This weekend was the 16 ème Festival de Peinture et de Sculpture 2011 de Saint Loup Sur Thouet.
Once again (typical French advertising) I stumbled across this, almost too late.
The Festival is held over a weekend and unlike last year where it rained all weekend, this year it was scorchio – 35 degrees!
The theme for the sculptures was “Sculptures Over Water”.
Not so many artistes alongside the river this year creating their works … but still some impressive art being produced.
Many more painters than previous years, dotted all around the town painting their own views of life.
My favourite piece of all was a large wooden sculpture standing over a metre high. I wanted to be naughty and touch it as it screamed to be handled and fondled.
The artist Jean Deletre always produces stunning works and one in particular caught my eye. I was very tempted but with a price tag of 900 euros I thought I had better wait until the Euromillions ticket had been checked.
Oh well – there’s always next year !
Today’s colour is BLUE !
Just picked our first crop off our early blueberry bush. 200g doesn’t sound a lot but I have been grazing on the bush every time I visit our potager and there are plenty of fruits left on, waiting for a little more sunshine!
A few years ago, I was given three blueberry bushes as a birthday gift off my parents – early, mid and late summer varieties. We built 3 raised beds full of acidic soil and planted the blueberries along with a goji berry and lingonberry. This year the blueberries are totally coming into their own.
Unfortunately the lingonberry didn’t survive – I think it was just too exposed for it and the goji berry is trying to take over the garden – it will need a major hacking back this autumn to contain it!
The mid and late summer blueberry bushes are heavy with unripe fruit, although a few of the berries on the mid variety are starting to change colour!
mmmm I see blueberry muffins and pancakes with blueberry sauce on the menu at Chez Bellebouche !
It has been a couple of years since we visited the 1001 scenes festival at Oiron.
When it first started in 1989 there were 200 musicians and dancers – 22 years later and there are over 1,500 artistes performing in 15 different areas around the chateau.
We saw some spectacular dancers, heard some unbelievable music and got wet …