Saturday, December 19, 2009
I can't wait to get the decorations out and pick up the tree a friend has kindly picked up for me while I was in the UK working. A local school sold the freshly cut trees to raise money for the school.
There is a wonderful large tree in the garden of La Forge and each year I use a fishing rod to send a weight over the top of the tree to hoist the Christmas tree lights up high. The tree is the first thing anyone sees entering Kerbourbon from Chapel Nerve so its a pleasant welcome into the hamlet.
I expect that straight after the Christmas holiday the enquires for the holiday cottage will come in fast, as families got together over the festive season and talked about holidays for the oncoming season. 2010 will be my 5th season running the cottage and for the last 4 seasons the cottage is fully booked by mid February.
2009 was the best year todate with 19 weeks booked, I'm hoping to book 20 weeks plus for this up coming season.
Looking forward to greeting all the new guest and old returning to the cottage.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Currently enjoying eating what ever I fancy and thankfully the weight is not going back on, as long as I remain below 15 1/2 until the new year I'll be happy and the diet begins again with the aim of being around 12 stone for next October.
If any guest staying at La Forge holiday cottage need someone to train with or simply show the ropes Im more than happy to assist
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
We offer special deals throughout the year for La Forge Brittany holiday cottage, keep checking this blog for regular updates.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
My friends have a large garden around 2 acres in size with a chicken run about 30 meters long and 10 meters wide, using an old shed as a coup. They have geese, ducks and chickens so my birds are in great shape, especially Spike being the only cockrel amounst 15 hens.
I have asked them if they are interested in buying my 3 hens and they have agreed, next year Spike will be joined by 2 new hens and a pair of ducks.
Children enjoying there holidays at La Forge Brittany holiday cottage this year really enjoyed the chickens I'm sure the ducks will be a real treat for next year.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Ive spent the last 4 weeks resting and eating what ever Ive fancied and I'm back up to 15st 2lbs which is ok. Now Ive hit the gym, I'll restart the cardio this week and the diet tomorrow....the plan being to compete again next year.
After coming 8th or last on the 10th October I came away feeling very positive, in that I have struggled to loose weight sinse the age of 30 and yet this year thanks to getting really motivated for the competition lost a total of 2 1/2 stone as off todays weight.
The aim now is just to continue loosing a pound per week with the view of competing next October at 12 1/2 stone......here's to the next step of the journey.
Looking forward to buying a leg extension machine for the gym at the Brittany holiday cottage for next season to compleate the gym.
Friday, October 16, 2009
I know from experience how frustrating house hunting can be, when I came over in 2005 I spent a week driving over 1500 miles to look at 6 properties before selecting La Forge and La Veille Maison. The cost of the trip, including hotels, ferries, food and travel was almost £1700 for my farther and myself.
It could have been a great deal more if I had not fallen in love with La Forge and had to make additional trips.
With that in mind I had an idea to help save people the same expense and heart ache as I came across when driving for over 8 hours to find a property that was nothing like the advertisement from the estate agents or the web site.
I'm not a qualified surveyor but I do have an eye for a property and have decided to promote my services to view properties for the benefit of interested parties. I will go view the property you like, take pictures of every angle and room and give my account of the area and property, saving you time, money and heart ache.
The cost for me to view your potential French dream is £195 any where in Brittany.
If your interested in the service then just send me an email via my website and I'll contact you to discuss.
Monday, October 12, 2009
My target weight was 13st-13 4lbs and no matter how hard I tried the weight did not come off, even loosing 10lbs in the last week, with a show weight of 14st 4lbs.
I knew before the day that the likely hood would be last place and sure enough that was where I finished, however I'm still very positive because for the last 5 years I have failed to loose any weight, sticking at 17st 5lbs, so to loose 3 stone this year I'm thrilled.
Whats next....well the plan is to keep up with the normal diet and loose a pond per week with the aim of hitting 12st 7lbs as a competition weight next year.
I was worried before the show that because of on going injuries my legs would look small, but in fact they were bigger than most, as was my back, I just needed better condition.
Chatting to some of the guys, they compete every year and only stay a stone away from there show weights.
So I'll be back in the gym at the Brittany holiday cottage over the next 12 months and out on the bike with a view of doing so much better in 2010, the bug is back and I'm enjoying the training and the journey to competition day.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Started the self tanning lotion yesterday and looking very brown today.
Off too the public gym tonight in Pontivey for my final leg workout and basically for a pose in front of everyone.....well its not often you look so lean, might as well enjoy it.
