What’s on in Poitou-Charentes; April 2019

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April 2019…. Easter!

Terri’Thouars Blues: Thouars: 2nd to 7th April (more)

Spectacle Irish Celtic à Chatellerault le 3 avril 2019 (more)

Brocante in Charente Maritime as you would expect lots of venues have a Vide Grennier over Easter for example Champagne Mouton on 22nd April click to see where you can pick up a bargain (more) 

Jour de Jazz at Fouras 6th April (more)

Discover Golf, GOLF INTERNATIONAL DE LA PRÈZE  various dates early April(more)

Yoga evening….SALLE ESPACE CARMIN79350 CLESSÉ 12th April (more)

Exposition “Bocag’émotions”…… photographic exhibition  GALERIE DES ARCADESPLACE DE L’HÔTEL DE VILLE79300 BRESSUIRE 14th April (more)

Le festival laitier se déroulera Place du Champs de Foire à Chabanais, le vendredi 19 et samedi 20 avril. Celebrating Milk??? (more)

Festival des Cerf-volant – Kite festival: Chatellion Plage: 20th 21st and 22nd April (more)

 

 

 

 

 

CHASSE AUX ŒUFS DE PÂQUES Vaux sur Mer 16th April….. so not Easter weekend.(more)

Bach a Paques; Saint Maixent L’Ecole: Not happening this year… 2018 was the last….so if you missed it then that’s it.

Gregorian Chants….. I normally pick out blues or jazz because that is more to my taste but just to ring the changes how about some Monk music. Eglise16460 ST SULPICE DE RUFFEC  19th to 21st April (more)

Médiévales à Nouaillé-Maupertuis 20th and  21st April  (more)

 

Journées européennes des Métiers d’Art;  Throughout France.1t to 7th April (more) 

There are loads of events so visit the web site and see what is available where you are.

 

 

 

Bourse/Brocante 2019 à LESSAY (2 ème)   : 06 au 07 avril 2019
LESSAY (50) 
Type d’événement : Voitures anciennes, Motos anciennes, Autres
Bourse, brocante PUCES MÉCANIQUES (auto, moto, karting, tracteur, nautique…) 

Cant find anything on at Bressuire this April but there are events all over France and beyond so check out their web site if you are into old cars (more)

Here are two to be going on with.

RENCARD MENSUEL A ROYAN – Avril 2019   : 14 avril 2019
ROYAN (17) 
Type d’événement : Rendez-vous mensuel, voitures anciennes

Egg hunt…. I suspect there will be lots of these happening but here is one at Ile Madame,17730 PORT DES BARQUES 22nd April (more)

 

La Guinche Swing Festival Poitiers 26th to 28th April (more)

Marathons/half Marathons LES FOULEES DE LEOVILLE CHEZ SOULARD 17500 Leoville 14th April (more) check web site for others.

Foire at Rouillac: 27th of each month including of course, April (more)

Bird walk, place de l’église17590 ST CLEMENT DES BALEINES 25th April (more)

U2 Project (tribute Band) It’s free…. 26th April  Perigny  (more)…

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What’s on in Poitou-Charentes March 2019

As you would expect the number of events increases each month as the weather hopefully improves. I have as always selected some that caught my eye but also tried to give a good range of events. I had obviously missed the motorcycle event at Niort in previous years, but added it in this year. Bach a Paques in Saint Maixent L’Ecole is no more and Terri’Thouars Blues is moved back into April.

