Monday, 22 May 2017

Sunday's brocante...Chambon

Pauline and I managed to get along to the brocante at our neighbouring village of Chambon yesterday. Beautiful morning for a stroll through its pretty streets.

Caught up with 'the usual suspects' out treasure hunting, which is always nice.

After a brisk walk around and a minor purchase of a sugar bowl to match existing teapot and milk jug, it was back to work at the Old Walnut Mill where we are getting ready to receive our second set of Australian guests of the season tomorrow. 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Loire Valley & Southern Touraine work their magic...

Here is the guestbook comment from our departing Canadian guests at 'Le Bourg'  here in Barrou. We enjoyed having them!

"Thank you Jim & Pauline, we enjoyed your generous spirited hospitality and appreciated all your knowledgeable suggestions. The Loire region is lovely,  we enjoyed driving the quiet country roads,the beautiful rolling farmland and the quiet authentic little villages...and we loved 'Le Bourg' - such a wonderful place to stay."

Caryn Mc Govern & Tom Freeburn,
Belleville, Ontario,

Saturday, 20 May 2017

A 'hole' new world of Loire Valley wines.

Way back in 2012 (scary) this large whole in the ground appeared near one of favourite wine suppliers   'Domaine de de la Croix Melier' in Montlouis, we had always meant to see what grew out of it and in spite of being around the corner from it many times since, failed to pop around for a look. 

Well this week we popped round and wow!,impressive or what?

It is a new (not so new) facility for Francois Chidaine and judging by the size of the building he is a very large producer. We didn't go in as it's a bit fortress like plus we have our supplier around the corner...well at least for now. 

Good blogpost on Francois Chidaine here

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Something for the weekend...brocantes 20th & 21st May

Last year we visited the good brocante at Gizeux as part of a good day out

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 20th May

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


JOUE LES TOURS  Vide-greniers ?

LA VILLE AUX DAMES  Bourse aux Vêtements d'Enfants, Jouets et Puériculture?

ROCHECORBON  Brocante Vide-greniers **

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 14th May
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

ANCHE  Vide-greniers **

ATHEE SUR CHER  Vide-greniers Semi-nocturne ?

AZAY LE RIDEAU  Bourse aux Vêtements, Jouets et Puériculture **

AZAY SUR CHER  Brocante Vide-greniers ***

BALLAN MIRE  Brocante, Vide-greniers **

CHAMBON  Vide-greniers et Fête du Four à Pain ?

CHATEAU LA VALLIERE  Salon des Collectionneurs et Création Fait Mains *

CHATELLERAULT  La Bruyère en Fête - Vide-greniers et Troc-plants ****

CHAUVIGNY  Vide-greniers **

CHINON  Brocante Mensuelle **

CINQ MARS LA PILE  Vide-greniers ?

CIVRAY DE TOURAINE  Vide-greniers ***

CORMERY  Bourse aux Jouets et Puériculture *

DISSAY  Vide-greniers **

DOLUS LE SEC  Vide-greniers **

GIZEUX  Brocante Vide-greniers ****

JOUE LES TOURS  Vide-greniers *

LA CROIX EN TOURAINE  Vide-greniers ?


LOUANS  Brocante Vide-greniers **

LUYNES  11eme Vide Grenier **

MONNAIE  Vide Grenier *****

NOUATRE  Brocante Vide-greniers *

RICHELIEU  Vide Grenier **

SAINT AVERTIN  Vide-greniers ***

SAINT CYR SUR LOIRE  Bourse aux Vêtements enfant, Jouets et Puériculture ?

SAINT PIERRE DES CORPS  Vide Grenier Caritatif *****


TOURS  Brocante Vide Grenier Place Beaujardinv ***

TOURS  Vide-greniers des Rives du Cher *

VEIGNE  1 ier Vide Grenier ***

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Americans visiting the Loire Valley.

We had a lovely couple from California last week at 'Les Balcons' here is their guestbook comment:


Jim & Pauline,Le Balcons is a charming tastefully decorated home. The gardens are lovely...thank you for the flowers and provisions, greatly appreciated. You have done a commendable job of restoring this property. Thanks for the market tips and advice. We visited several chateaux : Chambord & Villandry plus small gardens an dejeuner at Chateau du Rivau. We love la France!  Au revoir...      

The  Priestas family,

Monday, 15 May 2017

'Randonnee de Printemps'- Barrou

Pauline and I joined locals and visitors alike to take part in yesterday's 'Randonnee de Printemps' through  the countryside around Barrou. Although 'Meteo' had threatened the occasional shower it turned out to be a beautiful day.

Most of the route was familiar to  us having walked them many times in the past. Up through the woods behind the village... 

over the road to Le Grand Pressigny and back into open countryside.

You had the choice of 10.13 or 16km routes, we chose the 13km as this is the normal length we would do with the Le Grand-Pressigny walking club.

Pauline setting the pace.

Our route took us for the first time into slightly unfamiliar territory for the first time but the organisers had done a good job of marking it out... 

although there was one point where walkers in front of us had missed a right turn and we (as serious getting lost peeps) had to put them right, 

We got to have a peek at this fine house which would normally be very secluded.

On the walk the light played its tricks as we walked through the woods.

The day also included some ambitious bike rides and we had the occasional flurry of bikes nipping past us. although their routes tended to be deeper into the woods.

When we arrived at the refreshment halfway point it was obvious the cyclists were quite happy to be out of the saddle, judging by how they had abandoned their bikes.

Their was a good spread on offer and you could even have a glass of rose, we stuck to water, honestly!

Refreshed, it was then back in the woods.

Through the 'cuts' 

Another change of route depending on your chosen distance

Back in familiar territory behind 'Haute Touche'...

down the 'chemin' behind 'Les Divards' where on exiting you are met by this great view of the Creuse valley.

It was good to see kids taking part

The last stretch up behind the village offers us the opportunity to do a bit of house spotting.

Last little bit is downhill which after 13km is a joy... 

even for the cyclists.

We were the first of the walkers back in the village and it was nothing to do with the rose pamplemousse on offer. It was a very good walk and the organisers deserve a big 'shout-out' for their efforts, 

Sunday stroll...

Saturday, 13 May 2017

A walk in the park...Loches public gardens

When guests at our rental houses  visit Loches fro their Saturday or Wednesday market we encourage them to visit the public gardens. They are not huge but they are beautiful, plus they give fabulous photo opportunities.