Thursday, July 24, 2014

La Poule d'0r restaurant

 I recently heard about a new restaurant in Puymirol. home of  Michel Trama's eponymous  2-star Michelin brestaurant.  I have never been to that restaurant but thought his cheaper bistro right next door was worth a try. 

La Poule d'Or,p has a somewhat over-decorated dining room,  

But the welcome was warm so we were eager to try out the food. We enjoyed a 29-euro luncheon menu (there is also a pricier 39 euro menu) that included various choices  (fish Mousseline with mussels, chicken with tarragon, brandade, and cherry tart). 

 The food was excellent and the service accomplished...definitely a restaurant to visit again.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

This little piggie went to market...

Summertime is brocante/antique fair time and I always look forward to the ones held in Montcuq.  Ieven though I have more than enough acquisitions, i always seem to find something of interest to tempt me.  This year was no exception as I came found this charming little piggie head.  It was quite heavy and the vendor explained it was made of cast iron.  He thought it could be used for hanging dish cloth in the kitchen.  I immediately thought it would be a nice gift for Kate Hill and her charcuterie school.

Someone looking at the image thought that, painted black and white, it might look like Bosco.  And they were right!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Jacques of Lauzerte

Jacques of Lauzerte is a four meter tall statue that stands in one of the traffic circles just outside of  town.   It's a stylized representation of a Compostella pilgrim made out of scrap metal that was designed by artist Phillip Gigot and put together with the help of school children.  

It's quite an impressive monument which captures the free form and the energy of the pilgrims who pass through Lauzerte on their journey to Santiago.  

Some have been a bit troubled by the apparent lack of a head or pilgrim hat.  It seems as if he ran out of metal and didn't finish.  Yet others like the form head, that emphasizes the spiritual more than the material...a pilgrim with his feet on the ground and his head in the stars.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lauzerte's "Place in the Sun"

It is not uncommon to see film crews on the square of "one of the most beautiful villages in France", so I almost didn't look twice at the cameramen one morning while walking Bosco.  But I did look and recognized the face of Jonnie Irwin, co-host of Channel 4's house hunting show "A Place in the Sun: Home or Away".  He was using our beautiful square as backdrop during the show's prologue when the clients talk about their housing needs and price point.  I couldn't resist introducing myself (and Bosco) and taking a photo.

I asked how real the show is, and he said it's far better than House Hunters International which often fictionalizes aspects of the search to create a "happy" ending.  I am not sure what properties the British clients saw during their visit (there were other sightings of Jonnie in Montaigu du Quercy) but I'll be keeping an eye out for the broadcast of this particular show.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


When Ros introduced me to her artist friend, Charles Burns, the Roving Artist, who specializes in silhouettes, I wasn't sure what to expect.  It sounded quite retro, almost Victorian, and more like a parlor trick than real art.  How could it compete in a world of digital media when an app can turn a photo into a decent water color image in seconds?  

Nevertheless, with some goading from Ros, I sat with Bosco for a session with Charles....and within minutes he had captured us just using a pair of surgical scissors, a sheet of black paper, and his own considerable talents.  Remarkably accurate and evocative of both of us.  I was bowled over and have a new respect for his art.