar galls also known as Robin's Pincushions, on dog rose (Rosa canina).
|Just a nice view.|
|Much excitement when this beautiful dragonfly settled on the hedgerow |
right in front of me and was quite happy for me to take loads of photos of it!
|It's a female Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) and whilst I see the males of this species|
at home very often, they never, ever stop their continual flying around my pond and garden!
|It was perhaps not surprising that it was there, because just behind that hedge |
was this beautiful ornamental pond. There was a gateway in the hedge
so I managed to sneak a picture over the gate.
|Along the way I stopped to watch a family of Long Tailed Tits (Aegithalos caudatus)|
on a tree that had lost most of its leaves.
|It was surprising to see in some places blackberries only in flower!|
Certainly the pollinators such as this bee were enjoying the nectar and pollen.
|Farmhouse at the end of the open field part of the walk - I guess they keep pigeons!|
(And just look at that sky!!! I haven't done anything to enhance the colour).
|Back out on the lane and a lovely berry laden tree |
above the house name sign.
|Still Yarrow flowering and it had attracted this |
Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) butterfly.
|It seemed to me to be rather late in the season for blackberries,|
but not a bad thing for the Comma (Polygonia c-album) butterflies
and other wildlife enjoying eating them.
|Typical narrow lane on the way back to the village. |
Woe betide you if you are in a car and meet a tractor or worse, a milk tanker!
However there are usually passing places here and there.
|Back in the village and a picture of the church.|
|We took another footpath which goes right through the church grounds.|
|And past a second cemetary a few fields away with this |
magnificent Monkey Puzzle tree and glorious views.
Not a bad position for your final resting place!