Busy Sunday

Today was the “De ferme en ferme” http://www.fermiers-audois.fr event the area.

We started the tour with the visit of Château Le Bouchat in Pennautier (http://www.bouchat-alaux.fr). The owner gave us a tour of one of the winery of the estate and was full of very interesting information. He was also a very happy man as the harvesting had been completed last Friday at 16h00. He was very precise on that point. All the grapes have been pressed and the cisterns filled with the juice and the pressed skins (This is done only with red wine. The skin adds flavour, tanin etc.). Fermentation had already started and you could smell it.

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This cistern which is enamelled concrete contains 21.000 litres. Quite impressive.

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Few could have tasted some wine but I thought it was a bit too early and we had other places to visit.

Second on the list was the farm Le Colombier Haut (http://www.agneau-du-colombier-haut.com). Interesting is that they sell directly to the individuals and will deliver to your house within the region. Only snag, the minimum order is half a lamb. I suppose one can freeze it.

Second on the list was the farm Le Colombier Haut (http://www.agneau-du-colombier-haut.com). Interesting is that they sell directly to the individuals and will deliver to your house within the region. Only snag, the minimum order is half a lamb. I suppose one can freeze it.

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We had planned to have lunch there. A BBQ was in action but the queue far too long.

So instead, we went back to the village of Montolieu also called “village of the books” (http://www.montolieu-livre.fr) to a restaurant I have been meaning to try. Casquette et Chapeau (https://www.facebook.com/casquetteetchapeau/) was very nice indeed, friendly staff (Cindy), good food. I particularly enjoyed my starter which was Oeuf Cocotte au fromage bleu (Shirred egg with blue cheese).

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We had planned a couple more visits to the Chèvrerie du Colombier to maybe get some goat cheese as well as the Moulin de Fabi to taste and possibly buy some local olive oil.

But somehow we felt quite tired (was it the rosé) at lunchtime so we returned home.

 

 

 

 

 

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Old pic

Found this clearing up my office. This is going back around 43 years.

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Note that my name is simply Jacques and not Jean-Jacques. I had so much trouble explaining everywhere that Jean is masculin which is not the case in the US.

The result of it all is “JJ” by which name I am usually known by.

 

 

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Canal

Beautiful day for a bike ride along the canal du midi.

Plenty of boats and tourists around. I have to say it is pleasantly warm.

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Stationnement (I)

Il est annoncé depuis quelques jours sur des panneaux que le stationnement sera interdit rue de Lorraine du 25 Septembre jusqu’au 29 Septembre.
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Apparement la circulation ne devrait pas être possible non plus. Tout cela a cause de travaux sur la voirie (on imagine car il n’y a aucune information disponible sur la nature de ces travaux).
Lundi matin est arrivé et comme d’habitude tout le monde a ignoré ces panneaux.
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Bien sur aucune trace de la police municipale. De plus et comme d’habitude beaucoup de voitures sont garées sur les bandes jaunes. Ou est la police? Elle a l’air de ne jamais venir dans ce quartier.
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In port race….

I have scheduled a trip around some parts of Spain middle of next month. It will take me to Alicante. The Volvo Ocean Race village there will be opened by then and I shall for sure visit it. The In-Port race will be on October 14th which could fit quite well with my schedule.

In any case, I am looking forward to see this monster boats from the 11th when the village opens.

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As a reminder, start of the race’s 1st leg to Lisbon is scheduled for October 22nd.

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Summer is ending

Is it the end of summer? Currently a very pleasant 31° sipping a beer outside.

But looking at later this week it is another story.

And we have a party planned during the day on Saturday with friends descending on us from Germany and the U.K.

I hope the forecast is as inaccurate as it often is.

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Vendanges (Grapes harvest)

The “vendanges” started a few days ago. Like the rest of France, so far they are down 5% to 20% compared to last year. Quality should be a little bit better.

I was quite amused by that sign this morning. Red to the left, white to the right.

Anyway, I did fill up with some of the 2015 vintage.

There is a party coming up next weekend after all.

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