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September - November 2019


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The Autumn Edition Inside – The Emperor’s secret weapon Social drinking and AA Musée la rue du temps qui passe Sticky Pear & Ginger cake recipe Did you know… The Mona Lisa Plastiques Septic Tanks the best French Car Hire but with Great British Customer Service we are at Bergerac, Biarritz and Limoges Airports

hundreds of buyers from every continent to buy in confidence and settle in to their new homes in France. Not a day goes by without a past client getting back in touch for advice or to re-market their property, sometimes 20 years later. It is this base of hundreds of satisfied clients which makes the name of Vialex well respected here. People know they will get straight and honest advice about their property, sometimes in very difficult market conditions.

It’s a strange name, but one which nearly everyone in the area is familiar with. Vialex International Immobilier has been selling properties in the Tarn et Garonne, Lot et Garonne, Lot and the Gers for over 30 years now and has built itself a reputation as a serious agency with professional staff and a personal approach to the business. Violette Lafite Scholfield started the agency in 1988, and was joined by Carl Scholfield in 1991. Since then, this « dynamic duo » have been the most active agents in the region and have helped

The Vialex International offices are based in the bastide village of Beauville. From here the agency handles enquiries from all over the world regarding properties within the 4 departments. Properties as diverse as châteaux at several million Euros, to country properties with swimming pools and some land, to smaller village properties at lower prices. You can see their properties on two web sites : and, for prestige properties, Looking for advice, a valuation or searching for a new home, then please call Carl on 05 53 95 46 24


CONTENTS Welcome to the Autumn edition It’s unbelievable to think that we are on our third season, where has this year gone? I sincerely hope you enjoyed your summer exploring our beautiful area and sampled some of the many activities available. This Autumn edition features some new advertisers, introducing new ventures. Please do try to give them a go (and don’t forget to mention us!) You will notice a few associations offering support and guidance. Some interesting Did you knows? A new recipe introducing The Kimchi and of course our regular recipes focussing on the Harvest festival season. Why not try some of the recipes? we would be very happy to see pictures of your results. An interesting read on the artisanal trade La Cordonnerie, all you need to know about septic tanks, hints and tips from the Open gardens and information on the recent cold calling campaign. Hopefully there is a bit of something for everyone. Please support our advertisers, without them there is no magazine.

Bienvenue dans l’édition d’Automne C’est incroyable de penser que nous débutons déjà notre troisième saison. L’année est passée si vite ! J’espère sincèrement que vous avez apprécié votre été en visitant nos belles régions et que vous avez profitez de nos nombreuses activités. Cette édition d’Automne présente de nouveaux annonceurs, introduisant de nouvelles entreprises. Vous remarquerez quelques associations offrant des aides et des conseils. Certaines anecdotes, une nouvelle recette sur le Kimchi et nos recettes habituelles sur la saison des fêtes de la moisson. Pourquoi ne pas essayer certaines de ces recettes? Nous serions très heureux de voir le résultat dans vos photos. Aussi, nous vous proposons une lecture intéressante sur le commerce artisanal La Cordonnerie, les fosses septiques, des astuces et des conseils des Jardins Ouverts et des informations sur le démarchage téléphonique. Nous espérons qu’il y en ait pour tous les goûts ! Merci de soutenir nos annonceurs, sans eux, il n’y a pas de magazine. Email:



L’ivresse: La Cave à Bières et vins


The Emperor’s secret weapon


A textile Artist in France


Social Drinking


Alcoholics Anonymous


Musée la rue du temps qui passe


Nomad Food truck Kitchen


Learn French and explore


Sticky Pear & Ginger cake


Did you know…The Mona Lisa


Tremp-Plein D’espoir 82/ Charity shop


Kimchi recipe


Six tips for protecting & growing your wealth


Plastiques p40 Greve du Bac: Quel impact?


Open Garden/Jardins ouverts


La Cordonnerie


Croix-rouge française


Le refuge Canin Lotois lance un appel à l’aide !


Cold calling insulation


Septic Tanks


Harvest & Holiday recipes


Get your Priorities Right




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“L’IVRESSE” For those who appreciate a tasty beer and are not already in the know - there’s good news! On the 14th May this year a beer (and wine) shop - La Cave à Bières et Vins - appropriately named L’Ivresse, opened its doors in Cahors. The shop is managed by a young man, Olivier Guinguand and is situated at 6 Place Clément Marot. It’s in the town-centre between the Cathedral and Rue Daurade, next to the organic food shop Biocoop and directly behind the imposing Marc Petit sculpture L’Ange du Lazaret. Open weekdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. As well as offering some interesting local wines, they also have a vast range of beers from many countries - England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Argentina, Italy, Spain (made from cacti), Portugal, Morocco, Iceland, Japan, Canada (made from maple seeds), the U.S.A., Sri Lanka, Nepal, Sweden, Jamaica, Poland, Germany (from the world’s oldest brewery), and last but not least, France. There are organic beers, gluten-free beers, blond, brown and white brews depending on your personal taste. The beer shop was officially inaugurated on the 18th June and Olivier, aided by his assistant Paul Kriegel, decided to organise a festive day on Saturday 21st September as the first event. There will be food and music available from midday right through to the evening. Why not come along and spend an enjoyable day listening to music, eating and sampling one or two of the excellent beers. Olivier is also planning a special Anglo-Saxon event to be held next Spring with local bands such as the Harpwood Trio. For further info look on Facebook- L’Ivresse or send an email to

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The Emperor’s Secret Weapon by Mike Alexander In a country that prides itself on its devotion to the culinary arts, there is one dish that holds a place in French history despite being somewhat basic. Chicken Morengo isn’t up there with famed dishes such as Confit de canard or Coq au vin, and yet it has remained a part of French cultural history since 1800. Legend has it that after making a daring crossing of the Alps to engage with the larger and better equipped Austrian army, Napoleon and his officers got so far ahead of the supply wagons that the chef was unable to draw on the rations they were carrying.


ith a battle coming up and a hungry General to feed, the chef was forced to throw together a meal from whatever ingredients he could forage from the local area. He managed to gather some chicken, a few eggs and some of the wild crayfish which at that time would have been plentiful in the local rivers. The following day, Napoleon went on to deliver a crushing blow to the Austrian army at Morengo. The battle had been important to Napoleon as it consolidated his position back in Paris and laid the groundwork for him to fulfil so many of his future ambitions that would go on to make him such a giant of European history. Napoleon was a superstitious man. He was afraid of cats, disliked the number thirteen and would never embark on a journey on a Friday if he could avoid it. Following the victory at Morengo, he insisted on being served chicken Morengo before every subsequent battle, and when the chef changed the recipe to include wine and mushrooms Napoleon refused to eat it. There is much debate as to whether this is the true origin of this meal or if it simply was a dish that was later created by a French chef in celebration of the famous battle. There again, there is no reason to allow mere fact to stand in the way of a good story. We do know that the man who would go on to declare himself Emperor did name several war ships, one department and the horse he always rode into battle Morengo. There are many versions of the famed chicken Morengo dish but most of them include fresh water crayfish. In Napoleon’s day, local fresh water crayfish would have been widespread and in plentiful supply throughout many of the European rivers and waterways. Unfortunately that has since changed dramatically and indigenous crayfish are now under threat. As usual, the demise of the native species is as a direct result of human intervention. Starting in the mid 19th century many North American species of crayfish were imported to Europe with the intention of farming them for human

consumption. By far the worst of these was the red swamp crayfish. It was not very long before some of the imported stock escaped and in subsequent years they have colonized many of the lakes and rivers here and decimated the numbers of local crayfish to the point where they are now on the endangered species list. There are three types of indigenous crayfish in France, but all of them have seen huge declines since the imported crayfish began to be established. The larger American reds compete for resources, but they also act as a reservoir for a pathogen known as crayfish plague to which local species are highly vulnerable. The IUCN recently declared the pathogen of the crayfish plague to be among the one hundred worst invasive species in the world. The reason that this has drawn so little attention is probably related to the fact that it does not affect humans. The invasive species are edible and there is a wide range of recipes including chicken Morengo on the web. You need a carte de peche to fish for them and it is illegal to transport live specimens. They can be a little fiddly to eat but are quite delicious and you are doing your bit for the environment.

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A Stitch.. in time!!


