Thursday, 20 September 2018

Something for the weekend - brocantes Saturday 22nd / Sunday 23rd September

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 22nd September

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

Bonneuil-Matours  Brocante / Vide-greniers *

Chatellerault Vide-greniers Lac de la Foret *****

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 23rd  September
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

 Athee-sue-Cher  Vide-greniers ***

Bonneuil-Matours  Brocante / Vide-greniers *

Chatellerault Vide-greniers la sale Omnisport ***

Cousmes  Brocante / Vide-greniers ***

Ligueil  Vide-greniers de la Fete du Lait ****

Mirrebeau  Vide-greniers ***

La Roche-Clernault  Vide-greniers ?

Nazelles-Negron  Vide-greniers ***

Riviere  Vide-greniers **

Saint-Pierre-des-Corps  Vide-greniers ***

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

First randonnee of the season...

For the first Le Grand-Pressigny Randonnee club outing of the new season last Thursday we headed over to Bossay-sur-Claise.

It was no surprise to find that it started with an uphill climb, you can always trust in our leader Joel to break us in gently!

As there are ups so there are downs, although sometimes it feels that their are more ups!

Passed this etang on the way although I had to break from the pack to get this view.

The walk had the choice of 12 or 8 km...we decided on the shorter route and were happy to catch site of the village on our return.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Confusing publicity and a museum not visited.

Part of our 'Patrimoine Sunday' was to be a visit to 'Musee Maurice Dufresne' which we had mistakenly understood to be free for the day. The publicity led us and others to believe this but it was actually only free to enter the 'Retro Party' held in the grounds in front of the museum. The 'party' consisted of a rally of rather smart 'Alpine' cars and a brocante of retro car and motorcycle parts.

As I said we were not alone being confused by the publicity as when we got to the entry point of the museum a the young ticket collector was explaining to a French family and then us about the confusion. I am sure it wouldn't have been the last time he would have to do it! At least we got to see some rusty old steam engines!

We could have paid to go in but decided, on principle, not today and also that it was a visit perhaps kept for a rainy day and not this delightfully hot September day.

Monday, 17 September 2018

What we did on Patrimoine Weekend...

Did a bit of 'cramming' over the weekend that was a mix of work, rest and play. Changeover at 'Les Balcons' on Friday then apéros with neighbours in Barrou. A changeover at the 'Old Walnut Mill' on Saturday then birthday party at Le Grand-Pressigny in the evening. What was strange about our socialising was that on both occasions they were within walking distance of our houses but we had to drive 'home' to La Guerche...felt a little odd!
Working on Saturday meant we only had Sunday to take advantage of 'Patrimoine Weekend' when some doors that are normally closed open under the 'heritage days' banner. We managed viewing a couple of chateaux, visited one of 'Les plus beaux villages de France', failed to visit a museum and added quite a few churches, including one with a tree growing out of its wall!
More on this and other visits to follow.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

World travellers stopping in at Le Grand-Pressigny

The lovely courtyard at 'Chez Grand Ma'
Said goodbye yesterday to our Australian guests who loved Le Grand-Pressigny especially the restaurants...they used all three! We enjoy exposing world travellers to our beautiful part of France. After a changeover we welcomed a charming American couple who are on a mission to find a home for themselves here...exciting times!
The welcoming 'Chez L'
'La Savoie Villars' dining room

Our Australian guests comments:

Thank you Jim & Pauline for a wonderful stay at 'Les Balcons', gracious hosts providing  lots of information...great stay!

Lyn & Carrick,
Rhonda & Robert,