Saturday, 23 September 2017

Walk the walk...

Thursday's randonnee club walk from Le Grand-Pressigny was a dry run for Sunday's annual 'Randonnée des Fruits d'Automne'.We had a beautiful sunny day for it and can expect more of the same on Sunday.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Something for the weekend,brocantes Sunday 24th September

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 24th September

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

AMBOISE  Vide-greniers ?

ATHEE SUR CHER  Vide Grenier **

BEAUMONT  Vide-greniers **

BLERE  Broc' du Moulin **

BONNEUIL MATOURS  Brocante Vide-greniers *

CHATELLERAULT  Vide-greniers ***

CHEDIGNY  Vide-greniers Brocante *****

COUESMES  Brocante **

JOUE LES TOURS  Fête de Quartier de la Vallée Violette **

NAZELLES NEGRON  Brocante Vide-greniers ***

NEUILLE PONT PIERRE  Vide-greniers ?

SAINT PIERRE DES CORPS  Vide-greniers ***

TOURS  Brocante des Bords du Cher

TOURS  Brocante BD Béranger ***

VILLEPERDUE  Vide Grenier **

Taking steps...

Progress has been slow at 'the project'  due to us having (fortunately) a busy rental season with the houses plus life (?) getting in the way but I managed a little bit this week. I have cast the steps necessary to link the landing to the new entrance to what will be a bedroom in the old 'grenier'.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

First light...

We welcomed new guests from Toronto to 'Le Bourg' on Sunday on a day that had the weather playing some odd tricks...rain then sunshine then torrential rain then sunshine again! At one stage it was so gloomy that we decided to light the wood burner to bring a feeling of warmth into the house.

However as we awaited their arrival it picked up again with the light changing things for the better!

Monday, 18 September 2017

On your Southern Touraine

cyclists coming through Barrou in Southern Touraine

We greeted more keen cyclists at 'Les Balcons' on Saturday looking forward to taking in the beautiful local countryside of Southern Touraine. The Loire Valley here in France offers such a diverse landscape that cycling is one of the most popular activities. From river valleys to undulating countryside with pleasant surprises around almost ever corner.

Cyclists taking in the view over the Loire Valley

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Patrimoine Sunday...a good day to visit churches

This Sunday as part of the 'Journees du Patrimoine' weekend is a good time to visit any church you may pass en-route to some other visit as many that would normally be locked are likely to be open today and some will have parts of the church open that would not be accessible to you.

The above pic is of St Paul's in Chambon

Remember also today you can visit the Chateaux at Azay-le-Rideau and Cande free of charge.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Weather forecasting...

With guests arriving at our vacation rentals in Le Grand Pressigny today and Barrou tomorrow we had been keeping our eye on the weather forecast for the weekend with 'Meteo' giving a rather gloomy picture...but as with Friday, when they were predicting thunderstorms, they seem to have gotten it wrong! Based on their forecast we had decided not to venture too far on Friday but chose to have lunch in nearby Lesigny with friends instead. As you can see from the above pic it was a lovely day. Lunch in restaurant 'L'ere du temps' (rabbit) was of a good quality and value.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Something else for the weekend - Les Journées du Patrimoine 2017

This 'Patrimoine' weekend you can visit the chateau and museum at Le Grand-Pressigny free of charge plus there are many more options available to you - some free like the chateaux at Azay-le-Rideau Cande and Valencay plus others at a reduced rate - you can check what's on offer here

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Something for the weekend,brocantes Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th September

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 16th September

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

BEAUMONT VILLAGE  Foire aux Melons, Vide-greniers ?

CINQ MARS LA PILE  Vide-greniers ?

LA RICHE  10ème Grand Vide Greniers Geant ****

TOURS  Vide-greniers rue Viollet le duc ?

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 17th September

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

ANGLES SUR L'ANGLIN  Brocante Vide-greniers **

ARTANNES SUR INDRE  Vides-greniers - Brocante d'Automne ***

CHAMBRAY LES TOURS  Vide-greniers ***

CHATELLERAULT  Vide-greniers au lac de la Forêt **

CHINON  Brocante Mensuelle **

CORMERY  27ème Brocante & Vide-grenier *****

JOUE LES TOURS  Vide Grenier ***

MONTBAZON  Brocante Vide-greniers ?

SAINT FLOVIER  Brocante & Vide Greniers **

TOURS  Vide-greniers ****

TRUYES  Brocante Vide-greniers?


VOUVRAY  27ème Brocante de Vouvray ***

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

French markets

Today is market day at Loches, one of our favourites here in the Loire Valley but we love the market in Bedoin in Provence where we were lucky enough to visit last week.

The colours of the market there are great...

Monday, 11 September 2017

A day at the races

Yesterday along with friends we went over to the races at La Roche Posay. We started the afternoon with picnic courtesy of Jane & Peter, then it was on to the races proper.

We managed to place bets on all the races and ended up having a fun afternoon without costing a great deal due to our collective good selections.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Latest comments from guests at Le Bourg in Barrou.

Thank  you for a lovely stay at Le Bourg. We have had a great time eating and drinking on the terrace in glorious sunshine, visiting chateaux and just relaxing with friends. We even managed a swim in the river. Loved Azay-le-Ferron, La Guerche and Chenonceau.
Jan & Dave Orpin.
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West Sussex,

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Friday, 8 September 2017

Vines and wines...

Richard and Francoise have their own vines up behind the village and their location is quite stunning.

Richard spends as much time as he can up there as there is always something to do.

He is currently re-tiling the roof of his little cabin on the site and we were up there dropping off some pantiles.

Richard checking on his grapes 

When harvested, his grapes will join others in the local co-op where when bottled and will be  marketed under the local 'Terra Ventoux' label.