Early next year I'm looking to buy a leg extension and leg curl machine to provide a greater range of exercises to be performed at the Brittany holiday cottages gym, I sill have plenty of room for some additional equipment.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Yesterday I went out for my longest bike ride around 25-30 miles, without any carbs it was really hard work and 5 miles from home I pinched an apple for alittle energy to get me back from a farmers field.
Today I weighed just under 14st 10lbs and tomorrow I start just eating boiled chicken and drinking just water. I will start eating carbs on Thursday and Friday will consume 10 grammes of vitamin C with black coffee which combined act as a natural diuretic.
I have just 2 more workouts left in the Brittany holiday cottage gym and with energy levels at an all time low I'm just looking forward to competition day.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
I'm looking to have just 2 hens next season with the idea of having a couple of ducks as well.
Looking forward to keeping some ducks next year and having a variety of eggs in the morning to eat and seeing the reaction of the children staying at the Brittany holiday cottage with pool.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
High tide was at 2 am with a coefficient of just 30 and we started fishing at 8.30 and finished at 3am with 9 small Bass caught, all on ragg worm. I was hoping Eels would be around but alas was just left with catching the small Bass all around 10 - 15 cms in length.
It was a cold night and with 3 layers on our legs and 7 on our upper bodies we remained comfortable.......Just
I think from now on I'll concentrate on Etel for the fishing.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Its not a normal diet and is purely a pre contest diet which should only be used for a few weeks as its not very healthy, I have had a few head aches this week but needs must, I do feel alot leaner now at just 14st 8lbs.
With just 3 weeks now before the show my goal is still to be between 13st 7lbs and 13st 10lbs.
Had some good workouts this week in the gym at the holiday cottage still managed to bench press 110 kgs, which is good bearing in mind my restricted diet.
The food was always good there but its now even better, My mate and I cleaned our plates and throughout the couple of games of pool afterwards in the bar area commented on how good the food was.
We both had the steaks mine with the garlic butter and his with the Roquefort cheese and finished with a 3 cheese crepe for desert which was gorgeous.
Its the little things that make the difference and the small changes to be found with the meals were; rather than just a salad with the steak and chips you were now given a tube of asparagus rapped in bacon with the salad and one of my old gripes before the restaurant had changed management was butter was never served with the some what stale bread where as the bread is now fresh and butter is served.
For a relaxed enjoyable meal, a drink and a game of pool or darts then the Le Citron Vert is just the place being only 5 min away from La Forge the Brittany holiday cottage with private pool and gym.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I'm now down to 14st 10lbs having lost 5lbs in the last week. I have started having carb free days, I do 2 off and on the third day have some for breakfast, after doing some reading I discovered I'm making a few mistakes, one of which is i'm not eating essential fats omega 3 & 6 and need to consume alot more water- both of which should promote body fat loss.
I also bought from maximuscle some thermobol this week that should arrive in the next few days, I'm doing every thing I can think of to strip as much fat as possible within the next 3 weeks.
I'll post some pictures next week with 2 weeks to go, the aim by next Friday the 25th will be to be below 14st 7lbs.
I'm still out on the bike 6 days per week there are some lovely routes to take with a bike all around the Brittany holiday cottage.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
To give some helpful details about this wonderful fish to eat and catch:
Seeks out rocky ground, patches of boulders and rubble, but especially shallow reefs that work out at angles from the shore. Can also be found close to inshore wrecks in deep water and will cross clean sandy ground on their way to new rough ground feeding areas.
Is a catholic feeder taking mostly shellfish from the rocks, but also small sandeels, worms and even tiny crabs.
Bream are not a regular shore based catch in most areas, but this is more to do with anglers being preoccupied by other species, rather than the bream not being present. If the boats in your area catch bream, then a carefully selected and suitable shore venue in the same area will, sooner or later, produce a bream for you.
MARKS AND FEATURES:
Bream will move close in to the deeper beaches, from the open beaches aim to fish close to or onto shingle banks and patches of rougher ground. Take notice of any debris on the seabed within casting range such as small wrecks.
The best opportunities are during calm spells with just a gentle sea swell and no wind. Rough seas keep the bream offshore. Daylight hours give fish, but peak catches occur during the dusk and dawn periods, especially if these coincide with a newly flooding tide.
Fishing in the mid day period, try to fish under an overcast sky without any sun if the water is shallowish. On steeper, deeper beaches the sun doesn't really have a major affect on the catch.
