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Bienvenue à La Belle Vilaine
Self-catering, holiday cottages on the South Brittany/Loire Atlantique border in France.
Friendly family run gite accommodation where dogs are welcome.

Wk 1 After a complete washout during May we were all pinning our hopes on June's weather and it did not let us down - sunshine all the way. Of note this week in the garden were MARBLED WHITE, SMALL HEATH and MEADOW BROWN butterflies, SILVER Y moth and a BEAUTIFUL DEMOISELLE damselfly - a first for our garden list. Fledglings included large numbers of very noisy Starlings and several Blue Tits. The Cuckoos and HOOPOES continued to call. Down by the river I heard REED, SEDGE and FAN-TAILED WARBLERS. The highlight of the week, though, had to be the RED KITE we saw circling by the side of the road near Redon. We are much more used to BLACK KITES here, which we see daily.
We made the most of the sunshine and took Gracie and Ficelle walkies by the canal. As usual, they dove into the water to swim - much to the disgust of a Grey Heron that, unseen by us, had been fishing on the bank. He circled above us complaining loudly for over 5 minutes!
We also got close up to a Black-veined White butterfly.
Dog-friendly holidays  Morbihan Brittany
River Vilaine, Morbihan, France
This beautiful picnic spot, sandwiched between the River Vilaine and the Nantes-Brest Canal is only a 15-minute drive from our gites. We had great views of a Marsh Harrier whilst we munched!
Wk 2 Well I spoke too soon! The weather reverted back to type - rain, cold, wind, thunderstorms .....! Having spent most of my days indoors and still unable to use binoculars (due to frozen shoulder) there is not a lot to report. Although a LINNET on the garden fence was a nice surprise on Thursday. This afternoon (Sunday, 17th) the sun made an appearance and the butterflies made the most of it - I took a stroll around the garden and clocked up the following list within 15 minutes:- MAP BUTTERFLY, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large Skipper, Large White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Comma and a GARDEN TIGER MOTH CATERPILLAR. I also enjoyed the serenade of the TURTLE DOVES whilst I wandered about.
Wk 3 Amidst the showers we have had some good sunshine although the breeze has tended to make the butterflies keep a low profile. I heard a Cuckoo calling on Friday. A huge flock of Swallow, House Martin and Swift (at least one hundred individuals) can be seen daily, feeding literally off the tops of the crop in a nearby field - again keeping low. The highlight of the week, though, has to be the RED KITE which flew over the garden on Saturday early in the evening.
Wk 4 In order to avoid becoming boring by repeating myself I will refrain from mentioning the weather! However, we have seen some exciting wildlife this week:- LARGE TORTOISESHELL (a first ever sighting for us), Gatekeeper (first this year) and MARBLED WHITE (present in good numbers now) butterflies; BEAUTIFUL DEMOISELLE and GOLDEN -RINGED DRAGONFLY; HOOPOE, BLACK KITE, TURTLE DOVES, CIRL BUNTING, SPARROWHAWK (being mobbed by Swallows); GRASS SNAKE (swimming through a pond) and a rather startled HARE (which was only a few steps away from us when it bolted). These are just the highlights and all were seen either in our garden or within walking distance of home.
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La Belle Vilaine
Self-catering, holiday cottages on the South Brittany/Loire Atlantique border in France.
Friendly family run gite accommodation where dogs are welcome.