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>

For more information about any of the above or our next meeting and venue, please contact:
LLC secretary: lunchclubgascogne(at)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:
LLC secretary: lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com
or you join the blog here:

follow by email
(click on this link if you want regular info)
or our
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Ladies Lunch Club de l'Armagnac.


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Gardengroup meeting GARDEN GROUP TEA PARTY 9th February 2017

Dear Gardeners

We hope you have all had a great start to 2017

To start off our monthly program of events for the year Pat has arranged a 

GARDEN GROUP TEA PARTY 
with plant swap & gardening book exchange (or any other garden related items) 
an opportunity to discuss our gardening plans for this year.

Thursday February 9th at 3 PM chez Pat 

Hope to see as many of you as possible

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


LLC secretary: lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com
or you join the blog here:
follow by email (click on this link if you want regular info) or our
facebook page (see widget on the blog)
Ladies Lunch Club de l'Armagnac.
or 

come to the Ladies Luncheon on every 2d Tuesday per month or you join the blog here:follow by email 
(click on this link if you want regular info)

We would like to get your suggestions for garden visits. 

Please let us know if you have ideas or wishes. Also let us know who would like to host one of the meetings of the garden group.




Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Sign up for LLC Annual General Meeting and Lunch FEBRUARY 14th, 2017

Dear Ladies,

Our 2017 Ladies Lunch Club de l'Armagnac 
Annual General Meeting 

will take place in the Salle de Fetes, 32110 Cravenceres on Tuesday 14th February.  
Coffee and biscuits will be offered from 10.45 am and the Meeting will start promptly at 11.00 a.m.

An Agenda for the Meeting is available. Minutes of the 2016 AGM were sent out to all Members at the end of February 2016.  
Copies will be circulated on the day, but if you would like a copy e-mailed to you please contactlunchclubgascogne@gmail.com.  
We will ask for your approval on the day by a show of hands of those present.

Election of new Committee: As already notified. 
If you are unable to attend but have something to offer please e-mail  the Committee at the above address.

The Meeting will be followed by our normal monthly Lunch which, this month is being prepared and served by two of our Members.  
For those attending both the AGM and the lunch there is a special subsidised price of €14.  
For those attending the lunch only, the price will be the usual €17.  
A Booking Form has been sent out. 
If you have difficulties in submitting the form please send an email giving your choices to lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com 

MENU
(17 Euros,  
14 Euros for those attending the AGM) 

Apéritif
Amuse Bouche
++
Verrine Rouge Maison
++
Buffet – Self Service

Couscous aux Boulettes de Bœuf, Merguez, legumes varies, Pois Chiche,
Raisins sec, sauce piquante .

(Meatballs and Merguez sausage, couscous with a variety of vegetables, chick peas, raisins and a spicy sauce)

or 
Vegetarian option:
Lasagne au Thon, epinards, tomates, champignons,
Salade Composé

(Tuna Fish, Spinach, Tomato and Mushroom Lasagne, served with a mixed salad)
++
Soupe de Fruits Frais
(Fresh Fruit Salad)
Tuile Noix de Coco

Vins Rouge, Rose et cafe inclus.


DEADLINE FOR BOOKING IS 7TH FEBRUARY


Can we take this opportunity to remind those who have not already sent in their 
Membership Renewal Form that they can bring it along, together with the fee (cash or cheque made payable to Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac) on the 14th February 2017.

The deadline for subscriptions is the end of February (unless you have made a prior  arrangement). After this we regret your name will be deleted from our list.  
If you have any difficulties regarding signing up or other please contact 
The Secretary,lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com 

For those ladies who regularly attend the monthly lunches can we ask if you have any new, unwanted items that we can put into the Raffle. If so please do bring them along, our stock is depleted.

We look forward to your participation.

Your LLC Committee

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Bookclub meeting January 2017

Looking forward to a whole new year of reading, we are meeting on 

Thursday 19 January 2017
2.30 pm at Pam’s in Reans.  

The theme for the month is Animals
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The book for the February meeting (16th) is 

Sunday at the Pool in Kingali 

Listed below are the books Cathie has suggested for the March meeting. 
If you get a chance please email back your choice or I will take votes next Thursday.


Golden Hill










 The Allegations 
    

The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography from the Revolution to the First World War


 The Heat of the Day

See you next week.

Jackie

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Sign up for LLC January 2017 Lunch


Dear Ladies,
We hope you have all enjoyed the Christmas festivities, and it is not too early to start thinking about 2017. 


Our January Lunch will take place at the
on Tuesday 10th January 12h. 

HOTEL RESTAURANT LE COMMERCE            2 Place des cordeliers              
32110 NOGAROTél : 05 62 09 00 95 - 06 71 74 55 98

The closing date for reservations is 4th January 2017.

MENU - 17€
Surprise du Commerce
……

½ Coquelet grille , Pommes Sautées et Haricot vert
(half a small chicken with sauté potatoes and green beans)
……….
Tourtiere avec boule de glace vanille
(Croustade with vanilla ice cream)

Or Vegetarian option 

Crudité (Mixed vegetable salad)
…….

Grilled Fish with Sautées potatoes and Haricots verts
………
Tourtiere avec boule de glace vanilla
(Croustade with vanille ice cream)
……….. 
¼ de vin rouge ou blanc par personne
Café

Please make your reservation and choose your option Meat or Vegetarien. 
Please email lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com before deadline of 4th January.

A list of those people who have booked will be sent out just before the deadline on 4th January.

Please remember to put your cheque for 17€ (made out to Ladies Lunch Club) or cash in an envelope with your name on.
Can we also take this opportunity to remind everyone that Subscriptions for 2017 are due in January. The amount is still 10€.

Membership forms will be sent out shortly and we would be grateful if you will complete this a.s.a.p. so that we can ensure our Membership is kept up to date.

Forms will also be available at the January Lunch and you can pay then. However it would be appreciated if you could put this in a separate envelope with your name on.

Another date for your Diary:

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 14th February 2017 in the
Foyer at Cravenceres starting at 11.00 am 
and followed by lunch.
Full details will be sent out in due course.

Finally, the Committee, would like to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.

The LLC committee