Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Week 31 2015


Lock up your chickens!  Friday morning when I went to let out our 4 elderly girls from their little chicken house I was met by an open door and a hole in the chicken wire fence.  Not your average fox-under-the-wire attack, but a mid-height wire-cutting-man-sized hole.

I don’t know why anyone would want to steal 4 geriatric old ladies (they left behind 2 eggs) and why they would go to the trouble of cutting through the fence, but the trail of feathers led to a convenient parking spot just round the corner.

Be aware… be vigilant… and put a strong electric current through your chicken fence!

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

Best wishes,

Week 31 2015

Monday 27 July
27 July : Jazz and Wine at Chateau de la Riviere, Fronsac

27 July – 8 August : Le Coin des Arts.  A pop-up arts and crafts shop on Duras, open for 2 weeks only.


Tuesday 28 July

28 July : Visit Ste Foy by night and by torch.  Tickets available at the Tourist Office – I hear it’s good fun!

28 July : St Emilion Night market – Park Guadet

28 July : Eymet Night Market
28 July : Castillon la Bataille Marche Gourmande

Wednesday 29 July

Hello All
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Please could you let me know by Wednesday 29th July.
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29 July : Party in the Park with Hicksville Swing at Chateau Fayolle Luzac

29 July : Monsegur Night market

29 July : Blasimon Night Market - featuring Los Musaïcos, Banda

Thursday 30 July

30 July : Marche des Producteurs Ste Foy la Grande Terrasse François Mitterrand

30 July : Duras night Market featuring Les Touristes (rock)

30 July : Les Jeudis Gourmands Parc Gabriel Forestier Eymet

Friday 31 July

31 July : Valery Orlov in concert in Castillon church

31 July : Pellegrue invites you to join the Escargolade – Grillade with live music.

31 July : Join us on Friday night for a live concert with Naya at the Gensake in Gensac.
31 July : The opening concert for the Orchestre de Chambre de la Gironde 2015 at the Abbatiale de Guitres


31 July : Villefranche de Longchat night market

31 July : St Antoine de Breuilh night market

Saturday 1 August

1 August : Concert Promenade. 4 churches join together with concerts on one day.  Move between the churches for each concert.


1 August : Musique a la Ferme.  Vivaldi's 4 Seasons as you have never heard before, sitting on hay bails with your feet in the straw.  Go and discover and enjoy an evening of music.  Vivaldi 2 ways!

1 – 2 August : Fete de Loubes-Bernac

Sunday 2 August

2 August : Fete de la Riviere at Ste Foy la Grande including a night market.

2 August : The Moulin de Moustelat welcomes you to their farm.  I recognise those 2 in the photo…
2 August : Branne Vide Grenier and Brocante

2 August : Gensac Brocante

2 August : Le Fleix vide grenier de fete local

2 August : Montpon et Monesterol Vide grenier, marche des puces

2 August : Vide grenier at St Remy sur Lidoire

2 August : Concert by the Gironde Chamber Orchestra at Gensac Church

Coming up…


And finally…

4 healthy Kittens are in urgent need for a loving family. 3 boys and a little girl around 8 weeks old. The mother must have given birth on one of the rooftops.
They are all very friendly and playful. I am happy to split the cost for vaccination/sterilization/neutering. If you are not able to help, please please please spread the word as I am unable to keep them.
Contact Michele Jobling 06 45 06 93 38 or email

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Week 30 2015


A fun day at the waterfront in Castillon for Bastille Day.  I had never seen the Barrel Rolling Team from Lussac St Emilion before.

Despite the heat of the day they were up and down the Quai showcasing their skills.  I even learnt how to take video on my phone...

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

Best wishes,


Week 30 2015

Monday 20 July

20 July : Charles Lloyd Quartet at Maison Blanche, Montagne St Emilion.  Find out more at 
Tuesday 21 July

20 - 21 - 22 July : Children's Pottery classes with the wonderfully talented Jo McKinnon

21 July : Night Market in Eymet

21 July : First Castillon la Bataille Night Market

Wednesday 22 July

22 July : Monsegur Night Market - featuring Mickaël VIGNEAU, accordéoniste

22 July : Night Market in Blasimon

Thursday 23 July

23 July : Eglisottes Night market

23 July : Duras Night market featuring John Fohl (blues)
23 July : Les Jeudis Gourmands Parc Gabriel Forestier Eymet

23 July 20h30 : Piano Concert at Chateau Angelus, St Emilion

Friday 24 July

24 July : Pellegrue Night Market

24 July : St Antoine de Breuilh Night Market

24 July : Flaujagues Marche Gourmande

24 - 25 - 26 July : St Christophe des Bardes en Fete.  A weekend of activities in the village including a ball and a  Toro de Fuega on Saturday night - what is it?  Find out here

24 July 20h : DJ Tucker at La Cave des Chevaliers in Villefranche de Lonchat.

Saturday 25 July

25 July : 10th Marche D'Ete at Chateau Font Vidal, Juillac

25 July : Drews Crew in Concert at La Cave des Chevaliers, Villefranche de Longchat.

25 July : La Bonne Ville Blues at the Cave Viticole, St Vivien.  Featuring Big Ed and the Red Balls.

25 - 26 July : La Plage at Castillon (under the stone bridge) is holding a Grand Costume Ball on the theme of the Era between the Two Wars - L'epoque entre deux guerres.  Dress up in the outfits of the times and join in the entertainment, see the postcards and dance at the Ball.

