28-Jul-2002 -- Today, on Sunday, we visited the second confluence close to Lorient ("An
Orient" in the language of Brittany peninsula), the port where we are
loading at present.
From Lorient we took the express route N165 in direction Rennes, and later
we took several smaller roads until we reached the Lock Nr. 6 of the River Blavet at Rimaison.
There we parked our car and walked a few hundred metres along the River
Blavet towards East.
We realized the confluence to be somewhere in the South, but in order to
reach it we had to climb up through the densely wooded riverbed, full of
thicket and thorns.
Finally we reached the top of the riverbed and saw a farmhouse, about 180 metres East of the confluence.
Walking along a yellow corn field towards West we reached an oak tree, where a plate told us the confluence to be a 23 metres
more in the South, which was perfectly true.
The yellow corn plants were already more than head-high, so it was not easy
to take pictures in all directions. We attach, however, the view to the
After having gathered ourselves around the oak tree and taken the group
photo we went back to the riverbed. Underway Werner, being a
physician, detected the medicinal herb digitalis purpurea (foxglove).
Dr. Werner explains:
Digitalis purpurea contains an alcaloid effective on the heart. It is used
in medicine when tachycardia due to atrial fibrillation does occur.
In the past it was used as well against cardiac insufficiency. Digitalis
acts on the calcium channels in the cardiac muscle cells' stimulus
conducting system, the impulses on the so-called cardiac AV-node are
reduced, and the heart continues to beat more regularly.
After having made our way down back to the River through the thicket and the
thorns Anika requested medical assistance. Dr.
Werner, having a forceps with him had to extract several thorns out of her