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February 21, 2016

Neighbours…..everybody needs good neighbours….

Filed under: Places,Village Life,Weather — Tags: , , — Mary @ 20:26

You can tell what Australian soap I watch every afternoon!

But it’s true. We have been helped immensely since our arrival here by our neighbours. Chris massacred a weeping willow recently and the garden was full of spindly branches and long fronds. Our kind neighbour Georges volunteered his tractor and trailer and with three trips to the village déchetterie the job was done.

Chris and Georges off to the tip

This morning it was warm and sunny, just like spring, and we enjoyed a fine walk from the lavoir in Varanges up to the Faitral and through the woods before descending into Cortambert. Considering this local walk was nothing new for many of us, we were surprised by the huge turnout of our neighbours with their visiting families.

Our lovely neighbours and their families…

The youngest member of our group today was baby Sartori, only one year old. It’s best to start them young! We also enjoyed the company of Annie & Christian, all the way from Macon. We must be famous.

……plus baby and two little dogs

Thanks to all who made this morning so enjoyable. The next walk will be on 20th of March. Chris will send out information nearer the time.

February 14, 2016

Dancing on a Sunday afternoon

Filed under: Events,Village Life — Tags: , — Mary @ 18:46

A very well attended event at the hall in Cortambert is the monthly traditional dance. It’s open to everyone, it’s free and honestly, you don’t need to be able to dance. Some of the regular dancers who have been doing it for years still have two left feet.

Some very lively dancing..

Some group dances are more complicated than others

It’s not just a dance but a musical event too. Anybody can go and play. This afternoon there was a quartet of young ladies. They hadn’t been together for long and this was an ideal opportunity to practise.  When they had a break Bernard with his guitar and Christine with her flute kept things going.


Our band today

Meanwhile the crêpes (is that still with an ˆ?)  were on the go and Jean-Louis and David were busy serving drinks and coffee.


Jean-Louis on the bar…

and his beautiful assistant on the crêpes

The next dance afternoon will be on Sunday 20th March, starting at 2pm. Come and join in!


February 7, 2016

Village Life

Filed under: Events,Village Life — Tags: , , — Mary @ 20:43

We sometimes hear how quiet some French villages are in the winter. Just this afternoon, while visiting friends in the Charolais, we learnt of a couple in the village with their house up for sale. They want to move away as there is nothing to do, no life in the winter. So that reminds us of how lucky we are to find ourselves in a lively and active community like Cortambert.

The heart of the commune is the foyer rural with its hard working committee under the direction of Mme la Présidente, Pascale . There is always something going on. Our next project is the Loto in March, Pascale’s handicrafts group has been busy decorating boxes and bags to contain the generous prizes of hams and wine. Events like the Loto are very important money spinners because the hall has to pay for itself. Heating and maintenance are very expensive. Whenever possible people rally round to help with minor repairs.

Today’s job was to replace the rubber ferrules on the stacking chairs which were scratching the parquet when dragged around. Due to such a good turnout it didn’t take long and Pascale treated everyone to coffee and gaufres.

Many hands make light work


The committee was also rewarded by a meal out this weekend. We went down to The Forum, an Italian restaurant our side of Cluny.


At The Forum with lots of laughter..

The Forum was a good choice. The food was delicious and the service good. The chef kept coming out to chat and see that we were enjoying his dishes. At the end of the meal he brought out chilled limoncello as digestivo after the coffee.

It’s due to a lot of hard work by a dedicated core of people that the foyer rural continues to thrive to the benefit of the commune. Long may it continue to do so.



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