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Today's Floralie at Tillac - still a bit of a chilly wind, but beautiful as ever and packed with people stocking up their gardens with flowers, veggies, herbs.... etc...
Here are the dates for the Marciac Jazz Festival 2015!!
For more information go to http://www.jazzinmarciac.com/node/4095
Love this year's poster too......
So first we had this....
.... and then we had this...
It's a funny old month, February. I wonder what March will bring?
"Brocante" at the nearby village of Tillac last Sunday! As well as browsing for that Roadshow find, coffees were available all morning at the restaurant next to the tower, then a set lunch - 3 courses with wine for 12,50€ - and at the other end of the village a b-b-q and bar was set up!
What a pleasant way to pass an early summer Sunday!
It's official! The Pic du Midi de Bigorre - an hour away from us - has been named "réserve de ciel étoilé" by the International Dark-Sky Association, and guess what? on a clear night we benefit from it too!!! No halogen halos from towns round here.... just beautiful!
Had to be up early to catch this one! We often get spectacular dawns over the valley, as the gîte faces east it is the perfect spot for sunrise aficionados!
Hooray, the route for the 2014 Tour de France has been announced!! It will be 'down our way' between 21 - 25 July, the last leg up to Paris starts in Maubourguet on the 25th - only 27km away!! Before that they will be in Bagnères-de-Luchon (100km) and Saint-Lary-Soulan (70km) scaling the Pyrenean heights - come and join the fun!!
I know I have been remiss in adding posts... but I had to put this one in! Our guests in the gîte at the moment are retired professional musicians, Stephen and Veronika, who have come all the way from... Tasmania! On Saturday they very generously offered to give a recital for us and some of our friends, on flute and clarinet, in the barn, and it was quite magical. They are such charming people, Stephen gave a very amusing intro, the music was a classical assortment and sounded wonderful in the barn: a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was had by all! We feel very lucky to have had them staying with us, and hope they will come back one day...
Traditionally the first three months of the year are the worst for weather, and this year has been no exception! Although we have had snow, as Dylan is showing in the photo, it hasn't lasted too long, the worst of it has been an unusual amount of wind and a terrific amount of rain! However, with Easter just behind us, I hope we are turning a corner into spring...
We've had some brave guests who stayed at the end of February/beginning of March, they were house-hunting, and loved the gîte with the log-burner blazing away when they got in at the end of the day! Sadly they didn't find their dream home this time, but they promised they will be back again for another look.
The village 'floralies' have started, where we all go to buy our summer flowers and vegetables for the potager: next weekend it is the 25th annual Floralie de Tillac, which is one of my favorites in the streets of the medieval town... fingers crossed that the rain holds off!
Come on sun!!