Monday, 30 April 2012

Week 18 2012


Rain, rain go away… come again another day…

Despite this we have managed to catch some sunshine and get out and about.   The fete local in St-Philippe-du-Seignal on Sunday was dry enough for us to have lunch outside, whilst the boys had a look at the tractors.

Saturday night at the Diner Vigneron was a treat and a half, a beautiful setting at the Salle des Dominicains, and just a ‘few’ local wines to taste.  Many thanks to the viticulteurs for their generosity.

Apparently April showers bring May flowers, but I’ve already seen quite a few out and about and if the river keeps rising I shall have my very own water garden!

Many thanks for all your continuing contributions,

Best wishes,


Week 18

Monday 30 April

30 April : The Libournaise Portes Ouvertes continue this week. For further information about venues see the accompanying posters. For the complete listings go to

Tuesday 1 May

1 May : Marché aux fleurs, Pellegrue
1 May : Marché aux Puces, Vide-greniers, Brocante, Floralie, Marché artisanal à Saint-Méard-de-Gurçon

1 May : Vide greniers a Eynesse, organisé par les écoles d'Eynesse / les Leves et Thoumeyragues
Restauration sur place possible

1 May : Brocante Vide Greniers at place du 19 Mars, Frontenac 33760.

1 mai : Fête des fleurs, marché bio et vide-grenier, Les Quais - 33190 La Reole

1 mai : Foire aux fleurs et à l'artisanat, place du 8 mai 1945 - 33790 Pellegrue.

1 May : 8ème Vide Grenier du Printemps à Montussan 33450

1 May : Vide Grenier and Omelette a l’aillet at St Laurent des Vignes.

1 May 18h : My Week with Marilyn is showing in VO at le Rex in La Reole.
Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to see the blonde bombshell, while Olivier is struggling to meet her many demands and acting ineptness, and Colin is intrigued by her. Colin's intrigue is met when Marilyn invites him into her inner world where she struggles with her fame, her beauty and her desire to be a great actress.  Starring Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh.

Wednesday 2 May

Thursday 3 May

Friday 4 May

4 May 21h : Jamaican reggae star Rod Taylor is backed by The Positive Roots Band for a concert at Rocksane, 14 bis rue POZZI, Bergerac. Tickets are €14 in advance and €16 on the door. Telephone: 05 53 63 03 70.  For further details visit

4 May 20h30 :  Ensemble Instrumental de la Dordogne, Eglise Notre Dame, Bergerac.  Claude Debussy, Samual Barber, Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc.  Entree €15 Reservations 05 53 58 06 43

Saturday 5 May

5 mai 9h à 19h: Foire aux Fleurs et aux Miels.  Place Abel Surchamp , Libourne
Vente de fleurs, de plantes ainsi que dégustation et ventes de miels des apiculteurs libournais.

5 May : La 4ème édition du Rando Tour : Vignonet
Pour cette nouvelle édition il vous sera proposé 4 parcours de randonnées inédits (15 km - 25 km - 35 km - 45 km) avec chacun départ et arrivée de la commune de Vignonet, et ravitaillement tous les 5 km.
Tous les 4 vous permettront de profiter des paysages de la juridiction de Saint Emilion qui sont classés au patrimoine mondial de l'Unesco  .
Nous serons ravi de vous accueillir aussi nombreux que les années précédentes !
Billetterie prochaine à l'office de tourisme de St Emilion.

5 May : Vide Armoires at Riberac.

Gourmet wine & cheese pairing discovery soiree

This Saturday 5 May 2012 -4pm-7pm our A rare orchid at the bottom of Hillside parcel
gourmet cheese and wine pairing event starts at 4pm with a walk in the vines to look for orchids. Around 5pm we return to the light filled new tasting room for a sit down pairing of cheeses with a selection of 6 wines including fabulous new vintages that we have just bottled.
La Source White and Cheese
Prepare yourself for an evening of exploration and FUN. You will learn more than you imagined possible about cheese pairing but you will also help us discover the perfect pairings for the new wines just bottled for our pairing lunches . We guarantee you some eurekas about wiWine Class Christmasne and cheese.
This event is 10 euro per person (it is free for vine share club members. If you would like to join contact caro for details). Please let us know ASAP if you wish to book - spaces are limited. |

