Wendy Mewes writing about Brittany
The island of Ouessant is one of the most remarkable places in Brittany.
This extract is from a much longer text.
The island of Ouessant -
The island itself has a history of austerity for man and a richness of nature surprising in such a treeless and weather-
In no sense is Ouessant dull. The bourg of Lampaul is rife with flowers, pink and white valerian exploding like fireworks from the high stone walls, every garden planted to burst out in brightness as early as the seasons allow. On the swathes of pasture and cliff-
The sea has always rolled out the imaginative and everyday rhythm of this place. Local legends feature the Morganez and Morganezed, mer-
The ragged edge of the north coast from Le Stiff to the Pointe de Pern has borne the brunt of the weather and tides, raw rock faces like eviscerated innards of the earth, the granite slowly disintegrating via fissures where the insidious moisture of the salt air has penetrated. Fantastic formations contribute to the sense of rough brute creation, a work hewn of gigantic movements over aeons of time, a work in progress if the elements have their brutal way, shearing off any tell-
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