Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Ladykillers - invitation to theatre play in Lectoure

To kick off the festive season the next Vagabond production will be the stage version of 
The Ladykillers 


based on the classic Ealing comedy and adapted by Graham Linehan of Father Ted fame, so a suitably wacky take on the original, made wackier by us doing it in drag (see attached pic, taken by Mike of course), inspired by the recent all-female production in Belfast. (Why should men have all the best lines?) 

If you're not familiar with the film, picture a dilapidated house in North London in 1956. Enter the self-styled 'Professor' Marcus, who rents a room from the little old landlady, all alone in the world apart from her diseased parrot. He introduces her to the four other members of his gang, claiming they are a troupe of madrigal singers, much to her delight. It is here that they plot a raid on a security van, in which she becomes their unwitting, innocent accomplice. But nothing goes according to plan, and the hapless thieves are soon at war with each other - a recipe for murder, mayhem, and several kinds of madness. Including a special surprise we can't reveal in advance! 

The show will be on 
Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December in the Salle de la Comédie, Lectoure

As it’s winter both shows will be matinées, starting at 2.30 p.m. so you can have lunch in Lectoure beforehand if you wish, get home before dark, and still have the evening free.

For tickets please contact Lucy see email address on the poster. Do not contact LLC committee please. 

Thursday, 12 October 2017

bookclub meetings until Christmas 2017



Dear Bookclubbers, 

The August meeting in Pam’s garden was very enjoyable and all the fizz, canapes, poetry and book talk when down really well!



September 21st:  The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler  (recommended by Fiona) 
we had a good meeting and discussed the book. 

The programme up until Christmas is listed below:


October 19th:  The Sympathiser by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Sympathizer can be read as a spy novel, a war novel, an immigrant novel, a novel of ideas, a political novel, a campus novel, a novel about the movies, and a novel, yes, about other novels. 
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This overreaching mixture leads to occasional missteps that matter little set against the greater result: a bold, artful and globally minded reimagining of the Vietnam war and its interwoven private and public legacies.


November 16th:  Theme month – A Modern Classic
There was some talk as to how to define a Modern Classic but we didn’t come up with anything entirely conclusive.  A Classic is a work of literature of acknowledged quality and enduring significance or popularity. 





So Many Books


In extended use: something which is memorable and an outstanding example of its kind.  Modern?  Post 1950. 


December 21st:  A Christmas reading of your choice
ideas??? 


Listopia > Christmas Book Lists

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. LewisThe Book Thief by Markus ZusakLittle Women by Louisa May AlcottA Christmas Carol by Charles DickensWinter Garden by Kristin Hannah
Best Books to Read When the Snow Is Falling
1,586 books — 2,170 voters
A Christmas Carol by Charles DickensHow the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. SeussThe Night Before Christmas by Clement C. MooreThe Polar Express by Chris Van AllsburgThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
Favorite Christmas Books
948 books — 1,212 voters











see you in October 2017
Jackie 



Remember, Book Club is always on the 3rd Thursday of the month. All meetings, unless notified, are at Pam’s at 2.30.

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Garden group October 2017 meeting

Dear Gardeners

For our October outing we have again made the decision to change the date in order to attend an event we’re sure you won’t want to miss !

The outing will be on 
Sunday 8th October 2017

and the event is the annual 



held in the picturesque hilltop village of Ordan-Larroque
There is always a large and interesting variety of plants and a lively atmosphere.

We hope you will all join us there at  (13h)  one o’clock — 

BRING A PICNIC 

—  we will meet in the car park below the village.

For those who don’t fancy the walk up to the village from the car park, there is a shuttle bus to take the strain !


Look forward to seeing you there - Ordan-Larroque is on the N124 between Auch & St Jean Poutge

For more information about any of the above or our next meeting and venue, please contact:

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We will be delighted to hear your suggestions for garden visits. 
Please let us know if you have ideas and if you would host one of the meetings of the garden group.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Sign up for LLC Luncheon on 10th October 2017

Dear Ladies - 
It feels as if summer has flown by! Here we are already in early autumn and it is time to invite you to our lunch on 
Tuesday the 10th of October 2017. 
This month, we are going back to the three-star hotel and restaurant Chateau de Buros, in Escalans, just north of Gabarret. 



Angélique de Wit, the chef of Chateau de Buros, has once again created a mouth-watering menu for us:


Menu 18 Euros

Velouté de Tomate, Crème fraîche au Basilic
Tomato soup with Crème fraîche and Basil


Parmentier de Canard et ses Légumes de saison
Shepherd’s Pie with Duck and Vegetables in season

ou/or
Filet de Maquereau, Poireaux fondants et Brunoise de Pommes de terre
Mackerel fillet with Leeks and a Brunoise (finely diced Potatoes fried in butter)

Mousse de Fruits de saison avec son Crumble
Mixture of seasonal Fruit and Crumble


The cost of the menu is 18 euro, which includes the wine but not the coffee/tea.

