Monday, 30 September 2013

Week 40 2013



Hello!
 
There was a beautiful double rainbow over St Emilion on Saturday afternoon which quite made up for the dark thundery skies in a week where we have been dodging the raindrops which fell between periods of glorious sunshine.  Is this normal September weather? I think the winemakers would say that it’s definitely not!

There was a gap between the showers on Sunday long enough to make a quick visit to our closest vide-grenier in Mouliets … ‘Any old iron, any old iron, any old, any old iron…’

Next to the church in Mouliets

The grape harvests have started in the Gironde and Dordogne, if you get a chance to be involved it’s a great experience.  Ask your local tourist office, or Maison du vin where you can take part.  See here for St Emilion http://www.saint-emilion-tourisme.com/fr/agenda.html?m=10&id=251

Whatever you do – have a great week,

Best wishes,
Helen

Week 40 2013


Monday 30 September


Tuesday 1 October


1 October 20h15 : Blue Jasmine is showing in VO (English) at the Grandecran in Libourne. http://www.grandecran.fr/libourne/
A New York socialite deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love...  Starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Peter Sarsgaard.

1 October 20h15 : Behind the Candelabra (Ma Vie avec Liberace) is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.
Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.  Starring Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Michael Douglas and Eric Zuckerman.

Wednesday 2 October

2 October 16h : Blue Jasmine is showing in VO (English) at the Grandecran in Libourne. http://www.grandecran.fr/libourne/

Thursday 3 October

3 October 19h35 : Blue Jasmine is showing in VO (English) at the Grandecran in Libourne. http://www.grandecran.fr/libourne/

Friday 4 October

4, 5 et 6 October : Festival country au Centre Culturel in Castillon

4 – 5 – 6 October : Occitania mon amour.  The 4th contemporary music festival held in Ste Foy and the surrounding towns and villages.  To find out more go to http://www.saintefoylagrande.net/article-occitania-mon-amour-119960846.html


4 October 14h : Blue Jasmine is showing in VO (English) at the Grandecran in Libourne. http://www.grandecran.fr/libourne/

Saturday 5 October

5 October 16h : Blue Jasmine is showing in VO (English) at the Grandecran in Libourne. http://www.grandecran.fr/libourne/

5 October : Concert at Douzillac (5 mins north of Mussidan on the D709 towards Riberac) at 5pm, a woodwind trio consisting of oboe, clarinet and bassoon in the first half.  L'Air de Rien', the St Astier choir, in the second half.

5 – 6  October : Foire A la Brocante and Foire Gourmande in Cadillac.

 




Sunday 6 October – First Sunday of the month means a traffic free day in the centre of Bordeaux


6 October 9h30 : Rando des Vendanges.  Guided walking tour through the vinyards around Creon.  To find out more call the Creon Tourist Office 05 57 23 23 00


6 October : Brocante and Marche aux Puces in Bergerac at Place Cayla et Place de la Mirpe quartier Historique vieux Bergerac

6 October 20h30 : Blue Jasmine is showing in VO (English) at the Grandecran in Libourne. http://www.grandecran.fr/libourne/




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And finally…

Ste Foy played host to a herd of horses the other week (that’s not the right word… What is the collective noun for a group of horses…? A gallop?... A string?...)
Thank you TK for the photos.




Monday, 23 September 2013

Week 39 2013



Hello!


It’s so lovely to have the sunshine back again.  We were inspired to head out into the countryside and visit an area that we don’t know so well.   We discovered this beautiful sparkling weir at St Seurin sur Isle complete with a little beach. 

Can you believe that it’s less than 100 days (or sleeps!) until Christmas? I’m already receiving information about Christmas Markets, so if you are holding one, or know of one please let me know.  I’m always keen to receive your contributions about event and activities in and around the Gironde and Dordogne regions, send me pictures, posters and words and I’ll include them in the relevant weeks.

Have a good week, I guess we’ll all be at the pottery and art exhibition next weekend, there really isn’t much I can find going on…

Best wishes,

Helen,


Week 39 2013


Monday 23 September


Tuesday 24 September


Wednesday 25 September

25 September 16h : Blue Jasmine is showing in English (VO) at the Grandecran in Libourne.
A New York socialite deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love...  Starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Peter Sarsgaard.
Thursday 26 September


26 September 20h : The Bristol Men's Choir are performing in tthe St Medard de Guizieres church.  Entrance €5 reserved (06 06 65 70 71) €8 on the night.

