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May-June 2017 Issue 29

uercy Local The

The Region’s FREE magazine in English

Inside – Lily of the Valley, Pickled Garlic & Bovine Beauties Art, Artisans & Alpine Gardens Surviving a Stroke and win Tickets for Richard III





Shakespeare Tickets Win one of 3 pairs of front-row tickets to any Antic Disposition performance of Richard III during their tour of Perigord & Quercy this summer. This year we are organising a different competition – it’s a word puzzle. How many English (appearing in an English dictionary) words of at least 4 letters can you make from the name WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (not including any proper nouns)? Email us your list of words by July 10th and 3 winners will be those with the 3 longest lists. Where there is a tie, names will then be put in a hat! thequercylocal@gmail.com


Whilst we were putting this edition together we’ve enjoyed some wonderful spring weather. It’s been difficult to be in the office rather than outside! It still amazes (and equally pleases) me that this region is so quiet at this time of year. Anyone who loves the ‘outdoors’ should holiday now rather than in the extreme heat of summer! Once more, in this edition there’s a chance to win tickets for Antic Disposition’s summer tour (p.82). This year they are performing Richard III. You can also learn how to plan an alpine garden, meet a couple of our local chefs, read about some local cattle, find out about Lily of the Valley, discover more about local foods and of course admire Caroline’s wonderful cake recipe. We’ve also included a worthwhile account of ‘surviving a stroke’ (p.77). Written by a local gentleman and offering good advice and insights into his experiences. We hope you will enjoy reading about some of our local businesses, ‘hard-working’ artisans and producers. As always this magazine reflects what people tell us, we might not be full of ‘A’ list celebrities and glamour but I think we are full of people with talent and enthusiasm. Precisely the type of people that make this corner of France, rather special. Whenever you can, please try and support our advertisers without them we could not publish. The next edition will be out for the start of July. In the meantime you can follow our progress on Facebook.


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CONTENTS Richard III Iron Motiff Bovine Beauties Svmer is icumen in When soap stopped being soap Quercy Cat Chat Bien vieillir en Quercy – French Alpine Gardens Club de Jardinage – Lauzerte Open Garden Scheme Art Broc Cafe – Dausse Art Points de Vue – Lauzerte Help and Hope, Refugees Am Dram – Montaigu de Quercy 94.7 by Ian Gibbs Mini Eaton Mess Cakes Tasting the Lot Meeting Two Chefs Eco House French Administrative Tips Insurance Questions Blevins Franks – Investments Coping with Exam Stress Quercy Comment – Fatigue and Pain Surviving a Stroke Anglican Church – Cahors Domaine des Sangliers Lily-of-the-valley


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Ironwood Motif

Creating beautiful metalwork structures and objects for inside or outside the home has been the business of husband and wife team, David and Lindsay Low of Ironwood Motif, since April 2005, when they set up their Artist Blacksmith/Ferronnerie d’Art business, Ironwood Motif.


ased in the tiny village of Blars, about halfway between Cahors and Figeac and where they made their permanent home in 2004, they have seen their business grow year on year. Their client base is 50% French speaking and 50% English speaking with a substantial amount of work being repeat custom coming from satisfied customers who return to them again and again. They have also received requests for their Artist Blacksmith services from as far afield in France as Foix in Ariège and across the other side of the world from Queensland in Australia. David has 27 years of metal fabrication experience, many of those in the oil yards in the north of Scotland, and, just before moving to France, working for Airbus at their site in North Wales. Wanting a more creative outlet for his skills, David successfully turned his hand to more varied and intricate metalwork projects for friends and neighbours in his spare time. When they made their decision to make a full time move to South West France, it was quite naturally to artist blacksmithing that they looked to set up and develop a thriving business. Their first commission was a metal pergola of substantial proportions for a French couple in their own village of Blars. Commissions for staircases,

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railings, gates, balconies, balustrades, table bases, weather vanes, water features, handrails, well covers, metal sculptures, garden ornaments and even a complete outdoor terrace with steps and access ramp extending 15 meters have followed over the years. Projects span contemporary and traditional styles, indoor and outdoor metalwork both large and small, pieces for garden and terrace, for upstairs and downstairs as well as intricate metal sculptures. Each metalwork commission is different and has many variables to take into consideration before being custom designed by David.

He and Lindsay undertake the whole process from initial contact and site visit, discussion with the client, careful surveying and measuring, design, fabrication in their workshop through to installation of the finished project. Depending on what the project requires, they are equipped to undertake four types of welding, mig, tig, arc and gas as well as small scale plasma cutting of sheet metal and, of course, traditional forge work. David has completed major commissions at Communauté de Commune level and one such, that is clearly visible in all the villages comprising the Communauté de Communes du Causse de Labastide Murat is the fabrication of over 400 metal oak leaf markers, painted bright yellow which denote points of interest on the ‘Circuits du Bourg’. As well as undertaking renovation projects such as repairing a stunning set of metal entrance gates that had gone into disrepair, restoring them and returning them to their former glory, his skill in using traditional forging methods is also called upon in renovation projects of historic buildings where, for example, hinges to match the centuries old originals were required for a major restoration project in the centre of old Figeac. He is also the man to go to in the area for local farmers when running repairs are required to their agricultural machinery. In this way he fulfils the role of the local blacksmith, of which, at one time, there was one in every village.

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BovineBeauties France has many different breeds of native cattle (far more than we can mention here). We’re used to seeing relatively small groups of lazy-looking, fair-coated, animals enjoying the summer sun. Can you tell them apart? Here is just a little information about those you are most likely to see.

Blonde d’Aquitaine This region’s true Blondes. The Blonde d’Aquitaine was developed by crossing 3 existing breeds of ‘blonde’ cattle from SW France; the Blonde de Quercy, the Garonnaise and the Blonde des Pyrenees. These breeds were working animals rather than meat or milk producers. Each of these breeds had been formed from other similar regional strains of cattle. So the modern animal carries genes from most of the historical blonde cattle of southern France. The Blonde is the 3rd most numerous beef breed in France, behind the Charolais and the Limousin. The breed has been much exported and is used for cross breeding with many indigenous cattle in farflung countries. In common with many animals that were used for pulling, carrying and ploughing the Blonde is genetically predisposed to being docile and easy to handle. They’re easy to spot with their ‘wheat’ coloured coat, which is short all over, with a slight lightening around the muzzle, inside the legs and under the belly. Sometimes they’ll have had their horns removed but many can still be seen intact. These cattle are ‘thickskinned’ which makes them more heat tolerant than many other breeds.

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Charolais The Charolais originated in west-central to southeastern France, in the old provinces of Charolles and Nievre. Their exact origins are confused but history/ legend suggests that white cattle were noted in these regions as early as 878 A.D. Selective breeding developed these white cattle not only as draught beasts but also as producers of milk and meat. The Charolais produces more milk than any other specialised beef breed. They are also one of the fastest growing of the beef cattle. Charolais are the leading French beef breed, this hefty, large-muscled beast is one of the easiest to spot in the field. They are usually white with a pink muzzle and pale hooves. They have long body and usually have horns. They have a longer, thicker coat in colder winter months, which sheds into a sleeker, shorter coat as spring arrives. The Charolais can be a little aggressive, especially towards other members of the herd. The cows are particularly protective of their calves. As you might also expect, given their colouring, Charolais can be affected by sunburn.


Limousin Limousin cattle originated from the Marche and Limousin regions. The silhouette of this ancient breed has often been compared to cattle painted in the famous Lascaux caves near Montignac, in the Dordogne, dating back more than 25,000 years. They are golden in colour, with paler hair around their eyes and muzzle. Limousins almost always have horns. They originate from a rainy region with harsh climatic conditions and poor granite soil which has created a sturdy, healthy and adaptable animal. Importantly for breeders the Limousin has a highly effective immune system. Originally this breed was both a draught and beef animal but it is now a highly specialised beef cow with a well-muscled carcase and without excessive fat cover. Increasing demand for quality beef production has witnessed this breed becoming established worldwide. The breed has a reputation for being a bit flighty and a bit more difficult to handle than the Blonde and the Charolais.

