This weekend just gone we have had a great time. We took a weekend off working as Dave has had really long work hours recently.it's holiday time for most people here in France and the kids are off school, Dave has been covering some of the other guys work while they are on their holidays, even having a 3 am start one morning. 3 Am to clean lorries in the dark, mad eh. So this weekend we decided that we would have some time off and have some tourist time. So we started on saturday with a "grosse matin" which is a lie in. The first one Dave has had in a couple of weeks. After that we went to a little village called Le Vanneau in the Marais Poitevin also known as Venice Verte (green venice). There was a floating market going on there, the market is held once a year and the traders are out on boats with visitors going out on the boats to make their purchases, see this Tourism website with loads of info. We arrived a bit late as this place is a hour away from us (arrived about 1.45pm) and they where all starting to pack up which was a pity.
|These allotments are down the side of the waterway at Le Vanneau, what a lovely place for allotments .|
On our way back home we found something that certainly put a smile on Dave's face, a chainsaw carving exhibition. We got there on the last day so most of the carvings where nearing completion. Here is a sample of them for you to see.
|This plaque is so old I couldn't make out the coat of arms. any ideas?|
We finished off saturday night with a bbq in the garden. Fidget decided he wanted to get in on the act.
Sunday morning we nipped down to the market at Pescalis, this is a large farmers market that is help every Sunday morning in summer. We spent too much, as is usual at these things and bought some lovely Loire valley wine, home made goats cheese in 2 different strengths and some galla melons. The melons smelt amazing, they were at the perfect point of ripeness - yummy. Just need some bread and the perfect french picnic was made.
Sunday afternoon we took a ride out to le Rocher Branlant. A amazing place with giant and I mean giant granite stones all tumbled all over the place and in the river. The place is really pretty and you get dwarfed by the stones, it is really tranquil normally but we were attending a vide-grenier and the place was packed. There were literally hundreds of stalls.
|This carved stone is really funny, don;t know what the monical is made out of.|
i managed to buy a old soda syphon which i have been after for ages. We have got gas cartridges and it came with a key and was working ok. But the key / charger is a bit worn so I have ordered a new one of the internet.
We finished the day sat up the field in the having some of the wine that we bought and reading a book in the sun :)