Preparing for the Fête Saint Pierre

which long-term followers will know happens here in July every two years.

The panels of the 2014 float have been scraped clean of the old design and Jock has the dining table covered with paper and drawings, churning over ideas.  He’s done the design for one 5 metre side, and this week it will be made into transparencies to project on to the panel, for the full size drawings to be made.  Then a rough idea of colours will be applied so that the team of volunteers (our team is known as le Galopin) can start twiddling and gluing crèpe paper “papillottes” to cover the entire board.  One more long panel, short panels front and back and the entire platform of the converted bus chassis-cum-carneval float remain to finalise.

The overall theme is the Tour de France cycle race, which starts in our region this year.   Jock has an original twist on the theme, and here is a sneak spoiler: la descente Pas de Prisonniers

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30 Responses to 6-word-Saturday

  1. oh boy- the Tour de France starting where you are- how exciting!

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  2. catterel says:

    I know the Normans were originally Vikings – is that the idea behind this great picture? No wonder they conquered!

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  3. tialys says:

    This looks like lots of fun Viv and anything that makes a man forget he has a cold has got to be a good thing 😉

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  4. Suzy says:

    Sounds like a fun tradition. will look forward to seeing the finished product. Enjoy the research.

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  5. restlessjo says:

    Fun with the Vikings 🙂

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  6. What a wonderful tradition – I just love the 2012 chess float! Makes a little homesick having enjoyed so many happy years in Northern France.

    Visit Keith’s Ramblings!


  7. Tonya says:

    This is going to fabulous! I can’t wait to see it finished!

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  8. Mlissabeth says:

    I guess it is a good thing you are starting early.


    • We’re actually late this year, for want of someone to take charge.We usually start papillotting the first week in February, but we won’t be ready for that yet. In the end Jock showed his draft designs to the past “leader” and he galvanized a retired teacher into action. Jock feels he doesn’t have enough French to direct operations.

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  9. thehutts says:

    Glad to see Jock has a new project having finished his fox. Sally

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  10. Ron. says:

    I always enjoy watching these unfold, V.

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  11. Becky B says:

    ooh can’t wait to see the final result. So impressive already 🙂

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  12. Misky says:

    He is very talented! >

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  13. Tony French says:

    Vivienne – you’ve started to ‘follow’ me on the Robert Burns course. What with your fox a couple of blogs back, plus interest in art and poetry, I’m delighted to see you are on my Poems Please Me mailing list – and hopefully browsed ‘Red on Bone’ ( http://www.poemsplease.me/red )- some remarkable artwork and poems there. By the way … as to your graduating from OU in 2010 – I have a special interest… I worked in the first Vice-Chancellor’s office of the OU and amongst other things edited the OU’s 2nd ever prospectus… that was in 1972, which sort of dates me. Enjoy the bard!

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  14. katechiconi says:

    I especially love the scythe-bladed ‘chariot’ wheels. Does Jock participate in this bloodthirsty ‘take no prisoners’ spectacle himself, or does he admire his design work from the sidelines?


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