Monday, 26 November 2012

Week 48 2012


Only 29 days (or should that be sleeps?) until Christmas.  How are the preparations going?  There are plenty of Christmas markets around with shopping opportunities. Keep your eye on the ‘Christmas Market’ page of the blog as I update it as I hear of more markets.  The one in Bordeaux is lovely.  If you go along at the end of the afternoon then it’s great to browse along the stalls warming your hands on a glass of mulled wine with all the twinkling lights. It will certainly put you into a festive mood.

Team 'Motente Cordiale'
As Movember draws to a close Team ‘Motente Cordiale’ have been cultivating their facial fuzz with the aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health issues.  To sponsor them please go to or

Bois et Atelier in Gensac  is having a sale in their showroom ‘L’arriere Boutique from 24 November – 2 December.  They have small decorative items for sale alongside the furniture.  It’s worth a look if you are in the neighbourhood.

Have a great week,

Best wishes,

Week 48

The Bordeaux Antiques fair continues at Quinconces until 9 December.

Monday 26 November

Tuesday 27 November

Wednesday 28 November
28 November  - 9 December : Exhibition ‘Les Amis des Arts de Chaville’  at the Atrium de Chaville.  For more information visit the website

Thursday 29 November

29 November 20h30 : Paperboy is playing in VO (Version Original) at the Eden inema in Monsegur.
Thriller.  A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate.  Starring Matthew McConaughty, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and Zac Efron (so someone for everyone…)

29 November 20h : Soiree whiskey at Domaine des Collines, Branne.  €10 per person.  For reservations call 06 76 81 53 36.

Friday 30 November

30 November :  There will be "une soirée à thème" at l'hôtel du commerce in Villefranche de Lonchat.
Menu will be Aperitif, main course Tartiflette and a dessert.
There will be a duo featuring Edouard Gootjes and friend playing songs from the Anglo-Saxon repertoire as well as from the French.

Saturday 1 December

1 December 10h – 18h : Marche de Noel at the Salle Culturelle, Villamblard 24140. Upwards of 28 stalls selling a variety of items including Christmas decorations, gifts, Christmas baking and Jo McKinnon’s pottery etc. Snacks and drinks will be available to buy on site. A warm welcome is extended to all.

1 December 10h – 21h : Marche de Noel at the Salle des Fetes, Verac
1 December 10h-18h : Portes Ouvertes at Vignoble Viaud-Sentout, Lignan 33360.

1 December 10h30 : Balade Motos et trikes au benefice du Telethon .  Starting from the Carrefour carpark in Libourne.

1 December 11h – 18h : Fete de Noel at the Chai au Quai in Castillon on the waterfront.

1 December 14h- 18h : Evelyn Howie is hosting a Christmas open day at her house in St Avit de Soulege, 33220.

1 December : Gluten Freaks will be playing at the Bar "La Poutre" in Beaupouyet.
Music from the '70 and from the '60, bands like Led Zep, Beatles, Rolling stone, Joe Cocker, etc
1 – 2 December : Marche de Noel at Lamothe Montravel

Sunday 2 December

2 December : Rauzan winter indoor flea market continues.  We recently watched a television programme on interior design with someone gilding antlers and then selling them for a massive profit.  We then noticed last week that someone has been to the flea market and bought up all the sets of antlers… hmmm, we missed a trick there!

2 December : Vide greniers at Monségur.  Over 200 stands advertised.

2 December 10h – 18h : Exhibition de Noel, Peintures at Objets Creatifs at the Salle des Fetes in Doulezon.

2 December : Château de Claribès invite you to drop in any time between 11am and 5pm
Come along for seasonal nibbles and mulled wine!
Wine and Wine-Related Gifts for Christmas
Special Offers on Wine buy two cases (24 bottles) in any combination and receive 12 bottles (or Rosé or Maison) absolutely FREE !!
Please feel free bring your friends with you!
Look forward to seeing you!

