Friday, 8 December 2017

LLC bookclub meeting December 14th 2017

Our last book club meeting of the year 2017 

The Festive One, is next Thursday 14 December.
Special Christmas time of 3.30pm

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Please bring your favourite Christmas reading, if you have one, and a little plate of snacks/sweet or savoury, or a bottle of fizz.

I have Jo’s selection of books for the January 2018 meeting which I have printed below.  Have a look at them and we can then choose the book on Thursday.
Jackie

I have actually opted for 4 books; two by women and two by men.  Books written by incredibly intrepid travellers, both through life and through adventure. Tales of Derring-do and “gung-honess” (is there such a word?). I have enjoyed them immensely – hope the bookclub also enjoys.
 Jo B x They are:

Jupiter's Travels -Ted Simon's astonishing 4 year motorbike journey around the world 
The book that inspired Ewan McGregor's Long Way Round 

Jupiter's TravelsIn the late 1970s Ted Simon set off on a Triumph and rode 63,000 miles over four years through fifty-four countries in a journey that took him around the world. Through breakdowns, prison, war, revolutions, disasters and a Californian commune, he travelled into the depths of fear and reached the heights of euphoria. 
He met astonishing people and was treated as a spy, a welcome stranger and even a god. For Simon the trip became a journey into his own soul, and for many others - including bikers Charley Boorman and Ewan McGrergor - it provides an inspiration they will never forget. 
Brought up in England by a German mother and a Romanian father, Ted Simon found himself impelled by an insatiable desire to explore the world. It led him to abandon an early scientific career in favour of journalism, and he has worked for several newspapers and magazines on Fleet Street and elsewhere. Ted Simon is also the author of Riding Home and The Gypsy in Me.


A fascinating story about one man's perilous journey across the Atlantic in a tiny open dinghy, to prove his theories that castaways could survive on only fish (from whose insides a certain amount of fresh water is procured), plankton, rainwater and a small amount of seawater. Dr Bombard was influenced by the Kon-Tiki expedition of 1947, but unlike that famous voyage, Bombard's trip is now largely forgotten, though it caused a sensation at the time in 1952.

Paula McLain – Circling the Sun 
Beryl wrote a book about her trans-Atlantic flight called “West with the Night?” which was heralded by Hemingway, is available online.
Circling the SunAs a young girl, Beryl Markham was brought to Kenya from Britain by parents dreaming of a new life. For her mother the dream quickly turned sour, and she returned home; Beryl was brought up by her father, who switched between indulgence and heavy-handed authority, allowing her first to run wild on their farm then incarcerating her in the classroom. 
The scourge of governesses and a serial absconder from boarding school, by the age of 16 Beryl had been catapulted into a disastrous marriage - but it was in facing up to this reality that she took charge of her own destiny. 
Scandalizing high society with her errant behaviour, she left her husband and became the first woman ever to hold a professional racehorse trainer's licence. After falling in with the notoriously hedonistic and gin-soaked Happy Valley set, Beryl soon became embroiled in a complex love triangle with the writer Karen Blixen and big-game hunter Denys Finch Hatton (immortalized in Blixen's memoir Out of Africa). 
It was this unhappy affair which set tragedy in motion while awakening Beryl to her truest self and to her fate: to fly.


Just a Little Run Around the World: 5 Years, 3 Packs of Wolves and 53 Pairs of ShoesAfter her husband died of cancer, 57-year-old Rosie set off to run around the world, raising money in memory of the man she loved. Followed by wolves, knocked down by a bus, confronted by bears, chased by a naked man with a gun and stranded with severe frostbite, Rosie's breathtaking 20,000-mile solo journey is as gripping as it is inspiring. Rosie's solo run around the world started out of sorrow and heartache and a wish to turn something around. 
Heartbroken when she lost her husband to cancer, Rosie set off from Wales with nothing but a small backpack of food and equipment, and funded by the rent from her little cottage. So began her epic 5-year journey that would take her 20,000 miles around the world, crossing Europe, Russia, Asia, Alaska, North America, Greenland, Iceland, and back into the UK. 
On a good day she'd run 30 miles, on a bad day she'd only manage 500 yards, digging herself out of the snow at -62 degrees C, moving her cart inches at a time. Every inch, every mile, was a triumph, a celebration of life, and 53 pairs of shoes later Rosie arrived home to jubilant crowds in Tenby, Wales.


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, 29 November 2017

Garden group meeting for Christmas table decoration December 2017

The LLC Garden group will be meeting on 


Thursday, 7th December at 2 pm 


at Jane Cooper's at Labatut Rivière


to  make Table Decorations for Christmas. 


this is only a random
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Please bring your own container and plenty of greenery, spray, baubles etc. 

We hope for a good gathering, being the last meeting of the year.

For more information and contact please see our garden club page


Meetings are on the first Thursday of the month.


