The local butcher is Thierry Boutault. That's him in the photo above, prepping pork chops for me. His shop is in the Grande rue, Preuilly sur Claise. I like him and his carefully sourced local meat and shop there often. He is usually prepared to have a chat about more than just the weather and it's good French practice for me. It's rare to go in there and be the only customer, so I also enjoy eavesdropping on others' conversations with him, how they order and what they order.
A range of meat on display above. The two cuts closest to the camera are 'part leg of lamb for grilling or roasting' and 'boned rolled roast pork'.
A Floral Spring Treat
The Chateau of Cheverny is surrounded by an extensive park and in the
autumn they plant 60 000 tulip bulbs, ready to put on a stupendous show in
Susan was born in Victoria, but moved to Queensland when she was 11. Simon was born in London, but moved to Canberra when he was 7, and to Queensland when he was 28. In 1997 they moved to London. Susan worked for a large heritage and nature conservation trust and Simon taught music technology at tertiary level.
Now we live in Preuilly-sur-Claise, a small town with a population of less than 1000 people in the south of the Loire Valley. We write about the restoration of our house, the history of our local area, nature, cooking and anything else that strikes us as interesting. When we are not blogging we run Loire Valley Time Travel, doing individually tailored tours of the Touraine for anglophone visitors in our classic Citroën, Célestine.
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