Monday, 24 November 2014

Week 48 2014


Plenty to see at the Quinconces in Bordeaux
Oh my!  A month until Christmas… and 19 degrees outside yesterday.

The Antiques Brocante in the Quinconces is well under way in Bordeaux and if you are looking for something a little different as a Christmas gift then why not head over there to take a look.  It continues until 7 December, so you can combine it with a visit to the Christmas market in the Allees de Tourney which opens this Wednesday.

Whatever you do this week, have a lovely time in the Gironde and Dordogne Regions.

Best wishes,


Week 48 2014

21 November  - 7 December : Antiques Brocante in Bordeaux at the Quinconces.  Alongside you will find the Foire aux Jambons, for all those ham lovers out there.

Monday 24 November

24 November : Christmas Fayre at the Gallerie de Cours de Thomazeau, Promenade de la Mouthe, Castillonais.  All welcome.


24 November – 7 December : The Phoenix Association Christmas Facebook Auction starts today.  To find out more go to

Tuesday 25 November
The Christmas Cabins in Bordeaux

Wednesday 26 November

26 November – 28 December : Christmas Market at the Allees de Tourney in Bordeaux.  Over 150 stalls in the little wooden chalets lined up in the centre of Bordeaux.

Thursday 27 November

Friday 28 November

Saturday 29 November

29 November : Marche de Noel at Creysse

29 November : Marche de Noel at the Salle des Fetes in Ruch

29 November : St Antione de Breuilh is having a Soiree Peyrolle Dansante, a meal including all things pork followed by dancing.  Call 05 53 24 85 14  or 06 11 08 68 13 for info and reservations.

29 November 20h45 : Free concert guaranteed to entertain at Thiviers.

29 November – 4 January : Open air Ice skating at Place Pey Berland in Bordeaux.

Sunday 30 November

30 November : Rauzan indoor flea market is growing and is now outdoors too!

30 November : Marche de Noel in Doulezon.


30 November : Marche de Noel at St Magne de Castillon.

30 November 15h : The final of 3 musical events at the Chateau in Duras.  Starting with a talk at 15h and followed by a piano recital by Herve N’Kaoua at 16h30.

Coming up…


And finally…

This weekend was ‘Stir-up Sunday’  I have my dried fruits soaking in Cognac but in the meantime Mr W made James Martin’s Clementine and chocolate pudding.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Week 47 2014

I wonder if the rain will ever stop… So, what better way to spend Sunday than in Jo McKinnon’s pottery workshop at her Christmas Portes Ouvertes.  Beautiful ceramic items to choose from with something to suit all tastes and budgets. Don’t worry if you missed her there, she’ll be in Monteton on Sunday.

I’ve just put together a page with a listing of all the Christmas Markets I can find. You can find the link on the the right side of the blog under Pages or click   If you know of any other markets then please let me know and I’ll add it in.  Also, if you hear of any carol concerts and Christmas music events please can you send me the details.

Have a great week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions – and who knows… the rain may stop soon.

Best wishes,


Week 47 2014

Monday 17 November

17 November 18h30 : Magic in the Moonlight is showing in VO at La Breche cinema in Ste Foy.
A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue. Starring Colin Firth, Emma Stone and Marcia Gay Harden

Tuesday 18 November

Tuesday is Cineday for Orange customers go to the website

18 November 20h30 : Gone Girl  is showing in VO at La Breche cinema in Ste Foy
With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.  Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris

18 November 20h30 : Magic in the Moonlight is showing in VO at La Breche cinema in Ste Foy.

Wednesday 19 November

Thursday 20 November

Friday 21 November

21 – 22 – 23 November : Cabaret Spectacle in Grezillac– Ca Comanche a Bien Faire. The Saturday night production is preceded by dinner.

21 – 30 November : Painting and photographic exhibition at the Salle Cascante in Castillon.  Free entry daily.


Saturday 22 November

22 November : Christmas Market at Bournel

Sunday 23 November

23 November : Weekly indoor flea market in Rauzan.  Wrap up warm, sometimes I think it’s colder inside than out!  Now they also have a couple of vegetable stalls, a bread stand and you can buy wine and snacks and a restaurant is coming soon.

