The week has been cool but pleasant. James and Daniel, who have been in Paris for the month of July, came to visit for a long weekend. Coincidentally it was the weekend of our village yearly Medieval festival and Emily and family arrived as well, making for a lively and memorable few days.
The new owners of the Château of Montmirail, have exerted their influence on our village. After renovating the castle, they have worked to integrate it into village life, by offering public events throughout the year. During the summer we have had concerts in the music room and picnics in the park. It has become a very friendly place.
There are even plans to make a restaurant in the currently abandoned stables over the coming years.
Certainly there is a lot of positive energy and more conviviality in the village than during the last few years. This is our tenth summer at Maison Conti and thus our tenth Medieval festival.
The activities were much the same as in years past.
The vendors/actors and presenters are part of a cadre of folks who spend their weekends touring France to similar village festivals, popular all over the country.
This year almost all the activities took place on the castle park.
There is always a big banquet offered on Saturday evening. We went with James, Daniel, our neighbors and another village family. Two enormous beef shanks turned on a spit throughout the afternoon. There was enough meat to serve a couple of hundred people. If you were a vegetarian, you were out of luck.
It was enjoyable sitting among the crowd with friends and relations, and watching the sun go down.
Meanwhile we had music and other entertainments.
The dramatic finale was a huge fireworks display over the castle walls.
Even better were our family meals together. Everyone, with the possible exception of myself, loves to cook and many tasty dishes are always rustled up whenever the family gets together.
Jos bought us a new family game called "Concept," and we literally spent hours playing it. It's a game for the whole family, and interesting for all. I highly recommend it to you.