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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 LLC 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. 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

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Caliceo trip with LLC Ladies to Pau - suggestion


The Caliceo trip was again cancelled due to reduced numbers, illness and absence being the main factors.

Because of continued interest I propose to try for the third time to organise a group booking and this will essentially be as before – a 1400-1600 session with full use of the spa facilities with an optional aquagym session at 1500.


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See http://www.caliceo.com/pau/


and the dates suggested are 
Friday 19th or Tuesday 23rd April. 

The entry cost is 14€ per person, reducing to 12€ if more than 15 people attend.


There will of course be car share costs to add to this and a list will be available at the lunch on 9th April for you to add your name to if you wish to go and whether you are willing to drive.


Saturday, 30 March 2013

Happy Easter weekend to all Gers Ladies Lunch Member

We wish you a very happy Easter holiday weekend and happy easter egg hunting with hopefully bright sunshine




don't forget the summertime will start this night 


Miscellaneous 69


LLC promoting communication via the internet


Hope you are all well and looking forward to the arrival of Spring. 
Unsettled and unseasonal weather here recently but nothing like the dreadful stuff the UK has had. 
Hope if you have families there they are all safe and warm.  


I give you  a quick word about last LLC Luncheon March talk:

If anyone would like to acquire more computer skills (or in indeed have a complete beginner session on a 1:1 basis) do let me know. 

We aim to promote communication via the internet, and am happy to help anyone who is unfamiliar with any of those aspects eg Blogpages http://gersoisladiesclub.blogspot.fr/



is a response to a need for mutual support, companionship, friendship for those having made the “big move” and living in France in the Gascogne/Gers

Facebook 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gers-Ladies-Lunch-Club/498915270158810?ref=stream



or 
basic mail, to gain these skills if they so wish. 


Contact for computer/internet/Caliceo: 
Dawn: lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com


Friday, 29 March 2013

April 2013 Ladies Luncheon invitation


The April Ladies Luncheon will be held on 

Tuesday 9th April at the Tour de Termes 
at 1230pm.


The caterers are Boyd and Jetske Besse and the menu is:

Starter/Entrée: Mustard soup/ Velouté de moutarde

Main Course/Plât principal:
Spanish chicken leg with peppers and rice/
Cuisses de poulet espagnol avec poivrons et riz 

Vegetarian/Végétarien:
Mexican wrap with peppers, kidney beans, corn and rice / Wrap ('enveloppe') mexicain avec poivrons, haricots rouges, maïs et riz

Dessert/Dessert: Chocolate mouse with orange/ Mousse au chocolat à l'orange

Coffee/Café

Wine/Vin: Red, white, rose/Rouge, blanc et rosé
Water, Eau

16€ Euro

Entry to the Tower of Termes d'Armagnac is included and we shall have a short 15 minute talk after the lunch, in English and French, on its history by Fiona Mcdougall and her husband Olivier.



Would you please respond by 

Saturday 6th April 

if you are able to join us and state your preferred  main course of chicken or the vegetarian option.

Hope to see you all there,

Dawn, Jane, Sue, Pippa and Sue.

Contact for lunch and Réans meeting only: lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com


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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Art and Craft activities May 2013


The next meeting of the Art&Craft activites for those wishing to exhibit or sell items at the planned Exhibition in November 2013 is on 



Monday May 6th at 10.30 at Reans




It will be to see what everyone is making for the Exhibition to be held at 

Chateau Millet on 1,2 and 3rd November 2013.

If you are not able to attend this meeting but would like space to show or sell goods then please contact Pam or Magda direct or LLC secretary: email to:
<lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com>



Art and craft exhibition at Reans on 22nd April

A number of our ladies were present at this event.




Photos of some exhibits below.

Cards


  
       Jewellery                      



Fabric necklaces


Patchwork quilts

Most of these items were for sale, but also on offer were

art courses

There will be a further exhibition and sale of craft and art work

on November 2nd and 3rd at Chateau Millet


for more info contact the secretary at lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com








Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Garden group meeting April 2013

Next LLC gardening group meeting will be in Eauze on 


4th of April, 14.30h




It will be a meeting for plant and seed exchange.

There will be an opportunity to talk about gardening problems, smart solutions etc. 
We all can learn from each other! 


Please, will you inform us if you want to participate for venue and directions please contact the LLC secretary
<lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com>





2013 upcoming events in the Gers

27/28th of April - Marché aux Fleurs - Fources




1st of May - Foire annuel - Saint Justin


Panoramique place des Tilleuls

6th of May - Marché aux fleurs - Montguilhem


Photo aérienne de Montguilhem

11/12th of May - Foire aux Plantes - Gaujacq


 

If you are interested to go to the flower show at Gaujacq, It would it be good to go as a group to share cars (weather allowing).




For those who canno’t come to next meeting and want to go to Gaujacq, please contact LLC secretary at
<lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com>



The 2013 LLC gardengroup meeting agenda for this year (all information and itinerary will be announced in time)


02 May 2013 - Visit to a garden of aromatic herbs

06 June 2013 - (Visit to a garden in DEMU)

04 July 2013 - (Visit to a garden in ANTIN (Haute Pyrénées)

05 September 2013 - 

03 October 2013 - 

07 November 2013 -

05 December 2013 - 


Ideas or/and suggestions are welcome and please inform Marcella or LLC secretary.

