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June 10, 2018

Exposition Artisanale in Donzy le Pertuis

Filed under: Events,Places,Weather — Tags: — Mary @ 18:31

It’s been one of those weekends when thunderstorms are forecast for the afternoons. It’s hot and close but apart from a few black clouds billowing up now and again we seem to have missed any storm or hail.

It’s been useful as Chris has got the shed roof on. This had been put off for a while as there was the randonnée last weekend, and the weather has often been too wet or too windy or too hot.

Claude and Chris take off the old asbestos roof

and here it is today with the new roof

Of course the shed still needs its gutters to channel the rainwater into the two big recuperators  that Claude is going to install on the far side by the vegetable garden.

Thoughts of going for a Sunday afternoon walk soon evaporated when we found there was not a breath of air even up the hill.  But we went over to Donzy le Pertuis where there was an exhibition of craft work.  There were paintings, petit point, homemade greetings cards, sewing, patchwork and photographs. Outside there was wine tasting with Lionel Jacquet, Marie-Thé’s son.

The exhibitors

Pascale was showing her paintings on porcelain

I’ve said this before but I am amazed how skilled and artistic people are here. You find painters and potters and basketwork makers everywhere. Pascale always says that you need to find a handicraft that interests you so you are not just watching daytime TV in the old people’s home. So I hope some of this rubs off on me!

June 5, 2018

La Randonnée des Roses 2018

Filed under: Events,People,Places,Weather — Tags: , — Mary @ 15:27

 

This year’s randonnée was perhaps too successful! We normally expect about 250 walkers, but more than 500 subscribed on Sunday. The weather wasn’t too bad, a little heavy perhaps but without full sun. A storm was forecast for later on in the day so the bulk of the walkers set off early.

Chris had devised the circuits of 9km, 14km, 19km and 25km.  He decided it was easier to mark them out himself than organise teams so we spent several days beforehand preparing the arrows and signs, and going round on the quad hammering them in and tying ribbon to trees along the way.

 

Balisage

The final post to plant outside the foyer rural

We finished the marking out early before the first walkers went off. In the hall teams were busy registering, pouring coffees and setting out the refreshments.


Martine with Chantal, Sophia with little Abelia, and Marie Antoinette who were preparing to register the walkers

Claire, Simone and Pascale prepare the food and drink

David and I had dash off to the boulanger in Cluny to fetch three sacks of baguettes and we just managed to get to our point d’eau as the first of the walkers arrived. This is the first refreshment stop after about 4 km. We were stationed on the top of a steep ascent out of Varanges so everyone arrived hot and thirsty. Although we were really just a water point we also put out nibbles but didn’t reckon on the huge numbers of people passing through and soon ran out of dried fruit, biscuits, chocolate and oranges. However after another 5km there was a stop at Blanot where wine, coffee and more substantial snacks were provided.

 

Martine & Pierre-Jean and Martine & Guy served the refreshments in Blanot


There was a further refreshment stop in Culey, manned by Georges and Dominique for the people on the longest 25km walk.

Back at our point d’eau we were running out of water and had to phone Chris to bring some up tout de suite. He even raided our cave and found an extra 8l of Perrier. Nothing but the best for our walkers!

All the walkers passed the point d’eau

and the cattle next to us were interested to see what was going on

After the last walkers had passed through David and I packed up and went back to the foyer where we got involved in a lot of washing up (me) and serving beers (David).

When we thought everyone was back Chris and I went off in the car to fetch in the arrows around the villages and the warning signs from the roads. He left the markers in the woods until the next day when he could gather them in on the quad.

On returning to the hall we were just in time to join in the usual post event shared supper. It was good to discuss the highs and lows of the day. Generally the opinion was that the walkers really enjoyed the countryside and the circuits were challenging enough for the serious walkers and well marked. The only criticism was from the latecomers who found the refreshment tables a little bare but Pascale had catered for the usual number of people, and had not reckoned on twice as many turning up.

Well earned relaxation after a hard day

Luckily the impending storm held off until the event was finished and and all the tents and tables had been brought in. In general it couldn’t have been a better day for the Randonnée des Roses. That’s it until our next event, the soap box racing in Varanges  on Sunday 1st July.

April 21, 2018

The protests continue

Filed under: Events,Places,Weather — Tags: , , — Mary @ 16:42

 

The market in Cluny was very busy this morning and the fine weather seems to have brought out the protesters as well as the shoppers.

Our favourite stall in the market for plants

It was quite noisy as La Fanfarrosoir were parading round the market as part of a protest about Centre Parks. Two have been proposed in the forests of Rousset and Pologny, one not too far from Cluny and the other in the Jura. Environmentalists made a big fuss in a big public debate in 2015 and then it all went quiet.

Leaflets and dancing in front of the Hotel de Bougogne

La Fanfarrosoir

And off they go to another venue

At the other end of town we met our friends from Benin who sang for us last weekend. This time they had their instruments with them and made a great deal more noise.

Olaitan from Benin

Rather overlooked in this cacophony were the Silent Protesters who are in Cluny most Saturdays in the summer. I don’t know what they are protesting about as they never say.

The Silent Protest

Of course the protests in France that affect most people are the train strikes. The trains were running today but the strikes are affecting two days in every five and continuing on Monday and Tuesday.  Also various unions are protesting, Air France pilots, rubbish collectors, energy sector workers, students…

Good new though, it’s another big weekend for the Equivallée. It is the 40th anniversary of the Grand National. The best international show jumpers will be in Cluny, the grand final being tomorrow afternoon.

Show jumping this weekend in Cluny

Lovely weather, beautiful horses…nothing to protest about there.

 

April 8, 2018

Spring has sprung

Filed under: Events,People,Places,Weather — Tags: , — Mary @ 15:29

After an interminable winter spring seems to be tentatively making an appearance. For the first time it is warmer outside than in. People are cutting the grass and the bats are flitting about. The cattle are out at pasture and new lambs are leaping around in the sunshine.

It’s the beginning of the school holidays so no classes for us during the next fortnight. It was nice to finish the spring term of line dancing with a ball at Charnay les Mâcon. These things go on so late, we hadn’t even got through half of the playlist by the time we left after midnight. But the company was good and we enjoyed some rather challenging dancing. Must do some revision during the holidays!

Our group from Country Dreams Cluny

 

Chris found a new friend

With the weather being better we’ve tried to get out on bikes every day this week. Lucky we had put in some practice as Denis took us out for a ride this morning.

Chris, Frédéric, Denis & Sophie

This jaunt took us along the voie verte past Cormatin, turning off to Malay and Ougy, and back via Lys.

View of the church at Malay from the voie verte

It was an easy and traffic free 37km. Hopefully this will be a regular second Sunday of the month event. Meanwhile let’s have a bit more warmth and sunshine. At least there won’t be a drought this summer.

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