Category Archives: Teysseroles chapel

Preparations for the Fête at Teysseroles

I haven’t written much recently about the church at Teysseroles, which we are helping to restore. This is mainly because not a great deal has happened. I have to admit I find the sporadic activity on the restoration frustrating, but … Continue reading

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C’est la Fête!

It’s that time of year again when every street corner (and your windscreen if you stop for long enough) bristles with posters advertising local fêtes, vide-greniers and concerts. Some of the early ones have had to contend with appalling weather … Continue reading

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The Wheels Turn at Teysseroles

As we know, the wheels of French bureaucracy grind exceedingly slowly. Try restoring an historic monument, as we are doing at the nearby chapel of Teysseroles, and they go at a snail’s pace. But now things appear to be moving, or … Continue reading

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Dig This! What the Archaeologists Found at Teysseroles

I missed a big event at Teysseroles a couple of weeks ago because I was slaving over a hot computer. The mandatory archaeological test digs took place over nearly three days around the 15th-century chapel. This is a requirement before … Continue reading

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Teysseroles Fête and SW France Weather June 2015

We scanned the weather forecast nervously during the 10 days leading up to our annual fête at Teysseroles, the 15th-century chapel we are helping to restore. The last thing we wanted was to have to put up a marquee, as … Continue reading

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Work Continues to Restore La Chapelle de Teysseroles

  I haven’t written much recently about the 15th-century chapel that we are helping to restore. This is partly because the work goes into hiatus over the winter; and partly because the bureaucracy involved grinds exceedingly slowly. However, there was … Continue reading

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Fateful fête at Teysseroles? Not this time

  At 7.00 am yesterday, I peered outside and saw with horror a black cloud advancing with a rainbow silhouetted against it. With even greater horror, I heard growls of thunder and rain pattering on the leaves. Why was this … Continue reading

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Fête Time at Teysseroles

  It’s that time of year again. La fête de Teysseroles, the chapel we are helping to restore, looms on the horizon. This is our big annual fundraiser, which attracts more than 200 revellers and swells our coffers by several … Continue reading

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Les Travaux Ready for Take-Off at la Chapelle de Teysseroles

Thursday of last week was a big day at the 15th-century chapel we are helping to restore. A meeting we had been urging for some time finally took place, between our architect, M Salomon, and the architect from Bâtiments de … Continue reading

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Toussaint at Teysseroles

Toussaint (All Saints’ Day) on 1st November is a big religious event in France. French people honour their dead relatives and tidy and deck their tombs. Even if the church at Teysseroles is in poor repair, the cemetery is still … Continue reading

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Partying French Style

As in previous years, the group involved in restoring the chapel at Teysseroles held their own party as a pat on the back for another successful fête. Last night, 20 of us turned up chez Simone and Jean-Claude, who have … Continue reading

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Fête Accomplie: Journée Festive at Teysseroles

June is probably the busiest month in our annual calendar. We have two Choeur de Parisot concerts and the major fundraising event of the fête at Teysseroles, the chapel we are helping to restore. This year was the third such … Continue reading

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Tuning Up for the Teysseroles Fête

We are holding our annual fundraiser on Sunday for the chapel at Teysseroles, an historic monument that we are helping to restore. A group of 14 or so meet regularly at the site to continue the restoration work and the … Continue reading

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Getting Plastered at Teysseroles

Or getting covered with plaster, anyway. Things are really starting to move at the Chapelle de Teysseroles, where we are helping with the restoration work. A month or so ago we received authorisation from the Bâtiments de France architect to … Continue reading

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Trees Topple at Teysseroles

I don’t like cutting down trees unless I really have to. I prefer planting them. However, the two enormous pine trees in front of the chapel at Teysseroles, which we are helping to restore, had just got too big. So … Continue reading

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The Bishop Comes to Town

I don’t recall ever having met a bishop before. But such are the exalted circles in which I move these days that I recently had not one but two occasions to meet Mgr Bernard Ginoux, Bishop of Montauban (there’s his … Continue reading

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A Grave Issue

Sorry; I couldn’t resist the pun. Our local commune’s Bulletin Municipal (annual report) contains a lot of practical information. This year’s included an article about regulations relating to cemeteries. Now, none of us wants to dwell on our mortality but … Continue reading

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Teysseroles Restoration Update

I’ve written several times about the 15th-century church at Teysseroles that we are helping to restore. It was once a parish church and our house falls within its catchment area (if that’s the right expression). Having been glued to my … Continue reading

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Teysseroles Team Takes Time Out

     I’ve been keeping my head down round by us in the last couple of days. Brits won not only first but also second place in the Tour de France. The route came within about 20 miles of us … Continue reading

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How a French Fête is Run

My blogging rate has been a bit erratic in recent weeks. We have been slogging hard to prepare for the annual fête at the chapel of Teysseroles, which we are helping to restore. Now we can breathe a sigh of relief. … Continue reading

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Restoring French Cultural Heritage

Sorry, folks, I got the date of the fête wrong below. It’s indeed a Sunday but the date is 24th June, not 26th, as I originally wrote. Note to self: don’t write posts after a couple of glasses of wine. I … Continue reading

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Giving Something Back: La Chapelle de Teysseroles

  We spent a terrific, if exhausting, day yesterday, helping with the clearing-up operation at the Chapelle de Teysseroles. This 15th-century chapel and the surrounding graveyard are in a very poor condition. Local people have set up an association to raise … Continue reading

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Saving a sacred site: la Chapelle de Teysseroles

The fête season has started with a vengeance. Posters advertising local events are attached to every signpost and telegraph pole. You have only to park somewhere for five minutes to find a sheaf of flyers under the windscreen wiper when you … Continue reading

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