Tuesday, 19 June 2018

In the pink at Le Blanc


Showed you this car and caravan yesterday from our day out in Le Blanc. The proud owners let us have a look inside their 'van', no prizes for guessing the internal colour scheme!


Monday, 18 June 2018

Hip hip hooray...being hippies for the day



Yesterday we were invited to join Simon & Susan in 'Célestine', their fab classic Citreon for the bi-annual heritage traffic jam (bouchon) at le Blanc. The event emulates the traffic disruption that used to occur in major towns before the introduction of auto-routes. As you can see we chose to dress up from the day (helped by contributions for Cally & Jane)



We met up with the other vintage car owners (and hippies) at the 'salle polyvalente' car park in the town... 


before heading off in two groups through the regional park of La Brenne.



We stopped at the lake at La Gabriere for a bit of sustenance.


Where everyone was on their best behaviour.


Then it was back to the 'salle polyvalente' in Le Blanc for a spot of lunch with our hosts and over 500 others.


Simon had parked 'Célestine' in good company so we took the opportunity to have a look at the other cars on display.






Then it was on to the main event...blocking the traffic in the town! This is acheived by continually circuiting the town until the traffic snarls up, helped by the occasional overheated engine



It was good to see so many locals had turned out to witness the mayhem. 


Great fun, with Simon revelling in the free spirit of the day, as can be seen in this pic of Susan's

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Sunday, 17 June 2018

Fete de la Saint-Jean


Good little get together last night for the 'Fete de la Saint-Jean' here in Barrou. Traditionally a fire is lit as the sun sets on 'Saint John's Eve' (23rd June), in celebration before the Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist, We were a little early but these things are not important here in rural France

Saturday, 16 June 2018

The spell of Southern Touraine


Our departing guests at 'Les Balcons' had 'done' the major chateau and sites on previous visits to the region and wanted to sample the delights of Southern Touraine...they left happy!

Here is their comment from the guestbook

"Jim & Pauline thanks for a lovely stay, 'Les Balcons is a very fine 'gite'. everything we needed,all perfect. Our time was very tranquil and relaxing, just the job!"

Friday, 15 June 2018

Back on track...


It had been a wee while since we had walked with the randonnee  club so it was good to get back out with them yesterday for a 10km trek in the countryside between Le Grand-Pressigny and Abilly. 












Thursday, 14 June 2018

Something for the weekend...brocantes 16th/17th June

Abilly 'Jam Festival' brocante

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 16th June

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


LUYNES  Vide-greniers ?

ORBIGNY  Vide Grenier des Sapeurs Pompiers ?
  

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 17th June


ABILLY  Brocante et Fête de la Confiture ***

AMBILLOU  Fête du Plan d'eau - Brocante Vide-grenier ?

ARTANNES SUR INDRE  Vide-greniers ?

BEAUMONT EN VERON  Bric à Brac **

BETZ LE CHATEAU  Vide-greniers **
  
CHAMBRAY LES TOURS  Vide-greniers ***

CHATELLERAULT - Au lac de la Forêt Vide-greniers, Brocante ***

CHINON  Brocante Mensuelle **

CHINON  Bourse Multi Collections *

CHINON  Le Petit Tertre - Peintres, Artisans d'art *
  
LA VILLE AUX DAMES  Vide-greniers ****

LARCAY  Vide Poussettes Vide Jardin ***

LIMERAY  Vide Grenier ***

MOUZAY  Vide-greniers **

PORTS  Vide Grenier **

PORTS SUR VIENNE  Brocante ?
  
SAINT PIERRE DES CORPS  Vide-greniers *****

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

For your (free) entertainment... Fete de la Musique in Le Grand-Pressigny June 22nd

To help celebrate France's 'Fete de la Musique' the 'Comité des Fêtes Pressignois' in Le Grand-Pressigny offers an evening of diverse musical entertainment headlined by the very talented Angie Palmer on the main stage.

Clip from her appearance at the Barroudeurs music festival in 2015

She will be ably supported by Celtiqua... 




'I Don't Know'...

 plus others.

In the church there will be choirs plus the beautiful harp playing of Anna Tanvir.



There will be smaller 'stages' set up within the village where other acts including a few songs by me accompanied by the talented guitar playing of Dominique. There will be food and drink on sale... something for everyone.





Monday, 11 June 2018

Helping to celebrate...


We were delighted to join friends for lunch yesterday to help celebrate Dave's birthday ...no prizes for guessing where we were!

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Working up a sweat...


There are many ways for working up a sweat but preparing a house and garden for guests in 26 degrees isn't to be recommended. On a positive note our new lovely guests at Le Bourg arrived bang on time! 






Saturday, 9 June 2018

How do you like your eggs...


For lunch on our visit to Blois we choose  the 'Au Bouchon Lyoness' on Rue des Violettes just behind the chateau. It proved to be a good choice with a well priced hearty menu with win by the carafe (which we saw being poured from a bottle). For our starters Mike and I choose poached eggs in Beauglais something neither of us had tried before ...yummy!


Friday, 8 June 2018

Welcome to the house of fun?... 'La Maison de la Magie'




As part of our avoiding the rain on our outing on Tuesday to Blois, after our visit to the chateau we decided to check out the 'La Maison de la Magie' - something we had only done from the outside on previous visits.



On being led around the back of the building to a rather unimpressive entrance I was not expecting a 'magical' experience.



Inside did prove disappointing although the magic show in the theatre was well done, if a little tame. The school party certainly enjoyed the experience as well as some of the 'illusions' they could try out. A visit for younger children I think...adults only should just take in the free dragon display externally. 



Thursday, 7 June 2018

Something for the weekend...Sunday's brocantes


CHANCEAUX SUR CHOISILLE
Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 10th June
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

CHANCEAUX SUR CHOISILLE  Vide Tiroir - Vide Greniers ?

CHOUZE SUR LOIRE  Vide Grenier *

CLERE LES PINS  Brocante de Clere les Pins ***

COURCELLES DE TOURAINE  Vide Grenier au Château des Sept Tours **

JOUE LES TOURS  Vide-greniers Jfct Jouéfootball Club Touraine ***
  
LA RICHE  Vide-greniers *

LUYNES  Vide-greniers ***

MONTS  Vide Grenier ****

NOUZILLY  Vide-greniers des Maronniers ***
  
SAINT GERMAIN SUR VIENNE  Vide-grenier ***

SAINT MARTIN LE BEAU  Vide Grenier ?

TAUXIGNY  Vide Grenier *

VERETZ  Vide-greniers **

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Queen for the day...


We had,along with friends Mike & Liz, intended visiting this year's garden festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire yesterday as part of Pauline's birthday day out but the inclement weather made for a change of plans...a revisit to Chateau de Bloise where she could at least be queen for the day!