A textile artist in France


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Monflanquin textile art

Silk embroidery heart ring cushion

ike many people who move to the region, textile artist Ann Stephens fell in love with the area after a holiday and was determined to make this region her home. She bought an old farm outside Salles in the Lot-et-Garonne and now, she has for the first time ever, her own dedicated art studio in which she works on her art and hosts creative courses. Ann moved to the area not far from the Shropshire borders, where she was head of art at a large high school in Wales. She prides herself on the fact that when she joined, just 3 pupils were taking ‘A’ level art, but by the time she left, after a decade of pushing art as a valuable course to be recognised alongside other subjects, over 80 students were taking art at ‘A’ level. Her own artistic journey started with a three year degree course in fine art under the tutorship of abstract painter and printmaker Gillian Ayres at Winchester School of Art. Whilst still a student, Ann achieved notable recognition for her work, not least in having an etching accepted and displayed at London’s Royal Academy. She went on to train as a teacher in Brighton and continued to pass on her passion for art and would have happily continued had it not been for an injury. “I had a minor accident in which I cut a tendon in my hand, so for six weeks I couldn’t do a thing. I couldn’t drive and I couldn’t teach. I realised all I could do was paint. So I sat at my kitchen table and painted and realised it was the first time in decades that I had taken the time to create my own art,” she explains. At the end of six weeks Ann had accumulated enough creative work to put on an exhibition and was delighted when everything sold. “It dawned on me then that, much as I loved teaching, I had spent all those years giving away my creativity, so that I never had the time to do my own work. I realised I needed to get back to doing it for myself,” she said. This realisation also sparked the move to France and a fierce determination to make time and space for her own art. Ann does not remember making a conscious decision to move from pure painting to textile art, instead believing it to be natural evolution for her.

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“I use fabric in much the same as I would paint, and I construct a piece of textile work in the same way I would approach the canvas as a painter,” she explains and adds “I love collecting remnants of vintage fabric. I love the fact that an already well-worn, and often repaired piece of material will be reused to create something artistic and beautiful,” she says. The current renaissance among young people keen to repurpose, make and mend delights Ann. “I know it is largely being driven by concerns for the environment and turning the tide on wastefulness, but it’s great that young people are reconnecting with these creative textile skills and are learning to sew, darn and embroider in order to create something new and exciting,” she says. For the past year, Ann been busy preparing for a summer exhibition in nearby Monflanquin. She has worked alongside a printmaker to create pieces under the banner of ‘Bastide’. As the starting point of her work for this exhibition, Ann focussed on the map image of this historic, bastide town. The initial base material to be used for this was dyed using colours derived from natural sources. Ann then built the image in layers of material before, using her needle as a paint brush, she stitched in detail of the town and its surrounding fields. She explains: “The map is like the seed growing in the landscape and the roads which radiate out are like roots with the fields coming off them. By using natural dyes I have been able to recreate the colours of the earth and the landscape. One piece of work started with an ancient tray cloth as its base, and subsequently grew as I added remnants and used different

embroidery stitches to emphasise the field patterns. It’s all about hand stitching and using stitches in different ways, pushing boundaries to see where the creative flow takes you.” As well as sharing her creative space with her dog Dot, Ann opens her studio for occasional courses where she passes on her knowledge and passion. Day long workshops include silk ribbon embroidery, hand embroidery stitches, rusting on to textiles, applique, dry felting, cyanotype painting or creating natural dyes. Her next workshop on October 21 will explore botanical eco dyeing where different natural and traditional techniques are used to extract pigments and imprint shapes from plants. The day starts at 10.30am and finishes around 4pm with everyone contributing to a convivial lunch. Classes are small and an extra day may be added on October 22nd if there is strong demand. “People love the creative hub of the house and in particular my studio which is now a dedicated space with three large windows which catch the light from the rising sun through to sunset. There’s a lovely old fireplace and a large worktable. I call it my ‘creative chaos’ space and I treasure it,” she says. Ann is equally happy to run courses for groups of up to eight people at their own premises. Ann also undertakes commissions. One of her most popular items being a personalised wedding ring cushion with silk embroidery stitches. “These are a very lovely and romantic keepsake of the special day and all the ribbons used are dyed using natural plant dyes. More and more they are being ordered by the mother of the bride or the groom.” “Wherever I am, whatever I am doing I always have vintage material and a needle and thread. Sewing is such a portable art,” she says. C.S. For more details, phone Ann on 05 53 70 56 27 or email her at annchrismasstephens@yahoo. or search for her on Facebook – Ann Stephens Textile Artist.

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Social Drinking


was at a party last summer and the host was telling us the story about how he fell into his empty swimming pool after a night of drinking and broke both his legs. And people were laughing as he told the story while I said, out loud, ‘And this is funny because?’ I’ve not been invited back. So why do we find stories about drunken mishaps funny? Sometimes we laugh at other people’s misfortune because we see the absurdity of a situation, like someone falling face down in the mud when they’re all dressed up for an evening out. But I think most of the people laughing at the story of how their host broke his legs were laughing because they felt some kind of relief that that sort of thing hadn’t happened to them. Yet. Here are some sobering statistics: Alcohol misuse is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability among 15-49 year-olds in the UK, and the fifth biggest risk factor across all ages. Alcohol abuse accounts for 7% of all hospital admissions. You can double this for people over 65. Hmmm. Sadly drug and alcohol abusers, when they are not being laughed with at dinner parties are stigmatised. We may laugh at stories of drunken escapades or indiscretions but we also, deep down, believe that people who overdo something are weak.

This means that people who drink too much often hide this from others and hate themselves for not being able to stop. As a psychotherapist who has worked with countless people who abuse alcohol and/or drugs I still have no hard and fast answers about how to help them. I know how I changed my own relationship with alcohol but every journey is personal. Here’s what I do know: the perceived ability of alcohol or other drugs to soothe or to numb, however temporarily and often at considerable cost, outweighs that cost to some extent. In other words people will continue to engage in harmful behaviours as long as they believe at some level that it does something for them that no thing or one else can. So how do you help someone to stop or cut down on their drinking? You can’t. This has to do with the mesolithic dopamine system. In simple terms it is more likely than not that the choice to pick up a drink is not in the conscious control of the drinker. This is a little complicated but essentially the ‘decision’ to have a drink is made before we become consciously aware of it. People who want to change their relationship with alcohol need to change their neurochemistry. I believe that this is one of the main reasons why Alcoholics Anonymous is the most successful self-help programme ever. Started in the 1930s by two men whose lives were on the brink of ruin its 12 Step approach requires an admission of powerlessness over alcohol and turning to a ‘higher power’ for help to stay sober. And ‘working the steps’ helps people to take responsibility for the harm they have caused to themselves and others and to live in the present. In my own experience developing an ‘attitude of gratitude’ is essential in any successful recovery process because research has shown that developing a habit of focussing on being grateful actually changes the make up of the brain and replaces an experience of scarcity with one of plenty. AA may not be the only solution for a person in need of help but it is a good place to start. Anne Kearns works with individuals and couples in Le Vigan. She may be contacted at

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If Drinking is Costing More Than Money Hi. My name is D and I’m an alcoholic. For the past 6 years I have been a very grateful abstinent and recovering alcoholic, a member of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to achieve sobriety. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership, we are self supporting through our own contributions.


es, AA does exist in France, as it does almost everywhere around the world – alcoholism is no respecter of geographical boundaries. Or any other boundaries for that matter; it affects men and women, young and old, from all backgrounds and all nationalities. The fellowship of AA is worldwide, class free and, as its name suggests, anonymous. Here in our south west quadrant of France, in addition to many French language meetings there are 15 English speaking or bilingual groups. We are widely dispersed; our groups span from Mirande in the south up to Civray in the north, from Carcassonne in the east to La Rochelle in the west. Our members over here are used to travelling to attend meetings – the benefits immeasurably outweigh this small effort. You can find the closest meeting to you by looking at our website There you will also find telephone numbers of people, recovering alcoholics, who you can speak to if you feel that you, or someone close to you, may have a problem with alcohol. If you really can’t travel then don’t despair, there are online meetings for which you will find links on the website – and of course you can speak to our contacts. Did you know that it is estimated that for each drinking alcoholic at least 5 people around them are affected, usually (sometimes very) adversely? Often it is those closest to us who bear the brunt. I drank for many years, at first socially, then heavily and finally alcoholically. I tried many ways to stop or “control” my drinking and for many years I was in denial that I had a problem. Finally it cost me my marriage and the love and respect of many family members and friends and it wiped me out financially. The tally of people hurt by my drinking is way higher than the average 5. Of course, the primary victim was myself – it destroyed my life. In July 2013 I surrendered; I was alone, out for the count, there was no more denial. I desperately needed help and I was lucky, I found my way to an English speaking group and my recovery began. Slow and painful first steps, keeping going one day at a

time, concentrating on not picking up that first drink and regularly attending meetings. The people in my group were welcoming, non-judgemental, available, kind, encouraging and supportive, offering advice and guidance based on their own experiences. Funny how they seemed to know just how I was feeling and what I was going through – but of course they had all been there too. I talked and I listened, I tried to do what they suggested and gradually I picked myself up again. As I said, I am one of the lucky ones. I sought and found help and avoided the worst; alcoholism is, quite literally, a killer disease. Six years down the line I’m not only sober but I’m happy, financially solvent again, able to deal with the ups and downs of life and be a normal, useful member of society. I have many friends both inside and outside the fellowship, my life is full of interest, activity and fun and the future is bright. No-one can force someone else to seek help and engage with AA, the desire has to come from within. If your drinking is causing problems but you’re still telling yourself that you’re in control then you’re not yet ready. If on the other hand you’re “sick and tired” of being sick and tired, if you feel you’ve reached the bottom of your personal pit and you’re willing to do what it takes to stop drinking and climb back out then help is available for you as it was for me. Give us a call or come to a meeting, you’ll be welcome.


