Author Archives: Jim McNeill

About Jim McNeill

I am a blogger on 'The Social History of the Touraine region of France (37)' and also 'The Colonial History of Pennsylvania and the life & Family of William Penn'. I am a Director of Fresh Ground Group Ltd.

Touraine Flint Tool ~ the stone age predecessor of the Swiss Army Knife?


Hi all, Local historian and general, all-round good guy, Tim Ford as written an insightful piece comparing a small, local, stone age flint tool found by his wife, Pauline, to today’s modern Swiss Army knife….click here to find out more…

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Pigeon Post from Tours? The siege of Paris and the use of microdots!


France declared war on Prussia in July of 1870 and so began the Franco-Prussian War, 1870-71 (1).  The south German states, allied with Prussia and the superior organisation and Krupp manufactured artillery pieces of the Prussian and German armies made … Continue reading

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Domaine Charles Pain ~ excellent Touraine wine from the banks of the Vienne


In my last blog I described a visit to the home, workshop and boutique of  Cosette FRÉVAL, Remy-sur-Creuse. While we were there Sandra and I were treated to a few glasses of excellent Rosé de Saignée produced by Cosette’s cousin, … Continue reading

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Cosette FRÉVAL ~ weaver of hemp, linen and wool ~ Saint Rémy-sur-Creuse (86)


A few days ago Sandra and I had the pleasure of meeting  with a local artisan weaver and fabric designer, Cosette FRÉVAL. Cosette has been interested in weaving since she was 18 years of age. She, with her husband, Guy,  … Continue reading

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Selling English Cakes at La Celle-Guenand, in Touraine du Sud


Last Sunday Sandra and I, along with our friends Colin Dyson & Julie Guy, sold many, many, many English-style cakes at the brocante at La Celle-Guenand. The whole day was such a success that we’re repeating the experience later this … Continue reading

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Live music at Le Chatelier ~ August 2015


Sandra and I attended the last two concerts at our local Chateau ~ and a fine time was had both times. On the evening of August 12 there’s a further chance to listen to some great music from the wind … Continue reading

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Les “Tambours tourangeaux” ~ playing in Descartes this Sunday!


Les “Tambours tourangeaux” will be playing in Descartes market on Sunday, 26th July from 10am to 12noon and then, from 3pm, starting from the Descartes Museum they will be leading a guided tour in the footsteps of René Descartes through … Continue reading

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