Photographer's Note

Here is another photo following my previous post about the traditional costume of Plougastel, and also adding to the theme : "GB Red telephone kiosks".

Red is the eye-catching colour here, as the main theme of the fresco is STRAWBERRIES, the famous symbol of Plougastel.
It was introduced in the commune by AMEDEE FRANCOIS FREZIER who was a military engineer, explorer, botanist, sailor and cartographer in the 18th century.
He imported from Chili, a thick, WHITE strawberry, which he crossed with the wild, red strawberry of the region. It developed so well that it has made the region rich up to this time. The reason being a well-drained soil made of about 15cm earth over schyst situated on slopes mainly facing south, ideal for cultivating that fruit,.
His name FREZIER, that of the "creator" of the FRAISIER (stawberry plant in French) is a matter of extraordinary coincidence : In the 10th century, his ancestor offered a delicious dish of strawberries to the French king Charles III, who then knighted him and gave him the name of FRAISE (strawberry), later deformed into FRAZER in the Scottish branch of the family, and came back to France as FREZIER. Amazing that it should be his descendant, who, 8 centuries later "invented" the red, cultivated strawberry in France, which extended to the rest of Europe.

To the right of the phone booth, you can also see two FISHERMEN, as fishing is, was an important activity of the peninsula, where the sea of the Bay of Brest is omnipresent. The motto of the commune is "WAR ZOUAR HA WAR VOR", breton for "ON LAND AND AT SEA".

The two ladies are wearing the everyday traditional working costume.
The little girl is wearing the traditional baby blue costume (see pict 172).
The girl standing in front of the tractor is wearing the young ladies'colourful costume.
The males'waistcoats are either pink or blue.

Up to a year ago, all number plates in France used to end with the number of the department where the vehicle came from. That number was determined alphabetically. Thus FINISTERE, where Plougastel is situated, has the number 29, after Eure-et-Loir, 28, and before Gard, 30.
It used to be a game on the road to guess where the cars came from, thanks to their number-plates. Unfortunately, that has also changed now.

These booths once famous all over Great Britain were scrapped under Margaret Thatcher for a financial reason. They were considered to be too expensive to keep, as the Post Office used to paint them about 3 times a year.
Some were kept by the town councils, but in a lot of cases, more rarely painted, except in London.
Some were given away as presents to twin-towns in France. This one on the picture comes from Saltash, Plougastel's twin town, near Plymouth which is also the twin town of Brest near Plougastel.
I believe this telephone is still usable, but rarely used of course, with the advent of mobiles.

This very COMPREHENSIVE fresco was painted on the wall of the former tourist bureau, on the central "Place du Calvaire".
Observing it quite closely, in order to write this note, I found plenty to say hence the lengthy writing.
I usually try to keep my notes short, in order not to bore my readers, so I apologise for this one, but I couldn't help explaining all I saw on it.
I hope some people will be interested.

I wasn't going to add any WS this time because of the lengthy writing, but I have done it for Fanni (Elena), although she didn't have to push me too hard :-)
WS1 : A strawberry field.
WS2 :Plougastel coat of arms.

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