 

Théâtre musical Poste Restante  Civray 3rd March (more) 

Ciné exposition “Pablo Picasso”. Jonzac 4th March (more)

La Thalassothérapie FREE! Hôtel Cordouan Thalazur Royan, 6 bis allée des Rochers17200 ROYAN 05/03/2019 à 17h30 Le 19/03/2019 à 17h30  et 26/03/2019 à 17h30 (more)

HISTOIRES MARITIMES (EXPOSITION) LA ROCHEFOUCAULD 6th March to 6th April (more)

Concert de musique blues St Jean d Angely  9th March (more)

Sortie Défi Oiseaux St Martin de Re 14th March (more)

Festival Quand On Conte. 2019  Nouaille Maupertuis starts 15th March (more)

Soiree “Saint Patrick” Fouras 16th March… is that St Patricks day? (more)  

(Modèle Club Ferroviaire Rochelais) Marrans 23rd and 24th (more)

 

Exposition du Collectif Jour de jazz Fouras…but it is not one day, its on from 22nd March to 18th April (more)

Bande de performeurs , les Airnadettes Saint Benoit le 20 mars 2019 (more)

Rock’n’Roll ;Cactus Riders Soyaux 23rd March (more)

Soirée Pop Rock à La Bigaille, Marennes 30th March (more)

Angouleme   ‘La Nef’ Lots of good music throughout March including MASS HYSTERIA + HANGMAN’S CHAIR, but they are on early in the month the 3rd (more) check site for all the  gigs.

REPAS AVEC ANIMATIONS DU SECOURS CATHOLIQUE; Etaules: 10th March and there are other events throughout the month (more)

La Tete dans les Nuages – magic, circus,arts, and dance for youngsters; Angouleme; 9th to 16th March (more)

Puces Moto 2019 ! Niort 16th and17th March (more)

 

 

 

 

 

Medianoche à Chasseneuil du Poitou 22nd March (more)

Lle festival Le Jazz bat la campagne,COULONGES-SUR-L’AUTIZE 22nd March (more) 

Théâtre Gestuel : Joséphina Ruffec 31st March (more)

Marathons and Half Marathons…Get fit all you overweight millenials.31 of them!!! at various locations, the web site now covers all of Nouvelle Aquitaine, throughout March and the rest of 2019/2020 (more) 

For example there is a 10 KM run in Thouars at the end of the month… so no excuse, start jogging.

 

 

Rochefort Pacifique cinema; Rochefort 21st to 24th March.(more)

Foire at Rouillac: 27th March (more)

Salon des Vins et Terroirs, Thouars 29th March (more)

Bach a Paques; Saint Maixent L’Ecole: it is no more…. last year was the last one!

What’s on in Poitou-Charentes; February 2019

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Here are a selection of events for February, I have to say that for the first time in a long time I have not been very inspired. But one mans meat is another mans poison, no that I would go as far as saying these events are poisonous just not that tasty to me.

Exposition Peinture Abstraite à Vouille du 14 janvier au 1er mars 2019 (more)

Tribute Goldman à Vouneuil Sous Biard Salle R2 Le 1er février 2019 à 20h30 (more)

JOUR DE JAZZ À FOURAS at Fouras I expect 2nd Feb (more)

Exposition photographique “Questions d’images – saison 2” Niort until 23rd Feb (more)

Les LES ZICOS DAYS PROJECTION DE “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY”31 Bis Rue du Logis Vert 17420 ST PALAIS SUR MER 5th Feb (more)

Chanteurs A La Croix De Bois à Chatellerault Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste – ChatelleraultLe 14 février 2019(more)

Generation Abba à Saint Benoit LE 8 FÉVRIER 2019 (more)
Nuit du Blues LA GRIOTTE79140 CERIZAY 15th Feb (more)

RIVAL SONS + THE SHEEPDOGS ROCK  LA SIRENE, La Rochelle 10th Feb.Plus lots of other events throughout the year. So check out their web site, (more)

RANDONNÉES Salle des fêtes 16450 ST CLAUD 28th Feb (more)

Also on 28th la nature cachée au coeur du village de La Flotte. (more)

And Marche Nordic at 16230 MAINE DE BOIXE also 28th…lets hope the weather is good! (more)

FESTIVAL ESCALE D’HUMOUR 2019 – ESCALE COMEDY CLUB – LE 19/20 Auditorium du CAREL, 48 bd Franck Lamy 17200 ROYAN 22nd Feb (more)

CINEMA FILM “ASTERIX ET OBELIX LE SECRET DE LA POTION MAGIQUE” Cozes  26th Feb…… Cant beat Asterix!  (more)

