Foire de Bere

In the second weekend of September, the Foire de Bere arrives in the Town of Châteaubriant, over long weekend. The event which originally was an animal fair has now developed into a Country animal fair with all the livestock that you would expect, a large display of new and used cars, farming machinery including tractors …

Summer Break

August is the time of year in France when the French traditionally take their vacancies, so a lot of the offices and smaller shops close down for two or three weeks. The same is happening for me, the office will be shut for most of August,and to be completely honest with you, this is not …

End of the Cabaret

Went with the children to see the Cabaret this afternoon, in Sion les Mines. This afternoons show is a special show for the children of the village, and being the last show, they normally start to play practical jokes into the show, which adds to the amusement. The verdict – A big improvement on previous …

Cabaret time in Sion les Mines

In my village, Sion-Les-Mines, the school parents association arrange a cabaret for five nights and one afternoon every March to raise money to send the ten and eleven year olds at our school on a two week skiing trip and to donate money to various charities. The events is very popular with many people travelling …

TELETHON

This weekend is the Telethon, which is a national fundraising event that the whole of France normally gets involved in and takes part over all of the weekend. Most villages have different events taking place, for example in the village where I live, Sion les Mines, there is a show, which my wife is dancing …

Halloween Night

Yesterday, October 31st, we took the younger children into Châteaubriant to do Trick and Treating around the shops. Normally over here it is normal to visit the shops during the daytimle and the owners will have a pile of sweets to hand to the children. This is quite pleasant and beats walking around the streets …

New Library for Mouais

The New Library for the small village in Mouais is progressing well and will be good for the local community when it opens in the next few months as at the moment they are only served by a mobile library or they have to go to the neighbouring villages of Derval or Sion les Mines.

Choral Concert – 9 October

Yesterday my wife took one of our daughters to a choral concert, featuring artists from Italy, which was being held at a local church in Derval. They really enjoyed the concert, and even more surprising, it was all free. It just shows that although we live in the country, there is always something going on …