Thursday, 5 July 2018

July 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to July's Newsletter from Gites de La Richardière. 

We are delighted that, at last,  the summer has arrived. We've had an excellent couple of weeks of sunshine and temperatures in the high 20's and low 30's with clear blue skies, so, as you can imagine, the swimming pool has been very popular with our guests.

The temperature and dryness has been a great advantage to the local farmers who have been able to start the harvest after a long and worrying wait.

Le Petit Pressigny and Le Grand Pressigny both held "Fete de La Musique" concerts on 21st and 22nd of June. Just as well they were on different nights as we were performing in both events. A great national festival where the whole village turns out to make music. We organised the music in Le Petit Pressigny. The evening started with a classical concert in the church, followed by an open mic session in the church square. This was followed by the chorale "PasseMoiLeSol", a local Clarinet player, a most excellent young female singer called, Zoe Thompson (look out for her in the future), the close harmony group "Entre Nous" and our band "Celtiqua". A great time was had by all. The whole thing was repeated in Grand Pressigny the following evening with other local musicians. 
This last weekend the Annual Wine Festival happened in Le Petit Pressigny.  "Le Salon des Vignerons" invites many local wine producers to bring their wine, which people sample in great quantities, and, of course, buy in great quantities too. The event finished with an outdoor meal catered for by La Promenade, our local Michelin restaurant.

On The 14th July France remembers Bastille day and in our village there is the "Bastifete", an outdoor meal, bar and band followed by a splendid fireworks show.

June and July are certainly the months to be here if you like traditional French village events and wining and dining alfresco.

Best wishes,
Dave and Patience

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