Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A picnic lunch at the Chateau .....................

On Sunday we decided that as it would be our last weekend for some time in which to celebrate the French countryside, we would visit a nearby chateau. Just over 30 mins drive from our home Chateau de Kerguehennec is set in grounds which cover hundreds of acres. It has two large lakes, woodland walks and an arboretum with labeled specimens of trees from all over the world.
It is also known as Parc du Sculptures with a wide selection of modern sculptures.
The ground floor and kitchen show the grand interior and as you can see from the pictures it is just how a chateau should look, beautiful mouldings, chandeliers and exquisite furniture (just not suitable for the every day home unfortunately). The upstairs area is dedicated to modern art exhibitions.

There are apparently a wide selection of birds around the lakes as well as otters. Unfortunately I did not see any of the latter but did see the most beautiful blue dragonflies.

This amazing building and the grounds is open to the public in summer and there is no entry fee to either the Chateau or the grounds. We walked around the lakes, saw some of the wonderful trees, magnificent sequoia trees from North America and the biggest liquidamber tree I have ever seen. A beautiful setting for our picnic lunch!

I have long been fascinated by the jet streams left by aircraft in the skies, not too common a sight in Southern Africa but here in Europe the sky is constantly a criss cross of lines. At sunset they pick up the colour of the sun and can be quite beautiful. I unfortunately do not have the best camera but this was something I could not resist trying to record. A line of jet streams stretching to the far distant horizon taking the curvature of the earth was something quite unusual, very faint unfortunately.

I am not sure when I will have internet access to post an update to my blog. On Friday I travel to London with as much of our 'stuff' as I can manage to fit into the car. I will return to France on Tuesday with Megan who will be on hand to help with the kitties. They have to visit the friendly English speaking vet on Thurs for a final de- worming and tick treatment to obtain their Eu passports. We will then return to England on Friday afternoon with kitties and the rest of our belongings to take up residence in our new home.
We have the Hugglets show in London on the second weekend in September and this will be a new experience. Driving to a show in the UK, fortunately no congestion charges on weekends in central London.
I will do my utmost to continue updating our web page with our show creations before I go off line so to speak and will catch up with all the news after the show.
So the next stage of the journey begins..................

Life is its own journey, presupposes its own change and movement, and one tries to arrest them at one's eternal peril. ~Laurens van der Post

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