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Monday, 27 November 2017

Sign up for December 2017 Christmas Lunch with Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac

Dear Lady Members, 
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend our December Ladies Lunch on 



Tuesday 12th  of December
 at 12h/starting 12.30h
  


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Place du Pesquèrot
32370 Manciet
They have offered us the front restaurant but still there is a restriction of seats of 44 as the maximum number the restaurant can take, therefore priority will be given to members. 

Should you wish to bring a guest would you please advise us separately, and if any places remain on the waiting list after the closing date we will contact you.  

Deadline for final reservation is 
5th of December 2017.



Menu 20 Euro 


Apéritif de Bienvenue
Welcoming Aperitif

Terrine de Foie Gras au Figues
Terrine of Foie Gras with Figs

Magret de Canard cuit en son jus avec un Gratin de Légumes
Duck Breast baked in its own juices with a Vegetable Gratin

ou/or

Filet de Cabillaud au Beurre Blanc 
Cod Fillet with White Butter Sauce

Bûche de Noël et Glace Vanille
Traditional Yule Log with Vanilla Ice cream

Café/Thé
Coffee/Tea

Arrosé par un Vin Rosé ou du Vin Rouge
With Rosé or Red Wine



Please make your reservation and submit your booking form (which was sent to you by email)  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 20 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, Lunch 12.30h. 

Please note that you may be charged if you cancel within 72 hours of the lunch.

Please also note that the AGM 
(Annual General Meeting) 
will take place on January 9th, 2018 in Réans.   
A separate email will be sent out to members. 
We are very much looking forward to seeing you at our last lunch in 2017. 
the Committee



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PS. Our Marché de Noel takes place on the 2nd of December this year at 
11B, Route de Gavarret, Condom. 
If you would like to attend and need directions, 
see our post. 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

LLC Marché de Noel - Christmas market 2017

Marché de Noel - Christmas Market
organised by 
LadiesLunchclub de l'Armagnac 
takes place on 
2d December 2017 
10.30 - 17h 

address: 11 B Rue Gavarett, 32100 Condom
See you all there


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Garden group November 8th, 2017 at Palmeraie de Sarthou

Dear Gardeners

For our November outing we will be going to the wonderful, exotic, 


Plan Palmeraie Parc


Jardin Exotique en Gascogne



Because the gardens are closed on Thursdays we have arranged to go on: 

Wednesday 8th November, 
meeting there at 2pm

This garden was named a “Jardin Remarquable” in 2006 and The gardens at the Palmeraie are of great interest to plant lovers and gardeners with many tropical species, palms, banana, bamboo -  flourishing. 
 There is a also a restored Gascon farm house in which one can see how the typical farmer would have lived with his family - complete with animals and a collection of metal sculptures set in the garden. Mostly made from scrap and machine parts these represent real and fantastic animals. 
Then there is the woodland walk round the "prairie" and another surprise of two crashed aircraft in the trees !

There will be a charge of €6.50 per person which includes a guided visit and tea and cake afterwards, this is for 10 people, for less it will be € 7.00. 

directions:
take the D48 road from Aignan to Nogaro, after about 3 k turn right onto D 111 following the sign to Jardin exotique, after about 2 k there is a right turn. (Hidden in the hedge ) to Palmeraie du Sarthou, this leads you direct to the garden, turn right again by the bins.
DIRECTIONS: 
https://www.palmeraiesarthou.com/contact


LINK TO WEBSITE:  https://www.palmeraiesarthou.com

Plan Palmeraie Jardin

We look forward to seeing you there - if you would like to bring a picnic you are welcome to do so - there is an undercover area in case the weather is not on our side !




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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Sign up for LLC Luncheon on November 14th, 2017

Hello Ladies,

Our November lunch 2017 will take place on


Tuesday November 14th at 
12.00 noon for 12.30 pm

Tel 05 62 69 85 64 at ​36, Avenue de l'Adour 32400 Riscle, 

and we invite you to make your reservation (on the booking form emailed to members) as soon as possible. 







Menu 18 Euros

Entrée
Carpaccio de Boeuf avec Pesto, Parmesan et des grains de Tournesol 
Beef Carpaccio with Pesto, Parmesan and Sunflower seeds
Ou/or
Salade Grillée aux Courgettes et Mozzarella 
Grilled Salad of Courgettes topped with Mozzarella
+++
Poulet Suprème au Brie et Chorizo avec ses Pommes de Terre et ses petits Légumes
Chicken Supreme stuffed with Brie and Chorizo and served with Potatoes and Vegetables 

Ou/or

Filet de Carrelet avec une mousseline de Pommes de Terre et des Légumes  
Filet of Sole with mousseline Potatoes and Vegetables
+++
Tartelette Chocolat Chaud

Warm chocolate tartlet
+++
The menu has wine and coffee or tea included.


Deadline for bookings is the 7th of November 
so please submit your booking form (sent to members) as soon as possible with your choice of starter and 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

Please bring your cheque (€18)  made out to Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac or cash, 
in an envelope with your name on it. 
Please do not forget your name tags.

We look forward to seeing you for our lunch.


The Committee







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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.

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