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18 • THE QUERCY & PÉRIGORD LOCAL Ce vignoble de 25Ha est situé sur 4 terrasses bien distinctes répertoriées à Cahors, qui ont été analysées géologiquement. Le chai, est de construction moderne aux normes en vigueur de 2010. Bernard Bouyssou vous propose une gamme de vins rouge (100% MALBEC) mais aussi 1 rosé, 1 blanc et un apéritif liquoreux, élaborés dans le plus grand respect de la tradition depuis 3 générations. Ve vignoble offre une grande diversité d’arômes et de saveurs, ce qui lui doit plusieurs médailles et récompenses!

This 25Ha vineyard is situated on 4 very distinct and well-known terraces in Cahors, which were geologically analysed. The Winery is modern and has been adapted to the 2010’s legislation. Bernard BOUYSSOU offers a wide range of red wine (100% MALBEC), as well as rosé and white wine. Besides he can also propose a liquorish aperitif. All of his products are made in the same respect of tradition that his grand father created 3 generation’s ago. This vineyard offers a great diversity of aroma and flavours which also explain why it has won a few medals and awards over the years!

Bernard’ BOUYSSOU’s estate which use to belong to his grand father, became a stop over for sailors who cross the Lot as he had the great idea to built a private boat landing. La propriété viticole de Bernard BOUYSSOU, ou travaillait déjà son grand père Armand, est devenue un lieu d’escale pour les marins qui croisent le Lot grâce à sa bonne idée de construire un ponton privé.

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Le Caillau is a 300 year old winery lovingly restored into a restaurant, café and pottery painting atelier. • Our restaurant serves fresh, local, seasonal food • Warm, cosy dining room with open fireplace and views of the vines • Visit our pottery painting atelier, by appointment only, to create your own masterpiece, perfect for a personalised gift. See our website for more information. LE CAILLAU 46700 VIRE SUR LOT TEL: 05 65 23 78 04 WWW.LECAILLAU.COM FACEBOOK.COM/LECAILLAU INSTAGRAM.COM/LECAILLAU

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LEARN FRENCH AND EXPLORE! French school “Français à la carte” is located in the historic Cahors and offers to teach French language through lessons but also playful activities and outings in the Lot region.


t “Français à la carte”, we believe that learning a language is not only about lists of vocabulary and grammar rules. It has to be enjoyable and include cultural contents in order to fully immerse in the French language. That’s why we have built programs that includes courses, activities and trips around the Lot region. Adults or seniors, groups or individuals, families or friends? Everyone is welcome in our school. Why “à la carte”? We named our school “Français à la carte” because we adapt our programs to your needs, just like a “à la carte” menu. We offer general French classes, French exam preparation if you need an official level on your resume or for your naturalisation request (Hayet is a DELF/DALF examiner and Philippe is a TEF/TEFAQ examiner), conversation classes, business French... You can even pick and mix. “A la carte” also means that you can visit the region with us to improve your French. We offer pedagogical visits so you can discover the hidden beauties of the region and learn about its specificities (History, architecture, gastronomy, geography etc...). An example of what could be a week with us: We have developed three formulas: 1. Regular classes for two or three hours a day. (Once / twice a week or everyday) 2. “A la carte” formula with classes in the morning and cultural workshops in the afternoon (i.e discovering French iconic artists, South-Western cuisine ...) 3. The “Great escape” formula with classes in the morning and outings in the Lot region (i.e discovering Rocamadour, local vineyards...) Your teachers: Hello! I’m Hayet! I come from Douai, in the North of France but my different work experiences lead me to Scotland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Then, I landed in Manchester, England, where I lived 6 years working for the Alliance Française and other organisations. My teaching approach is serious and

yet playful, which allows me to satisfy my students needs and create an enjoyable atmosphere! I know that learning a language can be a challenge and I will do my best to give you an amazing and stressless experience, so come along! “We wanted to create our “dream” school, far from the big institutions where students come and go without sharing a lot with their teachers. That’s why we have a maximum of 4 students per class. We want to create a warm atmosphere for the students to feel at ease. As a shy person myself, I know that speaking a foreign language is a challenge and can put us out of our confort zone. I want to prove it is possible to overcome it and, actually, enjoy learning.” My name is Philippe and I’m from Cahors. Initially town planner, I know my city as well as the numerous specificities of the Lot departement. Be sure that you can rely on my knowledge in order to satisfy your curiosity during your holidays and through the visit that we may complete together. Nevertheless, I’m a teacher above all and life brought me to work in Canada, Poland, some French cities like Montpellier and Toulouse and finally in England. I’m very supportive and focused on your improvement. So let’s speak French! “What fascinates me about France is people’s behaviour. Going to the bakery to get a baguette isn’t just a way to get some bread, it’s a place for socialising, getting to know your neighbours and sometimes all the latest gossips. I think the beauty of the language lies in that chit-chat, that’s why I think embracing French culture is important.” What about the price? As we work at home, we are able to offer a reasonable price compare to other private companies in France. The place is a perfect compromise between feeling the warm atmosphere of a house (coffee or tea served by the teacher during the break) and benefiting from everything a student needs to enhance its level with professionnal material and assertive advices. It is even more interesting for a group since we offer decreasing prices (maximum 4 students) so why not try our courses with your friends or family? For more information, visit or email us at

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Sticky Pear & Ginger Cake


Sticky Pear & Ginger Cake Serves 10



For the cake:

• 1 pear peeled, cored and sliced • 80g light brown sugar • 50g butter ~ • 160g butter • 160g soft dark brown sugar • 90g maple syrup • 240g plain flour • 2.5 tsp ground ginger • 1 tsp ground cinnamon • grated nutmeg • 2 eggs (beaten) • 150ml milk • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Preheat the oven to 180oC (160oC fan) /340oF. Line the cake tin with one piece of baking paper, folding up the sides to make sure none of the cake batter can leak out.

You will need: • 1 x deep 20cm cake tin lined with greaseproof paper

First, melt the light brown sugar and 50g of butter in a saucepan over a low heat. While that’s melting, peel, core and slice the pear. When the butter and sugar have melted, pour it into the bottom of the prepared cake tin, then arrange the slices of pear in a circle on top. In the same saucepan, add the butter, dark brown sugar and maple syrup then heat gently until melted. In a large bowl sift the flour and spices together, then add in the melted butter mixture. Stir until well mixed then add in the beaten eggs. In the same pan, gently heat the milk then take off the heat. Add the bicarbonate of soda and let it foam a bit. Add this into the cake batter and stir, mixing well. Pour the batter into the cake tin over the pears and place on a baking tray in the oven for 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10 mins. Level off the cake if necessary then turn out onto a cake plate so the pears are on the top. Decorate with toasted almonds.

Le Caillau: Nestled in the heart of the Cahors vineyards you’ll find Le Caillau, a family run Restaurant, Café and Pottery Painting Atelier. In 2011, Caroline and Chas Sharp opened the doors of Le Caillau, a renovated 300 year old winery. Our aim is simple - to produce great quality, simple and tasty food. In our restaurant kitchen our small team creates dishes based on vegetables from our own kitchen garden and local seasonal produce, (with some more exotic ingredients thrown in for variety and a different flavour from traditional Quercy cuisine). Our Café and Pottery Painting Atelier is perfect for an afternoon getaway, whether you’re after a coffee and slice of homemade cake (lemon drizzle and coffee and walnut are some of our customers’ favourites), or you’re feeling artistic and decide to get creative by painting some pottery. Restaurant opening hours: Monday: 12pm - 2pm, Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday: 12pm - 2pm and 7pm - 11pm, Thursday: 12pm - 2pm and 7pm - 11pm, Friday: 12pm - 2pm and 7pm - 11pm, Saturday: 12pm - 2pm and 7pm - 11pm, Sunday: 12pm - 2pm

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The Mona Lisa If only she could tell! By A Atkinson

Nowadays we know so much; we’ve got nearly all the answers; our world is being demystified by technology. Happily, a few mysteries remain. The universe’s remaining secrets aren’t confined to the oceans’ depths or the outer reaches of space. Some of them remain in full sight; on public display; and globally familiar!

