Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Charity Friperie at Laguepie

Opened recently at Laguepie is a charity 'Friperie' selling clothes,shoes and toys.The proceeds are distributed between various charities including 'Resto du Coeur, the Maison de Retraite at Laguepie and an animal refuge which has been started on the outskirts of Le Riols. They look always for donations of things to sell and help with manning the shop an odd hour here or there would help enormously. Visit the shop for more information, it can be found opposite the Salle de Fetes on the same side as the post office.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Organist needed for Christmas

Not the ultimate present, but Karen and Chris Robinson and friends are involved with a carols and lessons programme for Xmas at Parisot and need a competent organist and say

"We are looking for someone to play the organ for a service of 9 lessons and Carols (traditional Carol Service) in English and French at Parisot this Christmas.  If you are interested or know of anyone who may be interested please contact me at  Many thanks, Karen"

Les Imprompus Caussade

A group of local artists, including Elly Wright and Alan Humphries are exhibiting at La Moutardiere in Caussade from Saturday 23 July. Details can be had from Elly at

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Australian Artist Jenni McMillan Exhibits at La Chataigneraie

Jeni McMillan is an artist who has sprung from the wilds of Australia to settle in France. Her work is extremely imaginative and varied. From sculptural ceramics to photography, digital montage and oils on canvas.  She is currently exhibiting her oils on canvas at La Chataigneraie, the art, food and music venue on the Aveyron river at Largarde Viaur.

 Jeni has created sensual female forms in ceramic as well as sculptural anthropomorphic figures inspired by her life in the wild forests of Eastern Australia. Her career has involved establishing a professional ceramics studio where she created sculptural works for exhibition such as David Jones Australia National Travelling Exhibition, Australia Choice, Berrima Galleries, Southlands Gallery, Beaver Galleries, Articles Art Gallery, Sydney.

She co-created digital images showcased in international magazines such as Design Graphics and subsequently made film-clips and documentaries drawing on both the harmony of nature and the fragility of ecosystems in conflict with human exploitation screened at Screenworks and Wild Spaces Film Festival Sydney, and Beacon Film Festival in New York

 Jeni’s oils on canvas have been exhibited in Sydney, Canberra, regional Australia and recently in the Dordogne and the Aveyron in France.
She is currently preparing a body of contempory digital work based on self portraiture titled "Self and other Beings"and on a photographic project documenting a rural life in France which is rapidly disappearing from generational change.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Varenly Regatta

The 8th annual Varenly Regatta takes place on  Wed. 24th of  August. Please pencil in to your diaries, more info to follow.

Fridge wanted

 Holiday home needs a fridge. Is there any one buying a new one and disposing of their present one or downsizing. If so please contact
Micheala email address below. The holiday house is in Varen but she could pick up with in the area of St. Antonin .Many thanks
Michaela Best <>    

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Iza Bonaud's art works and gallery

Please see the message below from Iza, whose very original works you may have seen in past years.

Au château de Bruniquel du 1 au 30 juillet , j'expose mes dernières réalisations.
   * A St Antonin de Noble Val, 15 place de la halles nous nous sommes regroupés pour ouvrir une petite Galerie boutique,ouvert tous les jours de 14h/18h et le dimanche 
10h/18h; si vous souhaitez me rencontrer je mettrais les dates de mes permanences sur mon site à la page "actualités" .
    * A Puycelsi dans la Galerie de l'association
   * A Valence d'Agen  la Galerie bleu réglisse

Art Exibition at Verfeil Sur Seye

Artistes amateur and professional are exhibiting  work at the Salle des Fetes in Verfeil  9th to 24th of July. 10am to 12 and 15.30 to 18.30. Of  special interest to us as Mary Parkes is exhibiting a portrait of our granddaughter Annabel  which is an extremely good likeness. Other works include sculptures, mosaics,ceramics, pottery and paintings.

Salon d'art contemporain at St. Antonin

The 34th annual presentation of contemporary art takes place from 16th July to 15 August in the Mairie at St. Antonin Noble Val. Very original sculptures and art are being exhibited by mainly professional artists and entry is free.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Bikes, brocantes, Bastille Day

Next week marks one of the main event weeks in our area. The 14/15 July at Cordes sur Ciel sees the annual medieval hi jinks. Any one going in period costume will be admitted free - provided they have found a parking place.
The details are at

Wednesday 13 July sees the passage of the Tour de France in our region. The stage is from Blaye les Mines (near Carmaux) to Lavaur, via Cordes and Vaour. The Tour is certainly worth seeing at least once, so those with camping cars or homes along the route could be in demand next week.
Details of the route are on the official tour site, accessible from the link below.

14th July sees the first big brocante at Najac. This is always very busy with lots of stalls. Such a beautiful setting to stroll, look for a bargain - but if you want lunch be sure to book a restaurant.

If your village is having Bastille Day celebrations please let us know and we will post them here.

Le Riols en Fete

Le Riols is 'en Fete, July 9th and 10th of July, this week end. Events include an all night disco [ who goes to these things!] petanque and a repas.

Chateau de Cas between St. Antonin and Caylus

Anyone thinking of booking at the Chateau de Cas for a special occasion or booking their gites for friends and family should send an email before booking and ask  for more information from email.

The English Library at Villefranche de Rouergue

The English Library at Villefranche offers over 3,000 books in English covering a wide subject area, fiction, non fiction books for adults and for children. A  monthly newsletter and many social events all for a small membership charge of 20 euros a family or 10 euros per person. A quote from their promotional  literature says' I've really appreciated the Library's social events which have helped me meet new people. The library is a real antidote to that 'far from home' feeling. A place where you can meet friends, browse and borrow your favourite English books'.  Find the web site at   Opening hours Thurs. 10.00-12 and Friday 14.00-16-00 and can be found at the Centre Social (1st floor), the pink building opposite la Chapelle des Penitents Noirs.