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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

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Sign up for LLC January 2017 Lunch


Dear Ladies,
We hope you have all enjoyed the Christmas festivities, and it is not too early to start thinking about 2017. 


Our January Lunch will take place at the
on Tuesday 10th January 12h. 

HOTEL RESTAURANT LE COMMERCE            2 Place des cordeliers              
32110 NOGAROTél : 05 62 09 00 95 - 06 71 74 55 98

The closing date for reservations is 4th January 2017.

MENU - 17€
Surprise du Commerce
……

½ Coquelet grille , Pommes Sautées et Haricot vert
(half a small chicken with sauté potatoes and green beans)
……….
Tourtiere avec boule de glace vanille
(Croustade with vanilla ice cream)

Or Vegetarian option 

Crudité (Mixed vegetable salad)
…….

Grilled Fish with Sautées potatoes and Haricots verts
………
Tourtiere avec boule de glace vanilla
(Croustade with vanille ice cream)
……….. 
¼ de vin rouge ou blanc par personne
Café

Please make your reservation and choose your option Meat or Vegetarien. 
Please email lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com before deadline of 4th January.

A list of those people who have booked will be sent out just before the deadline on 4th January.

Please remember to put your cheque for 17€ (made out to Ladies Lunch Club) or cash in an envelope with your name on.
Can we also take this opportunity to remind everyone that Subscriptions for 2017 are due in January. The amount is still 10€.

Membership forms will be sent out shortly and we would be grateful if you will complete this a.s.a.p. so that we can ensure our Membership is kept up to date.

Forms will also be available at the January Lunch and you can pay then. However it would be appreciated if you could put this in a separate envelope with your name on.

Another date for your Diary:

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 14th February 2017 in the
Foyer at Cravenceres starting at 11.00 am 
and followed by lunch.
Full details will be sent out in due course.

Finally, the Committee, would like to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.

The LLC committee

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry christmas and a happy new year

The LadiesLunchClub committee 
wishes you all a merry christmas 

and a happy new year 2017. 
Looking forward to welcome you on our next monthly lunches - 
always on the 2d Tuesday of a month. 

For more information about our club please contact us 
lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com  

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Bookclub December 2016 meeting

Our LLC Christmas meeting is on 
December 15th


Bookclub members meet on Thursday 15 December at 4.00 pm at Pam’s in Reans.
  


Our Christmas book to go with mince pies etc! Please bring a little snack, sweet or savoury, which we will have with bubbles to celebrate Christmas and all the books we’ve read this year.

Reminder for 2017:
January 19th 2017:  The theme is Animals


Cathie is choosing the book for March 2017.

Give a little thought, prior to the meeting, for 1. the best Book Club book you’ve read this year and 2. The best book you’ve read this year.

Hope to see as many of you as possible.

Jackie x

The list of books read in 2015/16:

2015
January Sarah’s Key - Tatiana de Rosnay
February Theme - Sisters
March Song of Time - Ian Macleod
April Middle Age, a romance-Joyce Carol Oates
May Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka
June Belcanto - Ann Patchett
July Your choice of Classic from pre 50’s
August Garden party:
Lucky dip (book choice for November)
September  
Love, Loss & The Lives of Women- Edited b
Victoria Hislop
October Theme - Food
November On Writing - Stephen King
December The Postmistress - Sarah Blake

2016
January West with the Night - Beryl Markham
February
On a Winter’s Night, A Traveller - Italo Calvino
March Theme - Plants & Gardens
April Housekeeping - Marilyn Robinson
May
Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani/ 
A Desert in Bohemia by Jill Paton Walsh
June Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser
July
As I walked out one midsummer morning, Laurie Lee
August Garden Party ; favourite poems/lucky dip
September Theme - French authors
October The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
November Hot Milk by Deborah Levey
December The Last Banquet by Jonathan Grimwood



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)
or our
facebook page (see widget on the blog)
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Saturday, 26 November 2016

Sign up for LLC December Lunch 2016

Hello Ladies,

Our December lunch 2016 will take place on


Tuesday 13th at 
12.00 noon for 12.30 pm



and we invite you to make your reservation as soon as possible.

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

As 48 is the maximum number the restaurant can take, priority will be given to members.

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

As this is the last lunch before Christmas,  instead of the usual Raffle, we have decided to have a Lucky Dip  so that everyone will go home with a present!



We therefore ask those attending to bring along a small gift, suitably wrapped.
(Something you have made yourself,  an unwanted gift, or something you have bought at a cost of no more than €5). These will be put into a sack for everyone to pick a present at the end of the meal.


MENU
(17 euros)
+
Apéro:   Kir Cassis
++

Salad with grilled courgettes, mushrooms accompanied by a small glass of pumpkin soup.
++
Beef Stroganoff with Rice
Or
Carrelet (Plaice) with beurre blanc sauce and rice
++
Pannacotta with red fruits
++
Coffee or tea
++
Carafes of red and white wine are included (or rosé on demand)
++

A Booking Form was attached to member email.