5 May : Quiz Night at Domaine Chater, Duras. Tables of 6 people, 15€ per person which includes entry to the quiz, a bottle of award winning Chater wine for each table and a delicious two course meal (salad buffet plus dessert). Early booking will be absolutely essential!
To make a reservation (we will make the tables up if you book less than 6 places) please call us on or or email us at

5 -6 May 10h - 19h : Festival des Potiers, Place de la Republic, Bergerac

5 May : Concert de trois Chorales : Chorale Crescendo,Chorale de Lège et Chorale de Pessac. Chef des trois choeurs : Mme Audrey Lorandeau. Eglise, 33670 Creon Tarif Plein : Adulte 10 € Tarif Réduit : de 12 à 18 ans : 5 € Gratuit pour les moins de 12 ans. 05 56 23 35 48

Sunday 6 May

6 May : Bergerac monthly flea market, on the first Sunday of every month, held at the Place de la Myrte, Bergerac.

Coming up…

Don't forget to look at the pages for the upcoming months, you can find them on the right hand side of the blog.  They have details of events coming up in the future.

Tuesday 8 May – Victory 1945 Holiday

8 May : Foire aux fleurs et à l'artisanat.  La bastide de Monségur organise sa traditionnelle foire aux fleurs et à l'artisanat ce mardi 8 Mai. Venez flâner autour de la halle de la bastide et venez découvrir tous nos exposants prêts à vous accueillir et vous conseiller.

8th May - Brocante - Pessac sur Dordogne

Dear All

Following the success of last year’s Party in the Park, a similar evening has been planned for 2012.

I have attached the details for you to read and forward to your friends (please!). The date will be Wednesday 11th July, starting at 19h00. The evening will finish around 23h00. The ticket price for this year will be 20 euros per person to include a bottle of wine, see below.

As before you can bring your own picnic – be it nibbles or a full-blown supper. But, this year, a bottle of Chateau Fayolle Luzac’s wine has been included in the ticket price. The choice will be their traditional Bergerac Rouge, Bergerac Rose or Montravel Dry White. You will be able to enjoy the wine during the evening or take it away with you. Extra wine, beer and water will be on sale during the evening.

The gates will be open for parking from 18h00 – and no earlier. Parking is fairly limited so we would ask you to make up car loads wherever possible, rather than come with just two in the car.

A lot of people got up to dance last year which was fun – but the ladies may want to consider flat shoes for this year as dancing on the grass isn’t that easy. You may also want to consider bringing a lantern or candles to give your space a bit more light and atmosphere. There will be good lighting to see you out to the car park at the end of the evening.

As last year I would ask you to book your tickets through me and send a cheque, post dated to 10th July so that the cheque can be destroyed or returned should the event have to be cancelled due to bad weather. I will send you an e-ticket which will have space for you to indicate your choice of wine – when you arrive you can take this ticket to the bar where your bottles of wine will be given to you.

Ticket numbers are strictly limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis. So don’t delay.

Best wishes

Monday, 23 April 2012

Week 17 2012

Another busy week, yesterday we took my parents out to join in the Poule au Pot at Lamonzie Montastruc.  I was still on the search for the elusive Aracauna hens (which I’ve now found – not in the Poule au Pot, I’d like to add!), and the warm welcome made for a fun lunch in the Salle de Fetes.

Thank you to MC for bringing to my attention the fact that from 1st July it is law that you have to carry a breathalyser kit in your car.  For more information, and a highly entertaining video go to

All this week Bois et Atelier are having a sale at their warehouse in Gensac.  They also take commissions, so worth a look just to see their workmanship.

We are certainly having some weather… good for the garden, and also good for the garden is the number of plant markets coming up around and about.

