Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Week 40 2017


There was a super little artisan exhibition in the centre of Saveterre last weekend. Plenty of traditional craftsmen and women were there showing their skills in their various crafts, watched over by stilt walkers.  There was a blacksmith who forged his own knives from metal rods and a woman dying skeins of wool with natural dyes. We were particularly taken by the one and a half metre tall still, only distilling plant extracts unfortunately...

Whatever you do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne region, have a great time.  Don't forget, if you have anything you want to include into the Newsletter, send it to me and I'll include it.  Address below.

Best wishes,

Week 40 2017

Monday 25 September

Tuesday 26 September

Wednesday 27 September

27 September 18h15 : Mary (Gifted) is showing in VO at La Breche in Ste Foy la Grande.
Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother. Starring Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace and Lindsay Duncan

Thursday 28 September

28 September  - 1 October : 9eme Festival de musiques Anciennes de La Reole.  3 days of concerts and seminars in La Reole. Find out more details here.

Friday 29 September

29 September : Yes it's true, Fish N Chips are back on Fridays at the Gensaké, reserve now!! 05 57 47 41 04

29 September 19h30 : Trio Swing Guitar Concert at the Belvedere 

Saturday 30 September

30 September 20h : Les Guyennes present a musical Comedy "Pas d'Panique aux Urgences" a Saturday night in A&E, what can possibly go wrong...

Tickets and further information here

30 September  - 1 October : Bordeaux Food Truck Festival at the Hippodrome de Bordeaux - Le Bouscat. Find out more here


30 September - 1 October : Fete de la Moto in St Avit de St Naaire

30 September  - 15 October : Salon d'Automne de Saint Emilion at the Salle des Dominicains in Rue Guadet.

Sunday 1 October

1 October : Vide Grenier in Espiet

1 October : Vide Grenier in Fronsac

1 October : Vide grenier et vide atelier d'artistes à Saint-Germain-du-Puch

1 October 10h : Salon de Livre in Port-Ste-Foy, Espace Louis Aragon

1 October 10h - 19h : Watch out if you are in Ste Foy on Sunday, there will be horses! Based at the Jardin Public

1 October 20h45 : The Beguiled (Les Proies) is showing in VO at La Breche in Ste Foy la Grande.
The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls' school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal. Starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning

Coming up...

2 October 20h45 : The Beguiled (Les Proies) is showing in VO at La Breche in Ste Foy la Grande.

3 October 18h : 18h15 : Mary (Gifted) is showing in VO at La Breche in Ste Foy la Grande.

And finally...

Don't forget the new art studio in Pellegrue offering Art classes for children and adults.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Week 39 2017


The wine harvest are underway.  There's no denying, 2017 will be an interesting vintage.  The frosts at the end of April destroyed as much as 50% of the grapes on some vineyards, the unusual weather throughout the summer months, and the coldest September in 25 years have all added to the trials and tribulations of this year's production.

We wait and see.  These grapes on the plateau of St Emilion look pretty healthy and the harvests are underway in most of the Bordeaux regions.  Thank you Bellawines for this great photo from Château la Mission Haut-Brion in Pessac-Léognan.

Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion
Whatever you do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, watch out for those harvesting tractors, they're enormous!

Best wishes,

Week 39 

Monday 18 September

18 September : To celebrate the harvest of the new 2017 millésime the UDP of Saint-Emilion opens its doors and transports you to the heart of the action, from collecting the grape through to its journey into the wine cellars, come and discover this machine that is out of the ordinary and the passionate team ! 
The free visit is only available through prior appointment from monday to saturday at 5pm and 5:30pm from the 18th of September until the 7th of October. Please note the visit is exclusively in French.  For more information and bookings please telephone : +33(0) or email

Tuesday 19 September

Wednesday 20 September

Thursday 21 September

21 September 20h45 : My Cousin Rachel  is showing in VO at Cinema la Breche in Ste Foy.
A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin's mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. Starring Rachel Weisz, Sam Clafin and Holliday Grainger.

Friday 22 September

22 September 18h15: Buena Vista Social Club is showing in VO at Cinema la Breche in Ste Foy.
Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.  Starring Company Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer and Ruben Gonzalez. 

22 September 9h30 : Porte Ste Foy et Ponchapt invite you to discover the health benefits of walking.  Walk, Eat, Discover, and a glass of wine at the end! 

22 September 19h : La Nuit de la Chauve-Souris. The night of the Bats.  Find out all about this amazing little creatures and discover them flying around the chateau in Duras. 

22 September 20h30 : Jazz and dinner in Grezillac.

22 September 20h30 : Barber Shop comes to Ste Foy at the Salle Clarisse Brian.  Free entry.  I've seen Bruna Bujtenhuis before, he's fun and talented.

22 September 20h45 : The Collégiades concerts are back in Saint-Emilion at the Collegiate Church. This concert will see the festival welcoming the Prague Conservatory Orchestra into the Church. 
Entry : 15€/pers. or free for under children under 15

22 - 23 - 24 September : Art Exhibitions at venues throughout St Emilion.  A wide range of art to visit - free entry.

