Here in France the 15th of August (Quinze août) is a public holiday (feast of the assumption) and this of course is an opportunity to have a fete day...in various forms. Here in our part of France we have our annual 'L'Art et la Matiere' exposition within the grounds of the chateau in Le Grand Pressigny, where local craftsmen (and women) and artists get the chance to display the results of their hard work.
The chateau is a great backdrop for the event where I am somehow always drawn to the cakes and the ladies of the 'English Tearoom'
You can start your day here before heading over to the village of Lesigny for their annual brocante and vintage car rally.
Glad we did, after a bluesy set by 'Straw Man' we were introduced to 'Alex and the Soul Bakers' led by the infectious singing and dancing of Alex de Vree. I was introduced to songs about a chicken (Alabama chicken by Sean Hayes) a mule (Get behind the mule by Tom Waits) and a pony (Let the poney run). This was a great set by an excellent band and although the songs were new to me their performance had me thinking they are most certainly worth another listen!