Thursday, 28 May 2015

Something for the weekend here in the Loire Valley...

Spoilt for choice this weekend...

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 31st May

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

AZAY LE RIDEAU  Brocante  **


BLERE  Brocante  **

CIVRAY DE TOURAINE  Brocante vide-greniers **

CORMERY   Exchange toys, clothing and childcare articles

DESCARTES  Brocante, vide grenier **

LUYNES  Vide-greniers **

MONTBAZON  Brocante vide grenier ****

MONTLOUIS SUR LOIRE  Vide-greniers ***

POUZAY  Vide greniers *

RIGNY USSE  Vide-greniers ?

RILLY SUR VIENNE  Vide-greniers ?

SACHE  Vide grenier fete de la moto **


SAUNAY  Vide-greniers**

SAVIGNY EN VERON  Bourse d'échanges et vide grteniers **

TOURS  Vide-greniers Place Beaujardin

TOURS  Vide-greniers de Tours nord - Rue des Douets **

VILLANDRY  Vide-greniers **

There is also the popular 'Festival of Roses' at Chédigny...more here

Plus the wine fair in Tours...more here

Monday, 25 May 2015

Sunday's brocantes...

Went over to the Marché du chineur at Loches yesterday but didn't find any bargains...

 although we did have a good stroll around the streets of our favourite Loire valley town.

 We arrived around lunchtime so it was fairly quiet with not a lot of action...certainly not from this lot...

 Sadly no-one wanted this fellow

but I wanted this...

 Didn't find the time to rummage here...
before heading back home via Ligueil and another brocante.

If Loches felt quiet it was almost sleepy here

Don't know how we resisted this crucifix made from clothes pegs but we did!

 Now we did get a bargain here a five candle brass candelabra (like the one below +candles) for €1.00...didn't haggle!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

We are family...

Happy to report that  all that sitting around has been fertile, we are with child...well actually three of them and they are blackbirds not thrushes. Saw the father who has been conspicuous by his absence for the first time yesterday helping to feed them.

Now all we have to do is protect them from the great hunter next door

Friday, 22 May 2015

Head to Blois this weekend?

This weekend Blois hosts its 'Mix Terres' festival...may be worth a visit read more here...

Something for the weekend...

Sunday 24th May 2015

Athee sur Cher - Vide-greniers  (100 to 200 stalls)

Azay le Rideau - Brocante / Vide-greniers  (50 -100 stalls)

Ballan Mire - Vide-greniers   (100 to 200 stalls)

Cangey - Broc jardin

Chateau Renault - Brocante

Courçay - Jeux brocante  ( less than 50  stalls )

Dolus le Sec – Brocante / Vide-greniers  ( less than 50  stalls)

Lignieres - Vide-greniers  (50 -100 stalls)

Ligueil – Brocante / Vide-greniers  (50 -100 stalls)

Loches - Marché du chineur (bargain hunter)  (50 -100 stalls)

Louans - Brocante Vide-greniers  (50 -100 stalls)

Saint  Avertin - Vide-greniers  (100 to 200 stalls)

Saint Quentin sur Indrois - Fête des Oisons

Tours - Brocante professionnelle  (100 to 200 stalls)

Monday 25th May 2015

Amboise - Brocante / Vide-greniers     (200 to 300 stalls)

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

More recycling...

Like the way nearby Lesigny are using these old bicycles as floral displays...thought they were only a temporary but looks as if they may be here for the summer.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Full day...

And they're off...

As it was a lovely day yesterday we popped over to the brocante the La Roche Posay racecourse

Managed to resist buying anything...even this fellow.

We were propelled towards  this unusual nautical table but again resisted.

 If you haven't tried 'a day at the races' then you least once as it is a good day's small but perfectly formed. Below are this season's meeting dates.

Back home for lunch then off to our second brocante of the day at Antoigné which is a village that appears to have been gobbled up by Châtellerault and lost its identity...we would never really knew the place other than seeing a sign off the D21.

It was big with hundred of stalls...

but again managed to resist what they had on offer, though these boots seemed to have an attraction.

 Then it was over to help Colin celebrate a birthday milestone at Braye sous Faye where we had good company and the usual splendid hospitality from Elizabeth into the early evening..

Saturday, 16 May 2015

May be extra holidays...

The month of May is 'public holiday month' here in France so this means you also get brocantes midweek, like this one on Thursday at Ferrière-Larçon . After 3 glorious day in the mid 20's rain was forecast for the afternoon and this meant a number of exhibitors failed to take up their 'pitch'.Here are some things you could have bought...

a modern commode...not quite ready for this...

another calculator...

 a straw donkey...

or an udder abandoned soft toy.

Although a sleepy little village its worth a walk around yet although we have done a number of times I didn't know it had this park/garden to the north of the village!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Something for the weekend...

Sunday 17th May 2015

Anche - Vide-greniers  (50 to 100 stalls)

Azay sur Cher  - Brocante Vide-greniers  (100 t0 200 stalls)

Chinon - Brocante Rabelaisienne  (50 to 100 stalls)

Gizeux -  Brocante Vide-greniers  (100 t0 200 stalls)

Joue les Tours - Vide-greniers  (50 to 100 stalls)

La Chapelle Blanche Saint Martin – Brocante   (50 to 100 stalls)

Mazieres de Touraine – Brocante (50 to 100 stalls)

Nouatre - Vide greniers brocante  (50 to 100 stalls)

Saint Pierre des Corps - Vide-greniers  (100 to 200)

Saint Maure de Touraine - Vide grenier  (100 to 200 stalls)

Tours - Antiquités brocantes vide-greniers  (200 to 300 stalls)

Chatellerault (Antoigne)- Vide-greniers  (200 to 300)

La Roche Posay - Vide-greniers / brocante

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Sitting tight...

This bird (Thrush?) has chosen to nest in our roses in spite of the fact that currently it is the busiest part of the garden but she doesn't seem to mind.The other thing I've noticed is that she doesn't seem to have a partner and has to leave the nest to feed, which is a bit of a shame.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Chemtrails...conspiracy or wot?

Didn't even know there was one...until my son Paul mentioned it. You can read more here.

These 'contrails' were taken over a busy sky over Barrou yesterday morning.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Mother goose...

Popped into Descartes' Bar la Saulaie on the banks of the Creuse on Sunday...could have been a bit of a pantomime getting back to car as mother goose very protective of her goslings!