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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

Saturday, 30 January 2016

LLC Garden group meeting February 2016

Dear Gardeners
The first garden group outing of 2016 will take place on:

Thursday 4th February 2016 at 1.30 pm

Image result for insects


Jane Cooper has kindly offered to host this event at her
house: address can be requested from Caroline

We will be following on from our December meeting when we learned about bug hotels 
and we will be assembling our own together in Jane’s barn/gîte - although there is heating it might be a good idea to dress warmly.

You will need to bring 
a box or container (an old wine crate would be ideal) 
and some materiel to fill it with to attract a variety of insect life -  
bamboo sticks, straw, twigs, pine cones, dry leaves, pieces of bark…


I have attached links to two useful websites to give you some inspiration.

As always, there will be tea and cake !

http://inhabitat.com/diy-how-to-build-an-insect-hotel-from-found-materials/?newgallery=true
http://www.daviddomoney.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/David-Domoneys-Complete-
Guide-to-Making-Your-Own-Insect-Hotels.pdf

Hilary Nightingale will be bringing a trap for asian hornets that she has made to show us.

We look forward to seeing you all on the 4th,
Pat & Caroline

Thursday, 28 January 2016

2015 Charity donation by LLC to Maison de Retraite in Eauze

A cheque from Ladies Lunch Club de l'Armagnac  for  €500 raised at the Marche de Noel in November 2015 in Réans, was presented to the Maison de Retraite in Eauze on 22nd January 2016.  
The money will be used for buying some colourful paintings to put up in the corridors of the Home.
Well done Pam and Magda.


Pam Sauvage, Magda Looij handing over cheque to
M. Didier Syndique and Stéphanie Daugan in Eauze


source: «Merci la Gascogne» La depeche Publié le 25/01/2016 à 03:53


Saturday, 23 January 2016

Sign up for LLC Annual General Meeting and February 2016 Lunch with Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac

Dear Members,Our 2016 Annual General Meeting will take place on


Tuesday 9th February 2016

in the Salle de Fetes, 32800 Reans
starting promptly at 11.00 am prompt




(Coffee will be served at 10.45 am) and 
followed by our normal monthly Lunch starting 12.30h

The AGM is an important event in our diary and gives all our Members a chance to suggest new ideas on how we can continue to offer a choice of interesting activities to everyone. 

Although we started as just a Lunch Club, we now offer much more.

Our growing Membership is a good indication that there is a need in the area to create an organisation where women of all nationalities can meet others and share ideas. We will therefore be delighted if you are able to join the Meeting. 
Please mark the date in your diary now.

As with any voluntary organisation, we are always looking for new Committee Members, to help keep our Club vibrant and up to date. 
 So please, if you would like to take an active part in the running of the Club, and therefore ensure its continuation, please do put your name forward by e-mailing or contacting one of the present committee at lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com

An Agenda for the Meeting is available and can be requested from the secretary.
The Minutes of the 2015 AGM will be circulated on the day, but if you would like a copy e-mailed to you, again use the above address.





LUNCH

For those attending the AGM and Lunch there will be a special price of €15.


We are once again very pleased to have two of our Members – Michelle and Dagmar preparing the Lunch.


MENU


Kir a la Violette
Amuse Bouche –Verinne de courgettes au curry
Purée of courgettes with a curry sauce
*
Gateau de chou-fleur au coulis de poivron
Terrine of cauliflower with a red pepper sauce.
*
Medaillon de filet mignon a la plancha avec patates ‘coup de poing’ et puree de carrottes
Pork filet mignon with herb mashed potatoes and carrot puree

Or
Filet de poisson sur un lit de legumes du jardin
Filet of fish on a bed of garden vegetables
*
Mousse au citron meringue Maison
Home made lemon mousse with meringue
*
Vin et Café inclus
Wine and coffee included


For those attending the 
Lunch only the price will be the usual €17.



Please complete and submit the Booking Form that was sent to members by email with your choice of the Main Courseand indicate if you will be attending both the AGM and the Lunch, or Lunch only.

If you have difficulties in submitting the Form please send an e-mail giving your choices to lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com


Once again would you put your cheque (or cash) for the relevant amount in an envelope with your name on, and bring it to the lunch.


DEADLINE for booking is 
THURSDAY 4TH FEBRUARY 2016




Last but not least, if you have not already sent in your Membership Renewal form and €10, 
you can bring it along on 9th February or send it to our secretary.

We look forward to your participation.

Your Committee: 
Sue, Kate, Ginster, Pam and Pat

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

LLC January bookclub meeting Januar 2016

LLC Bookclub meeting -  What's next? 

Thursday January 21st THIS time at 3.00pm  - 

West with the Night by Beryl Markham  
(Cathie's choice)was a book from our lucky dip in August:  

Cover, depicting the author in pilot's clothing


for further information about this book please see our bookclub page of this blog.

Outlook on upcoming bookclub meetings

Thursday February 18th 2.30 pm
If on a Winter’s Night, a Traveller by Italo Calvino  (Ann C)


 See original image

'Surprise is part of the pleasure of this book, and I won't tell the story of its several failing and successful quests. Let me just say that Ludmilla and the Reader, stranded by the publishers of Calvino and Bazakbal, run across eight more novels of different origins - Japan, Latin America, Belgium, Ireland and three imaginary countries -and that all of these novels are interrupted for one reason or another: a further error of binding, suicide of the author, theft of the book, a sudden arrest.'

Thursday March 17th  2.30 pm :  
Theme of the month –
Literature on Plants & Gardens 
(your choice of any book relating to plants & gardens).
The Water Smart garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens


Thursday April 21st 2.30 pm :  
Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson  (Ginster)


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Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, the eccentric and remote sister of their dead mother. The family house is in the small town of Fingerbone on a glacial lake in the Far West, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. It is a town "chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere." Ruth and Lucille's struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.

All meetings, unless notified, are at Pam’s at 2.30.

What a good post Christmas celebration we had last on 7th January 2016 and many thanks to Wendy for supplying the lovely bubbles and to others for their nibbles.  
'The Postmistress' overall was enjoyed by all but had a few mixed reviews. 
We also welcomed Nellie to our book club.


Happy New Year!
Jackie 

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: 


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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Sign up for January 2016 Lunch with Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac

Dear Ladies,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend our January 2016 Lunch on 

Tuesday 12th January 2016  
at 12 noon.

our venue is 
Lannepax



Please sign up per email to let us know that you wish to attend: lunchclubgascogne@gmail.com. 
Deadline date is 8th January. 

Your cheque for 17 euros should be made payable to Ladies Lunch Club de l’Armagnac 
and put into an envelope with your name on it and brought along to the lunch.  
Please remember to wear your name badge.

A list of names of ladies who have booked will be sent out soon to ensure  that no-one has been missed off.

MENU 17 Euro

Veloute de potiron et ses croutons a l’ail
(Pumpkin soup with garlic croutons)

*****

Civet de cerf 
OU 
Dos de Cabaillaud, sauce lait de coco, curcuma, menthe, basilic


(Venison stew 
OR
Cod in coconut milk, turmeric, mint& basil)

*****
Tarte a la rhubarbe
(Rhubarb tart)

*****

Vin et Cafe
(Wine and Coffee) 

 

If you have not already sent it, please bring along your 
Membership Renewal Form together with 10 euros for the 2016 year in a separate envelope with your name on it!  Many thanks

Looking forward to seeing you all on 12th January.  
Sue, Ginster, Kate, Pam & Pat 
The Committee​
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