From open beaches, either shallow or steep to, try only the bigger spring tides fishing from dead low water through to high. Very few venues produce fish on the ebb unless the water is over 30ft deep.
Occasionally, bream can be contacted from rock stations, but the ebb and flood will both produce, though expect bites to die as the tide flow eases. neaps can fish just as well as springs in this deeper water.
You'll need true 5-6oz casting rods for this fishing as the bream tend to be mostly at a longish range. Reel line though, can be reduced to 12lbs, but keep the casting leader to 50lbs minimum.
The best rig is a clipped up two hook type. This needs to be about 30" long with a bead trapped swivel set in the middle of the rig taking one hook length and another bead trapped swivel placed at the base close to the weight. Use a size 4 rolling swivel at the top and size 3/0 Mustad Oval Split Ring to take the weight. The bait clips are mounted on the rig upside and should be placed between the top hook length and the rolling swivel, with the lower clip placed between the two trapped swivels.
Rigged like this you'll gain a few yards on the cast, but more importantly the small baits are compressed into the bend of the hook during the cast maintaining reasonable levels of presentation.
Hook lengths need to be about 15" long and from 25lb line. The best hook pattern is again the Mustad 3261BLN Aberdeen size 2-4.
The same fish strips, lug, rag, cockles and crab work just as well from the shore, though crab and sandeel can often pick up the slightly bigger fish.
Nothing fancy! If the ground is cleanish, then allow the bait to roll and locate the holding grounds using an unwired lead. If you have other anglers near you, then stick with a wired lead, but experiment with casting distances. Fishing like this means that the bream, for once, will hook themselves.
As the tide flow eases, cast as far as you can and then retrieve the bait a foot at a time with short pauses in between. This causes the baits to flutter up an down which will help attract passing fish.
The Brittany holiday cottage with pool is in a great location for some wonderful days out fishing, either fresh water on the nearby river Blavet or around the coast for some great sea fishing marks.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The first species in this series is the Bass, its great to eat and a great fighting fish.
One of our most adaptable species. Found offshore over reefs, uplifting sand banks, inshore wrecks, along rough ground and surf beaches, inside harbours, and will feed to the highest reaches of an estuary and is often taken by salmon anglers fishing the junction of fresh and saltwater.
Enjoys a varied diet and is an opportunist feeder taking advantage of what ever is easily available at the time.
Crab, prawns and small rough ground living fish like gobies and rockling are found most frequently in fish feeding over rocky ground. Estuary fish take mainly crab and sandeel, but also small flatfish. Offshore reef fish get preoccupied with sandeels or small joey mackerel. Very large adult fish are true cannibals and occasionally contain small school bass, also whiting, eels, pipefish etc.
MARKS AND FEATURE:
On the rough ground beaches, the bigger and more ill fitting the boulders are, the better the bass will work the area. Food washed down by the tide will fall in between the rocks and boulders and lodge where the bass can pick it up. Even on less rough marks where the rocks are smaller and tight fitting, if you walk the beach you will find areas where the boulders are larger than normal. These are the places to concentrate on.
Also look to weed beds, anywhere a small stream or river flows across the beach, finger like reefs that work seawards, and definite deeper gullies that come inshore from the low water line that fish will follow.
On surf beaches bass can sometimes follow a route along the slightly deeper gullies that run parallel with the beach. But they will also be side tracked by areas of boulders and weed growth, shingle banks, and again areas where a stream flows into the sea. On smaller beaches flanked by rocky cliffs it's always wise to start fishing at each end of the beach near the rocks, rather than in the middle of the beach.
Inside estuaries, bass travel as the new flood tide starts to push over the estuary bar. They will work reefy ground and the sandbanks around the bar, then use the main channel to push far up the estuary. They investigate the sides of the estuary where the weed is thick and the crabs in numbers. Also, smaller side creeks which hold sandeels and flatfish.
Harbours, piers, breakwaters and marina's all hold bass. They come in to feed on the smaller pout etc, that are feeding on the rubbish and old bait that commercial fisherman and anglers throw over the side. Also, anglers leave a trail of small pout, rockling, poor cod etc, that expire after unhooking which the bass mop up with glee.
If you would like to find out how to present Sandeel then click here.
Bass will work estuaries even on the smallest tides. This is because of the continued tidal run through the main channel that always displaces food items. Over the rough ground and surf beaches bass numbers will decline as the neap tides reach their lowest peak. This is because the lack of tide fails to disturb enough food forms for the bass to fill their bellies.
