Friday, 17 August 2018

Arts and crafts at the chateau...

We visited the annual 'L'Art et la Matiere' exposition within the grounds of the chateau in Le Grand Pressigny on Wednesday morning where local craftsmen (and women) and artists displayed  the results of their hard and very skillful work.

First stop as usual was the always popular 'English tearoom' for a cuppa and a piece of shortbread,not Pauline's contribution however, I wasn't allowed to sample that as she said the batch was 'short' - wasn't it supposed to be?

The grounds of the chateau provide the ideal backdrop to this event which is the result of the hard work of the Fet'art Pressignois and local volunteers. 

The local residents didn't seem to be put out by all the activity!

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Something for the weekend - brocantes 18th / 19th August


Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 18th August

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

Villedomain  Brocante - Vide-greniers ?

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 19th August
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

Brehemont   Brocante - Vide-greniers *****

Chancay   Brocante - Vide-greniers ****

Chinon  Monthly Brocante **

Ligueil  Vide-greniers **

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Fecking Isaac Newton

Legend has it that a young Isaac Newton was sitting under an apple tree when he was bonked on the head by a falling apple, a 17th century “aha moment” that prompted him to come up with his law of gravity. When visiting some Irish friends recently one of our charming company let us know she had a similar experience in the very garden we were sitting in - her reaction was somewhat different, she said the first thing that came into her mind was "what the feck was that". I love how Irish ladies throw this word around but did you know that it is not in fact a replacement word for another expletive? The word apparently was slang for to steal or throw and has evolved into a somewhat milder swear word that I much prefer. I remember as a young (I was once) man using a nearby village as a replacement "Fenwick" would spill out my mouth when exasperated, now as a bit of an old fogey I find that I have allowed myself to slip up and use words that my father would be turning in his grave if he heard me!!

BTW the bench above has its own name...but that's another story!

Monday, 13 August 2018

Quinze août 2018

Here in France the 15th of August (Quinze août) is a public holiday (feast of the assumption) and this of course is an opportunity to have a fete various forms. Here in our part of France we have our annual 'L'Art et la Matiere' exposition within the grounds of the chateau in Le Grand Pressigny, where local craftsmen (and women) and artists get the chance to display the results of their hard work.

The chateau is a great backdrop for the event where I am somehow always drawn to the cakes and the ladies of the 'English Tearoom'


You can start your day here before heading over to the village of Lesigny for their annual brocante and vintage car rally. 

Jazz in the park...

30th edition of the jazz concert at Haute-Touche with 'Sweet Mama' and the famous trumpet player 'Eric Luter and his orchestra'.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Alabama chicken on the menu at Bossay-sur-Claise

After a changeover at 'Les Balcons' and a nap to recover, Pauline and I gathered ourselves together and headed over to Trinc' en Claise  event at  Bossay-sur-Claise to catch the evening concert.

Glad we did, after a bluesy set by 'Straw Man' we were introduced to  'Alex and the Soul Bakers' led by the infectious singing and dancing of Alex de Vree. I was introduced to songs about a chicken (Alabama chicken by Sean Hayes) a mule (Get behind the mule by Tom Waits) and a pony (Let the poney run). This was a great set by an excellent band and although the songs were new to me their performance had me thinking they are most certainly worth another listen!

Friday, 10 August 2018

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Something for the weekend - brocantes


Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 12th August
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

Loches Brocante d’ete  **

Marcay  Vide-greniers **

Yzeures-sur-Creuse  Brocante   ***

A walk in the Jurassic park

On Tuesday we headed over to Angles-sur-l'Anglin to rendezvous with friends  to go for a walk along the river Angles in an area designated as part of 'Natura 2000' a classified natural site.

We started off in fairly open countryside before heading down to the valley of the river Angles and some welcome shade.

The route took us along part of 'd'escalade de la guignoterie' where your back drop is a fabulous dolomite cliff face, popular with climbers, with some mighty fine caves to explore. These rocks apparently date back to the 'Superior Jurassic' period!

We encountered this sign en-route which led to a bit of head scratching. It was up to our intrepid leader Sally to climb the steps to find out where they led. Not surprisingly, now I know the meaning, it led to the walk along the cliff-face.

We had another bit of hot open countryside before we were back to our cars and off to a very pleasant lunch courtesy of our hosts for the day, Sally and Chris.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

An evening of conviviality and craic,,,

On Sunday evening we were invited to Irish friends for dinner, they live within walking distance of La Guerche so it made for a hot walk there and a delightful walk back under yet another beautiful Touraine night sky.

Around the table there was an interesting mix of Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German and French so it made for a very enjoyable evening. -

Monday, 6 August 2018

Worth the work...

Working in sweltering heat is worth it when your efforts are appreciated...latest comment from our guestbook at the Old Walnut Mill.

4th August 2018

Thanks to Pauline & Jim for settling us into this lovely, quirky holiday home, it is full of charm! We also found it very comfortable and well equipped. The pool at Descartes was great for children plus the local river 'beaches' were good. It was a good jumping off point forisiting Villandry (beautiful gardens), Chenonceau (beautiful architecture and lovely interior) and  Azay-le-Rideau. The local prehistory museum at Le Grand-Pressigny was well worth a visit - very extensive and well thought  out  for children. Thank you for a lovely stay
Mel, Mike & Lily
Gloucestershire / Scotland / Australia

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Scorcher !

Preparing the Old Walnut Mill for new guests yesterday in mid 30's temperatures, so hot that as I was hanging out the washing I was bringing it back in again!
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Friday, 3 August 2018

End the weekend with a bang!

This Sunday evening the ruins of the castle at the beautiful Angles-sur-l'Anglin and the river valley are lit up by a spectacular fireworks display - if you haven't yet experienced it, then you should!

Details on village website here.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Brocantes this weekend - look no further than Barrou

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 4th August

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

Descartes  Brocante Vide-greniers ?

Preuilly-sur-Claise  Brocante ?

Saint-Laurent-de-Lin (Langeais)  Brocante ***

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 5th August
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

Barrou  Brocante ?

Bourgueil  Brocante Vide-greniers ****

Montbazon  Vide-greniers ?

Noizay  Vide-greniers ***

Saint-Avertin  Vide-greniers ***