The Mona Lisa


fine example is the enigma of the Mona Lisa with her centuries of well-kept secrets. What does lie behind that enigmatic smile? Who commissioned the work, and why did they receive the painting? Who was the sitter? How many versions exist? What alterations lie beneath the surface? This piece of ancient wood covered in ancient oils has witnessed centuries of turmoil, intrigue and change. Imagine what it could tell us? The Mona Lisa is thought to have been begun in 1503 in Florence. It was painted by Leonardo da Vinci (probably the only undisputed fact). The work is believed to have travelled to France unfinished. It was still in da Vinci’s studio when he died in 1519. His beneficiary, his student Salai, appears to have sold the work to France’s King Francis 1 for 4000 gold coins. It then hung in

both the Palaces of Fontainebleau and Versailles before becoming the property of the French State and moving to the Louvre in 1797. There have been many claims that the Mona Lisa rightly belongs to Italy. In 1911 the painting was stolen from the Louvre by Vincenzo Perugia, an Italian nationalist who worked there. It took a couple of years before the work was recovered when Perugia tried to sell it to a gallery in Florence. Whilst the painting was missing, various people were falsely accused of its theft, including Pablo Picasso. As WW2 drew close and Paris became threatened by an ambitious Hitler, a plan was needed to protect France’s priceless art collections. Hitler had a ‘grand plan’ for a ‘Führermuseum’ and he’d begun looting Europe’s museums and private collections. What happens next to the Mona Lisa is still surrounded by a veil of mystery. We think we know but, are we sure? Only she could tell! Jacques Jaujard, the then deputy director of France’s National Museums, formulated an audacious plan which he enacted in August 1939. He closed the Louvre for three days (for apparent repairs). Staff and students removed (where possible) paintings from their frames and these along with sculptures (some huge) were carefully placed in crates. Some paintings, too large and fragile to leave their frames were transported on scenery trailers borrowed the theatre ‘Comédie-Française’. Two days later convoys of trucks left Paris for various châteaux in the Loire Valley. Locations that were considered both far enough away from the likely bombing and which had suitable space to manage the Nation’s treasures. The Mona Lisa was placed in a case lined with red velvet and this was itself put in one of the crates sent to Château de Chambord, the largest château in the Loire Valley. From here many works of art were prepared for transport to other rural châteaux, museums, and abbeys.

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After the war, the Mona Lisa returns to Paris. Photo by Pierre Jahan Archives des Musées Nationaux

In November of 1939 and facing an advancing German army, the Mona Lisa was moved from Chambord to Château de Louvigny (Sarthe, 72600). The painting’s crate was placed on an ambulance stretcher, and this time moved in an armoured van. The van was sealed to control the humidity, almost suffocating the poor curator travelling alongside. Jaujard and his team remained in great and constant danger whilst they re-arranged the whereabouts of the Nation’s treasures. Their work ensuring that they stayed well away from the Nazis, Vichy Government, Allied bombings and natural hazards. The surrender of France in June 1940 meant a flood of refugees taking to the roads south. Travelling among them was the Mona Lisa. The painting was being sent to the southern ‘Free Zone’ governed by the Vichy Government. This time the painting was to be secretly housed in the Cistercian, Abbaye de Loc Dieu (12200 5km SW of Villefranche-de-Rouergue). This great house had been greatly fortified after a serious fire during the Hundred Years’ War and was judged to be a safe hiding place. This was not to become a long-term or successful resting place. This time it was not bombs or fear of discovery that was the problem, it was the level of humidity at the Abbaye. So, during October, that same year, the Mona Lisa headed even further south to the Musée Ingres in Montauban. The former residence of the Bishops of Montauban was home to the painting for around 2 years. During which time disaster very nearly struck twice. Firstly, in December of 1941, when a

ceiling beam collapsed in the room housing the painting and various other treasures. Then secondly, in August of 1942, when during a great storm, flooding entered the museum and damaged 69 paintings. Luckily, the Mona Lisa was not among them. By early 1943, Jaujard feared that the Musée Ingres had become less safe. In November 1942, Germany had taken back control from the Vichy Government. This meant that the building’s proximity to the bridge over the River Tarn made it a possible bombing target. So, the painting was to move again. In February 1943 the Mona Lisa secretly travelled to Château de Montal (46400, Saint-Jean Lespinasse) in the Lot. A fitting home for the Mona Lisa, this beautifully restored Château was described as a jewel of the French Renaissance. After Germany’s surrender in May 1945, the Louvre’s art treasures began to return. The museum had been damaged in the war and had been used by the occupying forces as a warehouse for the art they had confiscated from private collections. The Mona Lisa made its return to the Louvre on June 16, 1945. Or, is that what really happened? It is more than likely that Jaujard had very convincing copies of many of the important paintings produced in the period before the war. Enabling him to deploy decoys and distract the Nazi art hunters from the real treasures. We also know that over 80 wagons of art treasures stolen by the Nazis from across Europe were hidden at the Altaussee salt mine in Austria, one of these was reported to have contained ‘the Mona Lisa from Paris’. Was this perhaps the original? Or, was it one of the copies? There now seems little doubt that the Mona Lisa that travelled, at the end of the war, from the Lot back to the Louvre was Leonardo da Vinci’s 500-year-old original. But will we ever know? Truly, only she could tell!

What a story he could tell ... Jacques Jaujard whose work ensured the survival of so much of the Nation’s art collection was awarded the Légion d’honneur and Médaille de la Résistance. The main entrance of the École du Louvre is also named after him. His tremendous bravery and efforts involved working with the French Resistance and that brought him into contact with the French film actress Jeanne Biotel. She worked for the Resistance using the name ‘Mozart’. The pair survived and later married. But that sounds like a whole other story…

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Anglican Chaplaincy of Midi-Pyrénées & Aude Update from the Cahors Congregation

For detailed information visit our website: All services are held at 10.00am – Centre Paroissial, 75 av J Lurçat, Terre Rouge, 46000 Cahors Five reasons we would like to invite you to join us during the Autumn season. Harvest Festival - Sunday October 13th at 10am “We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land, But it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand” Our first invitation is to our Harvest Festival Service which stirs memories of childhood, school assemblies and tins of baked beans, fruit and vegetables in boxes to be taken to school or church. The Harvest Service takes place on Sunday October 13th at 10am and will be followed by a bring-and-share lunch. All are welcome and being in France we celebrate the wine harvest too!! Our donations go to Secours Catholique – the homeless charity in Cahors. Our second invitation is for Bible Sunday – Anyone can join the celebration – on Sunday 27th October at 10am As an individual: Take time yourself on Bible Sunday to get deeper into the Bible. As a group – we have three Home groups in the Cahors area which start again in September. See the website for details and contacts. As a church: We’re holding a service to celebrate the importance of the Bible – do come and join us. Our third invitation – All Saints and All Souls Day – Sunday 3rd November – at 10am

Nine years ago at Terre Rouge the Cahors Anglican Church held a very special service for the first time – the All Saints and All Souls Service. This coincided with our French Catholic friends’ celebration of la Toussaint when the dead are remembered all over France by the placing of chrysanthemums on family graves. This service now holds a special place on our calendar. Our fourth invitation is for Remembrance Sunday – November 10th at 10am We always have a traditional Remembrance Sunday service with the 2 minutes silence, but it is worth remembering that France, our adopted country, suffered horrendous casualties and deaths too – on their own soil. Remembrance Day (11 November) is a national holiday in France. It commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at 11:00 a.m. in the morning – the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” In France the blue cornflower (bleuet) is used symbolically rather than the poppy. The final invitation is for our Christmas services, which will be featured in the next edition of Quercy Local. For further information on all these invitations please look at our website on

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Trem-Plein d’Espoir 82 / Charity shop How does it work?

Qui sommes-nous ?

Trem-Plein d’Espoir est une association, créée en 2006 et implantée à, dans le quartier du Sarlac. Notre association, se situe maintenant à Montaigu de Quercy 82150.

Que faisons-nous ?