Nick and Helen
Château de Claribès 33890 Gensac, France
Tel France
+ 33 (0)557 40 50 75
Tel UK
+44 (0)20 3239 9463
visit our website

Coming up…

Concert - Les Grandes Heures de Saint-Emilion:
7 décembre 20h30 : Château Cantenac,
Quatuor de saxophones Morphing
Chabrier, Bord, Haydn, Tanada, Mendelssohn

14 décembre 20h30 : Château Faurie de Souchard,
Quatuor à cordes Matisse
Haydn, Dvorak, Debussy

18 décembre 20h30 : Château Cheval Blanc,
Mickaël Rudy, piano
Prokofiev, Moussorgski, Listz

And finally…

Franklin Farm
Last orders for Christmas Special lamb products by Tuesday 11th December to be collected from one of the meeting points below.
On the 22nd December 10am till 2pm Gavin and/or I will be available at the Butchery, Grand Batard, 24700 Eygurande et Gardedeuilh for those who have decided that Christmas is far too stressful and sausage and mash is a better idea if they have left ordering too late. Or for a pick up point for people who have placed orders and can't make any of the other RDV points.
St.Méard de Gurçon Tuesday 11th December drop off outside the church 1.30 till 2.30
Mussidan/St Front de Pradoux delivery run 18th December time to be advised
At the New English Bookshop near Parcoul/Chalais every Monday 12.30 till 1.30 including Christmas Eve and every Monday into the New Year as well.
At Riberac market every Friday after 8.30 in the food square until the 21st December then not until end of January
Also at the Christmas Market, Manoir de Longeveau, 16390 Pillac on Sunday 2nd December.
Below is a list of special items available for Christmas.
Christmas Specials
Early ordering would be greatly appreciated
Deboned, rolled, leg of lamb stuffed with pork, hazelnut and apricot stuffing ready for the oven 18,00euros/kilo
French Trimmed Rack of lamb up to 7 bones 20,00euros/kilo
Spicy lamb meatballs 8,00euros/500g
Chipolatas 6,00euros/500g
Ready prepared pork stuffing 5,00euros/500g
All our usual yummy sausages, delicious dry-cured bacon and cuts of outdoor reared lamb are still available as well
Helen Franklin on 0553 823771 or 0609106284
Email me at
or browse our under construction website

Monday, 19 November 2012

Week 47 2012

Bordeaux waterfront

A beautiful sunny week.  

Firstly I must thank everyone who has helped me to identify the mysterious nocturnal catlike creature that I met on the road by Ste Radegonde.  I am quite sure that it was a European Genet.  Have a look at and see if you agree, and many thanks to CH who recognised it, despite the moth-eaten look of the animal in the photo.

If you are planning a trip to Bordeaux then it is an ideal time to visit both the Antiques Fair and the Christmas Market.  They are right next to each other and are open from Friday 23 November.

Have a good week,

Best wishes,


Week 47

Monday 19 November

Tuesday 20 November
20 November 20h15 : The We and the I is playing in VO at Libourne Grandecran.  Tickets are 2 for the price of 1 on Tuesdays for Orange customers.  For information on how to claim your cut price tickets go to
A look at the lives of a group of teenagers who ride the same bus route, and how their relationships change and evolve on the last day of school.  Starring Michael Brodie and Teresa Lynn

Wednesday 21 November

Thursday 22 November

 22 – 27 November : Valerie Feret has her Boutik at Chateau Feret Lambert, 33420 Grezillac. 

Friday 23 November

23 November – 9 December : Brocante d’Automne at Bordeaux Quinconces.  Open daily from 10h – 18h.  Free entry.  The tramway takes you to Quinconces.  Free entry and over 200 stands.  There are places to eat there too.  Remember to wrap up warm, I find it is always cold there.

23 November – 30 December : Marche de Noel de Bordeaux at the Allees de Tourney, just along from the Grand Theatre.  Open daily from 10h30 – 20h with late night shopping on the Fridays and Saturdays 14-15 and 21-22 December.  For more information including the lists of stands and restaurants go to

23 November 18h30 – 30 December: Les Ganivelles in Eymet is hosting a photographic exhibition by Pierre Cambon. Vernissage on 23 Nov, followed by a meal. 

23 November 19h30 : an evening of Jazz Piano (with Anthony Sycamore from the Jazz Lamp) at La Terrasse de Duras (opposite the chateau in Duras). Their phone no is 0553842962,,
It's quite a small restaurant (in winter) with great food and quite an intimate atmosphere. This'll be the first time they've ventured into doing music, and if the turn out is good they'll do it monthly over the winter.  New owners took over towards the end of the summer, and have greatly expanded the menu.

