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 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 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?

Monday, 14 August 2017

Ryanair and paying to sit together

For our flight over to Scotland on Saturday from Poitiers to Edinburgh we did not pay for allocated seats (a) because we had already paid a high price for our seats as it was a last minute thing and (b)  in protest of the company's money making policy. As it turned out I was 'randomly' allocated seat 16E and Pauline 17E behind me, both with the advantage of more leg room as these are exit door seats. The plane was full apart from one seat which happened to be the window seat beside me! Fortunately common sense prevailed and Pauline was allowed to use the empty seat but I wonder how many others were separated by this current policy from the company who claim to be 'always getting better', at making money perhaps! 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Church for Sunday - Saint-Pierre-les-Églises - Chauvigny

On a recent brocante trip down to Chauvigny friends Dennis & Angela took us to visit the interesting little church of  Saint-Pierre-les-Églises on the edge of the town. 

The church sits in a cemetery of Merovingian origin as evidenced by the sarcophagi that are strewn around it.

Inside the main interest lies in its (10th century) pre-Roman apse with a set of frescoes belonging to the Carolingian era. 

Although it does have other points of interest.

It struck me that outside isn't somewhere you would want to stroll through on a dark night.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Cycling in the Loire Valley...Southern Touraine

Latest guests at Les Balcons took advantage of the marked cycling routes around Le Grand-Pressigny

Here is their comments from the house guest book:

Very sad to be leaving this fabulous house and area. 100 miles of cycling through stunning countryside, We will be return! Thank you!

James, Heidi & Ian
Essex & Buckinghamshire

Yesterday at Les Balcons

Friday, 11 August 2017

A walk around Montebœuf...

On Wednesday we joined friends for a walk around Montebœuf just outside Vic-sur-Gartempe. I have to admit that as we set off I needed a little convincing that it was a good idea as we watched the rain falling outside. By the time we arrived at our  walking route it had stopped but as you can see from the above pic we were prepared for the worst.

Although it did threaten on a couple of occasions thankfully we completed the walk without any rain.

As we arrived back at our hosts Chris and Sally's the sun even made an appearance!

Our hosts, supported by contributions, laid on a lovely salad lunch  and refreshments making me even more glad that we decided to join them.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Something for the weekend Sunday 13th August and 'Quinze Août'


Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 13th August

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

CROUZILLES  Fête du Patrimoine - Vide-greniers ***

FAYE LA VINEUSE  Brocante, Vide Grenier, Artisans d'art ***

LOCHES  Brocante d'été ?

MARCAY  Vide Grenier **

YZEURES SUR CREUSE  Brocante, Vide-greniers ***

Brocantes / vide greniers Tuesday 15th August

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

BLERE  4ème Brocante et Vide-grenier ?

LESIGNY  Brocante et Expo Voitures, Motos Anciennes ****

LE GRAND PRESSIGNY  Retro-mecanique sud Touraine **

POUZAY  Foire aux Melons et aux Canards, Brocante ***

RICHELIEU  Antiquités Brocante **

VILLELOIN COULANGE  Brocante Vide-greniers ****

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Family fun in the Loire Valley

The family staying at Le Bourg  are just coming to the end of their 10 day stay and managed to pack a lot into their stay, from a day out in Tours with lunch at our recommended restaurant for families, Mamie Bigoude ... an evening visit to Futuroscope

They also took in the fireworks at Angles-sur-l'Anglin...

...visited the beautiful Chenonceau

and were rounding of their week with a final visit to the swimming pool at Descartes

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

A weekend of birthday parties and brocante...

Had a fine weekend...birthday party with a real Gaelic flavour, Irish hosts with Irish,Scottish and Welsh guests,on Saturday evening. The temperature even dropped for us late into the evening to make us all feel at home😊 Lovely night !! 

On Sunday morning we popped in on our annual brocante here in Barrou - always fun. So glad the sun came out for the stall holders...makes such a difference.

Only 'admired' these chests.

Liked these, wish I'd bought them now though we rarely have to reseal a bottle so would have been redundant!

After the brocante we headed over to Le Grand-Pressigny for another birthday celebration of a French friend where we had an afternoon of good company with me accompanying the host in providing some light entertainment...good fun. 

Monday, 7 August 2017

Happy guests in the Loire Valley

With the sun shining and the sunflowers out the Loire Valley is again working its magic. Last week the three houses were occupied and two sets of guests left happy,the third are enjoying a second week.
The chateau at La Guerche

The guests at the 'Old Walnut Mill' found all they were looking for here in Southern Touraine,here is their guestbook comment:

5th August 2017

Thank you so much Pauline and Jim for your hospitality and friendly service. We have absolutely loved our stay here at the 'Old Walnut Mill'. The house is spotlessly clean, well equipped and with the added bonus of a beautiful enclosed courtyard/garden. We have eaten out every day and were totally relaxed here in Barrou and the surrounding villages. Thank you for the general welcome pack and the fab local advice and recommendations. Lunch at 'Auberge du Vieux Port' in Maire was amazing quality and value (great company too!). Le Grand-Pressigny, the chateau and 'Chez Grand Ma' were enjoyable, La Roche Posay, Angles-sur-l'Anglin, La Guerche - so many lovely villages, we didn't need to stray too far. We pushed the boat out one night and enjoyed a delicious meal at 'Le Promenade' in Le Petit-Pressigny - a memorable experience. The local walks are just beautiful , down by the river and further afield behind Barrou. We found the locals really friendly and welcoming including Willi and Sandra at the local bar / restaurant.
We wish you well in all your projects and hope to return sometime soon.

Gary, Gloria & Poppy,
The lake at St.Cyr

The family who stayed at 'Les Balcons' on the other crammed as much as they could into their week 
with visits south to the lake at St Cyr and north to the garden festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire.
Here is their guestbook comment:


The house is absolutely fab and immaculate, a credit to Jim & Pauline. The area is beautiful with plenty to do for all the family. Stayed here for one week, wish we were here for longer but now on to the Dordogne for second week. Hopefully will be back in the future and would definitely recommend. Thanks for a great stay.

Kevin, Elizabeth, Victoria & Richard Houghton