Happy Easter to you all – a little early but I hope we may be busy over the weekend and I may not get another chance to wish you well at “Paques”. We have many visitors arriving this week – some staying with us and others visiting the village and nearby areas. It is lovely to meet up with old friends and to make new acquaintances when they visit the cafe and Vouvant.
The weather for Easter is looking to be a little cooler than we have had over the past couple of weeks but as long as it stays dry we can all enjoy the holiday weekend. We will be open all over the weekend – including Easter Monday – from 11.00am to around 6.00pm each day and, along with our full lunch menu, we will be offering our homemade hot cross buns and a special beer – Leffe Ruby. It is a lovely light spicy and fruity tasting beer and at 5% it is refreshing and great to drink with savoury as well as sweet.
All the sunshine over the past weeks has made us want to get outside and start getting the courtyard looking pretty. We did lose a couple of plants to the frost this year so have replaced those and have had a number of new planters made up for us by Chris Pritchard who runs La Pepiniere, a small plant nursery based just outside Thouarsais Bouildroux. She kindly took our empty planters away from us and then two weeks later – hey presto! they appeared back in the courtyard all planted with herbs, shrubs and beautiful bedding!
They look an absolute picture in the courtyard – come and have a look next time you are passing. You can catch Chris at St Hermine market on Fridays and Fontenay market on Saturdays.
Talking about plants, on the 1st May there are two “gardening” type attractions to get you in the mood for summer planting: In Vouvant there is the Lily of the Valley market from 8am (not suggesting you get there that early!) where locals will be selling little bunches of Lily
of the Valley. Also in the 1st May there will be the “Fetes des Plantes” which will this year be held in Le Beugnon. There will be over 40 exhibitors and an unbelievable 2000 tomato plants (all for sale!) and there will also be speakers to give you information, advice and help with your gardening queries.
As Vouvant is known as the Village of the Painters it is not surprising that from the 28th April to the 28th May, in the Nef Theodolin there will be an exhibition of art. We also like our pictures and paintings in the cafe and love to have new works to show, if any of you budding artists or photographers out there would like to add your own works to the walls of our cafe we are happy to oblige.
Also on the 28th April is our next Cafe Quiz. We had a brilliant evening last Saturday at our March Quiz. Congratulations to the winning team “Hilversum Calling” who won with a very respectable score of 87 out of a possible 100. The runners up “The Tipsy Ones” certainly proved that they hadn’t had one too many, they also had a respectable score of 78.5. Our next quiz will be on Saturday 28th April and the meal this time will be Spanish Chicken served with rice, followed by Crema Catalana – all home made. As usual the evening will start at 7.30pm. Tables of four can be booked with Paul behind the bar. Tickets will be 10 Euros each (including the quiz and meal) and your table booking can be secured by a 10Euro deposit. We look forward to seeing you!
Tomorrow (Wednesday 4th April) is our monthly visit from PaperBack Jan from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Come and have a cuppa with us as you browse through her collection of books and DVDs, and get the latest edition of the “Deux Sevres Monthly” magazine.
Now that the weather is getting warmer we would like to start up our regular “Palet in the Cour” sessions again, we usually have a game on a Sunday afternoon. Its a great game and we would love to be able to get a team together to represent Vouvant at some of the local competitive events. There are a number of locals who play the game regularly and would be pleased to have more players join them. If you would like to join in or learn how to play come along and enjoy the fun (and hopefully sun too!) on Sunday afternoon.
We can also confirm that our WiFi is working well – thanks to Brian Fox for setting it all up for us! Brian is a wiz on computers and has helped us “Luddites” out many a time – if you need help we’ve got Brian’s details here in the cafe. The Cafe WiFi is free to use when you visit us and all you need to log on is the password which Paul can give you.
OK folks that’s all for now. Hope you are not stuck in the snow somewhere in Scotland and are able to join us here in sunny Vouvant soon!