My Pluvigner, part II

My town ,my loving Pluvigner. Most write about far away lands we visit but seldom about the one we live in, I have lived in 5 countries and citizen of 4, having visited 81 so far and all have an impact on my life, Needless, to say the meaning of Pluvigner is big on my family. I had written several post on our lives here but realise these were repeated on individual posts; therefore, crazy me decided to erase them all. Not to lose the memories and sights of my loving Pluvigner ,will do several posts updating these older posts. This one is my Pluvigner ,part II. Of course, these posts will be on my black and white series,no pictures ,Hope you enjoy the post as I.

And we arrived at  Christmas 2016,  the magical day is starting, we all home, the we are me my wife, my father and my 3 boys; my dear mother Gladys passed away on December 27 2007 in Versailles. We had what I think is our first Christmas market or marché de Noël day today from 10h to 18h. We were there of course right from 16h30 onwards. all started by the Place du Marché where the traditional market is held every Saturday. All was nicely decorated, and plenty of kids games and several chalets with chichis (like churros) to hot wine stands, galette bretonne, and cider. We got our sweaters for winter here too !!! In the festivities ,there was a display of old Ducati’s motorcycles and cars including Ferrari, Porsches, Alpines and others quite nice as well as karting vehicles. Superbe, the boys love it and Dad was right behind them !

I rolled forward the memories to Sunday April 23rd 2017. This is the first round of the  French presidential elections pitting 11 candidates from all sorts of thinking. I did my civic duty and voted, my first voting experience in town and it was great ! There is a second round with the two top winners from today, and the 2nd round will be Sunday May 7th. Just before another great 3 day weekend on May 8 is Victory 1945 Day here.

My place of voting is on the other side of town about 18 minutes walking from our house which we enjoy doing and did walk over to vote. The place is the Salle Marie-Josèphe LE BORGNE, a big complex for events and sports as well, We passed by our city/town hall or Mairie which is a nice modern building with Breton decoration.  Right across is the Maison de la Presse or news stand where my father plays the euro million lotto religiously and we sometimes….

We took a look at the gare routiére or bus terminal space where the boys took their bus no 5 TIM to move into the bigger towns around us ,now they are keolis network. Right across the street, is our Poste or post office building; very good for us that mail a lot abroad. Passing this, you see the Proxi supermarket where we get our last minute needs for convenience only 300 meters from the house. And just before it, the traffic circle on the road D768 corner with road D16 going home you see  Annie Coiffures , my Dad and boys gets their haircuts! I do my own boldie !!! The owner sold and now new owners and name Odyssée but same friendly service so we stay with them.

Finally, we reach the voting place salle  Marie J Le Borgne where I voted on the second tour. Doing the duty, we came back walking again, and past the Gendarmerie or national police with a far shot of the belltower of the Church St Guigner again.  The Gendarmerie is a plain white building, good when going on long periods they have the tranquility service that makes passes by your house. Coming back on rue St Michel, we passed our optician eyeglass maker Optic 2000 in town , for the whole family! You will see La Croix Blanche a fine restaurant/bar with hotel rooms great for an emergency in town.  Moving along, we passed by the Stadium bar, the center of sports watching karaoke in summer, and good cheers right across from the place St Michel and our market or marché square.

Another nice local business we patronise a couple times is the La Barcarella, brasserie, pizzeria and créperie all into one behind the Church St Guigner. All decorated with pirates and corsairs portraits trinkets and memorabilia that the owner has collected over time and purchase in flea markets! You have a dining room with the bar area and kitchen and then to the right as you entered another dining room. We had chorizo pizza and ham and cabbage, then galettes of chorizo, cheese and egg all wash down with La Goudale  local Breton draft beer, and desserts from banana splits to peach melba to coconuts shell etc. all for less than 16€! Great!

We patronise for our garden a lot and still do the Pluvigner motoculture shop for parts of lawn mowers garden equipment supplies that we use at home almost acre of land. Just across is the Jardinerie de Porh Mirabeau , route de Auray D768;  where we gathered some growing dirt and 3 plants for our front garden. And always a good advice on gardening that now we are nulle ! My dear late wife Martine was the expert, and unfortunately she left us on April 30 2018.

