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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, 28 December 2014

LADIES LUNCH CLUB de l'Armagnac meeting on 13TH JANUARY 2015

Dear Lady members, 


Now that Christmas is over, on behalf of the Committee, I wish you all a Happy and Peaceful New Year.   

We are starting the year off with our January lunch at 
LANNEPAX on 13th January, at 12.30 pm. 


Place de la Mairie - 32190 Lannepax - 05.62.65.76.92 

A new venue for us, but hopefully one you will all enjoy.  

The proposed Menu is as follows:


Salade Vigneronne (saucisse alsacienne, emmentals,echalotes, persil et sa crudité croquante)
(Vegetarien )  Tatar de Betteraves et sa crudite croquante
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Supreme de Pintade, Sauce Forrestieres
(Vegetarien)  Tarte au Poireaux et sa salade verte
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Tarte au pomme
(Vegetarien) Glace sorbet citron et framboise

Price : €17  (incl. Vin rouge, Rose, Blanc)

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Cheques should be payable to L’Auberge des Caprices d’Anton.  If paying cash, please put this in an envelope with your name on.

The Restaurant has asked for numbers to be confirmed by 8th January, we would therefore ask you to make your reservation as soon as possible on the Booking Form, 
to be requested or in case of difficulties, please contact Jane Cooper: lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com

I would also like to remind everyone that membership subscriptions (€10) are due in January, and in order to keep our Membership List up to date we would like everyone to complete a Form.  
This will be sent out separately. It will also be available at the next lunch for those who are unable to print out.

Also, another date for your diary:
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on 
10th February.  
Full details will follow, but if you would like to volunteer or nominate someone (with their permission) to join the Committee perhaps you would contact Jane Cooper on the e-mail address above, 
or telephone me, Sue Sullivan on 05 62 69 01 11.

In the meantime we look forward to seeing you in Lannepax on 13th January.

With kind regards
Sue Sullivan 


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

What happens on Christmas in France? LLC best wishes



Dear Members we all wish you a 
merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2015.


Our next Ladies Lunch club will meet in the New Year on 

Tuesday, 13 January 12.30h at Les Caprices d'Antan restaurant in Lannepax  



a separate letter will go out to all with the booking form in the first week of January.
Maybe Geraldine can answer your questions on the Christmas traditions in France: 



She also refers to a movie tradition in France TV:




for some French entertainment. 

Happy festive days to you all
Your Ladies Lunch Club de l'Armagnac committee.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Bookclub meeting January 2015


Bookclub 2015:  January 22nd we meet (venue to be advised) to discuss 
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay



















February 19th the theme will be Sisters.  

Jill will be selecting 3 books for us to choose from for the March meeting. 


Perhaps we should plan to read a Classic in April, so think about which one we should choose.

Thanks to everyone for contributing to our December meeting, champagne and nibbles.  
Perfect to accompany Babette’s Feast which, for all of us, the DVD of the film really bought alive. Thanks for bringing the film along. 

Happy Christmas, happy reading and look forward to a whole new year of books.

Jackie x

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Carol Concert in Tasque

Invitation to 
Carol Concert  where many of LLC members will be singing 
on Friday 12 th December 
at 20.30h in the 



Participation 3 Euro/p Person, children f.o.c.
After concert is a little get together with 'Vin Chaud' and a tarte de noel at the salle des fetes 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Bookclub meeting December 2014

The December bookclub meeting is on 
Thursday 18th at 2.30 at Pam’s in Reans. 

We will be discussing 
Babette’s Feast by Karen Blixen 


Babette's Feast

We will be discussing Babette’s Feast by Karen Blixen and seeing snips of the film as well. 







recipes here

And celebrating Christmas!!


Thank you everyone for coming to Book Club in November and producing an interesting selection of ‘Queens’.  
I have listed the books people chose below.
Thank you again to Brenda for the delicious cakes. 

Here are the list of November books:

The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick: 
the 1st of the trilogy about Eleanor of Aquitaine

Sue Townsend:  The Queen & I
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Queen of the Witches:  Jessica Berens


Ned Sherrin:  An autobiography
Ned Sherrin: The Autobiography
Pauline Gedge: Hatshepsut - Child of the Morning
(the longest reigning ‘female’ pharaoh)

Child of the Morning
Queen of the Desert:  Georgina Howe about the life of Gertrude Bell

Daughter of the Desert: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell

Victoria’s Daughters:  Gerald Packard


Leap of Faith: autobiography of Queen Noor of Jordan




An Uncommon Reader:  Alan Bennet



Mary Queen of Scots:  
Caroline’s choice we will hear about later




See you at the December bookclub 
meeting on 18th, if not before.
Jackie 


The first meeting of 2015 will be on Thursday 22nd January.  
The book we have chosen is 
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay.

