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March 13, 2016

Filed under: Village Life,Weather — Tags: , — Mary @ 16:43

It’s lovely to see the sun this week even though it has been accompanied by a cold north wind. As always when spring makes an appearance we think about getting to work in the garden. We are always told not to be too hasty and to expect a cold spell in May. But we are chitting potatoes, and the onions and garlic will go in soon.

It was very tempting to buy young plants at Cluny market yesterday

This weekend in Cortambert it’s all hands to the deck. Today it’s the loto so many people are at the hall helping with that. But with us not being much use on reception, the bar or the gaufre machine, we put our energies into helping the mayor in the second stage of clearing rubbish from the area leading to the green waste tip.

A hillside to be cleared…

and some willing workers

One group hauled stuff up a ravine and amassed a huge pile of old bits of machinery, while the rest of us concentrated on the old plastic bags and bottles strewn over the hillside by the track down to the tip.

Daniel playing the fool!

Ditto David and Pierre Jean

It was mostly old stuff dumped before recycling was the norm, except for hundreds of small blue plastic bags. The mayor suspects there is a caterer who has been dumping his kitchen rubbish. The badgers eat the food and the bags are strewn far and wide. I have a lovely photo of the mayor with a decapitated hairdressing dummy in one hand and a machete in the other saying what he would do to people that dump waste in his commune!  Unfortunately I promised not to use that photo!

A good heap of rusty metal

All finished

As always it was enjoyable to work together and we were invited back to the mairie for aperos. Thanks to Martine and Martine for providing the quiche and cake.


March 6, 2016

Je suis fier d’être bouguignon!

Filed under: Events,People,Village Life — Tags: , — Mary @ 14:44

Chantal, the president of “Clunysia”, invited the locals to join the choir for a little concert and aperos before their annual dinner in the foyer rural in Cortambert. La Clunysia is led by choirmaster Greg Johnson, an American teacher of music in Cluny.

La Clunysia, under the direction of Greg Johnson

Everybody joined in ’”Joyeux enfants de la Bourgogne”, which we didn’t know but managed the refrain of Et je suis fier, et je suis fier, et je suis fier d’être bourguignon .

Chatting afterwards to the singers we found that there was quite a mixture of English and Dutch in the choir.  We were pleased to see Danielle & Jean Louis there. Jean Louis plays the barrel organ and he and Danielle sing all the popular French songs.


Danielle & Jean Louis entertain


Always the optimists, we have tentatively booked them for our Citizenship celebrations. Then we can really sing  je suis fier d’être bourguignon.


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