Normally, at this time of the year, we are looking forward to seasonal celebrations, but, on this occasion, it’s going to be very different for most people around the world. I read in a French Newspaper this week that the French Postal Service (La Poste) are going to be routinely checking on vulnerable people as they make their deliveries. Very few, if any of our Christmas markets and celebrations are happening and like most of the world the economy is struggling. Let’s hope somewhere in all of this we can find some joy over the festive period and look forward to a better 2021 now that there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

A Brief Local History.

Whilst walking the dog the other day I thought that it would be a good idea if I actually found out a little bit more about the three nearest villages and discovered something about their history, so that’s exactly what I did.

We are situated halfway between Le Petit Pressigny and La Celle-Geunand and a little away from (10km) from Le Grand Pressigny. You can check our exact location HERE.

Notre Dame Church in La Celle- Geunand

My interest was stimulated by 3 events.

  1. In Le Petit Pressigny, just before the Corona Virus hit us, the village chose to recognise the Geneticist, Axel Khan who was born in the village. The village invited Axel to a day of celebrations, the placing of a plaque on the house where he was born and grew up and the opening and naming of a special garden area opposite La Promenade, our local Michelin star Restaurant.
  2. The Church of Notre Dame in La Celle Geunand dates from the 12 century and was, to be honest, falling apart. However, the village council made an application to the national Patrimoine funds and received a significant grant which has enabled some serious restoration work to be undertaken on the walls and the roof.
  3. The Chateau in Le Grand Pressigny hosts a Pre-History museum and our friend, Frederic, who works at the museum, was delighted to tell us that they have just opened up an English language version of their website.

I didn’t want to write a book, but just gather a few facts about these 3 villages, so that I can share that information with our guests who may not have read this newsletter, our Blog or may not have visited the area before. You can read the whole blog by following this link A Brief Local History.

Autumn Activities

Autumn Gardens at Gites de La Richardiere

November weather has been excellent. Which means we’ve been out gardening on most days. We are reducing the size of the hedges around the pool area as you can see on this video. “Spot The Difference”. Also, there’s been a lot of general pruning which is a very common activity in the garden in the Autumn. Due to the very clear skies we have had some beautiful sunsets ( coucher de soleil in French – The sun going to bed.) Here is a very recent sunset take from the garden next to our Gite, Le Pigeonnier.

Autumn Sunset

Night Time Visitors.

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Thanks for reading and responding if you can. It’s always good to get messages back after a newsletter is distributed. 
Do feel free to forward this newsletter to friends and family as it is always good to receive enquiries.Best wishes and keep safe everyone,
Dave and Patience