Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Week 49 2016


Following on from my successful shop at the market in Castillon for my Christmas cake I set to and made my cake this weekend.

I never make the same cake twice, and this year's recipe was chosen as it has dried figs and we had a bumper crop from our tree this year. The cake is now wrapped up safely and will be fed weekly until Christmas is here.

The Pre-Christmas season is picking up speed and there are plenty of Christmas markets in the region to visit this weekend.  Don't hesitate to let me know if there is anything near you that you would like me to include.

Whatever you do in Gironde and Dordogne, have a great weekend.
Best wishes,

Week 49 

Monday 28 November

Tuesday 29 November

Wednesday 30 November

Thursday 1 December

1 December 19h15 : Gladiator is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. Starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix and Connie Nielsen

Friday 2 December

2 December 14h : Gladiator is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne

2 December : Big Ed and the Red Balls are playing in Villefranche de Lonchat, at La Cave des Chevaliers.
They have a new setlist, and it will be their last concert for 2016.

2 December 19h30 : Sourigues in Concert in St Jean de Blaignac

2 December 18h30 : Vernissage for an Photographic exhibition by Bernard Sengayrac at the Espace
Tourism et Vin in Pineuilh.

2 December 21h : Theatre Cabaret in Grezillac

2 - 3 December : Vide atelier at Vignonet in Aid of the Telethon

Saturday 3 December

3 - 4 December : Vide grenier brocante at La Sauvetat du Dropt

3 - 4 December : Marche de Noel in Blasimon at the Salle des Fetes

3 - 4 December : Les Vignerons de Puisseguin Fete Noel  at the Cave de Puisseguin

3 - 4 December : Marche de Noel at the Salle Echo, Lieu dit Les Guignards, Saint Aster de Duras

3 - 4 December : Noel at St Emilion.  Christmas is spread around the village with stalls from the Logis de Malet, through to the Place du Marche au Bois

3 - 18 December : Marche de Noel at Chateau Font Vidal in Juillac

Sunday 4 December

4 December : Marche de Noel at the Manoir de Longeveau between St Severin and Aubeterre at Golf d'Aubeterre

4 December : Marche de Noel at Chateau de Castegens, next to the site of the Battle of Castillon in Belves de Castillon

4 December : Marche de Noel at St Martin du Puy

4 December : a big Vide grenier at Monsegur

4 December : Weekly flea market in Rauzan

4 December 20h30 : Gladiator is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne

Coming up...

6 December 14h45 : Gladiator is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne

And finally...

How about something to look forward to in the New Year? The Rotary Club of Ste Foy la Grande are hosting a traditional Burns Supper with proceeds going to the Institute Bergonie Cancer Centre.  Tickets available from Peter MacIvor 05 53 20 17 14/ 06 04 45 56 54 or by email
Advance reservations recommended.  

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Week 48 2016


I love to make a traditional English Christmas cake - more dried fruits than batter, more brandy than butter! So, I'm delighted that there's a wonderful stand at Castillon market on a Monday morning which sells a whole range of dried fruits and nuts, perfect ingredients for my cake.

As an added bonus, the stall holder also sells fabulous olives and delicious tapinades and baba ghanouch.  He also won't let me speak French and his English is wonderful!  Look out for him if you are at the market, his stand is against the wall in the small square opposite the church.

Whatever you do this week, (I'll be baking a cake) have a super time in the Gironde and Dordogne regions.

Best wishes,

Week 48

18 November - 4 December : Brocante des Quinconces in Bordeaux

Monday 21 November

Tuesday 22 November

Wednesday 23 November

Thursday 24 November

24 November 19h30 : Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne
Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei's fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.  Starring Jane Russell, Marilyn Munroe and Charles Coburn

Friday 25 November

25 November 14h : Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne

25 November 20h15 : Mozart's Marriage of Figaro is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne

25 - 26 November : Local Artisan Market in Montignac near Montpon Menesterol in aid of Cancer Support France.  See full directions by clicking on the poster.

25 November - 26 December : Marche de Noel in Bordeaux in the Allees de Tourny

Saturday 26 November

26 November : Marche Hiver at the Salle de Fetes in Bournel.  Wines from Chateau Claribes and traditional English bacon butties.