Gascon The stocky Gascon cattle are native to the steep mountainous slopes of the Pyrenees, and are known for their ability to survive in bad weather and on poor terrain, whilst still producing quality meat on a meagre diet.



The hardness of their coat enables the Gascon to tolerate cold weather better than other breeds; also its thickness allows them to easily shed water. From a breeder‘s perspective the advantages of this breed include that the cows give birth relatively easily and the calves gain weight and strength quickly. Gascon cows also make particularly good mothers. Gascon cattle are grey, but they are actually born red, only getting their grey coat at around 4 months old. The bulls are grey with significant black shading on their underside. The cattle are usually seen with horns but are thankfully a docile breed. They are also noted for their strong hooves, allowing them to travel long distances on rocky terrain.

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Highland These cattle originated in the Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland and it is thought that they perhaps travelled to Scotland with the very first of the Viking visitors. Highland cattle have long, sweeping horns and long, usually red, wavy coats. It’s this great thick coat that helps them survive during harsh Highland winters with minimal food resources. Their meat, regarded as of the highest quality, is becoming increasingly popular due to its reduced levels of cholesterol and increased levels of protein and iron. Highland cattle, due to their charming looks and great temperament are also popular in many other parts of the world and a new herd has recently set up home in the Lot. For this reason we see no reason not to include them in this short review of local cattle! We did, however, feel we needed to find out a little more about this immigration from Scotland to the vineyards of the Lot. This little herd is the brainchild of Philippe Lejeune of Château de Chambert, Floressas (46700). This vineyard has bio-diversity at its heart and Philippe was looking for some help with the care of the land around the vines. The Highland cattle are relatively light in weight. They eat all types of vegetation but importantly do not crop too close to the ground. What’s more they regularly deposit fresh fertiliser all over the vineyard. Highlands don’t require extra housing as they are able to shelter in the woodland as required. Some of these new arrivals have come all the way from Oban in Scotland and so Philippe believes his grapes are safe as he expects these cows to have more

of a taste for whisky than for wine! Since their arrival last autumn there have already been two calves born. The team at Chambert are looking forward to getting to know their new ‘hairy-assistants’ as the months role on. During the summer the cattle will move from the vines into pastures to avoid any last minute issues with the harvest! The plan is to slowly develop this little herd as they join the larger family of animals that are able to call Floressas their home. If you fancy catching up with these new arrivals you can go along to Chambert, although they do have a great deal of territory to roam in and can get hidden behind the vines! One way of ensuring you get to meet them is to join in one of Chambert tours this summer. As well as the ‘Winery Tour’ in July and August (Mon-Sat 11am and 3.30pm) there is a new ‘Chambert Planet’ tour in July and August (Mon-Sat 11am) conducted by Philippe who hopes to share his vision and explain about how their bees, animals and vines all play a part in the bio-diversity and success on the vineyard. You can find out details on their website. www.chambert.com (Never approach a cow with a calf at foot)

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Sumer! (not the ancient city) By Anke de Bruijn

Although I am a singing teacher and choir leader, my first profession was writing and translating. As I always have trouble deciding which I like best – writing or singing – I will just combine the two here. I’ll start logically with the first ever song that was written down in the Anglo-Saxon realms. The first worldly song, I must add!


adies and gentlemen: Sumer is icumen in! was penned by a monk called William de Wycombe and a copy dating back to 1260 or sometime thereabouts was preserved so we can see it today. It’s a bit like reading Beowulf for the first time. Svmer is icumen in Lhude sing cuccu Groweþ sed and bloweþ med and springþ þe wde nu Sing cuccu Awe bleteþ after lomb, lhouþ after calue cu Bulluc sterteþ, bucke uerteþ murie sing cuccu Cuccu cuccu Wel singes þu cuccu ne swik þu nauer nu Sing cuccu nu, Sing cuccu Sing cuccu, Sing cuccu nu* Wikipedia says the song is called a ‘round song’, which is a simple form of partsong. The idea of a round or rota is that every singer does the same thing, only at a different moment. Of course it has to be the right moment and that’s where a conductor (or a group of singers that can count) comes in. Then the lyrics. If you read them out loud, I bet you can guess most of the words. The growing seed and the blowing meadow are easy. And ‘wde’, pronounced (at least that’s what the scholars guess) ‘woode’ – ah, right, the forest is springing. Sing cuccu – just too simple, everybody can sing cuccu. And then, the ewe bleats after her lambs, and the calves after their cows, oh, it’s the other way around – poetic freedom to make it rhyme. Then it’s the damned cuccu again. They star in so many songs. Further on, snorting bullocks and farting goats. Naughty monk, William. And then he asks the cuckoo, ‘you’re sure doing a mean cuccu, man. Just don’t stop,

OK?’ Ne swik thu naver nu. Old English is not my mother tongue, so I never would have guessed that ‘swik’ means ‘stop’, would you? A great aspect of this medieval hit is that you can sing Sumer in a pop concert and nobody looks at you funny. Apart from the lyrics with their Viking-like font it sounds so modern it actually rocks. If you go on Youtube and look up the first song of a concert called 1,000 Years of Popular Music by Richard Thompson, you will know what I mean. We sing Sumer too, during the Singing Holidays in and around Cazals near Gourdon. Just as in the Richard Thompson concert, nobody in the audience puts on their ‘ Listening To Early Music With A Very Serious Face’ face. The song just rocks. Its pronunciation needs a little getting used to, but after repeating it seven times and the odd glass of local Cahors wine il n´y a pas de soucis. The best thing about Sumer is icumen in however, is that it has got what we call a pes. A pes is a musical phrase functioning as a ground bass. It adds a nice and deep extra colour to a song. Now bass lines are so fundamental that our bodies, which after all are our musical instruments, can produce them with no problem at all. We therefore tend to let the audience in our concerts sing that bass and they usually master the pes within one minute. It is so much fun to have everybody sing together. And it’s not just fun. Music is magic. It recreates the spirit of a thousand years, illuminating us with a glow that we can still feel long after the final chord of a concert has died out. * It may not surprise you that it is also called the Cuckoo Song. Anke de Bruijn is a singing teacher & choir leader in the Bouriane. www.musiquelot.com (singing workshops and choirs in the Lot/Périgord) and www.singingholidaysfrance.com (singing holidays for choristers from all over the world)

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When soap stopped being soap It’s early Tuesday morning in spring. Market traders slowly amble into life, setting up their stalls and displaying their wares in a way to tempt and delight the anticipated crowds. The high-pitched sing-song chatter floats above the medieval rooftops of Caylus before dissipating into yet another azure blue sky.


n the corner of the square, there’s me, always struggling to erect and pitch my very stubborn tent having had another pleading conversation with the Market Inspector about not being placed opposite the fish stall. After all, I argue, do fish wear deodorant? Perhaps this needs some form of explanation. You see, I have a Savonnerie in Caylus where I make hand craft soap from the best plant butters, oil and waxes that nature provides. Delicately fragranced with the souls of plants in the form of essential oils, these aromas were never intended to compete with the pungent smell of fish. From my small workshop located in my house, I create small batches of soap along with bath and skin products that I sell at local markets and seasonal fayres as well as from my small boutique located on Rue Lagardère in Caylus. So here I am, at my stall on the market when the first customer of the day arrives. “Do you make glycerin soap?” she asks adding that the soap she normally buys is extremely harsh and leaves her skin feeling dry and tight. Now this is a very interesting question followed by a true observation, one that many people can identify with. To better understand the benefits of glycerin, how it’s formed and ultimately used by the giants of the cosmetic and personal hygiene industry, you might like to know a little more about this colourless and odourless substance with a sweet taste. (Glycerin from the Greek work “glykys” meaning sweet.) Glycerin, discovered in 1779 by a Swedish chemist named Carl. W Scheele, is highly hygroscopic which, in lay-mans terms means that it absorbs water from the air thus drawing moisture into the skin or hair. It occurs naturally during the soap making process and is a highly prized substance. During the 1800’s for example, glycerin was extracted from the soap and used to make the nitroglycerin for dynamite. The practice of glycerin extraction by commercial soap manufacturers continues today. To do this, salt is added which curdles the soap and floats it to the top. The soap is skimmed from the top of this mixture