And here we are on Christmas Eve 2017 amazing how times flies while having fun doing the blog lol! Today is cloudy cool at about 10C or 50F ,some light rain at times not now We had our Christmas Eve meal, Nochebuena, or Reveillon de Noël last night, and just got up at 10h on Christmas Day , December 25th 2017. Clouds are gray a bit dark, temp of 12C or about 53F ; it calls for rain tonight and tomorrow with temps from 5C/10C or 40-50F.  I have the double whammy of wedding anniversary tomorrow 26 December !!! And ,then , after all this ups I fall into a sad day on the 27th as it is the 10th anniversary of the passing of my loving Mother, always in my thoughts (she was and continue to be golden). It has been 14 yrs now Mom Gladys passed away, always will be remembered RIP. I had to go by another dreadful moment in my life when my dear late wife Martine of 28 years passed away from cancer on April 30 2018 19h (7pm) at Chubert hospital in Vannes, Sad as we are without our dear late wife/mom Martine in our first Summer 2018 !!

We had a wonderful National Day , Friday July 14 2018 (for those abroad old Bastille Day) with festivities all over France. It was highlighted by the visit of President Trump of the USA on behalf of President Macron of France to commemorate the centenary (100) anniversary of American entry into WWI or the Great War as known here, on the side of France. It was remarked their friendship has endure and will last forever,indeed since 1776. The oldest continuosly alliance in the world ,I am told.

A moment of reflection, As I move about in our world, running from city to city, region to region, and country to country it was hard to have dogs, Once settled in Florida USA circa 1985, my parents brought a small female dog mix Coton,Yorkshire type which we name Maite, we love and raised since she was 2 weeks old. We got thru a friend and we did all on her, vets visits, and trips by car. Even hiding it in towels to get her into some of the hotels not allowing dogs. Well it was with us for almost 12 years before she left us at the time my first boy was born. Then, years later, we decided to have a dog again as my boys were older and wanted it too, We search all over on refuges, newspapers, dog shows etc until we saw an ad. advertising a puppy of 3 months mix border collier/labrador and something, nearby us in the town of Moustoir-AC along the road D16. We call, and there was one male remaining from the lot of 2+2 M/F. By this time he was 4 months old and mostly black. The family were dairy farmers and only wanted 30 euros for him!! We call we wanted the dog and they were very honorable folks who reserved the puppy for us just by telephone. We can only come to get him Saturdays and we made appointment to stop by on March 10 2018 at 15h (3pm), After to our amazement we call the folks again to confirm the dog was still available the couple spoked with us by telephone and confirm waiting for us , and we rush to get the puppy at the farm in Moustoir-AC, we were late and call to let them know we were on our way and hold on to the puppy ,is ours! The folks were very nice and guide us to their farm. Here you need a lot more than GPS to get to some of these villages hamlets call lieu-dits here in French. Some are and some are not on GPS. We finally made it to the farm ok . We have had the first veterinary appointment on Tuesday March 13 2018  at the cabinet that have been advising us on the purchase and steps all the way. They have been very strict and gentle to our questions and we kind of like them for that. They are right in Pluvigner not far from our local grocery shopping center, call  Clinique du Chêne. They have been our vet ever since and wonderful, We are now set for a wonderful homey feeling with our new member of the family, REX. We call him like that because my wife sees an Austrian, then Italian TV series on a dog call Rex (German Shepherd) . The series lasted until 2015 under Inspector Rex, We went to get Rex, our puppy male dog of 12,5 kg (25 lbs) Borador, mix Border Collier/Labrador Retriever.   It was time for his first grooming in our city center store Tou Beau Tou Propre ( now closed here for the memories as the first) at pl St Michel. They did a good job and he was super good. We came home to play with him and eat. Unfortunately closed early in 2021. Now we go to nearby Brec’h for Cani Couaf ,and good so far.

There you go folks, my town of Pluvigner, Another historical memorable town for us , already 9 years in the house and now more empty than ever missing our two women, Life goes on and the town has been good, hard to tell the future but I believe this will be my last town, from here to the sea at Honfleur Normandie as our family has. Hope you enjoy this kind of post, and do get to know me more and hopefully I will you too. Do read my many posts on Pluvigner in my blog !

And remember, happy travels, good health , and many cheers to all !!!

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