Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Week 23 2020

Hello!

After the calm, a storm!  And what a storm we had on Monday evening. Wind, rain, hail and more wind, and then... a huge tree down.


The emergency services were soon on sight, it helps that our neighbour is a fireman and the Enedis team were there within 20 minutes ... on a jour ferie no less.  A huge thank you to them, they attacked the tree and we had electricity again just before midnight.

Now the legal wrangling begins... does a tree growing in the bank of a stream that borders our property legally belong to us?  The same stream that we weren't allowed to reinforce because it didn't belong to us.

As France opens up and we can get out and about, enjoy your freedom, support your local businesses and keep safe.

Best wishes,
Helen

Week 23

This is the metal bridge in Castillon
This is the metal bridge in Castillon



Hello everyone,

A quick word to let you know that I am opening the Glass House from this Thursday the 4th of June. To start, I will be open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from midday to 9pm as usual.

To make sure we respect the host of hygiene rules and regulations ( which by the way, I still haven't received but we'll use our common sense), it would be very useful if you could let me know in advance if you plan to come and visit. Especially as it looks like it's going to rain at the end of the week and the garden, which will be plenty big enough to keep everyone at a safe distance, might be a bit damp.

I'm so long looking forward to seeing you all again - it has been far too long.

Jacquie xx

Le Gensake at La Torbeille

Le Gensake has moved and is now open for business at La Torbeille. At Tourbeille you will have a choice of several dining areas that overlook stunning views of the river Dordogne whilst being welcomed by the Gensaké team.




















Rauzan summer brocant open every Sunday

And finally...

I'm restarting my pottery workshops in Sauveterre.  Come and hand build and decorate a cup.  All materials and equipment are provided.  To book a place on Saturday 6th June, call me on 06 30 89 85 36.


If you would like a private workshop with a group of friends, I'm mobile and could come to you.  No age limit... creativity is without limits!
Contact me and we can discuss possibilities.



Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Week 22 2020

Hello!

The lockdown is easing and shops are opening up again.  It's up to each shop to decide if they want the clientele to wear masks or not.  Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance of the premises and after a quick squirt, you have access. I must say, the varieties and effectiveness of the sanitisers available are up for question...

Our garden is blooming beautifully and the roses are fabulous.  I keep cutting them, so we can have colour inside and out.


Whatever you do in your 100km radius, keep well and safe.  I believe the PM is announcing next steps on Thursday.
Keep well and safe.
Best wishes,
Helen

Week 22


Many restaurants are offering a takeaway service. If you have a favourite, it would be worth giving them a call and seeing what they offer.  Libourne has compiled a list of the operating restaurants



The wood fired pizza restaurant - Au Four de la Rive is opening on Saturday evening for takeaway pizza.  You need to call ahead.


The weekly brocante/flea market in Rauzan has re-opened and is operating on a Sunday for the foreseeable future.

Rauzan Brocante

Coming up...




And finally...

If you are like me, and continually at a loss to know if French words are masculine or feminine, then at least the question of le/la Covid 19 is resolved.  Find out more at the Connexion

'Confusion reigned on the internet but the Académie Française has spoken: the virus is feminine.'


Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Week 21 2020

Hello!

France is starting to re-open and the shops are welcoming customers, putting in place the necessary health and safety restrictions.  I'm pleased to say I picked up our masks from the mairie without having to provide too many pieces of paper.  Many thanks to everyone who has been making these masks.

So, businesses are beginning to get back on their feet - but not before we have a jour ferie, this one is L'ascension and it always falls on a Thursday because it's 10 days before Pentecost Sunday.  It marks the day that Jesus ascended to heaven following his crucifixion and resurrection.  Please be aware that public services and many shops will be closed.  Whether, as it's followed by a Friday, many businesses take the opportunity to 'faire le pont' is to be seen.

