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Réans, Armagnac, 32 Gers, France
Our objective is to promote friendship between women of all nationalities living in Gascony, SW France, to share our interests and to offer help when needed. The Club started in 2008, with twenty English ladies living in Gascony, using a foreign language and experiencing a new life. Since then, several different groups have been added and our membership has grown into the hundreds, with new ladies moving to the area and ladies who have lived here a while, who have discovered us, who want to make new acquaintances and discover new areas of interest. Today we have eleven nationalities, and our speaking/working language is English. The GLC meets on the second Tuesday of each month, excluding July and August.Every member receives an email each month, giving the name of the restaurant, the chosen, menu and a booking form. In 2014, we became a non-profit making Association, known as Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac and was re-named in 2019 to Gascogne Ladies Club. Our annual subscription fee of 10 € is payable in January each year. Each member of the Club may participate in some or all of our various groups

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Walk August 2019








Dear Walkers

Our next walk will take place in the pretty hilltop village of Lavardens dominated by its Chateau and church on 

Friday 9 August starting at 10.30 am


Lavardens is situated off the D930 Condom/Auch main road.  It is a moderate circular walk of 
10 kms (maximum 3h) with a variant of 5 kms (about 1.5h).  The walk takes us out into the countryside in amongst the sunflowers with excellent views of Lavardens for much of the walk which means a few hills! We will pass ancient twin mills, the old Chapel of Saint Marie in amongst the vines and the old lavoir before returning to the village.

Re-walk - Montesquiou - 
Wednesday 14 August starting at 10.30 am

We will walk the variant of 4.5 kms - a circular easy walk which starts in the pretty village of Montesquiou.  We walk up the High Street through the village onto part of the Compostello St Jacques which we re-join later on in the walk.  There are some good views and we pass the old lavoir en route.

If you would like to join either or both of these walks and are not a member of the Walking Group, please email






Monday, 5 August 2019

August Picnic








Dear Ladies

We hope that you are enjoying the slightly cooler weather. 

Invitation to summer picnic on

Tuesday 13 August 

at Château de Bascous (near to Eauze)




We are delighted to invite you to our annual  summer picnic on Tuesday 13th August at Chateau de Bascous.  This is a wonderful courtyard setting and the perfect location for a picnic with lawns and a tent allowing us to eat, drink and chat in the leafy shade, it is surrounded by vines and open countryside to take an afternoon stole or if you feel more energetic we will have a game of pétanque.  A perfect chance for us all to spend a relaxing afternoon together.  The picnic area is behind the Marie at BASCOUS. 



Everyone who attended last year really enjoyed the event and we hope that it will be as successful this year.  You can bring as many guests as you like and there is a play area for children. 

We have arranged for tables and chairs, which will be set up in the large tented  area, so we can meet even if the weather is less-favourable.

The picnic will be “bring and share” style, but the way that you want to organize the food is completely up to you.  Our recommendation is that everyone brings their preferred main plate (eg basic salad /protein) with the food that you and your party want to eat, plus a large plate of something for sharing (eg pre-dinner nibbles, side salad, pie, quiche, desert). 

You may want to organise yourselves into groups with your guests / friend and work out the picnic that you will bring between yourselves .  Others may want to bring there own picnic and not share.  We want to keep this as flexible, free and relaxed as possible to meet your needs, but hope that you want to join in with the idea of conviviality and sharing. 

Please also bring your own cutlery, plates, glasses etc. So that you have all that you need for a delicious picnic. 

Gascogne Ladies Club will be subsidizing the event by providing the venue (tables, chairs and tent), table coverings, wine (it will be better quality than last year), soft drinks, Bread and cheese.  

We would like to invite you all to a pétanque challenge.  Please bring your own sets of boules if you have them. 

This event is completely GRATUIT and is open to you, your partners and guests. There is no restriction on numbers – you just need to provide sufficient food for your party and a bit extra to share.  

The picnic will start at 12:00 and will continue into the afternoon.   

