Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Week 31 2014




Thank you http://www.jenniemaizels.com/ for the photo

Hello!

The Battle of Castillon finally got off to an explosive start!  The warm and balmy evening was perfect for the event.  If you don’t have your tickets yet, it's not too late, please go to http://www.batailledecastillon.com/

Sunday morning took us to Chateau Laroque to see bread maker James making pain levain (sourdough bread).  Using the natural yeasts present in the grains of wheat to make the bread rise his passion and patience was a lesson in ‘slow food’.  From start to finish a loaf takes 5 days at least.  Delicious and well worth the wait!

You can now follow notjustfortheholidays on Instagram http://instagram.com/notjustfortheholidays  With pictures from life during the week too!  Hope to see you there.
James the bread maker

Plenty to do this week – night markets all over the place and lots of live music events too.  Whatever you do in the Gironde and Dordogne – have a great week.

Best wishes,
Helen

Week 31 2014


26 July – 31 August : Painting and Photographic Exhibition by Nathalie Ouamrane and Florent Pacaud at Château Franc La Fleur, St Magne de Castillon, 17, avenue du stade 33350 St Magne de Castillon.  Whilst you are there you can take the time to visit the park and the organic winery.

Monday 28 July

28 – 29 – 30 July : Pottery Workshops for children with Jo McKinnon.  For further information contact joandstuart@orange.fr or call 05 53 82 33 30

Tuesday 29 July

29 July : Alba Yarns Summer Sale. http://www.albayarns.com/index.html

29 July 16h15 & 20h30 : Boyhood is showing in VO at the
Grandecran in Libourne.
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. Written by IFC Films

29 July : Jazz and Wine concert at the Citadelle in Bourg,  See here for more information
http://jazzandwine.org/events/

29 July : Night Markets in Monteton, St Emilion – Parc Guadet, Eymet and Castillon La Bataille

Wednesday 30 July
 
30 July 16h15: Boyhood is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

30 July 21h : Gironde Chamber Orchestra in Concert at St Vincent de Pertignas

30 July – 2 August : Junior cricket week organised by St Aulaye Cricket.  For more information contact wynford@hicksinfrance.net 05 53 91 32 57

30 July : Party in the Park at Chateau Fayolle Luzac, 33220 Fougueyrolles.  Pack up your picnic hamper and your rug and go and be entertained by George Smith and the Hicksville Swing.  It’s a great evening.

30 July : Night Markets in Monsegur and Blasimon



Thursday 31 July

31 July 16h15: Boyhood is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.
 
31 July 20h45 : Jimmy’s Hall is showing in VO at La Breche Cinema in Ste Foy.
Political activist Jimmy Gralton is deported from Ireland during the country's 'Red Scare' of the 1930s.  Starring Barry Ward, Simon Kirby and Andrew Scott

31 July : Gironde Chamber Orchestra in Concert with an aperitif musical at Gensac

31 July : Night Markets in Duras, Ste Foy la Grande - Terrasse François Mitterrand and Eymet

Friday 1 August

1 August 16h15: Boyhood is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

1 August : Diner Concert at La Terrasse Rouge in St Emilion.  Swing Fronteras, playing 30’s Jazz perform at the striking setting of Chateau Dominique.http://www.laterrasserouge.com/

1 August : The Battle of Castillon - amazing re-enactment from the end of the Hundred Years war http://www.batailledecastillon.com/

1 August : Night Markets in Lévignac de Guyenne, Cadillac and St Michel de Montagne.

Saturday 2 August

2 August 16h15: Boyhood is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne

2 August : Gironde Chamber Orchestra in Concert atGrezillac

2 August 18h : Jimmy’s Hall is showing in VO at La Breche Cinema in Ste Foy.

Rendez-vous les 2, 3 et 4 août au centre du village du Montcaret. Au programme ; bal disco (samedi soir), DIMANCHE : rassemblement de véhicule historique et ballade cartographique,  Expo tracteurs anciens—Repas spectacle en soirée avec le groupe Manu Mambo,  (20€) -Inscriptions : 06 24 35 20 69 –Concours de pétanque pour tous—Feux d’artifice lundi soir avec bal