Whatever you do in your hundred km radius, keep well and stay safe.
Best wishes,
Helen
notjustfortheholidays@orange.fr

Week 21


21 - 22 May

The Asian takeaway last week was delicious - why not give it a go?

https://www.aufourdelarive.fr/english

midweek asian takeaway

Head Chef at Chateau Rigaud, Nick Street Brown is starting the first of a planned five week series of menus inspired by his travels in the Far East, this week it's Thai. 

Week two Menu

Thai red curry with duck or vegetarian sweet potato
Steamed coconut rice
Fried aubergines, peanuts, coriander and chilli
Asian pickles

Please let us know when you order whether you want the duck or sweet potato (we have limited vegetarian option)
It's a fixed menu at 16 euros per person 
A free bottle of Le Canon rosé on orders of 4 persons or more. 
You need to book a collection time in advance, between 6pm and 9pm. 
Delivery is possible to Gensac Clock Tower on Wednesday night and Castillon Market Square on Thursday. 3 euros per delivery. 




And finally...

Glaze trials on bowls with colour blends.  The things that aren't bowls are little free standing test tiles that help to keep track of the tests.

Which do you like?



Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Week 20 2020

Hello

Goodness, we've had a lot of rain!  And it's taken away the river bank down the road from us.  So, if you're travelling from Castillon to collect a pizza or takeaway from Au Four de la Rive, you'll need to take the Mouliets main road, then the first left after the end of Mouliets.


Whatever you do this week in your 100km radius, keep safe and well.
Best wishes,
Helen
notjustfortheholidays@orange.fr

Week 20

Lockdown has lifted for the moment, with restrictions in place, including the wearing of masks.  Each person is entitled to one free mask.  How they are distributed is up to each Mairie, we have to take identification equal - or possibly more - to the purchase of a house and present ourselves at the Mairie, others have had them hand delivered to each household.  (Curiously, the letter which informed us of the procedure was hand delivered by the Mairie!)

Here's an article from the Connection  : France deconfinement May 11: What is allowed or not?

If you're wondering how to calculate the 100km, here's a great link from French Property News:
How to Calculate 100km from home 

We can get to the city of Bordeaux, and just to the Basin d'Arcachon, but not to the coast.  So the beach will have to wait.

Sauveterre is well within limits...



13 - 14 May : Au Four de la Rive are continuing their pizza take away on Saturday nights and also adding Asian food to their repertoire. Head Chef at Chateau Rigaud, Nick Street Brown is starting the first of a planned five week series of menus inspired by his travel in the Far East. This week it's Chicken Satay which is of course Indonesian. It's a fixed menu at 18 euros per person with a free bottle of Le Canon rosé on orders of 4 persons or more. You need to book a collection time in advance, between 6pm and 9pm. Delivery is possible, to Gensac Clock Tower on Wednesday night and Castillon Market Square on Thursday. 3 euros per delivery.


And finally...

Always a relief to open the kiln room and see the firing has completed successfully.  Now I have to wait for it to cool so that I can open it.  Firing takes up to 10, sometimes 12 hours, and the cool down takes just as long. 
Fingers crossed that the kiln gods have been kind 🤞


Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Week 19 2020

Hello!

I hope this finds you all well?  Current thinking suggests we'll be able to move a little more freely from 11th May.  With this in mind, we are re-opening the Maison des Artisans in Sauveterre from Tuesday 12 May.  All precautions will be in place, masks, hand sanitiser available and social distancing procedures will be in place.


La Boutique comprises of 9 independent artisans who form an association and together we take it in turns to man the shop.  We also offer workshops, take commissions and promote 'buy local'. We've all been hit hard with the closure of the shop, so, it would be great to see you.

I had just updated my stand when we the Corona virus hit us.  Here's a sneak preview.


Whatever you do this week, keep safe and well, and we may see each other soon.
Best wishes,
Helen
notjustfortheholidays@orange.fr


There has been plenty of people taking the time to create during the lock down.  One such couple is Claire and Barry Scofield.  They are talented artists, have a look at them singing and find out more about their art projects.

