Monday, 10 September 2018

September 2018 Newsletter

News from Gites de La Richardière
                           In just over a month we will have said goodbye to our final guests of the season and will be preparing to tidy up for the winter. It's amazing how fast the summer season has whizzed by and how many lovely guests have stayed with us.
                           We continue to find and visit new places in the Loire Valley and this month was no exception. Our trip, last week, was to the Chateau and grounds of the "Domaine de Candé" which is about 10 minutes South of Tours and 50 minutes North West of La Richardière. What a charming and tranquil place. Having been originally built and extended by French owners, it was latterly owned by a Franco/American couple who kindly loaned the property for the marriage, in 1937, of Wallis Simpson and Edward, Duke of Windsor, after his abdication.
These days, one can tour the house and enjoy the excellent information in both French and English and afterwards take one of the woodland walks. There are many interesting and unusual sculptures including a huge Stork's nest which plays music; a nodding dragon; numerous animal sculptures and our favourite, the cocoon hammocks. Children are well catered for with activities both in the Chateau and in the grounds. Well worth a visit. We'll be going back and adding this to our in-house visitors' guide.

                    It's been really hot here during the summer, one of France's hottest summers on record. So, imagine our surprise when we were called to a Gite one evening to find a Gecko sitting on the ceiling. France has Geckos, but usually in the far South where it's extremely hot. Another surprise was the discovery of Bermuda grass growing in our swimming pool area.

In both these cases the same question arises. How did they get there?

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Best wishes,
Dave and Patience

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August 2018 Newwletter

News from Gites de La Richardière
Our Gites have been full now for quite a few weeks and will continue to be full until nearly the end of September when we have just  a few available weeks before we close for the winter in the middle of October.

As you can imagine our guests have been out and about visiting local places and taking part in village events.
Quite recently, our village, Le Petit Pressigny, celebrated Bastille day (14th July) with their "Super Bastifete" celebrations. There was a lot of eating and drinking, excellent fireworks and dancing which was much enjoyed by some of our guests who braved village life and attended the celebration.

More guests ventured onto the River Cher, where they canoed, in good quality open canoes, for 12 km (downstream) and paddled under the arches of the Chateau at Chenonceau. There were good opportunities for resting on the shores of the river and taking breaks for a picnic lunch or a swim in the river and even time to get an ice-cream at on of the riverside cafes. 

Dave went with one of our guests, an ex-military chap, to visit the Museum of Maurice Dufresne. Our guest has a life-long interest in second world war activities. At the museum, they saw many WWII machines, cars, tanks and other artefacts, which were extremely interesting and our guest was particularly knowledgeable about the background to these items on display. He was particularly interested in the activities of the "Special Operations Executive" (S.O.E.) who, using Lysander Aircraft , inserted and extracted agents from the French Resistance movement on secret airfields in this area of the Loire. Dave noticed a GPS reference on the sleeve of our guest's polo shirt and asked about it. It was a Loire landing site for a Lysander Aircraft and it was only 5 minutes from where they were. So, off they went to find the Lysander landing site. And find it they did. Dave enjoyed listening to the history of the SOE and how they used these temporary landing sites during WWII. Happy guest and an interesting day for Dave. If anyone is interested in finding out more this video might be a good start.

Best wishes,
Dave and Patience

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