Son objectif est de permettre aux personnes en difficulté (familles monoparentales, personnes bénéficiant des minima sociaux, travailleurs pauvres …), de choisir et d’acheter librement, des vêtements, des produits d’hygiène et des articles du quotidien. Elle est ouverte à tout public, afin de permettre la mixité sociale. Les sommes récoltées permettent d’aider, entre autre, à financer pour les départs de vacances (grâce à notre partenariat avec l’Agence Nationale pour les Chèques Vacances – ANCV). Selon les possibilités financières de l’association et de nos partenaires, nous pouvons mener des actions envers les enfants défavorisés.

Individuals donate clothes, shoes, accessories, items of furniture, baby equipment, ornaments etc. These donations are sorted by volunteers. The best ones are put in the shop and given a second life. Any unsuitable items are sent for recycling. New items are delivered thanks to various businesses and in partnership with other national solidarity associations. We renovated and set up shop in new premises at 107 avenue Louis Resses in Montaigu de Quercy (the old premises of Terres du Sud). This building gives us a lot more space and suits our needs better. We have an area where you can enjoy a tea/coffee7 during your visits. Workshops, for DIY, handy crafts etc, are being organised to allow people to share their talents with others.


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Kimchi Recipe Kimchi, a traditional Korean fermented vegetable dish, is fast becoming internationally popular. There are various recipes, some vegan, some not, but all are noted for their health properties. As well as being an excellent source of vitamins K, C, and B6, Kimchi is proven to have important probiotic qualities due to the fermentation of the vegetables. This may help with conditions like inflammation, digestive issues, and overall gut health. Kimchi is also high in fiber, calcium, iron, and potassium. It’s also delicious! This elementary recipe consists of ingredients, in my experience, readily available in most rural French supermarkets. Although, more exotic ingredients (e.g. fermented salted shrimp ‘saeujeot’) can be easily sourced online. The addition of rice flour is optional but helps bind everything together, like a porridge, which helps adhere the mixture to the leaves and accelerates the fermentation. Ingredients • Chinese (napa) cabbage ‘choux chinoise’ • White radish “Asian” or French radis noir • Carrot: 1 • Spring onion: small bunch • Chilli flakes (preferably gochugaru): generous handful • Garlic: Couple of fat cloves • Ginger: Thumb-sized piece • Fish sauce fermented type Nuoc-mam: 15 ml (increase to 30 ml according to your taste) • Sugar: 10g • Sea salt: 150g

Method Half the cabbage and rinse thoroughly under cold running water separating each leaf being carfeful not to detach from the core. Drain and throw salt between each leaf. Pop into a plastic container and leave for 6 hrs or overnight. Turn occasionally allowing the salt to release a considerable about of water. Drain off the water and rinse the remaining salt from the cabbage. Bring 500ml of water to a simmer and whisk in enough rice flour to achieve a loose ‘wallpaper’ paste consistency – allow too cool. Blitz or grate the ginger and garlic to a smooth paste. Battonette the radish and carrot and slice the onion and spring onion. In a large mixing bowl, and using latex kitchen gloves, mix together all the ingredients adding the cooled rice flour paste to bind together. Coat all the leaves of the cabbage from top to bottom with the mixture and place into a kilma jar with a sealed lid. Press the cabbage down firmly to release any air pockets before sealing. Place in a warm place (airing cupboard is ideal!) for a couple days, opening once or twice a day to release the pressure as fermentation process begins. After 2-3 days remove to a fridge to calm the fermentation and taste after 1 week. You should notice that a citrusy, acidic flavour is present. The flavour will develop and intensify week by week and is best to consume after 3 weeks or so. Brook Adams

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es emballages plastiques sont partout, dans nos supermarchés, nos placards et nos salles de bain. Ces emballages, omniprésents dans notre quotidien, représentent un réel danger pour l’environnement. Il faut réduire, recycler et réutiliser - nous le savons tous! Parfois cela peut paraître compliqué, mais il est important pour nous de vous aider à y voir un peu plus clair! Faire le tri doit devenir un réflexe, si ce n’en est déjà un, pour chacun d’entre nous. A travers cet article, on va se concentrer sur le plastique, plus particulièrement les emballages en plastique. Il ne faut pas oublier que les objets en plastique ne sont pas toujours recyclables, car tous les plas-tiques ne se recyclent pas. The issue with recycling is that it can sometimes be confusing! We all know that the environment is not in a good way. We know that we need to change the way we do things before our ressources dry up, but it can seem like as individuals we won’t make much of a difference. It is through little changes to our day-to-day lives that we will all, collectively, help the environment. A big issue is plastic, especially plastique packaging! Pour ce qui est des règles du tri, cela va dépendre de chaque région. Nous avons contacté l’SIEEOM Sud Quercy, pour connaitre les règles dans le Quercy. Nous allons donc se concentrer sur ce que vous pouvez mettre dans les bacs jaunes. Il y a 3 catégories d’emballages qui peuvent être recyclés dans ces bacs : - Les emballages en plastique tels les bouteilles, bidons, flacons, pots, barquettes, tubes et films.

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Mais ce qui fait débat c’est surtout la réforme du baccalauréat, qui transforme l’examen autrefois divisé en trois filières (L, ES et S) en les supprimant. L’examen serait donc « à la carte », reprenant un socle de matières obligatoires, doublées de matières optionnelles. Le problème réside dans le fait que tous les lycées ne seront pas capables de proposer à leurs élèves l’ensemble des options à cause d’un Si vos enfants sont scolarisés en France, vous personnel ou d’un budget insuffisant. Certains lycées en avez sûrement entendu parler. Sinon, lire ces se verraient ainsi défavorisés, et en premier ceux quelques lignes pourrait vous être utile à l’avenir. des campagnes et des villes périphériques, et avec Mais dans tous les cas, pourquoi une partie des eux leurs lycéens. Le bac présentera également enseignants du secondaire a-t-elle fait grève ce mois de juin pendant le plus important et symbolique un nouveau « totem », à savoir un grand oral que chaque élève travaillera dès sa première. Là aussi, des examens de la République ? des professeurs pointent les inégalités sociales que Tout d’abord, cette grève survient dans un contexte pourraient rencontrer certains élèves pour réussir une de réforme du baccalauréat. Véritable totem, celui-ci n’avait pas été modifié depuis des dizaines d’années. épreuve où maîtrise de la langue et confiance en soi Il fait suite à deux ans de réformes de l’éducation où sont primordiales. Quoi qu’il en soit, ce bac « nouvelle génération » est Parcoursup’ a remplacé APB (pour s’orienter après annoncé pour 2021. Les élèves qui entrent donc le bac), modifiant les conditions d’accès aux études supérieures. Mais ce ne sont pas les élèves ni les au lycée ce mois-ci devront donc s’y préparer dès étudiants qui étaient dans la rue en juin. maintenant pour assurer leur réussite à ce nouveau format d’examen. Toutes les particularités de la Outre l’obligation d’arborer les drapeaux français et réforme sont disponibles à l’adresse https://www. européen en salle de classe et celui d’apprendre ou sur la Marseillaise, le projet porté par le ministre de les sites destinés aux lycéens comme Studyrama ou l’éducation Jean-Michel Blanquer vise à regrouper écoles et collèges mais aussi à permettre aux L’Etudiant. L.M.

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Hints & Tips Hints and Tips in the garden supplied by Mr. Dominique Birault. Dominique is a very experienced gardener and an old friend to the Association. He lives in the Yzeures sur Creuse region and opens his garden regularly for Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts for a weekend in August. • Tailler les arbustes qui ont déjà fleuri. Cette tâche est très importante pour faire ré-circuler la sève des plantes qui ont souffert de la sècheresse. Raccourcir les rameaux peut alimenter la plante pour l’hiver. • Enlever la mousse dans les pelouses. En septembre il est très importante pour régénérer le gazon qui peut devenir encombré par la mousse. La mousse est causé par la pollution (carbone) dans l’aire. Il est très facile à enlever avec le râteau. La mousse ne se composte pas et doit être emmener à la déchetterie. • Broyer toutes les plantes séchées, et laisser tout les débris sur place pour faire un paillage et re-nourrir le sol. Plus le sol est riche en matériaux organiques, plus il est résistant à la sécheresse. Dominique recommande le produit « Strulch » fabriqué en Angleterre qui est un mélange de paille de blé coupé, enrichi de sulfate de fer et de la molasse. • Dominique ramasse toutes les feuilles tombées d’automne et il les met sur le potager jusqu’à a ce qu’il puisse le replanter. Il ne fait pas pousser les légumes en hiver pour que les feuilles puissent bien pourrir. • Dominique ne possède pas de motoculteur, en fait il creuse le sol très peu, pour que la structure du sol ne soit pas abimé ni les vers dessous. Dominique recommande les plantes suivantes qui peuvent bien résister la sécheresse : 1. Sedum toutes les variétés qui ont plein de nectaire pour nourrir les abeilles. 2. Gaura tous les types 3. Scabieuse 4. Monarda certains types 5. Asters pour un sol profond uniquement 6. Echinacée 7. Lavatére

