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April 8, 2018

Spring has sprung

Filed under: Events,People,Places,Weather — Tags: , — Mary @ 15:29

After an interminable winter spring seems to be tentatively making an appearance. For the first time it is warmer outside than in. People are cutting the grass and the bats are flitting about. The cattle are out at pasture and new lambs are leaping around in the sunshine.

It’s the beginning of the school holidays so no classes for us during the next fortnight. It was nice to finish the spring term of line dancing with a ball at Charnay les Mâcon. These things go on so late, we hadn’t even got through half of the playlist by the time we left after midnight. But the company was good and we enjoyed some rather challenging dancing. Must do some revision during the holidays!

Our group from Country Dreams Cluny

 

Chris found a new friend

With the weather being better we’ve tried to get out on bikes every day this week. Lucky we had put in some practice as Denis took us out for a ride this morning.

Chris, Frédéric, Denis & Sophie

This jaunt took us along the voie verte past Cormatin, turning off to Malay and Ougy, and back via Lys.

View of the church at Malay from the voie verte

It was an easy and traffic free 37km. Hopefully this will be a regular second Sunday of the month event. Meanwhile let’s have a bit more warmth and sunshine. At least there won’t be a drought this summer.

March 25, 2018

Catching up

Filed under: Events,People,Places,Village Life — Tags: , , — Mary @ 21:17

 

I’ve been away to Glasgow for a couple of weeks and seem to have missed lots going on at home. Glasgow was just as cold as anywhere else with an icy wind, rain and snow. I was thoroughly frozen. With lots of fleeces I went about looking like Michelin Man even in the flat. My catchphrase became ” But Grandma lives in France”, chanted by the girls every time I put the heating on.

 

Waiting for the school bell to ring, the children play in the remnants of the snow

The first week was interesting as it was Children’s Book Week. On the Friday the girls went to school as a character out of one of the books they had read.

Dress up Friday

Meanwhile I kept getting reports from home. Chris was busy rehearsing for the St Patrick’s Dance. Cluny Dreams gave three demonstrations of Irish line dances and all went well. Chris even had his nails painted green.

At the St Patrick’s Ball

Country Dreams did not hang their dancing boots up as they gave a demonstration the following Saturday afternoon during the Carnival parade in Cluny -

After dancing on the street in Cluny

I didn’t miss everything though as there was a good dance yesterday at Pont de Vaux with Lily West, a girl with six foot long legs and an impeccable English accent who sang for a couple of hours without a break.

At Pont de Vaux with Lily West

Chris with Françine and Marie-Claude

I mustn’t forget the mention the main event at Cortambert while I was away. Despite the horrible weather the Trail du Mont Saint Romain went well with as many runners as last year. It was all hands to the deck as a tremendous number of people were needed to make it a success.

Preparing vegetables for the soup (photo Michel)

Teams went out to mark up the circuits (photo Michel)

 Chris was out in the snow next day collecting them in (photo Chris)

So all in all I missed a very busy time at home but it couldn’t be helped. Maybe I’ll be around for all these events next year.

January 17, 2018

Country Dreams

Filed under: Events,People — Tags: , — Mary @ 11:33

This weekend it was the turn of our club, Country Dreams Cluny, to hold a line dance afternoon. It was very successful, well attended and enjoyed by all. Here are a few photos -

Annie, Marie-Claude and Nicole greet the arrivals

Max (L) with Jean-Pierre and Mano man the bar

Ready with the music

Christiane as MC

 Country Dreams ready to go

Dancing led by Country River Saône from Mâcon

Marie-Claude struts her stuff, Christiane and Cathy behind

 

More can be seen on Chris’s videos on https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGNOEJEz1Z_UktnewUa3A-Bx4BYDgFmLW

Now to start practising for the next event which will be the St Patrick’s Dance at the Griottons on March 10th. All are welcome.

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