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October 23, 2017

First Sunday walk of the season

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary @ 16:45

Our rentrée for the monthly Sunday walks was a bit behind schedule due to other events in September. But we began yesterday with an easy circular walk from Cortambert through the vineyards of Bray and back via Toury.

Recently it seemed that summer was going to last forever but this weekend the weather suddenly changed to cold and showery. The vines, bright gold in last week’s sunshine, were looking a little battered by the wind. The showers didn’t bother us as we were prepared.

Here’s Pascale modelling the latest in emergency rainwear 

Wending our way….

to a photo opportunity with a menhir. 

These Salers cattle are a change from the more usual Charolais

Hopefully we’ll continue with our walks led by Chris on the 3rd Sunday of the month. We are also looking forward to Denis’ promise of an organised cycle ride on the second Sunday, starting next month.

*Photos kindly given to me by Sylvie, standing on the far right in the group photo


October 9, 2017

Fête de la Pomme 2017

Filed under: Events,Places — Tags: , — Mary @ 12:32

It was a busy weekend for us. Not only had we offered to help make apple juice at the Fête de la Pomme but we took part in the Country Dreams line dancing demonstrations on Saturday afternoon.

The Fête de la Pomme is a big annual event at the Griottons in Cluny. There are lots of craft and artisan stalls, a hundred types of honey, fancy gourds and pumpkins. And people busy peeling apples.  It is amazing all the things you can do with apples! The apple juice, apple tarts and apple fritters were sold as quickly as they could be produced. The boudin (served with cooked apple) was sold out by Sunday afternoon.

Pressing apples for the fresh juice

Pressing for the pasturised juice..

which had to be heated before bottling


 We were selling the juice as quickly as we could make it

Time for the line dancing. Christiane our teacher is leading at the front

Four performances with Country Dreams in the afternoon



 A welcome glass of cider afterwards provided by Francis, the president of the Forêt Fruitière (the rearmost of the three men)

And some fooling around with the ponies 

Sunday’s entertainment was Polish dancing with Polonia St Vallier

Very lively dancing

and lovely costumes

 The Forêt Fruitière needs a huge number of volunteers to make the event a success and we hope we have done a little bit towards it. Meanwhile I’ll never look at an apple again!




October 3, 2017

Carriage racing in Cluny

Filed under: Events,Places — Tags: , — Mary @ 19:21

On most weekends you can watch some sort of horse event at Cluny. Often there are jumping competitions, working horses, pony games and horseball. This weekend it was carriage racing, a friendly competition that was a rehearsal for the French championships next week. There was a variety of size of horses and teams of one, two and four in hand.

A prize for the prettiest horse?

The smallest competitors

Expert driving of the four in hand

If Sunday’s performance is anything to go by these carriage teams should do very well next week.

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