The Local Outings Club
The Local Outings Club is for those members of the Association Des Amis who wish to discover or learn more about Central Brittany and its local heritage - history, religion, culture, customs, crafts and nature (landscapes, fauna, flora etc.). Francis Le Lay, who knows Central Brittany so well, suggests an interesting visit each month, with commentary provided by the owners or by highly-qualified specialists, in both French and English.
Since the start of the club in September 2016, varied outings have taken place such as:
St Pierre's Church and St Gildas's Chapel at Carnoët
the Church and Radio Kreiz Breizh broadcasting station at St Nicodème
Monsieur and Madame Chambry's modern farm at Duault
St Pierre's Church and the Menou biscuit factory (and its museum devoted to old shops)
Royden Jenkins's tree garden at Lohuec
Patrick Morin's Breton spaniel breeding farm at Keranlouan, Callac
the volcanic lava quarry of Milin-ar-Stang at Lohuec
the remembrance stone of Kerhamon at Duault
Martin Vaculik's organic farm at Lesmabon, Duault
Lohuec, the history of its former low furnaces and the remains of slag in the local forest.
The visits usually take place on Monday or Wednesday afternoons.
If you are interested, please contact Catherine Sinclair, President of the Association:
(telephone: 02.96.45.95.94 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Visit to Michel Lozac'h, beekeeper in Callac - 5 December
On Francis' suggestion, 18 members of the Local Outings Club visited Michel Lozac'h, a beekeeper in Callac. Thanks to Michel, we learnt a lot about bees: their history, different types of bees, their life-cycle, and the work involved generally in beekeeping and managing beehives. This visit focused on their activity in winter, and it's hoped to follow it up with other visits at different times of the year, so that Michel will be able to explain the different stages of the life of the bees and the work of a beekeeper throughout the year.
At the end of the visit, we were delighted to taste some of Michel's lovely honey - two thick honeys - one made in spring, one made in summer, and a runny honey also made in summer. The differences in texture and taste were amazing, but it was not easy for us amateurs to decide which flowers they had been made from. Then to round off the visit we tasted some of Michel's chouchen, which was a real treat.
Visit to a modern dairy farm that uses a robot system - 27 January
Ms. Clochet of Locarn spent a good two hours showing us around her modern farm where dairy milking is fully automated. She answered all of our questions with a smile. A big thank you to her for her warm welcome.