Sunday, 20 January 2019

Friday, 18 January 2019

Ada is one today!

...but she still had to go to nursery. Party tomorrow so family can join us.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Flower carpet

While looking through photos from last year for my 'Re-running 2018' posts on Experience Loire's blog I came across these autumn pics of the cyclamen in a garden in Le Grand Pressigny...beautiful every year. 

Monday, 14 January 2019

Best dressed restaurant in Tours...

When Pauline and I went on our company outing in December to Tours we were impressed by the Christmas decorations around the city. We ate in 'LaRuche' in Rue Colbert where again the shops and restaurants had been brightened up for the festive season but our vote for the best dressed facade went to Le Laurenty Restaurant.

Friday, 11 January 2019

La petite promenade dans la foret de Tours-Preuilly

Some friends invited us to join them for a short walk in the forest of Preuilly yesterday and we were blessed by a very pleasant afternoon of winter weather.

Leading the way!

After the walk our friends then hosted some treats and drinks back at their home nearby - good end to a lovely afternoon!

Monday, 7 January 2019

If I were king...

Shared a Galette des rois with friends last night but was not the one who was chosen to be king that honour went to Jean-Pierre...who would I am sure use his positon wisely!

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Paper Roses - In the blood.

Recently the subject of my local football team, Kilmarnock F.C. (Killie) came up in a discussion with friends over here and I was explaining that our club song happened to be Marie Osmond's 'Paper Roses' though I wasn't sure why as supporters, we had adopted it...but it is! As the club starts to celebrate 150 years in existence it is great to see them enjoying one of their best seasons in a very, very long time. 

Fans singing paper roses after winning league cup way back in 2012.

I am proud of the fact that Paul our oldest son also has Killie in his blood and didn't follow the route of many locals who sent their support up the road to Glasgow to bask in the success of the 'Old Firm'. Michael and Mara didn't follow suit, probably had more sense! I have a couple of memories of Michael's attendance at 'Rugnby Park', the teams home ground. One, when were winning a game to get promotion, he was caught on camera reading a book as Killie scored the winning goal. On another occasion as we sat one evening in freezing temperatures watching a 0-0 game against 'Hearts', he asked "dad why do you do this?", at the time I was stumped for an answer but what I should have said  was it was 'in my blood!' 
'Away the Killie'

Friday, 4 January 2019

Wrapped up for a winter walk...

Yesterday friends organised a walk in the countryside around Le Grand Pressigny on what was a beautiful winter's day looking out but was a bit chilly once you were out there. Wrapping up was the order of the day. After the walk our hosts put on a lovely spread which included some very welcoming vin chaud .

Two views of the chateau yesterday.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

A token gesture...

We didn't put our tree up this year as we were away for Christmas but I did bring out some pieces as a gesture to the festive season, plus Pauline made her own creation.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Happy New Year

Have a good new year,one and all
Spend its every moment living
We only get this one small chance
One shot is all we're given.

Don't look back,no regrets 
Don't look too far ahead
Live the year as if it's your last
You cannot when you're dead!

Jim Craig