Enjoy your week,

Best wishes,


Week 17

Monday 23 April

Tuesday 24 April
24 April : Stages Cheval / Poney Organisés par les Ecuries de la Luzernière
Découverte du poney, initiation à l'équitation, jeux équestres et balade en forêt
2ème semaine : mardi 24, jeudi 26 et vendredi 27 avril 2012
Journée exceptionnelle vendredi 27 avril 2012 "Chasse aux oeufs"
Tarifs : 40€ la journée pour les licenciés au club
45€ pour les non licenciés
25€ la 1/2 journée
Contact : 06 14 69 69 95

Wednesday 25 April

25 April 20h30 : Screening of Chateau de Bridoire renovations on “Des Racines et des Ailes”, France 3

Thursday 26 April

Friday 27 April

27 April 21h : Jazz Blues Night at Salle des Fêtes, Saint Méard de Gurçon, 24610
Presenting - Lawrence "Shy" Gladney & Gas Blues Band
Provision of bar - Buvette  Entrêe 10 euros. Tickets available on the door.

27th April : Free Jazz concert at St Laurent des Hommes. St Laurent is half way between Montpon and Mussidan, just north of the N89.

Saturday 28 April

28 April : Troc Jardin at Salle A.  Arieu, St Germain-du-Puch, swap flowering plants, vegetables, garden tools and jam.  Learn how to make a hornet trap.  For information call 06 85 69 95 85.

28 -29 April : Fête de la Lamproie at Sainte-Terre.  The local speciality lamprey is celebrated this weekend at Sainte-Terre, the centre of this local fish/eel/river creature!  It’s a great opportunity to try this dish whilst celebrating the annual harvest, with a meal and music on Saturday evening and Sunday midday. There is also a brocante and local fair on Sunday.  For more information go to

28 avril  à 18h30 : Croisière-dégustation sur la Dordogne. A bord du bateau l'Angélique.
Ponton de Branne-Saint-Emilion.  For more information

28 – 29 April : Grande Brocante and Vide Greniers at Coutras Parkings Piscine et Tennis - Esplanade Bord de Riviere.


28 April 19h30 : Soiree Paella animee par Karastar a la salle des fetes St Martin du Bois.  €10 par personne.  Reservations 06 11 77 77 06 / 06 61 90 34 92

28 April : Dinner with Music - Soirée Rouge & Blanche St-Avit St-Nazaire 33220
Menu 16 euros Music by La Banda In Vino Veritas - and Disco Euterpe
Réservations 05 53 80 78 86 or 06 32 38 08 50

28 avril - 1 mai : Portes-ouvertes à St-Émilion, occasion de faire un concert dégustation au Moulin de Lagnet.
Quelques variations sur les tubes du XVII°siècle, La Romanesca, Tanto tempo hormai, Le Gran Duc, La Bergamasca, de Rossi, Turini, Falconieri, Buonamente… pour deux canti et basso.
Des détails sur l’image jointe, ne pas hésiter à demander un plan d’accès et n’oubliez la réservation obligatoire (80 places) au 05 57 74 40 06. Entrée libre.

28 avril - 20h : DINER VIGNERON - Salle des Dominicains, 14, rue Guadet Saint-Emilion.
A l’occasion des Portes ouvertes à Saint-Emilion, le Conseil des Vins de Saint-Emilion organise pour la première fois, en partenariat avec l’Office de Tourisme, un « diner vigneron »
Les places sont limitées : réservez votre soirée sur le site de l’Office de Tourisme à l’adresse
Pour commencer la soirée, la Jurade de Saint-Emilion viendra accueillir les amis et amoureux des vins de Saint-Emilion : un moment fort et convivial autour d’un verre de vin.
Le menu sera mis en valeur par les vins des appellations Saint-Emilion, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Lussac Saint-Emilion et Puisseguin Saint-Emilion, offerts par les viticulteurs.
Ce diner vigneron sera l’occasion pour les personnes venues participer aux portes ouvertes d’échanger autour des métiers de la vigne et du vin, à table, avec les viticulteurs qui partageront ce repas.
Menu :
Salade du Vigneron au Roquefort, Gésiers et Lardons
Echine de Cochon Noir des Pyrénées
Légumes assortis
Assiette de Fromage Affinés
Moelleux au Chocolat Fondant sur sa Crème Anglaise
Prix adulte : 25 euros par personne – vin offert Menu enfant (-12 ans) : 12 euros
28 – 29 April : Zumba Masterclasses in Pomerol. 4 teachers, 2 hours of dance!  For more information