Should you have difficulty, please email lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com 
or telephone Kate on 09 86 46 17 37 .  

The deadline for booking is Tuesday 6th December.
A list of members who have booked will be sent out before this date.

Please bring your cheque (€17)  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 last lunch in 2016.

With Seasonal Good Wishes from

The Committee

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

LLC Garden group workshop to make Christmas decorations.

Dear members of the Gardengroup,

The festive season is almost here!




Our December meeting will take place on

Thursday 1st December

At 14h30



Melloney Parks has kindly agreed to host a workshop at her house in Termes d'Armagnac to make Christmas decorations. 


Melloney will demonstrate and is able to supply conifer, bay and twigs to spray. She will let us know in due course what we will need to bring with us.



Please let us know if you are able to join us and contact: Lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com
or call Pat or Caroline

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Bookclub November - December 20166 and January and February 2017

Just a quick update for you on the forthcoming books.




 2.30 at Pam’s in Reans. Please don’t park on the grass.

December 15th
Our Christmas book to go with mince pies etc!

January 19th 2017:  The theme is Animals


Cathie is choosing the book for March.

See you next week.
Jackie x

Friday, 11 November 2016

Arts & Crafts Christmas Fair 2016 Marché Artisanal - 2 to 3 December 2016

We herewith invite our members and everyone interested to the 
Arts & Crafts Christmas Fair 2016
Marché Artisanal
2-3 December 2016




Château de MILLET, 32800 Eauze 
Friday/Vendredi 
2 December Vernissage (and Sales) 17-20h
Saturday/Samedi 
3 December 10-17h 
Everyone welcome - entree gratuit 

- Drinks and nibbles

For any information please contact: lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com


Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Garden group meeting November 10th - Pots for winter display

Dear Gardeners

The garden group outing for November will take place on 
Thursday 10th November 2016
at 14h in

65700 Labatut-Rivière 



Jane Cooper has kindly offered to host the event at her house and we will be filling pots for winter display. She has also offered to show us how to do root cuttings & layering. 

We would be most grateful if you could let us know as soon as possible if you are able to come so Jane can tell us what we will need to bring. 

Hopefully the lovely sunny weather will last till then - we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. There will, of course, be tea and cake !

Car-sharing a good idea as always - parking space is limited
Caroline: 06 50 41 67 30
Pat: 05 62 29 12 28
or contact lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Sign up for LLC Luncheon on November 8th, 2016

Dear Ladies,

Our November lunch will take place on 

Tuesday 8th November 12h 
32190 PRENERON,
 
L.D. La Baquere, 32190 Préneron Phone: 05 62 06 42 75

and we invite you to make your reservation (on the attached Booking Form sent to members) or by email indicating whether you would like the meat or vegetarian main course.  
Entrée and dessert will be the same for everyone apart from any dietary condition. 



MENU
€17
Cocktail de bienvenue et canapés offerts

Croustillant de fromage de brebis chaud et compote de figues
(Hot grilled sheep’s cheese with compote of figs)
*
Supreme de pintade aux olives et coriandre
(Supreme of guinea fowl with olives and coriander)
Or Vegetarian option
Cabillaud poché au lait, écrasé de pommes de terre au cresson et huile d’olive
(Cod poached in milk with crushed potatoes, water cress and olive oil)
*
Crème renversée a l’orange
(Cream reversed with orange)
*
Vins et Café
(Red wine will be placed on each table, white or rosé on request)


The deadline for reservations is Tuesday 1st November.

Should you have difficulties with the booking form or any queries please email us lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com .

Please bring your cheque or cash in an envelope with your name on to speed up checking in. 
A list of everyone who has booked will be sent out  before 1st November, please check to ensure your name is logged.

Julia Grange will be bringing poppies for Remembrance Day (11th November) should you wish to buy one.  Proceeds to British Legion.

Last but not least, please try to remember to bring your name badge.

We look forward to seeing you .

The Committee

Thursday, 13 October 2016

LLC October 2016 bookclub meeting

Next LLC bookclub meeting on October 20th, 2016.

These are the books agreed upon for the next 3 months and the 1st theme for 2017.  
All meetings as usual at Pam’s, 2.30 in Reans, unless notified.





 





January 2017 will kick off with another theme month which is to be Animals.

The French Theme at September bookclub meeting proved really interesting for our book club meeting last week.  I have listed people’s choices below.

Bonjour Tritesse,  Francoise Sagan  (the 1955 translation)
Hunting & Gathering, Anna Gavalda
A Climate of Fear (Temps Glacier), Fred Vargas
L’Espagnol, Bernard Clavel
My Father’s Glory/My Mother’s Castle, Marcel Pagnol
Charterhouse of Parma, Stendahl
Missing Person, Patrick Modiano
The Red Collar, J-C Rufin
Therèse Raquin, Emile Zola
La Vie tres privee de Mr Sim, Jonathan Coe
The Character of Rain, Amélie Nothomb

Happy reading
Jackie 

Friday, 30 September 2016

LLC Gardenclub meeting October 2016

Dear Gardeners


We hope you have all had a wonderful summer with friends and family.
Our next outing will take place on 

Thursday 6th October 2016

We will be visiting a hydroponic micro-farm 
‘Les Sourciers’ in Lagraulet du Gers

 
 run by Marion and Nicolas Sarlé, a Franco-Argentine couple passionate about producing herbs and vegetables with no pesticides or herbicides and NO SOIL !

(Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil as I’m sure you all know !)
We will meet there at 2h30 at 
Berdale, 32330 Lagraulet du Gers -
on the D 254 between Saint-Lanne and Lauraët



Please let us know if you are able to come so we have an idea of numbers.
We look forward to seeing you there, Tea and cake will be served after the visit.
See also

http://www.hydroponicmicrofarm.com/blog/les-sourciers-lagraulet-du-gers-france




Any questions : Caroline 06 50 41 67 30

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Sign up for October 2016 Lunch with the Ladies Lunch Club

Dear Ladies, 



Our October lunch will take place on 

Tuesday 11th October at 12h 

 
and we are delighted to be able to offer another
new venue –
Restaurant la Ferme de Flaran


 route de condom,32310 Maignaut-Tauzia /Valence-sur-Baïse 
 
Many of you may have visited Abbaye de Flaran, and the restaurant is just a few minutes away.(see link)
Where possible we suggest car sharing.

The deadline for reservations is 4th October, and
although there are no restrictions on numbers, we would appreciate an early reply.
MENU - 17 EUROS


Pate en croute de saumon a l’oseille , 
pousses d’epinard -

Salmon with sorrel in pastry on a bed of spinach leaves

……

Aiguillettes de Canard aux girolles

Filets of duck with mushroom sauce




Or (vegetarian option)


Filet de Julienne aux agrumes

Filet of Julienne with citrus sauce

....

Crème brulée au pousse rapiere

......

Wine and coffee included

Booking Form is attached to members emails.
Should you have any problems please email Ginster at lunchclubgascogne (at)gmail.com.
 

Please try to remember your name badge and bring your cheque (made out to Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac), or cash, in an envelope with your name on, which is a great help in checking everyone in.

A list of everyone who has booked will be sent out before the 4th of October.
A reminder also that Kathy Franklin will be collecting any clothes, either new or in good condition for the BLOOPS sale to be held in November, for which details have already been circulated.
Looking forward to seeing you all again.
The Committee

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Sign up for September 2016 lunch with the Ladies Club de l'Armagnac

Dear Lady-Members,

Welcome back after our summer break! 

Hope you have all been enjoying this wonderful weather!
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to our lunch on 


Tuesday 13th September 12.30h
at






which is always a very popular venue. 
We will be seated on the terrace. 



If however the weather is poor and we cannot be outside o the terrace, we will have to limit our booking number to 45 to max 50 persons.

MENU 17 Euros per Person

Tartine grillee et sa quenelle de thon au epices de fraicheur et sa crudite croquante
Toasted bread with spiced tuna and crunchy vegetables

Frigatelli de porc noir, sauce aux champignons
Black pork with mushroom sauce

OU Végétarien: Filet de Cabillaud panne, sauce au citron
OR Vegetarians: Filet of Cod with lemon sauce

Creme caramel et sa tuile a la fleurs d'oranger
Creme caramel with a wafer of orange flowers

vins et café inclus
Wine and coffee included


Deadline for bookings is 7th September 2016
Please submit your booking by using the emails booking form quickly - as usual we will be sending out a list of those who have booked just before that date. 
If you have any problem with the Booking Form please email 
Kate at lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com or call 
or text me on 07.81.56.05.78

Please remember to wear your name badge on the day and to bring along your cheque made payable to Ladies Lunch Club de l'Armagnac for 17 euros (or cash) in an envelope with your name clearly marked. This speeds up the checking in process.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

The Committee, LLCA

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

LLC August 2016 bookclub meeting in the garden

LLC Bookclub - What's next? 

Just a reminder for the August book club, in the garden at Pam’s on 

Thursday 18th August at 4.00pm.


As before we’ve enjoyed little eats, champagne (sparkling wine) and tea for anyone who would like.  Please bring a small plate of something to share.  If you get the time please give me an idea of who will come and with what (sweet or savoury) – thank you.

The idea is also to have a miny poetry reading so, if you like, bring a poem with you which you could read out.  
Please also choose a book for the Lucky Dip, which will be drawn out of a hat and used as our December book.  If you’re super-efficient have it written on a piece of paper to be folded up and popped in to the hat!  If not, we’ll have some paper!
Caroline will be presenting her choice of books for the October meeting.



September 2016 meeting: 
15 September, has a French theme.  
So any book written by a French author, or about a French author etc etc. 


See you then
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:
LLC secretary: lunchclubgascogne(at)gmail.com
or you join the blog here:

follow by email
(click on this link if you want regular info)
or our
facebook page (see widget on the blog)
Ladies Lunch Club de l'Armagnac.


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