Saturday, 21 October 2017

Beware of the nimble dog

Interesting sign in English on gate of house as we entered Montresor on Wednesday.  We wondered who it was aimed at, obviously the English speaking community or  tourists but are they such a problem? The house sits on the marked walking route from Chemillé-sur-Indrois but I wouldn't imagine, like many of these walks, that it is well trodden by 'Les Anglais'.


Speaking of nimble dogs the fence here wouldn't contain this Australian Kelpie

Friday, 20 October 2017

Balloon over Barrou

Spotted this yellow balloon on way back into Barrou on Monday night.

Tried to get close for a better shot but phone into sun not great!

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Loches,lunch,a local walk and celebrating 42 years!

We packed in a full day yesterday which started with a visit to Loches and its market...

we included a coffee stop and a bit of people watching.

Then it was on to Chemillé-sur-Indrois, to have lunch at Le Moulin de Chaudé, something we had said we would do one day after a walk around the lake  here with our friend Karen way back in 2012 (surely not?)

We were celebrating our 42nd wedding anniversary  

and having the place to ourselves the lady of the house helped us celebrate. 

Then to walk off lunch we walked over to the beautiful village of Montresor and back  (8km).

It had been a little cloudy but we had been aware all morning of a very bright sun trying to break its way through.

Friends wont be surprised that we somehow wandered of the marked route, think paying too much attention to these animals cost us dearly!

As it happened it wasn't greatly different from the actual route but brought us into Montresor at a different point. On realising this we backtracked a little and picked up the yellow markers again and followed them into the village.

By the time we entered the sky had turned back to the blue we have been having over the last week or so here in Touraine.

We took advantage of the shade at 'Cafe de la Ville' for another 'pit stop'. Then after a visit to the Tourist office and a chat with Rebecca,who is now working here permanently (she used to be in the office at Le grand Pressigny), we back tracked to visit the  'Exhibition le Gemmail' in the 'Halle des Cardeux' 

Glad we did! it was beautiful...

Then we walked through the streets of this beautiful village as we have done many times before...

before heading out along what was the old railway line (I think)...

back to  Chemille-sur-Indrois and our car. 

Great way to spend a day out even though we had to end it by a visit to the supermarket at Loches for our weekly shopping...reality often gets in the way! 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The naked truth...

My first thought when I saw this ensemble for sale at Sunday's brocante was that Ken (or Paul or Action man) was in rather good company but it soon became apparent that he wouldn't be getting much 'action'. 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

An early start for walk around Le Grand-Pressigny

On Sunday we were over at the Salle des Fete in Le Grand-Pressigny for 8.15 am to help prepare for guest arriving to take part in the  inter-club randonne.  It was a lovely morning and as we set off through the village the sun helped show of  the chateau to its best advantage. 

The long shaddows

There was a good turnout for the event. 

The walk took us up behind the chateau and then back down again across the metal bridge over the river Claise.

Fellow walkers discussing mushrooms picked as we walked. You have to love the blue jacket with the white and yellow writing stating the wearer 'loves pink'!

It was a good walk through varied landscapes and woodlands.

These inter-club walks always entail a refreshment stop midway...which is always welcome.

Evidence of the dry spell we are having.

Much as we enjoy these walks in good company it is always good to catch a glimpse of your destination.

Back to the Salle-des-fete for some cake and a glass of cider.