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Meet Sue Lambert – Garden Development Manager from Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts! Sue Lambert lives in a little hamlet near to Ahun which is in the Creuse department in the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine (previously the Limousin ). Back in the UK, Sue and her husband Mick, were the joint owners of 3 private day nurseries accepting children from 6 months to 5 years old. She also worked in the nurseries and placed great emphasis on daily outdoor activities when the weather permitted. Each nursery had its own garden and functional vegetable garden to inspire and educate the youngsters. Sue and her husband Mick bought a house in France in 2004 as a holiday home and then decided to sell the nurseries and move over full-time in 2007. Sue is a keen gardener and she became aware of the Open Garden/ Jardins Ouverts scheme that was running in her area. Before long she opened her garden to the public in 2017. She has subsequently done this for the past 3 years. The following year, on attending the AGM, she joined the “Conseil” which is the management and steering group of the Association. At this point Mick Moat, the original President of OGJO, was in the process of appointing some salaried staff to help him run the organisation. Sue was offered a job as “Garden Development Manager”. This role’s main thrust is to spread the word about OGJO in the Eastern regions of France but also includes liaising with co-ordinators and gardeners who have no co-ordinator throughout the rest of the country.; attending Plant Fairs to attract new people to the Association; visit potential gardens that might open for the association; then, in autumn and winter as the season closes, Sue likes to keep things going by talking to garden groups; she has many ideas of how the open garden season can be extended. This includes using the gardens as a base for very popular autumn walks (randonnées) in the surrounding countryside or to create in-garden Christmas workshops for wreaths and natural decorations for Christmas. Sue points out that some people may not be in a position to be able to open their garden. For those people, Sue has created a special role called “Friends of OGJO”. This is a network of “friends” who enable others to open their garden; this can work in a number of ways. Friends may be able to attend on the day to sit at the gate, they may be able to bake some cakes

to sell or perhaps they could grow on some seeds or cuttings that can be sold at another person’s open garden. All these contributions are very important and equally valid. Sue is confident that the Friends of the Association will take on a bigger role in the future. Although OGJO started its existence in the midwest of France and is now very well-known there, the Association has also spread widely across France. This has largely been down to a great system of Co-ordinators and their many helpers and assistants, notably in the Perigord and Quercy areas. They work hard to keep the message going on a very local level. Whilst Sue is hugely grateful to the many garden owners in the Perigord and Quercy areas who loyally support the Association year after year, she also counts on new gardeners becoming involved on a regular basis in order to bring in new incentives and ”fresh blood”. She is always happy to talk to new gardeners who might be thinking of opening their garden for the first time. With this in mind, Sue has visited this area several times recently; she attended the Saussignac Plant Fair in Perigord in June this year which generated many new contacts and new “Friends” too, also she gave a talk last November to the ACFAA Association and Garden Group. In October she visited the Interesting Gardening Club in Lusignac and this then generated an alternative idea of using the garden to welcome visitors. Here the garden owner organised a mobile Fish and Chip van to attend her garden. Visitors came and ate Fish and Chips in the tranquillity of the garden whilst listening to music. Sue says that she feels that Open Gardens in the Perigord and Quercy region has had a good kickstart over the course of the last few months. She hopes that this will create a strong base for the Open Garden 2020 season. For more information about OpenGardens/ JardinsOuverts please go to If reading this article has inspired you to take part, please feel free to get in touch with Sue Lambert at or go to the website above.

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La Cordonnerie

Joëlle Dejean-Dougherty opened La Cordonnerie – a traditional cobblers’ – in 2016 bringing a rustic charm to her village, Montaigu de Quercy (82150). Her love of artisanat and her belief in a necessary change in the way we do things as regards the environment have been the driving force behind her shop. She’s been open for three years and is only just getting started!


here are many things that are evocative of one’s childhood – smells, textures, tastes – for Joëlle it was always the smell of leather and glue from the local cobblers’ she would pass on the way to school; every morning fascinated by seeing “Pépé Roussette” working away in his atelier, his apron covered in polish and his hands expertly moulding leather. This childhood memory stuck with Joëlle and when she finally decided to open her own shop, she couldn’t have imagined it anywhere else than Montaigu de Quercy, only a few streets away from Pépé Roussette’s shop. Joëlle’s obsession with Pépé’s atelier lead her to explore being a cobbler; she trained and then ensured she had as much experience in the trade – all of this while bringing up three children and working full time. La cordonnerie de Joëlle est un lieu important pour le village. Dès l’entrée dans la boutique les clients sont en immersion dans son atelier, l’odeur du cuir et de la colle s’occupent de l’accueil ainsi que le grand sourire de l’artisan. Ayant fait en sorte que sa boutique soit chaleureuse, elle y a installé des chaises pour les personnes qui souhaitent discuter, ou simplement regarder sa manière de travailler. Permettant de nouer un certain lien avec le client, qui est souvent perdu aujourd’hui. C’est exactement l’ambiance que la cordonnière imaginait lorsqu’elle a entamé sa longue formation, en corrélation avec ses souvenirs d’enfance du cordonnier de Montaigu, Pépé Roussette, dont elle passait devant l’atelier tous les jours sur le chemin de l’école. As you walk into her shop, the smell is the first thing that hits you. A sharp yet buttery smell of leather and glue and then of course, Joëlle herself smiling from her vintage sewing machine and artisanal tools. A warm greeting, she gives you her time whilst examining each shoe like something that was living. It is clear to see that Joëlle wants to change the way we view our objects, instead of automatically throwing out our leather goods, we can repair them! She feels that this is pretty essential today given the environmental crisis the world is in – why not love our shoes, our jackets a little longer?

Un aspect important du travail de Joëlle concerne ses outils; son amour du métier est parfaitement reflété quand elle s’y réfère. Elle est fière d’utiliser des outils anciens, comme par exemple des machines à coudre spéciales St Gers à pédale pour travailler le cuir, datant années 1930. Elle a également un banc pour travailler le cuir, le désépaissir, travailler les talons etc. Elle a également une presse pour presser, des petites machines pour couper le cuir et une machine pour les clefs. Préférant utiliser des machines anciennes, elle transmet véritablement le savoir-faire du métier à travers toutes ses créations et réparations. C’est évident, en la regardant manier ses anciens outils, qu’elle travaille avec passion, maniant le cuir aussi simplement qu’un ruban. Joëlle has a very traditional approach to her craft, as opposed to lots of cobblers today. She uses glue that takes 48 to 72 hours to dry, instead of instant glue – this way she can really mould the leather and make sure her reparations last. Her atelier is full of the most amazing coloured threads and polishes, but the way she handles the leather really brings the place to life, by treating each piece with the upmost care, examining and repairing.

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Ayant effectué une formation extensive avant de s’installer, Joëlle n’a pas rencontré de difficultés dans ses études, ni à trouver de nombreux stages chez d’autres artisans. Ayant suivi ce chemin pendant cinq ans, tout en travaillant à plein temps en élevant ses enfants, elle a enfin décidé de s’installer en 2016. Depuis qu’elle est installée, Joëlle, profite de son indépendance créative et cela se voit! Elle vend des créations originales dans la boutique, essentiellement des sacs, sacoches ou autres objets en cuir comme les ceintures. Bien que ces créations restent rarement invendues, elle continue à sortir de nouveaux modèles – actuellement elle collabore avec une collègue qui travaille le feutre. Business is going well for Joëlle, she enjoys the pace at which her atelier is run – always busy while still allowing time for her clients. A big part of her work is the time she spends with people, examining their objects, talking, laughing – she has a knack of remembering everyone and giving you that personal touch we all crave. Her golden rule is “always bring the object in to show me”, it is essential that she touches and sees the object to see if it is possible to repair. As she says herself, most of her clients are astonished at the new leases of life she can give to even the most worn out shoe, jacket or bag. After all, a worn in shoe is much more comfortable than a new one and therefore worth repairing. Joëlle is sparking off a small revolution in our thought process, we are changing the way we dress. It is clear that by employing skilled craftspeople to repair our “old” and treasured items, you will be making a difference – however small – to preserving the environment. Joëlle, as she said herself “wakes up happy to go to work every morning”, knowing she is making a difference to the way we live. La Cordonnerie, située au 15 rue Albert Caillau à Montaigu de Quercy, est ouverte du mercredi au samedi matin. N’hésitez pas à venir voir l’artisan, qui vous accueillera chaleureusement tout en effectuant un travail de qualité. Lucinda Gardner-O’Brien