leaving the glycerin behind. Even in this state, there are many unwanted natural additives in the glycerin so it is distilled and then bleached and sold on for cosmetic, commercial and industrial use worldwide carrying with it a phenomenally high commercial value. During World War 1, the ingredients needed to make pure soap were exceedingly scarce, which forced German scientists to develop a new form of soap with synthetic compounds. This is the point in time where soap stopped being soap. Known as detergents, it is interesting to note, that most commercially made soap available today cannot legally be labeled and sold as “soap”. You are more likely to see the words Beauty Cream Bar or Beauty Bar on the packaging. The reason for this is because of the addition of synthetic compounds and the extraction of glycerin during the manufacturing process. If you’ve ever wondered why you pay a high price for your face creams and other cream body products, think glycerin. Yes, the glycerin in your beauty products is the same glycerin extracted during commercial manufacture of the humble detergent based “soap”. These commercial giants are extremely cunning however, especially now, as heightened consumer awareness of the possible side effects of synthetic additives in commercial soap means that the consumer is increasingly seeking truly natural products. Just because one or two natural ingredients are added into the mix doesn’t mean the resulting product will be 100% natural. They are not. They are still detergents and in fact, it is virtually impossible for commercial

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companies to make a 100% natural soap, hence the emergence of a cottage industry of soap-makers whose hand-made products are increasingly in demand. So there it is. We now have the answer to my customer’s question. Yes, all my hand-made natural soap retain the glycerin which results in a most luxurious product, packed full of honest plant goodness with supreme moisturising properties. Isn’t it time to save your skin and that of your family by switching to a soap that is 100% powered by nature?

Jacqueline Hurley is an Artisan Soap Maker based in Caylus, SW France offering an extensive range of hand made soap and bath products as well as a small range of natural face creams, balms and body butters. From her atelier in the basement of her Chambres D’hotes Le Petit Coin de Charme, Jacqueline crafts bespoke orders for weddings, guest houses, B&B’s as well as producing an unusual array of soap that is sold at local markets, from her shop and also through her website. Jacqueline also runs regular soap making workshops for beginners.

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We cat lovers know how much a cat can bring into our homes. It seems that in today’s intolerant world, we can learn a lot from our furry companions. Some people don’t realise what unconditional love a cat can give. They give joy and never disappoint in the way that humans sometimes can. Cats are often depicted as selfish or even conniving. I know that this couldn’t be further from the truth. If you show a cat unconditional acceptance, plenty of care and attention, and of course love up front, then they will be affectionate and loving in return. Maybe the lesson here is that when we extend love to others that the likelihood is that we will get the love back ten-fold.

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This can be a hard lesson to hang on to in the human world, but our cats are there to remind us daily. People who aren’t cat lovers are missing out on the wonderful lessons of love that cats have to share. Until next time... Lynn Stone, Comportementaliste feline, Présidente de l’Association Chats du Quercy

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WHY BRING YOUR PET TO ‘FIGARO & COMPAGNIE’? “Hi, my name is Figaro, I am a 19 year-old cat and I live with Marie-Christine and Etienne. I gave my name to their boarding kennels.”

Everything here is designed for the comfort of dogs and cats. Just as you’d expect from anyone taking over the responsibility of your animals. My home, the kennels, is based in the countryside in a lovely peaceful area. Perfect for your pets’ relaxation. Mainly it’s Marie Christine that’s in charge of the kennels but Etienne likes to help out (especially with the cats). When my dog friends come to stay they really enjoy living in the large individual outdoor boxes, shaded in summer with extra cooling from misting machine. Or they can stay in separate indoor boxes, cool in summer and then heated during the winter season. Most importantly they all go into a large outdoor exercise space where they’re free to run and play safely 3 or 4 times a day. Then when my cat friends come to stay they also get lovely individual boxes, each with a cosy raised play-house for snuggling in or simply for sleeping. They all take it in turn to leave their personal boxes to go and play in a special relaxing room (just like being at home) and to get some fresh air or even for some sun-bathing! All of this is safely supervised and personally I Figaro, love to go and meet them all.

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Catus Cricket Club – Recruiting Catus, a sleepy pretty town in the Lot between Cahors and Gourdon, is famous for its Lac Vert but has, over the last 10 years, spawned a cricket club, which last September defeated the might of Bordeaux to win the much coveted Blevins Franks trophy. Teams from across the south-west competed in a league format, followed by two semi- finals and then the final, which was held at the splendid Chateau Giscours’ ground in Margaux. Catus play on a lovely rural ground themselves, close to Lac Vert, and will be defending their title once again in 2017, as well as playing touring sides from the UK, Spain and Andorra. If you lust for a game, played in the right spirit, then please contact Martin Kavanagh, President, on 0565368859

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Bien vieillir en Quercy Faut rester en forme et continuer à bouger chaque jour ! Esprit sain dans un corps sain “ vient du latin « Mens sana in corpore sano ». C’est une citation de Juvénal, un poète romain du premier siècle avant JC. Cette expression signifie que l’homme doit cultiver sa force morale et sa force physique pour obtenir un corps et un esprit sain. Je veux garder mon autonomie et mes capacités mentales ! Je pense que la vieillesse c’est en grande partie dans la tête, et ça se prépare. Etre entourés d’enfants, d’amis, avoir une vie sociale, sortir, rester curieux de tout et continuer à bouger. Sans me “turlupiner” (tracasser), ce qui me préoccupe bien sûr, c’est la perte d’autonomie qui peut devenir préoccupante et la maladie d’Alzheimer fait peur. J’ai des exemples de cette vieillesse car je donne bénévolement des cours initiations aux nouvelles technologies dans une MARPA. Nos aînés apprécient ces échanges qui permettent de garder cet esprit vif. L’opportunité de s’ouvrir aux NTI, découvrir le monde. La technologie permet de rompre l’isolement et fournit une aide appréciable sur le plan santé, communications, etc. Nous devons stimuler notre cerveau. Pour y parvenir, il est vivement conseillé de lire, d’écouter la radio, de regarder la télévision, de pratiquer des activités manuelles, de sortir, de bricoler et de jardiner… Jardiner en faisant travailler le cerveau : ben oui ! Il faut penser à ce que l’on va semer, planter, utiliser la lune pour les semis et plantations, tenir compte des associations de fleurs et légumes pour protéger votre jardin. Et protéger son jardin, c’est aussi protéger son dos ! La plupart d’entre nous ont vu leurs parents ou grands-parents se faire suer à bêcher la terre de leur potager. A l’époque, c’était l’usage et il n’y avait pas d’alternative connue. J’ai rejoint le club des ainés de mon village qui pratique comme activité entre autres, la pétanque. L’occasion de se retrouver, de jouer en refaisant le monde. Sous ses airs d’activité de pure détente, la pétanque requiert de la dextérité : pointer et tirer est idéal pour faire travailler les articulations. Sans exiger trop d’efforts, jouer à la pétanque sollicite tous les muscles. Il s’agit donc d’une excellente activité physique pour se dérouiller et son caractère social est extrêmement important. La marche, tous les quinze jours avec une association locale du village. Nous nous retrouvons une bonne vingtaine pour effectuer des parcours de 9 à 11 kms

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Alpine Garden Creating an

Alpine gardens, rock gardens, rockeries – whatever you like to call them, these terms all refer to gardens that incorporate rocks and alpine plants to create an attractive display that mimics the rocky environments that alpine plants grow in, high up in mountainous areas. Rockeries add structure and interest to a garden and are a plant lover’s delight, as they are ideal for incorporating a large variety of plants, even in a small area.


