Friday, 9 April 2010

Special Treat!

Its been such an age since I've managed to get away from home to do anything other than visit supermarkets, sit in doctors waiting rooms or hospitals that I promised myself that when the first warm Spring day arrived it would be used for a special treat .Well, today was that day and our treat was a trip to the coast and a favourite spot of ours, the beach at Landrezac  and its neighbour le Gree Penvin.

The weather was made to order, up to 19 degrees C in the shelter of the dunes and the sea was calm and looked very inviting, but neither of us was brave enough to try it out.

I've tried to get a sense of the actual length of the bay, but my camera doesn't really do it justice.  I guess it must be some 10-12 kms long from point to point, but however long it is - it is beautiful.  In the lovely sunshine we had all day it looked just like an exotic tropical shore somewhere far away.  I really need one of those 'take everything' cameras that are being advertised on TV at the moment - as I've a birthday coming up soon do you think its worth dropping some heavy hints  :-)

We started out with a walk along the bay from Penvin towards Landrezac and after about half an hour, made our way back and out onto the point

past the lovely little church perched on the very edge of the beach

with the Virgin & Child looking out over the bay - maybe to keep watch over the generations of Breton fishermen who have worked these waters for centuries.

and past evidence of another Breton delicacy - oysters !

After a very high tide its open season on oysters along the Brittany coast and you can see people digging them and scallops (coquillies St Jaques) out of the sands.

DH  didn't quite make it all the way as he hasn't quite got his 'legs' back yet, so he opted to wait whilst I went on out and he's the little dot tucked under the wall on the right of the photo - bless!

The headland opposite the end of the Point is the mouth of the Golfe du Morbihan ( mor - bihan meaning little sea ) a natural harbour or inland sea  that is filled with around 40 islands and a boat trip around the Golfe is highly recommended !!

As you can see the beach was practically empty, but there were one or two strange customers around chasing what I can only imagine to be 'bugs' in the seaweed being washed ashore - lunchtime snacks maybe ?

Another reason for going to this lovely bay is that it it home to the chateau shown on my header -                Suscinio.           

I love this little castle nestling in the dunes and often wonder what it would have been like to live here in the Middle Ages.  Today it is used as an exhibition centre and its surrounding land and salt marshes have become havens for a plethora of  wading birds, but the only one I managed to catch today was this fellow 

Home again at last , tired and worn out from all the walking whilst DH snoozed (!!) but certainly a day well worth waiting for!


Suzanne said...

What a beautiful spot to spend a warm day with someone you love...thank you for sharing your photos!

Jo in TAS said...

I love glorious days like that, it warms your soul!

*Ulrike* said...

Such a wonderful place to go for a walk! Salt air is always good, and I would be there if I could have some of those oysters!! I wonder why they put that castle there many moons ago?

Fonville Farm said...

Ann, I want to thank you for thinking of me and my family. It means so much to all of us.

Jeannie said...

So beautiful! you take the best pictures!

Martine said...

là je reconnais ma région