Friday 27 September

27 – 29 September : 5th Festival de Musiques Anciennes de la Reole.  To find out more and see the full programme please go to http://www.lesrichesheuresdelareole.fr/

Saturday 28 September

28 – 29  September : Marché des Artisans d'art et Potiers is in and around St Emilion at the following venues: Cloître de la Collégiale, Logis de Malet, Tonnellerie Demptos, Salle gothique.  It’s always lovely to walk around between the exhibitions and see (and buy if you want) a wide range of arts and crafts.

28 September 18h30 : Free Concert by the group Aleph Zero at the end of the exhibition by Laura Souque and Florent Pacaud at the Salle Cascante in Castillon.

Sunday 29 September

29 September : Brocante Vide grenier around the church in Mouliets et Villemartin.

29 September : Les Puces du Coeur de la Bastide in Ste Foy la Grande

29 September : Artisans D'Art in St Emilion, see the list of venues above.


















Coming up…


 And finally…

Who knew James Bond drove a car like this…



Or that one tin of car paint could cover so many cars…

Or that there's always space for a picnic, no matter how small your car is...

We saw these cars at St Medard on our adventure!

Monday, 16 September 2013

Week 38 2013



Hello!
Anything and everything for sale in Baron.

I never cease to be amazed at the variety of items that are for sale at a brocante or a vide grenier!  The lines between the two are blurred and it seems that anything goes Baron was no exception.  The huge event sprawled through the village and out into the field.

The nights are starting to draw in, and thoughts on ‘Dinner and a Movie’ come to mind.  On Saturday in Ste Foy there is a film in English showing at 18h, perfect timing to go on and have dinner afterwards. 

Which leads nicely on to the Fete de la Gastronomie which is now in its 3rd Year. Follow the link below to see what’s going on near to you.

Whatever you do in the Gironde and the Dordogne region – have a great week.

Best wishes,
 
Helen


Week 38 2013


Monday 16 September

Tuesday 17 September

Wednesday 18 September

18 September : Photograph Exhibition by Laura Souque and Florent Pacaud at the Salle de Cascante in Castillon.  Free entry, Vernissage at 18h30 on Wednesday, ehibition runs until 30 September.

18 September 16h : Behind the Candelabra (Ma Vie avec Liberace) is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.
Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.  Starring Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Michael Douglas and Eric Zuckerman.

Thursday 19 September

19 September 19h25 : Behind the Candelabra (Ma Vie avec Liberace) is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

19 – 20 – 21 September : ‘From Pirates to Phantom’ a musical trip dow memory lane by MADS.  A musical evening at Chateau Issigeac.  To find out more, and to buy tickets call 05 53 24 56 11 or contact mads.bookings@gmail.com

Friday 20 September


20 – 21 – 22 September : Fete de la Gastronomie.  To find out more including which restaurants, Boulangers, Charcouteries and markets are taking part please go to http://www.gastronomie-libournais.com/index.php/participants?limitstart=0

20 September 16h : Behind the Candelabra (Ma Vie avec Liberace) is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.
 
20 – 21 September :Le Belvedere Restaurant in Juillac, in partnership with Les Guinots celebrates the Fete de la gastronomie with a special menu. To reserve call 05 57 47 40 33

Saturday 21 September

21 September 18h : Frances Ha is showing in VO at Ciname La Breche in St Foy la Grande
Frances lives in New York, but she doesn't really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but she's not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren't really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. Written by IFC Films   Starring Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner and Adam Driver

21 September 20h30 : Les Guyennos are performing ‘Saisons’ a musical comedy in the Salle des fetes in Blasimon.

21 September 20h : Repas paëlla animé par la banda des bleuets
Salle des fêtes, Ste Foy la Grande
Entrée : 15€ // 8€ - de 12 ans // gratuit - de 5 ans
Renseignements - réservations (avant le 18.09) : Association Tempête de sable 06.07.36.38.85

21 September 21h45 : Behind the Candelabra (Ma Vie avec Liberace) is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

21 - 22 September : Medieval Weekend at the Commanderie Templiere d'Arveyres.  Lots to see and do over the 2 days.