Sunday 26 July

26 July : Vide Grenier at Naujan et Postiac

26 July : Brocante at Eymet

26 July : Every Sunday lunchtime in July and August.  Soumensac marche Gourmande. Buy your lunch from local producers of duck, Chicken, snails, bread, puds, melon ice creams and of course wine!   Take your own cutlery, crockery and cushions to make the benches more comfortable!

26 July : Fete Cantonal in Villefranche de Lonchat. Plenty for all the family. Fireworks and a free Ball. I think the Barrel Rollers will be here... now they're everywhere!

26 July 12 noon : Dine on Entrecôte at the Parc de la Gare in Lamothe Montravel.

Coming up...

And finally...

Fireworks from Castillon la Bataille on Bastille Day. 

Monday, 13 July 2015

Week 29 2015


This week has France’s biggest national holiday.  14th July is Bastille Day, it commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Although the Bastille only held seven prisoners at the time of its capture, the storming of the prison was a symbol of liberty and the fight against oppression for all French citizens. It marked the end of absolute monarchy, the birth of the sovereign Nation, and, eventually, the creation of the (First) Republic, in 1792.

Bastille Day was declared the French national holiday on 6 July 1880, on Benjamin Raspail's recommendation, when the new Republic was firmly entrenched. Bastille Day has such a strong signification for the French because the holiday symbolizes the birth of the Republic.

There are many ways to help the French celebrate their big national holiday.  Throughout the area there are village parties with live music and fireworks, some places celebrate on the 13th July, leaving the 14th as a day to recover, whereas others stick to tradition and celebrate on the 14th. The largest firework display is in Paris at the Eiffel Tower.

Wherever you celebrate Bastille Day in the Gironde and Dordogne regions have a great week.

Best wishes,

A couple of Exhibitions in St Emilion – open through July.









 Week 29 2015

Monday 13 July

13 July : Night Market in Pessac featuring the accordionist Michael Vigneau

13 July : Night Market in Blasimon, live music and fireworks

13 July : Grand fete in Flaujagues with fireworks

13 July : Soiree Moules Frites Villefranche de Longchat

13 July : Velines night market with Fireworks

Tuesday 14 July

14 July : Brocante Vide grenier in Prignac et Marcamps

14 July : Vide Grenier in Caplong

14 July : Vide grenier and local market in Castillon la Bataille

14 July : Vide Greniers in Saint Medard de Guiziers

14 July : Foire Tout at Velines

14 July : Fete du Vin et de la Riviere in Castillon.  Lots to see, try and look at along the waterfront in Castillon.  Followed in the evening with a meal and then fireworks on the stone bridge.

14 July : Eymet night market

14 July : La Piste Gourmande, Sadirac

Wednesday 15 July

15 July : Night market in Monsegur

Thursday 16 July

16 July : Night market in Duras featuring Philippe Chevalliez (DJ)

16 July : Les Jeudis Gourmands Parc Gabriel Forestier, Eymet

Friday 17 July

17 July 16h15 : Love & Mercy is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne
In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy. Starring John Cusac, Pau Dano and Elisabeth Banks

17 July : Villefranche de Longchat night market

17 July 20h30 : Choir Concert at the St Church in Les Leves to start their Local weekend Fete.

17 July 21h : Concert in Pellegrue as part of  the 25th Musitineraires


17 – 18 – 19 July : St Emilion Jazz Festival.  Concerts throughout the weekend in St Emilion.  13 groups, 14 concerts and 10 free concerts.  Find out more here


Saturday 18 July

18 July : Jam Addiction in Concert at La Cave de Chevaliers in Villefranche de Longchat.

18 July : Night Market at St Meard de Gurcon

18 – 19 July : Fete Locale at Les Leves – Meal and 80 music night.

18 – 19 July : Fete Locale at St Jean de Blaignac – night market, DJ and Fireworks

Sunday 19 July

19 July : Fete de la Riviere in Branne

19 July : Vide grenier in Les Leves et Thoumeyragues

19 July : Foire a tout in Lussac

19 July : Vide grenier  in Montagne

19 July : Vide Grenier in Ruch

19 July : Brocante Vide Grenier in Saint Jean de Blaignac

19 July : Vide Grenier in Eymet

19 July : Vide Grenier in Pujols

19 July : Basket Festival in Issegeac.  Over 50 willow weavers and basket makers come together at this annual festival.

Coming up…

20 July 16h15 : Love& Mercy is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne

And Finally…

Here’s some things for children to do too.  Also, if the dates don’t fit with your plans, try calling the person organising the activity as it could be possible that they can arrange a date and an activity that works for you both.