23 novembre 20h30 : Concert de musique italienne du 17ème siècle
Montagne - Eglise Saint-Georges,
Organisé par l'Association Les Trois Romanes avec Touche et Sonne.
Anne-Laure MENARD, clavecin, Bernard MILON, Violon, Jean GOUJON, flûte à bec et cornet.
Musique italienne du 17ème siècle (Rossi, Viadana, Uccellini).
Tarif : 10€, gratuit -12 ans

Saturday 24 November

24 November : The Chapitre Confrerie ‘Les Grillatout’ have their annual procession through the centre of Castillon followed by a masse, reception and the intronisation of new members.  The procession is a colourful event with other local Confreries joining in through the streets.

24 – 25 November : Journees Loupiac et Foie Gras.  If you are a fan of Sweet wine and Foie Gras, then this is the venue for you.  To find out more about the fair go to
Sunday 25 November

24 November 17h-21h : Samedi Jeux at Doulezon.  Games for all ages at the Salles des Fetes in Doulezon.  Entrance €4

25 November : Rauzan Covered Flea Market continues throughout the winter months.  They have really upgraded the restaurant there too.

25 November : Les Puces du Coeur de Bastide at Ste Foy la Grande located right in the centre of the town.

25 November 10h – 18h : Journée gourmande à Tabanac.  A market with plenty to see, taste and buy.  To find out more go to


Sunday 25th November,
drop in any time between 11am and 5pm
Come along for seasonal nibbles and mulled wine!
Wine and Wine-Related Gifts for Christmas
Special Offers on Wine
Please feel free bring your friends with you!
Look forward to seeing you!

Nick and Helen
Château de Claribès
Grand Vin de Bordeaux
Château de Claribès 33890 Gensac, France
Tel France
+ 33 (0)557 40 50 75
Tel UK
+44 (0)20 3239 9463
visit our website

25 November : Saint Andre et Appelles Christmas Market

25 November : Marché de Noël à Saint-Magne-de-Castillon

25 November 10h – 18h : 12eme Marché de Noël à Cazaugitat 33790

Coming up…

And finally…

Disaster has befallen our beehives and last week it became clear that the 2nd hive was rather too quiet.  Tom took it apart and inside he found the remains of the hive, but not a single bee or drop of honey.  The comb is an amazing structure, but not even a riverside location could prevent the bees from leaving.  We think that the continual bombardment from hornets finally drove them away.

The combs from inside the hive.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Week 46 2012


During the month of November each year, Movember asks men across the world to grow a moustache with the aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health issues. Guys then start Movember 1st with a clean-shaven face and for the remainder of the month dedicate themselves to growing a fine moustache. Tom is cultivating a moustache for charity, more info here, and donations, gratefully received, can be made via (there’s even a photo – so you can follow his progress).

November is also the month that showcases Castillon at its best, the trees that line the avenue as you approach from the Ste Foy end are always quite beautiful.

As always, there are plenty of activities, the Pompdou exhibition continues in Libourne and the Christmas markets are already starting (is it ever too soon to start Christmas shopping?)

A Kandinskyfrom the Pompidou Expo 
(thank you RD - hope it's not upsidedown?)
Have a good week,

Best wishes,


Week 46 

Monday 12 November

12 November 20h15 :  Wrong  is showing in VO at Libourne Grandecran.
Dolph Springer wakes up one morning to realize he has lost the love of his life, his dog, Paul. During his quest to get Paul (and his life) back, Dolph radically changes the lives of others: a pizza-delivering nymphomaniac, a jogging-addict neighbour in search of completeness, an opportunistic French-Mexican gardener, and an off-kilter pet detective. In his journey to find Paul, Dolph may lose something even more vital: his mind.  Starring Jack Plotnick, Erik Judor and Alexis Dziena.

Tuesday 13 November

13th November 1.30 till 2.30: Helen Franklin will be outside the church at St Méard de Gurçcon.  She sells Fresh Lamb, pork sausages, dry-cured bacon.  For further information  call Helen on 0553 823771 or 0609106284 Please leave a message if she does not answer, cellphone signal is very bad in her commune. She will phone you back. The house phone also has an answerphone so please leave a message or send an email to  or browse the under construction website .  A full price list is available on the blog

Wednesday 14 November

Thursday 15 November

Jo's Christmas Collection
Friday 16 November

16 Novembre 10h – 16h and 17 Novembre 13h – 18h : Portes Ouvertes
Atelier de Poterie, Route du Lac, St Géraud de Corps.

There will be a variety of pottery for sale, including lots of Christmas stock. For more details contact  Refreshments will also be available.Why not pop along and see what Jo has amongst her selection.