JUMPING INTERNATIONAL DE Royan Horse Club, Maine Gaudin, 5 av de la Palmyre17200 ROYAN (more)

 

 

 

FÊTE DU MIMOSA  St Trojan Les Bains… an annual event 15th to 17th this year, but with global warming the Mimosa may flower a bit earlier!  as part of the whole event there is a night time Brocante/Vide du Grenier, always popular with the Brits that’s on the Thursday evening (more)

Marché aux truffes : Villebois Lavallete  9 février 2019 (more) 

VISITE DU MOULIN DE LA La Chaume 16380 ST GERMAIN DE MONTBRON 23/24th Feb (more)

 Foire de Truffles: Jarnac: every Tuesday morning in February Check out other local markets at this link. (more)

Ancient Weapons Fair: Poitiers: 24th Feb (more)  

Whats on in Poitou-Charentes; January 2019

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Here is a selection of What is on in January 2019, as always I have tried to provide a good mix, included is Rugby, Truffles, Photography, Hip hop, Batman and much more.    Have a good 2019…. all my European friends

Patinoire et luge pour Noël  (Looks like fun) Niort  From 1st Dec to 5th Jan(more)

JAZZ a SAINT SATURNIN,  centre culturelle 16290 ST SATURNIN 10th to 20th Jan (more)

Concert de rock “Radio Elvis” SALLE DES FÊTES79410 ÉCHIRÉ 12th Jan (more)

Sortie Nature Marais de Mortagne 17120 MORTAGNE SUR GIRONDE 13th Jan and 27th Jan and lots more throughout the year (more)

EXPOSITION SUR L’ORGUE DE L’ÉGLISE ST LÉGER DE MANSLE MANSLE  until 31st Jan 2019 (more)

46th Festival International de la Bande Dessinée:  Its 80 years of Batman!!! Angouleme: 24th January to 27th January (more)

SOIRÉE CITY JAZZY GATANE & GALITE Saintes 18th Jan 2019(more)

Concert ‘Trilili Ladies & Dandies’ à Vouneuil Sous Biard  18th Jan….Goodness knows what that is all about….click (more) and you might find out???

RUFFECTIVAL, 15th FESTIVAL DE L’HUMOUR ET DU REVE Ruffec 19th and 20th Jan (more)

EXPOSITION : CLUB PHOTO FOURAS 21st Jan to 15th Feb (more)

CINEMA JAPONAIS   24/01/2019 AU 26/01/2018 LA ROCHELLE  (more)

DANSE HIP HOP : SUR LE FIL salle de spectacles de la citadelle 17480 LE CHATEAU D OLERON 25th Jan (more)

La Sireene Concert; L’IMPÉRATRICE + 1ère partie  La Rochelle,  25th January (more)

 

 

 

Veillée Trad À LA SALLE DES FÊTES –LIGAINE –79100 TAIZÉ 25th Jan (more)

Foire de Truffles: Jarnac every Tuesday morning through January/February (more)

 

Rugby Match COGNAC/ST JEAN D’ANGELY -Parc des Sports 1 rue de la Pyramide 16100 COGNAC 27th Jan (more)

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What’s on in Poitou-Charentes; December 2018

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Well most people will have their minds on Christmas but there is still lots going on, obviously much of it is Christmas related but there are events like a bird spotting walk round the lakes in upper region of Charente and there are some photographic exhibitions so here is a selection that caught my eye.

Spectacle Bolero – Hommage A Maurice Ravel à Poitiers le 3 décembre 2019….Hmmm maybe its in a years time??? (more)  Yes I think it is…. well nothing like planning ahead!

Vins de Thouarsais now until 22nd December.La boutique éphémère de la Maison du Thouarsais (more) I have tried some wines from that region and they a pretty good. Even wrote a post about them a couple of years ago which you might like to check out Thouarsais Wines.

