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September 9, 2017

Summer holidays

Filed under: Village Life — Tags: — Mary @ 22:27

It’s the rentrée and I realise I haven’t blogged all summer. So tonight it’s like going back to primary school, writing an account of what I did in the summer holidays. Thankfully with no corrections in red pen these days.

I fetched Maggie and Jo from Glasgow and they stayed with us for the whole six weeks of their holidays. Here are some photos to show how we kept them occupied.

 

The girls spent a great deal of time in the water - here’s a mermaid in our pool

Sometimes we were invited to swim in our neighbours’ pool

When it was too hot we stayed in and Grandpa helped the girls make baskets

Another successful project was making Lego trains with electric motors

One weekend there was a medieval festival at Brançion

Jo dressed up in chain mail

The Brançion event led to an interest in making ‘medieval’ dresses and dancing

Help was always welcome in the garden

and we all looked after Gwendy

Maggie & Jo liked having a ride on the ponies

Adventurous days out included going to Lugny Acro

and the zoo at Touroparc

We watched jumping competitions in Cluny

and jousting on the river

We bet on the winners at Cluny races

and the donkey got some petting

Some days we went out for a bike ride

Having a break on the voie verte near Cluny

There’s a good place for offroad biking at St Gengoux

We went for walks in the woods

In the fairy den our neighbour made this sign – Jojo’s Hollow

We met more fairies at the Pays des Fees in Ameugny

Our friend Ruth gave the girls a lesson in baking

The girls prepared snails for eating. However the snails were persuaded to escape in the nick of time!

Even on a hot day the girls enjoyed the exercise circuit at the park in Mâcon

It was a good summer and we hope the girls will want to come and stay again next summer. Meanwhile we are planning new things to do with them.

June 25, 2017

La Fête de la Musique

Filed under: Events,Places,Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Mary @ 14:05

The hottest day last week was probably Wednesday, on the evening we took part in the line dancing demo for the Fête de la Musique in Cluny. We were down in the Narthex, the ruins of the Abbey between the Hotel de Bourgogne and the marketplace. Despite the heat and the uneven ground we managed to put on a good show, thanks to Christiane’s training and the enthusiastic encouragement of the spectators.

 

In the wonderful setting of the Abbey ruins

Classes 2, 3 and 4 of Country Dreams Cluny

Yours truly feeling rather hot

Being in the beginners’ class we didn’t take part in the more advanced dances in the middle so Chris had plenty of time to take some photos. And here’s a couple of videos, the first three dances on   https://youtu.be/tHvZQdrxveM and  ’Gypsy Queen’ on  https://youtu.be/lvly7p3pNXY  Next year we hope to join Class 2. Yee-haw!

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.

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