Sunday, 27 May 2018

The poppies are in bloom

Poppies are everywhere, even along our grassy banks.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Friperie went well, now to relax

A very busy morning at the Varen friperie where between us parents and Mains Tendues 82 helpers
 took nearly 500 euros.
I have to admit to being tired out but it is all worth it. Lovely to get back to our quiet oasis, enjoy the sun
 and have a swim.
A roast chicken bought on the market with free roasted potatoes will go down very nicely for supper.

Is it really that important?

Taglines has run the story of the "controversy" of whether the viennoiserie in our boulangeries should be called a "pain au chocolat" or a "chocolatine". As a source of humour it has a value - someone even published a map to show that North Korean missiles would not reach as far as the Gironde, the line of demarcation.
Now a local assembly member has proposed an amendment to the code rural to enshrine the name as having a regional and cultural significance. For Aurelien Pradie, member for the Lot, considers that the name signifies a local pride, historically founded in the Gascon region.
Now, as the Bard would probably have it, a pain au chocolat by any other  name tastes just as sweet. We will continue to ask for a chocolatine, but when our friends in the north visit they get served just as easily.
Frankly, as an assembly member M Pradie must have better things to do. I'm off for a coffee and croissant.
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Friday, 25 May 2018

Coming in tired , a glass of wine and the sunset

Sitting in the bergerie, our little pool house relaxing after a really busy day. 
What better thing to do than watch the sun set.
The nightingales are starting to sing their special night time melodies and crickets sre beginning to join in.
How I love this special place, the house in the sun.

Great programme

All a buzz at Varen

Tomorrow the Varen friperie will be taken over by parents and children from the local school. Together Mains Tendues 82 and parents will be trying to raise money for playground equipment for the children. The parents want to start at 8.30 am selling cakes and articles from the shop so we have given them the keys and stalwart Sarah Brown and I will be there at 9 am, an hour earlier  than usual.
Tonight as the parents and children left school they came to help!! And with little children playing cache cache between the rails of clothes we realised us grannies were in for a fun but very tiring morning.
Come and support us, the market buzzes with a fish stall, vegetables, plants for the garden, roast chickens and paella and the famous Estabuffette.
I am sure the Mayor has promised to pop in, I am beginning to understand his grunts and when I spoke to him earlier  in the week he said yes and when I said how we were bringing people into the market he definitely said “ well done”
Terence Harker from Verfeil is throwing in his cap with us now he has retired and will become our Press and Publicity officer. A welcome addition to the team.
So much new stuff brought in today, and you know we only do quality... Sarah as well as being our treasurer  is our quality control person
Mains Tendues 82 nothing but the best but at a price that makes people happy.
See you tomorrow, 👌

Who sells hatching chickens eggs?

Does anyone know anyone who sells hatching chicken eggs. I am looking for bantam, silkies, pekins or frizzles.
Thank you

Blue flag - for Laguepie

The coveted Blue Flag scheme awards the accolade to communes and ports making the greatest efforts in cleanliness and water quality in their tourist attractions. Normally we associate these awards with seaside beaches, but they can also grace inland waters and rivers.
Locally the lakes at Monclar and Molieres have been sporting the blue flags for some time, but in 2018 two new water parks have been added to the list in Midi Pyrenees - Montcuq (Lot) and our very own Laguepie.
Taglines has featured the efforts made by the commune on the Viaur with inflatables, lifeguards, astroturf covered banks and a brand new toilet block. Now a favourite haunt for the young holiday makers, together with the new picnic tables and safe paddling areas for the toddlers, Laguepie on Viaur fully deserves its accolade.
We also understand two new restaurants will be opening this summer to add to the Deux Rivieres so "Laga" will be more attractive than ever to the tourists.
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Thursday, 24 May 2018

FĂȘtes MĂ©dievales de Cordes sur Ciel

Supporting refugees

Mirror and bed both 10 euros

Hello Val,
I have the following items that I would like to find new homes for. I was hoping you could put them on the website. I would be happy for you to sell them at the friperie but they would be hard to get them there and display them.
Best Wishes,

I. Mirror, 262 cms tall x 70 cms wide
This mirror has a custom made steel frame and the mirror seems to be glass, not acrylic.
The finish on the steel is rust which must have been intentional as there is no sign of paint.
The frame could be reworked if you want a tall mirror but prefer a different look.
10 euros

