Monday, 21 October 2019

Descartes public gardens...not a secret

Talking to friends last night about what the Loire Valley has to offer and the subject of gardens came up and although they have lived here for some time their busy work schedule has meant they have not yet visited two of our favourite places, Chateau de Villandry  and the garden festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire. Nearer to home here in Southern Touraine in spite of having visited Descartes' Sunday market ,they have not taken a walk through its delightful public gardens, which we highly recommend. Above is a slideshow of one of our walks this year,back in June but they are delightful at any time of year.


Sunday, 20 October 2019

Bit of coulour on a rather dreich day...

To add a bit of brightness to our dreich day we stopped on our way through Le Grand-Pressigny and took some pics of Tony and Beverly's cyclamen...beautiful

Saturday, 19 October 2019

A good decision...

On Thursday morning as we tried to avoid the rain while making a visit to Preuilly-sur-Claise we were thinking there was no chance that the weekly walk with our randonne club was going to go ahead in the afternoon.
At lunchtime Pauline reviewed the weather by using her trusted method of 'looking out the window'. It looked as if it was clearing up, so we made the decision to head over to Le Grand Pressigny to see if anyone else had the same idea. As it happens our intrepid leader was there when we arrived and then a further six brave souls joined us.
 The walk was a circular route in the woods around L'Abbeye and its etang.
It was beautifully autumnal and the rain stayed off. It turned out also to be a mushroom gathering and educational walk with one of the ladies managing to fill a couple of bags with edible varieties and explanations and investigations on Google for others.
The longer we walked the more the weather improved...
you can see the difference in these two pics taken on the two occasions we passed the lake.

Friday, 18 October 2019

and now...

Going for gold...

So, 44th wedding anniversary today - so knowing how to show a girl a good time,I took Pauline on a joint visit to the dentist in La Roche-Posay 😁. We also took in lunch at L'Auberge de la Roche.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Purse perdue...

So, yesterday morning, just as we were leaving to go shopping Pauline could not find her purse - no problem, a quick search normally locates it. Not this time, all the usual places revealed nothing. Now, we are at that stage in our lives when keys and phones can often prove elusive but a lost purse is serious - oh the complications! Pauline was sure it was in the house but after a second search that included the less obvious places like the fridge, the bin etc...sure you have been there...we phoned Clare at the grocers in Barrou as this was last time she used it plus we checked with couple of friends we had visited - no luck. By this time there was more than a little stress on show but I then thought lets take it to the next level and went through Pauline's movements of the morning and as she made the bed I pulled over the top cover in case she had sat it on the bed but no, not there, then took the desperate step of pulling back all the covers and lo and behold, there it was having a nap! Much relief in the Craig household.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Revisiting an early shopping Souzay-champigny

part of the caves within the trogloydte street at Souzay-Champigny

Because we were so close we revisited the troglodytes at Souzay-Champigny on Sunday which was in effect a  shopping mall in the caves. It was active up until the 1850's.