Last week I was challenged by a friend on Facebook to take a black and white photo for 7 days. The 'rules' were no people plus no explanation. Here is the result...Sunday to Saturday,
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Monday, 30 October 2017
Sunday, 29 October 2017
We said goodbye to our final guests of the season at 'Les Balcons' yesterday, a lovely family from Cheltenham in the UK. They had, fortunately, a fine spell of October weather with some days in the mid 20's.
Here is their comment from our guestbook:
21/10/17 to 28/10/17
So much to do in such little time! Only one week here at 'Les Balcons' (which exceeded our expectations) We managed to visit Chenonceau, Chambord, Loches, Tours and of course Chateau du Grand-Pressigny. Big thank you to Jim & Pauline for being the perfect hosts.
Emma, Steve, Malcolm, Jean & Tash
Saturday, 28 October 2017
Thursday's walk with the Le Grand-Pressigny Randonnee club was taken in conditions that meant that it felt like a summer's day. Joel, our leader, started us off in the delightful gardens at Descartes
Then out of town over the bridge...
Before picking up the marked trail along the river Creuse on the opposite bank.
'Le Pont de la Resistance'
This chap was enjoying the fine day with a more leisurely pursuit.
We find these walks interesting as although we have walked much of the local area there are still many routes that are new to us and you can rely on Joel to make them as varied as possible. So from delightful park to urban factory are all included.
We left the riverside walk at the next bridge and headed over towards Buxeuil where we walked around the pretty church of St Peter which was, sadly, closed.
We then headed over to the site of the old Roman road before climbing uphill into the countryside beyond.
We passed a couple of water spots along the way...
a natural one that looked as if it might be at home in Florida...
and a man-made version where the dogs decided it was time to cool off.
After a bit of a hike through open countryside we picked up the walk that takes you along the front of 'Ethni-Citi' a collection of troglodyte dwellings overlooking Saint-Remy-sur-Creuse;
From here we could have dropped down to the village but that would have been the easier but less interesting route as we were then led back uphill...
Then it was back down to the village and back towards Descartes along the river.
We passed this beautiful display of Cosmos on the way
On a surprisingly hot day and after 10km it was good to catch sight of Descartes again.
Friday, 27 October 2017
Chateau de La Guerche on Wednesday
The last two days have been glorious here in our part of France...and its the end of October! We are enjoying double benefits as we currently have guests in Les Balcons and this fine spell of weather can only add to their Loire Valley Experience. Nothing compares to a beautiful chateau set against the back drop of a blue sky.
Maire on Wednesday
Thursday, 26 October 2017
Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 29th October
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls ? Unknown
AZAY LE RIDEAU Vide-greniers Foire au Pomme ***
CERE LA RONDE Foire aux Chèvres Vide-greniers ***
BEAUMONT Brocante Vide Greniers
LOCHE SUR INDROIS Bourse aux Vêtements, Jouets et Materiel Puériculture
MARTIZAY Brocante D’automne ****
REUGNY EN VOUVRILLON Foire a la Bernache / Brocante ****
SAINTE MAURE DE TOURAINE Vide-grenier **
Wednesday, 25 October 2017
The courtyard behind 'the project' consists of three different covered sections and an open area. We plan on removing two of these, the corrugated iron covered roof and the slate roof.
To this end the last the last week has seen me take on the 'Demolition Man' mantle and with brute strength and ignorance I have succeeded in giving light to the rear of the house for the first time in a lot of years.
Only problem is, it reveals what a not so great job the man who started the project over eight years ago made of installing 'new' windows!