Calling all Singers!!

Do you enjoy singing? Do you want to sing but don’t want the commitment (or
seriousness) of joining a choir?
Would you be interested in getting together with a few others maybe once every month or
so, just to sing for fun? All voices welcome, no experience necessary, you don’t have to
be able to read music, just have an ability to sing and want to do so for fun.

Contact Karen – contact details can be found on the latest newsletter.

Luncheon Club

We have started a small luncheon club for members.
The aim is to take it in turns to meet in each other’s houses for a home cooked meal about once every month to 6 weeks.

One group has already been meeting for over a year. Due to the nature of the club, numbers per group are limited as the group meets in members homes. However, it is possible to set up a second or third group.

For further information please email us through our contact page.

Car Treasure Hunt – 8th August 2013

On a lovely sunny afternoon (following a couple of rainy days) Garth and Linda  sat outside le Parvis in Coutances enjoying a cold drink whilst waiting for cars and their passengers to collect the clues to the car treasure hunt.

Eight teams entered and we all set off at 5 minute intervals. The answer to the first clue could be found on the outside of the Cathedral in Coutances. Answer no. 2 was inside the Cathedral and, unfortunately, a service started at 2 o’clock which meant
we couldn’t wander round inside searching. So clue 2 was cancelled and the cars then departed on the mystery tour!
We travelled far and wide, got lost a few times, met up with other teams at difficult clues, visited Quettreville, Mont Martin Sur Mer, Regneville-Sur-Mer, and everywhere in between!

Some of the clues were found relatively easily, some were misunderstood as directions and ignored (points lost for general stupidity!) and others really tested the little brain cells and made us use our eyes to see things you wouldn’t normally look at.

We finally found Garth and Linda in a cafe next to the beach at Hauteville-sur-mer where we all discussed how clever/stupid we had been when we found out the answers over a very pleasant drink in the sunshine.

All in all a great afternoon and many thanks to Linda and Garth for all their hard work in creating the treasure hunt.
It was won by Anne Piper and Karen Longden who were amazed that they won as they had thought they were aiming for last place!!

Chateau and Garden – Pirou – Saturday 6th July 2013

On a sunny afternoon on July 6th a good number of Anglophone members gathered at the Chateau de Pirou, looking forward to finding out about this local attraction from our charming, English speaking guide.
We were not disappointed. Starting with the first of the 5 gateways that historically served to protect the chateau inhabitants, we learned how the chateau was
first built and how it then evolved over the centuries.
After climbing to the top of one of the towers and admiring the panoramic view, we descended to terra firma again and went across the inner courtyard for a well earned cup of tea and a selection of tasty tea time treats supplied by members of the committee.
Suitably refreshed, we were shown the Pirou tapestry and the story was told by Annette Leblanc in a most articulate and informative manner.
For some of us it was then onward to a garden. Following Annette, our group arrived at a house that is privately owned by a couple who open their beautiful garden to the public to raise money for research into a rare neurological condition.
It was a truly lovely and tranquil place with so much that caught the eye and gave pleasure to the senses. A fitting end to an enjoyable and informative outing.
Our thanks to Annette for organising it for us.

Book Club

2013 saw the launch of The Anglophone Association Book Club.
We meet every month or so and discuss a book chosen at the previous meeting.

For further information please email us through our contact page.

Some of the books we have read and discussed (most recent at the top):

The Coastliners by Joanne Harris

2084  by Boualem Sansal

The Children Act  by Ian McEwan

Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris.

The Obsession by Nora Roberts

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Story of a new name by Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant friend  by Elena Ferrante

The Elegance of the Hedgehog  by Muriel Barber

About Grace by Anthony Doerr.

Children of the Master by Andrew Marr 

Paradise and Pigs by John Rigbey.

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra  by Vaseem Khan.

The Secret Keeper  by Kate Morton

My Traitor by Sorj Chalandon

Gone Girl  by Gillian Flynn   .. Read a review

The Architect’s Apprentice  by Elif Shafak

The Storyteller  by Jodi Picoult      .. Read a review

Half A Yellow Sun  by Ngozi Adichie

Salt on our Skin (les Vaisseaux de Coeur)  by Benoite Groult     .. Read a review

Rush Home Road  by Lori Lansens

Sashenka  by Simon Montefiore

To Kill A Mocking Bird   by Harper Lee

L’Auberge  by Julia Stagg

The Memory of Love  by Aminatta Forna

A Patchwork Planet  by Ann Tyler

Dear Life  by Alice Munro

The Mayor Of Casterbridge  by Thomas Hardy

A Week In December  by Sebastian Faulkes

The Book Thief   by Markus Zusac

Between Shades of Gray  by Rupa Sepetys

The Accidental Husband  by Jane Green

The List of My Desires  by Gregoire Delacourt

Six Suspects  by Vikas Swarup

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared
by Jonas Jonasson

The Third Reich by Roberto Bolano

Children of Men by PD James

Woman With A Birthmark by Hakan Nesser

 

 

Boat Trip – River Douve – 25th May 2013

On Saturday May 25th a group of us went on a boat trip on the river Douve.
We met up in Carentan for lunch, which was eaten at an extremely pleasant restaurant on the marina.
Thus fortified, we made our way to the embarkation point for the boat. We, and a fair few other people, were ushered on board by a smiling captain who then introduced himself. The ropes were untied and we were away!

The afternoon was sunny and quite warm: most of us had come prepared for all eventualities though! The river was fairly high so we could easily see the landscape as we
travelled through the marais.

The captains commentary was in French but between us
we managed to understand and it was very informative, with amusing asides as well.
Fish, coypus and birds were spotted as well as being able to handle other fish skulls and a
stuffed coypu, which has amazingly soft fur.

At the halfway point we moored up and had the opportunity to go to a bar for a little light
refreshment. It was a very peaceful spot and an enjoyable place to walk around.

The journey was a very pleasurable and interesting way of spending a sunny Saturday
afternoon.

Anglophone Association 20th Anniversary Hog Roast – 5th June 2013

The day dawned cloudy and cool just to worry us but thankfully the sun came out just as everyone arrived and the rest of the afternoon was lovely, sunny and warm.
The Hog Roast people had been busy all morning preparing our lunch and we started with onion bhajees (which disappeared very quickly), followed by the pork, crackling and roast potatoes. 

 

The committee surpassed themselves with the variety of desserts, which everyone enjoyed.

There was a Guess-the-weight-of-the-cake competition and a Guess-the-number-of-sweets-in-the jar competition, both of which raised money for this year’s sponsored charity – Les Petit Freres des Pauvres. Our winners for these two competitions were John Darlow and Monique Metge.

There was also a raffle – some of the winners are pictured here:

David Farr compiled a quiz for us :

Our hog-roast quiz presented an intellectual challenge and I admit more of a challenge than I’d anticipated, this being my first one.
It did provide some invaluable insights into the way our members think. The question concerning a number of points awarded almost invariably produced answers concerning motoring offences!
We also discovered that the International Space Station doesn’t orbit below the height of a 747 and that the lowest point on the earth’s surface is not the bottom of Garth’s pockets!
Congratulations go to our worthy winners, Sue and John Condon, who were a couple of points ahead of the main field. Thanks to everyone who took part, raising a few laughs and also 30€ for our charity!
David.