LA CORDONNERIE 15 Rue Albert Caillau 82150 Montaigu De Quercy Téléphone: 06 32 83 51 38

Horaires d’ouvertures: Mercredi, Jeudi ,Vendredi: 9h30 à 12h30 et 15h30 à 18h30 Samedi matin: 10h à 12h30 Réparation de chaussures, sacs, blousons, etc... Pose de fermetures éclairs sur blouson, sacs, portes monnaies... Reproduction de clés... Produits entretiens pour chaussures Créations de ceintures en cuir Créations de petits objets en cuir et laine Ne pas hésiter à venir me voir avant de jeter Shoe repair, bags, jackets, etc Zippers on jackets, bags, purses Key cutting | Shoe care products Leather belts | Leather and wool designs

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COLD CALLING INSULATORS HAVE A HOT OFFER Autumn is now upon us and you may be bothered by two seemingly completely different things.


irst, to make sure there is enough fuel in for Winter and secondly, those pestering marketing cold calls that get more and more irritating every day. But in fact, they are closely related. Like me, you may be getting up to four or five calls daily with people either hanging up when they hear you have an English accent or rabbiting on about you being ‘isolated’ and mentioning ‘un euro’ before you put the phone down. For a number of months, I did exactly that, thinking that this must be some sort of scam, until one of my French vendors rang to say he was getting his energy performance rating upgraded because he had just got his whole house insulated and only had to pay a euro. That seemed incredible but the next time a call came through, still sceptical, I decided to hear the saleswoman out. “Do you own your own home?’ – Yes – “Have you benefited from insulation for a euro before? – No – “Do you have attic space’ – Yes – “It is empty? – Yes ‘Do you have a cellar’ – yes. “Is it empty? – Yes. She asked me my income – I swallowed my doubts and told her. There were more questions about the house, the number of occupants and so on, said she would just have to work out if I was eligible and came back a few minutes later and then said that I was. I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t being drawn into a contract that would end up with me paying the full price and the One Euro offer was just a scam. “You will see it all laid out when you sign on the day,” she said. “We will also need a copy of Avis d’Impots (tax return) for last year, a copy of your Taxe Foncière and of your passport or ID card. Do you want to go ahead?” – Yes. So, two days later in the most remarkable turnaround I have experienced in France, a two-man team turned up at the house to do the work. Vittaly and his mate were from Romania and are working around to clock along with thousands of other artisans in France to complete this huge programme. They were a pleasure to deal with and went about their business with brisk efficiency. All the documents they needed to see were photographed and then sent back to head office for verification. After five minutes for this to happen they started on the work and after around four hours it was all done.

The French government decided in 2005 to redefine the country’s energy policy defined by the law POPE and the “insulation for a Euro’ scheme was set in place in 2013 by the Ministry for Ecology. The aim is to reduce energy consumption significantly and it is estimated that a properly insulated home with save you 30 per cent of your energy costs and will boost temperatures between 3 and 4 degrees C in winter. Under POPE France’s biggest energy producers – and therefore biggest polluters in the eyes of the government – have been ordered to pay for the initiative. It means that companies such as Total, EDF and Elf are largely footing the bill. It is estimated that as many as 70 per cent of all homeowners can qualify for the scheme which is subject to a means test and the numbers of people occupying the home. There are different levels set for the Paris area and the rest of the country and the scheme will run until December 31st next year. It means that if you want to take advantage of it you still have time but it may not be a good idea to wait around too long. Number of inhabitants Income thresholds Income thresholds per house Ile-de-France /€ all other areas /€ 1 2 3 4 5 plus per extra person

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With the cost of insulation around 20 euros/ m² in attics and 30 euros/m² on cellar ceilings, the amount you can save is significant. In our case the cost as itemised on the bill we were presented, reduced to one euro, was just over 2,500 euros. Vittaly and his colleague were a pleasure to deal with. I was happy to tick all the boxes saying they had done their job well. And as for the Euro I gave him, he didn’t really know what to do with it but accepted it all the same. Adrian Lithgow is director of the Issigeac branch of Agence Eleonor in Dordogne. He can be reached on 0602249262 or by email: for all your property inquiries.

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SEPTIC TANKS Septic tanks are very common in rural France and over 5 million homes have one rather than the mains drainage system. How does it work? A septic tank is a large tank which filters and treats household waste-water and sewage. Buried outside your property, the septic tank filters and pre-treats the waste-water from your kitchen, bathroom and toilets. Inside the tank, the waste-water separates into three layers with the lightest waste floating on the surface and the heavy solids settling at the bottom of the tank. Bacteria present in the tank transforms the waste into gas, C0² and water before it passes through a filter bed to remove any toxic particles. Once the water has been treated, it then drains safely away into the ground without harming the environment.

Installing a new septic tank Following a change in the law back in 2011, a huge number of septic tanks in France no longer comply with current regulations. If your system is deemed to be noncompliant, you will probably have to install a new tank. If this is the case, your first port of call should be your local Service Public de l’Assainissement Non-Collectif (SPANC). They will guide you through it: look together which system is compatible with the house, ground quality, size. They will help you fill in the papers, follow up the works and do the final control once the fosse has been installed. They will be able to give you a list of approved septic tank systems, recommend registered companies who can install the new system. Your new installation will be covered by a 10-year building guarantee along with any survey work carried out before the installation takes place.

Looking after your septic tank Luckily, once it’s installed, your septic tank won’t require too much maintenance. But to ensure your tank stays in good condition there are few things you can do : • Avoid using too much toilet paper or flushing sanitary products as septic tanks find it hard to deal with solid waste. • Avoid flushing medicines, particularly antibiotics down the loo as their purpose is to eliminate bacteria including the useful bacteria in your septic tank. • Use specific septic tank-friendly cleaning products rather than bleach which can upset the balance of the bacteria in the tank. • Use a monthly or yearly activator treatment to restore bacteria levels in the tank and maintain a healthy system. (Eparcyl or even natural yoghurt!)

SPANC inspection Your local Mairie will contact you every ten years to arrange a visit from the SPANC who will inspect your system and order an empty if required (normally required every 4 years). Emptying can only be carried out by a registered and approved company, and you will need to retain all receipts and invoices for your records. The SPANC inspection will cover all the essential details for your tank including: The exact location of your septic tank and grease trap The volume of waste in your tank The condition of your tank The various access points to the tank The tank’s ventilation system The sludge and scum levels in the tank The condition of the pipes running to and from the tank The filtration system The nature of the soil around your tank The proximity of your tank to any water sources either above or below ground If your system fails the inspection for any reason, you will have 12 months to bring it up to standard again. Your local SPANC office will be available to offer advice and outline the work needed to rectify the problem.

Rules and Regs • The minimum size for a septic tank is 3000 litres or 3 cubic metres for a property with three bedrooms

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or less. You will need to add another 1000 litres per each additional bedroom in the house. • The septic tank must be installed 10 metres and min 2 metres away from your house (guidance taken from SPANC) • If your septic tank is installed more than 10 metres away from the kitchen, you will need to install a fat trap/grease trap to avoid blocking the system. • Your septic tank must not be installed within 3 metres of any neighbouring properties. • Your septic tank cannot be installed within 3 metres of any trees or shrubs on your property although garden plants such as flowers are usually exempt from this rule. • You must leave a distance of 35 metres between the tank’s filter bed and any water sources on your property such as rivers, streams or wells. • Rainwater must not be allowed to enter your septic tank so you will need to ensure your property has an alternative drainage system to avoid this happening. • Your septic tank must be properly ventilated and easily accessible via a covered manhole. • Compact filters and Micro-stations are also available, so no need for digging a sand filter bed. Although guidance should be taken from SPANC, as in some

conditions these systems may not conform, if the house is a holiday home.

Selling a property with a septic tank If you decide to put your home on the market, you will need to provide future buyers with a certificate of compliance to show your system meets with current regulations. This certificate is issued by the SPANC and must be no more than three years old at the time of sale. If the certificate shows that the system does not comply, the new owner of the property will have 12 months to upgrade it or to install a new septic tank. Micro stations will not normally conform if the house will be a holiday home. Please be aware that further plans are afoot to ensure follow up checks will be made to ensure the septic tanks are upgraded within a year following a sale. If you fail to provide a certificate, the buyer is entitled to cancel the sale or ask you to lower the price of the property. They will also be entitled to sue you for damages later down the line if the system is found to have any hidden faults, so it’s well worth taking the time to get a full clean certificate as soon as you decide to sell your property.

