Monday, 31 March 2014

Posh brocante

You could almost move in, great display. Actually bought something here will let you see tomorrow.

This beautiful slide projector was a bit to rich for our blood at €400.

It was a good setting in the car park by the river.

Also bought a painting ...but NOT this one.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Soirée cabaret avec repas...

We spent last night with fellow villagers at the 'salle des fétes' being entertained by 'Léa Crevon'

Well fed and watered in good company - good night was had by all.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

A little imagination required...

It is so nice to see some colour about the garden. The shot above is in the corner of what will ultimately be the 'Sitooterie' of our (not) soon to be formed gite here in Barrou. You need a bit of imagination but can't you just see this perfect little spot...

Monday, 24 March 2014

Happy Pharrell Williams -'ka-ching'

The Pharrell Williams’ ‘phenomenon’ that is "Happy" is being adopted internationally to promote various cities and the joy of living there. Here in the Loire Valley, France is no exception with a celebration of its ‘joie de vivre’ being showcased in cities such as Angers, Tours and Orleans.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

A visit to life's launderette...

Or as we call it here, the 'déchetterie'

Difficult day today - quite traumatised! Pauline had me throwing STUFF out. Some of it I'm sure would have come in handy one day!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The spice of life...

Above is our first brocante purchase of the year - Pauline needed an additional rack to house some of her many spices and as luck would have it ,there it was on our first foraging trip of the year.

Sits quite well in our up-cycled kitchen.

This Saturday (22nd March) there is a small (35 stalls) brocante at Le Louroux and on  Sunday  there are small ( 30 stalls) at Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine and Montlouis-sur-Loire.

Friday, 14 March 2014

A hard day's night...

Tough day today-bus up to Tours (€2.00 each way) with friends Jane & Peter. Lunch in the 'bathroom' at 'Mamie Bigoude'. 

Notice the interesting light-fitting.

Then a bit of touristy stuff like having a refreshment in Place Plumereau...

 followed by wine-tasting at the 'Maison des Vins des Loire'. 

Then it was back to Barrou where we dropped into neighbours John-Pierre and Caroline's for some Champagne to celebrate Caroline's birthday. 

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Church on Sunday...Braye-sous-Faye

This Sunday wecan bring you St John the Baptist church in Bray-sous-Faye just outside Richelieu courtesy of Colin & Elizabeth who were kind enough to get us the keys to this normally locked church when we were over for a visit last week. You can see more detail on my Loire Valley site where I will be featuring (in time) my previous 'Church on Sundays'

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Taken in Touraine...

This is a photograph of a lintel over a window in a house "La Maison du Poilu" in the village of Bossée in Touraine.

The front of the house also has a soldier with the dates 1914 - 1918 carved below it - it is apparently the work of a then, local stonemason and was done around 1920. We have no further information as to why it was done.  

Friday, 7 March 2014


Here is our 'upcyclied' kitchen. Old units from here in Barrou and from 'Les Balcons' in Le Grand Pressigny re-fitted and painted.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Spring lamb...

Pauline and I went along to the 'Auberge du Vieux Port' in Maire today with friends to celebrate the fact that it had reopened for the season. 

As ever the food and service were good...

and at around €14.00 per head for five courses wine and coffee the usual excellent value for money.

You can see more here:

Lovely way to spend a beautiful spring day here in France.

Saturday, 1 March 2014