Tuesday 30 September 2014

Week 40 2014


Many, many thanks to everyone who supported the Coffee Morning on Saturday, from the team that helped on the day to the people who came and drank coffee, the folks that made cakes and those who sent donations.  A big THANK YOU We raised just over €750 for the Macmillan Trust and the Institut Bergonie.

It was a beautiful morning, the sun shone and we were all outside by the river.  The little extra games were so well supported, and for those who are curious there were 4856 100s and 1000s on the cake.  The winners have kindly re-donated their prize to the cause; again, I can’t thank you enough.
Whatever you do this week, have a great time in the Gironde and Dordogne regions and if you know of an event, then please don’t hesitate to let me know.  I can always add an event even after the blog has been posted – it’s not too late.

Best wishes,

Week 40 2014

Monday 29 September

Tuesday 30 September

Wednesday 1 October

Thursday 2 October

2 October 16h10 : Get On Up is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.
A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis and Dan Aykroyd.

Friday 3 October

3 – 19 October : Salon d’Automne at the Salle des Dominicains, Rue Guadet in St Emilion.  An
exhibition of images and sculptures.

3 October 18h30 : Opening of a Photograph Exhibition at the Cave Co-operative in St Vivien.

Saturday 4 October

4 October : Brocante and Antiques at Cadillac.

4 October 21h : 2 Comedies are to be performed at the Salle des Fetes in Civrac sur  Dordogne. Une Demande en Maraige followed by Feu la Mere de Madame For further information and reservations call 05 57 48 37 70 / 05 57 40 33 99

4 – 5 October : Fete de la Moto at Saint Avit Saint Nazaire.  All things motorbike.

Sunday 5 October

5 October : 3 Sundays in Autumn host concerts at the Chateau de Duras.  The first starts with a Causerie (Talk) at 15h, followed by a Concert at 16h30 by the Ensemble Vocal Maurice Ravel.


5 October 16h10 : Get On Up is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

5 October : Vide grenier at Croignon

5 October : Brocante and Antiques at Cadillac.

5 October 15h30 : Concert of Basque Songs at the Eglise Notre Dame in Creon.

Coming up…

And finally…

A beautiful morning in the vines helping Helen and Nick at Chateau Claribes with the handpicked rose. A great team and a lovely setting.  Now all we have to do is wait patiently for the wine.  Thank you Nick and Helen for inviting us all.

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Week 39 2014


Tea cups ready for the coffee morning
As the sun continues to shine on our beautiful corner of the world, the wine world is beginning to spring into action.  Harvesting has started and the vignerons are out in the fields.

This Saturday  we are hosting a coffee morning to raise money for Cancer care and research both here in France and in the UK.  All monies raised will be shared between the Macmillan Cancer Support and the Institut Begonie in Bordeaux http://www.bergonie.org/

Please try and come and join us for a cup of tea or coffee and a piece of cake, catch up with friends, and meet new ones. If you would like to find out more about the Coffee Morning please don’t hesitate to contact me and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning.

Whatever you do this weekend, have a great time in Gironde and Dordogne regions.

Best wishes,

Week 39 2014

Monday 22 September

Tuesday 23 September

23 September 14h15: Pride is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.
U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. Starring Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott and Dominic West
Wednesday 24 September

Thursday 25 September

25 September 16h10: Pride is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

Friday 26 September

26 – 27 – 28 September : Les Riches Heures de La Reole.  A diverse music festival with lots of concerts.  Featuring a wide range of ancient music styles. See the full programme http://www.lesrichesheuresdelareole.fr/index.html

Saturday 27 September

27 September 10h – 13h : Come and join in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at our house on the banks of the Dordogne. We are half way between Castillon and Flaujagues on the south side of the river in Cancadoual. All welcome to have a cup of coffee or tea and a piece of cake and donations are in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Trust and the Begonie Cancer hospital in Bordeaux.

27 September 18h15: Pride is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

27 – 28 September : Join in the Harvest Workshop at Chateau Vieux Mougnac.  http://www.vieuxmougnac.com/

27 – 28 September : Art Exhibition and sale throughout St Emilion at the Salle des Dominicains, Tonnellerie Demptos, Cloître de la Collégiale, logis de Malet, salle Gothique, Musée des la poterie et dans la Cité

Sunday 28 September

28 September : Les Puces du Coeur de la Bastide in Ste Foy la Grande. This is held on the 4th 
Sunday of the month and the last one of the year will be in October. Alongside the Flea Market there will be an exhibition of old cars.

28 September 20h45 : Enemy is showing in VO at La Breche Cinema in St Foy.
A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent and Sarah Gadon.

Coming up…

30 September 20h30 : Enemy is showing in VO at La Breche Cinema in St Foy.

And finally…

The Nuit du Patrimone in St Emilion was a beautiful mild evening.  The monuments were all lit up  and at the end the folks at the Cave du Commanderie sent miniature hot air balloons into the night sky.


Monday 15 September 2014

Week 38 2014


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.

Planning for the Macmillan/Bergonie Hospital Coffee morning on 27 September in Cancadoual (Mouliets et Villamartin) is continuing, though I had a moment ‘lost in translation’ when I went to my Mairie to borrow an urn for hot water.  It’s true, urn in French is urne, but it doesn’t boil water, it’s what you put your tickets in for a tombola!  So, the search for an urn continues… any suggestions gratefully received.

