Saturday, 24 June 2017

At work and play in the Loire Valley


Spent yesterday doing a little bit of light (?) gardening work at Le Bourg, not a great idea in 30+ degree heat - exhausting!


Actually who ever controls this type of thing did give us a little respite from the glaring sun in the morning which helped make the task a little easier.


It was easier to enjoy the heat in the evening with friends and hosts whose hospitality knows no bounds, to celebrate Maureen's birthday.


With Pauline being away it was also good to have company.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Visiting Chateau Villandry and its gardens under a hot sun in the Loire Valley


Guests at the Old Walnut Mill had a glorious, if a little warm, day to visit Chateau Villandry and its beautiful gardens on Wednesday. 


Then they crossed our favourite bridge over the Loire at Langeais to pay the town a visit.






Thursday, 22 June 2017

Fete de la musique - Le Petit-Pressigny



Here are some pics from last night's event















Something for the weekend - brocantes 24th & 25th June

Nouzilly
Last year we went to the brocante at Nouzilly north of Tour which, as it is under the shade of the trees, might be a good choice this year!

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 24th June

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

BOSSAY SUR CLAISE  Brocante *
  
LA MEMBROLLE SUR CHOISILLE  Vide-greniers ?
   
LA ROCHE CLERMAULT Brocante?

PARCAY MESLAY  Vide-greniers **

PONT DE RUAN  Vide-greniers**


Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 25th June

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


BOURNAN  Brocante, Vide-greniers *

CERELLES  Vide-greniers **

CHATEAU LA VALLIERE  Brocante ***

CHATEAU RENAULT  Brocante **

ESVRES  Vide-greniers ***

HOMMES Vide Grenier – Brocante **

L'ILE BOUCHARD  Vide-greniers *

LA CHAPELLE BLANCHE SAINT MARTIN  Vide-greniers ?

LA MEMBROLLE SUR CHOISILLE  Vide-greniers *

LANGEAIS  Vide-greniers ***

LIMERAY  Vide-greniers ****

MONTLOUIS SUR LOIRE  Vide-greniers ***

NEUVY LE ROI  Vide Greniers *

NOUZILLY  Vide-greniers ***

SAINT BAULD  Vide-greniers?

SAINT GENOUPH  Vide-greniers ***

SAINT PIERRE DES CORPS  5ème Vide-greniers Square Gambetta ***

SAVONNIERES  Vide-greniers ****

SEUILLY  Vide-greniers **

TOURS  Vide-greniers***

TOURS  Brocante BD Béranger ***

VERNOU SUR BRENNE  Brocante **






Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Abilly fete de la confiture


There was a new venue for this year's 'Fete de la confiture' in the nearby village of Abilly (Sunday) with everything being moved to the 'l'île de la Claise', which proved to be an ideal location other than there is only one way on to the island, which meant anyone more used to the brocante being spread through the streets had to cross the river Claise (or not,depending on your approach) as there is no access from the village side.

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On another very hot day it proved to be an inspired decision with the trees offering some shade from the bright sunshine.





The 'jam' element of the day seems to play less and less of a role as the years go by...or did we miss something? 



We were not tempted by the singing fish but did buy an 'Art Nouveau' brass picture frame from the stallholder.


You should know by now that I am now rarely surprised by the bizarre items that can be found at such events and adding custom stainless steel exhausts to the list, for me,isn't a problem.  


Spotted this stallholder getting a bit ahead of himself!

My other purchase on a blisteringly hot day? an electric panel heater...and why not!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Praise for Le Grand-Pressigny


Our departing guests at Les Balcons were full of praise for Le Grand-Pressigny and the local People. They were returning for the third time.

Comment from the house guestbook:
17/06/17

"Wonderful house. Attention to detail great. This was my third stay here, that should say it all. Town is so relaxed and people so friendly. Thanks Jim & Pauline."

Eamonn,
Carlowe,
Ireland

Sunday, 18 June 2017

A bonne soiree


Last night's soiree here in Barrou to celebrate the 'Feu de St.Jean' meant another good get together with friends and neighbours.



Our current guests at the 'Old Walnut Mill' also joined the fun along with a couple we met at the bar on Thursday night!


Willi and Sandra did an excellent job of catering for us and keeping us supplied with the odd glass of wine here and there.


We felt a little let down by the musicians as, when they played here last year the singer was excellent but her substitute gave a good performance and they also allowed me to murder a few songs.



The evening was rounded off by the traditional bonfire and children dancing around it to welcome in summer (tad early)  








Saturday, 17 June 2017

This weeks randonnee club outing...not Abilly!



This Thursday's Le Grand-Pressigny Randonnee club outing started as usual with a rendezvous in the car park where we are told where we are going and organise a bit of car sharing. The British contingent heard we were off to nearby Abilly  but when following the lead car we headed off in the opposite direction.


That, as my French companion explained, was because we were off for a walk in the forest around the L'Abbeye to the east of the town. 


Thankfully it wasn't long until we had the shade of the trees to protect us from the very hot (30+) sun.
















The tree to the right actually appears to be floating - it has been felled but has not fallen!


We have probably driven past the sign to ' the Abbey' a hundred times without actually noticing it.



It is now a very attractive private residence




The etang by the property.







This is the home of a sluice that connected the lake to a neighbouring one.



Looking back towards the abbey from the other side of the lake. 

Much as we enjoyed the walk (10km) and the company, it was good to get back to the car!








Friday, 16 June 2017

'Fete de la Musque' here in Southern Touraine...


I have always thought that the annual 'Fete de la Musique' here in France, where musicians are asked to provide free (plus paid-for) live music, should be extended to being a week long event - well this year, as the official date  (21st) falls in the middle of the week, it has been (unofficially) as it also incorporates the local villages celebrations of the 'Feu de St.Jean'. My reasoning is that with so many opportunities to take in events but within a limited time slot, you miss so much.