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Finding Treasure

Finding Treasure

by Sarah and Nigel at

Loire Valley Llama Farm Stay

Today was a great day that found the treasure I have been patiently waiting for.

Today we went to a riverside brocante in Montsoreau, a beautiful French town that sits next to the Loire. Our favourite days out are finding Brocantes and searching for treasure. 

The drive from the llama farm to this particular town is just under an hour, it is a wonderful journey, the views start with the Apple farms of our area in Sarthe. We always take the country roads as they take us through many pretty villages. We drove through pine forests and the fields changed to different crops including a poppy field that was spotted with red as the poppies are not yet in full bloom, but will soon be blood red. As the Loire became closer, every field was filled with grape vines, growing to become the wine that the area is famous for. We took the latticed iron bridge which brings us out opposite the Mushroom caves. We didn’t go there today, but they have a museum to learn about the many mushrooms grown there and a cave dwelling restaurant.

Parking is tight on Brocante day, so we parked at the champignon cav, and walked the short distance to the centre ville.

The brocante stalls here rival the best we have seen but the setting is by far the most beautiful. Hundreds of stalls selling real antiques; mirrors, frames, tables, chairs, carts, chests, and much more.....and jewellery.

Some of you may remember that back in February, Nigel asked me to marry him, of course I said yes but we didn’t have a ring, I was set on the idea of a preloved ring from a Brocante, but hadn’t found one I liked. Today in one of the most beautiful places I have been, set beside the river Loire, a cheeky little pink sapphire and diamond ring sparkled at me. Needless to say, Nigel bought it for me and placed it on my grubby farmer finger! 


After a quick celebration drink, we returned home to all our beloved animals and another glass of wine... it will be a perfect end to a perfect day.

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Comments (9)

Sara Buttle - 15/05/2019

Lovely ring - congrats!

Susan Keefe - 15/05/2019

Montsoreau really is a gem along the rover Loire, Great photos, and congratulations on finding THE ring.

mark davis - 15/05/2019

Sounds a lovely place, and what a pleasant way to spend a day!

Sarah - 14/05/2019

Lovely story and beautiful blue skies in the photos. Oh and love the ring :)

Michael Longhurst - 14/05/2019

Such a lovely story and so happy you found "the" ring :-)

Susan - 14/05/2019

Congratulations Sarah and Nigel. I don’t want a ring but the brocante days really interest me as I’m sure I pay a lot more here in Brighton for items that were picked up in France and shipped back. I must measure all my spaces at home before we travel. Looking forward to seeing all the lovely countryside as well as stopping to take in some wine or at least buy it to have when not driving. I’ll look out for llamas as well as very on trend for 2019 after unicorns overran us last year

Claire Downey - 14/05/2019

What a beautiful day, and such a romantic way to find your "treasure". Congratulations to you both xx

Sheila Heggarty - 14/05/2019

I loved this blog! It was a wonderful story , beautifully told. The photographs enhanced the tale. Looking forward to hearing more you . πŸ‘πŸ’β€οΈπŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ₯‚πŸŒˆπŸ€žπŸΎπŸΈπŸ™πŸ‡«πŸ‡·β€οΈπŸ’πŸ‘

The Milts - 14/05/2019

Great words from the lovely two of you! For those who are reading this and thinking of a cheeky trip to the fab set up Nige and Sarah are running then don’t hesitate. This is a business run from the heart. It’s inceptional and relaxed but it’s also wonderfully well done and very, very welcoming. If you want a chilled and lovely luxurious treat of a glamping holiday then I’d definitely recommend. If you have a quiet word Sarah might even rustle up a yummy lasagne- shhh- don’t tell her I told you 😁😁😘

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