20 August 2010
This shoe shop in Chinon has been selling these same shoes since I first went there in 1994. I have seen several ladies around the town wearing them and I bought a blue pair myself about ten years ago. They are extremely comfortable and I still wear them. However, when I went there on our girls' weekend this year, they were closed for annual holidays.
Quel dommage. I fancied a red pair.
16 August 2010
We even missed our own village brocante. But this time we had the best reason of all for not going. It was the week after we went back home. How annoying !! The minute we go home, we miss something we might really like to see. Or at least have the chance to miss.
13 August 2010
This is a dahlia that Nick planted last year. It was not in bloom when he saw it in July. I hope it stays in flower for another couple of weeks so he can see it for himself.
This begonia was an afterthought - a few plants were grabbed hurriedly when we packed the car for our trip in May. We stuffed them in our French garden wherever there seemed to be a space. Nick hasn't seen this in bloom yet, either. For myself, I am somewhat disappointed that it isn't a lovely warm, sunny day today. But it really doesn't matter that much. I am off work today. In fact I am off work every Friday from now on. I now work a three-day week. So it doesn't matter if it chucks it down, life is good. . (However, if the weather man would send us some someshine, I would be ever so pleased.)
10 August 2010
The first face was on a gate to a cave under the back of the château. Maybe it was used for storing wine at some stage, or still is. Who knows. There were several interesting doors and gates into the walls under the château.
8 August 2010
7 August 2010
3 August 2010
Getting there was easy, although we had to compete with agricultural vehicles for our share of the road several times. It was that time of year, I suppose.
For starters we had a plate of charcuterie and salad. It was lovely and very well presented.
For main course we both chose the duck. I think we both got one half of the same carrot !! The duck was also delicious.
There was no cheese course on that menu but a choice of desserts and we both chose the fruit salad - must have been feeling virtuous that day. It was lovely.