Look forward to seeing you.

Friday, 28 June 2019

July 2019 lunch








Dear Ladies

We are delighted to invite you to a very special summer 

BBQ lunch
 on Thursday 18th July

 at Château de Buros 
near Gabarret


This is a favourite venue and they have offered us a fantastic menu.  We hope that will be able to spend a leisurely and convivial afternoon together in the shade of the Chateau grounds.  We also have the option of being inside should the weather not co-operate.  

Our hosts, Angélique and Marijn de Wit, have created a fantastic menu with a mixture of BBQ foods (meat, fish and vegetables), sauces, salads as well as a choice of desserts.  The BBQ is open to partners and guests.  Please use the form in your email to make the reservation for yourself and your guests. You only need one form to make your reservation.



The Summer BBQ

Booking-in commences from 12:00 and will cost €20 for members and €25 for each guest.
Gascogne Ladies Club Sponsored Welcome reception: 
Apéritif Sangria avec des grignotages (nibbles)  

 From the Barbecue:

Bavette de bœuf 
(beef)
pilons de poulet 
(chicken drumsticks) 
Araignée de porc marinée a la provençal 
(pork provencal) 

Papillote de poissons à la coriandre, gingembre et citronnelle 
(fish parcels)

Brochette de legumes avec champignon, poivron, courgette et aubergine
(vegetable kebabs)


Choice of  sauces:  
Sauce Barbecue, Sauce Tzaziki


Salads:
 Pomme de terre en papillote 
(potato parcels), 
Salade De pâtes fraîches aux légumes grillés 
(pasta salad with grilled vegetables)
 salade tomates avec mozzarella


Dessert

Ananas aux épices rôti 
(spicy roast pineapple)
Salade de fruits du verger marines a la verveine (salad with fruits of the orchard marinated in verbena)  
Mousse de fruits exotiques


Reserve your place now.  The cost is €20 for members and €25 for each guest.  Wine is not included in this price but will be available to purchase. 

The BBQ is open to partners and guests.  Please book early as numbers will be capped at 80.  Once the cap is reached additional names will be added to the waiting list.  You are welcome to bring house guests with you if someone is visiting.  In the event that we are over subscribed with a lot of guests, we may need to ask you to restrict guests in order to ensure that all members (plus 1 guest) can attend.  We hope that it won’t be necessary to implement this. Please bring your cheque for €20 (members) and €25 (each guest) made payable to “Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac” or cash in an envelope marked with your name and the number of guests.  

Deadline for booking:   The deadline for booking is Thursday 4th July (or sooner if the cap is reached).  But please don’t wait for this date as we expect that this event will get booked up very quickly.  Numbers will be accepted after this date (by email) if we still have places.  I will advise on the status when I send out the reminder email and list of responders.  Please note, that we will need to charge for any cancellations received on or after Monday 15th July (within 72 hours of the lunch).

Book now to avoid disappointment: Please can you submit your reservation as soon as possible. Early booking will ensure that you have a place and avoid disappointment.  If you have problems with the form or think that it has not worked or prefer to send an email, please respond to this by email indicating how many guests you would like to register.  In this case, I will manually enter your wishes.  I will send out the reminder email and list of responses next week.  

The LLC Committee look forward to welcoming you to this event and we are all keeping our fingers crossed for a rain-free lunch with you, your partners and guests. 

Keep the date free: Extra Special Summer Picnic on Tuesday 13th August at Chateau de Bascous (near to Eauze).  This will be an “bring and share picnic”, in which you bring something for 6-8 people (eg a savoury salad, quiche, etc  or a dessert).  This will be free and will be open to as many guests as you would like to bring.  LLC will be sponsoring the venue, wine and some food. 

