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Each August, a local village celebrates it’s ‘Fete de Plan d’Eau’. There’s all the usual stuff, a vide grenier, a bar, a buvette selling snacks like frites, hot dogs and kebabs and stuff. There are static displays too, like tractors or old farm machinery. It’s all typically French, but this one, Les Loges, is different. The lake is huge. Bigger than the average Plan d’Eau you’ll find on the outskirts of most communes. There’s a campsite attached and there’s a guingette. Like an open air restaurant, the likes of which our daughter & her boyfriend have been trying to convince us to build here! This one does pretty well. Open only during the summer, it attracts the crowds with the promise of dancing to ‘Eddy Morgan’ and his ‘orchestra’ on selected Sunday afternoons. There’s no ‘orchestra’ really, it’s just Eddy, and his disco. Sort of an upmarket Dave Doubledecks! Still, the place is usually full and folks enjoy it.

But, the thing that really makes the fete des Loges stand out, and why it’s really worth a visit is for the annual 2CV races. On the water! Yes, these 2CV’s have been modified for use as motor boats. Veritable speedboats in fact. They can achieve speeds of up to 100km/h! It’s yet another great photo opportunity that we’re too busy to attend, seeing as it’s usually held on one of our busiest summer Sundays. Changeovers are on Saturdays, so the day after we’re still tired, there are still new guests arriving, friends leaving, and all the washing and cleaning to be done. By the end of it all, we’re just too worn out to move far from the fridge! So, as I usually do, I informed guests that this fete was taking place, described how to get there (it’s only 10km or so from us) and they agreed it sounded a fun afternoon out! Off they went, with the promise that they’d take plenty of pics and report back on the event for us!

So, it’s with grateful thanks to Phil (photos), Elaine, Alex (video) & Becky for taking the time and the effort to record all of this for us. Here’s a few images of what you can expect to see next year!

Is it a car? Is it a boat?

Is it a car? Is it a boat?

Definitly a boat......car, no a boat!

Definitely a boat......car, no a boat!

It'll never catch on!

It'll never catch on!

Ever had that 'sinking feeling'?

Ever had that 'sinking feeling'?

Neck & neck! An exciting finish!

Neck & neck! An exciting finish!

I think that next year, we’ll have to make the effort to visit the Fete des Loges at Breille les Pins, it looks like lots of fun on a beautiful summer afternoon in rural France!

Thanks again to one of our lovely guests, Phil, for the loan of the cracking photos.

Until the next time, au revoir.

TBC

All content © Le Chant d’Oiseau, 2006-2009

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It’s been cold here. Cold and wet now for as long as we can remember. The only sunshine we seem to have had has been reflected from my homepage via our Moroccan friends, or so it seems. I was chatting to Nelly, the lovely wife of our local boulanger in the village about it this morning, and she was asking if it’s affected bookings. I think it has this year, coming on top of a wet summer. People just don’t seem to have the enthusiasm yet for thinking about their summer holidays. We had a call from a company specialising in isolation a few days ago. Not as in making people feel lonely, no; ‘isolation’ is French for ‘insulation’. The nice lady asked quite a few questions “How old is your house?”, “Do you have double glazing?”, “What is the roof construction?”, “How do you heat the house?” All of these were answered, and then after the last one, the answer to which is “wood”, she asked how many steres of wood we used per year. Now, a stere is a metre cubed of wood. A cord is roughly 3 metres cubed of wood. We’ve used SIX cords this year! When faced with this outrageous example of wasteful Anglais, burning through French wood at the rate of an Amazonian bulldozer on speed, she exclaimed “Oh, la la!” This wasn’t the first time I’d heard this, as I’ve been a fan of ‘Allo, ‘Allo’ for years. It was just funny in the context that it was a real live French lady saying it on the telephone to me. There was a touch of the surreal about it. Anyway, she decided that we needed a visit from one of their salesmen to best advise us how to insulate (isolate) our maison! I’ll let you know how we get on.

Just coming back to the weather thing – we had a cracking few days last week, and one of the comments left in our visitors book was “…if the weather was like this all the time, we’d never go anywhere else!” How nice is that? It’s comments like that from people that we look forward to seeing again that make this worthwhile. Another case happened not 15 minutes ago. I’d happened to mention in passing to one of our caravan storing guests here, that I’d like to make Liam’s room my music room one day. As it stands, it’s in perpetual readiness for the Prodigal One to use as his French Retreat when he gets bored of living the highlife in Manchester, so it’s not going to happen anytime soon. But, as a first rung on the ladder, I received a parcel just now. I don’t get parcels. Well, I do. I got one from my mum once. She sent some custard powder from the UK. It would have been in one of those cardboard ‘tins’, but that was alot of postage, so my mum repackaged the contents of Mr Bird’s finest yellow powder into a small plastic food bag, along with some of Mr Jacob’s finest Orange flavour ‘Club’ biscuits. Needless to say that upon opening the package at this end after the rough passage it’d had from Angleterre, it exploded on my kitchen table! I looked as if I’d been pollenated!

Anyway, because I’d mentioned my ‘yen’ to hang my guitars on the wall here, a very lovely man called Paul has just sent me two of those very professional guitar hooks that you see in guitar shops the world over! Paul, if you’re reading this, you are a saint among men, and I thank you for brightening my day! Look forward to seeing you again soon.

You see, the sun may not always shine here in our part of France, but there are people we know who make our lives a much, much brighter place by their kindness.

Until the next time, au revoir.

TBC

All content © Le Chant d’Oiseau, 2006-2008

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