Popped over to Descartes market for some spring bedding plants this morning...the season was bursting out all around us!
Sunday, 31 March 2019
Saturday, 30 March 2019
Last night, along with many local Brits. (and a couple of Americans), 'celebrated' lack of 'Brexit' with fish & chips and music at Chez L in Le Grand-Pressigny as Europeans along with our French friends and neighbours. Oh and continued the special birthday celebrations of David...a good night!
Thursday, 28 March 2019
Wednesday, 27 March 2019
Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Congratulations to Maison Dallais - La Promenade restaurant in the spotlight at the the 'Gault & Millau Tour' the Transmission Trophy has been awarded to Fabrice and Jacky Dallais! One of the 'experiences' of Touraine.
Monday, 25 March 2019
Sunday, 24 March 2019
Saturday, 23 March 2019
Friday, 22 March 2019
On Saturday fifty winemakers from Bourgueil will be decanting themselves to Tours for the day and setting out their stalls along Boulevard Heurteloup.
After buying your tasting glass (€ 2) you are invited to taste their 2018 vintage from 10.00am until 7.00pm More information vinbourgueil.com.
Leave the car and take the very inexpensive bus (under 3 euros) trip into the heart of the city.
The beautiful apartment where we were lucky enough to stay when visiting the 'Fete de Citron' in Menton had a lovely balcony with a great collection of pot plants but nothing as grand as the apartment opposite...they have trees!
Thursday, 21 March 2019
Wednesday, 20 March 2019
Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Monday, 18 March 2019
When visiting a new place as a tourist I love the signs of the local people living out their lives. These are in Menton.
We were working at 'Le Bourg' in Barrou yesterday when there was the sound of horses on the street...turns out the hunt had lost the pack of dogs (not for the first time). I heard barking from behind the house and on investigating arrived just in time to see them marauding through the garden of the house and the immediate neighbours gardens as well. Watching the sea of hounds all looking for a way out I heard Pauline screaming from the front of the house...three strays had come in off the road and into the house,she made a sharp exit into the safety of the 'little house'. I turned round to see the hounds and their wet noses against my recently cleaned French doors trying to join the pack! Managed to chase them around the back to join their mates - Grand Rue was blocked by hunter's vans/cars all looking for their hounds - not your typical day in the village!
Sunday, 17 March 2019
I took so many photos on our sojourn to the south of France that I am going to do a week of posting some more of them, I know they are not Loire Valley related but hope you will forgive this further deviation.
As it is Sunday I am going to start with a church, well a basilica actually, the 15th century 'Basilique Saint Michel Archange' which sits high up in the old town at Menton. The image above is actually canvases streched over the front of the basilica which is currently undergoing a renovation programme.