Sunday, 29 May 2011

Festival Photo La Gacilly du 3 juin au 30 septembre 2011

As promised I went into La Gacilly today, its was so hot, I found out the photo exhibition doesn't start till the 3rd of June, I took a few snaps of some of the pictures on display and some of us out and about in the village. with my phone, They can be found HERE
Dans Phone pics, better quality than mine.HERE
Dan took some pictures with a decent camera so I will post them HERE later

Mothers Day

Happy mothers day to my mother in the heavens, and the greatest mom I know. I miss you, I love you and I wish you were here. You are in my heart forever!

Happy Birthday Kenzo

2 Years old
Cow, Mooooooooooo

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Photo festival, La Gacilly

 Each year la Gacilly hosts a Photograph festival, all through the town there are lots of photographs, some quite huge, across the bridge there are photographs of Eskimos, the photographs form a walk in the gardens by the bridge, then up through the town itself there are other themes. I will visit La Gacilly again this weekend and get some high quality photographs, but for now here's a couple I took with my phone.

Here's some postings from previous years.
Click Here 

Coming soon, Fete de la Musique Redon

Fête de la musique Redon 2011

La fête de la musique 2011 à Redon, rendez-vous musical incontournable du 21 juin, permet aux groupes de musique de jouer en public en proposant leurs concerts gratuits à Redon.

En juin 2011, la 30ème édition de la fête de la musique qui se déroulera dans le centre ville à Redon permettra aux artistes et aux publics de se rencontrer pour cette festivité musicale.

Le ministère de la culture et de la communication propose en 2011 comme chaque année la découverte de styles musicaux éclectiques par le biais de concerts gratuits.

Consultez le programme de la fête de la musique à Redon 2011 et n'hésitez pas à annoncer un concert gratuit pour le 21 juin 2011 à Redon.

Redon music festival 2011

The music festival 2011 Redon, the festival on the 21 June, allows groups to play music in public by offering their free concerts in Redon.

In June 2011, the 30th edition of the music festival to be held in down town Redon to allow artists and audiences to come together for this musical celebration.

The Ministry of Culture and Communication announces each year free concerts of different types of music

Check the program for the music festival in 2011 in Redon and do not hesitate to announce a free concert for June 21, 2011 at Redon.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Coming soon, West Country

12th - 15th August
To find out more visit the website here, its always a great weekend.

See photographs from our times at West Country  HERE and  HERE

Sunday, 22 May 2011

New Kittens

Were looking for a home for these four kittens, there not ours, but were born in our pig sty, mother hasn't been around for a while so I'm hand feeding them, they have teeth so are at least four weeks old.
More photographs here

Illegal car in France


Saturday, 21 May 2011

New Geese

I've got two geese sitting at present, but one isn't doing a good job, I'm not sure if any eggs will hatch and wanted to make sure I had a male, so I went to La Gacilly market and bought two. I've got white geese, my lonely female is a mixture of white and grey. It also helps the put new blood lines in the mix.
I've also ordered my turkeys, he's only having white this year, so I've ordered six and will see if I can get black elsewhere. The good news is they will be available in three weeks, normally turkeys are not ready till late July or early august.

EDIT, I let them out today.

Friday, 20 May 2011

I'm back

I've been to England for a couple of days to see my dad and my lovely sister Yvonne. It was lovely in Dinard today. The sun shining and the sea so clear and blue.
To see more go here click DINARD

Wednesday, 18 May 2011


It seems I've exceeded my photo limit on Picasa, that's where photographs are stored, so I'm having to change some posts, its either that or pay for more storage, actually its not that expensive but I would hate to lose photographs a few years down the line because I forgot to pay, so I'm moving some of my photographs to FaceBook and Photo bucket and will provide links to them.

My weekend away

The two posts after this are for "A Night in the Trees" then "Oradour sur Glane. These are the other photographs from my weekend away. CLICK HERE 
The photographs of the church and many of the streets were taken in Ballac, I found someone else's photographs of Ballac HERE .
Bellac lies 45km to the North West of Limoges at the confluence of the rivers Gartempe and the Vincou, in the Department of Haute-Vienne. Poitiers is 70km to the north west, and Angouleme 100km to the south-west. The hills known as the Monts de Blond lie immediately to the south.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

A Night in the Trees

After Oradour sur Glane I spent a night in a tree house at La Parc de la Belle in Mangé South of Poitier to see lots of photo's CLICK HERE

Oradour Sur Glane

On the 10th of June 1944 the Waffen SS (der Fuhrer) regiment part of the second Panzer division (das Reich) entered Oradour sur Glane and murdered 642 men women and children. The village remains as a memorial to those that died there.

Normally for ease of loading and viewing I use a low quality camera, on this occasion I used a high end camera and took lots of photographs, rather than post them all here I've put the lot on a separate page, they can be found by clicking on the link below

What happened on that fateful day has been written here http://www.oradour.

There's lots of information about Oradour, the SS and related subjects here 

The website for the memorial centre is here This site has an English language option but I couldn't get it to work.

 I'm reading this. There is a link to this book on the right hand tool bar.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Wednesday, 11 May 2011


Salads should be grown as close to the house as possible, herbs should be right by your house, better outside the kitchen door, what's the chances of you going down the bottom of the garden to pick a little parsley when you have dried on your shelf? So not only do I have herbs growing around my front door I have made a mini herb garden, it will live just outside the door but I can bring it inside when I need it.

I planted a few bulbs as well.

I would be interested in seeing other peoples herb gardens, if you have a picture posted somewhere please send me a link, then with your permission I will feature it on my blog, with a link.

Sunday, 8 May 2011


750 ml water
3 egg
3 grams sea salt
250 grams buckwheat flour (farine noir)
50 grams all purpose flour
50 grams melted butter or olive oil

Whisk 250 ml of the water with egg and salt to combine.
In a separate bowl, mix both flours together. Make a well in the centre. Gradually whisk in water mixture. When you have a smooth paste, whisk in remaining water to make a thin batter. (The consistency similar to 35% cream.) You may not use all 500 ml . Set aside at room temperature for 2 hours.
Stir melted butter or oil into batter when ready to cook galettes.

Make a bechamel sauce and add the ingredients you want, bacon, boiled potatoes, sausage, or vegetables. Try a full English breakfast on/in a galette, or a Toulouse sausage with ketchup wrapped as Breton hot-dog.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Old postcards Sixt sur Aff

I've found these old postcards of Sixt sur Aff on line, I will go into Sixt and take some "now" photographs.

I've no idea where this mill is/was, but I will find out.