Sunday, 30 April 2017

Saturday, 29 April 2017

An idea for holiday Monday...

If you decide to go brocanting over the weekend we would recommend a visit to Moncontour over in the Vienne. A bit further away at just over an hour from Barrou but worth the trip as is a good brocante plus it is a pretty place, Be sure to check out the interesting church with its arched nave.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Something for the holiday weekend...Brocantes / Vide-greniers

Moncontour 2016

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 29th April

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

CHATILLON SUR INDRE  Brocante Vide-greniers **

TOURS  Vide-greniers rue Lamartine ***

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 30th April
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

AUTRECHE  Vide Grenier *

AZAY LE RIDEAU  Brocante de l'ile *

BLERE  Vide grenier ***

CHINON  Bric à Brac **


JOUE LES TOURS  Brocante Bric a Brac Fête de la Grande Bruére ***

LE GRAND PRESSIGNY  Brocante ** (cancelled)

MARRAY  Vide-greniers *

SAINT CYR SUR LOIRE  Vide Grenier ***

SAINT OUEN LES VIGNES  Vide-greniers ***

 Brocantes / vide greniers Monday 1st May
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

BALLAN MIRE  5ième Foire aux Plants-plantes/brocante Jardin **

BERTHENAY  Brocante Vide-greniers**

CANGEY  Bric à Brac ****



LEUGNY Vide-greniers *

MONCONTOUR  Brocante ****

MONTLOUIS SUR LOIRE  Vide-greniers ***

MONTS  Vide-greniers ***

PARCAY MESLAY  Brocante Vide-greniers ***


SAINT PIERRE DES CORPS  Vide-greniers ****

Thursday, 27 April 2017

New beginnings...'Chez L'

The former 'Café Jean Bart' in Le Grand Pressigny re-opened its doors last night (officially opens on Friday) as 'Chez L' with the new proprietors hosting a welcome night.

Lisa and her team did an excellent job which bodes well for its future.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by 'I Don't Know' accompanied by Dave Brown on fiddle.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Olivier Debré Contemporary Art Centre in

Well yes and no...we had to go up to Tours yesterday to visit one of its many medical clinics as Pauline was having a MOT type check-up (passed with flying colours BTW) and as it was raining, decided to take in a visit to the new contemporary art centre built near the Pont Wilson Bridge in the north of the city. We choose the underground bunker that is the parking on 'Place Anatole France' which is within walking distance of the centre.

The grounds are still being worked on externally but the site is open for visitors although unfortunately for us,not on a Tuesday! I should heed my own advice - in France when planning a trip check opening hours first due to the different opening time criteria 'historical monument', seasonal variations etc.. So after quite a bit of announcing its opening, up until May 20th it is not open Mondays or Tuesdays and when it is, it is from 11.30am (?) - something to do over lunchtime rather than eating? don't think so!

  • 11/03/2017 to 20/05/2017 : from 11:30 to 18:00 (except Monday - Tuesday
  • 21/05/2017 to 15/09/2017 : from 11:30 to 19:00

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Brocante bizarre...Preuilly-sur-Claise

Sunday's brocante at Preuilly-sur-Claise had the usual eclectic mix of items for sale...nothing too bizarre although the life-size grumpy policeman might just qualify.

Monday, 24 April 2017

A weekend of sunshine and reminders

What a good weekend weather-wise. We are always grateful when we have a sunny day when greeting new guests as on Saturday, when a lovely couple from Wyoming arrived at 'Le Bourg'. It also allowed us to do some overdue garden work at the Old Walnut Mill. We also had some leisure time which as ever involved eating and drinking, Aperos on Friday night with friends and neighbours on Grande Rue and dinner with friends on Saturday night, We rounded it off by catching up with our neighbour David last night for aperos and are embarrassed to admit we missed a 'significant' birthday of his (bad). His last milestone was actually celebrated in our barn 10 years ago (surely it can't be?) and we would have loved to have done something for him again (though the barn is now crammed full of 'stuff'). Anyway it drives home the point that no matter how busy you are you need to take time out for others.