ock gardens typically consist of an aesthetic arrangement of rocks of varying sizes, interspersed with planting. Alpine plants tend to be small, under a metre high, and drought tolerant. Their love of high light levels and poorly irrigated soil make them especially suitable for our gardens here in south west France, and so they are excellent for creating a low maintenance garden in terms of watering. Whether you plan on brightening up just a small area of your garden or creating a large scale rockery, here is a step-by-guide to this rewarding project. Choose your site You will need a sunny spot, away from tall buildings, garden structures and trees that would cast too much shade. Some dappled shade in the afternoon is fine, but otherwise full sun for much of the day. Good drainage is essential. This can, of course, be enhanced with raised beds, your base layer of rubble, and your added grit, but start off with a dry site, not anywhere prone to waterlogging, and also avoid frost pockets. The size of your site can be big or small, just adjust your materials to suit, from boulders down to smaller rocks and stones. You can even build a miniature rock garden using a ready-made container, or making your own hypertufa pot (but more about this in my next article). The ground can be flat or sloped. This is a good use for steep land, and you can create plateaus for a stepped/ graded garden. If starting with level ground, you can add height and levels using your rubble base. Plan Sketch a plan of your alpine garden, including the different plateaus, and the approximate positioning of the plants, bearing in mind height and spread, to help you


judge the quantity of materials required. When selecting plants also decide if you will follow a colour scheme, or favour instead a mass of different colours. Think about how the garden will be viewed from different angles. Depending on the size, consider adding pathways and stepping stones to make it accessible and to invite people into the garden. Consider where you will add large keystone rocks and smaller stones for interest, for plants to grow around and over. Gather your materials You will need: Hard core/rubble to cover the area and form a base (e.g. old bricks and stones, broken terracotta pots and tiles) Landscaping material/weed suppressing membrane or turf, to form a permeable barrier to the base Boulders, rocks and stones in sizes appropriate to the scale of your garden Compost An assortment of alpine plants Tools, such as spade and shovel for moving soil, trowel for planting, crowbar for moving heavy stones

Source your stone locally if possible (and it’s certainly abundant throughout the Quercy region) as it will be harmonious with the surroundings. Choose stone in a range of sizes so as to construct a natural looking outcrop with a range of microclimates. You do not need a high quality rich compost, as alpine plants prefer a poor, free draining soil. You can

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easily make your own with just topsoil and horticultural grit. The topsoil should, of course, be weed free and must not be heavy clay. There is no need to add fertiliser or manure, just mix in an equal quantity of grit for drainage. Prepare the area Determine your area and mark it out, with stones or pegs and string. If the area is grassy, slice off the top layer of turf and retain. Weed the area thoroughly, pulling perennial weeds up by the root, then create your base. This should be a layer of coarse rubble, approximately 15cm/6in deep, to provide drainage. Cover these foundations with a permeable layer – this can be synthetic horticultural material, or you can use layers of turf, turned upside down. This layer will sit on top of your base and prevent the compost from falling through the cracks and it will also suppress weeds. Build the rock garden You can build your rockery at any time, though if you build in the winter or summer, the soil and rocks can settle and be rigorously weeded, in time for spring or autumn planting, respectively. Weeding is a laborious task, but doing it thoroughly now will ultimately save you time, as it’s much easier to weed bare soil than a planted garden. Smooth out your horticultural fabric or firm down your turf and then cover with a 6-9 inch layer of compost before placing your stones. Place the larger stones and boulders first before adding the smaller ones. Consider micro climates, with larger rocks creating north-facing shade for shade tolerant plants. Stones can be buried up to a third of their depth, firming them in place, but leave the areas between the stones unfirmed, creating planting pockets. Crevice gardens For a contemporary looking rockery, crevice gardens are a type of rock garden currently growing in popularity. Thin, slab shaped rocks are positioned vertically into well-draining soil, providing planting pockets which offer a deep space for rooting, helping to keep them cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Plant your rockery Water your plants and have fun setting the pots in position ahead of planting. Now is the time to double check your arrangement, taking the eventual height and spread of each plant into account. Remember to place sun-loving alpines on the south side of large rocks, and those that like cooler conditions on the north side, where it will be more shaded. Think about how the colours,

shapes and textures of the plants will contrast and complement each other. Remove the plants from their pots, teasing out their roots slightly, and removing any weeds from the compost. Plant them in the planting pockets between the rocks, level with the surface soil, and firm them in before top-dressing with gravel or grit, which helps drainage and also forms a weed-suppressing layer. Finally add a covering of small stones or gravel on any remaining bare earth. Water in the plants and be prepared to water them when necessary during the initial settling in period, then once established, they will not need regular watering. List of plants: There are thousands of alpines to choose from. Here is a brief selection of varieties that do well here. Acaena, Ajuga, Alium, Arenairia, Armeria, Campanula, Cotula, Delosperma, Dianthus, Erodium, Helianthemum, Penstemon pinifolius, Phlox Subulata and Phlox douglasii, Pulsatilla, Saxifraga, Sedum, Sempervivum, Thymus, Veronica Problems There are relatively few pests to watch out for. Aphids damage plants and transmit viruses. They can be treated with a soap-based spray – ordinary washing up liquid, which will kill them. To prevent them, you can encourage ladybirds into your garden, by growing plants that attract these beneficial insects, such as geranium, helianthus, lavender, chives, mint and parsley. Slugs and snails damage soft new growth. See my previous article in the March edition for many ways to deal with these menacing molluscs. Societies For further reading, check out the following specialist societies: Alpine Garden Society - www.alpinegardensociety.net Scottish Rock Garden Club - www.srgc.net/site/


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We are delighted to welcome the Club’s new President and Vice-President – Belinda Berry (right) and Sue Sargeant – both ladies have a wealth of gardening experience behind them but would be the first to reassuringly say that they also constantly face fresh challenges and learn something new all the time! Sincere thanks go to our outgoing President, Fiona Forshaw, who, in just two years of office, took the Club from strength to strength – not least initiating our coach trip to Provence last year, and organizing this year’s visit to Haute Provence and Côte d’Azur. Where we will end up next year is anyone’s guess (although Fiona has been seen plotting in a northerly direction.…) With diligent fertilizing and watering the Club grows each year, but we still have room for more members and would be delighted to welcome you to come along and meet us at one of our meetings detailed in our 2017 program. We meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month, usually at the Salle des Fetes in Lauzerte, from 2pm – 4.30pm. Our meetings cater for both French and English speakers and the annual fee is only 10 euros. Why join Club de Jardinage de Lauzerte? Gardening is an absolute pleasure but can also be frustrating when you arrive in a new place with a different climate and terrain. Talking to those who are further along the way in this challenge can help you save time and money so you can enjoy (and relax in!) your new garden much sooner. Our Club has around 90 members consisting of several nationalities, all with a variety of skills and knowledge to share. This, combined with our other activities such as garden visits, lectures, plant sale/swaps, practical

demonstrations (not to mention our annual tea party and Hog Roast…) all add to the fun of gardening in S.W. France. Not sure if this is for you? Well why not come along to our next meeting, with no obligation, to find out more or watch this space for details of our new website, currently under construction, which will give you more information about who we are. Do contact our Secretary, Pam Westcott, who will be delighted to hear from you: 05 63 94 19 25 or secretary@cjl82.fr. Now is the time to start planning your entries for the competitions to be held at our Garden Show on 17 Sept. The classes will be: 1. Five of the same – root vegetables 2. Five of the same – other vegetables 3. Five of the same – tomatoes, chilies, peppers 4. Five of the same – fruit (These 4 classes should contain the same variety of veg/ fruit which should be of similar size and appearance) 5. A pumpkin or squash – judged on condition 6. A display of cut flowers 7. A pot plant 8. A basket of mixed garden produce 9. Preserves – jam or chutney 10. A funny-shaped vegetable or fruit 11. Children’s Competitions – a drawing or painting of an insect/bug, and a home-made model of an insect/bug. 12. The plum/prune challenge – a home-made cake or pastry made with plums or prunes which will be tasted and judged by the public. For more information, please contact Ingrid Batty on 05 63 31 91 52 or events@cjl82.fr As fast as we hold a monthly event, we can’t resist squeezing another one into our program. So much to see and do! So, to whet your appetite, here is the current remainder of our 2017 annual program: May 9 “Alpine Garden – How to create one” Talk by Debbie & John from Espiemonts Mid-May *Visit Christian’s Garden to View Irises, Lauzerte May 22-26 Coach Trip to View Gardens in Haute Provence and Côte d’Azure June 13 Visit Water Gardens near Villeneuve, Temple sur Lot June 27 Exclusive Tour of Lovely Private Garden incl. Lunch St. Germaine du Bel Air July 11 Tea Party in Fiona’s Garden - Sauveterre Aug 8 Summer Hog Roast Sept 12 “Carnivorous Plants” Talk by M. Damien Hubaut Sept 17 Portes Ouvertes / Garden Show, Salle des Fetes, Lauzerte Oct 10 “A Presentation on Permaculture” Nov 14 “Indoor Plants / Patio Plants” Talk by Marie from Jardins de Moissac Nov *CJL Stand at “La Journee de l’Arbre” Dec 12 A Really Delicious Club Christmas Lunch *Date to be confirmed