On the beaches the best tides are the middle sized ones and those just prior to the very biggest springs. The biggest springs themselves can be disappointing, though odd fish can still be caught.
Bass like rough weather. Not full blown gales, but those days when the wind comes off the sea at a steady force 3 to 6 creating a series of rollers that push across the sand and rocks and again expose food. Winds off the land that clear the water push the bass out to deeper water where they feed on the reef sandeels etc.
The other good time is just after a strong gale when the sea has been really rough and the surf is full of weed. Bass will work within a few yards of shore in these conditions.
Bass will feed by day if the sea is coloured or carrying a good surf. Generally, the fishing is best at night, especially dusk and dawn, but bass respond more to the state of the tide than the darkness of the hour.
ROUGH GROUND BEACHES:
Bass show over these beaches only at set times. It's usually low water and the first two hours of the flood, then the hour either side of high water. Outside the� periods bites are few and far between.
Long casts are not necessary. Dropping a large crab bait at about 40-metres or less will usually find the fish. But you need to hold the rod at all times and feel for the bites being transmitted through the rod. Bass mostly register on the rod tip initially with a couple of gentle knocks, then pull the rod tip hard over. You need to strike as the rod is pulled away from you.
In rough weather and heavy surf's, use a wired lead to anchor the bait in position, but again hold the rod and feel for bites. Start by casting out to medium range, then if no bites are forthcoming shorten the casts until you're working only 40-metres out, and if this fails to produce fish do not hesitate to put a bait as far as you can. It's a mistake to believe the books and articles that suggest bass are always close to shore. The truth is that the bass are where the food is, and this may beyond even the best casters at times.
In less rough seas and steady surf's, it pays to use a plain lead and let this roll with the tidal pressure on the line in a downtide and inward arc. The bait and lead then find all the depressions and gutters that the bass are likely to be feeding in.
These require a mix of the latter two techniques. The bar and main channel of the estuary may need to be fished with wired leads on a flooding tide, though if you pick a place just off the main current you can choose a plain lead and let the bait move across the seabed, again finding out and resting in the food holding depressions.
The creek and estuary sides need very short casts, often less than 20-metres and putting the crab bait down into the weed and rocks where the bass are hunting. Cast beyond these edges and you'll only catch flatfish.
Bass working the rough ground beaches, estuary bars and creeks will just as readily hit an artificial lure. The best are the ABU Toby spoon, the Dexter Wedge and the Redgill artificial sandeel.
Simply casting and retrieving the lure over the rough ground will catch bass, though you'll find that more fish are concentrated for this type of fishing around the river mouths and streams. Also try working the lure along the small finger reefs. Plugs work well, too, especially the slimmer bodied floating ones in silver and jointed ones that give off vibrations.
Inside the estuaries, aim to fish where the main channel has a bottleneck that forces the water through a narrow gap quickly. Bass will herd up the sandeel shoals against this passing current with three or four fish making charging runs into the sandeel to feed. A white or black Redgill can be deadly at this time.
There is a spare beach caster with reel at the Brittany holiday cottage with pool which is available for guest to use. If you would like someone to fish with I'd be more than happy to join you.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I was asking them how they came across the holiday cottage and what it was that appealed to them, they said; It was so hard trying to find a cottage sleeping 6 that had 2 bathrooms and 3 separate bedrooms, as initially family members were joining us. When searching Chez Nous the majority of cottages that slept 6 just had 2 bedrooms and relied on a bed settee to accommodate the other occupants, sleeping in the living area.
Margret went on to say that us women need time to get ready and if you only have 1 bathroom it would be a nightmare with 3 couples staying in accommodation like that, hence why La Forge appealed so much to us. Plus having a private pool I felt more comfortable sun bathing because as you get older you become more self aware of how you look in your swim wear.
It was lovely getting the feed back from the guest as it made me aware of the holiday cottages strengths with a view of successful marketing for the future.
So if you dont fancy sleeping on a bed settee and wish to have 3 seperate bedrooms and 2 bathrooms then La Forge is for you, we are now taking bookings for the 2010 season, book early to avoid disappointment.
Christmas and the New year weeks are still available, so if you fancy a beamed dwelling with a lovely log burner at Christmas fully decorated for the festive season then La Forge Brittany holiday cottage is just the ticket.
Friday, September 11, 2009
With just 4 weeks left before the Mike Williams classic I just passed another barrier today getting below 15 stone.....it may just be being 14st 13lbs but its a step in the right direction.