2 August : Performance of the Battle of Castillon http://www.batailledecastillon.com/

2 – 3 August : Village Fete at Loubes Bernac

Sunday 3 August

3 August 15h : Jimmy’s Hall is showing in VO at La Breche Cinema in Ste Foy.

3 August 16h15: Boyhood is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne

3 August : Vide Greniers at Cleyrac 33540

3 August : Brocante Vide greniers at Gensac 33890 – this is the good one!  Last year we found an original draining board to go with our butler sink – a real find!

3 August : Vide Grenier at Le Fleix 24130, this should be big too, but more car booty than antiques and collectables.

3 August : Vide Grnier at Montagne 33570

3 August : Vide Grenier at Montpon Menesterol.

3 August : Vide Grenier Brocante at St Remy sur Lidoire 24700

3 August : Gironde Chamber Orchestra in Concert at Gensac

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And finally…

A message from Ron Marsh ronald.marsh@wanadoo.fr
Dates to remember.

If you are like me, I need a very visual prompt to remember important dates.  Yes, I can put them in my diary but then I have to remember to open it.  To solve my problem, at the beginning of each year, I look for a very attractive wall calendar which has big squares for each day of the month and in these squares I write reminders to myself.  Thank goodness it works.
Whatever method you use, please mark off the week from 23 to 31 August, which is the 9th edition of “The Franco-British Week” in Pays Foyen.
Whether you reside here in France or just enjoy holidays in our wonderful region you will certain find a number of events which you will enjoy.  There’s a very full programme of events to suite all tastes, Art and choral music, sport and jazz, wine and food, guided tours of gardens and Ste Foy la Grande plus river trips, quiz night and a grand picnic.  You can even partake in a cooking lesson, with local chefs, of our best regional dishes.
The official opening will be from the steps of the Mairie of Ste Foy la Grande at 11.45 on Saturday 23 August where the special guests will be Claude Villers, a highly respected local journalist and Martin Walker, the author of the Inspector Bruno series of books. If you are not familiar with the Inspector Bruno books then I strongly recommend that you look at Martin Walker’s web site www.brunochiefofpolice.com   I know of no other author who captures the life, the culture, the people and the food of our region with such joy and insight.
More to follow, so watch this space and the stores in Pays Foyen for more information.

Ron Marsh.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Week 30 2014



Hello!

WOW!  The skies above Castillon have been filled with flashing lights this week – some good and some not so good!  The beginning of the week opened with one of the most amazing firework displays I have ever seen.  Castillon spared no expense with a fabulous light show over the stone bridge.  We were on the bridge and at one point it felt like we were in the middle of the firework itself!  Bravo Castillon!

The electric light show over Castillon at the end of the week was not so good.  The severe storms that enveloped Castillon on Friday and Saturday night lead to the cancellation of the first 2 performances of the Battle of Castillon.  If you had tickets to these shows then please contact the Battle Office on 05 57 40 49 02, go to the office in Castillon (just at the foot of the church) or by email info@batailledecastillon.com (English is fine).  An extra performance has been scheduled for Thursday 24th July to cope with the ticket transfers.

Let’s hope that this week the light shows are more moderate, though we have a Super Full Moon due on 10th August.

Whatever you do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, have a great week – but don’t leave home without a brolly!

