Monday, 21 May 2018

'Water of Leith' walk in Edinburgh with Ada,Michael & Rose

 After our stay with Paul in Glasgow we headed over to Edinburgh to visit Michael & Rose and the adorable Ada.We were lucky enough to have great weather which meant we could get out and about. On Wednesday they took us along the 'Water of Leith' walk which is easily accessible from their home.

It is delightful...

the walk takes you through Stockbridge, under the Dean bridge and onto the 19th century buildings of the beautiful Dean Village.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Visiting family in Scotland

We were over in Scotland last week for a few days for a family visit. Ryanair got us to Glasgow via Stansted where Paul put us up for the night and we had a good catch up over dinner and his local Chinese restaurant...very nice! He lives in the Anniesland district of the city which boasts this delightful former art deco cinema. He is also near the Clyde canal and took us a short walk to show us the nearest lock.

It is always a joy to visit Glasgow as the people are a unique breed and probably among the friendliest people in the world. We knew we had arrived as the signs were there...sunglasses and fluffy slippers at the airport...ah Glasgow!

Next stop Edinburgh!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Crazy Cats at 'Chez L'

Band playing in front of bar in Le Grand-Pressigny

Good night in good company last night listening to 'Crazy Cats Cadillac Paradise' and their brand of rock & roll at 'Chez L' in Le Grand-Pressigny.  

Friday, 18 May 2018

Something else for the weekend...tasting sparkling Vouvray

Something for the weekend...19th/20th May

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 20th May

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

ABILLY  Fête de la Confiture - Brocante -vide Grenier **

ANCHE  Vide-greniers ***

ATHEE SUR CHER  Vide -grenier **

BLERE  Vide Dressing **

CHINON  Brocante Mensuelle **

CRISSAY SUR MANSE  Foire aux Vieilleries ?

DESCARTES  Vide-grenier

LIGUEIL  Brocante de la Pentecôte **

MORAND  Vide-greniers ***

PARCAY MESLAY  Vide-greniers  ***

RICHELIEU  21e Salon D’antiquités

TOURS NORD  Vide Grenier ****

VEIGNE  2° Vide Grenier Champétre ***

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Bloomin' marvellous...

From a single rose back in the 7th may our guests at the 'Old Walnut Mill' watched as our climbing rose came to full bloom during their stay.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Really big softie...

Spotted at 'Chez L' in Le Grand-Pressigny this well-behaved giant...

Everything but the kitchen sink...

But wait...our successful haul at the recent brocante is not difficult to achieve at these events as you can find just about anything ...including the kitchen sink!

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Lunching locally...

On Friday we had lunch with friends in the lovely courtyard at Chez Grand Ma in Le Grand-Pressigny where I could not resist taking this pic of a perfect rose...


Saturday, 12 May 2018


So what does 25 euro buy you at a local brocante? A new iron, a scat lead,light fitting (still boxed) IKEA wall unit lights (boxed),set of new cutlery, flexible reading light,photo frame,brass tricket jar, decorative plate and John Lennon CD, actually!

Friday, 11 May 2018

In search of treasures...

Went over to the brocante at Ferriere Larcon,courtesy of friends Mike & Liz yesterday and managed to find some useful purchases among the usual diverse range of things on offer...including the kitchen sink!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Brocantes this weekend

Brocantes / vide grenier Thursday 10th May

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

  21ème Grande Brocante Vide-greniers ***

RICHELIEU  Brocante Collections **

VERETZ  Vide Greniers *****

Brocantes / vide grenier Sunday 13th May

AMBILLOU  Vide-greniers ***

brocante *

Antoigne Vide-greniers ***

Vide-greniers ?


Vide-greniers rue Colbert ?

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Same in any language...

Working on installing the kitchen at the project, I find it sad that they have to supply the instructions in so many languages with every appliance. I do understand that they sell their products all over the world but you would think the could have a system where you could select your preferred language and the booklets could be supplied separately...think of the trees it might save!

Monday, 7 May 2018

First rose...

This is the first rose to open on our climbing rose at the 'Old Walnut Mill' last week...perfect timing for our guests arriving.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Blue sky and bright sun for first guests of the season...

We welcomed our first guests (Australians) of the season under a blue sky and bright sunshine yesterday to the 'Old Walnut Mill'. This is the second last leg of a seven week stay in France - just hope we add another positive Loire Valley experience for them.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

May, a good month for visiting the Garden Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire

Couple sittingin giant cup at the International Garden Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire

We enjoy visiting the Garden Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire at any time of the year but especially remember some glorious May days - like the weekend we are about to have...we would encourage you to go...but be sure and take a hat!

Friday, 4 May 2018

Prepairing for first guests at the Old Walnut Mill

We have had some glorious weather while getting the 'Old Walnut Mill' ready to receive its first guests of the season (Australians) and it is set to continue for their visit, which is great!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Something for the weekend brocantes Sunday 6th May

Brocantes / vide grenier Sunday 6th May

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


CHEILLE  Vide-greniers à la Chapelle Saint-blaise

TOURS  Vide Grenier Gentiana (léo Lagrange) *

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Come first of May...Fete de Muguet

The 1st of May is  'Fete de Muguet' or 'La Fete du Travail' and it is tradition to give a sprig of Lily of the valley to bring luck to the recipient...bonne chance

These are from the garden of  The Old Walnut Mill vacation rental.

Made me think of this...time sadly has passed him by.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Another successful evening at 'Chez L'

Yet another good night, last night, hosted by Lisa at 'Chez L' in Le Grand-Pressigny. Big shout-out to Cally and 'the Davids' (Celtiqua) for the musical accompaniment...

and to the chef and staff for some tasty fish & chips!

Bottom two pics courtesy of our guests st 'Le Bourg'

Saturday, 28 April 2018

French immersion...not

Our current American guests at 'Le Bourg' are joining we Scots tonight for a very French (not) evening of eating fish & chips and listening to some of our English friends playing Irish music at 'Chez L' in Le Grand-Pressigny - very international!

Friday, 27 April 2018

Colourful spring displays in Ligueil

The bus was late when I went to pick Pauline up from Ligueil on Tuesday on her return from Paris, so I took a wander around the town...some pretty floral displays.

Have to say however have been better in the past.

These are from way back in 2011 (how time flies)