Other LLC events
I will send out a bulletin of all other news and events over the summer.  Please can you let me know if you have anything to add.
Astrid Florentinus 
We would like to let you know that Astrid Florentinus has passed away on 16 June.  She was a long member of our Club, and was an active part of Talking Shop.  She was well known for her warm hearted stories about buying and selling antique furniture.  She was born in the Dutch Indies, lived to the Netherlands and lived for many years in France.  She will be remembered by many of our members, but her Dutch friends will never forget her lessons in Indonesian cooking and keep the finest of memories of this strong and gentle woman.  She left for Holland 2 years ago and has been buried in Holland   We all wish her family strength and love. 

Best wishes

Janet 

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Walks June 2019















Dear Walkers

I am proposing the following walks at

Castera Verduzan - Friday 14 June starting at 10.30

There will be TWO walks (both classified as easy) - one starting at 10.30 which is 9 kms (about 2.5h+) and the other starting at 14.30 which is 5.5 kms (about 1.5h+).  The morning walk takes us into the quaint hamlet of Old Castera with good views along the ridge and then out into the countryside and the afternoon walk takes us more southerly into the countryside with views of Old Verduzan and it church.  Castera Verduzan is famed for its casino and thermal spa complex.


There will be a re-walk of the walks at

Vic Fezensac - Wednesday 12 June starting at 10.30

Again there are TWO walks (both easy/moderate) - the morning walk starts at 10.30 which is 10.5 kms (3h+) with a variant of 7 kms and takes us into the countryside with some good views.  The afternoon walks starts at 14.30 which is 7.5 kms (2h+) and is a riverside/countryside walk (along the River Osse) and then up to the village of Marambat where there are some fantastic views over Vic.

I apologise for the fact that there are two sets of walks in the same week - at least it'll keep us fit (or exhausted!!) and do hope that you can join us.

Please let me know which of the walks you would like to do and whether they are in the morning or afternoon walks.

Looking forward to seeing you all.




Monday, 27 May 2019

June lunch 2019














Dear Ladies

We have pleasure in inviting you to our next lunch, which will be at one of favourite restaurants at the Auberge 

la Baquere at Preneron
  
on Tuesday 11 June 


We hope that the weather will be kind to us and that we can eat outside.  We hope that you can join us at 12:00 to 12:15 on Tuesday 11 June.

Please find below the menu for €19, which includes wine and coffee.

Please can you complete the form in your email to reserve your place and register your choice of main course.  You can also use the form to send your apologies.



Menu


Welcome cocktail and canapés 


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Crème de maïs au basilic et œuf poché 
(cream of mais with basil and poached egg)


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Poulet rôti au feu de bois, sauce à la moutarde de Gascogne 
(BBQ chicken with mustard sauce)


Ou


Dos de loup sauce aux Écrevisse
 (sea bass with prawns)


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Moelleux au chocolat, sorbet passion 


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Wine and coffee


The cost will be €19.  Please book by Wednesday 5 June.   We are not expecting to reach a cap, but please book early as it helps our communication with the restaurant and it’s always better to book early.  I will send an update with the list of attendees before the deadline 

Details of the booking

-  Numbers should not be restricted

-  The deadline for booking is Wednesday 5 June. We will give definitive numbers on Sunday 9 June. So any cancellations after this date will be charged. 

- Please reply to the email address at the bottom of this message (or by reply) if you are having problems with the form or feel that the form may not have worked, I will then enter your details manually. 

- The cost is €19 which includes a welcome cocktail, wine and coffee. 

- Please bring your chèque for €19 made payable to Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac or cash in an envelope with your name on it.  Your help with this is much appreciated as it helps to speed up the booking in process 

Future lunches

Summer BBQ Tuesday 18th July at Chateau Buros, near Gabarret with partners/guests which was very successful last year.

Summer picnic - provisional date 13th August at the Chateau Bassous (near Eauze).  This is an ideal venue for a picnic, with a large tent and shade to give plenty of cover.  This will be a “bring and share” event and partners, guests are welcome.  The date will be confirmed at the lunch. 

I will send a full summer newsletter.  Please let me know if you have anything you would like to be included. 




Best wishes

Janet



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