18 revellers including Anglophone members, friends and neighbours made merry with Karen for Pre-Christmas drinks on Saturday 21st December.
The mulled wine flowed, the festive foods were admired, the mince pies munched and the pastry nibbles devoured.
Most of the revellers spoke French for the evening but there were plenty of people to help with translations whenever necessary and English could be heard in some corners!
An enjoyable evening was had by all.
On a cold but sunny day 17 of us (including 4 welcome additions from the Twinning Association) were warmly welcomed at La TourneBride restaurant in Gratot with an aperitif and canapes.
We had a choice of menu with plenty of wine and cidre to accompany each course.
During the meal we enjoyed a couple of fundraising activities for our sponsored charity (Les Petits Freres des Pauvres) including a fiendish quiz that had us all puzzling away between courses.
As has become the custom, we played “Heads ard Tails” with the usual amusement and hilarity, with our worthy winners each won one of the four beautiful table decorations, once again made and donated by Annette Leblanc.
The remaining two table decorations were auctioned off to add to the funds, which when added to the proceeds from the raffle will go to our charity.
Some of our winners on the day:
On Saturday September 14th Mike and Jean Battey opened their house and garden to a buffet lunch and our first (and maybe annual?) Petanque event!
Gazebos had been erected in the garden to cover the tables just in case but the weather decided to cooperate, and Mike and Jean’s plan B was unnecessary!
Jean had prepared a sumptuous buffet which we all tucked into, and the conversation, along with the cider and wine, flowed. The delicious desserts were supplied by Janet, with Karen contributing her wonderful meringues that went into the Eton Mess. There was even cheese for those who still had room!
Suitably fortified, the serious business of Pétanque began. It was a knockout competition with 7 teams and three rounds. The close- fought competition produced laughter, frustration and light-hearted “ringer” accusations, but the final winners were Kenza and Karen (Kenza being the darkhorse expert!!).
To keep us occupied in between the tournament games, Mike had laid out a croquet course for us to try. Mike and Jean’s beautiful garden provided perfect surroundings for what was a lovely lunch and a fun afternoon.