 

Exposition photographique “Questions d’images – saison 2” Niort Now till February 23rd (more)

Cours de pâtisserie : macaron 16 GRAND CHEMIN DE SAINT JACQUES79500 SAINT-LÉGER-DE-LA-MARTINIÈRE 5th Dec (more)

Concert; Ultra Vomit + Guests à Poitiers le 15 décembre 2018 (more) Sound like a lot of fun! Found this listed in the ‘Cultural Agenda’  sorry sounding a bit like an old fart.

FOURAS FÊTE NOËL 13th December through till January (more)

Concert The Hedgehog Sextet à Vouneuil Sous Biard le 14 décembre 2018 (more)

Spectacle Un petit air de cabaret à Chasseneuil du Poitou le 15 décembre 2018(more)

Spectacle Obsolescence programmée. Elizabeth Buffet à Nouaille Maupertuis le 18 décembre 2018 (more)

 

Freeze Music Festival (rap and hip hop) Jonzac 21st Dec. (more)

Walk around lakes of Haut Charente observing bird life; Massignac  22nd December  Départ à 9h à la Maison des Lacs, à Massignac (more)

Christmas concert Saintes Cathédrale Saint-Pierre 17100 SAINTES 29th December (more)

So there you have a few events that are on this month. As always I suggest you check out the web sites of the individual departments where there is usually more things listed.

Red Squirrel

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I have a fairly large Walnut tree in my garden in France and last year collected several carrier bags full of nuts which when the shells had been removed produced two large bowls full of nuts that were great and went very well with slices of Jamón ibérico as a little pre dinner something.

Cracking my nuts.

This year we have a specially good Jamón Ibérico de Bellota  and I was looking forward to enjoying it accompanied by my own walnuts.

However on arrival in France and inspection under the tree, very few nuts to be found.

And this morning I now know why.

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What’s on in Poitou-Charentes; November 2018

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At the moment  what is ‘on’ I suspect is lots and lots of rain… as it says in the song A rainy night in Georgia  by Brook Benton ( I had to look that up!) …

‘A rainy night in Georgia,I believe it’s rainin’ all over the world’.

There are lots of events related to the first world war and there are some good looking music events. As always I have just picked out a few that caught my eye and it is best to look at the sites for the individual departments.

November 2018

34ème Festival International du Film Ornithologique 4th November LE BOURG79340 MÉNIGOUTE (more)

Concert Youn Sun Nah à Chatellerault le 6 novembre 2018 (more)

Concert Cats On Trees à Chauvigny le 7 novembre 2018 (more)
Concert / Calypso Boogaloo Party à Liguge le 17 novembre 2018(more)

NEW BLUES GENERATION 17th NovCentre culturel Place de la mairie 16310 MONTEMBOEUF (more)

 Exposition “Les Deux-Sévriens dans la Grande Guerre : un front intérieur” 18th Nov SALLE DES FÊTES79220 GERMOND-ROUVRE (more)

Chicago Blues Festival 18th November Niort….something to brighten the month? (more)

EXPOSITION – LA GRANDE GUERRE VUE PAR FERNAND BRAUN  19th November till end of December  Royan (more)

SOIRÉE CITY JAZZY GILY SWING  23rd Nov. Atlantic Ciné Parc Atlantique Les Coteaux 17 Rue champagne St Georges 17810 ST GEORGES DES COTEAUX (more)

BOURSES AUX PLANTES 24th November, 4 rue Fernand Haury 17500 JONZAC (more)

FESTIVAL LES GASTRONOMADES 23rd 24th and 25thNov. Angouleme (more)

Concert hommage à Johnny 24th Nov PALAIS DES CONGRÈS79200 PARTHENAY Not the first and not the last no doubt… I wonder which Johnny they are paying hommage to? Depp??? Cash???       (more)

Spectacle Les Contes D’Hoffmann à Chasseneuil du Poitou le 28 novembre 2018 (more)

Arts Mêlés – La forêt ébouriffée 28th November THÉÂTREPLACE JULES FERRY79300 BRESSUIRE (more)

 

 

 

Woodland wildflower book???

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Please follow my blog called Woodlandwildflowers.com ……. Why?

Well,  I am attempting to convert it into a book.

