Monday, 11 December 2017

Hard act to follow...


We did our second 'gig' with our Christmas choir yesterday at the well-attended 'Marche de Noel' at Ferriere-Larcon, where we performed in the church after the visit of Father & Mrs. Christmas - good fun!



Pauline took a couple of videos...only she didn't, she has many talents but film-making isn't one of them!* Thanks to David our choirmaster who supplied a couple of pics,,



*I am reminded of one my 'one-off' memory moment singing with a great jazz band in a club in Greenwich Village, New York which was saved for posterity as a photograph of her foot!

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Christmas carolling - Ferriere-Larcon


First outing for the carollers yesterday at the Christmas market at La Celle Guenand...today we are at Ferriere-Larcon around 4.00pm

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Blue sky back in Barrou


Was good to see the blue sky back in Barrou yesterday morning...even though it changed pm!

Friday, 8 December 2017

Marches de Noel and getting out the top hat


Its that time of year again when many towns and villages of the region have their Christmas markets and friends David (choirmaster) & Jane (costume designer) bring us together for a bit of carolling. This weekend we are singing on Saturday at La Celle Guenand, 3.30pm and on Sunday at Ferriere-Larcon around 4.00pm.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Last week's walk...Le Grand-Pressigny,Etableau and the chateaux



Last weeks's walk with the Le Grand-Pressigny Randonnee club took us out of the village over the river Claise, up around the hameau of Courveaux...




and over the road D60



towards Chateau de la Vienne.


This is a private chateau with limited access but with it being Autumn you can at least catch a glimpse. 



Then it was downhill through the woods towards Etableau,



where we picked up the old railway track which is currently being converted to a walking path.



It was good to see they have left a little memento of its former use. 





After a short time on the track we took a sharp right-hand turn up into the woods of  le Parc d'Etableau



Looking back at the second chateau of the day, the ruins of chateau Etableau.



Once in the woods Joel led us to a 'cache et sel' a secret cave for hiding salt to avoid the very high tax (gabelle) that was inflicted on Touraine during the 16th century.



There was also an interesting,very well-formed bread oven built under the roots of a tree




We passed this pond before Joel had us going off-track into the woods to see yet another chateau although this one needed a fertile imagination as it was the 'ghost fortress' of 'Chateau Chanceaux'



Its origins date back to the 15th century but today the only evidence is a low round mound and what looks like a moat plus a path which may have led to the fortress




We then headed back towards Etableau...



where we again picked up the railway path





We knew we were almost back to civilisation when we saw this sign indicating the next level crossing (ex)



Then it was back over the river(s) along Avenue Andre Theuriet into the village and a view of our last chateau of the day.





Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

In fear of pain...baguette etiquette


At dinner at our French neighbour David's last night I learned about a French superstition I was unaware of, although not from David directly but from our American friend Karen who was with us.
I had inadvertently put the bread back on the table upside down and David made a point of turning it around. This would probably have gone pretty much unnoticed as it was done fairly subtly, until Karen let us know that this,as a French superstition, could bring 'bad luck'.

This led me to wonder about the origin of this...and it took me here  to the possible answer.

"It’s fitting that France has a superstition based on bread. Apparently, putting the nation’s treasured baguette (or any loaf of bread, for that matter) upside down on a table will bring bad luck. This belief dates back to the Middle Ages, when the executioner was a very widely respected and feared man who you wouldn’t want to anger. Therefore, the baker would reserve his baguette by placing it upside down to ensure nobody else would take it. No one would be foolish enough to upset a hungry executioner. Over the years, the action became a symbol of bad luck."