jeudi 27 novembre 2008

Montbrun Bocage Automne Foire Part V

The main thing that draws people to one of these fairs is the fact that they always do a brocante, or vide-greniers (village wide flea market) in conjunction with their fair. You see some interesting things, sometimes a bargain, but most of the time overpriced.

Clark is looking for bargains. When I took the photo I did not even realize that he was in it. I was trying to get a photo that would give people an idea about the character of the village.

More of the vendors at the fair. This is the front of the church in Montbrun Bocage. The village and the church dates back to the end of the 1200's.

Still more of the vendors. The only thing we purchased was a block of beeswax from one of the vendors. As I said in an earlier post the village is one of my favorites in this part of France.

Not every street was filled with vendors. This is one of the most interesting buildings in the village. Not sure what the building was originally, but it has been restored.

Montbrun Bocage Automne Foire Part IV

When I started this series of post on the Montbrun Bocage Foire, I should have started with this picture and explained more about the fair. This weekend event draws many people from this part of France. It has the reputation of being one of the best fairs as far as the quality and variety of the merchandise for sale. When we arrived we were directed to a parking lot that had been created in a meadow just outside of the village. Getting out of the car, this was the first image we saw.

I have posted other photos of this ruined Chateau on another post. I am not sure how to make a link to it, but it was the 3Avril post. This is looking at the Chateau from the other side of the village. I will post more photos of the village in the next post, as I have found it to be one of my favorite places to visit in the area.

This man was performing on the steps of the church. So many of these artist travel from village to village to perform in the small events and they always bring a smile to my face. The doors to the church are behind him and the balloon sculpt er appears to be coming out of the church.

This was a samba group that was getting ready to perform. It seemed as if they were waiting for all of the members to arrive. We wanted to hear them so we waited around the area, and sure enough when another two people arrived they were ready for their performance. If you look at the sign on the chair it is advertising the special that is being served in the outdoor restaurant.

The group was worth waiting for. This is where the different groups would assemble before marching (walking) through the village streets performing.

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mardi 25 novembre 2008

Montbrun Bocage Automne Foire Part III

These are some more of the creations that were on display at the fair.

The man that was doing this sclupture was using wooden boxes that the produce is shipped to the small shops in. You can see some of them in the front of the sculpture.

Again one of the movable art pieces. This was carves out of the trunk of a large tree and then the iron wheels were added.

The stone sculptures at work. There were several different groups of stone masons working on various pieces in the area. Most of them were doing benches and smaller sculptures.
Another one of the metal sculptures. Again this was made from found objects.
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Montbrun Bocage Automne Foire Part II

As you read in the previous post this is the annual fall foire at Montbrun Bocage. They also do a fair in the spring, but we have not attended it.

After we had visited the Wall Street Bocage that was in the first post, as we walked down the street we heard a noise from behind us and this was what it was. Although you get the impression that the child sitting on the toilet seat is pedaling the machine, all that is happening there is that the bicycle is only splashing water on everyone from the bathtub. The man in the yellow raincoat is actually pushing the art piece. The children are determining what direction the thing will go.

This is a close up of the machine. They have used the wheels from a farm machine and mounted the bathtub on them. The stovepipe on the back of the toilet is there only for it's creative value.

This was some of the artwork in the same area. Everything on display in this area was hand crafted and many of the art pieces were made with found objects.

It took a bit for me to figure this one out. I think it is supposed to be some type of flying fish.
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lundi 24 novembre 2008

Montbrun Bocage Automne Foire Part I

This last Sunday we took another one of our weekend trips. One of the big advantages of living here in southwest France is the fact that you can drive less than one hour, and you are in another part of France that is so different from where you live.

As we arrived at the fair this was the first seller that we noticed. Of course the sign pulled us into the building. Once inside the building there was only a toilet stool. Otherwise a place to flush your money. The man with his back to us was dressed as a Wall Street broker.

Within five minutes this woman showed up and agreed to be photographed only if we promised to go the the salle des fête where she was entertaining. As with all of the people involved in the event, we found it to be a real treat to visit the salle and see the fair from that point. I will post more from that area of the fair on another post.

When we arrived at the salle des fête she was clearing tables and entertaining the crowd. As with most of the weekend fairs that are held all over France, everyone was enjoying the show and the food.

The meals were being served in the open air, and although it threatened rain all day, it did not dampen the spirits of the crowd.

This is the only website that I was able to find for the town. I will be posting more photos later this week.

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