Thursday, 30 September 2010

Up the road, morning.

A perfect morning of dew and cobwebs, I have forgotten the hunters.  Yet, utterly despite myself,  I enjoy watching the handsome Breton spaniels working the stubble in the blue mist.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Tredaniel plan d'eau, afternoon.

A lorryload of live pigs is in the carpark, rattling and grunting somewhat though not as rank-smelling and shrieking as sometimes.  I make myself look, and tell them I'm sorry.

Up the road, afternoon (Monday).

Returning, I see bonfire smoke;  Tom, back indoors, says it is about finished.

I go down anyway, to kick the ashes and throw stray twigs and roots into the embers.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Up the road, lunchtime.

We may hate the first day of hunting, but Molly loves it, with  rank, smelly hunters' dogs perfuming every verge and corner, and a pheasant whirring up from the ditch.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Quessoy arboretum, afternoon.

Near the carpark, a flat, palm-sized stone is surrounded by fragments of spiral snailshells, bronze and yellow and Roman, together with many goblets of acorns, twigs and curled brown leaves.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Up the road, late afternoon.

Leaving, I deadhead some dried-blood red flowers of the windowbox geraniums, drying and autumnal now but still blooming. Coming back, I pick and eat a single ripe russet cherry tomato.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Kerbiriou, morning

We go down the lane once more before leaving, and look down to the harbour and headland at Terenez and across the bay for perhaps the last time this year.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Down the road, evening

You really can't beat Hopkins' 'dappled with damson west' for the clouds at sunset on days like this, when they seem like a bloom on the skin of the sky.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Up the road, afternoon

A wheatear, bold white rump and black tail tip, bobs onto a nearby fence, then to an overhead wire, then a tree, watching me.  Charming, not least because of its name.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Down the road, morning / Approach to Bogard, afternoon.

1. Every curl on the young bullock's sidelong face stands out in the dewy morning light.

2.  A single pale dog violet, strange and unseasonable, flowers next to fallen yellow poplar leaf.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Down the road, evening.

Things are done that can't be undone and I'll see you no more, yet clouds flock to the west, swallows call and the sun bursts, and joy won't be denied.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Approach to Bogard, morning.

Looking across the Arcadian pools and pasture to the chateau, with its Enlightenment gables and wings and pediments, and seeing a yellow van of La Poste rolling past it at speed.