Voorpret…In the mood….Dans l’ambiance

Wat is er leuker dan voorpret? Ja de vakantie zelf hopelijk. Het magazine Living geeft 2 maandelijks een gratis editie uit wat er te doen is in o.a. de Charente. Na een aantal succesvolle jaren, hebben ze zich niet meer beperkt tot de Poitou-Charentes maar ook de omliggende departementen komen in aanbod.
Uiteraard liggen de magazines hier klaar, maar is het niet leuk om nu alvast een kijkje in de speciale vakantie editie on-line te nemen zodat u weet wanneer er wat plaatsvindt.
Tot snel in levende lijve. Click —> Vakantie special

In the mood for the Charente? The magazine Living publishes a 2 month issue about activities in the Charente and surrounding areas. Of course, the magazines are here as well, but why not coming in the mood already to take a look at the special holiday edition online so you know when something ijsjeshappens.
We see you soon in Sigogne. Click —> Holiday special

Ça me met dans l’ambiance de la Charente? Le magazine Living publie une émission de chaque 2 mois sur les activités dans la Charente et ses environs. Bien sûr, les magazines sont ici aussi, mais pourquoi ne pas avoir l’envie de regarder en ligne pour savoir si quelque chose se passe pendent les vacances de l’été.
A bientôt à Sigogne. Click —> Vacances Speciales

With us you get a second chance

Ah you’ve missed your first May bank holiday weekend in Sigogne, well there’s a second chance to come and stay for the last May bank holiday here.


The 27th of each month there is a huge market in Rouillac (10 minutes drive) where they sell typical French saucisse, hats, table cloths, duvet covers, mugs, jars, leather items, ladies, gents and kids clothing, pans, screws, chickens, you’ll name it, they have it and there are some really quality items there too.
On the 28th we celebrate Mothers Day in France…just saying….

Whether you want to relax,  enjoy one of the beautiful sandy beaches at the Atlantic Ocean, visit the nearby town of Cognac with Otard, Martell, Hennessy…., we live here for 10 years now so we know what to advise you.

In this period the weather normally feels already like the end of spring, beginning of the summer. The evenings are longer, even on a cloudy day it’s still light at 9:30PM. When the sun comes out, you can really feel the warmth on your face.

We have some limited availability, depending on your arrival day, so don’t miss out your second chance.

A bientôt!

Never a dull moment -for guests- in Au Bellefleur

In English, French and Dutch

What an adventure. 3 kittens found in a girls garden and 7 kids of the village came to us if they were ours. No but luckily we had some kittens milk and we found a family in the village who’s cat just had babies and she was kind enough to take them all. We looked and the new mother cleaned them already. But see how sweet our Clover was and I heard that she has been calling them when we left to find them a home.

Quelle aventure. 3 chatons trouvés dans un jardin de filles et 7 enfants du village sont venus chez nous si ils étaient à nous. Non, mais heureusement, nous avons eu du lait de chatons et nous avons trouvé une famille dans le village qui a un chat qui a eu des bébés et qu’elle a eu la gentillesse de les emporter tous. Nous avons regardé et la nouvelle mère les a nettoyées déjà. Mais voyez à quel point notre ‘Clover’ était doux et j’ai appris qu’elle les appelait lorsque nous sommes partis pour leur trouver une maison.

Wat een avontuur weer. 3 Ienieminie poesjes van ongeveer 1 maand waren gevonden in een tuin van een meisje in de buurt en samen met nog 6 andere kinderen kwamen ze bij ons vragen of ze soms van ons waren. Nou nee maar gelukkig hadden we nog speciale melkpoeder voor deze hummeltjes en konden ze wat eten. We vonden uiteindelijk een mevrouw wiens poes zeer recent was bevallen en die melk genoeg had, dus mochten ze daar blijven. We hebben wel nog even gekeken of het goed ging en vertrokken opgelucht.
Onze Clover op de foto was erg lief voor een puppie en maakte hem/haar gelijk schoon en toen we vertrokken, heeft ze hen nog een tijdje geroepen.


A French party in the country

We have been invited to join a surprise birthday party for our neighbour-friend who became 60.  Friday night was the night! The birthday man first had to attend a meeting about the next big event in our village, the l’exposition des VOITURES DE l’AMICALE DES MECANIQUES SIGOGNAISES on Sunday 30th April.
We have been asked to enter through the kitchen of the Salle de Fete quietly because the meeting was in another room, adjoining the one where we would party.

It was a well kept surprise because our friend wasn’t suspicious and when his friends showed up and he saw the tables, disco, etc. he became quite emotional.
The persons who organized it, done a great job, with an extended apero (home made punch which is always very popular, ricard, cognac schweppes and pineau, the local drinks,) etc. A variety of verrines and canape’s.
Just before 10 PM we started with the first courses, lovely pasta salad and rice salad with tuna, greek salad, crab mousse. Fantastic and we were with 60 persons!
Music was played from various era, starting to my surprise with ‘Comment ça va from the Dutch boys band, The Shorts’. Within 15 minutes we had 5 songs from different countries. Modern Talking songs are always a hit as well as Cotton Eye Joe and French people love Line Dancing and rock ‘n’ roll. There was a lady in her 70’s wearing high heels and she was for me the ‘Dancing Queen’ of the evening.
Oh and I had my special dances with Mr Birthday himself who had asked for me Julien Clerc.
Time to dance in between the courses.  You won’t believe that there were more men dancing than women.
The next dish was a lovely boeuf bourguignon. Of course a French evening is not complete without different cheeses and a fantastic and huge birthday cake with champagne.
With these kind of party’s the unannounced ‘dress code’ is informal/casual but don’t be surprised if people are wearing workman’s trousers and trainers.

Everybody is wearing what he or she wants which is great.
The pictures will tell the story of a lovely evening.

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Spring, Le Printemps, Lente

Just a floral greeting  from our garden near Jarnac & Cognac.
The first blossom is the apple one, but we have more apple trees, cherry trees and prunes.
The camelia came as a present from my mother when we were in The Netherlands earlier in March. This is one of the 4 bushes of rosemary we have, none of the other herbs we grow is doing so well. The 2 types of tulips came up after 3 years doing nothing and we had given up hope and thought the the squirrels would have eaten the bulbs.

Also a French happy song from 1976 called ‘Le Printemps’ by Michel Fugain & Le Big Bazar. Michel Fugain (75 years old) is still performing and I have seen an open air concert of him a few years ago during the annual foire in Barbezieux which is 30 km from us.
Michel Fugain, Le Printemps