I know it isn't quite Bastille Day yet, but like a lot of small towns in this part of the world the Bastille Day celebrations in Preuilly sur Claise happen on the 13th, the eve of Bastille Day. Pictures of 2008's celebrations are here.
There are a couple of possible reasons for this: they could be assuming everybody will party hard and need the public holiday day to recover, it could be that the crowds gathered on the 13th of July before storming the Bastille, or more prosaically, it could be that if the celebration in Preuilly was held on the 14th no-one much would attend because they would all go to one in the big city.
Anyway - at 9.30 tonight we will all set off from the Mairie to walk a circuitous route to the chateau, then across the river (twice) before ending up at the plan d'eau for fireworks, beer, and line dancing to "Just a Gigolo". All this will be accompanied by a band (maybe samba, maybe calypso - or maybe something else entirely) and flaming torches held by the pompiers (firemen). Maybe this year I will buy a Chinese lantern (for charity), but probably not.
This was one of a number of grain chutes, but we had
to demolish it to make room for a doorway to seal
the house off from howling winter winds.