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.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Something for the weekend...buy a unique piece!


This weekend November 18th and 19th from 14h to 20h at 3 Avenue Claise 37350 Le Grand-Pressigny. (old railway station) you are invited to discover or rediscover the 'G'ART'/Me Machin showroom and brand new collection of lamps, furniture, armchairs, low and high tables, mirrors etc..



Beaujolais nouveau night at 'Chez L'



bonne soiree last tasting these three examples at 'Chez L' in Le Grand-Pressigny...in good company!



Music provided by the talented Cally, David & Dave.


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Trick of the light...


Stopped on way back from Le Grand-Pressigny to Barrou to catch the bright sun breaking through the trees...this was the effect!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A trip to Tours...



Yesterday Pauline and I took the bus from Le Grand-Pressigny up to Tours (at 2.40 euro each way, why wouldn't you?) where we had a busy afternoon...



visiting the small market on Boulevard Herteloup...



did some touristy things...


did a lot of walking...



had lunch at the first restaurant we ever ate at in the city (scarily 14 years ago!)...



followed by more walking...



and *church visiting



and even more walking, this time over the river Loire...


so much walking that Pauline was reduced to a shadow!

*footnote 

As we were walking towards the church of Saint Julien I said to Pauline "I wonder if I'll ever get to see inside there" as the last few times we have come up to Tours it has been on a Tuesday which means, as the church is a national monument, it is closed. On other visits we have also found it closed. No sooner had I said it than I noticed workmen bringing gear out of the church...a polite request and I was in there...more to follow!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Riverbank tower surprise



During our randonne club walk at the end of October which set off from Descartes, we took the path along the riverbank opposite the town, We caught site of the paper-mill on the other side of the river and as we walked we suddenly came across this tower on the riverbank. 



After discussions with fellow walkers as to why it was there,the best answer was that it appears to have been used to ferry items over the river to a similar tower on the opposite side via a pulley system. Now there is a pulley on top of the tower nut it does seem rather an elaborate method to use...any other ideas,or is this correct?



The walk did give us more appealing views than that of the factory which you can see more of here.



Monday, 13 November 2017

Monday - memories from last week in pictures...

Barrou sunset
Reflection  on the river
Grande Rue, Barrou
Grande Rue, Barrou
River bank at Barrou
Chateau de La Guerche

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Remembering...


And so I wandered out alone
Here where woods and fields abound
And in a quiet corner found the resting place
Of English soldiers killed in war
And what of them my love
Who died so far from home
No last farewell kiss
All that remains is this
Clifford T Ward

Friday, 10 November 2017

Guilty by association...No Kill Fish 1837



Love the fact the the vide-grenier at La Riche tomorrow is being organised by 'No Kill Fish 1837' association. I know you want to know more...here

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Last but certainly not least...


This weekend sees the last of the big brocantes of the season with the HUGE event at L'Ile Bouchard on Saturday. More than just a brocante with many commercial stalls like the one above also present.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Work on the project continues...



Work on 'the project' is moving on slowly but progress being made. Not a great deal of fun on a November day but to perk myself up I glance out the window at our neighbour opposite and know it will be worth it in the end!