Saturday, 24 June 2017

One Year On

It was twelve months ago that many in the UK voted to become a 19th Century backwater and leave the European Union. I won't tell you what Susan and I think about that - you'll have to guess.

To mark that event we are holding a picnic to celebrate what being a European is all about: inclusiveness, removing barriers, fairness and friendship. If you're in the area the picnic is in the picnic area at Chaumussay - not the one near the bridge, the one hidden the other side of the "main" road by the station. (Along the track on the left in this pic).

We had a picnic last month attended by about 20 people, but would love to see many more there this time. Bring your picnic, some seats (although there are picnic tables scattered across the area) and a plate of food to share, and join us. Language skills are not required, there will be conversations in both English and French (and probably quite a bit of Franglais from both sides of the language barrier).

After the picnic we will be "arting" -  at 2.30pm, we will be heading off to visit some local artists. If you have a classic car (or even just an older car) bring it, and we will travel in convoy. Susan and I will be in Claudette.

Friday, 23 June 2017

It's Too Hot To Write

It's been hot.

Proper canicule hot, with daily highs around 37C (99ishF) and lows about 20C (70ishF). That means the house has become thermically loaded and doesn't really cool down before the next onslaught of sunshine.

The other night we had the all the windows (and shutters) wide open to try attract the merest suggestion of a cool breeze and attracted a visitor. He(?) may only have been tiny, but the flapping of wings is actually quite intrusive.

Daubenton's Bat (I think).

We like bats. Their appetite for insects is how come we can leave the window open at night.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Opium Poppies

Poppies have been loving the hot dry weather we've been having lately. And it's not just the Field Poppies. I've seen lots of Opium Poppies in gardens this year. Here are some from Ferrière Larcon last week.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A little known view in Cheverny

Many people visit Cheverny for the chateau and see little of the village besides the main street when walking to and from the ticket counter. In most villages in France, one should always take a little walk off the beaten track if you have the time, because you never know what you will see.

For some reason, this really appeals - nothing extra special, but pretty and very typical of the area:

The blue sky and sunshine helps...

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Unexpected Treasure

We were in working last Friday, eating at one of our new favorite restaurants, "le Terminus", which is in Nazelles-Negron near Amboise station. When we left the restaurant I caught a glimpse of something I thought might be interesting, and I was right.

We have seen quite a few Delahayes in our travels, but none quite like this. Usually Delahayes are magnificently restored gleaming creations that you couldn't really see yourself using except to attend a concours, and certainly not to be driven on the road. This one is different - it looks unrestored, un-mucked about, and quite possibly all original - a rare condition for a very expensive and desirable car, and probably even more valuable because of it.

The car appears to be a Delahaye 135M, but I can't find any details about it on the internet. It has a coachbuilder's plate which says it is Chapron body no 6742, but so far that's all I know.

Needless to say - if anyone is feeling generous, yes please!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Wheat Ears

Last year the wheat crop failed due to prolonged and extreme wet weather. This year has been much drier, and so far so good with the wheat. It's looking spectacular.


Rescue Animals:
A friend rang me yesterday to say that a friend of hers who runs an animal shelter is desperate to find a home (or homes) for a cat and a dog, both female, who have been mistreated and are in danger of being euthanased. If you can help, get in touch (details below). The shelter is at Buzancais and the animals can be delivered to their new home in central France. Please forward to anyone you think might be able to help. The shelter does not have a website (!)
My friend's message: Bonjour Susan,
Suite à mon appel téléphonique de ce jour, merci de bien vouloir diffuser l'information suivante à un maximum de personnes.
2 animaux ont besoin de manière urgente de trouver un foyer. Il s'agit d'une chatte et d'une chienne qui ont subi des maltraitances et doivent très rapidement accueillies par une famille aimante car, sinon, elles risquent d' être euthanasiées.
Tél. : 06 14 90 55 36
Merci d'app. l'après-midi ou le soir, même tard.
Merci beaucoup Susan,
Bon week-end,
Marie-Hélène VIDAR


Shock Election Result: Marisol Touraine (Socialist Party), former national Health Minister and longstanding local politician was defeated in yesterday's second round of voting for the National Assembly. Sophie Auconie (New Centre) has won, after Marisol Touraine was widely believed to be playing a double game in the absence of an En Marche candidate. Marisol Touraine won the first round and it is very rare that the underdog wins the second round in this system. However, her own local committee withdrew support, and in fact, En Marche both nationally and locally refused to support her. Sophie Auconie, on the other hand, had the support of the Republicans, and earned brownie points by the way she approached the local En Marche committee. Sophie Auconie is also an experienced politician, but in the European parliament for a different region of France. I could see from the beginning of the campaign that she was going to give Marisol Touraine a run for her money, and I think she played her hand extremely well.