Friday, 23 March 2018

Something else for the weekend - plant fete at Chateau de Cheverny

This weekend the Chateau is the setting for the 16th edition of the Plant Festival. 

Plant festival at Chateau de 

Brocantes / vide greniers this weekend 24th/25th March

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 24th March

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

ATHEE SUR CHER  Brocante de la Foire à l'Andouillette
CHATEAU LA VALLIERE  Festival des Collectionneurs et Creations
CHINON  Chinon Vintage

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 25th March
* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

ATHEE SUR CHER  Brocante de la Foire à l'Andouillette
CHATEAU LA VALLIERE  Festival des Collectionneurs et Creations
CHINON  Chinon Vintage

FONDETTES  Bric à Brac des 101 Doltoniens **

LA VILLE AUX DAMES  Vide-greniers **

SAINT CYR SUR LOIRE  8ème Vide-grenier de l'Amicale Numismatique de Touraine ***

SAINT GENOUPH  Vide-greniers **

SAINT MARTIN LE BEAU  Vide-dressing (adultes, Enfants, Puériculture et Jouets) **

SAINT PIERRE DES CORPS  Brocante vide-grenier ****

TAUXIGNY  Bourse aux Plantes

TOURS  Antiquités Brocante Boulevard Béranger

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Welcome to spring...its official

 It may not feel like it but today is officially the first day of spring...have faith however surely changes are a coming!

Monday, 19 March 2018

More on the promise of what spring will bring

With the weather slipping back to slightly chillier times it is worth remembering that spring flowers are just around the corner like the tulips at Chateau de Cheverny which are so popular with early guests at our vacation rentals here in the Loire Valley.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Cally & a duo of Davids...

'Celtiqua' entertaining us last night at 'Bar la Saulaie' in Descartes to celebrate St Patrick's on what had been a great day for the Irish.
The group were reduced to a threesome as fiddler, Dave, was in the UK.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Vintage paper at the project

Happy to report we were able to use the wallpaper we picked up at a local brocante for 25 cents a roll in the bedroom at the project in La Guerche.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Little signs...and big bags

Little signs that spring is on its way at 'Le Bourg' where we are working at the moment...

but with the rise in temperature comes the work and first déchetterie run!

Monday, 12 March 2018

And so it begins...

From this...
We started working at Le Bourg yesterday to prepare it for the coming season.In reworking  the garden  I have created a bit of a monster that needs taming at this time of year to get it back in a fit state for receiving guests. As Pauline says however, what else would a pair of pensioners be doing with their time!

need to get it looking a bit like this

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Waiting for the blossom

This was Rue Saint-Martin in Le Grand-Pressigny on this date last was 20 deg! Waiting for that and the spring blossom.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Dining out in Tours - 'La Ruche' 105 rue Colbert

We always enjoy visiting Tours but when we are there over lunchtime we sometimes find it difficult to choose where to eat as we are so spoilt for choice. On our visit yesterday it was made a little easier for us because, as we were walking done the pedestrianised rue Colbert checking out the menus of some of the many restaurants, a charming elderly lady encouraged us to try the one opposite to where we were standing. She said the food was all freshly made using produce bought locally and at a fair price. After confirming she wasn’t related to the proprietrice and her letting us know she was a local resident with three generations of her family living in Tours, we decided to give it a try.

The restaurant was the small but perfectly formed 'LaRuche' which retains some of the authentic charm of the eighteenth century house it once was. We chose the 'Plat et Dessert' menu at 14.50 euro. We both had a very tasty 'blanquette de veau' for our main, plus our choice of dessert, this is Pauline's below, I had profiteroles. It was all served very professionally by a young man (in a dickie-bow no less) and young woman. You can buy a bottle of wine from their wine menu at sensible prices or by the glass at 4.50euro.   

We would certainly recommend it!
'La Ruche' 105 rue Colbert , Tours,  02 47 66 69 83

Monday, 5 March 2018

Reliance on others...

The weekend is normally a busy time for us with regards to visitors to our sites and the weekend just gone was no exception. Off the back of this we would expect some interest in our houses being expressed in the form of enquiries but not today...our sites are down! This is a problem at our provider - very frustrating and difficult to keep calm!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Back to a little bit of normality...

March 3rd

The recent strange spell of weather has ended and we are back to something like normal temperatures for this time of year to get to 13C today. Amazing the difference in a couple of days!

March 1st

Saturday, 3 March 2018

The theme for this years Garden Festival is announced.

This year's theme for this popular event with our guests, is 'Gardens of thought'. As annual visitors we tend to not pay too much attention to the theme ( I say we but Pauline does tend to read the descriptions) but take the gardens as we find them with a cursory glance at the descriptive blurb. We have rarely been disappointed on our visits and as they  continue to add and improve the grounds away from the festival itself it always feels 'fresh'.

Pauline at last year's festival.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Rugby memories...

In the thick of the 'Six Nations' rugby Facebook threw up a rather relevant  'memory' of a great day in Paris at the Stade de France way back in 2005 with family. 

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Promoting my region - Centre-Val de Loire

I like to think of myself as an ambassador for our delightful region here in France and where originally it was simply a means of helping us to promote our holiday accommodation it has, I must confess, become a bit of an obsession. This has lead me to exploring new towns or villages or visiting a new place of historical interest like one of the many fine churches, or simply walking in the beautiful countryside and then either blogging about it or adding a new page to my website. 

I also like to promote local and regional events when I can but find myself sometimes being frustrated by the lack of detailed information available for the potential visitors. The event above is a good example (I am a big 'fan' of Joan). Here the local association 'Jeanne en Lumière' organizes an annual re-enactment of the arrival of Joan of Arc on March 6, 1429 in Chinon and have obviously put a lot of work into it but to find a programme of the day's events I tried to search on the local tourist websites...but to no avail.Did find some detail in an article here and on InfoTours website but nothing on Chinon;s official tourist board website,or maybe I'm missing something! 

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Our closest chateau...'Chateau de Rocreuse'


'Chateau de Rocreuse' lording over us from the other side of the river just outside Barrou...taken on Monday

Monday, 26 February 2018

Randonnée des crêpes 2018 - Le Grand-Pressigny

Yesterday was our annual 'Randonnée des crêpes' in Le Grand-Pressigny where over 270 visitors joined us for a walk around the village and surrounding countryside with the reward of crepes and cider awaiting their return. 

Heading en-mass along 'Rue de la Vielle Poste'

By the time we crossed over the river Claise on 'Ave. Andre Theuriet' the large group was already beginning to thin out.

Heading off into the sun and countryside and forrest people began to settle into their own pace.

The halfway stop for refreshments is always welcome...

before heading back out.

Le Grand-Pressigny and crepes await us in the distance.

Getting closer...

and closer still.

There was an option of 12.5 km or 9km with the shorter route taking you through the chateau grounds which on a day such as yesterday was looking resplendent under a blue sky.

Our final destination was the Salle-des-Fetes for cider and crepes which were well received by our guests. As ever, a great combined effort by the club in providing around a thousand pancakes plus  setting up / clearing up the hall.