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February 28, 2011

‘Tis the season of Loto

Filed under: Events,Village Life — Tags: — Mary @ 18:05

At this time of year many villages have their yearly session of Loto. It’s the French version of Bingo. Our ‘Loto gourmand’ is very popular and people come from far and wide. There are such a lot of prizes – huge salted hams, rosettes (dried sausage), goats cheese, jars of pâté and lots and lots of bottles of wine and crémant.

There were many prizes

There were many prizes

You buy your cards when you go in and play the same cards all afternoon unless you feel that they might not be lucky, in which case you are allowed to change them in the interval. Generally there are three prizes in each game. However if two people shout at the same time, a number is picked out of the hat to determine who wins. The loser then gets a bottle of wine as consolation rather than second prize. The game recommences until all three prizes have been won.

Break for refreshments

Break for refreshments

In the intervals there is plenty of time to have a glass of wine and a freshly made gaufre and chat with friends and neighbours.

One member of the foyer rural group who organised the Loto did particularly well and we stayed behind to help him enjoy his winnings.

After the Loto - partytime!

After the Loto - partytime!

February 20, 2011

Voltige

Filed under: Events — Tags: , — Mary @ 14:55

Chris and I have discovered another way to fall off a horse. It’s called voltige, which is gymnastics on horseback. The horse is lunged in a circle about 15m in diameter. As there is no need to drive the horse yourself you are free to try manoeuvres that would otherwise be impossible. It is said to be good for developing coordination and balance.

It’s easy when the horse is walking…….

But it all goes pear shaped at a canter!

But it all goes pear shaped at a canter!

 Chris was pleased that he felt he was becoming more confident at the canter. But should someone tell him he is facing the wrong way?

Chris has not quite figured out this riding lark

Chris has not quite figured out this riding lark

I don’t think we will run away to join the circus just yet!

February 19, 2011

Awen – Celtic inspiration

Filed under: Events,People,Village Life — Tags: , — Mary @ 17:31

Not only are we artistic in this commune but musical too. Our vannerie session this afternoon was followed closely by band rehearsal.  The band is called Awen which is a celtic word meaning musical inspiration.

Awen

Awen

They are practising for the Celtic party we are having on March 19th in the foyer rural. This started off as a St Patrick’s Day do but then it was decided to include Scotland and Wales. There will be Scottish beer and a keg of Irish. And lots of Celtic music. Now where did I put my kilt……

February 15, 2011

Preparing for the Loto

Filed under: Events,Village Life — Tags: , — Mary @ 14:40

A big event is coming up. On Sunday next week there will be the grand Loto afternoon at the foyer rural. There are abundant prizes of filets garnis, jambons, rosettes, bons d’achat, repas au restaurant…. And of course local wines and crémant.

For the last two Monday nights we have been in the schoolroom decorating the wooden boxes in which the bottles of wine will presented. Chris and I seem to have been welcomed into the local artistic group via the vannerie sessions on Saturday afternoons. My only previous decorative work had been to emulsion walls but Chris, being practical, takes to all this like a duck to water. He can knock off a wicker basket in one session and has decorated two big boxes to my one little box. That’s mine with the butterflies on.

Decorating boxes

Decorating boxes

It’s a bright sunny afternoon and we are just going to post the last of the Loto leaflets through letterboxes. This has taken us a couple of days as the commune is so spread out with some houses and farms hidden away off the road. It’s interesting to see what’s happening locally as regards renovations and a good way to find out who lives where .

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