Thursday, May 26, 2011

Town visits

Two new Ebooks will be invaluable for visting Rennes or Quimper, providing all the information you need for a good day out. There are also suggestions for visits further afield from those places if you are planning a short break. Click on the covers below to see contents. 3€ each, see (link opposite)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Peace and quiet

It turned out to be a beautiful afternoon for our Walking Meditation, and what a lovely experience it was! One of the participants aptly summed it up as 'a calm warmth of quiet friendship'. Sharing the beauty of nature with others in an easy silence really is very relaxing, and we each enjoyed our own individual experience of the menhir walk and then the wonderfully atmospheric woodland route with bird-song all around us.
Thanks to everyone who came and made the event such a success, and especially to Rosie and Phil, our hosts, as generously welcoming as ever. Only shadow on the day was Lesley's absence (because of car trouble). We missed you!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Walking Meditation

The Walking Meditation is on Tuesday 24th at the House of the Menhir du Cloitre (hamlet of Cloitre near Huelgoat). Full details including directions can be found on a special page at
There will be two short silent walking meditations during the afternoon. Participants should arrive between 2 and 2.15pm. Written information will be provided on arrival. The purpose is to relax and focus fully on the present moment and on the motion of slow, silent walking in connection with nature.
All are welcome - meditation experience not required!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


It was a small but enthusiastic group of people (& dogs) that gathered this afternoon by the church at Gouezec under a cloudless azure sky. We had a lot of uphill walking to start with, but it was worthwhile as we passed by fields & woodlands along footpaths lined with so many Foxgloves. All the time we were catching tantalizing glimpses of the views stretching out below us. Everywhere was a lush green, inspite of the dry weather.
We reached the crescendo as we climbed to the top of Carreg an tan . This is Breton for Roche du feu in French & Fire rock in english.
With her great knowlege of Breton history, Wendy described for us how, at this very spot, in the 10th centuary, a beacon was lit to send warnings about Viking raids along the Alune Valley.
We sat for a while,taking in the magnificent view as several butterflies danced in the air around us.
Finally we decended along more woodland & fieldside footpaths & returned to the car park.
Thank you Wendy, on behalf of all of us,for anothr memorable afternoon.
Dog of the Dsy:- JAKE for his absolute dedication to his duties as Stick Monitor.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Walk at Gouezec

We have a walk on Tuesday 17th at Gouezec (on the D41 just south of Pleyben). This is a short stroll, initially steadily uphill to a superb look-out point with wide views over Finistere, then gradually back down to the village via country lanes and quiet roads. We leave from the church at 2pm. All welcome.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Lesley's Nature Watch - It's All Happening!

The Swifts, Swallows & Martins are back. The air is alive with Butterflies, Bees & numerous Beetles. We are being serenaded by Crickets & melodious birdsong. Winter hibernators are awake. Green trees, blossom, wild flowers. ENJOY! I am. Photograph: Sand Lizard sunning itself.