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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

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Ladies Lunch Club meeting March 2015

Dear Ladies,

Our next lunch is being held on

Tuesday 10th March at 

The Commerce Restaurant, Place de Cordeliers in Nogaro at 12.30 pm 

Hôtel Restaurant Le Commerce à Nogaro - Hôtels

and we do hope you will be able to join us.


MENU

Hôtel, salle de petit déjeuner

17€ (wine included)

Terrine de Saumon – Maison

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Roti de Porc avec pommes sauté et tomates provencals

(Roast Pork with small fried potatoes and herbstuffed tomatoes)

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Flan Caramel

(Egg custard desert with caramel sauce)

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The vegetarian option is fish (raie or skate if available)



Again we ask you to make your reservation on the Booking Form (attached in members email) and submit it by Friday 6th March.

Should you have any difficulty in booking, please contact Kate Notman on lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com.

Payment on the day can be made in cash or by cheque made out to 
Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac.

We would appreciate this being in an envelope with your name on it.

We would like to thank all the members who attended our Annual General Meeting and lunch last month February 2015. 
It was a jolly occasion and our thanks go to Michelle and Dagmar for serving a delicious meal. For those who were unable to attend, a summary of the Meeting is attached, which we hope you will take a few minutes to read.

We are continuing with our collection of plastic tops, to be re-cycled into chairs for the handicapped, and also any used postage stamps.

There will also be a video and CD exchange, so please bring along any you no longer want.

We will also be having the Raffle (proceeds go towards subsidising the Christmas Lunch and Helping Hands) so please if you have an unwanted gift, or something you have made yourself, which someone else might appreciate please do bring it along.

Looking forward to seeing you on the day.

Your LLC committee

Friday, 6 February 2015

Bookclub meeting on 19th February 2015

LLC Bookclub - What's next?

For the 2015 February bookclub meeting on the 19th, at 2.30 pm at the usual venue,
we have chosen the theme of  Sisters

two teenage sisters staring at each other isolated on white


As with our last theme, you find whatever you like, however tight or loose an association with sisters.




My sister says i hate her, 
she does, she does! 
My sister says she hates me, 
she does, she does! 


My sister doesn't know i love her, 
she doesn't, she doesn't! 
i don't know if my sister loves me, 
i don't, i don't!

cma andrews

 




Nice to see you all last Thursday. January 2015:  Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay: 

9 of us huddled round the fire at our venue last Thursday to discuss our January book.  
A memorable book, not life changing, but one that described the Val d’Hiv, the roundup of Jewish families in Paris in 1942 and the part the French Police played in it.  The explicit scenes of their encampment and the guilt that Sarah lived with for not being able to save her brother, were harrowing and upsetting.  After the initial account of Paris in 1942,  the story line is lightened somewhat by the authors married life and life in modern day Paris. Her ‘fever’ to trace Sarah’s whereabouts drove her to Italy and the US, another pregnancy and ultimate marriage break down and it was at this point that we felt the book slightly fell apart.  But all in all, a good informative and moving read.
Made in to a film in 2010 with Kristin s.Scott Thoma





March book is "Song of Time" by Ian Macleod

Song of Time
Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award: 

"Roushana Maitland has known great fame and great sorrow throughout her long life. As a world-renowned musician, she was the queen of the Paris bohemians even as nuclear war raged elsewhere around the globe. She lost a beloved brother in a terrorist-created biological nightmare. She sometimes relished, sometimes endured her marriage to a brilliant and unpredictable conductor. Now, she lives out her days on the rugged Cornish coast, remembering past glories and heartbreaks. She struggles with the decision to let her life slip away, or choose a virtual existence for eternity, as so many of her friends and acquaintances have already done.

Then, one day, she discovers a naked young man who has washed up on the beach. She brings him home, dresses him in her husband’s clothes, and calls him “Adam.” As this strange arrival convalesces, Roushana shares her stories and her secrets, recounting the personal landmarks in a remarkable life lived in a world gone mad, even as his own past remains a mystery."

Look forward to seeing you then.

For more information about any of the above or our next meeting and venue, please contact:
LLC secretary: lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com
or 
join our LLC blog here: follow by email 
(click on this link if you want regular info)

Thursday, 5 February 2015

LLC Calendar - diary February 2015

LADIES LUNCH CLUB de l’Armagnac


some Dates for your Diary February 2015



Thursday 5th February 2015


Garden Group visit to Les Sourciers potager aquatique, Lagraulet du Gers. Visit Marion & Nicolas Sarle.
Tuesday 10th February 2015
Tuesday 10th February, 11 am
at the Salle de Fetes at Reans
Thursday 5th March 2015
Garden Group visit to Environmentally Friendly
Gardening Workshop with Jonathan Peat
www.jonathanstours.com
Tuesday 10th March 2015

Tuesday 10th March, 12.30pm
Ladies Lunch – venue to be confirmed
Saturday 14th March 2015
Soiree Irlandaise at the Salle des Fetes, Nogaro
Featuring the musical group et Celterra
From 20h00, meal 15 euros
05.62.69.02.66 Chantel Rey
Sunday 26th April 2015
Day of Art & Nature at Reans
10h00 to 19h00
To book a free 2m stand please contact Corinne on 06.08.48.17.76 or Corinne.mogni@orange.fr




URGENT REQUEST FROM HELPING HANDS GROUP:

Pam Savage is urgently seeking someone with a 4x4 or van who can help to move a medical chair from Reans
to Magnan, near Le Houga. The chair is heavy and needs careful handling, preferably two strong men. If anyone
can help with this please call Pam on 05.62.09.78.73



OBLIGATORY SMOKE ALARMS:

You may be interested to learn that as from 8th March 2015 it will become obligatory to have at least one smoke alarm fitted in your residence. Alarms should be marked CE and conform to NF EN14604. In the case of fire you should call 18 immediately and leave the building, closing all doors after you and move away to safety. If you find yourself trapped inside the building then close the door and place wet towels at the base of doorway. Move to a window and wait for assistance.




Tuesday, 3 February 2015

LLC GARDEN GROUP 2015 PROGRAMME

LADIES LUNCH CLUB DE L’ARMAGNAC
GARDEN GROUP 2015 PROGRAMME



Thursday
5 February
2.30 pm

Les Sourciers potager aquatique, Lagraulet du Gers
Marion et Nicolas Sarlé
LD La Berdale


Meet at Susan Oglesby’s
LD Caubeyre,
32330 Lagraulet du Gers

Thursday
5 March
morning + afternoon
to be confirmed

Environmentally Friendly Gardening workshop
Jonathan Peat


Venue to be confirmed

Thursday
2 April
morning + afternoon
to be confirmed

Pepinière

Meet for picnic in
Jardin Massy, Tarbes
then on to pèpinière

Thursday
7 May
2.30

Rose talk & tour with Betty Hook
32290 Bouzon-Gellenave

test



Thursday
4 June
2.30

nr La Romieu



Thursday
2 July
2.30

+ Le Jardin de la Source
65230 Thermes Magnoac



Thursday
6 August
time to be confirmed

Suggestion to visit 2-3 members’ garden in the same locality : to be confirmed


Thursday
3 September
2.30

Pepinière Le Hour
near Eauze



Thursday
1 October
2.30

Les Jardins de Coursiana
near La Romieu



Thursday
5 November
2.30

Talk by a member of the Garden group : to be confirmed


Thursday
3 December
time to be confirmed

Christmas decorations workshop


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