Yesterday was the annual outing for our photography club, a morning in Port d'Envaux with our cameras and four subjects (Stone, Guess What, Messing around on the river and Man Made) followed by lunch.
Port d'Envaux is a sleepy little town on the river Charente, Culli and I have been there a number of times in the past (when we were house-hunting we used to go down to the picnic site at the river in the evening and go through all the houses we had seen that day over a large g&t), but I discovered lots of things I didn't know about the place.
There is an amazing quarry called Les Lapidiales where sculptors from all over the world have created wonderful carvings in the wall, a perfect venue for the photography topic of Stone and like most sites in France completely unfenced with free entrance. The river was as beautiful as ever, very quiet and peaceful with just a few French families at the purpose built picnic site, the joy of being away from the coast at this time of year in France. There is also now a dedicated swimming area with diving platform, another venue for Noizefest guests next year!
Lunch in one of the local restaurants was excellent, smoked salmon roulade, duck in cherry sauce and ice cream and meringue washed down with lashings of rose, another good day for the diet......