Autumn in the Loire Valley

Just back after a lovely quiet two weeks in Maison Doiseau – our home in the Loire Valley near Chenonceau – just what we needed after being held up in the Walfdorf in New York during Hurricane Sandy!

We so enjoyed our stay, pottering around tidying up ready for winter, going out in the afternoons, I am pleased to have come home with 7 little oil paintings for my exhibition in March (see )

The weather was classic for November – mists and mellow fruitfullness!  Autumn colours to die for!   We have made some excellent finds – we lunched again at L’Orangerie the first class restaurant at the Chateau in Chenoneaux.  An excellent meal was had at Toque et Vins in Montlouis – I had Foie Gras with Lobster, then Chevreuil (a small deer) and John ate Ris de Veau with Ecrevises (crayfish) and then Pigeon.  We were treated handsomely with amuse bouches to go with our cocktail maison then an oyster in saffron sauce – before our main meal arrived.  We drank an excellent Chinon.  We have also found several new vignerons in Bourgeuil – you will see there details on my leaflet when you book.


Author: Ann

Ann Palmer is a landscape painter based in Rochester, Kent and in the Loire Valley chateau and vineyard region where she owns cottages to rent. She works ‘en plein air’ in oils in Kent and in Touraine in the Loire Valley; her subject matter includes the valleys and coasts of Kent and the vineyards and Chateaux of France. Ann works quickly, resulting in a freshness which is impressionistic yet creates a clarity of subject and defines the mood of the day. Ann uses artist quality oils on acrylic primed MDF using both brushwork and palette knife.

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