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kind assistance of owners who open their gardens to the public. In 2016, 116 gardens were opened to the public in 26 departments, raising e16,000 donated to 8 charitable causes who offer help and care to people with serious health problems or disabilities. A Chacun son Everest were the principle beneficiary, receiving e12,000 for their work with children. For this summer 2017 Open Gardens are increasing their spread with more gardens in more departments. Again, this year, during the weekends of 15 May or 4th June, gardens will be open in Prayssac, Cazes, Mauroux or Grezels. All information of dates and times, addresses and descriptions can be found on the website: www.opengardens.eu. Gardens will also be open again in St Germain de Bel Air, Monflanquin and the Roquecor area – again all details on the website. A e10 annual ticket gives admission to any of the member gardens across the hexagon throughout the year on their stated open days. Or day tickets can be bought on entry to the first garden visited for 5 e. Come and enjoy a lovely garden, just relax in tranquillity or gain inspiration – and all for an extremely good cause.


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ART, ANTIQUES AND AN OLD GARAGE What do a motorcycle garage, an art deco lampshade and a glass-cutting diamond all have in common? The answer to this riddle is Delphine Majou! And where can you find Delphine?


he answer to this is in the village of Dausse on the road between Tournon d’Agenais and Villeneuve sur Lot. Eighteen months ago, Delphine opened her ART BROC CAFÉ and as the name suggests it’s a mixture of art-workshop, gallery, antique and even a coffee shop. The atmosphere and style is somewhere between the unconventional and baroque and is both charming and tasteful. Delphine had the brilliant idea to harness all her passions within the walls of an old, restored garage with the dream of sharing her passions with visitors, artists and workshop attendees. There are four distinct sections within this building. The first is a large space dedicated to antiques, housing countless treasures (and memories) including furniture, clothes, books, household devices and even an old

French telephone booth. Wandering around you can easily find yourself imagining new ways of adorning your own home and perhaps discovering a hidden gem you’ve been searching for. It’s taken Delphine years to collate all the items and fortunately, she’s still enough passion and enthusiasm to continue bringing together the ‘stuff’ of people’s memories. The second space provides a workshop. Delphine is also a glass artist: she produces magnificent pieces using such technical methods as ‘fusing’, which involves building a shape with layered pieces of glass which are then heated in special oven or ‘tiffany’ a method using both copper and tin and then of course there’s traditional lead stained-glass working. So it’s possible to attend workshops teaching these skills. Renaud Leygue, from ‘Vitrea’ in Villeneuve sur Lot, also helps in the

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workshop, teaching these very precise techniques. The workshop also holds different sorts of creative classes from furniture-patination to the art of waxbronzing. You can find a schedule on the website. The third space, in this unusual location, houses a light and airy art gallery. Two different artists exhibit every month including painters, sculptors, and ceramicists. The venue is so popular that the gallery is booked to the end of 2018. This May you will be able to admire work of the Sicilian born artist Alphonso Marchica. This revitalised building flows from one area to the next and eventually to the very important forth space, the coffee shop! Where as well as enjoying a drink you can perhaps take a minute to chat to Delphine. She loves to hear the suggestions and comments

of visitors so that she can adapt what she does to suit what people want to do and see. It started as a love story, in 2014 Delphine fell in love with this old garage and what has developed is an enterprise with many atmospheres bringing together, art, history, learning and a place to ‘pause’ and unwind. Delphine has a great sense of camaraderie with fellow artists and has become a member of a new organisation based in Pujols, called La Confrérie des Métiers d’Arts (which includes all sorts of artists) a further place to visit and see Delphine’s creative works. 05 53 49 12 49 - 06 21 74 12 87 contact@artbroccafe.com www.artbroccafe.com Route de Villeneuve 47140 Dausse

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LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION? Come and get it! By Jeanne McCaul

Since its establishment in 2012, followed by exhibitions of contemporary art during the summer months of 2013, 2014 and 2015, the arts association Art Points de Vue (APV) of Lauzerte has undergone many changes and grown in experience and strength.


he coming season promises to reach new heights. Not only will it be extended into October, but the numbers of artists exhibiting on a rotating monthly basis, as well as the disciplines they represent, have been increased. Collaborations with other arts associations, groups and galleries have likewise been improved and, for the first time, each monthly exhibition has been conceived around a theme on which the artistic programming is based. The May exhibition is entitled “voyage…voyage… d’un univers à l’autre”, June: “l’éloge du trait”, July: “le vide et le plein”, August: “abstraction: un peu, beaucoup, passionnément”, September: « verre et sous verre » and October: “un voyage introspectif”. The disciplines represented include painting, sculpture, graphic art, calligraphy, ceramics, glassware and photography and range from figurative and realistic to abstract artistic expression. Most artists live and work in the region, but some are from further afield. Some are French, others not, but have made France their home. Some are well established, others less so. (Visit our new website www. art-points-de-vue.com for more details.) The month of July will see most of the gallery space allocated to ceramic artists who are members of the association Terres Neuves du Sud-Ouest, to coincide with the 10th anniversary of their week-end exhibitions of pottery in Lauzerte, this year scheduled for 16 and 17 July. October (1st to 16th) will be dedicated to photography and include master classes – another new direction, which will hopefully be continued in future. By kind permission of the enthusiastic Lauzerte mayor, Jean-Claude Giordana, who sees art and culture as essential components for the vitality of the town, and his councillors, all exhibitions are housed in 5 rooms of a very beautiful venue: the Espace Points de Vue. Historically part of a nunnery and later a school – ensuring generous proportions and lots of natural light – the former “Centre Jeanne d’Arc”, situated at the

medieval entrance to the town (“barbacane”) is worth a visit in itself. Entrance is free and all are welcome. The opening cocktails or “vernissages”, which take place every first Saturday of the month at 18:00, are also open to all (see website for detailed calendar and opening hours). Artists are selected by the Conseil d’Administration (administrating committee) of the association, from an impressive pool of applicants and recommendations. The committee is headed up by a “bureau”, consisting of a president (Marjolaine Favreau), two vice presidents Pascale Maheu-Stritzke and Daniel Pézeril) a treasurer (Keith Macfarlane) and a secretary (Jeanne McCaul). The statutes provide for three additional administrators (Catherine Boillon, Jacques Pol and Claude Benito). Rosalind Marchant joined the team as a “membre actif” pending formal election onto the committee. All contribute their varied talents, competences and professional experience on a voluntary basis to the collective result, which includes the seasons’ artistic programming, contacts with artists and selection, administration and organization during months of preparation and during the season, as well as the writing, editing and publishing of all publicity material. Financing relies on association membership contributions, donations and subsidies as well as a modest percentage of sales of art works. The association welcomes new members and anyone can join. At the time of publishing membership stands at 60 and growing. Privileges for members (special visits to museums, such as a recent guided tour of a temporary exhibition at the Musée Ingres of Montauban) are planned and tax reductions on membership fees and donations are pending. Should you wish to join the association or submit an application to exhibit or require any further information, feel free do write to espacepointdevue.lauzerte@gmail.com. In any event, do visit us as one of several thousand from far and near each season – some who simply come out of curiosity and go away inspired and some of whom are delighted to find the exact piece of art they were missing in their homes and lives.

