An ex Sweet Chestnut, I suspect.
August in Poitou-Charentes…lets hope the weather is good and the grass needs cutting less often. Now it’s full on holiday time so there are masses of things to do, here are just some of the events. I would suggest that you also search on line for the local events in your area. Local in my area is the Mad Hatters music festival… excellent and we have the Charroux Literary festival….both worth a visit.
Coupe d’Europe Montgolfieres, Mainfonds 2nd to 6th August 2017 (more)
Paddle boarding on the Gartemp ; Montmorillon 1st August 2017 (more)
2017 Tour du Poitou Charentes, Charente, Charente Maritime, Deux sèvres, Vienne 22nd to 25th August 2017 (more)
Summer sound Festival; Rochefort 3rd to 6th August 2017 (more)
La Marquise (folk music) Chasseneuil-du-Poitou 4th August 2017 (more)
BRIC A BRAC Chemin des vallées Quartier du Pontreau16700 RUFFEC 6th August (more)
FOIRE MENSUELLE Place du marché 16700 RUFFEC 9th and 23rd August (more)
Mad Hatters festival; Featuring SLADE with original members but no Noddy Holder, still it sounds good to me. Caunay 11th 12th and 13th August (more)
COURSES HIPPIQUES,Hippodrome16330 MONTIGNAC CHARENTE 10th August 2017 (more)
Championnat de France de supercross; La Tremblade 14th August (more)
Festival Crescendo;Saint Palais sur mer 17 au 19 Août (more)
Festival de Confolens; Confolens: 9th to 15th August 2017 (more)
Les Soirees Lyriques de Sanxay; Sanxay: 10th 12th and 14th August (more)
Jazz en Ré – 18th to 20th August 2017 (more)
Literary festival;Charroux: In 24th 25th and 26thAugust (more)
Tour de Poitou-Charentes (cycling) 23rd to 26th August (more)
Festival du film Francophone; Angouleme:23rd to 28th August (more)
Spectacle Pyromelodique; Angles sur l’Anglin, 6th August 2017, (More)
Festival du livre Angles sur l’Anglin, 13th to 15th August 2017 (More)
This building which is by the traffic lights on the main road through Civray from the N10 towards Limoges is a former bank.
This side view has a remarkable similarity to the College which it is directly opposite, I wonder if they were built at the same time and designed by the same architect, the college was built in 1805. However the dorma windows and roof are not quite the same and this building has a large clock tower at the right hand end. Here is a better photo of the clock tower part.
This is entitled ‘Caisse d’Epargne’ and dated 29th March 1910 and is attributed to Eug. Texereau.
Incidentally the clock stopped at 25 minutes to 7 or 6.35 but whether that was am or pm and what year who knows?
The Caisse d’Epargne is a mutual savings bank with branches all over France it also has a cycling team. See what Wikipedia has to say about it. There is still a bank of this name in the centre of Civray, more conveniently placed but not so imposing.
Plenty on in Poitou-Charentes this June, I am always up for the Ferraris in Valle de Vienne and its in support of a good cause. There is some Jazz on in St George de Didonne on the 10th, which might be worth a look, and there is lots, lots more.
Festival Musiques Metisses, Angouleme 2nd to 4th June (more)
Les Visiteur de L’Autre Monde; Chateau-Larcher 2nd 3rd 4th and 9th and 10th June 2017(more)
Festival de Melle 16th June (more)
Notes en Vert at Perigny 10th to 12th June (More) (Still the 2016 site)
Spectacles nocturnes Coeurs en Bataille; Nouaille-Maupetuis: 2nd 3rd and 4th June (more) Don’t forget your glasses.
500 Ferraris contre le cancer: Val de Vienne, Le Vigeant: 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th June (more)
Festival Musiques et Gastronomiques du Monde, Mathes 2nd and 3rd June (more)
Jazz concert, LE QUARTET CARIBA, St George de Didonne 10th June (more)
Half Marathon; Niort: 11th June (more)
Highland Games; Bressuire: 10th and 11th June (more)
Festival Handi Blues; Saint Trojan-les-Bains 12th to18thJune (more)
Polychromies de Notre Dame le Grand; Poitiers: starts 21st June then every night till 21st Sept. (more)
Festival de Melle; Melle 16th May to 6th June 2016 (more)
L’escargouille (snail farm) open day; Blanzay: (around the 15th June ) (more) Rather like the occupants, the owners are rather slow in updating their web site! They also sell products in local markets check site for dates.
Maraisthon; Coulon: 18th June (more)
Ball-trap (painful!!!);Route de Serpaize 38200 Luzinay 20th May (more)
Fete de la Music; A one day event across Poitou-Charente, indeed all France check web site for what is on near you; 21st June (more)
Fete de la Saint Jean, Les Mathes 21st June (more)
La Journee Medieval ‘La Rancon du Roi: Nouaille-Mauperuis: Last Sunday in June, the 26th(more)
Le festival de les Sarabandes, Rouillac 23rd to 25th June (more)
Free Music festival; Montendre: 23r and 24th June (more)
Jazz à Vienne & Saison Jazz (loads of stuff all over check web site); Vienne 29th June – 13th July (more)
Marche sur L’Eau; Le Vanneau-Irleau: Towards the end of June, they are usually fairly non specific about the date. (more)
Well, what’s on at the time of preparing this is an orange alert storm warning. Lets hope all passes by without too much disruption. Also what’s on is the elections, French and British. Presumably most of my FB ‘friends’ will want Macron to win because even on FB you get a sense of peoples leanings and if you are my friend then you would sense that I lean to the Liberal side of the political spectrum.
OK this is what is on for May.
