Monday, 14 April 2014

Week 16 2014


I know that it’s spring because the asparagus are here!  For me, that little window of time when green asparagus are available always heralds the beginning of the summertime. I’m not a big fan of the white ones, but green ones are a little moment of taste-bud heaven!  Served steamed with a soft
boiled egg to dip into, or grilled on the barbecue, or roasted in the oven… delicious – how do you like your asparagus?

Whatever you eat, or whatever you do – have a great Easter week / weekend in the Gironde and Dordogne.

Best wishes,


Week 16 2014

Monday 14 April

14 April 16h10 & 21h45 : Her is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.
A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.  Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson.

14 April 21h45 : Nebraska is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.
An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.  "NEBRASKA" is a father and son road trip, from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska that gets waylaid at a small town in central Nebraska, where the father grew up and has scores to settle. Told with deadpan humour and a unique visual style, it's ultimately the story of a son trying to get through to a father he doesn't understand.  Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb

Tuesday 15 April

14 April 16h10 & 21h45 : Her is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

15 April 21h45 : Nebraska is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

Wednesday 16 April

Thursday 17 April

Friday 18 April - Good Friday

18 – 27 April : Art Exhibition at the Salle Cascante in Castillon.  Free entry.

Saturday 19 April

19 April 15h – 17h : Wines and Chocolates – a fabulous combination for Easter when there’s chocolate everywhere you look.  To reserve your place by 16th April contact Frédérique LEUSIE
" Association des Vignes aux Vins en Pays Foyen"
  Centre commercial Grand Pineuilh
  Avenue de la Résistance
  33220 PINEUILH
  Mail -

19 – 21 April : Baseball Tournement in Pinuilh at the pitch next to the Lidl.  Free entry, go along and watch the teams play – if you don’t know the rules there will be someone to help you understand.  (Just don’t park your car too close to the pitch!)

19 April : Following the success of the last Bread Making course Jan and Nki Demaitre Vermassen have extended the course -  L’Atelier du Pain. A chance to learn how to make bread from a master baker in Civrac sur Dordogne.  To find out more contact 05 57 41 48 86 / 06 79 74 34 30

19 – 20 – 21 April : Les Printemps de Duras.  Lots and lots going on in and around Duras this Easter weekend.  To see the full programme go to

19 - 20 - 21 April : Grand Easter Fair in Castillon.  Something for everyone!  The Stone Bridge over Castillon will be closed on Easter Monday

Sunday 20 April - Easter Sunday

20 April : Marche aux Fleurs and Vide Greniers in Duras.

20 April : Bric a Brac in Gardonne 24680

20 April : Something for the children - Easter Egg Hunt at Chateau Soutard.  Reservations recommended at  or call 05 57 24 71 41

20 April 14h - 17h : Take your basket and head over to Chateau de Vayres for a great Easter Egg Hunt.  


Coming up…

And finally…

Pâques (Easter) is celebrated with a plethora of chocolate, including eggs, bunnies, chickens, ducks, fish and bells. 
Hmmm… fish and bells?  Well, apparently, the fish are carried over from the 1 April which often falls on or around Easter weekend and tradition dictates that mischievous children stick paper fish on the backs of unsuspecting adults – who reward them with chocolate fish!
The bells - Cloche volants – Flying Bells have a religious significance, because on Good Friday all the bells in France fly off to the Vatican in Rome taking with them the grief of those mourning Christ’s Crucifixion.  The church bells in France are then silent until Easter Sunday when they return and ring out to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ.  They also spread chocolate and decorated eggs over the gardens of France which the children collect when they hear the bells.
So, chocolate fish and bells – who knew?

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