Monday, 30 June 2014

Week 27 2014


On the terrace at Lily Lodge
It must be 20 years since I last spent a night under canvas, so it was not without trepidation that we set off for a night ‘glamping’ in the forests of Les Landes.  What a revelation!     

Tucked away in 20 hectares of landscaped forest are half a dozen Maharajah Hunting Lodges.  Made to measure in India and shipped over by Marie and Patrick, this takes camping to a completely different level.  Each tent Lodge has been erected on a wooden platform and has a terrace at one end overlooking the forest and the lake – perfect for the pre-dinner drinks.
Luxurious comfort inside

We dined together with the charming hosts on delicious home-made local delicacies including a tasty pate to start with and a yummy cherry clafoutis to finish.  I never thought I’d be converted to camping, but sleeping on a real bed with rugs on the floor and curtains at the windows is the way to go.  Even the thunder storm outside didn’t upset me – I was snug as the proverbial bug…
You can find out more about this fantastic hidden marvel at For sure we’ll be returning in the next few months.

Whatever you do in the Gironde and Dordogne regions (even Aquitaine) have a great week.

Best wishes,

Week 27 2014

Monday 30 June

Tuesday 1 July

1 July 20h30 : Maps to the Stars is showing in VO at La Breche in Ste Foy.  You will be entitled to the Orange special offer of 2 for the price of one on this showing.
A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts. Starring Robert Pattinson, Carrie Fisher and Julianna Moore.
Wednesday 2 July

Thursday 3 July

3 - 15 July : Oil and watercolour exhibition at the Salle de Cascante in Castillon

Friday 4 July

4 July 16h15 : Jersey Boys is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.
The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.  Starring John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda

4 July : Marche Gourmand at Les Guinot Cave in Flaujagues

4 July 20h : Repas Sur Le Pont at Pont Montaigne, Port-Sainte-Foy-et-Ponchapt, take your meal and your cutlery and join in the party.

4 July : Workshop in the vineyard of Chateau Vieux Mougnac.  Take part in the life of a vineyard and work and learn alongside a vigneron.  For more details  Château Vieux Mougnac 33 570 Petit-Palais et Cornemps email : Tel / Fax : 00 33 (0)5 57 69 72 85

4 – 5 – 6 July : 24 heures du Swing in Monsegur.  Tickets start from €6 which will get you access to the village and freedom to walk around and listen to the street Jazz.  Tickets to the concerts in the centre are extra.  If you have never been and you are partial to a little jazz then it’s a lovely idea to go and strole through the village in the afternoon and take in the atmospheres over a glass of something cold or a coffee. To find out more go to

4 – 5 – 6 July : Fete Local in Rauzan

4 July : Night market in Rauzan

Saturday 5 July

5 July : Melo day Vide Grenier at Blasimon

Sunday 6 July - the day of a million vide-greniers...

6 July : Vide Greniers at Camarsac 33750

6 July : Brocante Vide Greniers at Flaujagues

6 July : Vide greniers at the school in Fronsac

6 July : Vide greniers around the church in Mouliets et Villemartin 33350

6 July : Vide greniers at Place du Général de Gaulle in Pineuilh  

6 July : Vide Grenier and Fete locale in Rauzan

6 July : Vide Greniers at St Antoine de Breuilh


 Coming up…

Hello All
My next visit in your direction is Tuesday 8th July in St.Méard de Gurçon between 1.30 and 2.30 by the church or preceeded by a delivery route going through Minzac, Villefranche de Lonchat and down towards Castillon la Bataille. If you know what you would like to purchase please place an order in advance so I can be sure I have it available.
For those who like to visit me at the markets I am at Ste Foy la Grande on a Saturday morning on Rue Alsace Lorraine/Louis Pasteur next to the kitchen shop or Starting on Wednesday 2nd July Montpon Menesterol Market place to be advised.
See you somewhere

And finally…

If you yearn for a taste of Britain, head over to the Gensake in Gensac and have an all-day Irish breakfast available from 11am on a Sunday.  The Irish black and white puddings were delicious and the bacon was superb.  There’s even Guinness for a truly authentic Irish experience.

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