Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Colour Of February In Brittany

Blue and Green are definitely the colours that define for me Brittany, that west peninsula of France that faces the Atlantic Ocean. That's the reason why those two colours are incorporated in my otherwise very white Cottage. 

Bleu et vert sont sans aucun doute les couleurs que j'associe à la Bretagne. C'est d'ailleurs la raison pour laquelle j'incorpore ces deux teintes dans mon Cottage où le blanc domine.

But come February, an other colour steals the show. Yellow. It's everywhere and it makes me smile when I drive to and from school. I couldn't stop in the middle of every roundabouts to take pictures for you... I didn't want to be held responsible for the only traffic jam if this winter in Brittany.

Mais, quand arrive février, une autre couleur vole la vedette. Le jaune. Il est de partout et me fait sourire quand je conduis pour aller à l'école ou en revenir. Je n'ai pas pu m'arrêter au milieu des ronds-points pour prendre des photos... Je ne voulais pas être responsable du seul embouteillage de l'hiver dans la région.


Still, I managed to take a few shots as I thought that, depending on where you live, yellow might be a very unusual colour for February. I know some of you are still able to admire the beautiful light reflecting by the white of snow.

Mais j'ai quand même réussi à prendre quelques clichés car je me suis dit que ce jaune pourrait sembler inhabituel à certains à cette époque de l'année... Je sais que quelques uns d'entre vous peuvent encore admirer la belle lumière que crée le blanc de la neige.


Gorses are very common in Brittany and they are blooming right at the end of winter. They are often called golden gorses because they seem to coat the landscape with gold... But be careful when hiking... They are treacherous and are very spiky...

Les ajoncs sont une plante traditionnelle de la Bretagne et ils sont en fleurs juste à la fin de l'hiver. Ils recouvrent des talus entiers d'or... Mais ils sont traîtres et vous piquent les jambes quand vous partez en randonnée...

 
Mimosas are covered in tiny yellow pompoms at the same time. They are a traditionnal tree around here and nearly every garden has one. When I drive to school, the hill behind the harbour I cross seem to be covered with them. There's a big one in a garden adjacent to the teachers' parking lot so I could take a close up picture.


Les mimosas sont parsemés de petits pompons jaunes. C'est l'arbre que tout le monde a dans son jardin par ici. Quand je traverse le petit port pour aller au travail, la colline en arrière plan semble en être recouverte. Il y en a un énorme dans un jardin derrière le parking des professeurs et c'est là que j'ai pris le gros plan.  


Daffodils are bursting from the earth, announcing that spring is not far away. They are all along the roads... Again, I still haven't managed the skill to hold the steering wheel and the camera at the same time, so I took a few pictures in my own garden.


Les jonquilles sortent de terre annonçant l'arrivée proche du printemps. Il y en a le long des routes... Mais je n'arrive toujours pas à tenir le volant et l'appareil photo en même temps. Voilà donc les jonquilles du jardin de Cottage.

It might look like spring... blue sky, sun shining and flowers blooming... But it's actually freezing, though I can't complain as with our 30 to 32°F, Brittany is the warmest place in France right now. I keep the cats inside... and also my paint cans that I brought back in Cottage from the shed as I was afraid the paint would freeze.


Cela ressemble au printemps - ciel bleu, soleil et premières fleurs - mais ne vous y trompez pas, ici aussi il fait très froid... Même si avec nos 0°, je n'ose me plaindre car je crois que l'on est l'endroit le plus chaud de France ! Je garde les chats au Cottage et aussi les pots de peinture que j'ai ramenés de l'atelier car j'ai eu peur qu'ils gèlent !

Stay warm!

Restez au chaud !

See you next time!

A la prochaine fois !

Hasta la proxima,



41 comments:

  1. Nice to see you (again) :o))
    Its still freezing (cold) in the Netherlands too ;o)

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  2. How well I remember those lovely mimosas in Brittany.

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  3. I LOVE the blue hues in your sky, your shutters, and in the mood of old Brittany mon amie. Stay warm!

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  4. We have daffodils too and the wisteria is starting, as is the Carolina Jasmine.

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  5. Good morning Magali, the yellow flowers are sunny and cheerful:). A perfect post with Spring around the corner. Love the picture of kitty, definitely a cat look:). Stay warm, Kathleen in Az

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    1. Shadow always have a mean look on pictures... But he's the sweetest cat... with me, not with other cats!

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  6. J'adore le mimosa ! et toutes les premières fleurs du printemps... qui sont jaunes d'or comme le soleil que l'on attend avec impatience pour nous réchauffer un peu. Repose toi bien ! Bisous

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  7. Boy that cat looks mad! Your weather looks so much better than ours - we still have 4 feet of snow on the ground. Oh Spring - where are you???! xox

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  8. I love the colors of Brittany as I love the blues and greens along our coast. I would love to vist Britany while the gorse is blooming. It has to be breathtaking! I see it often in films and it is my favorite design along with heather on the Quimper faience I collect. Yes, yellow is an amazing color. My daffodils have bloomed out here but I still enjoy them in vases from the supermarket. Sweet pic of cottage and kitty with the daffs. Missed you, hope all is well...........hugs.