 

For the February meeting on the 19th, we have chosen the theme of Sisters.  
As with our last theme, you find whatever you like, however tight or loose an association with sisters.

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)


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Christmas craft workshop at La Maison des Chameaux



Due to popular demand we're running our Christmas craft workshop






Learn different felting techniques both needle felting and wet felting to make your own prezzies and decorations. 



5th December 2014 
at La Maison des Chameaux
10 - 3pm 

18 Euros for this one day workshop

Includes all supplies for the day and you'll make and take away something lovely.  .


Please contact camelsinfrance@gmail.com to reserve your place
Sarah Bird.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

2014 Christmas Decorations

Dear members of the LLC and friends,

Do you remember last year's table pieces at Café Zik? 





Barbera , Katherine and Marloes will give the workshop Christmas hanging and table decorations on 


Thursday 4th of December
10 till 16h 
at the atelier de Marloes

We will make it again at Marloes Atelier.
Directions to the Atelier, click on the link: 
http://ateliergounessepanjas.blogspot.fr/p/blog-page.html






Please bring your own material you want for the workshop:
And more important: 
You buy and bring the material of your choice!!!! Bring specially your old wreath for a make-over!

The workshop is € 5,- for heating, cleaning and coffee/tea.
And please, bring your own lunch with you.

Of course you can use some of the materials Barbera is taking with her. She will only charge a little.
We hope it will be another wonderful “come together” If you want to join the workshop, please send an email:
barberaroeloffzen@yahoo.com


What material to take from home
Quel materiaux pour emporter
Whorkschop 1
wreath of metal coathanger
Workshop 1
couronne du cintre a habits de metal
Metal coathanger
Eventualy silver or gold fluffy string to get around the wreath for basic.
Green to twirle around the wreath as:  ivy or cuttings of laurier rose (Barbera has enough laurier rose)  or...various cuttings.
Cones or (coulered ?) xmasballs.
Thin metal wire to fix all the things in the wreath
Special Plier (to cut the wire)
Cintre a habits du metal
Au volontair un riban d'or ou silver pour autour la couronne comme le foundation.
Des feuillages persistants longe pour autour de couronne et petit feuillages: lierre longe ou du laurier rose (Barbera a suficient de laurier rose) ou...
Des pommes de pin,  des pommes de meleze ou ?
Fil de fer galvanise delie, pour fixer autour de couronne,
Pince coupante, pour couper le fil de fer.
Whorkschop 2
wreath with electric lights
Workshop 2
couronne avec lumieres electric
Metal coathanger
Electric wire with 20 lights
And the supplies as above
Cintre a habits de metal
20 piece du lumiere electric.
Et toutes comme la couronne materiaux nr 1.
Workshop 3
wreath from newspaper
Workshop 3
couronne du journeaux
Newspaper 80/60 cm
Transpared cellotape
Alluminium foil
Green to twirle around the wreath as:  ivy or cuttings of laurier rose (Barbera has enough laurier rose) or...
Thin metal wire to fix all the things in the wreath  +/- 0.7 mm
Pince coupante (to cut the wire)
Cones or (coulered ) xmasballs, or holly with red balls, or other cuttings you like.
Ribben (1 ½ meter) if you like, to go around the wreath.

Journeaux 80/60 cm.
Du ruban adhesive
Alluminium folie
Des feuillages persistant longe, autour de couronne et petit feuillages: lierre longe ou du laurier rose (Barbera a suficient laurier rose) ou...
Des pommes de pin,  des pommes de meleze, houx ou ?
Fil de fer galvanise delie, pour fixer autour de couronne 0.7 mm,
Pince coupante, pour couper le fil de fer.
Xmasballs ou ?
Au volontair ruban 1 ½ metre.
Workshop 4
Wreath of plastic bags
Workshop 4
Couronne des petites sachets plastic
Wire, or coat hanger, to make a round base
Lights eventually
Lots of small plastic bags (2 boxes)