Ateliers adultes création de mosaique 3ème cycle St Romain-en-Gal, 3rd May (more)This is close to Vienne which is just south of Lyon…. my mistake, sorry
Sortie avec Nature Vivante : Jardins & biodiversitéCentre-village
38780 Estrablin 4th May (more)
RÉCIT “PLAIRE, ABÉCÉDAIRE DE LA SÉDUCTION”; RUFFEC, 4th May (more)
Vide Grenier; La Couarde sur Mer 7th May (more)
Vienne en Fleurs; 30 Avenue du General Leclerc 38200 Vienne, 7th May (more)
Festival Plein Sud; Cozes : 9th May to 14th May (more)
Atelier Chocolat; 22 rue du Bourg, Chocolaterie Letuffe, TROIS PALIS: 4th May and again on 10th May(more)
Festival International de Music de Chambre en Charente; Chalais 6th May to 4th June (more)
Découverte du patrimoine: Vienne nuits et legends; 14 Cours Brillier 38200 Vienne 13th May and future dates throughout the summer check web site (more)
Regate Le Grand Largue; St Denis D’Oleron 13th May (more)
Patrimoine, Jazz and Wine – Jazz & pop: 12 pl Aristide Briand
69560 Sainte-Colombe 18th May (more)
Le mentaliste Thierry Collet, Chasseneuil du Poitou 19th May (more)
Half Marathon; Aytre-La Rochelle 21st May and Futuroscope in May (more)
Rallye du Printemps; (motor sport) Bords, Charente Maritime: 13th and 14th May always a slow site to publish the current years agenda so check it out. (more)
CONCERT : HELLFEST WARM UP TOUR La Nef ANGOULEME 20th May (more)
Festival Histoire de Choeurs; St Palais sur Mer, 19th to 21st May (more)
Spectacles nocturnes Coeurs en Bataille; Nouaille-Maupertuis: 12th May (more)Pour les 13, 19 et 20 mai, 2, 3 et 4 juin 2017 : groups of 10 people!
13ème Festival “Musique au Pays de Pierre Loti” Saint-Pierre d’Oléron 20th to 27th May (more)
Scènes de Territoire Bressuire 31st May (more)
“Une passion qui donne des ailes” Niort open until 31st May (more)
March, already, so Spring is finally here. Lots of stuff on this month
Jour de Carnival; Poitiers: 8th March (more)
Printemps des Poets; Niort: 4th to 19th March (more)
Concert; La Belle Bleue, Le Chateau D’Oleron 10th March (more)
Reggae The Mighty Diamonds, Angouleme La Nef 10th March (more) check site for other gigs.
Venitien Carnival; Etaules: 12th March (more)
La Tete dans les Nuages – magic, circus,arts, and dance for youngsters; Angouleme; 11th to 18th March (more)
Marathons and Half Marathons at various locations, Bressuire, La Rochelle, St Eutrope,and Taillebourg, throughout March (more)
Celtic Legends; Bressuire:17th March (more)
Concert, Wax Tailor Angouleme La Nef 23rd March (more)
Terri’Thouars Blues: Thouars: 30th March to 2nd April (more)
Rochefort Pacifique cinema (L’Archipel des Marquaise); Rochefort 29th March to 2nd April. (more)
Foire at Rouillac: 27th March
Journées des métiers d’art en France, Cognac 31st March to 2nd of April (more) This is a world wide event with lots of venues, Cognac is just one : check web site for others.
This is some of what is on in Poitou-Charentes in February…. it seems like I have listed quite a lot. It is always worth checking out the tourist sites for the individual departments. I have put links to these on the page which covers all the events for the year Some of these sites are easier to use than others but isn’t that always the case.
Labulkrack; Bressuire; Le theatre de Bressuire 4th Feb (more)
Anne Paceo; La Rochelle, La Coupe d’Or 2nd Feb (more)
Dire de Monde Saints, 14th to 19th Feb (more)
Trail de Val d’Egray, Marathon and Half Marathon, Champdeniers 26th Feb (more)
Mimosa Festival: Saint-Trojan-les Bains: 17th,18th and 19th Feb (more) 2days earlier than last year is this global warming? ‘No such thing’…. D Trump.
Festival International d’Echecs de Rochefort – Chess championship: Rochefort: 18th to 24th Feb (more)
Journées des Moulins Vivants du Bandiat, de La Tardoire, de l’Argence et de la Colle. 25th and 26th Feb (more) Check web site for which Windmills are open.
Foire de Truffles: Jarnac: every Tuesday morning in February (more)
Ancient Weapons Fair: Poitiers: 26th Feb (more)
Carnival, Les Mathes 26th Feb (more)
Film; FLEUR DE TONNERRE Blanzac 28th Feb (more) Check web site for other films.
Foire de Truffles:Jarnac: every Tuesday morning till end of Feb (more)
Yesterday was grey, but today is mellow. It is a colour, like yellow but more rounded and with greys and browns mingled in. It is sort of autumnal but I think you could get mellow in other seasons.I had a short walk around the environs of our house but it took some time as I was messing about taking photos.
You need good light for mellow, not necessarily the magic light you get when there are black clouds, but the sun is still shining in one part of the sky. However it is that sort of light, but not so dramatic.
The old outbuildings are always good for a photo, I especially like the blend of old wood and mellow stone.
Autumn berries provide nice mellow shots, especially these spindle berries, less harsh than the bright orange rose hips, these are a more mellow pink colour.
The Oak trees are at their autumn best now and with some grey skies looked quite beautiful.
This is the dead seed head of a type of wild carrot, which is quite common along the road sides, has white flowers in summer but is grey brown now.
And finally one last shot of some more old buildings.I have about 50 more similar shots but thought 8 would be sufficient… probably too many. Also they are best viewed full size, they look nicer.