We’ve cycled for miles again today. The new cycleways in Southern Brittany are superb, and real testament to the seriousness with which cycling and healthier living generally is taken here. We reckon that with judicious use of cycling panniers and baskets for regular shopping trips we could probably leave the car at home for all but the occasional ‘big shop’ or visits further afield. That adds up to an enjoyably healthy lifestyle – albeit that we succumbed a few years ago to the benefits and joys of modern e-bikes. Oh, the joy of that little angel at your back when faced with a long climb home!
There’s been time, too, for reading, a bit of painting, and considerable industry in the knitting department. Morbihan hasn’t seen much rain for months – not altogether great news for gardeners but appreciated by the holidaymakers who enjoy the many gorgeous beaches of the Golfe, the safe boating, the outdoor restaurants and – like us – simply sitting in a sunlit garden, appetites sated by good coffee, delicious bread with M. Daniel’s miel, glasses of jus de pomme, and slowing down awhile. September’s just right here. The colours are turning, scholars returning, and this riverside house so quiet and blissfully peaceful that we heard a tiny lizard before we saw him, scampering across scattered leaves. C’est une grande vie!