The local museum in Preuilly, housed in the Poterne below the chateau, has a fine collection of about 30 Tourangeaux bonnets. Intricately embroidered, with minutely goffered brims, they were worn by all adult working women from 1860 to just after the First World War.
In the days when women all had long hair, but washing it was rather a rigmarole, a lovely bonnet to keep your hair free of dust or to cover it up if it was getting a bit dank, was an entirely practical item of clothing.
If you want to see the bonnets, the museum is open Sunday - Friday afternoons during the summer school holidays.
The strawberries have really slowed down, to just a couple of hundred grams every few of days. Some tomatoes are beginning to set and the peppers have buds. One of the aubergines has a flower, but the zucchini has been eaten by snails. The leeks are looking good, but there is no sign of the potatoes flowering. The celery doesn't appear to be doing anything.