Ok, my New Year’s Resolution, to keep my blog up to date by making at least one post a month, so here’s my News from January 2011.Christmas was busy for the first time here at Les Trois Chenes. We had Bed and Breakfast guests staying over for Christmas Week which inspired us to devise some special breakfast treats. Our newly converted gite, finished in July last year was also blessed with Christmas Visitors. It was a challenge to get the new Godin wood burning stove installed in time, but we made it and the gite was cosy and warm.
I managed to learn the art of saving my own Google Maps and marking routes on them and on the many gloriously sunny days I was out and about on a couple of long walks. I found two neolithic burial sites, or Dolmen; huge slabs of stone supported by two other stones that would originally have been covered in earth. I also discovered the delights of Cognac-la-Fôret and saw my first lantern of the dead, or Lantern des morts.
Guess what Santa brought for us? Yes, a fabulous new tramoline for our son and all our guests to use. The children absolutely love it! Along with the swings, the play area in the peach and apple orchard is coming on a treat.
Last Year Saint Junien swimming pool re-opened after a complete make-over. It now has two indoor pools, one for adults swimming lengths and one for kids with all sorts of fun, watery things going on. Outside there is a smashing pool with slide and plenty of sun-bathing space around the edge for adults who just want to chill out – or rather warm up in all that glorious summer sunshine.
Put the Fête Médiévale de Rochechouart in your diaries now. A spectacular day out where the whole town devoted to recreating the middle ages including whole pigs roasting on the roadside and a medieval banquet at the foot of Rochechouart Castle. All day in the town centre. Free – (some events ie dinner are charged for). Medieval banquet. For prices and details contact OFFICE de TOURISME 6 rue Victor Hugo 87600 ROCHECHOUART 05.55.03.71.72. Fax 05.55.03.71.32.09.81.76.44.51.
For more pictures and information have a look at this Hubpage The Medieval Festival of Rochechouart http://les-trois-chenes.hubpages.com/hub/The-Mediaeval-Fesitval-of-Rochechouart
It is nearly Christmas and my New Year’s resolution is to keep this blog up to date and to try to make one decent contribution every month – at least. I am put off opening up my blog because I do find it hard to manage, but practice makes perfect and there’s certainly plenty to write about here.
This is to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
At the end of November it snowed which is quite an event in Videix. When the sun came out we just had to get out into the countryside and enjoy the « winter wonderland ». Here are a few pictures that I took just to show that Limousin is the perfect holiday destination in winter as well as summer.
I hope that you have enjoyed these pictures and little bit of history, but more than that I hope that it has whetted your appetite and that you’ll come and have a look for yourself. If you can’t make it have a look at a few more pictures here Videix in the Snow: http://les-trois-chenes.hubpages.com/hub/Walking-in-South-West-France-Videix-in-the-Snow
The beliefs and the superstitions of Limousin, deep in the countryside of rural France where wolves roamed the beautiful and wild countryside not so long ago , and people feared werewolves, witches and vampires. They believed in the healing waters of the fountains and the local healers. There are still healers in the Limousin, and a wolf park keeps the memory of the wolf alive – listen to the howling in a short video clip. Les Trois Chenes Guest house and holiday cottage is on the borders of the Limousin, the Dordogne and the Charente near the medieval town of Rochechouart. A perfect place to stay for a really magical French holiday.
Limousin – Land of Wolves and Witches : http://travel.wikinut.com/Tales-and-Legends-of-Limousin/8oo0eeg1/
The Nautical Centre or, to give it it’s official title, the Water Sports Centre of the Haute Charente Lakes, sits on the banks of Videix Lake, just outside Verneuil. You can hire boats, (optimist, sailing dinghy, catamaran), wind surfs, canoës and rowing boats and explore the 40 ha of water. There are no motor boats so you can enjoy the wild life, the beautiful countryside, the peace and quiet.
You can also hire mountain bikes here.
Read more about how a holiday in Limousin is good for your health : http://les-trois-chenes.hubpages.com/hub/Activity-Holidays-for-Kids-and-adults-in-Limousin-S-W-France
Spent last night and this morning making Peach and Apple Chutney in an effort to use the fruit which is falling from the trees like rain. Will serve home made chutneys to our Bed and Breakfast guests over the winter months and next season. http://les-trois-chenes.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-make-Peach-Chutney
Don du Lait! Our local farmers are giving away milk as part of the protest. They are using the occasion to inform people of their situation. Our neighbour here at Vayres, carefully explained how it is impossible for him and his wife to earn even the SMIC (the minimum wage) – despite their very modest lifestyle. He pointed to their serviceable, but clearly older tractor.
He said that as things stood, he would be forced to sell the farm – But who would buy it? he asked.
Clearly it would be a disaster for this beautiful rural region if the dairy industry folded. We would lose our flower meadows, small lakes and pretty hedgerows. This is Constable country – England as our grandparents remember it and we must all back the farmers in an effort to conserve it and keep Limousin alive.
Yesterday the farmers were giving away milk outside the Chateau at Rochechouart. On Saturday they will be doing the same at Vayres and on Sunday at Maisonaise sur Tardois.
For more information and pictures see http://www.lestroischenes.com/page17.html