Sunday, September 20, 2015

A day out in the Charente

French Village Diaries September sunrise Poitou-Charentes
A proper September morning

We were up at 6.00am (on a Sunday)! Out at 7.30am, showered, breakfasted, washing hung out on the line, animals fed and watered and Ed still in bed. The mist was hugging the fields and the first pinks and oranges were just visible as the sky became brighter. The sun was still unseen, but reflecting off the aeroplanes, making them look like blazing shooting stars. It was our first proper September morning that was chilly, but full of promise for a warm day.

It was one of those busy days with lots of events battling for our attention; the Circuit des Remparts in Angouleme (see here), the photography exhibition ‘BarrObjectif’ (see here) and the Tour des Flandres Charantaises cycle event (see here).

We were heading for the start of the cycle event, but this year I was there as support staff and cheerleader, rather than rider. This was a very important role that included hand holding at the sign in, a kiss goodbye and a cheery wave at the start point, driving to a big climb to cheer and photograph and being back at the finish line with a smile. The sun was out and I spent a very relaxing few hours reading a real tearjerker ( Finding Shelter: tales of a French animal shelter by Emma Lee) while waiting for Ade to complete the 55km challenging hill climb event. I certainly picked the best role!


French Village Diaries Tour des Flandres Charantaises Poitou-Charentes cycling
My hill climbing hero

By late morning he was finished and very happy, so happy in fact that I managed to persuade him to buy me a morning coffee on the way home. It just so happened that we were almost passing through Barro, the small village that holds an annual photography exhibition every September, how handy. A little detour, another car park in a field and we were soon enjoying a coffee and a wander through the village admiring the photographic art. As usual there was a good mix of pictures; ones to make you think, topical ones, bizarre ones, naked ones, funny ones, local ones and foreign ones. Here are just a few.

If you are in the Charente, BarrObjectif is open daily until 27th September, is free entry and well worth a visit. See here for more information.


French Village Diaries Barrobjectif 2015 Barro Charante Poitou-Charentes
Morning coffee in Barro

The bizarre 

French Village Diaries Barrobjectif 2015 Barro Charante Poitou-Charentes
The thought provoking 

French Village Diaries Barrobjectif 2015 Barro Charante Poitou-Charentes
The Tour de France

French Village Diaries Barrobjectif 2015 Barro Charante Poitou-Charentes
The Giants

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Je Suis Charlie

French Village Diaries Barrobjectif 2015 Barro Charante Poitou-Charentes
Made me smile

French Village Diaries Barrobjectif 2015 Barro Charante Poitou-Charentes
Artistic twins