Thursday, 20 September 2018

Something for the weekend - brocantes Saturday 22nd / Sunday 23rd September

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 22nd September

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

Bonneuil-Matours  Brocante / Vide-greniers *

Chatellerault Vide-greniers Lac de la Foret *****

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 23rd  September
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

 Athee-sue-Cher  Vide-greniers ***

Bonneuil-Matours  Brocante / Vide-greniers *

Chatellerault Vide-greniers la sale Omnisport ***

Cousmes  Brocante / Vide-greniers ***

Ligueil  Vide-greniers de la Fete du Lait ****

Mirrebeau  Vide-greniers ***

La Roche-Clernault  Vide-greniers ?

Nazelles-Negron  Vide-greniers ***

Riviere  Vide-greniers **

Saint-Pierre-des-Corps  Vide-greniers ***

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

First randonnee of the season...

For the first Le Grand-Pressigny Randonnee club outing of the new season last Thursday we headed over to Bossay-sur-Claise.

It was no surprise to find that it started with an uphill climb, you can always trust in our leader Joel to break us in gently!

As there are ups so there are downs, although sometimes it feels that their are more ups!

Passed this etang on the way although I had to break from the pack to get this view.

The walk had the choice of 12 or 8 km...we decided on the shorter route and were happy to catch site of the village on our return.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Confusing publicity and a museum not visited.

Part of our 'Patrimoine Sunday' was to be a visit to 'Musee Maurice Dufresne' which we had mistakenly understood to be free for the day. The publicity led us and others to believe this but it was actually only free to enter the 'Retro Party' held in the grounds in front of the museum. The 'party' consisted of a rally of rather smart 'Alpine' cars and a brocante of retro car and motorcycle parts.

As I said we were not alone being confused by the publicity as when we got to the entry point of the museum a the young ticket collector was explaining to a French family and then us about the confusion. I am sure it wouldn't have been the last time he would have to do it! At least we got to see some rusty old steam engines!

We could have paid to go in but decided, on principle, not today and also that it was a visit perhaps kept for a rainy day and not this delightfully hot September day.

Monday, 17 September 2018

What we did on Patrimoine Weekend...

Did a bit of 'cramming' over the weekend that was a mix of work, rest and play. Changeover at 'Les Balcons' on Friday then apéros with neighbours in Barrou. A changeover at the 'Old Walnut Mill' on Saturday then birthday party at Le Grand-Pressigny in the evening. What was strange about our socialising was that on both occasions they were within walking distance of our houses but we had to drive 'home' to La Guerche...felt a little odd!
Working on Saturday meant we only had Sunday to take advantage of 'Patrimoine Weekend' when some doors that are normally closed open under the 'heritage days' banner. We managed viewing a couple of chateaux, visited one of 'Les plus beaux villages de France', failed to visit a museum and added quite a few churches, including one with a tree growing out of its wall!
More on this and other visits to follow.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

World travellers stopping in at Le Grand-Pressigny

The lovely courtyard at 'Chez Grand Ma'
Said goodbye yesterday to our Australian guests who loved Le Grand-Pressigny especially the restaurants...they used all three! We enjoy exposing world travellers to our beautiful part of France. After a changeover we welcomed a charming American couple who are on a mission to find a home for themselves here...exciting times!
The welcoming 'Chez L'
'La Savoie Villars' dining room

Our Australian guests comments:

Thank you Jim & Pauline for a wonderful stay at 'Les Balcons', gracious hosts providing  lots of information...great stay!

Lyn & Carrick,
Rhonda & Robert,

Friday, 14 September 2018

Something else for the weekend of 'Journees du Patrimoine'

Did you know that this weekend for 'Journees du Patrimoine' the chateau at Azay-le-Rideau is FREE to visit? So if you have not made this visit, now is the time to do it!

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Something for the weekend - brocantes Sunday 16th September

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 16th  Septenber
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

Angles-sur-l'Anglin   Vide-greniers **

Artsnnes-sur-Ingre  Vide-greniers ***

Azay-le-Rideau   Retro-Rete du Musee Maurice Dufresne

Charentilly  Vide-greniers **

Chatellerault  Lac de la foret Vide-greniers ?

Chatellerault  Stade de loisirs des minimes Vide-greniers ?

Chinon   Monthly Brocante

Cormery  Brocante / Vide-greniers *****

Jour-le-Tours  Vide-greniers ***

Montlouis-sur-Loire  Vide-greniers ***

Saint-Flovier  Brocante / Vide-greniers ?

Saint-Pierre-des-Corps  Vide-greniers ?

Scorbe-Clairvaux  Vide-greniers ?

Tours Alee Bauchant  Vide-greniers *

Vouvray  Vide-greniers ?

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Y'Zer after the event...

So your town,Yzeures-sur-Creuse, has its annual 'Foire de Septembre' and as a bar owner what do you do?, you stay closed until 5.30pm on what is arguably one of the busiest days of the year! It may be it was not possible for reasons outwith their control but it never ceases to amaze us how many times we visit places on days like these and find bars and restaurants closed! It was good to see the English run 'Interior Affairs' was open exceptionally.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Dead-end streets...

When we attended the 'Foire de Septembre' at Yzeures-sur-Creuse on Sunday we were subject to diversions due to the cycle race using much of the main thoroughfares - the centre of town was 'controlled' by this very amiable larger than life gent.

It was,certainly in my case, difficult to avoid the actual parts of the road being used for the race. With the streets lined (slight over statement here) with people I just politely waved as if we were part of the entourage! When we had our fill of the festivities and tried to leave the village I thought I'd try and cut over the town using the cemetery road but as I should have guessed it was a dead end.

