Monday, 23 January 2017

Afternoon fit for a king...

Enjoyed more gallete des rois (and sparkly wine) over in Le Grand Pressigny on Saturday afternoon courtesy of Marie from our Christmas choir. Good to get together again with a few of our fellow carolers.

Pics below were taken en-route back to Barrou.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Come dine with me...

We have our annual 'Fete de la Saint-Blaise' here in Barrou on February 18th with me as its president. It is a day of  good food, wine and company in a convivial atmosphere. If anyone cares to join us we would be happy to supply the necessary tickets.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Walking to work...

Pauline has taken to walking from Barrou to the house at La Guerche and back, as part of her 'regime' going into 2017. It is a 45 minute walk each way and she has stuck to the task well. I joined her one day for our 'weekly walk' but on that day we did Barrou-La Guerche-Maire-Lesigny-Barrou, a good 12km and 2 1/4 hours. 

It is not the most interesting of walks, it takes us along 'Route du Moulin A Vent' before turning right along 'l'Aulnaie' a stretch that offers no protection from a chilly January wind!

You do catch a glimpse of 'Chateau de Rocreuse' which 'lords' over us from the other side of the river.

There is not much else until you reach the outskirts of La Guerche itself  where as you look to your left along
'Le Grand Moulin' you see the impressive millhouse.

Entering the village you pass one of our favourite views on 'Rue des Ramparts'.

Even on a chilly January day the village and its chateau gives of a bright glow belying the temperature

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Returning to the Loire Valley and France...

We have started taking bookings for our vacation rental houses here in Southern Touraine and are delighted to report that we have returning guests in each of the houses, This is particularly pleasing as it confirms to us that the service we are offering must be along the right lines plus the area has so much to offer you just have to return. At 'Le Bourg' (which we manage) we have our 4 lovely american friends actually returning for their fourth time, having fallen in love with Barrou and the 'village' experience.
The houses:

'Old Walnut Mill'

The 'Old Walnut Mill' is a delightful 19th century 2 bedroom cottage in the village of Barrou in Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire France. The village sits on the banks of the river Creuse surrounded by rolling countryside. It has welcomed guests from around the world who have enjoyed the ‘French village experience’. In 2016 we had the pleasure of receiving gifted painters who enjoyed the many opportunities to capture images of this very pretty part of France. The house is within walking distance of the village amenities, the restaurant, boulangerie, butcher and convenience store.

'Les Balcons' 
Quality two storey 3 bedroom  Loire Valley house for rent in the popular village of Le Grand Pressigny in the department of Indre et Loire, France. The village’s location makes it an ideal base to explore the Loire Valley, its chateaux and other delights as well many of the attractions of the neighbouring department of Vienne such as Futuroscope. The village itself has a restaurant, two bars, boulangerie (baker) boucherie (butcher) and épicier (grocer) pharmacy and newsagent all within walking distance of the house.

'Le Bourg'
Lovely riverside barn conversion with separate 'petite maison'. The house is in the village of Barrou, in the department of Indre et Loire, France and as the name suggests 'Le Bourg' is located in the centre of the village. Its situation means you have the benefits of experiencing a small French village but you are also ideally placed to visit all the major attractions of the Loire valley plus some of the highlights of the neighbouring department of 'Vienne'

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Mister man...walking near Chaumussay

Went for a walk on Sunday with our friend Dave around his lovely property near Chaumussay. It was a misty afternoon but didn't detract from a good walk.

Dave took us on one of his well-trodden paths that crossed a couple of different 'official' routes.

Probably just as well he was there as signage continues to confuse us!

What's the code? Or is it a formula involving pi?

Which way now?

Not this way...that takes you over a ditch and onto a field with no obvious path??

Some vines waiting for spring. I am always amazed  that these scrawny plants produce so much pleasure.

Still in use?

Sunday, 8 January 2017

If prizes were given...

If there was a award for the best decorated village around us  here in Barrou then the prize must surely go to our neighbour Lesigny... with a special commendation going to the the Pharmacy for its wonderful window displays.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Another walk in the forest...

Went over with friends for another walk in the Foret de Preuilly yesterday, beautiful day (if a litle chilly) for a stroll;

As we waited for ou fellow walkers to arrive Pauline caught sight of a family of deer crossing the road in the distance,only just managed to capture them with my camera - always great to see!

Bit of serious tree pollarding spotted en route.