Sunday 29 April

29 April - Fête de la Lamproie at Sainte-Terre, Brocante and local fair.

29 April 9h – 19h : Vide greniers et Vide armoires at la Salle de fetes, Saint-Genes-de-Fronsac.

29 April 6h-19h : Vide greniers et Marche Gourmand at Soumensac.

29 April 10h-18h : 5eme Bourse aux Plantes, Salle Clarisse Brian, Ste-Foy-la-Grande, entrée libre.

29 April – Vide Greniers at Moulon.

29 April : Vide Greniers at Saint Philippe du Seignal

29 April 10h – 18h : Marche des Printemps at the Mairie - rue Jean Abel Faure, St Magne de Castillon

29 Avril  12h à 17h : Fête de l'Alose et des vins du Fronsadais, Maison de pays du Fronsadais ,
organisé par l'office de tourisme Cantonal du Fronsadais.
Dégustation, Alose, Vins, Produits du terroirs, Animation musicales
Infos et Réservations au 05 57 84 86 86

Coming up… 1 May - Fete du Travail, watch this space.

1 May : Marché aux Puces, Vide-greniers, Brocante, Floralie, Marché artisanal à Saint-Méard-de-Gurçon

1 May : Vide greniers a Eynesse, organisé par les écoles d'Eynesse / les Leves et Thoumeyragues
Restauration sur place possible

Libourne Multiplex

Monday, 16 April 2012

Week 16 2012

4 fluffy chicks


A busy day yesterday with a trip to the Vide Grenier in Le Pizou followed by a visit to the Chicken Fair in Gensac.  We didn’t get any chickens this time, but our friends did – they went home with 11 fluffy chicks.  I’m holding out for Easter Egg Hens (they lay multi-coloured eggs).

Browsing at Le Pizou
Also this week, our much loved, but somewhat unreliable grandfather clock struck 60 before I managed to stop it!  We ended up at the clock shop in Montcaret run by a charming gentleman, who also happens to be the pilot of the Gabare at St Terre.  You can find out more about the clock shop L’Atelier du Temps by clicking the link on the right, and you can see the Gabare details and timetable on the April page.

Enjoy your week,

Best wishes,


Week 16 2012

All week Libourne is celebrating Portes Ouvertes in their Chateaux. See below for details of where and when.

Monday 16 April

Tuesday 17 April

17 April : Stages Cheval / Poney Organisés par les Ecuries de la Luzernière
Découverte du poney, initiation à l'équitation, jeux équestres et balade en forêt
1ère semaine : mardi 17, jeudi 19 et vendredi 20 avril 2012
2ème semaine : mardi 24, jeudi 26 et vendredi 27 avril 2012
Baby poney : spécial 3 ans jeudi 19 avril 2012
Journée exceptionnelle vendredi 27 avril 2012 "Chasse aux oeufs"
Tarifs :
40€ la journée pour les licenciés au club
45€ pour les non licenciés
25€ la 1/2 journée
Contact : 06 14 69 69 95

17TH, 18TH and 19TH April  09H30 - 11H30 : children's pottery workshops - Easter holiday. 15 euros per child, for more information, contact Jo at