Best wishes,
Helen

Week 30 2014


Monday 21 July


Tuesday 22 July

22 July 14h : Jimmy’s Hall is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.
Political activist Jimmy Gralton is deported from Ireland during the country's 'Red Scare' of the 1930s.  Starring Barry Ward, Simon Kirby and Andrew Scott

22 July : Night Markets in Castillon la Bataille, Eymet and Monteton

Wednesday 23 July

23 July 16h15 & 20h30 : Boyhood is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. Written by IFC Films
 
23 July : Night Markets in Monsegur and Blasimon

23 July : Classical Concerts au Château Vilatte de Puynormand and aux Caves de la Tour du Roy à Saint-Emilion.  To see the full programme please go to http://histoirepuynormand.jimdo.com/concerts/

23 July : The first of the open rehearsals for the Summer Season for the Gironde Chamber Orchestra.  They take place at the Salle Polyvalente, behind the tennis courts in Gensac. http://ocg.gensac.fr/

The Festival de Gensac presented by the Chambre Orchestra of Gironde under the direction of Scott Sandmeier, will present the 27th edition of classical music programmes for all to enjoy. Concerts this year will take place in La Pouyade, Gensac , Pellegrue, St Vincent de Pertignas and for the first time in the village of Grezillac. You can also sit in on rehearsals from Wednesday 23 July and the programme for these will be available on the orchestra web site at www.ocg.gensac.fr




 






















Thursday 24 July

24  July 16h15 & 20h30 : Boyhood is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

24 July : Night markets in Duras, Ste Foy la Grande and Eymet

24 July : The Battle of Castillon extra date due to cancellations from the previous weekend’s adverse weather conditions.  If you bought tickets for 18th or 19th July, please contact the Battle Office to organise replacements. This performance is not limited to those who already have tickets.  Contact 05 57 40 14 53 info@batailledecastillon.com

Friday 25 July

25 July : The Tour de France comes to Eymet on its way to Bergerac.

25 July 13h50: Jimmy’s Hall is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

25 July 16h15 & 20h30 : Boyhood is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

25 July : Marche et Tables Nocturnes at Flaujagues and Lévignac de Guyenne 


25 July : Classical Concerts au Château Vilatte de Puynormand and aux Caves de la Tour du Roy à Saint-Emilion.  To see the full programme please go to http://histoirepuynormand.jimdo.com/concerts/

25 July : The Battle of Castillon http://www.batailledecastillon.com/

Saturday 26 July
 
26July 16h15 & 20h30 : Boyhood is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

26 July  - 21 h Eglise de Lapouyade  the Gironde Chamber Orchestra in concert Reservations 05 57 49 42 89 http://ocg.gensac.fr/

26 July : 9th Marche d’ete at Chateau Font Vidal in Juillac.  It’s best to reserve a table in advance.  05 57 40 55 58

26 July : The Battle of Castillon http://www.batailledecastillon.com/

26 – 27 July : Fete de Naujan et Postiac. 

Sunday 27 July

27 July 16h15 & 20h30 : Boyhood is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

27 July : Fete du Canton at Villefranche du Longchat.
 
27 July : Vide Grenier at Naujans et Postiac


27 July : Les Puces du cœur dela Bastide in Ste Foy la Grande.

27 July 17h30 : Nastringues in Concert at the Church.  Free entry

27 July 18h : Eglise in Gensac. The Gironde Chamber Orchestra in concert. Reservations and information 05 57 47 43 60 http://ocg.gensac.fr/

 



























Coming up…


 





































And finally…

The pottery open days were great fun.  Look what you missed…




Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Week 29 2014



Hello,

STOP PRESS!  The Battle of Castillon is Cancelled on Friday 18th and Saturday 19 July due to Severe Weather Warnings from Meteo France.  A replacement performance is scheduled for Thursday 24th July
If you have tickets for the cancelled performances please contact the Battle Office in Castillon 05 57 40 14 53, or go there in person, it's at road level to the right of the church.

561 years ago Castillon was the site of the last battle of the Hundred Years War (which actually lasted 116 years).  The Battle was won by the French due to their superior weapons including canons and guns, whereas the English only had bows and arrows.  The English were also battle weary and tired as they had marched hard to arrive in Castillon and the French caught them napping!  It all depends on which version of the story you choose to believe.