Sunday 22 September

22 September : If you love all things horsey then you should head to the centre of Ste Foy for the day.  Starting with a procession of 200 horses through the centre of the town at 11h. There will be horse rides for children, trips in pony and trap and many other events, culminating in a show at 18h in the Jardin Public.  To see the full programme click on the poster, or go to http://www.scoop.it/t/coeurdebastide


22 September : Brocante in Moulon 33420

 
















22 September : Les Puces de la Bastide in Sainte Foy la Grande.

22 September 13h45 & 20h30 : Behind the Candelabra (Ma Vie avec Liberace) is showing in VO at 
the Grandecran in Libourne.

22 September 15h : Les Guyennos are performing ‘Saisons’ a musical comedy in the Salle des fetes in Blasimon.

Coming up…




















And finally…

Les Guinots Cave Co-operative in Flaujagues has some special offers this month on their rose and white wine.  Go along, have a tasting and pick up some local wines.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Week 37 2013


The sun came out for Capitourlan

Hello,

Thank you for all the hairdresser recommendations – all gratefully received. Not that anyone got to see my hair this weekend with the rain that we had.  It didn’t stop play too much on Sunday, and by the time we arrived at Chateau Belcier for Brunch the sun was pushing through the clouds.  What a lovely setting, overlooking the slopes of Castillon, tasting wine and listening to Jazz – my kind of Sunday.
Rain didn't stop things at St Florence

Next weekend is the Journees and Nuit du Patrimoine (Heritage days and nights) where monuments throughout France are open to the public for free, and there is always a magnificent music and firework show in St Emilion.  Make your way to the centre of the village and you will have a treat of a free display starting at around 22h.  To see the full programme for St Emilion go to http://www.saint-emilion-tourisme.com/bdd_fichiers/1378290262.pdf
Jazz and wine for Brunch at Chateau Belcier

Whatever you see or visit, have a great week,

Best wishes,

Helen


Week 37 2013


Monday 9 September

Tuesday 10 September



10 September : Franklin Farm deliveries. Lamothe Montravel- Helen and David Furniss gites at Keirmasi, Le Matelin 24230 12.15 till 12.45

St.Méard de Gurçon, 24610, outside the church 1.30 till 2.30.
A reminder of our website with a list of prices is www.franklinfarm.fr


10 September 20h 30 :Concert at Château Fombrauge
As part of Les Grandes Heures Guillaume Coppola, piano
(Liszt, Schubert, Granados)

Wednesday 11 September


11 September : Cirque de Venise at Espace Dagueys in Libourne


 











Thursday 12 September


Friday 13 September

13 – 29 September : Portes Ouvertes at Golf des Vigiers – discover golf.  Find out more at or on their Facebook page.
http://www.vigiers.com/en/

Saturday 14 September

14 September : Gensac celebrates the Nuit du Partimoine with a theatrical extravaganza in front of the church, with a medieval wedding, musicians and acrobats, followed by a night market.


 

















14 September : Fete des Associations in Blasimon.  To see the full programme of events and activities go to http://www.sauveterrois.fr/

14 – 15 September : Rauzen offers free visits to the Grotte Celestine and the Chateau as part of the Journees du Patrimoine.


14 September : Gluten Freaks new version (two members are on travel for a year) will be playing at the Exodus Café in Beauronne.  There will be diner for those who want. It is better to reserve before.
Telephone number is 05 53 80 24 54. Sylvain and Sophie are the owners. They speak english.

14 - 15 September : St Emilion celebrates the Nuits du Patrimoine with a host of events in the village.  To see the full programme follow the link and download the programme at the bottom of the page http://www.saint-emilion-tourisme.com/fr/agenda.html?m=09&id=708

Sunday 15 September

15 September : Brocante Vide Grenier at Baron 33750

15 September : Vide Greniers at Le Fleix 24130

15 September : Vide Grenier at Villefranch de Longchat

15 September 15h : Dominique Mezin in Concert at Vidasse, Pessac.  Reservations  essential – 06 42 54 20 95 paule.masson@gmail.com






































Coming up…


 


















And finally…

Look at these hats…marvellous millinery masterpieces from the FrancoBritish week picnic – thank you TK.