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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Bookclub summary of March 2013 - What Am I Doing Here, Bruce Chatwin

For a collection of short stories Bruce Chatwin’s

 What Am I Doing Here 



certainly provoked some good discussion.  
He writes about his fascinating travels and people he met, in his rather staccato but eloquent style,  which are beautifully described and often humorous.
  
There were mixed opinions of this book from “thoroughly enjoyed” to “good in places” and one story “really pissed her off”!! 

Interestingly, Pam had met his widow Elizabeth, in their beautiful home in Henley, which was full of treasures from his travels. 


The stories he tells were unusual, weird and wonderful such as the wolf boy in India, looking for the Yeti in Nepal and following Mrs Ghandi on her political bandwagon. 



This is a personal collection by a uniquely gifted writer who was facing death and wanted to share his fascinating experiences. 
Most of us , if we hadn’t already, would like to read more of his travel books.


Next LLC bookclub meeting will be 

to discuss the book by





Especially for Jane Austen fans very interesting: Pemberley, Jane Austen fans will recall, is the large Derbyshire estate owned by Fitzwilliam Darcy, who weds Elizabeth Bennet at the end of “Pride and Prejudice,” and in “Death Comes to Pemberley,” P. D. James’s surprising new sequel to that novel, it becomes the scene of a murder.



We welcome anyone who would like the Ladies Lunchclub Gers bookclub. 
For more information please contact: 



Ladieslunchclub secretary: 

lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com
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Saturday, 16 March 2013

Bookclub LLC March 2013 - invitation

We invite interested readers to join us for the next bookclub meeting for the month of March:
  

This meeting is exceptionally on 
Friday 22 March 2013 


We are reading and discussing





See here some links about the author Bruce Chatwin and his life  and literature.

In this text, Bruce Chatwin writes of his father, of his friend Howard Hodgkin, and of his talks with Andre Malraux and Nadezhda Mandelstram. 
He also follows unholy grails on his travels, such as the rumour of a "wolf-boy" in India, or the idea of looking for a Yeti.


Book Club of the Ladies Lunch Club meets generally on the 


3rd Thursday of each month 



If you would like to join and for more information about any of the above or our next meeting and venue, please contact:



Ladieslunchclub secretary: 
lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com


or you join the blog here:
(click on this link if you want regular info)


or our facebook page (see widget on the blog)



Sunday, 10 March 2013

Talking Shop March 2013

Nine of our LLC Talking Shop group met together again this month of March 2013 for a friendly chat, hoping to improve our conversational French in a relaxed atmosphere - no homework - just coffee, biscuits and chats.




We are English and Dutch mostly but Mipo who is French speaking is lovely to have along, also for the delicious cakes she brings over!  

A few more French ladies would be very welcome to encourage us. 

We shall continue throughout the year, meeting at a different home each month."

If you are interested you are very welcome and Tplease contact the LLC secretary
email to:

lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com   

Saturday, 9 March 2013

March movie: Sleeping beauty Ballet movie in Mont de Marsan


The following films are to be shown in English 

L'EuropeL'EuropeL'Europe

please note and reserve your tickets



Tuesday, March 26th  in Mont de Marsan cinema is showing the ballet "Sleeping Beauty",





recorded from the Royal Opera House, 
at 2pm and 7.30pm.
Tickets cost €13.50 Link to book tickets: 

Friday, 8 March 2013

March Ladies Club Luncheon invitation

Our next event:
The next LLC lunch, on Tuesday 12th March as from 12h will again be at the 







address:   2 pl. des Cordeliers, 32110 Nogaro







The menu will be : 

Starter:
Warm goats cheese/honey toasts on salad

Main:
Roti de porc aux pruneaux en sauce, Pommes de terre et carrottes
(Vegetarian option will be fish of the day) 

Dessert:
Tartelette aux pommes avec boule de glace Vin, eau et cafe compris 

16 Euro 

Agenda:
12:00h:
There will be a short talk given by our Chairwoman Dawn J. before the meal on computer skills, the internet, blogs and facebook,

Dawn would like to dispel some myths, offer 1:1 tuition to those who would like to be more computer literate and encourage wider usage of the LLC Blogpage and LLC facebook presence we now have. 

These aim to keep everyone aware of what is happening and the daily pictures and reviews on events help those who were not present at the time to feel that they were. 

from 12:30h onwards: Registration for the meal 


Kindly let us know before the deadline, next Saturday, March 9th, whether you will be coming:


LLC secretary email to: 

lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com

We will also be running a little fun competition 
"Guess who we are now" 
where the committee members have all kindly put up photos of themselves as toddlers. 

You just have to guess who we are now! 

Entry fee is 1Euro€:
the prize will be a bottle of Madiran wine and all proceeds will go the the knitting group to purchase wool. 

If you do have any unused and spare wool which you no longer want and would like to donate to this group, please bring it along with you to the lunch. Thank you.

We hope to organise another little fun competition later on for Helping Hands funds and will keep you informed when and what this is to be.

There will be the usual raffle for Christmas lunch funds (please search your drawers for any unwanted gifts or donate a bottle, a plant or a bowl of fruit if you are able to) and the DVD library if you want to swop or take one home. 


Follow up events for 2013 are listed on our eventpage
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