Monday, 28 November 2016

Friday, 25 November 2016

Late show...


We took a walk up to check on some friends 'winterised' geraniums yesterday and it was good to see some colour this late in november.




This bit of colour provided by a clever bit of recycling...'bottoms up'

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Colour injection on a grey day in Loches...

Went up to Loches market yesterday and despite the grey day enjoyed a walk through one of our favourite places here in France. The colour was provided by the fruit and veg..


Sunday, 13 November 2016

Church on Sunday...the church of Saint Martin, Aubigny-sur-Nere



Today we visit the church of Saint Martin in Aubigny-sur-Nere.The town has a very strong Scottish connection and the Stuarts have left their mark on many buildings in the town including its fine church. Today you see a predominately 16th century building in a Gothic style but retaining touches of an earlier Romanesque church. It has survived wars and fires over the years and is testament to the commitment of the local people to maintain their place of worship. 



The church has a glorious nave of cathedral proportions (17m high) which leads you to its fine altarpiece within the apse above which the 16th century stained glass windows depict scenes from the life of St. Martin but also include the shields of Stuarts, lords d'Aubigny.


The impressive vaulted ceiling of the nave lords over one of two organs within the church...


and they are carried on into the sde vaults.





It contains some fine stained glass windows ...


but no evidence of our Joan


The town and its church are worth making a detour to if you are visiting this part of Centre-Val de Loire.





Friday, 11 November 2016

Something for the weekend...brocantes Friday 11th & Sunday 13th November



Today is the huge brocante at L'Ile-Bouchard which features both sides of the river the island itself and its bridges. You can check out one of our previous visits here.

Brocantes / vide greniers Friday 11th November

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


JOUE LES TOURS  2ème Bourse/expo aux Antiquités Militaires *

L'ILE BOUCHARD  Foire de la st Martin et Brocante *****

LA RICHE  Vide Grenier & Jeux et Jouets **

TOURS  Bourse aux Jouets et aux Vêtements ?


Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 13th November
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown


FONDETTES  Bric à Brac Enfantin (jouets, Vêtements, Puériculture) **

RESTIGNE  Brocante de la Saint-brice ***

VALLERES  Bourse aux Vêtements, Jouets et Puériculture **


VILLANDRY  Bourse aux Jouets *

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

A bit of upcycling...



The t&g wall I removed at La Guerche has been upcycled at Barrou...



and it's already painted!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Now you see it...


The 'room within a room' has gone in what will be the salon of our house in La Guerche giving us a double view onto the chateau.


Monday, 7 November 2016

What's in a name...

When we were out on Friday night to listen to Les Fortune Tellers  the discussion came around to what type of music the daughter of Caroline, a big Rolling Stones fan was into - not so much the RS but understandably  more of her own generation. One of the bands she does like is 'The Red Hot Chilli Peppers' which reminded me of the conversation Pauline and I had on her return from her last visit to Scotland.

She said that she was surprised to read on a poster that they, 'The Red Hot Chilli Peppers' were coming to play in Ayr town hall in December. Not wishing to disbelieve her I asked her if she was sure as I doubted why an international band of their calibre should play such a small provincial town. I decided to check it out for myself.

She had got it wrong - it was actually 'The Red Hot Chilli Pipers', great but not quite the same!

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Church on Sunday...well another chapel actually.



When we visited the 'International Garden Festival' at Chaumont-sur-Loire back in August we decided to take in the chateau visit as well as it had been a long time since our last visit. We decided that the additional  € 4.00  would be worth it.,(€ 14.00 to visit garden festival € 18.00 to include chateau).The interior of the chateau is a poor second to its fairytale exterior but then there is the 'art' ( a collection of contemporary instalations ) and the view from the courtyard over the river Loire.Which leads us (eventually) to the chapel inside the chateau which has become part of the 'art' .


It has taken on a fairytale-esque quality but in a rather cluttered fashion which will, I'm sure, be interpreted in different ways by the many visitors who pear into it.I tried to find out more as to who's idea it was and what it might represent...without success.


Is it worth the the additional charge, if it's your first visit to 'Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire' then yes it is and you can form your own opinion with regards to the 'art' content.