Friday, 6 October 2017

Taking a Break

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I haven't disappeared, but just taking some time away from the blog. Thank you to all those that read and comment, its much appreciated x

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Naked Men

Well that got your attention :) All around Bordeaux there seems to be a lot of scantily clad men, from the ancient to the modern, some more covered than others. The last gent doesn’t look too well!!Naked Man 4

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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Greedy Bike Ride

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It can’t possibly take all day to do an 18k bike, can it?? Yes it can, if you eat all the way round and that’s exactly what we did. The 3rd Rallye Promenade was an opportunity to either walk or cycle around the countryside near Prailles, eat, drink, do some taste testing, eat, drink, buy some regional produce, eat and drink a bit more. In teams of 6, we were given a map to follow along with some quizzes. Rallye 2 Our first stop after 8k was in the beautiful Foret de l’Hermitan. Annie, one of our hosts, provided us with honey and almond cakes, tea and coffee for refreshments plus there was French bread with a delicious jam which we had to guess the ingredients of. Managed to recognise raspberries and sugar but that was about it.

A short 5k bike ride later brought us to La Couarde, where tables had already been laid out for lunch.  On offer were aperos, wine, locally made produce, crusty bread and delicious desserts followed by more wine, coffee and a very difficult quiz that even the French were struggling with. It must have been at least an hour and a half later (the French know how to enjoy a lunch), before we set off for our final 5k ride, bringing us back to our starting point – Prailles, to be greeted with more food!! Little canapés with various toppings which turned out to be another quiz. Guess the topping and whether it was sweet, savoury etc. Our team got 3 out of 4 right. How come we managed to guess seaweed and sesame, but not the simplest one, apple and vanilla! All the teams received a goodie bag which we shared between us including the obligatory courgette :) Annie and Veronique had organised a fantastic day, we loved every minute of it, so much so, we’re going to look out for similar events to take part in. Plus join in again next year. 

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Monday, 19 June 2017

The Raspberries keep Coming

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What an amazing year for cherries and raspberries. Our cherry tree actually gave us some sweet tasty fruits, not the sour ones we’ve had in previous years, but our friends and neighbours trees are something else, just laden with fruit. Help yourself they said, but our bowlful didn’t even scratch the surface. However lovely they are, you then have the job of de-stoning them which a messy and time consuming job, so however tempting it is to pick some more, I’m not sure I fancy anymore de-stoning. Now raspberries are much easier to deal with, pick, wash and freeze, simple. So far I’ve given away 2 bowlfuls, frozen about 15 kilos, made jam, smoothies, clafoutis, sorbet, crumble, raspberry betty, eaten them with ice-cream and yoghurt and they are still coming. I forgot to stir the sorbet and it was like a brick, so had to turn it out and bash it with a rolling pin, but its easier to eat now.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

La Vallee du Thouet Cycle Ride

This is a ride that we’ve been wanting to do for a while, cycle from Saumur to Le Beugnon, 150km along the River Thouet through Thouars, Airvault and Pathenay. We’d put it off, because how were we going to get back, with our bikes at one end and the car at the other?? Our problem was solved by our friends Sue and Bob who wanted to come with us, the extra car made planning so much easier. It was decided to do the ride over 4 days/3 nights at B&B’s with the first morning and last afternoon travelling and dropping off cars. There had been good intentions of getting our rear ends saddle ready before the ride, but for lots of reasons that didn’t happen so with only one bike ride under our belt and with a bit of trepidation we set off from Saumur to our first stop at Montreuil-Balley, a distance of 24k. Day 2 – 63k to Airvault. Day 3 – 53k to St Aubin le Cloud. Day 4 – 22k to Le Bougnon finishing with a delicious lunch at A La Bonne Vie who were kind enough to look after our bikes while we collected the car from Saumur. As expected, we all had sore derrieres at the end of the ride but not enough to put us off, as we are planning another ride soon – Niort to La Rochelle.

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