Today is Toussaint (All Saints' Day), so the cemetery will be buzzing with people, visiting their family dead and generally tidying up. Chrysanthemums and box are the plants most used as symbolising remembrance in France, so the past week the displays outside the florists' shops have been very colourful.
11 November is "Armistice 1918" day, so we will be meeting at the Mairie for our semi-annual parade to the war memorial.
Saturday 13 – Ensemble Vocal Cantigas are giving a concert of works by Pachelbel, Purcell, Bach, Schütz, Monteverdi and Vivaldi, accompanied by organ and cello in the church at Betz-le-Château starting at 20h30. Entry is 8€.
My friend Jeanne asked me to publicise this event, and I think we will attend. She is in the choir, along with several other people we know. I ran into her at the supermarket and she gave me some flyers. I noticed that she pronounced the 'z' in Betz-le-Château, so that it sounds something like "bez'lshato". Other local people pronounce the name of this village more like 'belshato', without the 'z'. No one pronounces the first 't'.
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November, open day (portes-ouvertes) at Huilerie Lepine, Availles en Châtellerault. We went last year.