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March 19, 2017

The Trail du Mont Saint Romain

Filed under: Events,Places — Mary @ 22:10

At last the day dawned for the Trail du Saint Romain. Despite worries about inclement weather the day faired up after a drizzly start. There’s been months of preparation and moments of doubt about whether such a big undertaking was at all possible. But today’s success showed what can be done with the cooperation of our five neighbouring communes of Blanot, Bray, Chissey, Cortambert and Donzy.

Step by step the three courses of 11km, 17km and 29km were proposed, followed by the website and publicity work. Equipment was hired, and a commentator and a photographer were enlisted. Teams of people volunteered for marking out the courses and organising the food. From the outset the number of subscriptions was encouraging and we were delighted to finish up with 280 runners.

Here are a few photos of the preparations but being the last signaleur out on the course I didn’t see the finish. But Jean-Noel Charvet took photos of all the runners and they are shared on the Trail du Saint Romain facebook page.


A team peeling potatoes…

to add to the vegetables to make the soup


Final balisage

Ready for the off  (photo Anne Marie)



The runners stream through Varanges

Later, at the finish..

The top three lady runners are awarded prizes (photo Chris Wicks)

By the time I got back to base most of the runners had eaten and left…

Gallons of soup had been much appreciated

and there were only the remnants of the many apple tarts

And finally the workers had time to relax

The runners seemed very pleased with the trail and commented favourably on its organisation. Next year’s event should be easier to organise as a lot of the groundwork has been done, especially if we stick to the same parcours. Thanks to all those that have left encouraging messages on the facebook page. We’ll look forward to seeing you again next year.



March 5, 2017

The Trail du Mont Saint Romain – two weeks to go

Filed under: Events,Places — Tags: , — Mary @ 16:33


It’s two weeks before the long awaited Trail de Mont Saint Romain takes place, and this morning our Cortambert runners and their friends tried out the 11km and the 17km courses.

Photos Chris Wicks. More photos on the facebook page of Trail du Mont Saint Romain


Patrick, Guy and Jean-Louis lead off from the Foyer Rural in Cortambert



They pass through Varanges before heading uphill towards Les Quatre Vents


The group parts company. After Quatre Vents the 11km course follows the Faîtral while the 17 km course loops to include Blanot and Vivier

Mont Saint Romain in the background


The steepest part of the 17km run is the hill up from Vivier. You can feel the pain!

and the steep descents on stony paths need plenty of courage

The runners were lucky to complete the course before the miserable weather set in. Hopefully the weather will be dry on 19th March.  Details of the trail are on www.trail-mont-saint-romain.fr. You can subscribe online or on the morning of the run. There’ll be prizes, good company and a hearty meal afterwards..


The Bourse aux Greffons 2017

Filed under: Events,Places — Tags: , , — Mary @ 12:42

It is one of those weekends which are très chargés with various events.  Yesterday we went to help with the Bourse aux Greffons, an event organised by La Forêt Fruitière to help promote the propagation of the old varieties of fruit trees.

Chris was immediately hands on with the grafting. Customers can ask for advice as to what varieties would suit a particular use or location. They then progress to the grafting table where the rootstock can be chosen to produce the size of tree required.

The grafting table

and the book stall with Chantal and Monique

I was enlisted to help with the books but business was so slow that there was plenty of time to look round, and to sing and dance to the old French songs played on the orgue de barbarie.


Waltzing with Annie to the organ music

Meanwhile there many other stands. The lacemakers of Cluny were out in force, there were stalls of bulbs, gardening equipment, chocolate, cheese, wine….. There was a girl good at scrapbooking and making personalised birthday cards.

The lacemakers hard at work

Towards the end of the day Chris grafted a tree for ourselves. A variety called La Nationale. It’s ideal for a high windy spot in the garden. It flowers late which reduces the risk of damage by frost. I had asked the experts what varieties were the best for cooking but they looked perplexed and said all varieties are good. So no place for the Bramley here.

Chris and Jean working together

After this weekend thoughts turn to the next event with La Forêt Fruitière, the Fête de la Pomme planned for 7th and 8th October 2017. Details will be found on the website www.laforetfruitiere-cluny.com when its relooking is completed.

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