The bed also 10 euros
Money to Mains Tendues 82

Electric cooker in good condition

An electric cooker in good condition. 30 euros. Proceeds to Mains Tendues 82

Pain at the pump

Readers will have noticed that fuel prices have risen to the highest levels since 2012. According to the Ministry for the Environment the average price of diesel is now 1.46 euros and petrol 1.54 euros. This is due to world oil prices climbing for various political and economic reasons (OPEC reducing production, China wanting more oil, Venezuela - which has more reserves than Saudi Arabia - sinking into chaos).
Analysts do not expect much reduction in the near future, so we will all be leaving the car at home more and mowing the lawns less!
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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The sun at last

Profitez bien mes amies
Sorry today I have spent all day in the garden and pool, when you need to soak up the sun, listen to the cuckoo, today was the day.
Lawns cut, pool cleaned and today all is right with the world.... especially after a gin and tonic.
We had a bridge friend of Malcs here and he suddenly said “ your view is stunning”  We know that, we have enjoyed that view for 10 years.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Lively Verfeil

hi Val
Verfeil sur Seye is a lovely, friendly village were everyone will help.  Unfortunately it has a reputation for not being a desirable place to live.  The reason 'WE HAVE YOUNG PEOPLE'.  One Immobilier refused to put our house on his books because of our address.  We bought our house 8 years ago as a 'habitable with restoration'.  Now restored it is far too big for 2 people and we have reluctantly put it for sale.  We fully intened to stay in the area but health issues mean that we have to be able to walk to shops, pharmacy, Doctor etc. as it is possible that in a few years time I will not be able to drive.

For those who turn their noses up at Verfeil I say "Come and look before you judge".

Hazel Armfield

Val says, you need to do a better sell,  Hazel. 

Verfeil is a lovely lively friendly village with boulangerie with shop, a good bar and restaurant, a garage and only 8kms to Varen which has all services.
Our house overlooks the interesting halle and with views over the beautiful countryside from the terrace at the rear.

Send me your house details and I will tell readers about your house. 
By the way we are often in Verfeil and love its friendly charm.
i cannot imagine an immobiler refusing to sell your property because “ there are young people” Other young people could be attracted by the fact it is a thriving village with families.

Yet 5 minutes away from Varen

I love this photo of our collection of buildings which makes up our home at Mas del Sol.
We are surrounded by the most beautiful countryside and yet so close to civilisation at Varen and Laguepie.
We went for location when we bought here, location, location, location. It has proved a wonderful choice giving us ten of the happiest years of our life.
Who could not be happy getting up to walk along the quiet lanes with orchids and wild flowers abounding. 
When we lived in Henley we both remember Paul Daniels the magician who was a regular in our book shop saying he had bought the worst house but on the best street. He had bought along the river banks in Henley along with Tom Jones and big starry neighbours. Sadly his house flooded each year and it was a joke when he came in to the shop in wellies that he had discarded his slippers for wellies in the home.
He loved where he lived though “on the best street”
Anyway Mas del Sol is not just the best street but the best location with views in every direction and not in a zone rouge, but we can see the river from one of the terraces down to Varen.

An interesting meeting

A facebook friend Bernard Petit originally from Verfeil who now lives in Montauban with his charming wife Daniele came out to the sticks at Mas del Sol to meet and greet us yesterday. They brought some donations for our friperie and their good wishes for our association.
Neither speak English so it was a pleasure to be able to use our French and for me get corrected from time to time.
We have got to know so many wonderful  people here in France. As all the French round about are related we discussed their cousins and other relatives who we know and some still live at Verfeil.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Opening 9am on Saturday the 26th

Samedi matin 26 nous ouvrirons le friperie Ă  9 heures
Tout l'argent pris ira Ă  l'Ă©cole du village local
S'il vous plaĂźt venez et supportez tout le monde. Je crois que les parents des Ă©coliers vont vendre des gĂąteaux.
Fermeture comme d'habitude au midi

Saturday morning of the 26 th, next Saturday we are opening the friperie in Varen at 9 instead of 10
All the money we take will go to the local school and parents will be there helping us and I believe there may be cakes.đŸ°đŸ©đŸȘ

New controle technique rules from today

Today being a holiday here (Pentecost) the rules will come into force tomorrow. There will be more points tested and many more points of failure.
Vehicles tested will have three possible outcomes: 1 OK, minor faults need correction but no "contre-visite". 2 Major faults to be corrected in two months before a contre visite.  3 (and most controversial) dangerous faults which mean the vehicle may not be driven after midnight on the day of the test and faults corrected an re-tested in two months.
The tests may take 45 minutes, unlike the previous tests of about 30 minutes, therefore with fewer rdvs per day costs will go up, similarly for the contre visite.
The timetables remain unchanged, with the first test after 4 years then every two years. Vehicles being sold must have been tested within the previous 6 months.
Fines for not having a CT range from 135 euros to 750 euros for late payment.
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