Even out into the countryside, with barriers across roads we still managed to find the route and at one stage we were trailing behind the straggler and his motorcyclist companion - at you can imagine not a very fast pace. Another attempt at exiting the route was squeezing past a man on a quad guarding a fenced off road only to find...guess what it was a dead-end, don't know why he thought we would want to go there!

Monday, 10 September 2018

A day to ourselves...well almost!

Pauline and I headed over to the 'Foire de Septembre' at Yzeures-sur-Creuse to see what was on offer and happy to report that it had everything its publicity advertised, if in a small scale. There was a 'marche gourmand' and music...



and a cycle race.

We met up with friends who had had an eventful morning with three brocante visits under their belts...that's dedication! A pleasant afternoon but duty called...well actually our guests at 'Les Balcons' who had a flat tyre and were looking for it was over to Le Grand-Pressigny to see how we could help. 

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Rewarded for our efforts...

Last nights sunset here in Southern Touraine
Greeted two new sets of guests yesterday from UK and Australia, getting both the 'Old Walnut Mill' and 'Les Balcons' ready was hard work but when we get comments (albeit we think, too generous) like the one below it reassures us that we are doing a good job!

7th September 2018

Dear Pauline & Jim what can I say that hasn't been said already? The Old Walnut Mill is fabulous! Barrou is quaint with all the facilities we have needed. The local people are friendly but most of all the friendship and help of you two has been wonderful! The emails that Jim sends with suggested highlights were most helpful and directed us to some of the highs-spots of our holiday.
All in all a splendid gite run by two splendid people . Many thanks again!

Jean  & Ian Thompson,
Kath & Barry Ashurst,
Sutton Coldfield,

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Something for the weekend - brocantes Saturday 8th / Sunday 9th September

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 8th September

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

Brehement  Brocante / Vide-greniers ?

La Celle-Saint-Avant  Vide-greniers ***

Tours, Place Rabelais Vide-greniers ?

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 9th  Septenber
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

Azay-le-Rideau  Brocante / Vide-greniers **

Beaulieu-les-Loches  Brocante   *

Blere  Vide-greniers **

Chinon  Vide-greniers ?

Cinais  Vide-greniers **

Continvoir  Vide-greniers ?

Descartes  Vide-greniers **

Drache  Vide-greniers *

Jaulnay  Vide-greniers **

La Membrolle-sur-Choisille  Vide-greniers ***

La Riche  Vide-greniers **

La Ville-aux-Dames  Vide-greniers *****

Monts  Vide-greniers **

Notr-Dame-d’Oe  Vide-greniers **

Parcay-sur-Vienne  Vide-greniers **

Saint-Nicolas-des-Motets  Vide-greniers **

Semblancay  Brocante *****

Yzeures-sur-Creuse  Brocante ?

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Illuminating evening.

Last week some French friends were kind enough to invite us to their Pendaison de crémaillère (house warming) party which was an excellent evening with a great mix of people in very pleasant surroundings. Can you guess which company our host used to work for?

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Long legs, power napping and bears in the wood!

Images from Sunday's brocante - can only think US military must have had to have had long legs for this bicycle

This bed seemed ideal for a power nap.

What do bears do in the wood? they meet up with friends of course

Monday, 3 September 2018

After a Saturday of two changeovers what do we do?

On Saturday we welcomed new guests to the 'Old Walnut Mill' and 'Le Bourg' and although we had had a few extra days to get 'Le Bourg' ready it was still a tiring day, so what did we do afterwards? we started to load up the trailer for the local (La Guerche) brocante on Sunday.

Then it was up at 'dark o'clock' to rendezvous with friends John & Maureen to set up our stalls in the Chateau grounds. After ten hours under a hot sun and having accrued the princely sum of 60 euros, we had to ask ourselves was it worth it? Well actually in spite of us being a little drained it was fun meeting friends old and new and acquainting ourselves with more of our neighbours here in La Guerche. It was not however much fun loading most of our 'stuff' back in the trailer!

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Something for the weekend - brocantes Saturday 1st / Sunday 2nd September

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 1st Septenber
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

Chatellerault  Lac de la foret Vide-greniers ***

Oyre  Vide-greniers ***

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 2nd Septenber

Azay-sur-Indre  Brocante / Vide-greniers **

Chateau-la-Valliere  Brocante   **

Chateau-Renault  Brocante ?

Descartes  Vide-greniers ?

Huismes  Vide-greniers  ?

Larcy  Vide-greniers ****

La Guerche   Brocante in chateau park ?

Saint-Paterne-Racan   Brocante vide-greniers ?

Saint-Germain-sur-Vide-greniers ?

Tours, Place de la Resistance Vide-greniers *****

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

End of the line...

Sadly, after 20 years together my trusty old friend and I have had to part company. The now even more stringent 'contrôle technique' has this year proven to be too big a challenge with a fairly long list of problems which, for us simple country folks, were too expensive to contemplate repairing. My French neighbour did the last drive with me to the breaker's yard where we left her,still looking good externally, to await her fate...sad day!

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Summer sunset

Captured this recently while enjoying a pleasant evening above Le Petit-Pressigny

Monday, 27 August 2018

Yesterday's brocante at Chaumussay

This year's annual brocante yesterday at Chaumussay got us away from working on what was a lovely morning but offered up no 'treasure'.

It was a quieter than normal affair with nothing very illuminating although this sign had potential!