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June 15, 2017

Preparations and Répétitions

Filed under: Events,Places,Weather — Tags: , , — Mary @ 11:18

There’s lots going on in June with shared meals to finish off the year’s courses and next week’s midsummer celebrations. We finish our first year of line dancing with a performance during Wednesday evening’s Fête de la Musique in Cluny. Hopefully with all the rehearsing we are doing nobody will put a foot wrong.

Christiane, left, putting us through our paces for the Fête de la Musique

Before that comes another midsummer event, the Feux de la St Jean. The men were out yesterday building the bonfire.  On Friday morning they will be building the stage for the band, and Saturday will involve putting up the barnum and catering.

Here are some photos Chris took yesterday -

A bit of mechanical help this year

This photo reminds us if “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima”

With the cock perched on top the team is ready for their picnic lunch

There’s another big event the following weekend of 23rd, 24th & 25th June. The Cant’Azé choir present their end of year concert, “La Magie des Chansons”. It will be the last time to hear the choir under the direction of David Aubrec. It’s at Azé church and everyone is invited for aperos afterwards.

Hopefully the fine weather will continue for all the outdoor events and we don’t get too many thunderstorms. Perhaps we will be dancing in the rain!

June 8, 2017

Critérium du Dauphiné

Filed under: Events,Places — Tags: — Mary @ 18:27

The Critérium du Dauphiné is a smaller version of the Tour de France. Among its 168 riders are many of the well known names, Froome, Valverde, Richie Porte, Contador… Today was the 5th stage and we went to the Col du Bois Clair to see the race pass by.

The route of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2017

The total distance over the 8 stages is 1155km. Today it was passing through La Clayette, Dompierre and La Roche-Vineuse en route to Mâcon, a flat stage before the 3 final alpine stages.

There was the same excitement in waiting, in watching all the police motorbikes hurtling up the road, and the many official cars. The only difference between this and the Tour de France was that there was no caravan with a scramble for keyrings, caps and free samples.

The helicopter appeared

then the leaders

and only seconds behind came the peloton.

As usual, if you blinked you would have missed them. At the front of the peloton is the Belgian Thomas De Gendt who retained his yellow jersey even though the winner of today’s stage was the German Phil Bauhaus.

The stage will be shown on TV at 11 tonight. We’ll be watching. It will provide a bit of light relief from the election.

June 5, 2017

Randonnée des Roses 2017

Filed under: Events,Places,Weather — Tags: , — Mary @ 17:20

 

 

We’d been worrying about the weather after last week’s storms and heavy showers but yesterday was cool with plenty of sunshine in the afternoon, soft underfoot but not muddy. The perfect day for the Cortambert randonnée.

The organisation was like a well oiled machine. Pascale has an excellent team and the many compliments of the walkers were well deserved. Chris was in charge of devising the four circuits of 8km, 13km, 17km and 24km. For everyone there was a drinks station en route and further refreshments once back at the foyer. For the longer walks there was a ravitaillement at Culey (8km) and another at Donzy (16km).

Here are a few photos of the day -

Marie Antoinette and Jean-Louis on registration

Raymond & Annie and the family picnicking at the point d’eau

At Donzy the 24km walkers enjoy a welcome rest with Georges, Claire and Dominique

Back at the foyer rural Anne Marie was recording the finish times

Patrick was pouring out the coffee and wine

Pascale was in charge of refreshments

Simone was making gaufres by the dozen

As the walkers were finishing it was time to go out to collect the direction markers

A chance to enjoy the lovely viewslooking back to Mont Saint Romain

And finally a debriefing…Burgundy style

Everybody enjoyed the randonnée, both walkers and organisers. At a total of 245 we were well pleased with the number of walkers, particularly as it is yet another long holiday weekend when people are away.

Chris has now started to prepare for the next event, the soapbox cart rally in July. Watch this space!

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