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?
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.
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 visited the 'Salon du Chocolatet des Douceurs Tourangelles' at Loches yesterday on our way over to the vide-greniers at nearbyBeaulieu-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.
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!