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Update from

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here is still a great need for financial support for those who lost so much during recent conflict, notably in Syria. Our organisation, created in November 2015, by our President, Jacky Malotaux has increased from a modest six to over seventy members. Our fundraising activities have con-tinued fast and furious over the last months and include a well-attended concert, given by Alexan-der Bodak in Lauzerte, a lucrative Art Auction, a pre-Christmas coffee morning, and a concert given by a choir from Cahors, organised by Martine Picard. Jacky gave an illustrated talk in Montcuq of her time in the camps in Greece and the activities of our association which was greatly appreciated. She would be happy to do it again elsewhere, either in French or English.

Future events include:

27 May – Vide Grenier, La Source Bleue, Touzac 46700 s.bouyou@orange.fr 9 June – Cafe de Commerce, Lauzerte an evening of poetry by Jeff Price Other events are planned, so will keep you posted.

These include evenings of South American music, aperos in a château, and a Tea Party in a watermill! Help comes in many different ways. We have received very many kind donations including much needed bikes. Since some were in need of repairs, Tom Burns of Velo Plus (www.veloplus.net) very kindly offered to do this for us and donated his work! There is a fresh demand from Syria for help with medicines and bedding which will be sent on the next container lorry. We continue to help a group of refugees, accommodated in Castelsarrasin. In particular, Christiane Pons has been teaching them French since last spring. Our friend from Chad, who already speaks

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French, is teaching Jacky Arabic! We have spent many lovely days with them slowly introducing them to the French way of life. This is our Language and Culture Pole and anyone wishing to have a direct contact to help our friends in these ways is very welcome to join us. We have also taken the 30 Afghan boys who came from Calais to Realville for the winter shopping for shoes and jackets in Caussade and supplied other much needed items. Lastly we should mention Jacky and Michel’s trip to Greece last September. Michel was able to help some refugees medically and it was an opportunity for them to revisit contacts and make new ones. This enables us to go on supplying needs in confidence, with items usually ordered in Greece. They visited camps, bought much needed things, food, medicines, underpants and even a laptop for the school in the wonderful Orange House, a safe house for women and children in Athens that we have been supporting since its beginnings last summer. The refugee crisis is far from over and we will go on helping when and where we can for as long as we can. If you wish to join us or make a donation, our details and activities are on our website www.aider-helpandhope.org or email us at aideetespoir82@gmail.com


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La Troupe D’Acteurs Du Quercy Treading the boards in Montaigu de Quercy La Troupe d’Acteurs du Quercy has been putting on theatrical productions for over a decade. Founded in 2002 by four English couples, the Troupe has grown from strength to strength, now with over 60 members. But with the aim of putting on three diverse productions a year, we are always looking out for more volunteers. Not all the members are interested in being on stage – there are lots of behind-the- scenes roles. Set design and building, costumes, make up, props, lighting and sound to name but a few. We are very lucky to have members with BBC and professional theatre work experience as well as several long established “am drammers” so there is always someone on hand to offer support. The Troupe has recently invested in new sound and lighting equipment, so people with computer experience are always welcome. Then of course we have the front of house roles – we need help with maintaining our website, promoting our productions and fund raising events, help with the ticket desk, bar and serving staff when we have meal nights. So if you fancy finding out about how you could become involved with the Troupe, please contact John Blaus on 05 63 05 18 99 or email jblaus@outlook.com We are currently rehearsing for the May production – a play by Peter Gordon called “The Reunion” which is being directed by Shirley Burton and Sue Buck. This thought provoking comedy outlines the trials and tribulations of reunions... It’s good to meet up with old friends ... or perhaps not! When Nigel arranges a reunion in the back room of a pub he is optimistic of a good turnout. Whilst the numbers disappoint him, he soon has his hands full when a motley middle-aged threesome turn up, bringing with them assorted wives, girlfriends, prejudices and resentments that have simmered for the last thirty five years. As the evening unfolds, the men are forced to reassess their old alliances and reflect on their lives, whereas the women are increasingly struck by the futility of the whole exercise! Comedy and confusion combine in this hilarious but poignant story of ‘small people’ in a ‘big world’.

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On the first of March I got up and weighed myself... 94.7kg!


ontrary to what you might think, this filled me with a deep sense of satisfaction. For most people, 94.7kg (15.3st) is not a desirable weight, but at 185cm (6ft 1) it’s not too bad. And given that six months before I was 110kg (17.3st) you might start to understand why I felt so satisfied with weighing under 95kg. I had lost 15kg, and I was very pleased about it. One of the first questions I’m getting asked at the moment is whether my weight loss was due to illness. The answer is both yes and no. What they mean when they ask this is usually if the weight loss was due to my being bedridden with various tubes of one sort or another sticking out of me, unwilling or unable to intake the calories needed to maintain my rotund figure. This, happily was not the case. When the time comes for me to be in hospital, heaven forbid, I really don’t know how I will cope. I have a healthy phobia of needles and blood and bedpans. I also think that being a vindictive sadist is part of the job requirements for being a nurse in Spain and that the students that flunk catering school go to work in hospital kitchens. I’m not a good patient. I’d like to think that in a few years from now our great grandchildren will sit on our laps and say… “Is it really true that they used to think the best way of curing sick people was to coup them all up together in an environment ideal for cultivating super-viruses and force them to suffer abject humiliation instead of looking after them in the comfort and security of their own home?” I could fill a book on the subject. But I won’t here. The only ‘illness’ part of my weight loss was due to obesity being defined as being one in 2013. Being

grossly overweight is not good for your health or longevity. Obesity is clearly defined. You are obese if your weight in kilos, divided by your height in metres multiplied by itself, (i.e. WxHxH or mh2) is more than thirty, which was sadly my case, and which I wasn’t at all happy about. So last summer I decided to do something to rectify my body’s attempt to reach whale-status. The only problem was what. I’d tried loads of diets in the past, mostly with pitiful results and nobody around me was offering much help. But then I had an epiphany. I’d just written a book about the power of achieving big things by the application of lots and lots of little things. The Sorites Principle, I called it, which states that ‘The constant application of insignificant actions, when coherently focussed, will inevitably lead to dramatically significant results.’ So why not try putting my money where my mouth was and have a go at shedding a few kilos by adopting as many small benevolent habits as I could think of? It was certainly worth having a go, wasn’t it? So I set about writing down all the little habits I could think of that would help reduce my calorie intake such as not taking sugar in tea, eating smaller portions, not snacking, keeping a track of everything I ate, taking the stairs instead of the lift, weighing and plotting my weight daily etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera… I started off with about twenty. Every time I thought of a new one I added it to my repertoire and ended up, six months later, with over sixty. My favourite was holding my wife’s drink at parties. What? It works like this: If you hold your glass in one hand and your partner’s glass in the other, it’s much more difficult to absentmindedly pick at food from the buffet (unless you happen to have

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some prehensile body part capable of doing the job, which I don’t). I carried these habits out whenever I could. The result was that the kilos started to disappear. Quickly at first, more gradually after the first few weeks. What I found interesting was that all of these small changes started to influence my attitude towards eating. I found that consuming less wasn’t such an insuperable challenge. I just naturally started to eat less. Neither did I stop eating all those nice things like crisps and chocolate and tiramisu. I just had less of

them. One of my habits was to stop buying my favourite brands at the supermarket. I got the boring homebrand crisps instead of those spicy Pringles, I bought plain biscuits instead of Milk Chocolate Hobnobs (3000 calories in every bite!). So sacrifices were made, but my level of deprivation was still humane. I started to chew chewing-gum while I was cooking as it stopped me picking at the food. I started to drink half a pint of water before each meal or when out for a drink with friends as I takes the edge off your appetite. I gave myself from 1st September 2016 to 1st March 2017 lose 15kgs (or 26 pints of body fat, if you prefer to think in visual terms) and it worked! My belt is on its last hole and I can now fit into my favourite shirts without the fear of taking someone’s eye out with a popped button when I sit down at the table. Summer is a few months away. If you’re thinking of getting yourself ready for the beach but can’t bear to face three months of coleslaw and broccoli salad, then why not try to lose a few pounds not by subjecting yourself to the latest gruelling diet, but by pruning your calorie intake in a hundred different ways from drinking wine out of smaller glasses to skipping a meal when you don’t have the urge (or time) to eat it? Each one might only be a little change, but as they say, little by little a little goes a long way.