Wednesday 18 April

18 April 14h : "Mercredi enfants" au Château de Vayres
Mercredi 18 et 25 avril 2012
Mercredi 24 et 31 octobre 2012
A partir de 3 ans: visite contée du château et parcours d'énigmes.
En avril : atelier"chevaliers"
En octobre : atelier "sorcières"
Exceptionnellement, le château de Vayres vous invite un mercredi après-midi, en famille, à découvrir tous les charmes de ce château fort et les délices d'une promenade dans ses jardins à la française ! De nombreuses activités vous seront proposées comme un parcours d'énigmes autour de la forteresse, ou des ateliers ludiques et pédagogiques pour les enfants : devenir chevalier au Moyen Age Dès 3 ans ( avril) ou potions de sorcières (octobre).
Début des activités à 14h précises, prévoir 3h d'activités.
Tarif :  Adulte 10€ / Enfants 5-15 ans : 11€
Réservation obligatoire
Château de Vayres
RN 89 Sortie n°7
33780 Vayres
Tél : +33(0)5 57 84 96 58
Fax : +33(0)5 57 84 96 67

18 April 20h30 : Bird is showing in VO at the Rex in Creon.
The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker.  Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.

Thursday 19 April

Friday 20 April

20 April – 8 May : Brocante de Printemps at Bordeaux Quinconces.  Foire aux jambons and plants.  This brocante runs non-stop through until 8 May.  Don’t be afraid to haggle the prices.

20 April 20h15 : Macbeth.  The London Royal Opera House production of Verdi’s Macbeth is showing at the Libourne Multiplex.  For more about the production visit for more details of the Libourne Multiplex visit

20 April 20h : Dîner de printemps à Château Troplong-Mondot, Saint-Emilion
100€ TTC par personne
100€ (all tax included) per person
Pour toute réservation, merci de nous contacter : ou par téléphone :

Saturday 21 April

21 April 17h30 : The Woman in Black is showing in VO at the Rex in Creon.
A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.  Starring Daniel Radcliffe

21 April 9h-17h : Marche aux fleurs, Place de la Mairie, St-Pey-d'Armens

21 April 9h - 19h : Foire aux vins a la Cave des 2 Vignobles, route de Minzac, Villefranche-de-Lonchat.

Saturday April 21st, Mozaic Jazz Band will be playing at Lisle (24)

21 April 21h : Concert with La Chorale des Bastides at the church in Massugas.  Entrée €6
Sunday 22 April

22 April : Vide Grenier at Place Gambetta, Bergerac.

22 April : Foire aux Oeufs et aux Poussins Présentation avicole à Lamonzie Montastruc - 24 –

Weekend of 21 -22 April the Pays de Libournais has Portes Ouvertes at some of their Chateaux. See the poster for more details.

Coming up…

Hello everyone,
We are organising an Antiques and Craft Market on Sunday the 13th of May 2012 called BROC à SANSE. It will be the second market of its kind held outdoors on the lawn overlooking the Chateau. Last year was a great sucess for everyone involved.
Places are available at 3 Euros a metre. You must bring your own table. Sorry we don't have outdoor
electric outputs. The market runs from 8am to 6pm. We ask that all stall holders stay until 6pm to avoid disappointing late arrivals for the event.
If you are interested in taking part in this event or require any further information, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Kind regards,

Monday, 9 April 2012

Week 15 2012

Roses at Castillon Market

Hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend with lots of eggs.  If chocolate eggs are not the only kind you like, then you should make your way to Gensac for the Chicken fair next weekend.  There will be plenty of hens to see and also to buy.

The Brocante at Rauzan went well, but I didn’t come home with any super bargains this time.  The Vide greniers and village brocantes are already starting – apparently the one at Le Pizou next weekend is a big one.

Congratulations to Pinueilh Pitchers – we watched them win their baseball match this afternoon! 

Finally, Les Guinots in Flaujagues have their Portes Ouvertes during the month of April.  Go along, have a taste and they have some good bargains too.

Enjoy your week,
Best wishes


Week 15

Monday 9 April

Tuesday 10 April

10 April 20h30 : The Rotary Club of Libourne present Dana Ciocarlie in Concert.  Piano recital, Schumann, Schubert and Liszt.  Theatre du Liburnia, Libourne.

