Tuesday, 17 October 2017

An early start for walk around Le Grand-Pressigny

On Sunday we were over at the Salle des Fete in Le Grand-Pressigny for 8.15 am to help prepare for guest arriving to take part in the  inter-club randonne.  It was a lovely morning and as we set off through the village the sun helped show of  the chateau to its best advantage. 

The long shaddows

There was a good turnout for the event. 

The walk took us up behind the chateau and then back down again across the metal bridge over the river Claise.

Fellow walkers discussing mushrooms picked as we walked. You have to love the blue jacket with the white and yellow writing stating the wearer 'loves pink'!

It was a good walk through varied landscapes and woodlands.

These inter-club walks always entail a refreshment stop midway...which is always welcome.

Evidence of the dry spell we are having.

Much as we enjoy these walks in good company it is always good to catch a glimpse of your destination.

Back to the Salle-des-fete for some cake and a glass of cider.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Sunday's brocante - Genille

Yesterday afternoon on a glorious October day we headed up to Genille to check out the brocante. As we arrived it seemed most of Touraine Sud had made the same decision. 

The stalls stretched from one end of the village to the other.

This ray of sunshine of a lady was happy to have her photo taken...lovely!

Music was provided by this smartly turned out band.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

October strawberries and scant reward.

We got the beautiful day we were promised yesterday so Pauline and I took advantage of the weather and continued a job which she had already made good inroads to - tidying the back garden at the Old Walnut Mill. We were rewarded with a small crop of October strawberries but on looking back I was disappointed to find that previous years had been kinder to us, below is from October 2015. 

Grande Rue, Barrou under a blue sky yesterday

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Autumn comes to Le Grand-Pressigny dressed as Summer

Wild flowers under a blue sky in the Loire Valley

Wild flowers and vines taken under a blue sky  and bright sunshine yesterday just outside Le Grand-Pressigny plus pic. of the 'view' from the bridge. Autumn has arrived here in Centre-Val de Loire but with temperatures set to climb to 27°C over the weekend it clearly thinks it's summer.

Autumn colours on the vine leaves near Le Grand-Pressigny

Autumn view from bridge to two wooden bridges

Friday, 13 October 2017

Walking around Cussay

Yesterday's walk with Le Grand-Pressigny Randonnee club took us out into the countryside around the nearby village of Cussay.

As we started out we were leaving a rather dull morning behind us and heading into a rather fine October afternoon.

On what appears to be a pretty flat landscape we always  seem to find enough inclines to keep it slightly challenging.

The group often gets split due to chatting,foraging or simply different pace setters but our leader gets us back together at the appropriate times for a water break. 

This little fellow's camouflage was almost his undoing but was spotted in time to save him being trodden underfoot!

Autumn collage.

We appeared to have had two 'Diddymen' in the group!

After about 10km it was good to see civilization again though it was as ever just a tease with our leader taking us down a leafy lane in a different direction...

but it had its compensations.

We  did then, happily, get back to our starting point...another good walk.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Something for the weekend,brocantes Sunday 15th October

The brocanting season is beginning to wind down with fewer options on offer but if you are over near Chinon it is worth visiting their monthly brocante along the river front.

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 15th October
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

AMBILLOU  Vide Grenier **

CHINON  Brocante Mensuelle **

CONTINVOIR  Brocante de la Fête des Citrouilles ?

FRANCUEIL  Bourse aux Vêtements, Jouets et Puériculture *

GENILLE  Foire aux Marrons - Brocante et Vide-greniers ?
JOUE LES TOURS  Marché aux Livres, CD, Vinyles **