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Mini Eton Mess Cakes

Mini Eton Mess Cakes


Perfect for an afternoon tea using the new season gariguette strawberries, these mini Eton mess cakes are deliciously simple. The sponge is based on Mary Berry’s classic recipe and the cannelé mold is perfectly sized for individual treats. Ingredients


Makes 8-10

To make the cakes:

• Preheat the oven to 180°C. • Lightly grease the cannelé or cupcake tin. • 225g caster sugar •B  reak the eggs into a large mixing bowl, then add the sugar, flour, baking powder and butter. • 225g self-raising flour •M  ix everything together until well combined with an electric hand mixer. Be careful • 2 tsp baking powder not to over-mix – as soon as everything is blended you should stop. The finished mixture should be of a soft ‘dropping’ consistency – it should fall off a spoon easily. • 225g butter at room temperature •D  ivide the mixture evenly into the cupcake or cannelé molds (no cupcake papers • Strawberry jam needed), filling each one about two thirds full. •P  lace the tin on the middle shelf of the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until • Whipped cream cooked through. • 1 x crushed meringue •R  emove from the oven and after a few minutes turn the cakes out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

• 4 eggs

• Fresh strawberries to decorate

To assemble the cakes: • Cut each cake into three parts. •S  pread some jam on the first layer (the base), then pipe whipped cream, then add a layer of crushed meringue, then spread more jam on the middle section and place it on the bottom layer. • Repeat the process on the middle layer and finish with the top layer. •P  ipe whipped cream on top and decorate with fresh strawberries, edible flowers and rose petals.

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Tasting The Lot: springing into summer At last the summer is on its way. For Tasting The Lot it means exactly that… Tasting The Lot!! Markets are starting to fill up with sumptuous fresh locally grown produce, shops are beginning to think tourist season and the fields and gardens are blossoming. Nature’s bounty is overflowing!


ay and June at Tasting The Lot are dedicated to cooking with garlic and lavender. The very thought of these two things growing in my garden and being readily available is just as exciting as the swallows, swifts and house martins arriving. Summer is, most definitely, on its way. France, for me, is flavoured with garlic and decorated with lavender (and sunflowers, of course, though my recipes for sunflowers and their seeds are quite limited at the moment, though grinding up the seeds to use flour for gluten free recipes is, so far, my best use for seeds apart from eating them whole and the oil is delicious alternative to olive oil, groundnut or maize and is lovely when used in carrot cakes and other sweet desserts.)

Garlic Garlic has its own fascinating history, it’s not certain when it was discovered, it was probably first dispersed by nomads on the steppes of central Asia several thousand years ago, grown in the Middle East by the Sumerians over 5000 years ago and in the 8th

century BC garlic was growing in the garden of Babylon. There are pictures of garlic apparently on the wall of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber, Chinese scholars spoke of it as far back as 3000 BC and there is also a reference in the Shih Ching (the book of songs), a collection of ballads said to have been written by Confucius himself. Garlic was so prized in ceremony and ritual, that lambs offered for sacrifice in China were seasoned with it to make them more pleasing to the gods. Garlic was introduced into France by Godefroy de Bouillon, leader of the first crusade in 1096 and not the maker of the stock cube, when he returned to the country in 1099, he was elected king of Jerusalem. Garlic has great history of being used as a remedy for many ailments, as far back as Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used it for treating infections, wounds and intestinal disorders. As for its ability to ward off evil (the devil, Dracula and all ills) well, who knows!! The first thing to be harvested each year in my garden is garlic. White garlic was planted in October last year for harvesting at the beginning of June and the pink garlic is just planted as I write this (March) to be harvested the end of July. You can of course buy garlic the whole year round, but freshly harvested (even bought from your local market fresh!) garlic is so full of flavour, so easy to grow. Take a clove of garlic (unpeeled) and bury it in the ground about 5cm deep and 15cm apart. Water in and let nature take over. It really is that simple! Well worth the bending down to plant in the ground. Let it grow until it reaches about 30cm high. Harvest, let it dry if you can for about a month before using, somewhere out of reach of mice and the damp. You must wait for the leaves to dry before plaiting! If you are like me a store cupboard hoarder, then this is a great recipe to have all year-round garlic of your own.

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Pickled Garlic Cloves

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Ingredients To pickle garlic, you must use raw garlic. 500g garlic cloves, peeled (about 10 garlic bulbs), 300ml white wine vinegar (5% or over) 180ml water, 1 tbsp pickling salt (or sea salt, don’t use table salt, the preservatives in it can turn the garlic blue, pretty, but not the best idea), 4 bay leaves, 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary, 4 sprigs of fresh thyme, 4 tsp mustard seeds, 2 tsp mixed peppercorns, 1 tsp chili flakes, 1 tbsp dry oregano, 4 slices of lemon, 4 ft kitchen string and a large lidded saucepan to act as a water bath (if you don’t have a water bath!) Method Sterilize the jars and lids and set aside. Fill a pan with water that is deep enough and wide enough to hold the filled jars. Place a towel in the bottom to soften the boiling process (or buy a water bath!) Bring to boil. Combine vinegar, water and salt in another pan and simmer so the salt dissolves completely, take off the heat. Divide herbs evenly between jars and then follow with garlic. Don’t overcrowd the jars by pushing the garlic down. Pour the brine mixture over making sure that the garlic is completely submerged and that there is about 2 cm of free space at the top so that you can place a slice of lemon on the top to help keep garlic under the level of the brine. Using a toothpick release any air pockets if you see any. Seal the jars tightly. Wrap each jar in a newspaper (to prevent jars from cracking in case they hit against each other) and tie kitchen string tightly around the top of each jar leaving ends loose, so you can safely and securely lower jars into the hot water bath. No need for string if you have long tongs. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. When done, cover the top of your pan with a lid and drain the water as you would do with boiled potatoes inside. Cool pickled garlic jars to room temperature. Well worth the effort.

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Lemon and Lavender Marmalade Adapted from my Ma’s “what an awful mess “marmalade. Makes 8 jars.

Lavender So many articles are written about lavender. I love it. I come from The Cotswolds in England and very close to where I lived is Snowshill Lavender Farm. I worked very closely with the owner trying out many recipes of things to sell in the café. Great fun and I still love Lavender shortbread. Many tried and tested recipes are available on my website, but this Lemon and Lavender marmalade has been my most popular recipe to date. I now have lots of people I make and give this marmalade to. It came second in the WI Jam Competition in 2012, beaten by pineapple and coconut of all things. A visit to the lavender farms in our region are well worth it. June and July are the best times for colour and harvesting. Culinary lavender is well worth buying and keeping a store of. I make my own Herbs de Provence seasoning as the shop bought does not seem to contain lavender. You too can do this by grinding 2 sprigs rosemary, 3 bay leaves and 1 tsp fennel seed in a spice grinder; transfer to a mixing bowl. Stir 1 tsp of each savory, thyme, basil, marjoram, lavender, parsley, oregano, tarragon with the rosemary and fennel. Store in an airtight container or jar as you would for other herbs. Delicious on a roast chicken! Next edition is all about wine tastings in the area through July and August. Please do contact me or follow on Facebook, Twitter and www.tasting-the-lot.com for more information. Happy Tasting

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Ingredients 1kg lemons, 1.6kg granulated sugar, 1.6ltrs water and 2 tsp dried lavender Method In a clean jam pan, wash and peel the lemons. Save the fruit for the next step. Slice the peel and pith into thin strips. (as thin as you can manage) Add to the saucepan. Cut and juice the peeled lemons. Add the juice to the pan, discard all pips. Wrap the squeezed lemons in a muslin cloth, tie up and add to the pan. Pour the water over the lemon juice, peel and pith in the jam and slowly bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently, 1 ½ -2 hours until peel is very soft and the liquid is reduced by half. Remove the muslin bag and place in colander and let cool for at least 5 minutes, when cool to touch, squeeze the muslin to get as much juice and pectin into the pan. The harder you squeeze the cloudier the finished marmalade will be. The pectin makes it set better, so the more you have the better the set. Add the lavender flowers and sugar to the pan, stir until sugar is dissolved. Return to the boil and boil rapidly for 15 minutes. Keep stirring in 1 direction, if rotate stirring, will make bubbles and marmalade will not look clear in jars. Continue to boil and keep checking for set (put small amount on cold saucer and check for wrinkles) When perfect set is reached, leave for 10 minutes and skim off any foam with slotted spoon. Pour into sterilized jars, seal and label. Perfect with scones, as a filling in a lemon sponge or used as a marinade over chicken.

