October 29, 2011

KNOCK, KNOCK

We arrived for our October holiday on the Saturday afternoon.

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On the Sunday morning there was a little tap, tap on the door.  Nick opened the door and there was no-one there, just a beautiful bunch of flowers left on the doorstep.

October 26, 2011

A MUSEUM FOR EVERYTHING

Over the years we have visited all sorts of museums in France ~ car museums, motorcycle museums, museums for mushrooms, wine, tools and prehistory.

This summer we ventured south by about 65 km to the town of Montmorillon and this time we were interested in the MACARON MUSEUM !!

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I found a leaflet for it in L’Office de Tourisme in the village and I simply had to go !!

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The museum is on the upper floor of this shop and tells all about the production of almonds, the history of macarons, and the escapades of the family that have been making them in the town for many, many years.

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There was a modest entrance fee and for this we had a tour of the museum, a very quaint film to watch and a dégustation – a tasting of some of the macarons the company still produce.

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These are not the glossy fashionable macarons that you see in all the fancy shop windows ~ the guide was very keen to point out that the family were making macrons like this first and they have an enduring quality.  They certainly were delicious.

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There was all sorts of paraphernalia on display relating to the production of macarons ~ I rather liked the knobs and levers to twiddle on this one.

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Mind you, this was parked a couple of streets away in the town and the knobs and levers on it looked more worthwhile twiddling !!

Montmorillon is an interesting town and there will be more about it later ~ a nice place to go on a dull and drizzly Monday afternoon.

October 24, 2011

IT’S ONLY A RUMOUR

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We were out and about the other week and spotted this rather desirable house on the road between Descartes and Neuilly-le-Brignon.

It was obviously beautifully restored with what looks like an indoor swimming pool on the side.

Back at the PreHisto, we asked Mariel about it and she told us it changed hands last year and the new owner is rumoured to be Johnny Depp. 

That’s what we thought.  You would have to be mega rich or famous to live somewhere like that.  Must buy a lottery ticket this week.

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The holidays are over, the washing is all done, the ironing is down to just one basket and as life returns to normal, blog posts will slowly resume their normal pattern, if I can remember what normal is !!  Thanks to all who have been patiently following and waiting for something to happen !!

October 22, 2011

NOBODY LIVES HERE ANY MORE

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You can never be really sure but in this case it looks very doubtful.

October 19, 2011

I SIT, THEREFORE I AM

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Somewhere to take the weight off your feet in the park at Descartes.

October 17, 2011

THE LAST BREAKFAST

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Breakfast on the terrace the day we made the journey back to the UK at the end of our August holiday.




It didn’t help us feel any better about going home.

October 15, 2011

FISH? WHAT FISH!

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A poodle tired of checking the best places to fish and ready for her dinner.

October 13, 2011

GOING OVER THE EDGE

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There’s something about the sight and sound of water rushing over a weir that is so fascinating. I could have stood and watched it for hours.


Well, a few minutes anyway !!

October 11, 2011

PEACE AND QUIET

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Time passes slowly when you’re having this much fun.

October 8, 2011

OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR

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The château at Ussé seen in the mirror of my motorcycle.

October 3, 2011

THE ENGLISH SHELF

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Browsing through the supermarket in Yzeures-sur-Creuse, I found myself in front of some familiar things, many of them costing at least twice what we would pay for them in the UK.


I don’t think I would miss any of them enough to pay as much as that.

October 2, 2011

KEEPING WATCH

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Down by the river in Descartes, perched up in mid-air, the little dog sees everything.  He runs to and fro along the platform that goes across the top of the gate.

October 1, 2011

APÉRO TIME IN THE SQUARE

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Enjoying the early evening sunshine with an apéro.