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Village fêtes festivals and dinners

Just before I left for the Pyrenees I went to a Village dinner, to celebrate a national free music day. 
Here's what it looked like, outside, in front of the church.  There are by the way a shade under 250 people
in our village, it looks like most of them came to the dinner.

Just after I returned it was the lunch for our part of the village, strictly limited to residents.  
There are 8 houses in the hamlet plus 6 a little further out, a total of 24 people living here.  
Everyone went and by the time we added in sons and daughters and parents visiting
(some especially!) and the family with a second home here we made a total of 35.  
The village mayor - in the green shirt - was allowed because his Mum lives here.  
And the people with the second home (the wife's parents home) were more than welcome.  
They own a restaurant in Toulouse and he was responsible for the superb catering.  
There was so much left after lunch we all returned in the evening to finish it off for dinner.

Soon after, there was another lunch, this time also in front of the church but
because it as lunch we were under the trees for shade. This time it was free, paid for
by the village to celebrate a new council.  No photos, I forgot my camera.

Then it was the day of the vide grenier - empty your attics - or car boot sale in the UK
and garage sale in the US - you can rent space for a stall for next to nothing
then you bring stuff and trade.  Lots of bargains.  I bought a low table for 8 Euros.  

There was a lunch of course.  I was lucky enough to be next to one of  the folk music groups.  
Bagpipes not only come from Scotland  but they are part of Basque culture.  
I went to the diner in the evening,  too, but no photos.

There were several groups, strolling around, or playing for dancing.
People really do wear berets round here.

There were dinners Saturday, Sunday and Monday
(Monday was a a bank holiday)  I went to two of them, I thought 3 in succession
might be pushing it a bit.

Then there was the village fête  I didn't take a camera so here is one from a previous year.  
There were more people here this year than in the photo so street skittles must be gaining in popularity.
The main road through the village is closed especially.

There were dinners of course, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Monday was a a bank holiday) 
I went to two of them, I thought 3 in succession might be pushing it a bit.

We have a local balloon meeting

and not far away at Marciac, a 10 day long jazz festival.  
Mostly modern jazz, but there were some traditional jazz groups
This group is Calamity Jazz from Toulouse.  By coincidence they have chosen
the same name as Calamity Jazz from Eugene, Oregon, the group with whom my
friend Meg plays bass sax. Both Calamities make super music neither need worry that a
rubbish group has stolen their name!

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