After a wander around Chateaudun on Monday and the obligatory stop at the boulangerie for bread and pastries we made our way down to the Loire region for our next Helpx assignment.
We stopped off along the way for some lunch and a 5km walk around the lake at Chateau la Valliere.
We parked up for the night at another free aire in Giseux.
Giseux, even though a tiny village, also sports a chateau which is the largest inhabited chateau in the Anjou-Tourraine region. There are more chateaus in this region than you can shake a stick at!
We arrived at our next Helpx at Chateau de Jalesnes in Vernantes on Wednesday morning and began to settle in. Later in the afternoon we met three of the owners Jonathan, Michael and Jenny who warmly welcomed us to their chateau. This will be our home for the next two weeks or so!
Well, around the back in the Helpx accomodation will be our home! Information about the chateau can be found here.. The chateau isn’t open to the public as such but does host public events and we have arrived just in time for their first Chamber Music Festival. One of our first tasks on the evening that we arrived was to help unload a lorry load of new furniture which Jonathan had driven back from the UK. There were many helpers roped in and we were so busy I didn’t think to take any photos. Everyone pitched in to get the job done followed by a barbeque out in the garden.
Jenny, who’s Australian, showed us how to cook beer chickens on the barbecue.
For anyone that’s interested you just put a half full beer can into the cavity of the chicken and stand it upright on the barbeque, put the lid down, and let it do it’s stuff. Simples! The idea is that the meat keeps moist and falls off the bone when cooked.
All the helpers enjoyed the BBQ and it was a chance to get to know everyone and try out our near non existent french! We are trying to do some french learning everyday when we can so hopefully we’ll get better.
On Thursday our task was to take the packaging off all the furniture for one of the apartments and assemble what needed to be assembled.
I offered to prepare ‘le diner’ for the evening using up the leftovers of the chicken from the BBQ. I played it safe with a chicken pie made with white wine from a handy box on the table.
Jonathan, meanwhile, knocked up something for the musicians that were here!
The chateau is magnifique. We haven’t seen all of it yet but we will as the days go on. We were able to go out on to the roof terrace off one of the apartments on the second floor yesterday to have a look see.
The space is fantastic with the views over the garden and surrounding countryside.
With the music festival going on and apartments to furnish we have been really busy helping out with whatever needs doing including catering for guests arriving for the first concert last night which was a bit stressful but all came good in the end.