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October 23, 2017

First Sunday walk of the season

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary @ 16:45

Our rentrée for the monthly Sunday walks was a bit behind schedule due to other events in September. But we began yesterday with an easy circular walk from Cortambert through the vineyards of Bray and back via Toury.

Recently it seemed that summer was going to last forever but this weekend the weather suddenly changed to cold and showery. The vines, bright gold in last week’s sunshine, were looking a little battered by the wind. The showers didn’t bother us as we were prepared.

Here’s Pascale modelling the latest in emergency rainwear 

Wending our way….

to a photo opportunity with a menhir. 

These Salers cattle are a change from the more usual Charolais

Hopefully we’ll continue with our walks led by Chris on the 3rd Sunday of the month. We are also looking forward to Denis’ promise of an organised cycle ride on the second Sunday, starting next month.

*Photos kindly given to me by Sylvie, standing on the far right in the group photo


June 25, 2017

La Fête de la Musique

Filed under: Events,Places,Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Mary @ 14:05

The hottest day last week was probably Wednesday, on the evening we took part in the line dancing demo for the Fête de la Musique in Cluny. We were down in the Narthex, the ruins of the Abbey between the Hotel de Bourgogne and the marketplace. Despite the heat and the uneven ground we managed to put on a good show, thanks to Christiane’s training and the enthusiastic encouragement of the spectators.


In the wonderful setting of the Abbey ruins

Classes 2, 3 and 4 of Country Dreams Cluny

Yours truly feeling rather hot

Being in the beginners’ class we didn’t take part in the more advanced dances in the middle so Chris had plenty of time to take some photos. And here’s a couple of videos, the first three dances on   https://youtu.be/tHvZQdrxveM and  ’Gypsy Queen’ on  https://youtu.be/lvly7p3pNXY  Next year we hope to join Class 2. Yee-haw!

February 19, 2017

Sunny Sunday Balade

Filed under: Events,Places,Uncategorized — Tags: — Mary @ 16:43

After an early frost the sun soon made the morning very pleasant, perfect for our monthly Sunday walk led by Chris. Our aim was to follow part of the trail, the running race planned for March 19th which is to start in Cortambert.

We parked at the Moulin de Culey and headed up the hill. At 6.5km this walk did not sound to be very far but the ascent is quite tough in places. I can’t imagine how fit you must be to run up Mont Saint Romain and back to Cortambert.

Today’s walk

and our group setting off

This fallen tree will have to be moved before the trail

Almost finished, at the lavoir at Culey

Hopefully the weather will be good for March 19th for the big event. You can find further details about the trail de Mont Saint Romain on the website trail-mont-saint-romain.fr

December 31, 2016

Roll on 2017!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary @ 18:05


To borrow a quote the Queen’s speech in 1992, 2016 “is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. It turned out to be an ‘Annus Horribilis’. I suspect that I am not alone in thinking it so”.

This photo of Benedict sums it up for me.


Benedict - life can’t be that bad?

I for one won’t be sorry to see the back of 2016. Let’s hope that 2017 is a better year with no more illness and no more accidents (Anne Marie!). Let’s hope Chris’s mum gets better from her stroke and Chris has a good trip back to England to see her.

Happy New Year !



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