Friday, 17 November 2017

Something for the 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'

A bonne soiree last tasting these three examples at 'Chez L' in Le 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!


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


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

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!

Monday, 6 November 2017

Weekend of wining, dining and a little working...

With many of our friends over to close up their  'maison secondaires' this week for the winter, it was a chance to to do a little socializing before they (the hirondelles) fly off again.

Three evenings of eating and drinking with a little gardening work thrown in meant we were both rather occupied over the weekend!

Sunday, 5 November 2017

All roads lead to Barrou...

country road heading towards Barrou

End of another successful season renting out holiday homes the  'Old Walnut Mill' and 'Le Bourg' in Barrou with visitors from Australia,Canada,the UK and the was a delight to have them!

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Early November sunsets in Southern Touraine

Low sun giving golden sunset horizon

First two pics were taken on the way back from our Charnizay walk on Thursday an the third on Toussaint from the bridge at Lesigny.

trees and houses silhouetted by golden sunset near Le Grand-Pressigny

sunset from bridge

Friday, 3 November 2017

Walking near Charnizay

Yesterday's walk with the Le Grand-Pressigny Randonnee club took us out in the countryside just north of the village of Charnizay. We were blessed with another fine day for walking.

It was a walk of leafy shaded chemins one minute and open countryside the next.

Yesterday we were joined by the charming grandchildren of our group leader (it is the school holidays,Toussaints ) who led the way and seemed to thrive on the experience.

In some of the paths nature had put some obstacles in the way  which were less of a problem for some of us!

House with potential?

The walk took us past the 'Etang du Bois Guenand which, on a day like today, showed it off to its best advantage.

trees reflecting on the Etang du Bois Guenand near Charnizay

walking in open countryside near the village of Charnizay

As we walked it was interesting to see how our direction was highlighted by our accompanying shadows

By the time we were returning to our starting point the sun was going down over the village...

but it didn't stop the local farmers continuing to take advantage of the fine day. or what was left of it!