All week the weather here in Brittany has been fantastic and its been lovely going out doing the cardio either cycling 16 miles or power walking for 6 miles.
I have spent 4 Septembers now in Brittany and it seems to be a good month for weather, hence why I guess La Forge is fully booked this year until 26th, the pool is still open and heated so if your looking for some late sun and still able to enjoy a private swimming pool then this Brittany holiday cottage provides every thing that your looking for.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
He stated ' I did have a few results on the two days I went fishing at Etel during the end of August. Both at slack tide. On one day I caught four Turbot about 20 meters from shore and the other day I caught a mid sized Thornback ledgering some Mackerel strips of the end of the pier. Unfortunately, I lost a monster Bass - loss of which was probably not helped by the fact that I had these three or so plonkers standing right next to me demanding all kinds of questions as i was playing it in'.
If I had received that email before my trip I would not have spent the day spinning for Bass, bearing in mind he only hooked 1 in two trips and all the fish he had caught were flat fish I would have got my beach casters out and kept fishing through the change of tide rather than finishing as we did 30 min prior to high tide.
Oh well...its all part of fishing
I will go again next week and report back how I did, Etel is just 40 min away from the Brittany Holiday cottage.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
With just 5 weeks to go before the NPA Mike Williams classic training is going flat out at the gym at the Brittany holiday cottage.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
I went up there for a leg workout last Wednesday and was thrilled with the response of the owner and some of the lads on how lean I was looking and yesterday a friend commented on how good I was looking.
I have 5 weeks left before the show and the intention is still to get down too 13 1/2 stone meaning I need to loose 1 1/2 stone. Ive started having carb free days now, still eating 5 times per day of protein but now my daughter has returned from her holiday Ive got to really hit the bike as well.
I'll post some additional pictures once Ive reached 14 1/2 stone ideally before 20th September.
My mate down the road is going to re-start training once a week at the Brittany holiday cottage gym so I'll get some heavier workouts in.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
I got the ferry from La Harve too Portsmouth at 5pm yesterday and caught the noon ferry from Portsmouth back, for a return fair of £118 plus as a frequent traveler I gained points which will be used later this year for another return trip which after 12 months traveling via L & D lines will be free.
It was a wonderful crossing this afternoon, it was a glorious day and I sun bathed on the deck for the last few hours arriving at La Harve at 18.30 to see the temperature at that time still at 33 degrees.
Got back to the holiday cottage just before eleven, its so nice to get home.
Friday, August 28, 2009
With the sun shinning today we got a call from friends down the road inviting Amie over for the afternoon to play with her children, so with a free afternoon I managed to take the mountain bike out for 1 1/2 hours doing just over 16 miles up to Locmine and back.
I have not gained any weight during Amie's stay but managed to loose an additional 3 lbs, currently 15st 3lbs although I did hit 15st 1lbs earlier in the week, so fingers crossed its the sign that soon I'll shed a few extra pounds.
Two days this week I have had carb free days just consuming protein with the hope it will kick start the next loss of weight.
Id love to hit under 15 stone by the start of September and from next week back to bike work 5 or 6 days per week to really start cutting up.
September always seems to have great weather here at the Brittany holiday cottage so not only enjoyable bike rides but start topping up my tan, ready for the show. I do use fake tan the week prior to the show but the darker I am before the first application the darker I'll get.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The dad has borrowed my river Tarun fishing rod, bought especially to tackle the tree lined river, with licence in hand is going to have a crack at the river tomorrow using fly fishing tactics.
They enjoyed a day out today visiting the beautiful walled city of Vannes and loved the market in Aurray on Monday.
Its been a great year this year running the Brittany holiday cottage, Ive had some wonderful guest that I have really enjoyed chatting with and with full occupancy its been a great year all round.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
It was nice to see more inflatables installed within the park and the adventure area in the woods had also been revamped. In addition to the above there were pony rides available, a Pygmy goat petting area and crazy golf, we arrived at 10.30 and stayed until 4.30 mainly because I wanted to leave rather than the children.
If your staying at the Brittany holiday cottage and want a great day out for the children then I'd always recommend a trip to the inflatable park.
The cost per person is 7 euros.
Monday, August 24, 2009
She enjoyed every day of the 5 day course which concentrated on performing the Brest stroke, each child was initially given buoyancy aids no matter if they could swim or not and initially the leg technique was practiced, as time went bye depending on the ability of the child buoyancy aids were reduced and by the third day the arm movements were started.
