Monday, 18 February 2019

Alfresco in February...

Popped over to see our friend Dave just outside Chaumussay yesterday after working in the courtyard of the 'Old Walnut Mill'. We sat out on his new 'sitooterie', it used to be where his caravan, which was his and Hillary's first 'home' here in France, used to sit. Beautiful sunny afternoon finished of with aperos...lovely end to the day.

Pics. taken just as the sun was going down.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Une bonne fête à Barrou

Had a very good day yesterday in good company at the ' Fete de la Saint-Blaise' in Barrou - always a very sociable event.


Dominique and I did a wee turn as did David and Geoff...good fun!

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Today in Preuilly-sur-Claise - Saffron Fair

Today Pauline and I are off to our annual Saint Blaise day celebration...though we won't be at the top table this year!- so will miss this event but you should head over to Preuilly-sur-Claise if you can.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Revisiting Saint-Valentin

It was way back in 2010 that we had first visited the village of  Saint Valentin on what was a cold snow covered February day - as it was such a lovely day yesterday here, in Centre-Val de Loire we packed a picnic and headed back over to renew our acquaintance. 

We had a great afternoon and even posted our Valentin uniquely stamped card from its post office.

We picnicked in the park under a beautiful blue sky.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Loire Valley churches...

When visiting our beautiful region you have a stunning choice of beautiful churches to visit. Today on Experience Loire's post we feature the stunning interior of Notre-Dame de Rivière near Chinon but you are really spoiled for choice.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Another year another Garden Festival

Saturday, 9 February 2019

The theme for this years International Garden Festival at Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire has just been announced, this year's gardens will be designed around 'Gardens of Paradise' - looking forward to it already. The festival will run from the 25th April until the 3rd of November.

Above are some random pics from our visits over the years

Friday, 8 February 2019

Cleaning up in the dedication stakes...

Le Grand-Pressigny has sub-contracted its road sweeping and we catch site of this fellow running through the village streets keeping then in order. Now, I had noticed a lot of garden debris along the kerb on Ave Andre Theuriet, probably off a trailer on its way to the decheterie and wondered when it would be cleaned up. It wasn't long until I heard the drone of the sweeper going down one side and back up the other. I did notice however that my parked car wasn't allowing him to clean the area underneath it (obviously) so he'd had to sweep around it. As he continued down the road I nipped out and moved my car in the hope he would see it on the way back up - albeit he would then be on the wrong side of the road. Being obviously conscientious he made a point of breaking off to cross over and finish the job...much impressed. 

Thursday, 7 February 2019

The year of the pig...

Had a great night with friends bringing in the Chinese New Year last night with our hostess going all out to create the perfect setting and provide delicious food to celebrate the year of the pig. Oh and we learned a lot about pigs!

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Short back and sides...

Love the way these trees are pollarded, when we first saw it being done we thought "no way they'll ever come back from that" now we know better!

Monday, 4 February 2019

A February Sunday stroll in Le Grand-Pressigny

Pauline and I wrapped up well and went for a walk around Le Grand-Pressigny yesterday. We both have been struggling with heavy colds since returning from Scotland and less active than usual, so this was a good opportunity to get back to doing some exercise. 

It was a good walk and made more enjoyable as we met friends with the same idea and joined them for a walk up behind the chateau.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Fete des LACO

Very pleasant afternoon in good company at the *Fete des LACO in Le Grand-Pressigny. The photo above shows the local chorale giving us a song in have to love rural France! The event is held to celebrate Saint Blaise the patron saint of farmers.

*L'association laboureurs, artisans, commercants  & ouvriers.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Closed for business,,,

Snapped this charming little kiosk as we walked along Princess Street on our last night in Edinburgh, ice cream anyone on a cold, end of January evening in Scotland? A warm crepe might have been nice however!