Monday, July 19, 2010

A nice day for a snail festival

Sunday's weather was picture perfect. Sunny, pleasant, dry. After I dropped Ken off at the train station I stopped in town to pick up some bread and to walk through the festival grounds. The flea market had been going on since earlier in the morning. I got there around eleven-thirty.

The lazy Cher River glides past the center of town on a perfect summer day.

There were a lot of people, many of them still arriving, making the street and the parking lot a bit of a zoo. I lucked out and got a space just as someone was leaving. The flea market was moderately interesting, but I didn't see anything that shouted "buy me." I did a real quick walk-through. People were beginning to line up at the food booths for lunch, and I could hear somebody reading announcements through the loudspeakers.

One section of the flea market next to the river.

I walked down by the river. The festival is held behind our town's château in a large field used for sports. It's not much of a château; it's more like a large stone barn. The town uses it for events and there are rooms inside that they rent to larger groups. Between the château and the river is a campground that's pretty much full this time of year.

Another view of the river, looking downstream.

I walked along the river, through the campground, and up through the main intersection to the bakery for my bread. Then I did another quick run through some more of the flea market on the way back to my car to come home.

9 comments:

  1. You always manage to have such wonderful photos.

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  2. The photos are wonderful. As usual, I read your blog immediately after reading Ken's. What a contrast! His blog about ugly violence and yours with pictures of a tranquil river and prose about a pleasant day out and about. All in St. Aignan!

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  3. It was a perfect summer day, until night time...!
    (I am sure we would have loved to see you all covered in white dust).

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  4. So true, Cheryl.

    Walt, I've put your top photo as my new desktop photo :)

    Judy
    p.s. Watching the Tour, where Schleck's chain came off his bike JUST as he was pulling ahead of Contador on the climb.... grrrrrrrrr

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  5. Is there much traffic on the river?

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  6. Oh, it does look beautiful there.

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  7. vtt, it's a pretty little river.

    rick, you are too kind.

    cheryl, well, I wrote mine the day before, before I heard the news.

    nadege, then it was a perfect summer night! You may get a dust photo yet. There's more sanding to do.

    judy, poor Andy!

    starman, only if you count ducks and swans as traffic. :)

    ken, nope. Didn't see anybody I know.

    victor, I think it is. Very lush in the height of summer.

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