23 November : Christmas Market at St Seurin sur l’Isle

23 November : Christmas Market in Bergerac by the International Dordogne Ladies Club.

A Christmas Fair not to be Missed!
Hundreds of exciting gift ideas and stocking fillers
Christmas Cakes, Puddings and Mince Pies
Cards and Decorations
Refreshments served all day
Tombolas for children AND for adults! 
All at the Salle de L'Orangerie in Bergerac
Doors open from 10:00 ~ 16:00
Please come and help us to support the charities we support!

23 November : Christmas Market at Monteton - always a good one.

Coming up…

And finally…

Rauzan Flea Market on a Sunday... you never know what you might find.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Week 46 2014


This weekend was pig weekend.  As some of you may know, all throughout the summer we have been involved with a group of friends with 4 pigs.  We have visited them, fed them and watched them grow, and so this weekend we had our very own ‘Pig Festival’.

... and after!
Saturday was spent butchering the pigs and turning them into joints for the freezer, cuts for salting and preserving and sausages.  Much discussion took place over the best way to cut and the most delicious recipe for sausages… some preferring a British banger whilst our personal favourite is a fennel and paprika chorizo.

Back home, our freezer is packed with pork and our cellar is full of preserving joints whilst our fridge has those wonderful sausages.

It was a thoroughly wonderful experience and many thanks to M&K for inviting us to join them.

Whatever you do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions – have a great time.

Best wishes,

Week 46 2014

8 November  - 31 January : Photo Exhibition by Penelope Duns at the Comptior de Genes.


8 - 15 November : Exhibition at the Salle Cascante in Castillon featuring the role of women in the Great War.

Monday 10 November

Tuesday 11 November

11 November : Foire de la Saint Martin at Duras

A note to say I have been advised by a very reliable source that the film "Pride" with Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton is brilliant.   The 1980's factor is spot-on - right down to the Laura Ashley wallpaper and you come out of the cinema with a real feel good factor - so much so that she and others who have already seen it, are going to see it again whenever they get the chance.  

I am instructed to recommend it my friends - so I am just doing as I am told....(tho' if in doubt, do check out the reviews...!). 

Although Tuesday is a holiday it is on in V.O. at the Cinema La Breche in Ste. Foy la Grande at 20h30.
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, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West.

Wednesday 12 November

Thursday 13 November

13 November 20H30 : Magic in the Moonlight is showing in VO at La Breche cinema in Ste Foy.
Stanley is a magician who has dedicated his life to revealing fraudulent spiritualists. He plans to quickly uncover the truth behind celebrated spiritualist Sophie and her scheming mother. However, the more time he spends with her, he starts thinking that she might actually be able to communicate with the other world, but even worse, he might be falling in love with her.  Starring Colin Firth, Emma Stone and Marcia Gay Harden

Friday 14 November

Saturday 15 November

15 November 18h : Magic in the Moonlight is showing in VO at La Breche cinema in Ste Foy.

15 November 20h : Jambon a la Broche at Saint Brice reservations and information 05 56 71 48 89 / 06 15 44 03 18


15 November 20h : Concert in Eymet celebrating/remembering our fallen heroes from the great wars.

15 November 20h30 : Concert at the Church in Ste Terre by le Choral des Bastides.



15 November 20h30 : Grande Soiree Musicale at the Centre
Culturel La Fabrique, Saint Aster

15 – 16 November : Christmas Fair at the Chateau de Issigeac

15 – 16 November : 7th Marche de Noel at the Chateau de Camarsac

Sunday 16 November

16 November : Vide Grenier at Querac

16 November : Marche des Puces at Rauzan

16 November : Vide Tout at Branne

16 November : Exposition artisanale et de producteurs at the Salle des Fetes, Neac 33500

16 November 10h – 18h : Open Day at La Poterie with my favourite potter, Jo McKinnon in St Gerard de Corps.  Come and pick up a pot and partake of mince pies and mulled wine!

16 November 20h45 : Gone Girl is playing in VO at La Breche cinema in Ste Foy.
On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?  Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris

Coming up…


And finally…

Lunch from the pig...

Home-made brawn / pig's head terrine /head cheese
If only we could agree on what it was called!