Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Artist in residence at the Old Walnut Mill in the Loire Valley

Water colour painting of the Old Walnut Mill a Loire Valley holiday home

We have been very lucky to have a number of artists staying at our Loire Valley vacation rentals over the years. One of these,*Sandra we now consider a friend. She loves France and this year,even after having stayed with us on six previous occasions, included us in her very varied  European itinerary.
She painted the courtyard of the Old Walnut Mill,not for the first time. It has been my intention to do a post on these very talented people and showcase their work...and I will.

*Sandra Beck Art

Monday, 21 August 2017

Live music in rural France, Paulmy, Centre-Val de Loire

Angie Palmer playing guitar at bar l'Union in Paulmy

Some images from Saturday nights Angie Palmer gig at the Bar de L'Union at Paulmy. Jacky (Pineau), owner of the bar, reopened its doors at the weekend to satisfy a legal requirement that means he has to open at least once every (I understand) three years so as not to lose the license. It also means that he can continue trying to sell the business including the said license. The place holds many fond memories for Pauline and I in the company of Cally & Nev and many other friends.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Church on Sunday - Chapelle Notre-Dame des Chauveix à Vicq-sur-Breuilh

Chapelle Notre-Dame des Chauveix in Vicq-sur-Breuilh

This weeks church comes courtesy of  American artist,friend and seven times visitor to our Loire Valley houses, Sandra. She was taken on a visit by friends she was visiting in the area. Notre-Dame des Chauveix is a small chapel just outside Vicq-sur-Breuilh on the D76 in the department of Haute- Vienne, This simple little chapel has a surprising interior which is the result of 3 years of work by the artist Roch Popelier.

hand painted interior of Chapelle Notre-Dame des Chauveix in Vicq-sur-Breuilh

hand painted interior of Chapelle Notre-Dame des Chauveix in Vicq-sur-Breuilh

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Something else for the weekend...

You can catch Angie Palmer at the Salle des Fetes, Paulmy 8.00pm Saturday 19th...or

...you can take a guided tour of the village of Louroux on Sunday from 10:00 to 12:00 or from 15:00 to 18:00 adult full price for 3 € Free (- 12 years). It is in French but easy to follow as it is more of a visual tour. We did it way back in 2014 and enjoyed it...or

...you can go racing at La Roche Posay on Sunday 20th: 4 Trotting races, 3 Steeple chase races
Events start at 2:00 p.m. website

Friday, 18 August 2017

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Something for the weekend,brocantes Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 19th August

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

BEAUMONT  Brocante Vide Greniers **

BUZANCAIS  Brocante du pré du mez **
FONDETTES  Fête de Fondettes ***

VILLEDOMAIN  Brocante Vide-greniers ***

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 20th August

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

BREHEMONT  Brocante Vide-greniers ****

CHANCAY  Vide Grenier- Brocante de Chançay ****
CHINON  Brocante Mensuelle **

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

What's the chances of that then?

So, we arrive in Edinburgh,pick up our hire car that Pauline had booked and after an overnight stay at our friend John's, drive to Ayr to rendezvous with Pauline's sister Eileen at the church on Sunday.She had flown into Glasgow where she too had picked up her hire car. 

Imagine our surprise when we saw what we were driving!! The same little Fiat with only one letter different on the number plate!!  
Both of them had chosen to use a company they had not tried before, without consulting with one and other...what's the chances of that then?