The blog is called, as I said  http://www.woodlandwildflowers.com, I have mentioned it in the past but then it had the rather cumbersome name of http://www.woodlandwildflowers.wordpress.com so I recently paid a little bit of money and now we have the shortened and somewhat easier to remember version.

In fact I set up the blog with the intention of one day producing a book, it was just a way of getting all my writing and all my photos into one place. Now it is more or less complete in that there are roughly 170 woodland wildflowers in the UK that I want to write about and photo and I have now covered about 140 of them.

I also had the intention of including a substantial amount of what I loosely call background material. This is information on things like the evolution of land plants, the structure of woodlands, the history of woodlands since the last Ice age, also things like how to estimate the age of a tree, or a chapter on hedgerows, which I describe as very long narrow woodlands.    All of this has been completed, it needs checking by my wife as my grammar and spelling is sometimes not 100%. I passed English Language ‘O’ level but the grade was only middling.

Now I am writing what is known as a ‘book proposal’ which you evidently send to agents and publishers telling them why they should publish your book. Evidently this is possibly more important than the book which you do not send to them. You should so I have read include some sample chapters, but not the whole thing.

Part of the proposal includes establishing that there is a need for your book and that there is an interest in the subject……. and that is why I am asking for people to follow my blog as the more followers it has the better. (So far it only has 249 followers which is not big in internet terms.) More followers will help me persuade the agents and publishers that there will be a market for the book. Also I think that you will find the blog interesting, you could even recommend it to your friends?

So have a look at http://www.woodlandwildflowers.com and then write nice comments and more important please follow it….. Thank you.

What’s on in Poitou-Charentes; October 2018

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Whats on in October, well the emphasis is not surprisingly on smaller events that can be held indoors. I have picked out a few that caught my eye. Possibly the visit to a farm producing blue green algae ‘Spiruline’ is one of the weirdest that I have ever included and as always I would urge you to avoid all the Circus events that include wild animals.

EXPOSITION 14-18;  (World war one) Cognac, its on for all of October and November (more)

Between the two towers Jazz Festival: La Rochelle: 3rd to 6th October 2018 (more)

Le Festival International des Pertuis et Îles du Monde: Salle des Fêtes 17730 PORT DES BARQUES 4th to 7th Oct (more)

VISITE DE LA FERME DE PRODUCTION DE SPIRULINE  Spiruline ???? Its a blue green algae and it is supposed to be good for you Le Bouin 6310 ROUSSINES 5th October  (more)

Rallaye dunes et Marais, Cozes,  5th,6th and 7th October  (more)

LE FESTIVAL DES AVENTURIERS Tonnay Charente 6th and 7th October (more)

EXPOSITION DE PHOTOGRAPHIES “AUTOUR DE L’EAU” ST GEORGES DE DIDONNE 1st Sept to 4th Nov ore)

 

 

 

 

CONCERT NORMAN JACKSON BAND La Rochelle 8th October (more)

Concert Festival Vox Musica à Jaunay Clan le 11 Octobre 2018 (more)

EXPOSITION “LES CHAMPIGNONS” Toutvent17210 MONTLIEU LA GARDE; 13th to 30th October and also again in November (more)

CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL;  My kind of music but unfortunately the web site gives very little indication about what is actually happening…worth keeping an eye on, maybe? MONTEMBOEUF 17th October (more)

Golf Bluegreen de Niort –  More Blue green but not algae this time.  Initiation gratuite de 2h Niort 21st Oct. (more)

SORTIE ORNITHOLOGIQUE; Maison des Lacs Le Bourg 16310 MASSIGNAC 20th Oct (more)

Spectacle Le Grand Cirque St-Petersbourg Légende It is on again this year various places like Poitiers on  27th and 28th  October 2018 (more)

I would suggest you do not visit these Circus events. They give the wrong message to children about respect for wild animals.

Instead why not visit this event and enjoy the wildlife filmed where it should be, ie in the wild.…..Festival international du Film Ornithologique; Meningoute: 30th Oct to 4th Nov. (more)