Monday, 19 November 2018

Just Joan...

For my 'Church on Sunday' on my regional blog this week I featured the church of Saint-Martin in Chambourg-sur-Indre. When I visited the church back in October I wad amused to find our Joan wearing a French football scarf. As I said in my web-page for the church, perhaps a legacy of another recent successful campaign!

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Friends,music and Beaujolais - a healthy mixture

An enjoyable evening last night at 'Chez L' in Le Grand-Pressigny good food, music, courtesy of 'I Don't Know' and friends.

That's Dominique on the right adding some maracas  

Friday, 16 November 2018

November from strawberries to sunflowers!

Took these pics yesterday of sunflowers in a field just outside Chambon, almost 7 years to the day I did a similar post of a field near Ciran.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Strawberries in November !

We had 18 degrees yesterday in the garden at the 'Old Walnut Mill' and it is still trying to produce strawberries - confused or what!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Oh deer - Megaceros not so mega!

On a walk around Le Grand-Pressigny on Saturday we went through the chateau where we were a little surprised to find the Megaceros was missing its impressive headgear. Not sure why -winterising perhaps?

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

The late show

After a rather wet day yesterday ended with a late show at sunset just outside Barrou !

Monday, 12 November 2018

Armistice centenary - Le Grand-Pressigny shows its respect

It was good to see the people of Le Grand-Pressigny coming out yesterday to mark the WWI armistice centenary.
Images courtesy of  Tim Ford

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Remember, there has never been a 'great' war.

And so I wandered out alone
Here where woods and fields abound
And in a quiet corner found the resting place
Of English soldiers killed in war
And what of them my love
Who died so far from home
No last farewell kiss
All that remains is this.
Clifford T Ward

Saturday, 10 November 2018

A little acknowledgement...

Received a copy of a friend's book through the post the other day, special in that we know the story plus Pauline and I get a wee mention in the 'Acknowledgements' for a little help we gave Jill in putting it together. Jill,an interesting lady, used to have a property in Civray just outside Le Grand-Pressigny where we got to know her.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Yesterday's walk in the woods...around Le Grand-Pressigny

For this week's Le Grand-Pressigny Randonnee club walk our leader Joel took us on the well trodden routes through the woods around the village.

The walk took us uphill past the sleepy Chateau  de la Vienne.
It proved to be a very good day for an autumnal walk.

Resisted some unpicked fruit on the route before making our way back to the village.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Wot we Beaulieu-lès-Loches

Not a lot to get excited about at the vide-greniers at Beaulieu-lès-Loches on Sunday but Pauline spotted this metal advertising sign to compliment another recent purchase. 
Also got this one as well.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Burning Boris and bonfire night in France

Another good bonfire night here in France with Boris Johnson being the guy. I'm sure he would have been a popular choice UK wide as well. Our version was courtesy of Kath who was given the job of transporting him to his lofty position on the fire.

Our hosts David and Jane provide the venue,their large barn,the bonfire,the food and drink plus David and Cally and Dave the music accompaniment. This year our French neighbours and friends joined in the fun with Dominique leading them in a song from the French Revolution about doing away with the monarchy - to keep to the theme of the evening.

I was given the opportunity to sing a couple of numbers which is fun for me as it's always a pleasure to join in with them.

We even had our own lighting department!

Monday, 5 November 2018

Loches and chocolate

We visited the 'Salon du Chocolat et des Douceurs Tourangelles' at Loches yesterday on our way over to the vide-greniers at nearby Beaulieu-lès-Loches. The xmas display above was from the stall of the 'chocolaterie' in Manthelan.

It wasn't all chocolate of course with something for everyone!

Not being a drinker of the amber nectar 'Writers Tears Whiskey' was new to me, apparently it is a relatively unique blend of Irish Pure Pot Still and Malt Whiskey.

Some items had less of an appeal! 

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Autumn entry...

Working at tiding up gardens at the Old Walnut Mill yesterday where the leaves on the ground confirms we are most definitely in  the 'fall'

Friday, 2 November 2018

Thursday, 1 November 2018

2018 Sancerre road-trip part V - another beautiful village!

Returning from our Sancerre trip I suggested we take a different route home to take in one of the regions 'Les-Plus-Beaux-Villages-de-France' that we had not visited - Apremont-sur-Allier. A lovely village resting on the banks of the river Allier close to its confluence with the Loire.
Everyone agreed it was worth the detour,though sadly the main attraction of this beautiful village, the 'Parc Floral' had closed for the season the day before our visit! Should really take my own advise and read up on places before visiting!
We all agreed it will be somewhere to return to next year,perhaps in the spring, for another visit.

The village sits under the watchful eye of the chateaux perched on the hill above, a place I understand with a somewhat dark history!

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

2018 Sancerre road-trip part IV - over the river for a little Pouilly-Fumé

After our spot of wine-tasting at the cave of Henri Bourgeois we headed over to Claude Michot's cave over in the Puilly-sur-Loire area. This has become an annual pilgrimage for restocking  our cellar. This time we were met by the daughter who is following in her father Claude’s footsteps, Marielle Michot has been operating her own domain for a few years now and offering two Pouilly-Fumé vintages.Her 3 hectares of vines are situated around the municipality of Saint-Andelain. We had a taste and bought some of her father's wine then some of her own - which we also bought. She had no bottles that had gone through the labelling process so we watched as she did the process by hand!

I got her to sign one of the bottles and she added "100%  hand made" - one to keep perhaps?