Deadline for bookings is the 2nd of October so please submit your booking form as soon as possible with your choice of main course. As usual, we will be sending out a list of those who have booked just before that date. If you have any problems with the Booking Form please email Margaretha at <lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com>

We would very much appreciate it if you could bring along your cheque made payable to Ladies Lunch Club de l'Armagnac for 18 euros (or cash) in an envelope with your name clearly marked. This speeds up the checking in process. Booking in will start at 12 o’clock. Please note that you may be charged if you cancel within 72 hours of the lunch.




Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Kind Regards
The LLC Committee

Monday, 15 May 2017

News from the book group



 

We have a lot in store for the next four months.

Do join us.

Our April Book shared the warmth of Sicily and richness of the writing as The Leopard seemed to sing to everyone’s hearts and will number among people’s top 10 books.  Everyone talked about the book with enthusiasm and such appreciation of the novel and we felt really blessed to have finally read it.
 
Set in the 1860s, The Leopard tells the spellbinding story of a decadent, dying Sicilian aristocracy threatened by the approaching forces of democracy and revolution. The dramatic sweep and richness of observation, the seamless intertwining of public and private worlds, and the grasp of human frailty imbue The Leopard with its particular melancholy beauty and power, and place it among the greatest historical novels of our time.

Although Giuseppe di Lampedusa had long had the book in mind, he began writing it only in his late fifties; he died at age sixty, soon after the manuscript was rejected as unpublishable. In his introduction, Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi, Lampedusa's nephew, gives us a detailed history of the initial publication and the various editions that followed. And he includes passages Lampedusa wrote for the book that were omitted by the original Italian editors.

 
 
In May, we meet again to discuss our reflections on: 
The Dry by Jane Harper. 
The meeting is on Thursday 18th May, 2.30 at Pam’s.
 
Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well...

When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.

And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret... A secret Falk thought long-buried... A secret which Luke's death starts to bring to the surface...
  
June 15th, the theme is Marriage.  Choose any book, however closely related to the subject of marriage and any type of marriage 'the biggest commitment two people can make to each other'.
 .
 

 
July 20th  We discuss Cross Channel by Julian Barnes.
These are short stories so read as many or as few as you wish, to discuss. In these stories, Julian Barnes takes as his universal theme the British in France - the fascination with the country, the reasons for being there, and the sometimes ambiguous reception. Maybe some of us can find and laugh at ourselves here?


 
KEEP THE DATE;
August 17th will be our annual Garden Party with lots of bubbles and books to swop and talk about. Get prepared by sorting out the  good condition and used books which are using space on your shelves which could be filled with new and enticing tales.



Sunday, 14 May 2017

It's Mother's Day in France on 28th May..



 

Wishing Happy Mother's Day French style....

 
 
Did you know that the celebration of Mothers' Day started in the early 20th century in the US and it is not related to other celebrations of Mothers and Motherhood e.g. Christian Mothering Sunday, Greet cult of Cybele, or the Roman festival of Hilaria. In fact it's a purely commercial event but it does remind us to show our appreciation for our Mothers (or even be appreciated and spoiled) at least once a year.
 In France Mother's Day is the last Sunday in May so we can celebrate our Mothers twice. How do you celebrate in your native country?
 
 
 
 


Garden Club Visit to Lasbadies in Moncrabeau

The Garden Club enjoyed a wonderful visit to the open garden at Lasbadies on May 11th.

Despite the forecast, the storm held off and  all enjoyed this stunning garden, with beautiful planting topped with magnificent views. It was a mix of Old England and Tuscany with features varying from David Austin type roses to Italian sundials set around a beautifully sturdy Gascon house with Irises galore. We didn't manage to name half the plants.

It's a newish garden as in 1998 the site was a field of wild flowers with a ruin needing much attention. To provide shelter in such an exposed situation the garden was divided into different spaces each protected by hedges or a structure to create garden rooms each with its own character. 

The rooms include a large cobbled area with rill, a fountain and herbaceous beds bordered by a white wisteria and rose walk on one side and a raised hornbeam hedge on the other. 

Other rooms include a smaller circular garden with sculpture, cypressus and more vibrant planting, a box parterre, a potager and a secluded space with pool and abri. The roooms wrap round the house and are linked by paths, grassed areas and hedges giving a strong structure to the garden throughout the year.

Tea and gorgeous cakes with great conversations about gardening and plants we have known finished off a delightful time spent amongst friends and we thank Pat and Caroline for finding it for us.
 
We donated the proceeds from our trip to the children's leukaemia fund.
 
