Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Walking for Crepes


Every February the walking club we belong to holds a public subscription walk that finishes by everyone scoffing homemade crêpes and cider. Us club members are asked to make 45 crêpes as our contribution. Here are some photos from this year's event.

We set up the salle des fêtes (village hall) in readiness for all those crêpe eaters.
Setting up for a community function in the village hall.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

 Walkers (including me) wait for the off.
Waiting for a community walk to begin.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

We soon end up strung out alongside the old railway line.
A community walk.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

This old bread oven is probably mostly used now to cook pizzas in the summer.
Old bread oven in a garden.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Old willows along a stream.
Old willows along a stream.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Donkeys in a field.
Donkeys in a field.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Barren Strawberry Potentilla sterilis (Fr. Potentille faux fraisier).
Barren Strawberry Potentilla sterilis.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.
These will never produce red fruit like Wild Strawberries do. You can easily tell the plants apart because the central tooth at the tip of the leaf is shorter than the teeth either side. Whereas on a real Wild Strawberry Fragaria vesca (Fr. Fraisier des bois) that central tooth is longer.

A beautifully laid out garden in a rural setting.
A beautifully laid out garden in a rural setting.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Long-leaved Lungwort Pulmonaria longifolia (Fr. Pulmonaire à feuilles longues).
Long-leaved Lungwort Pulmonaria longifolia.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.
This intensely purple-blue early spring flowering wild flower is called lungwort because in the ancient Doctrine of Signatures plants were believed to have properties to treat body parts that they resembled. The leaves of Pulmonaria are said to resemble lungs, hence the name.

Artichoke plants in a vegetable garden.
Artichoke plants in a vegetable garden.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Each walker was given a plate of five crêpes. Quite a few opted for a doggy bag.
Plated crepes at a community event.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

A hall full of walkers enjoying our crêpes and cider.
Walkers enjoying crepes and cider at the end of a community hike.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

We catered for about 180 walkers.

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5 comments:

Le Pré de la Forge said...

That little bread oven also does very nice loaves on Magali's open days!!
[Coming up very soon!]

Le Pré de la Forge said...

And I know the gardening sculptor who lives at the "beautifully laid out garden in a rural setting".... I have plants and sculptures from there!!

Carolyn said...

Scrolling through this, I would have sworn that was a two-headed donkey.

Susan said...

Yes, both lovely places benefitting from their artistic owners eye.

Susan said...

Yes, the famous Touraine push-me-pull-you.

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