Castillon celebrates the Battle each year with an amazing show which runs over 5 weekends through July and August. Over 500 volunteers join together in this marvellous re-enactment which includes over 100 animals, with a pack of hunting hounds, farm animals and horses. The production itself is held in Belves de Castillon on a 7 hectare site with a raised grandstand giving all the audience a great view of the action from all angles.

To find out more please go to http://www.batailledecastillon.com/
Opening night is this Friday 18 July – Have you got your tickets yet?

And finally, yes, all you clever pig fanciers out there, you were right; the pigs are a cross with Gloucester Old Spots and Tamworth.

Whatever else you do this week in the Dordogne and Gironde, have a great time.

Best wishes,
Helen

Week 29 2014


Monday 14 July
14 July : La Fete de l’esturgeon et de la riviere at Montpon Menesterol.  Who knew that there was caviar produced just up the road?  Find out all about it at this festival

14 July : Veline hosts it’s 23rd Foire a tout!  It’s a big one taking all the village.

14 July : Vide grenier at Eymet

Tuesday 15 July

15 July 18h : Night Moves is showing in VO at La Breche cinema in Ste Foy la Grande.
Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.  Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard.

15 July : Monteton night market
15 July : Eymet - Marché Nocturne

Wednesday 16 July

16 July 10h – 16h : Coffee Morning and Table Top Sale in St Meard de Gurcon.  All Proceeds in aid of the Phoenix Association which takes care of animals.


16 July : Monsegur night market 
16 July : Blasimon night market

Thursday 17 July

17 July : Duras Night Market
 
17 July : Ste Foy la Grande -  Terrasse François Mitterrand – Marche des Producteurs
 
17 July : Eymet - Les Jeudis Gourmands

17 July 20h30 : Free Concert by the St John’s College, Durham Choir at the Eglise Collegiale in St Emilion.

Friday 18 July

18 July : Opening night of the Battle of Castillon http://www.batailledecastillon.com/

18 July : Pellegrue Night Market
18 July:  Lévignac de Guyenne Night market
 
Saturday 19 July

19 July  16h : Music and Wine tasting at the Salle de Dominicains in St Emilion as part of the Jazz ferstival

19 July : The Battle of Castillon http://www.batailledecastillon.com/

19 July : Repas Du Chasse at Les Salles de Castillon

19 July : Mouliets et Villemartin Marche Gourmonde 

19 July : St Jean de Blaignac Night Market beside the river
 

19 – 20 July : St Emilion Jazz Festival. Free concerts at Parc Guadet which is at the top of the village by the roundabout. Find out more http://www.saint-emilion-jazz-festival.com/

19 – 20 – 21 July : Ruch en Fete.  Activities all weekend with this Village Festival. Including a Night 
Market on Saturday

 
























Sunday 20 July

20 July : Vide greniers Vide Jardins at Naujan et Postiac

20 July : Les Puces au Cœur de la Bastide in Ste Foy la Grande

20 July : Vide Grenier Brocante in St  Sulplice de Guillerauges (between La Reole and Monsegur)
 
















20 - 21 July : Come and see my favourite potter in her workshop in St Gerard de Corps, 4km east of St Remy. So, hope you can all make it for a cuppa or glass of wine and a chat whilst looking at the Pottery!!  There may even be some students at work on the wheel.

 20, 23, 25 July : Classical Concerts au Château Vilatte de
Puynormand and aux Caves de la Tour du Roy à Saint-Emilion.  To see the full programme please go to http://histoirepuynormand.jimdo.com/concerts/

Coming up…




In two weeks’ time the Festival de Gensac presented by the Chambre Orchestra of Gironde under the direction of Scott Sandmeier, will present the 27th edition of classical music programmes for all to enjoy. Concerts this year will take place in La Pouyade, Gensac , Pellegrue, St Vincent de Pertignas and for the first time in the village of Grezillac. You can also sit in on rehearsals from Wednesday 23 July and the programme for these will be available on the orchestra web site at www.ocg.gensac.fr

 























And finally…


Almost harvest time...

 Or maybe not...