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Friday, 31 August 2018

Ode to Montlieu

Thank you to An Early 2018 guest who wrote his thoughts as a poem:-
“Ode to Montlieu”
We went to France for a treat
And came across a lovely Gite
Owned by Nigel and Suzanne too
“La Metairie de Montlieu”
Without ado without a fuss
They welcomed both the two of us
Gave us info and their likes
And trusted us with their bikes
Where to eat, what food to try?
We asked with quite a hungry sigh
We know a place that will not fleece
In Vouhe called the “Petite Caprice”!
The food was good, the price just right
The village itself a lovely sight
On our return we sought more news
With Nigel we just could not lose
“Try Coulon” said he in Venis Vert
Immediately we went without a care
Venice green without a coat
On the canal we took a boat
So peaceful and nice it is a must
In Nigels words you must always trust
How to thank him is there a catch!
An invitation to a football match!
See England play in a warm up game
Before they claim their rise to fame
Louis joined us, not a fan fool hardy
Hoping Southgate had selected Vardy!
An England win – they are on the up
Now off to Russia to lift the cup
Just what is it we are trying to say?
Thank you family for a lovely stay!

It makes us realise that we are doing something right, thank you again for such nice comments.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Fort Louvois

Fort Louvois
Next to the bridge that crosses to The Island of Oleron is a small port at Bourcefranc-le Chapus, here you will find the small fort Louvois which sits 400m from the shore and is surrounded by the sea at high tide (a shuttle boat is available for visits) at low tide a causeway emerges through an oyster farm so access can be gained on foot.
An Interesting and pretty fort built in 1691-94 as part of the defence of the boat building in Rochefort, situated opposite the fort on the island of Oleron the crossfire between the two controlled this south entrance to the Charente estuary. It was actually shelled and damaged towards the end of W.W.2 but has now been completely restored.

Monday, 25 January 2016

- La Rochelle 35-11 Worcester Warriors

Worcester Warriors lost to La Rochelle on Friday 22 January, both teams ending there European Challenge Cup run with La Rochelle now in 3rd position.
The first half was a bit of a struggle and frustrating for both teams as none could capitalise on their attacks, Worcester went in front first by 2 penalties, La Rochelle managed to claw back by the interval with 2 penalties of their own.
At the break the La Rochelle team had been on the Astrix juice because they came out all guns blazing and pushed hard not stop, with the crowd now waking up and urging them on they scored 4 tries and 3 Conversions to the Warriors 1 try.

Friday, 20 November 2015

59th Autumn Rally, La Rochelle, Charente Maritime

Another 'Rallye d'Automne' bypassed our Gites again this year on the 6th,7th & 8th of November, It is organised every year in the Charente Maritime and ends with the winners receiving there trophy's in La Rochelle. The 4 main fast circuits this year were at 1) Ste. Soulle near La Rochelle 2) Surgeres ending across the fields from our Gites near Landrais. 3)Around Genouille and 4) Near Fouras.
One of our guest's 'Mirko'staying in the Pigeonnier has kindly allowed me to blog some of his photo's see below of the cars passing us. The photo's do not really show it but these cars are moving very fast and loud!

La Rochelle vs Gloucester Rugby November 2015

What a great night of Rugby at the Stade Marcel Deflandre where 14000 attended including many away supporters to watch La Rochelle take on Gloucester in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
It all started with a sombre minutes silence to remember the suffering of the Terrorist atrocities in Paris, France and then defiantly everybody sang the Marseillaise with all their hearts.
When they kicked off a really exciting match began as Atlantique Stade Rochelais fought hard and the score line stayed close, swaying from one team to the other; at half time Gloucester was winning 19 to 13. The second half carried on as the first with the boot of Greig Landlaw  helping to keep Gloucester in front until then Eaton managed a try and Rochalaise edged in Front by 1. It wasn’t until the last 9 minutes of the game when Mc’Coll and Sharples scored the winning tries with Twelvetree kicking the 2 conversions and it ended 20-33.
For a Thursday night the atmosphere in the stadium was electric and the Rochalaise can hold there heads up high for putting on a great display.
European Rugby Challenge Cup
La Rochelle      20   -   33     Gloucester
   Audy             Morgan
   Eaton             Mc’Coll
Fortassin 2            Laidlaw 4
Fortassin 2               Laidlaw 
                                    Twelvetrees 2  

Monday, 21 September 2015


More photo's of L'Hermione, Notice Fort Boyard in the background.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Hermione is back

Hermione is back after her epic journy to the U.S.A. and back, We caught up with her just off the Ile d'Oleron, she was waiting a couple of days at sea before returning over the week end to her berth in Rochefort. during the week end A fete was held to welcome her back with many displays and lots of people dressing up in the costumes of the era.