Although I was initially despondent with the feeling that my daughter who could swim had buoyancy aids on, after the first session I could see the reasons why and liked the way the swimming was being taught.
I would recommend any child learning to swim to attend the course, even though my daughter could not understand French the instructor was extremely good in using body language to express what he wanted to see from her in the way she swam.
After attending the course having private use of the swimming pool at the Brittany holiday cottage is a great opportunity to put into practice what was learnt during the course.
Friday, August 21, 2009
It definitely seems to be as recommended from an ex pat that's been living and fishing in Brittany for the last 10 years, which is to fish between September and January.
I started fishing 5 hours before high tide with a Coeff of 108 which is high and as expected on every retrieve brought back clumps of weed. I let the bait stay out for 20 min each time and reel back to find weed and no bait left on the hook.
I had just the 1 bite and could not believe how small the Bass was, about 10 cms. I used rag worm on a sliding ledger.
I think now I will wait until the end of September before going again, when I'm told the big fish are back.
I'll post more fishing reports via the Brittany holiday cottage throughout the year.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The summer school holidays in France lasts 8 weeks and during this period swimming schools are run at the public pool, its a 5 day course, 45 minutes each day for 35 euro's for the course. With a qualified instructor plus the competition of other children my daughter this week started the course today and began learning the leg movements for breast stroke, she said afterwards that she enjoyed the class and is looking forward to tomorrows.
Its a great opportunity to entertain the younger children, improve their swimming then to come back to the cottage after the lesson and put into practice what was learnt in the private pool of the cottage.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
They had some great days out while staying at the holiday cottage, two to mention are a cruise starting at St Goustan going on too the Ile Aux Moins, it was a lovely 2 hour cruise going around all the many Islands of the Morbhian then staying 5 hours on the Ile aux Moins where they had a picnic and spent the day on a wonderful beach.
Another great day out was a day hire of a motor boat from La Gacilly.
Its lovely hearing about all the great days out that the guest enjoy while staying at the Brittany holiday cottage and they confirmed how ideally situated the cottage is to explore all the delights of southern Brittany.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
The restaurant provides some great tasty thin based pizza's that can be eaten within or taken away.
Opening hours are:
September till June: Monday closed,Tuesday and Wednesday lunch time only,Thursday, Friday and Saturday open for lunch and evening while Sunday just the evening.
July & August:Monday closed, Tuesday through too Saturday lunch and evening service, Sunday evening only.
I'm only recommending restaurants that I regularly eat at because the food is always good and the service excellent. Its all part of making your stay at the holiday cottage a great time away.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
My daughter is currently over for a 3 week holiday, so Im sure I'll check the park out and report back my own findings.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I always recommend guest enjoy a night swim but not many take the plunge due to the cool evening air, but once in the water the temperature difference is greater than a day time swim hence why its so enjoyable.
Its a great experience, so when your here for a holiday just let me know when you want a swim under the stars and I'll keep the pool open, that's the great thing when a holiday cottage has a private pool you don't have to worry about other guest.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I have just noticed the best before date is August 09 so hopefully it wont effect its use up till the show date. Its been a year since I have used Creatine so I should get a good result from its use, the intention is to try to prevent muscle loss over the next 10 weeks as the diet really gets serious.
The normal procedure is to load it for 5 days using 20 grams per day followed by a maintenance dose of 10 grams per day for 6 weeks, Im looking to load for 9 days then continue the maintenance dose right up to the show. So I expect my workouts to increase in intensity over the weeks in the Gym at the Brittany holiday cottage and start doing longer bike rides.
I will post new pictures at the end of the first week of September when hopefully I'll be under 14 stone and starting too get defined.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Guest staying at the holiday cottage for the last 2 weeks have been using the gym during their stay and have enjoyed the fact the gym is just next door to the cottage.
When ever I have friends stay with me I have always popped down too Le Citron Vert for a bite to eat or for a drink and a game of pool in the Bar area. The restaurant also has a terrace area to eat alfresco of to enjoy a drink.
