Here is a sneak preview of this weekend’s production by Civray Footlights. The play is being performed this Friday, 2nd of November and on Saturday 3rd November. There are some tickets left for both nights and you can turn up and pay on the door or you can secure you seats by booking in advance. Continue reading
Thouarsais wine is a little known denomination which is produced in the very north of Poitou-Charentes. Despite the name the town of Thouars is not actually in the region in which the grapes are grown but somewhat to the north and west. I suppose the region is in effect a satellite of the more famous Saumur and Anjou wines. (You can click on the map for a closer look) Continue reading
I remember- and wonder if you do as well- old corn stores where farmers used to store corn or maize cobs through the winter. I often saw these 30 or 40 years ago when driving through France. I have a reference to them in a fairly old I Spy France book which in itself must be 20 years old and in that book it says they were a thing of the past. Continue reading
There are two species of Treecreeper in Europe, there is the Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) and also the Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla)
The difference between them is not the length of their toes but the length of their claws. My wife says typical of bird names….. The Grey Wagtail is Yellow and the Black headed Gull has a brown head and then for only some of the year and a Common Gull is not so common etc etc Continue reading
I have a small walnut tree in my garden in France. It is about 10 years old now and this year produced about 30 to 50 nuts. I can’t be sure how many it produced because I had to share them with the local red squirrel population. I think I managed to get about 50% of them.
Nearby are several other trees along the side of a little road and along a farm track so I managed to collect quite a lot of nuts and they are now shelled and ready to eat. Continue reading