26 November : Marche de Noel in the Gymnase des Massias in Montpon Menesterol

26 November 19h30 : Apero Concert at the Espace Cedrus by the sation in Castillon, music by Jean-Pierre V and Mike.

26 - 27 November : Fete l'hiver in Creon.

26 - 27 November : Festival of Loupiac and Foie Gras.  Find out more about this Festival here

26 - 27 November : Marche de Noel at Saint Colomb de Lauzan.  Please note, that the market starts at 14h30 on Saturday and there is a concert in the church on Saturday evening.

26 November - 18 December : Art exhibition by Jean-luc Giraud at La maison sous les paupieres in Rauzan

Sunday 27 November

27 November : Weekly flea market in Rauzan, there's also a restaurant open on Sundays.

27 November : Marche de Noel in Cazaugitat at the Salle des Fetes

27 November 20h30 : Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne

Coming up...

28 November 17h45 : Hackshaw Ridge ( Tu ne Tueras Point) is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne
WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.  Starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington and Luke Bracey
28  November 17h45 : I, Daniel Blake is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.
A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario. Starring Dave Johns, Hayley Squires and Sharon Percy

28 November 15h : Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne

29 November 20h15 : The History of Love is showing in VO at the Grandecran in Libourne.
The story of a long-lost book that mysteriously reappears and connects an old man searching for his son with a girl seeking a cure for her mother's loneliness. Starring Gemma Arteton, Sophie Nelisse and Elliot Gould.

And finally...

All around the leaves are falling and the colours are golden or grey, then round the corner...

No idea what it is, but it adds a welcome splash of colour.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Week 47 2016


The autumnal weather has certainly arrived!  The cranes have been flying overhead in search of warmer weather.

A wander round the Flea market in Rauzan yealds some surprising treasures... but I haven't cracked for crockery yet!

Christmas markets are coming up, if you have any information please don't hesitate to let me know.
Whatever you do in the Gironde and Dordogne regions this week, have a good time.

Best wishes,

Week 47

Monday 14 November

Tuesday 15 November

Wednesday 16 November

Thursday 17 November

17 - 18 November : Marcia Wadsworth hosts a Christmas gift sale. Go and have a look at her beautiful jewellery and see her new 'Boho Chic' collection.  Call for directions 06 99 70 06 99

Friday 18 November

18 November 15h45 : The University du Temps Libre invites to discover more about the world of Japanese and Chinese gardens.  €4 Salle du Verdet, 12 rue de Toussaint, Libourne.

18 November 19h30 : Le Jazz Club de l'orient in Libourne has live jazz and tapas.  You might want to reserve - it gets busy 05 57 51 15 59

18 November 20h : Piano recital at the Salle Municipal in Tizac de Curton

18 - 19 - 20 November : Bordeaux S.O Good -  a festival of food and the art of living well! Based at Hangar 14 on the waterfront, but also at a variety of other venues in the city, this festival embraces all things to do with food, tasting, watching, discovering, exploring... To find out more go to the website here 

18 November - 4 December : Brocante des Quinconces in Bordeaux.  A big antiques and collectables sale in Bordeaux.  Take the tram to Quinconces and you can't miss it.

Saturday 19 November

19 November 19h30 : Fish and Chips in Riocaud.

19 November : Soiree Dansante in St Antoine de Breuilh. 

19 - 20 November : Marche de Noel at Chateau de Camarsac - Entrance €2

Sunday 20 November

20 November 16h30  : MARCHE DE NOEL run by CANCER SUPPORT FRANCE at  MONTETON   Salle de Fete.
Please come along and show your support for this worthy cause.
There are more and varied stall holders than ever before with wonderful gift ideas. Wonderful music, Singing , folk dancers, Santa for the kids. Mulled wine and mince pies in the afternoon. PLUS GREAT FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS.
All organized by a new and ambitious team this year so please come along and enjoy the festive day.
20 November : Weekly Flea market in Rauzan.

Coming up...

And finally... 
It's that time of year when only chicken and ham lattice pie and hasselback potatoes will do!  Thank you WS for the delicious pie!