Ive personally tried all the main course dishes over my time at the Brittany holiday cottage and enjoyed them all;
Entrecote: ( Sauces aux choix) 13.00 euros
Sauces: Beurre Maitre d'hotel, au poivre vert ou roquefort
Escalope de dinde a la creme champignon 11.50 euros
Cotelettes d'agneau parfume au romarin 13.00 euros
Magret de canard et sa sauce aux airelles 13.00 euros
All the dishes are accompanied with fries and salad
In addition to the main courses there are 4 different salads for starters and as expected from a creperie a wide choice of sweet and savory crepes plus a menu for children at 6.50 euros
The new owner of the restaurant Frank is extremely welcoming and will ensure you enjoy a nice meal at his restaurant, cooked by his wife, during your stay at La Forge Brittany holiday cottage.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Each year I go to all the local tourist information offices in the surrounding towns and gather all the years details so guest staying at the holiday cottage have all the information at hand and can just get on with enjoying their holiday and making the most of there time at La Forge.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I would have to say that casting isn't easy as the river is covered in trees and the river has a lot of slow water which is good for spinning or bait fishing but a waste of time for fly and you really do need at least waist waders , my wellies just about did , only one wet foot !
Monday: Auray has a lovely market in the morning that inter winds along all the streets and the old port of St Goustain is a great place to catch lunch or simply have a nice cup of coffee overlooking the river.
There are also markets in Pontivey and Gourin.
Tuesday: Arzon, Damgan both have morning markets
Wednesday:Vannes has a lively market in the morning and Damgan during the summer months has an arts and crafts evening market.
Thursday: Just down the road from the Brittany holiday cottage is the market of Locmine or a recommended market by guest this year in Hennebont.
Friday:La Trinite sur mer has a morning market.
Saturday: Baud, Damgan, Josselin, Vannes and Lamou Plage all offer morning markets
Sunday: A great morning market in Carnac.
All the markets offer local grown produce, fresh fish, bread and some offer live stock.
What ever you want from a French holiday the Brittany holiday cottage with pool is ideally situated.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Ive been there 3 times now and have never seen any trouble and it does feel a very friendly place to have a dance and boogie.
The entry fee is 10 euro's but with that you get a free drink of your choice.
Friday, July 24, 2009
While the east coast of the peninsular is very calm the west coast is more rugged and wind swept and is very popular with wind and kite surfers.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I started with a tin of beans, 3 whole fried eggs and a steak, lunch 250 grams of cheese and a pack of ham with a whole French baguette and butter, dinner was steak, eggs and chips plus I managed to get through a litre of Ice cream (1000 calories in the tub) plus some chocolate.
On Saturday morning I weighed in at 15st 11lbs, from Saturday the diet recommenced plus the cardio and today I weighed in at 15st 6lbs. The hope is I will be at least 15st 4lbs by Friday.
I have also increased my weight training by an additional day therefore training 4 times per week in the Gym.
New guest arrived at La Forge last Saturday and are using the gym themselves during there 2 week stay at the holiday cottage, both were impressed with the standard of equipment and the versatility of what exercises can be performed.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
I open the private swimming pool mid March with the heater warming the water up ready for the start of the main holiday season starting in April. Special deal for the month of April:The normal cost per week is £549 from April through too end of May, but as a special price book 2 weeks for just £699 plus enjoy the flexibility of having a flexible start date.
Why not enjoy the Easter school holidays enjoying the French weather at the Brittany holiday Cottage and enjoy the private pool.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
The family loved the pool and enjoyed it each day, 2 of the children were competitive swimmers and the Dad said it was nice just to see them play and have fun in a swimming pool rather than the hours of training that they do back in the UK.
The holiday cottage is available to rent all year long and the private swimming pool is open from the start of April until the end of September and is heated throughout the time.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Today they have given me a call to say that they have the month of September still available to rent. Both cottages sleep 6 and have 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and come with a swimming pool that is shared.
If anyone is interested to book just contact me through my email address:firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll pass your details onto Emma.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
One of my hobbies is Scuba Diving but I must confess I have been limited to the types of diving I've done. All my dives have been in nice warm water over 27c with good visibility of over 30 meters and only 30 dives logged.
Last year I had a friend over for a holiday and I decided to go for a dive via the dive school based at Carnac while he went sailing. It had been 2 years since my last dive holiday in Egypt and always in the past if its been over 6 months from my last dive I have always had a check dive with an instructor to make sure I was confident in the water.
Now totally my own fault because as a diver the only person you can trust for your own safety is yourself and this particular day I failed big time, I told the dive instructor that it had been 2 years since my last dive but I am a very confident diver and asked 'do I need a check dive?'The instructor said that it was not necessary and he and I would buddy up for the dive and he would keep an eye on me.
I had told him what my past diving experiences were and he said no problem.
Firstly I was given a full dive suit as the water temp was 16c and was asked how much weight I needed for my belt, I said I had no idea as wearing a shortie in the past I was down to 4 kilo's and had no idea of the buoyancy of a full colder water dive suit.
On the boat out to the dive site I discovered that the dive instructor was not just looking after me but he was diving with a group of 7, we put 10 kilo's on the dive belt and he said he had an additional few kilo's on him if I required additional weight.
So with 10 min to go before we reached the dive site we all got kitted up, my gear was not checked by the dive instructor and I did not check him as he was busy sorting out the party.
When we entered the water I could not believe the visibility it was like pea soup down to 5 ft and being one of the last to start my decent everyone had disappeared before I had got down to 5 meters. At that point I was struggling with my weight belt, it was basically slipping off my waist and sliding down my legs, struggling to sort the belt out I was now all alone, 20 seconds later the dive instructor came back up to me but indicated for me to surface and he was being followed by the rest of the party.
When we were back on the boat he said he could see I was having trouble but the anchor had come loose and he decided to save the boat first from drifting off rather than assisting me. We then re-positioned the dive boat and this time my equipment was checked.
Once in the water everything was fine and we got down to the bottom at 20 meters and started to swim along the sea wall, the instructor was leading the party and I found myself at the back of the party. I decided to try and get closer to 'MY BUDDY' only to find it impossible as all the other divers were blocking my way, I then moved up a little to swim over the pack to get close to the instructor but when I was hit with all the bubbles from the tanks below started to go up.
That's when to be honest I don't know what happened apart from panic, the dive party disappeared, my mask was clouding up and I had no idea if I was stationary or drifting upward until it was to late and I had started to accelerate upwards as I became more buoyant and broke surface a few seconds later. I was disgusted with myself because I have never before done that and knew how dangerous it was.
I had to make a decision because I knew I must now be missing from the dive party and after sorting myself out went down again to join them. At 20 meters I located 2 divers and joined them thinking they were my party only to find they were a separate pair that were on the same boat...now what to do, I stayed there for 30 seconds to see if I could find my guys but no joy.
Now were they still down here or had they surfaced to find me, I decided to go up and sure enough the whole party were near the boat, they had been down for only 10 min in total and now the dive had ended due to me getting lost.
It was a very quite boat ride on the way back.
Back at the dive club I booked a check dive for the following day and just said that I was not used to the diving conditions. The next day I arrived back in Carnac to be told that due to bad weather the visibility was to bad to dive, I said I thought the previous day was bad at which point they said 'no that was ok'.
In front of all the other divers I said to the dive instructor I had a confession to make, he asked what. I said sorry I lied, I'm not actually a qualified diver, I just wanted to have a go yesterday. The dive instructor could not grasp exactly what I had said so after repeating it his mouth dropped with shock, he realized his mistake. Even though I had them in my bag he did not ask to see my licence or Dive log before I dived with them.
The thing that really hit me after the dive the previous day was if I had died no one had my details, no one knew who I was and it really hit home the lack of professionalism.
Hence a very important lesson was learnt, never forget your training and speak up if your not happy with the situation.
Talking to some of the other divers there are some good dive sites around Carnac but as yet I have not had the urge to go back....I think I need a few dives in comfortable surroundings to regain my confidence.
What ever your sport or hobby your sure to find it close bye the Brittany Holiday Cottage and I'll be happy to assist to find out details of what you are interested in prior to your holiday at La Forge.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The final video from the circus visiting the Brittany holiday cottage with pool last summer.Its a bank holiday here today as the French celebrate Bastille Day, I'm of to Josselin to watch the annual celebrations as the town travels back in time and relives the middle ages.
This weeks guest staying at the Brittany holiday cottage have already gone to watch and enjoy.
The final video's from the circus visiting Baud last year, just 3 miles from the Brittany holiday cottage with pool. During your holiday staying at La Forge you are spoilt for choice of great places to visit, things to do and see to keep you entertained.
Each year I go to all the local tourist offices and gain literature for all the events during the year and place them inside the Holiday Cottage for your perusal.
Monday, July 13, 2009
The Brittany holiday cottage is situated in a lovely rural hamlet called Kerbourbon just 3 miles from the market town of Baud. As mentioned in an earlier blog the circus is in town tonight, so I've enclosed another video from last year, although animals are used they look in good condition but the show also contains other good acts from the family of performers.
The Brittany holiday cottage is available to rent all year and we are now taking bookings for 2010, book early to avoid disappointment.
If the circus is not in town during your stay at the holiday cottage no need to worry because 3 or 4 different circuses travel around Brittany during the season so its easy to find one.