This is a picture of Watson, he is clearly a very nice dog and he lives, I believe, in Poitou-Charentes. His owner commented on some of the posts I have put on this blog. His owner is also a photographer and also has a blog and you can visit his blog by clicking on http://artistiquepassion.com/ Continue reading
Festival des Cerf-volant – Kite festival – 30 March–1 April 2013
This is Kite surfing a combination of surfing and kite flying, not for the faint hearted.
Easter weekend marks the opening of the beach season at Châtelaillon Plage near la Rochelle. 3km of golden sands provide the perfect place for one of France’s premiere kite festivals. Continue reading
Cranes will be passing overhead now (Feb/March), en route for breeding grounds in Northern Europe. They have set migration routes and one passes up through western France and over the Poitou-Charentes region. Continue reading
Richard the Third the last Plantagenet King of England and France will be buried in Leicester. He did not spend a lot of time in France. In fact I am not sure that he ever visited France. At that time the English throne did still claim rights over France, although in reality we had very little influence except around Calais. Continue reading
On the weekend of 23/24th Feb, if the weather is nice??? why not visit one of the old but renovated mills along the Bandiat Tardoire river system. There are seven to choose from and last year as many as 20,000 people visited. This is the 11th year that they have opened their doors to the public and guided tours are free.
You can get more information by phoning the Tourist office at Montbron on 05 45 23 60 09 Continue reading
Acacia pycnantha, Albixia julibrissin, Charente Maritime, Golden Wattle, Holidays in France, Mimosa, Mimosa Festival, Mimosa pudica, Persian Silk Tree, Saint-Trojan-les-Bains, Sensitive Plant, Whats on in Poitou-Charentes
There is a festival on the 15th to 17th of Feb in Saint-Trojan-les-Bains and it is based on the Mimosa flower. The festival sounds like a lot of fun and you can find more info about it by visiting Mimosa festival.
This post however is about Mimosa plants. First of all the Mimosa which is the basis of the festival is not a Mimosa at all- it is Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha), the floral emblem of Australia which is why it flowers in February – the equivalent of July in Australia.
There are certain things which define a country and to me shutters is part of France. If you were magically whisked up into space and then landed somewhere and you had to identify the place you had landed in then I think the presence of shutters and the style of shutter would be quite a strong indication that you were in France a bit like window boxes with red geraniums might lead you to conclude you were in Switzerland.