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:email@example.com 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.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I will post more comments from the Brittany holiday cottage with pool guest book in the future.
Friday, July 10, 2009
With fishing licence bought plus a pair of wellies he fly fished working his way up stream and only 10 mins into the session caught his first Trout. Unfortunately that was the only fish he caught in the 2 hour session but as every fisherman knows just being on the water is enough.
Later in the evening he returned to the river and during another hour of fishing caught a slightly larger fish than the earlier one- still not a keeper but enjoyable to catch.
Fishing licences can be bought in Baud and I will be happy to assist in any fishing queries that guest of the holiday cottage may have.
I'm still hoping to book the Christmas and new year period this year and have started advertising the 2010 season within the website of the Brittany Holiday Cottage. Its always been a goal to have 20 plus weeks booked per year, so fingers crossed.
For the 2010 season I have decided not to increase the rental rates, therefore they have been frozen for 3 years now making the cottage great value for money.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Dumbell presses; Flat, incline or decline
Heavy dumbell flying; Flat, incline or decline
Shoulders & Back:
Heavy Shoulder press
Single arm dumbell rows
Arms: its just a joy to start using heavier weights for dumbell curls or extensions
when spending money in the gym I try to create as many different uses as possible for the money spent.My goal is to make the gym at the Brittany holiday cottage home away from home for those serious about weight training or keeping fit.
In 2008 the gym was created and the plastic terrace furniture was replaced with a good quality set of wooden table and chairs. Also that year the bedrooms were changed from one double and two twins to the new arrangements of two doubles and a twin, a new double bed was bought with a range of new bed linen.
Before the start of the 2009 holiday season at the Brittany Holiday Cottage the bedrooms were all decorated.
I hope that returning guest to La Forge Brittany Holiday Cottage see the difference each year and can see my working principles in practice......look after your guest.
Monday, July 6, 2009
One element was to plant loads of sub tropical plants to enhance the guest relaxation around the pool while enjoying the sun.
One of my favorite plants is Tropicana also known as Canna which has large banana like leaves and produces 6ft tall flowers from July through too October.
I guess looking back each year Ive re-invested 25% of the rental income back into the Brittany Holiday Cottage to enhance the property each year, either in the garden or within the house.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
From the Brittany Holiday cottage Ive got a choice of bike rides ranging from reasonably flat too undulating for the entire circuit.
This evening started with a 5 mile circuit with a really hard initial hill, followed by hills throughout then finished with a 4 mile stretch on the flat just to keep the legs moving. I have stopped the diary on calories consumed each day but I think from tomorrow id better start again and keep to a strict 1800 calories per day and review after 2 weeks.
A friend down the road is looking to start a cycling holiday business as the local area is perfect for road racing as well as for enjoyment.
The chickens are doing really well, laying 4 eggs per day, they really enjoy the excess produce a friend is bringing around from her vegetable patch. When I was back in the UK I asked about the colour of the yokes as mine were a very pale yellow and was told to feed the chickens more greens. Since then the yokes have turned a nice orange and its fun to watch them devour a large lettuce, cucumber or some tomatoes.
Once the mature apple tree in the garden has ripe apples I'll feed those to the birds as well, I find them to sharpe for my liking.
In hindsight getting the chickens was such a good idea, all the guest staying at the holiday cottage enjoy watching them.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Popped into Baud after the guest arrived and bought a new saddle for my mountain bike, the best 30 euros Ive spent. What a difference for comfort on ridding the bike, just popped out for a 8 mile ride with no pain at all...now the road work starts, with just 14 weeks to go before the competition the weight really has to start coming off me.
My aim is to be below 15 stone by the start of August, ideally below 14st 7lbs as I'm starting the creatine at that point and have always put on weight when Ive started it, so its on the bike every day for me now.
One thing that has surprised me as Ive lost the weight is my joints have started to ache, first the elbows then the knees which has effected my training. I started taking Cod Liver oil tablets at the start of June and since riding the bike for the last 2 weeks my knees feel alot better enabling me to squat again.
I touched 15st 9lbs this week, I feel confident I'll get to the show in condition and have noticed a sudden change on how lean I'm looking with my abbs showing well now.
Its great countryside around the Brittany holiday cottage for ridding a bike with loads of hills to push your legs and the downward side to recover.
Friday, July 3, 2009
The swimming pool has been very welcome during these hot days, new guest arrive tomorrow, so today was getting the garden ship shape for their arrival. The cottage is now fully booked until 26th September, making this year the highest occupancy since i bought the property.
So if your interested in enhancing your French while on holiday, Sophie will be more than happy to arrange classes during your stay at the Brittany holiday Cottage.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Kerbernez a 9 hole par 35 over 2643 yards:
From the Brittany Golf guide:It enjoys a superb natural setting on the edge of the Odet river and only 10 min away from Quimper. A compact tree lined course.
L'Odet a 18 hole par 72 over 6390 yards plus a 9 hole par 27 over 1203 yards
From the Brittany Golf guide: Situated amongst oaks and pines in the Fouesnantais Copse, its large open spaces for high handicappers. The fairways, which but relatively short are quite flat with bunkers as the nearby beaches.
Quimper-Cornouaille a 18 hole par 71 over 6213 yards.
From the Brittany Golf guide: Overlooking the bay of La Foret-Fouesnant,this challenging golf course presenting a variety of obstacles is recommended for its design, surrounding landscape and the friendliness of this clubhouse inside the Le Mesneur manor house.