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In this edition we are featuring two chefs who have both taken the time to travel and work away from home. Bernard did this many years ago and for Rémi it was a more recent experience. Both men now head up restaurants in quite different locations. One out in the countryside and the other in an old village square and both worth a visit.

RÉMI CAMINADE – LA BRASSERIE DES CORNIÈRES, BOURG DE VISA 0) La Brasserie des Cornières, Place de la Halle, 82190 Bourg de Visa. Tél. 05 63 29 14 43 La Brasserie des Cornières

Rémi Caminade who runs the completely newly renovated bar and restaurant, Brasserie des Cornières, in Bourg de Visa was born in Agen. He then embarked on a future driven by his love of food, wine and cooking. He studied at the Ecole Hôtelière de Nérac (47) and then in 2003 he began travelling around France and working in great restaurants. During this culinary pilgrimage Rémi worked at the Royal Parc in Evian (74), the Rothschild owned Chalet du Mont d’Arbois in Megève (74), the Hôtel Les Frères Ibarboure in Bidart (64) and also in the Hôtel du Palais

in Biarritz (64). Then in 2005 he ventured to Ireland to work firstly in two French Restaurants in Dublin – Patrick Guilbaud’s and Thornton’s. Then most notably and (enjoyably) with Olivier Meisonnave (formerly of Acquitaine) at his French/Irish restaurant in Dublin – Dax Restaurant. Then in 2008 Rémi moved back to South West France, to Bordeaux where he worked for a number of years during which time he met his partner, Mathilde. Together they decided to find a way to run their own restaurant. Fate then stepped in, and Rémi’s mother

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Pork Lasagne

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Ingredients: met, Arlette Laine, the mayor of Bourg de Visa at the town’s large annual Brocante. Mme Laine told her that Bourg de Visa was looking for a Chef to manage the lovely new facility in the old town square. After an initial meeting and further discussions the couple, supported by the Mayor and her office, were able to take over in July 2016. Rémi makes the very best use of very local ingredients, sourcing vegetable from local villages, such as, St Nazaire de Valentane and Pork from a producer in Tournon d’Agenais. Fortunately for visitors to both the bar and restaurant Rémi has a passion for wine – his earlier preference for the wines of the Bourgogne and the Côtes-du-Rhône gave him the enthusiasm to investigate further, and more locally, for his customers. He is keen for people to try some his new finds such as ‘Le B.A.BA’ from the Caves de Brulhois and ‘Bessey de Boissy‘ from Côteaux du Quercy. For The Quercy Local’s readers, Rémi has suggested a simple but delicious recipe – Homemade Pork Lasagne. He has also suggested these two wines as great accompaniments. Red wine from Coteaux du Quercy, Bessey de Boissy or a Red Bordeaux wine, Château Boutet-Mercier.

You will need • 1 box of pre-cooked thin Lasagne pasta • 500g pork sausage meat • 200g grated cheese

For the Tomato sauce • 1 kg tomatoes • 1 onion • 1 shallot • 2 garlic cloves • 1 bouquet garni • Olive oil • Salt, pepper

For the Béchamel sauce • 40g half-salted butter • 40g flour • 1 litre full-cream milk

Method: Tomato/pork sauce: • Peel the tomatoes. • Thinly cut the onion and shallot, crush the garlic cloves with side of a knife. • Heat the olive oil in a pan, add onion and shallot to ‘sweat‘. • To the onions add the peeled tomatoes, bouquet garni, salt and pepper and gently simmer for 30 mins. • In another pan fry the sausage meat and then add the cooked tomato sauce.

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• Melt the butter, add flour and mix carefully with spatula • Cook only for 2 to 3 min and then add milk while stirring • Stir until sauce thickens.

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One layer of Lasagne One layer of tomato/pork One layer of béchamel sauce Repeat until the dish is full Cover generously with the grated cheese Bake for 15 min Serve with a glorious salad with vinaigrette

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BERNARD PHILIPPE – HOSTELLERIE LE VERT, MAUROUX0) Hostellerie Le Vert, 46700 Mauroux, 05 65 36 51 36, info@hotellevert.com, www.hotellevert.com

Bernard Philippe was born and grew-up in Liege (Belgium), alongside his other studies, he studied cookery at the Ecole Hôtelière de Liège. Then he spent a valuable year working in Jersey, obtaining all-round industry experience, once back in Belgium, he took the opportunity to expand his horizons and studied International Business. Meanwhile Bernard’s parents had moved to the warmer and more peaceful SW of France where he then began to holiday. He soon fell in love with the region and particularly, the wonderful light that so often floods the Lot landscape. After a few more holidays, and much thought, he left Belgium again, this time for France and a chance to return to his first great-love – cooking. A 17th century farm, close to the village of Mauroux, was to be the location for this new venture, a lovely setting but one in need of huge amounts of renovation (thirty years later and as we all know with these buildings – it never ends). In 1979, after the first round of work, and helped by his parents, Bernard opened his restaurant ‘Le Vert’. Then, over-time, 6 bedrooms were opened and ‘Le Vert’ became a 3* hotel. The Quercy Local • May - June 2017 Please support our advertisers and tell them you saw their advert in The Quercy Local


Maybe it was the famous regional friendliness that helped Bernard charm his wife, Eva, into staying here and not returning to her native Germany. The pair had met whilst she was working as an ‘au pair’ nearby. She stayed and now Bernard and Eva warmly welcome people from mid-April to the beginning of November into their hotel to stay and into their restaurant to dine. Bernard’s passion for food has meant that he’s continued to study under Dominique Toulousy the well-known 2* Chef from Toulouse who’s owned the renowned restaurant ‘Jardins de l’Opéra’ for over 20 years. Furthermore, always keen to learn Bernard has also been training, for 10 years, to assist people in need of psychotherapy for dietary/food related issues. ‘Le Vert’ has the atmosphere of a private-house hotel with a gentle grace but also with the advantages of essentials such as a heated swimming pool, airconditioning and wifi. Locally, the restaurant is known for its musical, piano-bar evenings; indeed during the summer, there are fortnightly masterclasses from international pianists. Bernard is an instinctive cook and offer menus that changes to reflect the local, seasonal foods. Many vegetables are sourced from ‘Paysbio’ in nearby Lacapelle Cabanac and the cellar is stocked with wines from the neighbouring vineyards around Puy L’Eveque and Cahors. For our readers Bernard suggests a recipe that will really let you cook like a chef!

La Morille – The Morel Mushroom Morels are a family of tasty mushrooms with a quite different look. Dried morel caps that you see on the market look tube shaped, but that is part of the drying process and when rehydrated the original shape returns. The morel’s taste and texture make them a French favourite; they are served fresh from early to late spring. None of the 50 members of the morel family has ever been cultivated and each member of the morel family has its own short 6 - 8 weeks of glory. Luckily it is an easy mushroom to dry and so appears on menus all year. Some chefs freeze morels and extend their ‘fresh’ shelf-life by a month or two. Morels are found under particular types of trees and hunting them down is an art and locations are often closely guarded. All morels should be cooked before eating. There is (wouldn’t you just know it) a False Morel – which is highly poisonous, so please if you are not an expert, check with one!

Green Asparagus Foam with Morels and Crunchy Asparagus Sticks Serves 6 people

Equipment: • Equipment – 1 whipping siphon

Ingredients: • 200 g morels (mushrooms) • 1 shallot • 400 g green asparagus • 400 g fresh whipping cream • