Monday, 5 May 2014

Week 19 2014

Congratulations to Ste Foy Market which has been voted the peoples favourite market in France.  It’s held on a Saturday morning and spreads out from the centre through the town taking up a dozen roads.

Another market I love is the one in Castillon on a Monday morning, that too spreads out and takes over the town and it’s where I bought my strawberries this morning.  I picked my first garden strawberries this weekend – but not enough to eat for dessert.
Strawberries at Castillon Market

If you have another market you like, let me know and I can include it on the blog.

The sun is back to tempt us out into the gardens – have a great week in the Dordogne and Gironde regions, and let me know if you hear of any events and I’ll post them on the page.

Best wishes,

Week 19 2014

Brocante de Printemps continues this week in Bordeaux at the Quinconces.

Monday 5 May 

5 May 20h30:Notre concert de la chorale de Libourne
 église St Ferdinand au programme TELEMANN et
BACH, accompagné par l'orchestre baroqueVILLA BOHEME
Il serait judicieux de distribuer des flyers de notre concert du 10 juin!

5 May 20h45 : Joe is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.
An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.  Starring Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheriden and Gary Poulter

Tuesday 6 May 

Wednesday 7 May

Thursday 8 May – Fete de la Victoire

8 May : Marche a le Ferme at Chateau Bonhoste.

8 May : Brocante at Pessac-sur-Dordogne

8 May : Brocante Vide Greniers at Montpon Menesterol

8 May : 3 Brocante/Vide greniers in Bergerac – (1)Ecole André Malraux – (2)Hameau du Pré Joli – (3)Sous le Parapluie de Picquecailloux

Friday 9 May

Saturday 10 May

10 May : EcoFestival at Pellegrue

10 May : Brocante professionelle at Place Abel Surchamp in Libourne

10 – 11 May : Portes Ouvertes at Chateau Les Farcies du Pech featuring an exhibitions of pastels by Peter Thomas.


Sunday 11 May

11 May : Brocante Vide grenier at Saint Magne de Castillon.

11 May : Vide Greniers at Lamothe Montravel

11 May : Vide Grenier et Floralies at Le Fleix 

11 May : Vide Grenier/ Vide ta Chambre (Empty your attic and your bedroom!) Salle Rene Coicaud, Rue du sergent rey, Bergerac

11 – 20 May : 50% off all screenings at the Grandecran in Libourne.

Coming up…

Soirée jazz le 15 mai à Ste Foy la Grande at the Bar du Chai, featuring ‘Less Than Four’

I will be in St.Méard de Gurçon on Tuesday 13th May next to the church at 1.30pm.
This drop off point will be preceeded by a delivery run form Villefranche de Lonchat down to Castillon-le-Bataille and then along the river to St. Foy-la-Grande, if you want to be included on the delivery run then you must pre-order.
There are the usual choices of products which you can see on our website Do not hesitate to ask me if you would like a special joint of lamb prepared for a celebration for example a stuffed, rolled leg or shoulder of lamb.
If anyone would like something different this month I can prepare:
Herb and onion lamb-burgers
Paprika and garlic lamb burgers
Spicy Morroccan meatballs
Keftedes- Greek meatballs
Italian spiced pork sausages (no rusk) either sweet or hot and spicy
If you would like me to prepare something different please let me know as soon as possible.
See you soon
Helen Franklin

And finally…
Bees in the neighbours' garden

The bee adventure continues.  We were alerted to a swarm in a nearby garden and headed over to rescue it and found the bees nestled in the side of a bush.  They were carefully coaxed into a box and later in the afternoon they were all quite contentedly settled around the queen.

Coaxing the bees into the box
Safely in the box

The problem arose when they were transferred from the travelling box into a beautiful ready made home – complete with comb.  The queen decided that she wasn’t going in and took her swarm 10 m up into the acacia tree close by. 
Transferring to the 'des res'

Bees in the tree...

As I write this I can look out of my upstairs window and see the swarm of bees happily hanging on the branch above the ready for occupancy ‘des res’.  We can’t reach them, we’ll just have to hope that one of the scout bees thinks that the hive is a great spot and that the bees move themselves in.


  1. Hi

    About markets - St Foy is excellent but Cadillac Saturday market has my vote every time - it's not so big but it has a great atmosphere, with several small cafes and lots going on all over the town. Or on a Friday, especially if you like fish, Langon market is great fun, and it is great just now for buying your tomato plants etc.


    David S (Rauzan)

    1. Thank you David, I've never been to the market on Friday in Langon, I always head to the market at Libourne on Fridays - it's good to hear about different ones.
      Best wishes,