As it was Victory Day on Thursday many people took Friday off to faire le pont so the weekend was a continuation of the holiday.
In Cluny the Equivallée was teeming with the 180 young riders who had come for the pony games, 36 teams of 5 riders. Besides the French there were teams from Spain, Switzerland and Italy. It’s part of the Peter Dale Cup, five meetings around Europe with the final in Turin in September.
Did you know that the Duke of Edinburgh invented pony games in 1957? Pony games are a test of agility and control. Even the youngest riders at 12 years old could jump on and off a galloping horse. And how on earth is it possible to pick a tennis ball off the ground at a gallop??
Lace making exhibition in Cluny
On a more gentle note there was the lacemaking exhibition at the Ecuries Saint-Hughes. Six clubs from around Cluny presented their masterpieces and showed us their techniques.
Fish by Rachel Schlumberger
At Massilly there was an exhibition by les Belles de Mai. This is a group of 14 women artists with wide ranging skills such as painting on textiles, feltwork and upholstery, besides the usual watercolours and scuptures.
President of the Renault Alpine club and his car
While at Massilly we admired part of a convoy of 170 old Renault Alpines heading up to Cortambert. They were on the 23rd yearly run round the Mâconnais, arranged by the Renault Classic Club of Charnay-les-Mâcon.
Les Cortambertsois et les amis Donzyrons
On Sunday we were still in the holiday mood as we set off in a coach with a group of 47 from Cortambert and Donzy. We arrived in Pouilly en Auxois to take a boat trip on the canal de Bourgogne to Escommes.
Unfortunately there was a problem with recharging the battery, so, despite several offers to row the boat, the crew just took us through a couple of locks and back again.
Talk about the electric barge - photoby Anne Marie
We didn’t get to pass through the famous Voûte, but we saw the electric barge used from 1893-1987 to tow the boats through the tunnel. It was the replacement for one with a coal fired boiler that had blown up and killed everyone on board. According to the rules of the company the four crew members took 25 litres of wine to drink each day. Even we couldn’t keep up with that although some tried.
Drinks on board - photo by Chris
It turned out to be a day of gastronomy rather than sightseeing. As compensation for not having our trip up the canal we were treated to aperos, wine and and foie gras. Then we went on to have lunch at a restaurant overlooking Lac de Panthier at Vandenesse-en-Auxois. We enjoyed an excellent meal, beautifully presented in lovely surroundings.
Lunch at the Lac de Pantier
Then on to the Cassissium at Nuits St Georges. We learned everything there is to know about blackcurrants and were invited to taste the cassis at the end of the tour. The SuperCassis is quite strong at 20% proof, and when mixed with Marc even more potent, so we were soon quite merry. The Cassissium not only makes cassis but a huge variety of fruit cordials
Tasting cassis at the end of the tour
We had friends staying with us the weekend and we hope they enjoyed the weekend as much as we did.