Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Week 5 2019


It's time to dig out your frying pan and celebrate the French tradition of la Chandeleur. This Sunday 2 February is la Chandeleur. Though la Chandeleur is often associated with the Catholic holiday of Candlemas, it actually stems from pagan traditions. While some say Chandeleur celebrates the return of sunny days (crêpes symbolize the sun), others say that making crêpes using flour left over from the harvest ensures prosperity in the coming year.

And, of course, there is the traditional coin ritual: if you can toss a crêpe while holding a coin in your other hand, you and your family will not have to worry about financial problems.  Then there's the usual collection of dictons for any given celebration...
  • À la Chandeleur, l'hiver cesse ou reprend vigueur
    On la Chandeleur, winter ends or strengthens

  • À la Chandeleur, le jour croît de deux heures
    On la Chandeleur, the day grows by two hours

  • Chandeleur couverte, quarante jours de perte
    la Chandeleur covered (in snow), forty days lost

  • Rosée à la Chandeleur, hiver à sa dernière heure
    Dew on la Chandeleur, winter at its final hour
Find out even more about La Chandeleur here.
Whatever you do this week (whether there are crêpes or not) have a good week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions.

Best wishes,

Week 5 2019

Monday 28 January

Tuesday 29 January

Wednesday 30 January

Thursday 31 January

Friday 1 February

Saturday 2 February

Sunday 3 February

Coming up...

And finally...
The heart bowls that you saw as a work in progress are finished and available for sale in the Maison des Artisans in Sauveterre.  €10/each.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Week 4 2019

Braving the cold on Sunday we were rewarded with the sight of a fleet of vintage cars which had gathered together in Rauzan.

If you have any events of activities that you would like to have listed on the Newsletter, please don't hesitate to get in touch and I'll add it in.  Send flyers and posters in pdf or jpg format, or test in an email. Many thanks in advance for any contributions.

Whatever you do in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, have a great time.
Best wishes,

Week 4

Monday 21 January

Tuesday 22 January

Wednesday 23 January

Thursday 24 January

Friday 25 January

Saturday 26 January

26 January : Patisserie Druart have announced the upcoming Saturday afternoon patisserie sessions -
great fun and you take home what you make!

Sunday 27 January

27 January : 3ème Vide-Greniers Hivernal & Brocante in the centre of Pellegrue

Coming up...

And finally...

I've been in the studio making mugs.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Week 3 2019


I love cold days when the sun shines and the skies are blue.  We went walking up to the Moulin de Launay which is said to be the highest point in the Gironde at the dizzy heights of 146m above sea level. The views are fabulous - vines in all directions.

It's also on the Route des Abbeyes which takes in Pellegrue, Monsegur, Sauveterre and Blasimon.

Whatever you do in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, keep warm and have a great week.

Best wishes,

Week 3 

Monday 14 January

Tuesday 15 January

Wednesday 16 January

Thursday 17 January

Friday 18 January

Saturday 19 January

Sunday 20 January

20 January 10h30 - 11h45 : An exhibition of classic cars at the Rauzan brocante

18h at the Temple Protestante

Coming up...

And finally...

Hello there

We're running an Instagram Workshop here at Rigaud, both for residential guests staying the weekend and also opening for local people who want to join in. The tutor is Matt Inwood, a leading food photographer with a lot of tricks up his sleeve for improving phone photography and getting your post and your Instagram account noticed by the right audience. It's a four hour workshop, two hours of presentation before lunch and two hours practical afterwards, with lunch from our Rigaud chefs, plus cake and a glass of fizz at tea time, for the princely sum of 85 euros. 

Why would you join us?

Social Media such as Facebook and Instagram, is the only form of paid for advertising that we use at Rigaud and we have found it to be super effective. In the past couple of years Instagram seems to have taken over from Facebook, particularly with the younger clients (anyone under 50!) who will check out our Instagram presence before they visit Rigaud and the region in general. I think Instagram is going to become even more important over the next few years and that a little bit of learning can go a very long way to becoming effective at Instagram marketing. 

If you'd like to join us for the day on Saturday, for both days, or even to stay for the weekend, then check out the link here. This one allows you to book just the Saturday. If you want more than the one day workshop then drop me an email direct. 

Please do pass this on to anyone you think might be interested. Places are limited but if there's strong demand we could always run an extra day.