Saturday 23 September

23 September 9h30 - 15h : The Great Phoenix Book fair in Campsegret in aid of the Phoenix Association animal care and re-homing. 

23 - 24 September : Pastels Exhibition by Peter Thomas at Les Jardins du Sardy.

Sunday 24 September

24 September : Brocante Vide Grenier at Menesplet

24 September : Brocante Vide Grenier at Montpon Menesterol

24 September : Sauveterre de Guyenne hosts a day of craftsmen and women.  A whole range of skills on display, weaving, glass blowing, soap making, build a bread over to name a few... Looks interesting...

24 September : Brocante Vide Grenier in Moulon

24 September : Brocante Vide Grenier in Coutras at the hockey rink

24 September : Les Puces in Ste Foy la Grande

24 September 18h15 : My Cousin Rachel  is showing in VO at Cinema la Breche in Ste Foy.
24 September 20h45 : Buena Vista Social Club is showing in VO at Cinema la Breche in Ste Foy.

Coming up...

26 September 18h15: Buena Vista Social Club is showing in VO at Cinema la Breche in Ste Foy.

At Porte Ste Foy

And finally...

The end of season tomatoes become a tomato sauce...


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Week 38 2017


Les Journees Europeennes Patrimoine - European Heritage Days are this weekend,16 - 17 September.  All around the country there are events and activities supporting the stories of our European heritage.  If you know of something near you, please let me know.  The Churches and other historic monuments around France are open and free to visit.  This includes the Monolithic Church in St Emilion which is usually closed except for tours.

Whatever you do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, have a great time and don't forget your umbrella!
Best wishes

Week 38

Monday 11 September

Tuesday 12 September

Wednesday 13 September
Thursday 14 September

14 September : Castillon announces the opening of a Cave & Bar a Biere in the centre of the village opposite the church. The Inauguration is Friday 15th September

14 September - 15 October : Keramsi exhibition in Castillon at 69 rue Planterose with performances and concert on Saturday.

Friday 15 September

15 September :  Soiree Tapas and Concert at Domaine de Ferrat

15 - 16 - 17 September : Ligeux en Fete, opening with a Marche Gourmand on Friday and ending with a Vide Grenier on Sunday

15 - 16 September : Journees des Energies Renouvelables et de l'Habitat Eco Durable in La Reole.  Find out all and more about building an eco-home.

Saturday 16 September - Journees Europeennes Patrimoine

16 September : Meet the writer Genevieve de Dietrich at the Mediatheque in Branne

16 September 16h : Tales around the River Dordogne starting at Parking La Tour, Lamothe Montravel

16 September : Portes Ouverte at Chateau St Georges, plenty to do and see.

16 September : Final Nouvelles Nocturnes at Chateau de Vayres

16 - 17 September : Painting and sculpture exhibition in Pessac at the church.

16 - 17 September : Chemin'arts in Loubes Bernac as part as the weekend de Patrimoine

16 - 17 September : Brocante in Libourne at the Caserne Lamarque

16 - 17 September : 19 Brocante & Vide Grenier in Baron

16 - 17 September : Steam Trains in Porte Ste Foy

16 - 17 September : Rauzan celebrates the Journees Europeennes Patrimoine with Free entry to the chateau and visits to the Grottes Celestine - if you've never been you need to be over 1m20 tall.

Sunday 17 September - Journees Europeennes Patrimoine

17 September : Brocante Vide Grenier in Baron


17 September : Vide Grenier in Cantenac
17 September : Vide Grenier in Ligeux as part of their Fete

17 September : Vide Grenier at Petit Palais et Cornemps.

17 September : Brocante Vide Grenier at Sauveterre de Guyenne

17 September : Vide Grenier in Coutras

17 September : Vide Grenier at Des Halles Foyennes

17 September : Sainte Foy la Grande celebrates all things Transport - cars, bikes, tractors, bikes, trucks and caravans...

17 September : St Florence celebrates at the Cave de St Pey de Castets with music from La Banda los Borracos

Coming up...

Curry Lovers ...We've fixed a date for Port St Foy. Tuesday 3rd of October. Here's the menu. There is a choice of starter (or both if you're feeling hungry). I can also do a veggie Balti if you'd prefer, just let me know when you book. If you'd like to join us please send a mail to or you can call 06 84 35 42 73. We've been off doing other stuff this summer, so it will be good to catch up with you. Hopefully we'll see you there.

And finally... 

If you can't wait until October for a curry hit, there's always Ela's Vegetarian Indian Cuisine

Find her on Facebook.  We were lucky enough to be invited by friends to share in a wonderful Indian feast.  Ring up Ela, make your selections for the following week and then pick them up, all ready to eat at home! Delicious... the potato bites and the vegetable curry were my favourites, but I was hard pushed to make a choice!
Thank you DB &JM for inviting us.