Claire and I have making a few music videos during lockdown, and would like to share them with you. There are a few to watch, here's a link to one of them.



Also I wanted to share with you my new website/project.  My project which is providing drawings for people to paint pictures that don't have very good drawing skills. I now have it running (although it will be continual work in progress) so find out more about it below. It's called Accademia Art.  www.accademiaart.com

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Au Four de la Rive are continuing their pizza take away on Saturday nights and also adding Asian food to their repertoire. Head Chef at Chateau Rigaud, Nick Street Brown is starting the first of a planned five week series of menus inspired by his travel in the Far East. This week it's Chicken Satay which is of course Indonesian. It's a fixed menu at 18 euros per person with a free bottle of Le Canon rosé on orders of 4 persons or more. You need to book a collection time in advance, between 6pm and 9pm. Delivery is possible, to Gensac Clock Tower on Wednesday night and Castillon Market Square on Thursday. 3 euros per delivery.

https://www.aufourdelarive.fr/english


And finally...

The garden is coming along really well...

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Week 18 2020

Hello!

Did you see it? It floated over our house over the weekend. As my lovely friend said... It looked like Father Christmas and his sleigh.


If you want to see the SpaceX Starlink satellites again, they are continually circling the earth, but they will be brightest again for us on 1 May.  See the full schedule for Bordeaux here.

Best wishes and stay safe,
Helen
notjustfortheholidays@orange.fr

Are you missing pizza?
Au four de la Rive

Lockdown takeaway

This Saturday we are lighting the wood-fired oven so you can enjoy a selection of our freshly made pizzas in your own home.
We are offering a limited takeaway service. All orders should preferably be made in advance to avoid an unnecessary wait or disappointment. 

Call +33 5 57 49 23 26 or message us before Friday to secure your collection slot. 

We will be open between 6pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 2nd May
To ensure your safety and the safety of our staff please respect distancing measures at the restaurant.


And finally...

When life gives you excess sourdough...

... make crumpets!

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Week 17 2020

Hello!

I hope this finds you well and safe at home.  We live in a centre for tourism and the Covid 19 pandemic has hit us hard.  Time to diversify and share the skills we've been hiding for the world to see and embrace.

I'm excited to announce the opening of my new Etsy shop HWpotting

Follow the link here https://www.etsy.com/shop/HWpotting to visit and see what I have to sell, I'll be adding more items over the next few weeks.
The shipping/postal costs are a bit high, but if you contact me directly, we could work out a pick up/drop off option.  Please have a look, and spread the word about my ceramic range on Etsy, thank you.

Keep safe and stay at home and in isolation, and together we can beat this pandemic.

Best wishes,
Helen
notjustfortheholidays@orange.fr



La Taverne du Belvedere - Juillac


The Taverne is open for Take Away!
Pick up something delicious - a touch of Japan, a touch of Brazil… 
Carol is cooking up your favourite recipes.
See the MENU on FaceBook  @tavernebelvedere.
Choose your Starter and Entrée - it’s easy to order online. 
Or call in your order at 05 24 24 75 92

La Taverne est ouvert!  Des délices à Emporter. 
Un bon moment de casser la routine!
Carol prepare vos plats préférés avec une touche japonaise, une touche brésilienne… 
Choisir votre MENU sur Facebook  @tavernebelvedere
ou telephoner:  05 24 24 75 92 



And finally... a message from Lorraine:

I have been using my lockdown time sewing masks. I joined a FB group 'Des Masques Dordogne (24)' as a volunteer, thinking I would be inundated with requests to supply. However, it seems to be a small group and my little corner of 24 has not had many requests. With the result I have lots of masks with no home. I wondered if any one may be interested in some?? They would have to be fairly local and able to make safe collection/delivery arrangements. The masks are 100% cotton, have a pocket to insert a filter, and meet all the requirements. 


Contact Lorraine at  hatchettlorraine@gmail.com