Friday, 25 May 2018

Something else for the weekend...Viti Loire

Taste 79 appellations of wines of the Loire Valley...or some!

More info here

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Something for the weekend 26th/27th May

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 26th May

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

ROCHECORBON  Brocante Vide-greniers ***

SACHE  Fête de la Moto et Brocante ?

SAVIGNY EN VERON  Vide Grenier de l'ape **

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 27th May

AZAY SUR CHER  Les 28èmes Puces d'Azay sur Cher ***

BEAULIEU LES LOCHES  Brocante de la Trinité ?

CHAMBON  Brocante - Vide-greniers - Fête du Four à Pain ?

CIVRAY DE TOURAINE  Vide-greniers Brocante ***

JOUE LES TOURS  10ème Vide-grenier de l'Alouette **


LIGNIERES DE TOURAINE  Vide-greniers de l'ape **
REIGNAC SUR INDRE  Brocante / Vide-greniers **

RICHELIEU  Vide-grenier **

SAINT AVERTIN  Vide-greniers ?

SAINT CYR SUR LOIRE  Vide Grenier **

SOUVIGNE  Vide Greniers **

TOURS  Antiquités Brocante Boulevard Béranger ?

TOURS  Vide-greniers Place Beaujardin ?

TOURS  Vide-greniers Groupe Scolaire Musset Vigny ***

TOURS BEAUJARDIN  Brocante Vide Grenier ***

VILLANDRY  Vide-greniers ?

10 years and friendships...

Our little soiree on Monday evening to celebrate our 10 years here in France was a great opportunity to get friends and neighbors together and thank them for their support and friendship during our time here. There were however many others who were out of the country (or sailing on canal boats) who have contributed to making our time here so enjoyable. A shout out goes to Mike & Liz, Karen, Margaret & Norman, Dennis & Angela, Denis & Pauline, Mike & Pat, Colin & Elizabeth, Doreen & Michael, Roger & Liz plus many others who have touched our lives.

Over the years we have many great get-togethers.

Sadly we have lost some dear friends along the way who are badly missed but who played their part in our great French experience.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The auld yins get to spend time with adorable Ada.

Our Edinburgh walk last Wednesday also consisted of a picnic in the grounds of the Scottish National gallery of modern art on what was a lovely day weather wise.

It was great to have time with Michael, Rose and Ada and made even better as Mara joined us for the day. 

We even introduced Ada to a bit of culture with a short visit to the gallery.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Celebrating 10 years in France

Great gathering of friends and neighbours last night to help Pauline and I,along with our friend Cally celebrate 10 years (to the day) of living in France. Cally arrived in France on the exact same day as us along with Nev who sadly is no longer with us and we have shared many great experiences together over the years. Miki, the owner of 'Le Bourg' was kind enough to let us use it as the venue and it was ideal as with over 70 guests it meant we could spill out onto the terrace which was looking good for the occasion.


A big thank you goes out to everyone who joined us for the occasion and who were too generous with their gifts and contributions. As I said last night you have all contributed to making our life in France a really special part of our lives.

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...