10 April 14h30 et 20h30 : Indonesie adventures et Rencontres at Grande Ecran, Libourne. 

Wednesday 11 April

11 Avril 14h30 à 16h30 : Montpon, Rendez vous gourmande. Les secrets pâtissiers par le Groupe Franco Anglophone au Fournil de La Double, Pâtisserie Barré de:

Thursday 12 April

Friday 13 April

April 13 20h30 : in the church at St Laurent des Hommes (24), a concert of classical music with, in the first half, Dan Jones (Prof de guitare at l'Ecole de Musique de St Laurent des Hommes) and the second half will be the first public concert by 'Sax Attitude', a saxophone quartet also affiliated to the music school. Entry free though monetary contributions can be made on the way out.

13 April 20h30 : La Choral Chant’a Lussac.  Concert at l’église de Lussac with Chants du Monde avec la chorale Le Chant d’a cote et Chants Gospel avec la chorale  Cocktail Gospel

13, 14, 15 April : Salon de l'Habitat et de l'Artisanat.  Housing, home improvements, furnishings and arts and crafts at quai du Priourat, Libourne. Free entry. Telephone: 06 61 82 26 22 or 06 24 12 04 54.

Saturday 14 April

14 April : Cours de Cuisine  - la lamproie a la Bordelaise.  For more information

14 – 22 April : Exposition “Harmonie de Couleurs” à la Salle du Château, Pujols.  Ouvert tous les jours de 15h-18h.

14 April 21h : L’affaire Brassens in Concert at The Centre Multimedia de Neuvic sur L’Isle.

Sunday 15 April

15 April : Foire aux Oeufs et aux Poussins, Salle de Gensac, d'oeufs de poussins, de canetons................ à voir et à acheter......
Jean Pierre Loste - 09 62 32 20 26 - Nathalie D,

15 April 11h – 19h : Easter Fete at Le Grande Fouguerat, St Julien d’Eymet, 24500.

15 April : Marche fermier de Printemps et Vide grenier at Le Pizou 24700.

15 April : Vide Grenier at Lac de la Cadie, Mouliets et Villemartin

15 April 6h – 18h: Vide Grenier at Saint-Michel-de-Montagne

15 April 8h15 : Rallye découverte.  Départ à 8h15 de Ste-Terre, sur le parking, derrière l'école.
Porter le pique-nique, il sera un moment de partage. La pluie n'est pas invitée, cependant, si elle pointe le bout de son nez, nous serons à l'abri.
L'apéro sera offert par l'association.
La participation est 5 euros par voiture. Pour une meilleure organisation, merci d'adresser le chèque avant le 6 avril à:
Cercle Esprit 77,
5 rue A.Briand
33350 Castillon la Bataille
Nous vous garantissons une bonne journée avec de très beaux sites.

15 April 9h – 18h : Grande concentration motos at Sainte-Florence.  Bourse d’échanges et exposition des motos de 1900 à nos jours.

15 April 9h – 18h Expo-vente consacrée au jardin. Parc du Château La Salle, Jardin sur Ciron, Pujols-sur-Ciron

15 April : Foire de Printemps, Brocante, Vide Greniers at Coutras

15 April : 13eme Marche aux fleurs contre le Cancer at Place Gambetta in Bergerac. 

15 avril 16h : Ensemble Vocal Harmonia Direction : Yolande Altet  
Saint-Emilion - Eglise Collégiale
Coteley, Haendel, Caccini, Schubert, Rossini, Mozart...
Participation libre.  Dans le cadre des Collégiades de Saint-Emilion.

15 April 20h45 : The Descendants  is showing in VO at Le Lascaux in Montpon.
A land baron tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.  Starring George Clooney.

Coming up…

ROBIN and MARLENE are selling a CAR!
2,500 euro
Immatriculated (ie French Plates department 24)
Vauxhall Vectra 2.2 (Elegance)
Colour pale metallic green
Fuel – Petrol
November 2002 (Low mileage approx 48,000 miles)
Two owners from new Robin and Father.
Vehicle in Excellent Condition