16 – 17 – 18 November : Le Salon des Creatures et des Ateliers d’Art at Hangar 14, Bordeaux.  For more information including reduced priced tickets available for download go to

16 novembre 18h30 : Conférence et concert le Chant des Oiseaux, musique de la Renaissance .  Saint-Emilion - Château Beauséjour-Bécot.  For more information go to

16 novembre 21h : Concert de choeurs basques, Vignonet - Eglise Saint-Brice, Concert d'inauguration proposé par l'Association pour la restauration de l'église Saint-Brice de Vignonet.
Chœurs basques "Bestalariak".
Tarif : 5€, 2€ pour les -12 ans.

16 November  21h : Château des Vigiers hosts an evening of Jazz in association with Jazz au Chais and Jazz Pourpre.  For further information go to

Saturday 17 November

17 – 18 November : Vide-greniers livres neufs et anciens, cartes postales, CD, DVD at the Salle des fêtes St Madard de Guiziers

17 – 18 November : Bourse aux jouets at Saint Vincent de Pertignas 33420

17 November 10h - 17h : Fete de Noel  Monteton  Festive foods, new stalls and old favourites, all in aid of Cancer Support France.

17 November : Bal Gascon at Civrac sur Dordogne, featuring La Galoche.  If you want to learn how to dance traditional Gascon dances then there is are dance lessons before the meal.  For more information call 05 57 40 45 53 or 05 53 24 19 93.
For more traditional dance evenings go to

17 novembre : Soirée Espagnole à partir de 20h00 à la salle communale Les Salles de Castillon, sangria, taps, paella royale, dessert, café. Soriée dansante : animation, démonstrtation et initiation avec l'association Flamenco Ria Pita de Montcaret. Organisé par « Demain les
salles » Adultes 20€ enfants 10€. Réservation auprès de Mme COLLARD : Porter ses couverts.

17 November 20h30 : Concert to celebrate St Cecile the patron saint of music
called the Festival of St Cecile 10th anniversary. €8
1st half : little bit from the pupils of Ecole de Musique at Blasimon, then 8 songs from another local choir, a song from Cecile LaRoche who is chef du choeur of Chorale des Bastides and chef of the ecole de musique, and singer and harmonioniste.
Followed by the entracte where they usually sell nice crepes cheap and you can get tea etc
2nd Half : La Chorale des Bastides 12 songs plus an encore selection includes cha cha and charleston and even a little bit in English - as well as jolly and sad songs.

Sunday 18 November

18 novembre 10h30 : Messe pour la Fête de Saint-Emilion, at the Monolithique Church

18 November : Vide greniers musical, salle des Fetes in Branne.  For more information go to

18 November : Rauzan Marche d’Hiver.  Open throughout the winter months in Rauzan.  A friend of mine took a stand there last weekend and had a very successful day.  There is also a restaurant there too.

18 November : Vide greniers at Eygurande et Gardedeuil 24700

L'Association Inter Paroissiale de Gensac organise son 2ème loto de l'année, dimanche 18 novembre à 15 h précises, Salle des Fêtes de Pessac sur Dordogne (en face de l'église Saint Vincent, grand parking).
Nombreux lots : paniers garnis, corbeilles de fruits, lots de viande, jambons, etc....
A l'entracte : tombola dotée de 15 prix.
Vente de crêpes et merveilles, cafés et boissons tout l'après-midi.

18 November 18h10 : The We and the I is showing in VO at Grandecrans in Libourne
A look at the lives of a group of teenagers who ride the same bus route, and how their relationships change and evolve on the last day of school. Starring Michael Brodie, Teresa Lynn and Raymond Delgado.

18 November 20h30 : Skyfall is playing in VO at the Eden Cinema in Monsegur.
Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.  Starring Daniel Craig as James Bond.

Coming up…

19 November 20h30 : The 1966 Comedy caper How to Steal a Million is playing in VO at Le Lascaux in Montpon-Menesterol.
Romantic comedy about a woman who must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father's art forgeries, and the man who helps her.  Starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole.

Brocante d’Automne in Bordeaux 23 November  - 9 December

And finally…
I once saw one of these (albeit alive and looking at me) on the road outside Ste Radegonde in the small hours of the morning.  I found this somewhat less mobile specimen at a market this weekend – but what is it?