Sunday, 1 December 2013

Lurch on Sunday...signing off.

Well after 720 posts since my first way back in September 2011, how time flies(have I said that before?), I have decided the time has come to call a halt to my waffling. I need the time to concentrate on updating my site on the Loire Valley so as to try and regain my high ranking position after the last 'google update' saw fit to send me tumbling below the likes of  Tripadvisor and Fodors (whose page doesn't even use a picture of the Loire Valley) and many others.

With only 8 confirmed 'followers', who I thank for their loyalty, this event, I know, won't cause much disappointment in the 'blogging' world. Although only 8 people have 'owned up' to checking in on my blog it has in the last 27 months managed to attain just under 140,000 pageviews so that is something!

I will be posting on my other blog with more of an emphasis on Loire Valley tourism and who knows...maybe one day I will return.

Many,many thanks to 'Blogger' and the bloggers who looked in. One of the best things has been the making of new friends along the way (you know who you are), friendships I'm sure will survive even after the inevitable 'last post'.

It only remains for me to give you the last calendar picture of the year and wish you all "the very best" for Christmas and the New Year, from Pauline and myself.



The river Creuse at Barrou.


Pumpkins in garden in Le Grand Pressigny 


Bridge at Descartes


Sunflowers in a field near Chinon


Taken between Barrou and Le Grand Pressigny


Canoes near the bridge at Angle sur l'Anglin


Taken between Lesigny and La Roche Posay.


Taken up behind the nearby village of Chambon.


Taken in Colin & Elizabeth's garden Braye -Sous-Faye


Taken from the chateau in Le grand Pressigny


Leaving Barrou for Le Grand Pressigny.


  1. Hi Jim and Pauline,

    We'll be very sorry to see you go. Blogging every day must be a real commitment, but you've managed to make it interesting and entertaining with a good balance of humour,information and diary.

    Perhaps you might be persuaded to make occasional posts, after all finding Joan could become a real chore as we visit churches without you to point us in the right direction!

    Your calendar reminds us that we are both fortunate to live in a such a beautiful place and your photographs have really captured the spirit of the area.

    Best wishes to you both for Christmas and the New Year, and we hope to see you in 2014.

  2. Hi Jim and Pauline,
    Same here!
    Blogging can, as I know, take up a disproportionate amount of time. I have always enjoyed your posts even if I haven't commented every time. (Sometimes because my iPad wouldn't cooperate and I gave up!"
    Of course this is not so much goodbye as "see you later" as Nick and I have plans afoot to spend much, much more time in France next year!

    All the best for Christmas and the New Year.........we will be chez nous for a couple of weeks so hope to see you then!

  3. We're sorry too to see this blog go but we appreciate the time commitment particularly when you've other projects which demand your attention. Thanks for all the interesting reads you've given us and the wonderful photography. You should publish that calendar - it's images are glorious and as Gaynor says, it is a reminder of the wonderful place we are fortunate to call home.

    Best wishes and lots of love, for a Happy and stress free (!) Christmas and looking forward to seeing you in the New Year! xx

  4. Och, laddie!! You'll be back...
    In the meantime, we'll see you around...
    should the unlikely event of not seeing you before Christmas...
    have a good'un!
    And Hippo Hogmoney and, and, and...
    the best fortune for 2014!