Couronne de metal pour la base
20 piece du lumiere electric.eventuel
Beaucoup des petits sachets plastic (2 packets)
Workshop 5
Book cones
Workshop 5
Art canvas 40cm x40 cm or foam board,
Old book preferably with yellowing pages or music sheets,
Stapler,
Glue gun with extra glue sticks,
gold spray paint ( optional)
Baubles ( boules) decorations for the middle , different sizes and colour.
Also anything else you like to add to the middle of the wreath that can be glued in place

Workshop 6
Big bowles or basket
Workshop 6
Grande cache pots ou soupiere ou panier
Pince coupante (to cut the twigs)
Various cuttings from the garden   
Pot/bowl, or a basket.
Green foam (or metal wire)which fit in the pot, to hold the green cuttings.
Or sand or pebbles.
Ribbon or ? to decorate with.
Pince coupante, pour couper les feuillage
Cache pot ou panier ou??
Foam vert ou metal pour stabiliser les feuillages).
Ou sable ou graviers
(petit) Feuillages verts du jardin, ou avec des boules ou?
Ruban ou ? ce que tu veut pour decorer




Program:

 10-16 hour

Time? ​
What?
Who will do it​?
010-00
koffee/T/cake/ cookies
Marloes/Barbera
11hour
Demo:
Showing the different wreaths: bare and end model
Renewing old wreaths.
Showing the plastic bags wreath
Showing the pages/scones with xmass balls
And start with the actions
Barbera.


Marloes
Katherine
All
01-12-30
Lunch: home brought and drinks
Members and Marloes
13.30 till
15.30
Continue working:
1 and 2 together wreaths of metal basic
3 wreath of newspaper or twigs
4 plastic bag wreath and
wine vine decorations with wax candle*
5 book scone wreath
6 pot/bowles for table

Barbera,

Marloes  

Katherine
Barbera


* bring wax candles if you want to do that as well

Sunday, 16 November 2014

LLC Bookclub November 2014

LLC Bookclub - What's next?

The November 2014 meeting is on 
Thursday 20th  November at 2.30 pm 
at the usual venue. 
and Jacky choose a theme for this bookclub:
  
Bookclub members choose anything that relates to a Queen


a biography, fiction relating to a Queen, Priscilla Queen, bees – literally anything that takes your fancy. 


Outlook:
We also choose a book for December bookclub, Thursday 18th December, which is (the modern classic)

Babette’s Feast by Karen Blixen 

Babettesgæstebudposter.jpg

a short, relevant, fun read for pre-Christmas. 
Look forward to an Indian summer! 
Jackie x


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)

Friday, 7 November 2014

Ladies Lunch Club Christmas lunch December 2014

Dear Ladies,
                
The Ladies Lunch Club Christmas lunch will be held
on Tuesday 9 December 2014 at





Guests of members and members husbands are welcome at the Christmas Lunch Party. 


Menu

Cocktail de bienvenue offert
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Charlotte de Truite fumée 
et Gambas marinées
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Filet de Canette aux épices douces, 
et sa garniture
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Vacherin glacé à la Blanche 
et coulis de fruit rouges
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A vegetarian option of fish of the day will be available
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Vins rouge, rose, blanc: 
(Domaine Villa Dria; Domaine de la Plaine;
Domaine de Guillaman) 
et café compris
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The cost is €30 for guests, members €24




To book please use the booking form (for members). (Request from from the LLC secretary.)

Booking will only be confirmed if a cheque for the full amount is received by Sunday 30th November.  

Please make cheques out to: 
La Baquere and bring them to the November lunch on 12th November in a separate envelope 
or post to our Treasurer: (please contact the LLC secretary for address).
We look forward to seeing you there.


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

LLC Christmas Fair 2014 - Marché de Noël 2014 a Réans

            
Christmas Fair on last November weekend 2014 in Réans
Welcome to all who look for special gifts:





Marché de Noël

Salle de Fête à Réans (à coté d' Eauze)

Samedi, le 29 Novembre et Dimanche , le 30 Novembre, de 10h à 16h

Cadeaux de Noël pour tous les budgets:
cartes de Noël, broderie, bijoux, et bien plus encore!
organisé par




l'association l'Aide Partage Rencontre de Réans en coopération avec le 



Ladies Lunch Club d’Armagnac

contact: Magda Looij tel 06 33 5284 22

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