Monday, 22 October 2018

Parting shot...

For the last visit of their stay we took the ladies on a visit to the beautiful  Angles-sur-l'Anglin. We had tea at No 15 after taking a few of the 'money shots'

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Geraldine's pic

Sunday, 21 October 2018

2018 Sancerre road-trip part III - overnight stop in Sancerre

Our overnight stay on our road-trip was in Sancerre where we booked into one of the local hotels and had a good dinner in a surprisingly busy restaurant for the time of year. 

On previous visits, for different reasons, we had not climbed the 'La Tour des Fiefs' which is all that is left of a once impregnable castle of six towers. Its construction dates from the end of the fourteenth century. This time we did! - from the top you enjoy an exceptional 360° view over the Loire river and the Sancerre vineyards.

After our overnight stay it was off to the nearby village of Chavignol for a bit of wine-tasting (and buying) at the cave of Henri Bourgeois.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Lunch with the Beatles...

 When we visited Fontevraud l'Abbaye with our recent guests we chose the restaurant 'Le Comptoir des Vins' for its convenience, it sits opposite the abbey and for its menu as we were only looking for a light lunch as we had a dinner party arranged for the evening where the ladies would be joined by our neighbour David.
The food was fine but what I liked was the music theme it had adopted...a little twee but fun. The proprietor let me choose one of his many LP's to accompany our lunch...we dined to 'Abbey Road'. A nice idea but I wonder how the rest of our diners felt of the choice or indeed how I'd feel if I entered to the sounds of someone else's personal choice.  

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Art & Lard 2018

Arriving at this year's Art & Lard festival in Le Petit-Pressigny we were happy to see that the rain had held off and the sun was making a breakthrough. 

As ever it wasn't long before we were met by some fine exhibits and I wouldn't be sticking my neck out here to say that this pair were among my favourites.

As we have said on previous visits it is always interesting to get behind some of the doors of the gardens and houses that are hosting exhibitions.

The stairs in the background led us up into a small attic that held an interesting mix of products from Vietnam courtesy of 'Vietnam in Paris' all the way from the capital.

We liked these gargoyle heads.

This giant loaf was been sold by the kilo.

This year had a small medieval village which was obviously going on for some time as the knight-shift staff had arrived.

Monday, 15 October 2018


Image courtesy of Les Burgess
Me and Dominique on our second only gig as 'Old Hat' at 'Chez L' in Le Grand-Pressigny on Friday night. Our version of the Beatles 'Let it be'

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Outnumbered...but in a good way!

The ladies at Amboise

For the last few days in the Craig household the males (me) have been slightly outnumbered as we have Pauline's sister Eileen and her friends Geraldine and Linda staying with us for a Loire Valley experience. We are trying to cram as much into to their time with us as possible,,,  
On their way to visit Chateau de Chenonceau

Queens of the castle at Villandry

In troglodyte cave for lunch

Friday, 12 October 2018

More l'Art & Lard...

This weekend sees the annual 'Art & Lard' festival return to Le Petit-Pressigny. You can see our highlights from last year's festival here.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Something for the weekend - brocantes / vide-greniers Saturday 13th / Sunday 14th...

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 13th October

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

Chatellerault,  Magasin But   Vide-greniers ***

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 14th October
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

Ambillou Vide-greniers ?

La Croix en Touraine  Brocante *

Saint-Branchs  Vide-greniers ***

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Ending on a high...happy guests at the Old Walnut Mill

Geraniums still putting on a show as they said goodbye!

Comment in guestbook from the last guests of this season at the Old Walnut Mill:
4th October 2018
What can we say that hasn't already been said, lovely place to stay, Jim's helpful emails and website etc.. Some places to eat that haven't been mentioned, 'Creperie le Kerlouet' in Chatellerault, Chez Grand Ma in Le Grand-Pressigny and just a short walk over the bridge to Lesigny and the L'ere de Temps.
Jim & Pauline were wonderfully welcoming and they even managed to arrange for all but one day of blue skies - some feat for late September, early October!
With thanks and very best wishes
Mike & Helena,

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Walk and light and shade around Marcé-sur-Esves

Thursday's club randonnee took us over to the countryside around the village Marcé-sur-Esves  which sits 10 km north of Descartes.

It proved to be a walk in light and shade with a lovely bright and very warm October day.

Our leader took of off the route to check out 'Le Dolmen le Chillou du Feuillet' which apparently dates from the 3rd or 4th millennium BC...that's pretty old!

Interesting bit tree art from Mother Nature.