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  9. the yellow is so very pretty and bright and makes a cold winter day feel better! my daffodils are opening and the purple crocus as well - spring is coming now if it would just war up

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  10. Hi...we had unseasonably warm days here, an now they're calling for snow again, which is actually an oddity for my area, being surrounded by water we see rain when they say snow, frankly I'm really sick of the rain an gloomy grey, your blossoms are a month ahead of mine, altho I did see some crocus, yellow, blooming the weekend, I'll be over joyed when the temps stay in the 60's, day an night, 1 of my cats has cabin fever at times an runs thru here like crazy. Hope your week has been going well.

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  11. How sweet you are seeing Spring. It was so sweet to see your post reminder pop up in my email today. Glad to see you posted. I love the yellows of Spring too. We will not see Spring where I am for another few months. I really want Old Man Winter to leave us and pretty new life with Spring to arrive. Hopefully soon. Have a great rest of the week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  12. That's so pretty! Now I am wondering if yellow is the first color everywhere. Yellow is the color in February here as well. The bushes in my yard are blooming, and the first desert wildflowers are yellow. This year there is not as much, because until last night there was so little rain this past year. At least the bushes are still yellow this morning. xoxo Su

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  13. Lovely! My daffodils are coming up now, too.

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  14. Thank you for these lovely Spring flowers, you live in a beautiful area. In Oklahoma we are still having a few 30's but rainy.

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    1. It's also cold here and the daffodils aren't that happy about that late bout of winter.

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  15. des jonquilles déjà en fleur !!! dans notre petit jardin du Nord elles sont seulement en bouton... mais les crocus débutent leur floraison ! les mimosas sont toujours spectaculaires et si doux au toucher, c'est un souvenir d'enfance qui manque un peu par ici... bien cordialement - monique59

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  16. Good Morning, beautiful Spring flowers. Sounds like Spring is just around the corner. We are now having out cold weather, crazy.

    Mary

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  17. Those are beautiful flowers! It's wonderful to see nature smile at us in form of flowers! I just arrived back home from a vacation overseas and it's covered in snow here with more to come this weekend. Your photos shows sunshine and flowers and that is wonderful for the eyes.

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  18. Such lovely flowers! There's just something about the sky in Brittany that makes everything look so special.

    xxx

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  19. Oh, it's so beautiful Magali! We still have snow on the ground. We will see quite a bit of yellow in March with our Forsythias and daffodils blooming, but April May we see lots of pink blooming trees and it's my favorite time of year!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  20. Gorgeous pictures.. we are also getting daffodils here...

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  21. Merci beaucoup pour ces merveilleux partages, comme ça fait du bien de voir ces fleurs de Bretagne. Devant la maison chaleureuse...

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    1. Il a neigé aujourd'hui et je ne sais pas si les fleurs auront résisté... On verra ça demain, après la fonte !

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  22. Hola mi querida Magali como siempre me deleito con tus hermosas fotos,me encantan las flores traen alegria y felicidad. Gracias por tomarte el tiempo para nosotros los que te seguimos lo aprecio mucho :) Cuidate y Hasta la proxima mi amiga :)....
    nelly

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    1. Nevó hoy. Todas mis flores están tiradas en el suelo. Espero que ellos vayan a sobrevivir.

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  23. Spring comes early to Brittany! We won't see daffodils until late April or early May...but I sure did enjoy seeing yours!

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  24. Cottage est en beauté et la dernière photo avec le poilu est à croquer.
    Pour la fermeture de mon blog, c'est un peu de lassitude et surtout la désertification de la blogosphère au profit de Pinterest et Instagram que je trouve tellement impersonnelle, c'est dommage
    Bien sûr je continuerai à te suivre car j'aime beaucoup tes aventures.
    Bisous bisous et caresses aux félins.Babette

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  25. Lovely signs of spring! Such pretty photos! xx K

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  26. What gorgeous flowers all around, especially at this time of year! Unfortunately, our landscape is very sparse and ugly this time of year.

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  27. Oh, sweet friend, what beautiful pictures you have shared! The yellow blossoms are so vibrant and I couldn't help but smile at the happy color. Thank you for sharing.

    Hugs to you!

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  28. Finally Blogspot or Google is allowing me to comment! I am not sure where the trouble lies, but the Google email that I am most often connected to is a work one, and it does not allow me to comment on Blogspot. It is a lot of trouble to get the account to switch over to the private email address.

    But enough of that boring stuff. Your spring flowers are beautiful. We got an unexpected snow storm this morning. And our crocuses had just started to bloom yesterday! Oh well, I guess I will just have to wait a little longer for spring. Enjoy all of the beautiful color surrounding you and stay warm!

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  29. I love following your blog. Your little white house is quite the gem! I did not know mimosas are a flower. Here, mimosas are a breakfast/brunch drink--champagne and orange juice. Delicious!

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    1. I've read about that drink on the Internet, but I've never had any of those mimosa... I'm not sure how I feel about adding orange juice to champagne...

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  30. All the yellow flowers and trees kind of scream spring! Maybe it's just around the corner for real this time?

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    1. As you'll see in the new post, spring took a step back...

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  31. Comme c'est beau!
    Un peu de printemps avant l'heure.

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  32. Of course I'm jealous of all the yellow, but honestly, I read the next post before this one, so now I can laugh. HA! Winter is the worst. I've got to move somewhere it doesn't snow. Sorry about the scrape on your car, though.

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