Tuesday, March 21, 2017

French village life, a week in pictures

French Village Diaries village life in pictures
Wednesday is library day in the village

I can’t help feeling the love for the small French village that has become our home over the last twelve years. We may only have around four hundred residents and be in a very quiet and rural area, but that doesn’t mean we are stuck in a forgotten backwater where nothing happens. We have life and soul and we are proud of it.

Last Wednesday when I was playing at being librarian for an afternoon, chatting to old and new residents about village life, it struck me just how much does go on, even at this time of year. I decided a photo diary for the week would be the perfect way to document village life. So, here it is.

Wednesday


French Village Diaries village life in pictures
Wednesday is library day in the village

The library is open every Wednesday afternoon. Some pop in for a chat, some with laptops to connect to the wifi and some to choose books. We have a good selection of books for young and older readers, including large print and books in English. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday


French Village Diaries village life in pictures
Thursday is market day in the village

Thursday is market day thanks to the initiative of the fruit and veg man who asked if he could set up in the car park every Thursday morning. He now also has a chilled cabinet with cheese, yoghurt and other dairy products and has been joined by a butcher selling fresh meat and charcuterie, as well as prepared dishes like quiche and salads.

French Village Diaries village life in pictures
Thursday is market day in village

Friday



French Village Diaries village life in pictures
Friday is sewing club day in the village

Friday morning is our sewing club that has grown from three to almost twenty members in a year. Some sew, some knit, some crochet and some sketch, but all of us enjoy a fun morning of tea, coffee, cake, chatter and laughter together.


French Village Diaries village life in pictures
Friday is sewing club day in the village

Saturday


French Village Diaries village life in pictures
Saturday night music and fun in the village

Last Saturday saw the Salle des Fêtes open it’s doors for an informal night of food, music and fun. There was a disco, live music and snacks delivered to the tables, followed by karaoke that literally brought tears to many eyes.

French Village Diaries village life in pictures
Saturday night music and fun in the village

Sunday


French Village Diaries village life in pictures
Sunday is boulangerie day in the village

Sunday is always my day to indulge at the village boulangerie where the daily bread selection is joined by a choice of fresh patisseries. This week Ed and I shared a delicious Capitole Poire and a Fôret Noire.

French Village Diaries village life in pictures
Sunday is boulangerie day in the village

Monday


French Village Diaries village life in pictures
Monday night is keep-fit night in the village

Monday has recently become keep-fit night, which is perfect following an over-indulgent Sunday. With nothing more than an exercise mat, a broom handle and a weighty bottle of water, Jean-Marc puts us through our paces with exercises to tone our legs, arms and abs. He even manages to make us laugh along the way.

French Village Diaries village life in pictures
Monday night is keep-fit night in the village

Tuesday


French Village Diaries village life in pictures
Tuesday in the village is quiet


Tuesday is a quiet day. The boulangerie is closed, there are no regular activities and today even the weather is chilly and damp, making me want to hide away indoors. I need your ideas please. If you lived here, what would you like to do on Tuesdays?

You may think I’m lucky to live somewhere that is small and rural, but also has lots going on, but I know it takes more than luck to find yourself somewhere this special. It takes people who are prepared to open their front doors, meet their neighbours and put in the time and effort required to set up and run the associations who organise these events. It also takes a community prepared to come out and attend the events to ensure they don’t fade away.

I hope you have enjoyed a little peek into my French village life.