Have a great week, long may the sun continue in the Gironde and the Dordogne.

27 September 10h - 13h
Best wishes,

Week 38 2014

Monday 15 September
15 – 21 September : The Language of the Fan Exhibition in Castillonais.  This exhibition chronicles the 100 years of the changing role of women in society.  Free entry at the Hotel de Cours de Thomazeau, Promenade de la Mouthe, Castillonais 47330

Tuesday 16 September

16 September 20h30 : Chateau Angelus Concert featuring Janine Jansen, violon, Itamar Golan, piano
Janacek, Prokofiev, Chausson, Ravel
dans le cadre des "Grandes Heures de Saint-Emilion"

Wednesday 17 September
Thursday 18 September

18 September : Evelyn Howie is holding a Macmillan Coffee morning at her home at Petit Nivelle, St Avit de Soulege (between Gensac and  Le Leves et Thoumeyragues ) from 10h - 12h30) All welome to come, have a cup of coffee and help raise money for the Macmillan cause. For more details call Evelyn on 05 57 41 20 13.

18 September 19h25: Pride is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.
U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. Starring Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott and Dominic West

Friday 19 September

Saturday 20 September

20 September : Lestiac Fete son Port.  All things nautical are being celebrated in Lestiac – you can learn to tie more knots than Granny!

20 – 21 September : Festival des Orchestres d’Harmonie de a Dordogne.  To see the full programme of free concerts in Bergerac go to http://orchestre-bergerac.com/manifestation/3636/

20 – 21 September : As part of the Celebration of the jours du Patrimoine Capitourlan revisits the past with visiting writers and historians.
20 – 21 September : The Chateau de Rauzan and the Grotte Celestine are offering free guided tours as part of the Journees  du Patrimoine. There will also be a artisanal market and a beekeeping exhibit.

20 -21 September : St Emilion celebrates the Journees du Patrimoine with events in the village throughout the weekend.  There will be open air street performances on Saturday evening starting from 18h and culminating in the amazing music and firework show at 23h.  Sunday sees the parade through the village of the winemakers in all their robed finery as they haead to the Kings tower for their triumphant finale. See the full programme on page 8 http://www.saint-emilion.org/fileadmin/user_upload/images/LIVRET_12PAGES_JP2014_vf__2_.pdf

Sunday 21 September
21 September : Vide grenier brocante at Moulon 33240

21 September : Brocante at Sauveterre de Guyenne

21 September : Brocante Vide Grenier at Baron

21 September : Jazz Concert at the Church at Saint Louis en L’Isle

21 September : Ste Foy brings horses to the centre of the town.  Throughout the day there will be plenty to see and do if you are a horse fan.  The miniature horses will be out to see, pony rides, horse and cart rides and the chance to see the ancient craft of the blacksmith.

Coming up…

22 September 20h15: Pride is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.

Saturday 27 September 10h - 13h

And finally…

You never know what you might find in a brocante… St Emilion Grande Cru Classe for less than a cinema ticket – and a wine glass thrown in for good measure!


Monday 8 September 2014

Week 37 2014


Coffee set ready for the 27th September.
A beautiful week of sunny weather – must be something with it being back to school week!  We have been out and about at Brocantes looking for cups and saucers for the Macmillan/Cancer Research Coffee Morning on Saturday 27h September, and I found this great set – it’s even Macmillan colours!

Thank you for everyone who has already offered to come and help, to donate something, or to come and support.  But, I’m still looking for more donations of cakes and also eaters and drinkers! The Coffee Morning starts at 10 o’clock and I hope we can have coffees and teas (not forgetting cake) outside overlooking the river.

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

Best wishes,


Week 37 2014

Monday 8 September

Tuesday 9 September

9 September 20h : Boyhood is showing in VO at La Breche Cinema in Ste Foy.
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

9 – 14 September : Photographic Exhibition in Eymet called ‘Caught on Camera’

Wednesday 10 September

10 September : Last night market at Monsegur

Thursday 11 September

“Music Box” 11th, 12th, 13th September 2014
Music from shows you all know and love
MADS production of "From Pirates to Phantom" in 2013 was the high point of a great year, with packed houses containing many new faces, all of them happy and smiling. It was the proverbial "good time had by all".

How do we follow that?
With the same team that so royally entertained you all last year, back with a rip-roaring evening of songs for all tastes and ages to enjoy.

Tickets sold out early last year for "Pirates" so don't be disappointed as many were, book your tickets early.

BOX OFFICE 05 53 24 56 11

Friday 12 September

12 - 13 September : Right in the centre of Bordeaux, around the Grande Hommes there is a Brocante.  An amazing place to hold a Brocante – if you have a chance, it will be worth a visit, just to see the combination of luxury shops and bric-a-brac.

Saturday 13 September

13 - 28 September : Pastel and Drawing Exhibition by Peter Thomas at Saint-Agne en Perigord

Sunday 14 September

14 September : Vide Grenier at Ste Florence

14 September : Vide Grenier Brocante at Le Fleix

14 September : Vide grenier annuel at Coutras

14 September : Brocante Vide Grenier at Cadillac

14 September : Vide Grenier at Libourne.

14 September : Marche Gourmande at Castets-en-Dorthe

Coming up…

And finally…

Hmmmm, grapes and figs – which are your favourite fruit?  Both are now ripening beautifully.