For those who missed it the garden can be viewed by appointment with Jenifer Story; Lieu dit Lasbadies
47600 Moncrabeau.  France. 05 53 65 60 54

Friday, 28 April 2017

Garden visit

Lasbadies near Moncrabeau


 

Thursday 11th May.

 
We are delighted to be visiting this lovely garden, entirely created by  Alan and Jennifer Story
 Located on a hilltop site on the Lot et Garonne and Gers boundary, 4km from Moncrabeau, in 1998 the site was a field of wild flowers with a ruin needing much attention. To provide shelter in such an exposed situation the garden was divided into different spaces each protected by hedges or a structure to create garden rooms each with its own character. The rooms include a large cobbled area with rill, a fountain and herbaceous beds bordered by a white wisteria and rose walk on one side and a raised hornbeam hedge on the other. Other rooms include a smaller circular garden with sculpture, cypressus and more vibrant planting, a box parterre, a potager and a secluded space with pool and abri. The roooms wrap round the house and are linked by paths, grassed areas and hedges giving a strong structure to the garden throughout the year.

 
Lieu dit Lasbadies
47600 Moncrabeau


Directions from Condom: Take the road to Agen, after about 4 km turn left at double bend, signed Moncrabeau and Lasbadies. Keep on this small road for another 5 km (ignoring left turn to Moncrabeau) and turn left into hameau Lasbadies as signed at top of hill. It is the last house on the right. Parking will be signed.


 We will meet at 2.30 pm

 Look forward to seeing you all then, please let us know if you plan to come so we have an idea of numbers.

 
Date for your diaries:
Please note also that our June outing will take place on Thursday 1st June
we will visit Nancy Hushion’s beautiful garden at Roques
 

 
Lieu dit Lasbadies, 47600 Moncrabeau -8
 

Friday, 7 April 2017

LLC April 11th,2017 luncheon

Come along and meet one of our favourite chefs at our 
April 11th lunch 12h
at the 
Auberge La Baquère. 

Thibault in front of his restaurant
Adresse : lieu-dit La Baquere, 32190 Préneron
Téléphone : 05 62 06 42 75
Gastronomic yes, but Thibault is also curious, which led him, after his hotel studies, to emigrate, discover and practice in England, the United States, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
However, it is at Preneron near Vic-Fezensac, where Thibault took up the challenge at this Auberge; steeped in history. La Baquère is a gascon word meaning savoir-vivre and conviviality.
For almost 15 years he has delighted his clients with an inventive cuisine, where he mixes the influence of his experiences with the riches of the Gers region.
Here is Thibault's menu:

Bouchee a la reine aux feves et girolles / 

Vol au vents with broad beans and girolles mushrooms
----

Dos de merlu poche sauce au vin blanc et combawa/ 

Hake with a white wine and Madagascan spiced sauce

or
Jambon roti au miel et oranges/

Honey and orange roasted ham
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Moelleux aux prunneaux et armagnac
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The booking deadline is the 3 April.
Please note that you may be charged if you cancel within 72 hours of the lunch.

We shall start booking in at 12:00 to be ready for 12:30. 
Please remember to bring your 17 euros in an envelope, 
and if you haven't paid your 2017 subs then please bring an additional 10 euros. 

If you have any difficulties regarding up signing, travelling or other,
please contact: The LLC Secretary at:
<lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com>

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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Bookclub meeting February 2017

We had a fun afternoon discussing our animal themed January books – They are listed below.

LLC Bookclub - What's next? 

Next LLC bookclub meeting on 


February 16th 2017:  
A Sunday at the Pool in Kingali by Gil Courtemanche



All meetings as usual at Pam’s, 2.30 in Réans, unless notified.










Next meetings scheduled:

March 16th: The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen (Cathie).
The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen

 The Heat of the Day
  
Brenda is kindly hosting this meeting. Directions to follow.

April 20th:  

May 18th:  Brenda’s choice of books

June 15th:  The Theme will be Marriage!


All meetings as usual at Pam’s, 2.30 in Réans, unless notified.

Remember, Book Club is always on the 3rd Thursday of the month.
All meetings, unless notified, are at Pam’s at 2.30.

The theme for the month is Animals
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animal books presented:
The Dalai Lama’s Cat , David Michie
Rikki Tikki Tavi, Rudyard Kipling
The Wisdom of Donkeys, Andy Merrifield
Life of Pi, Yann Martell
A lion in the bedroom, Pat Cavendish O’Neill
Jock of the Bushveld, Sir James Percy Fitzpatrick
The Horse Dancer, JoJo Moyes
One Dog at a Time, Pen Farthing
Ring of Bright Water, Gavin Maxwell
The Farm, Richard Benson
Kes, Barry Hinds


For more information about any of the above or our next meeting and venue, please contact:
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