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Tasting the lot

Harvest & Holidays

Harvest for me in France starts with my winter potatoes and leeks dug up before February frosts and ends with persimmons in December…

So essentially, we are celebrating right the way through the year! But traditionally we consider Autumn the end of harvest and celebrate with a harvest festival. French Catholics, I am told celebrate the Feast of Saint Martin of Tours or as it is also known Martinmas, held on 11 November. This feast was held to honour the Hungarian saint who, as legend goes, hid in a barn when he heard he had been appointed a bishop and believed he did not earn such an honour. A honking goose as legend goes was to reveal his hiding place, so roast goose became a traditional dish for Martinmas feast, along with wine made from the grape harvest.

Rolled stuffed goose with chestnut stuffing Ingredients 350 g pork sausage (room temperature) 300 g chestnuts (canned, roughly chopped) 100 g breadcrumbs (fresh) 175 g dried apricots (soaked then diced) Salt and black pepper to taste 4 kg goose boned, with giblets reserved, 2 stalks celery (finely chopped), 1 onion (finely chopped), 2 carrots (finely chopped), 4 cloves garlic, 2 bay leaves. Optional extra: truffle shavings and 200 g foie gras (canned, diced) Method Place sausage meat in a large mixing bowl with the chestnuts and mix gently. Add the breadcrumbs, apricots, truffles, and foie gras (if using). Season with a large pinch of salt and pepper. Place the goose breast-side down and remove any excess fat and sinews. Place a roll of the stuffing down the centre of the goose between the breast fillets. Tuck in the legs and wings, then fold in the skin at the sides and edges over the stuffing. Roll tightly and tie with string. Lay the goose on a sheet of foil and pull the edges together and twist at the ends to form a large sausage.

Place the goose into a large pan. Cover with water, then add the onion, carrots, and celery. Bring to the boil, simmer gently for 1 hour, turning occasionally. Remove the goose from the stock, strain the vegetables. Reserve the vegetables and the stock on one side. Preheat the oven to 375 F/190 C/Gas 5. Now place the foiled goose in a roasting tin and roast in a moderate oven for 1 hour 30 mins. Remove the foil from the goose, return it to the roasting tin, place the giblets, vegetable mixture, garlic, and herbs around the goose and cook for a further 30 minutes. Remove from the oven. Wrap the cooked goose tightly in a fresh piece of foil and leave on one side to rest. Pour away any fat in the roasting tin. Place the tin on a high heat on the stove, add the stock from the vegetables, and stir thoroughly, scraping up all the bits on the bottom of the dish. Simmer on a low heat for 20 mins then strain through a fine sieve. Adjust the seasoning and reduce further to create a slightly thick stock. Just before serving, whisk in a few small pieces of very cold butter. Before serving, unwrap the goose, slice into thick slices, being careful not to break the stuffing in the centre.

Serve and enjoy with the gravy and a really lovely bottle of wine from Chateau Haut Montplaisir or Hauts St George. (Quercy Lamb is a great alternative to goose).

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Another big Autumn celebration heading our way is Thanksgiving, the British do not celebrate this but I have friends and relatives in Quebec and often discuss recipes. Americans normally eat Turkey for Thanksgiving although it is thought that Venison was the food of the feast! Here are 2 wonderful easy recipes for Thanksgiving…

Venison in Red Wine and Rogomme (fortified Quercy wine) Mushroom Sauce

Turkey and mushroom easy supper Ingredients 250g mushrooms, 60 g butter, 2 - 3 shallots, 1⁄2 tbls sunflower or groundnut oil, 6 turkey breast escalope, 200 ml thick crème fraîche, squeeze of lemon, salt, pepper & grated nutmeg Method Wipe the mushrooms clean and slice thinly. Melt half the butter in a pan and sauté the mushrooms until they are soft, and their liquid has almost evaporated. Set to one side. Peel and chop the shallots. Heat the rest of the butter and the oil in a frying pan. When it is hot (but do not let it burn) put in as many escalopes as is convenient at one time without crowding them and brown on both sides. Turn down the heat and cook for another 5 mins until they are cooked through, keep them warm on a serving dish. Sauté the shallots in the same butter. When they are melting, add the crème fraîche, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan. Let it bubble and cook for a few minutes. Add the mushrooms and seasoning (incl the lemon juice), to taste. Pour over the escalopes and serve.

This is delicious with a crisp white wine. I recommend Domaine du Garinet’s Sauvignon or Chardonnay (both taste delicious with this dish) or the sparkling from Chateau Eugenie.

Ingredients 1 venison loin, Salt and pepper, 2 tablespoons grape seed oil, 1 cup sliced button mushrooms, 2 shallots thinly sliced, 2 tablespoons flour, 100ml red wine, 100ml Rogomme Method Season the venison with salt and pepper liberally on all sides. Heat a skillet with 1 tbls of grape seed oil until smoking hot. Add the venison backstrap and sear on all sides until well browned, about 5 minutes in total for rare, about 8 minutes for medium rare. Remove the loin and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. Add 1 tbls of grape seed oil to the pan, heat and add the mushrooms and shallots. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to help release the juices cook until soft. Sprinkle with the flour and stir to dry out the pan. Add the red wine and Rogomme and simmer, stirring to break up the flour. Let reduce by about half until thickened and the alcohol burned off. Slice the venison into thin slices and spoon over the sauce.

Serve with the best bottle of Cahors wine that you love. For me it’s my favourite Hauts St George, always.

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You can’t celebrate harvest time without apple and cake! Here are 2 of my favourite easy cake recipes for you to enjoy.

White wine cake Ingredients 3 eggs, 250 g caster sugar, 1 pinch of salt, zest of 1 lemon,75 ml sunflower or groundnut oil, 100 ml white wine, 175 g plain flour,1 tsp baking powder, butter for greasing

Apple cake Ingredients 180 g sugar, 3 eggs, 250g plain flour, 3 tsp baking powder,1 tbls oil (or equivalent of melted butter) 500 g dessert apples

Method Preheat the oven to gas mark 5, 375°F, 190°C.

Butter 23 cm (9 in) sponge tin or small charlotte mould.

Beat the eggs, sugar, salt and lemon zest together until white. Add the oil and wine and continue beating for two more minutes.

Method Preheat the oven to gas mark 7, 425°F, 220°C. Beat the sugar and eggs together until pale.

Sift the flour and baking powder together and carefully fold into the mixture until completely incorporated. Pour into the tin and bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes.

Sieve the flour & baking powder together, then stir into the egg mixture.

Turn out of the mould onto a cooling rack.

Lastly, stir in the oil or melted butter.

Decorate with fresh fruit or fruit soaked in wine!

Peel and core the apples. Cut into chunks. Incorporate them into the batter.

Turn into a bottom-lined and greased 25 cm (10 in) cake tin with a removable base and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes.

A very happy Harvest to you all, please follow Tasting The Lot on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more recipes and delicious food stories. Happy Tastings.

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Get Your Priority Right. Driving in France I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been horn-blasted in France for forgetting about the ‘Priorité à droite’. To be honest, it’s such an archaic thing, even the French don’t think much of it, but it keeps everyone on their toes when approaching road junctions, especially on the edge of town. The issue is not that the modern French motorist will be a problem; it’s the older brigade, those who have never known anything other than this priority, and see no reason for the change, even assuming they knew there had been a change. It is an archaic law that dates from the time of horse and cart and seems never to have been repealed. And yet the French have spent millions to indicate that it does not apply – in most circumstances – even the French Highway Code has virtually nothing to say about it. Keep an eye out on road junctions, looking for ‘Give Way’ signs indicating that any drivers joining from the right must give way. But it isn’t always the case, and you do need to be wary inand around villages, and especially in the centre of Paris.

Joining motorists don’t have to stop; you do…..even if you are travelling at speed! Be especially vigilant at crossroads indicated by a triangular sign, bordered red, with a black cross in it. Of course, things have improved in recent years because officially the rule no longer applies unless clearly signposted. But if you see a sign that is a yellow diamond inside a white diamond, this is an indicator that you are on the priority road, until you see it cancelled by a black diagonal line through the sign. However, in rural areas you will often find that Priorité à droite is still assumed, even if there is no road signage: the safest guidance is to assume that cars coming from the right, as you approach a junction, are not going to stop. The onus is on the car on the left to slow down, and, if necessary, give way. In the event of a collision, the car approaching from the left will almost certainly take the blame. Word of advice: keep your eyes open, and your break foot ready, but don’t get hung up about it. ©Terry Marsh

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