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.
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.
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!'
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 .