Gilles Lefèvre patron and chef of La Baratte Restaurant, Saint-Denis-LeYêtu, together with his wife and team gave of their best to look after the 35 members who came to our Christmas lunch.
It was a happy combination of good food with good company. A welcome drink was followed by greetings from Louise. At the table there were crackers to pull supplying us with Christmas hats, gifts and jokes.
After the meal the raffle (which included a handmade gift from Danielle Poullain) was held with prizes won by Monique, Max, Joan, Kenza, Sue and Jean. Annette had donated the table arrangements and these were auctioned by Jean Christian. Stevie and Caroline were successful with their bids. It was very enjoyable and thanks go to the committee for organising it.
Write up courtesy of a member.
One fine Wednesday in October (yes, really, it was a lovely day!) twenty Anglophones paid a visit to the Haras National Stud Farm in Saint Lo.
The centre concentrates on breeding the Selle Francais (the French warmblood horse), Percheron and the Norman Cob (a grey work horse).
The architecture is stunning and the space is immense.
We followed up with lunch in a local restaurant.
Our June event saw 20 of us head for Condé-sur-Vire and the Velorail.
Having glimpsed our mode of transport for the next hour or so, we were all eager to get going.
With 4 to a cart, the 2 cyclists adjusted the seats and took up their position, whilst the other two sat back an prepared to enjoy the ride!
We cycled for about 5.5km when we reached the end of the line.
After turning the carts around, there was time for some quick refreshments before we all headed back.
A very easy cycle even for inexperienced riders.
Having arrived safely back at the start point, with no injuries and no exhaustion, we returned to our cars and drove to a nearby picnic site where another 4 members joined us.
We unpacked our picnics and enjoyed the sunshine, the company and our favourite picnic food for a couple of hours before we all headed for home.
An extremely enjoyable day and one we must repeat.
Your starter for 10!
Which weapon appears on Mozambique’s flag?
Which two British women made the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list in 2013?
Which 4 UK cities have underground transport systems?
These were just some of the questions testing our grey matter at the bring-a-plate and quiz event held at Les Unelles in Coutances on 20th February (answers below). 21 members attended and each brought a plate of food to share for lunch. And what a delicious spread it was. Tuna tart, onion bhajis, mini quiches, salads, cheese, tiramisu, lemon drizzle cake and coconut cake were just some of the dishes we tucked into.
Once lunch had been consumed and tea/coffee had been served, the afternoon’s entertainment began. Quiz master Kerry and adjudicator Janet quizzed us on a variety of subjects in what turned out to be a very close call. Three teams tied in second place but were pipped to the post by one point by the winning team of Anne, David and Stevie. The consolation prize went to Michael, Shirley, Stan and Sheila.
A very enjoyable and entertaining event. Special thanks to Kerry and Janet for compiling the quiz.
How well did YOU do?
AK47 (rifle) ; JK Rowling and Queen Elizabeth II; Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Our February coffee afternoon was hosted by Karen.
The weather on Sunday afternoon was pleasant enough to tempt 12 members out for the afternoon and they were treated to home-made crumpets toasted on the open fire.
A pleasant afternoon was had by all as they chatted away and caught up with friends over a cup of tea or coffee.
This year’s events kicked off hot and spicy at the ever popular curry lunch hosted by Janet and John. Several members of the committee and John had created the very tasty meat and vegetable curries and rice whilst Karen, Janet and Kenza supplied a non-curry main dish and the delicious desserts.
All the dishes were well received with people having second and third helpings – there was very little left over!
As ever, Janet and John were perfect hosts and a big thank you goes to them for letting us have a taste of India in the lovely environment of their house.
New member Valerie welcomed members to her home to start our new year with the first coffee morning. Valerie spoilt us with an array of tasty treats, including lovely homemade cheese scones, and an abundant supply of coffee and tea. A very enjoyable morning. A big thank you to Valerie.