Saturday, June 15, 2019

15/06/2017 Join us on a drive in the country yesterday ending up with a delightful luncheon. Part one.

Maximum temperature today 20C, minimum 10C.  Rain measured this morning 4.  19km/h North-westerly winds with gusts up to 43 km/h.  

Rainfall now up to 343 mm this year almost 100 mm of this is in the last fortnight.  Still far less than last year but this is about the same as 2017.

We went for a drive yesterday and I planned on putting all the photos into in one blog, but when I discovered just over 30 were useable, I decided it would have to be two posts with our slow connection.  Part two is around the town and in and around the church.

The countryside is so green,

Somehow the farmers have managed to bale their hay despite the rain.

Rochechouart in the distance.

Rochechoart chateau.

Driving past the church in Biennac.

A very twisty road  into Saint Auvent,

Auberge de la Vallee de la Gorre in Saint Auvent.

The list of menus...

We picked the €19 one.

Inside the restaurant.

We had a window seat and I thought this view was pretty good!

My choice rosé wine.

Nigel's starter, sautéed mushrooms...

 Smoked duck salad, my choice.  A meal on its own!


Nigel chose Chicken breast with a ginger sauce...

and I had salmon with a mango hollandaise sauce.

I finished off with cheese (eat your heart out David, I was very good and only had a little of each!)

Nigel had apple crumble.

Part two to follow very soon - holiday photos slowly getting there!!!!


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26 comments:

  1. The restaurant and village are charming and the meal looks delicious.

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    1. It is a lovely village Terra and th meal was delicious 😉 Enjoy your week. Diane

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  2. Such a lovely drive through the country and a beautiful meal. Looks like a great day.

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    1. Marie it was a lovely day out and nice to be able to go out and return dry!! Happy week Diane

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  3. The food looks amazing. I've just finished reading yet another of the books by Julia Child. She mentioned the stomach upsets that she and her husband experienced when they first settled in France due to eating the rich food so often. I can see why it wouldn't be easy to avoid indulging when the food is so superb. Love all the other photos too Diane. Happy weekend.

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    1. Penny the food is generally very good though we have had a few places that we have said we will never return to, but it does not happen often. Hope you have a great week. Diane

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  4. Oh my God you decadent duo. My mouth waters just looking at the cheese. Actually I shouldn't winge too much tonight, because I am right now enjoying a little fine asiago, a Moroccan hummus with some wonderful crackers and a glass of Chilean Merlot. Miriam is away in Iceland with her daughter, so I might have to have her share too. Then for dinner I am going to have pork kabob, mushrooms sautéed in butter and a Greek salad. Not bad, huh?

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    1. Sorry David my reply is a bit late, simply too much going on!! Busy, busy, busy. Your meal sounds excellent and I have to say I really do like Chilean wines they are excellent. I used to drink red wine in RSA, but since moving to France I found many have too much tannin for me and I have been put off French reds. Thus the reason I go for rose here and I particularly like Chilean rose which we can buy from one supermarket chain. Enjoy your time alone, I must say I quite like my own company from time to time! Take care Diane

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  5. I am always amazed by the architecture of buildings around you. The Rochechoart chateau is just so beautiful.

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    1. Hard to believe it was built in the 12th and 13th century. We have some amazing buildings around. Happy week Diane

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  6. Thank you for taking me with you again. I love a good drive through the country with a meal at the end.

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    1. Thanks Emma, glad you enjoyed the trip, hope you enjoy part 2 as well. Have a good week Diane

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  7. I enjoyed the journey and the meal, if only, looking forward to looking around the town Diane ✨

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    1. Grace I wish you could join us for a while but I know how you hate flying 😒 Hope you enjoy the virtual tour. Hope you have a great week Diane

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  8. You know I love the old look of your buildings. Thanks for the ride around. I love the wall in the restaurant. That is so cool looking.

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    1. Thanks Pam, it is an interesting wooden wall. I mentioned to Nigel that I wondered what wood it was with the odd markings. Hope you are well Diane

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  9. Great photos from your drive. So nice to see the greens on both sides of the road. Delicious meal.

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    1. I just love the greenery at the moment, but I would like a few more sunny days but having said that it was good yesterday and again today, think the rain returns again tomorrow night. Take care Diane

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  10. I am very envious of your wonderful day out, Diane, and I've only seen half of it! I wish we had a restaurant like that near us. The menu looks fabulous. As for the cheese, it's not just David who is drooling. I'm a real French cheese enthusiast at heart from when I used to stay in France several times a year. I bought the Doling Kindersley guide 'French Cheeses' - a wonderful book which led me to seeking out special cheeses on my travels.

    Take good care - - - Richard

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    1. Richard we have many truly good restaurants near us, this is a bit further away, but we wanted to go for a drive, about 3/4 of an hour away. We will certainly return. I have an encyclopedia of cheese that I bought many years ago. There may be some new cheeses on the market but most are still in my book. There is not a cheese that I do not like but Nigel will not eat goats cheese!

      Hope that you are feeling better. Best wishes and have a good week Diane

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  11. Great scenery and great food too! Love the pic of the twisty road, always wonder what's around the curve. Have a wonderful week, Diane!

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    1. The roads are not very wide here and when twisty you have to be doubly careful. Most people here drive too fast and hog the middle of the road!!!!! Hope that all is well in your part of the world. Take care Diane

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  12. That meal looks so satisfying. I love love love the cheese plate.

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    1. It was a delicious meal. That is our second visit and I am sure we will return despite it being a 3/4 of an hours drive. Good chance to see the countryside though :-) Cheers Diane

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  13. When you two go out to eat I always drool over the photos, especially duck.

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    1. Duck is a very popular French dish so we eat it often :-) Happy week Diane

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