brittany, 9 pm.

June 9, 2016

brittany golden hour | reading my tea leavesWe’ve been singing rounds of Wheels on the Bus, except instead of rousing odes to wheels and windows and wipers, we’re celebrating a rowdy bus of animals: cows and doggies and fish, if you’d like to know. The fish on the bus go… [mime your best fishy faces while crossing your eyes]. It’s the most requested verse and only results in a slight headache after the eighth time repeating it. Small price to pay for relative tranquility on country roads. 

The sun sets marvelously late in Brittany this time of year and to take advantage of the sun without utterly neglecting our parental responsibility to get a toddler to sleep at a reasonable hour, we’ve been taking evening drives and walks in the golden hours before sunset. Faye wears her pajamas. We all wear the same dopey expression that only late-day sunlight can conjure. I’m holding out hope that one of these nights Faye might fall asleep in the car and we’ll get to stay out until the ten pm hour when the sun finally sinks below the horizon. An adequate date night if I’ve ever heard of one.

Until then, I spend my time obsessing over the way the light hits silvered fence posts. James spends his time chasing shots of birds in flight. Poor Faye cranes her neck in an effort to spot horses [herrr], goats [ meeeeh], and cows [cow] from her carseat. Last night she was utterly enthralled by a fly on her window [ssip…Little-Fur-Family style]. You know, simple stuff.
brittany golden hour | reading my tea leaves

brittany golden hour | reading my tea leaves
brittany golden hour | reading my tea leaves

brittany golden hour | reading my tea leaves

brittany golden hour | reading my tea leaves

brittany golden hour | reading my tea leaves


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  • Reply Arianna June 9, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful pictures! They make me want to take my shoes off as well and run through the fields!


  • Reply Sarah June 9, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Beautiful! Which département are you in?

  • Reply Alie June 9, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Love this so much! We used to live in Scotland and summer evenings with light past 11 were so golden and wonderful!

  • Reply Laurie Buchanan June 9, 2016 at 11:55 am

    I just discovered your blog through my niece, Ashley. A dyed-in-the-wool minimalist, my husband and I live in a 500-square-foot carriage house in the Pacific Northwest. Nice to meet you!

  • Reply Stacy June 9, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    The simplicity and calm of these pictures makes me think about all the ways we could enjoy our own surroundings every day or week — the way we would view the foreign countryside, or even some closer-by vacation destination, with wonder and appreciation. So much beauty surrounds us; I may just need to go for a drive around my neighborhood and into the nearby hills this weekend, just to take in the calm and long California days.

  • Reply Lydia @ lupinelydia June 9, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    ohhhh lovely! definitely adding “france in summertime” to my travel bucketlist. 😉

  • Reply Mary Katherine June 9, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    So lovely. I miss the late sunsets in France (as well as the late sunrises–every night owl/non morning-person’s dream!)

    Are you doing any traveling around the region? I know I’ve posted this on your blog before, but St Malo + Mont St Michel, do it do it do it!

  • Reply Jess June 9, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    I looooove the cows photo. Could frame and sell, I’d buy it. <3 Saw your mom last week at Foodworks, so excited you get to be over there for a while!

  • Reply Aimee June 9, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Beautiful photos! My favorites of your trip so far. I love a good open field.


  • Reply Susana Galli June 9, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    One of the best things about late sunsets isthat they last longer and the way the light” sits”, apart from that, even after 11 years of living in Scotland I can’t still get used to it (dinner times, sleep, awaking to already morning etc…)
    It looks like you’re having a lovely time in France!

  • Reply Naomi June 9, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Beautiful shots. Thank you for that little bit of French light. xo

  • Reply Anne June 10, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    In pictures (and I know pictures never quite capture reality) this looks nearly identical to the area of Missouri that I grew up in. 🙂 Cows and all! I love the summer evening walk – one of the best parts of summer, definitely.

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