The French Connection

We have been buried deep in rural France these last few days, sans Internet, sans everything. That is, until this morning when everything suddenly burst into life – a bit like rural French plumbing, rural Internet connectivity is just fine until it goes wrong.

I am not that fond of driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road in a right hand drive car  but we negotiated St Malo to Foleux without incident, despite the gallons of water pouring from the heavens – more bad plumbing.  It was worse the effort though – this is a heavenly, quiet retreat, tucked away on the banks of La Vilaine.

The winds have been high and the skies occasionally ominous these last few days but we are forecast high pressure tomorrow.  There is every chance that the celestial plumbing will fix itself much like the Internet connection.  We remain optimistic:

Penestin Penestin Penestin Port de Foleux Le Ruaud Marais de Vilaine Marais de Vilaine Dappled horse

(click on the images to enlarge)


  1. shenannigann · May 13, 2014


  2. harrienijland · May 13, 2014

    Fine series, Robin.

  3. Great series! I do love the piebald horse 🙂

  4. LaVagabonde · May 14, 2014

    Love the subtle tints on these and the horse is a beauty. Ah, rural France. I’ll probably be in those parts in the near future.

    • northumbrianlight · May 14, 2014

      Many thanks Julie – pure blue skies this morning, things are looking up 🙂

  5. meticulousmick · May 14, 2014

    Like the horse image and enjoy your time in France, MM 🍀

  6. Malin H · May 14, 2014

    Oh, lovely images, Robin.
    Especially the horse! I love the eye. The horse looks just like the horse in “Pippi Longstocking”. 🙂
    And I say the same as MM; enjoy your time in France. 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · May 14, 2014

      Many thanks Malin, we are having a grand time, busy doing nothing 🙂
      We love the pace of life here, even slower than deepest Northumberland
      All the best, R ❤
      (I had to Google Pippi's horse – I agree)

  7. easyweimaraner · May 14, 2014

    Oh you were so close, please visit me when you’re “Lost in France” the next time :o) I agree the weather was awful, first some sun rays and some seconds later the niagara falls came down.

    • northumbrianlight · May 14, 2014

      We are still here (Foleux) and the weather is so much better – how near are you?

      • easyweimaraner · May 14, 2014

        approx. 90 kilometers, I think :o) shall I make a coffee?

      • northumbrianlight · May 14, 2014

        Slightly outside our lazy range – another time I hope 🙂

  8. RobynG · May 14, 2014

    Terrific set of images Robin! I especially love the horse! Gorgeous!

    • northumbrianlight · May 14, 2014

      Many thanks Robyn – he has proved quite popular, I should go back and tell him 😉

  9. Mélanie · May 14, 2014

    j’adore la Bretagne… même sans internet! 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · May 15, 2014

      Moi aussi ! ❤ 🙂

      • Mélanie · May 22, 2014

        🙂 vive la Bretagne et vivent les Bretons! welcome to the club! ❤

  10. bentehaarstad · May 14, 2014

    So nice series. I especially like the last two. Love the look from the spotted horse.

  11. Tish Farrell · May 15, 2014

    merveilleuses les photos, Robin. Keep having a lovely time.

    • northumbrianlight · May 15, 2014

      Merci beaucoup Tish – weather much much better these last few days.

  12. restlessjo · May 15, 2014

    Gorgeous! 🙂

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