Wednesday, 22 November 2017

More simple things...


Even after 40 years of DIY it is still so satisfying to be at the stage in a project when you are  applying the first coat of paint...how sad are we?


This is what will eventually be the kitchen at the La Guerche project.


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Another November walk


Last Thursday's walk with the Le Grand-Pressigny Randonnee club took us over towards Abilly and along the edge of the Creuse Valley.



It was probably the first real autumnal day we have walked this year...no blue sky!




Looking over the Creuse valley towards Leugny. 



A glimpse of Abilly.




Are we headed for a cold winter?



Autumn is certainly with us now!


We finished the walk just as the light was fading...shorter days ahead.



Monday, 20 November 2017

Simple things...


On Friday I had to shell some walnuts for the starter for our dinner party that evening and as it was a beautiful November day here in Barrou I choose to do it in the courtyard. It proved to be a lovely way to pass some time...very therapeutic. As I went about the task I was reminded about the time a few years ago when we were out walking and we came across an elderly Frenchman bending down to pick up some walnuts, after exchanging the customary greetings he gave out a slight groan and said "isn't it odd that the older you get the further away the ground gets"...can relate to that!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Had we just not noticed this before?



On a recent trip up to Tours we caught site of this Bollée wind turbine as we passed through Sorigny. We had not recalled noticing it before - because it wasn't there. There did use to be one in the village but it is long gone this one actually came from Saint Gervais-la-Forêt near Blois and local enthusiasts restored it to the condition it is now presented. The Bollée wind turbine is a French invention (clue in the name) and was used here as a water pump. The family it seems were all very innovative...you can read about them and the wind turbine here.  



There is another good example of this wind turbine at Esvres. 

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Something else for the weekend...at Angles-sur-l'Anglin



"Red shoes strewn in the streets of the village will guide visitors from one house to another, to discover the achievements of 30 exhibitors: craftsmen and gourmet small producers all passionate! 
- Earth, metals, wood, textiles, glass, leather, etc ... materials transformed into unique pieces. 
- Chocolate, saffron, snail, donkey milk, honey, nougat etc. to taste and share without moderation. 
- This year, hats off to formier Didier Laforest! He will share his craft and his passion by explaining and showing how he makes hat shapes for millinery and hat makers. To accompany them, crazy hatters, a harpist singer and a ra'conteuse 
- At the end of the day, paths of candles will illuminate the heart of the village."
Saturday 14h-18h and Sunday 10h-18h in Angles-sur-l'Angles. 
Free access.