Fête Nationale Gensac

The weather forecast was not good for the party – thunderstorms and then showers. But we we lucky, and despite it becoming very dark and threatening in the afternoon it didn’t rain (although lots fell in Paris….). In the evening is was pleasantly warm and sunny for our ‘Repas Republican’, set under our canopy of flowers.

Flower makers celebration lunch

I think we started making the plastic flowers to decorate the village square in March. It has been a pretty hard task; at times undertaken by only 5 or so hardy souls. However, last week we had 6000 completed and the ‘boys’ got busy stringing them up and putting them in place. Norma suggested we all go out for lunch to celebrate and negotiated preferential terms from Mr Robert at L’Oree Mance. We had a superb lunch and a good time was had by all.

Sunshine, knitting and cupcakes!

The sun shone and our small select band of dedicated knitters arrived and quickly got busy with the needles and there was lots of chat. Everyone was especially impressed when Norma, started her Chinese Waves dishcloth, as this was the first time she had knitted in 50 years! As the pattern was in English, she was expaining the pattern to our French knitters as she went along. We learned about ‘point de riz’ (moss stitch) and ‘point de ble’ (double moss stitch) from Renée and Francette. Rosemary started a dress for Barbie for her grandaughter.
Sadly missing from the photo, we also had Liz visiting, and checking on progress and Anna, who popped in to say hello and much to Rosemary’s delight, volunteer to help with the flower making next week.
A special thank you to Margaret, who came with a lovely tray of freshly baked and decorated cupcakes. As it quickly became a bit hot for knitting outside, we reteated into the hall for for some cool drinks and cakes. Everyone is keen to set up a more regular knitting/craft get together for the autumn and winter too.

Pentecôte concours de petanque

This is the one day a year that there is a petanque competion in the village held in the school playground. Gary found a partner and took part. He didn’t win – the 30 degree heat and very stange terrain could be to blame!

They did beat this team of very talented little players, who contested every point.

It was very useful for me as one of my friends from the flower making was there along with our new Maire and we got permision to hold a ‘World wide knit in public day’ on the 12th June in the gardens at the back of the Mairie.

Sad day in Gensac

The Maire (Mayor) of Gensac died at the weekend and a sad cloud has fallen over the village. He had been Maire for 15 years and was really well liked and respected. Sadly, he was only 66 years old. The funeral is today and the weather is suitably sombre, with low cloud and heavy showers.

The sun has returned!

After a week of rain and wind, it was pleasant to wake up to the sun this morning. It made my stroll to La Poste very pleasant. (No bike today – too many parcels).
The main street of the village is looking wonderful, now the new road surface has been laid. We have had two years of work, but the village is looking superb.
In French class this afternoon we covered character traits, which was useful. “Je suis une tricoteuse”…..is not a trait I was told!