Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Olivier Debré Contemporary Art Centre in Tours...open


Well yes and no...we had to go up to Tours yesterday to visit one of its many medical clinics as Pauline was having a MOT type check-up (passed with flying colours BTW) and as it was raining, decided to take in a visit to the new contemporary art centre built near the Pont Wilson Bridge in the north of the city. We choose the underground bunker that is the parking on 'Place Anatole France' which is within walking distance of the centre.


The grounds are still being worked on externally but the site is open for visitors although unfortunately for us,not on a Tuesday! I should heed my own advice - in France when planning a trip check opening hours first due to the different opening time criteria 'historical monument', seasonal variations etc.. So after quite a bit of announcing its opening, up until May 20th it is not open Mondays or Tuesdays and when it is, it is from 11.30am (?) - something to do over lunchtime rather than eating? don't think so!

FYI
  • 11/03/2017 to 20/05/2017 : from 11:30 to 18:00 (except Monday - Tuesday
  • 21/05/2017 to 15/09/2017 : from 11:30 to 19:00

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Brocante bizarre...Preuilly-sur-Claise


Sunday's brocante at Preuilly-sur-Claise had the usual eclectic mix of items for sale...nothing too bizarre although the life-size grumpy policeman might just qualify.

Monday, 24 April 2017

A weekend of sunshine and reminders


What a good weekend weather-wise. We are always grateful when we have a sunny day when greeting new guests as on Saturday, when a lovely couple from Wyoming arrived at 'Le Bourg'. It also allowed us to do some overdue garden work at the Old Walnut Mill. We also had some leisure time which as ever involved eating and drinking, Aperos on Friday night with friends and neighbours on Grande Rue and dinner with friends on Saturday night, We rounded it off by catching up with our neighbour David last night for aperos and are embarrassed to admit we missed a 'significant' birthday of his (bad). His last milestone was actually celebrated in our barn 10 years ago (surely it can't be?) and we would have loved to have done something for him again (though the barn is now crammed full of 'stuff'). Anyway it drives home the point that no matter how busy you are you need to take time out for others.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Yesterday at Preuilly-sur-Claise - 'Foire de la Saint-Georges'


Lovely spring day for a walk around the brocante at Preuilly-sur-Claise




The sun had its effect on choice of headgear.



On brocante day was amused to see that this shop was closed for the afternoon.



By the time we got to this display we were rather tired! 


Sadly the only thing that caught our eye was this pair of tables. We had to actually waken the stall holder from a little snooze to enquire as to the price, 15€ each, she had earlier bought them from the stall across from her! We let her return to her snooze.


We ended the afternoon by joining Simon and Susan for a refreshment (water) on the way back to our car and then on to this charming little cottage for a spot of sparkling Vouvray with the owner who we have only recently become reacquainted with.






Saturday, 22 April 2017

First meal alfresco at La Guerche...

Pauline calls it 'a study of deprivation'

We were able to have our first meal (lunch) in our courtyard at La Guerche yesterday due to Charlie and Pascal our plumbers and Jean-Paul our electrician getting us hooked up to some services...progress indeed. 

Friday, 21 April 2017

Something for the weekend...Brocantes / Vide-greniers 22nd/23rd April,


Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 22nd April

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

  
CHAMBRAY LES TOURS  Vide-greniers **

PREUILLY SUR CLAISE  Foire de la St-George ***



Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 23rd April
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown


BLERE  Vide-greniers **

CHINON  Vide-greniers ***

CROTELLES  Vide-greniers *

HUISMES  Vide-greniers *

JOUE LES TOURS  Vide-dressing *

LA'NGENNERIE  Vide-greniers *

MONTLOUIS SUR LOIRE  Brocante de la St-jean ****

NOUANS LES FONTAINES  Brocante Vide-greniers **

NOYANT DE TOURAINE  Vide-greniers **

SAINT CYR SUR LOIRE  Vide-greniers **

SAINT LAURENT EN GATINES  Brocante Vide-greniers *

SAINT SENOCH  Brocante **

SAINTE MAURE DE TOURAINE  Marché aux Livres de Printemps *

SAINT VALENTIN  Brocante Marché aux Plants **

TOURS  Vide Grenier APE Camus Maurois **

TOURS  Brocante BD Béranger ***

VALLERES  Vide Greniers ***

VILLAINES LES ROCHERS  Vide-greniers *


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Returning again and again to the Loire Valley...


Our American sisters are heading home after their usual bumper packed holiday in France.They took in Paris and Chartres and a stay in Burgundy after their visit to Le Bourg here in Barrou.

This was their fourth visit to Barrou and as their comment in the houses guestbook suggests, they hope to return again next year:

"We love being here - our second home. Jim & Pauline are wonderful - so kind and attentive....we have been here four times and plan to be here again next April. We love 'Le Bourg', Barrou and especially Jim & Pauline. There is always something new to do here!"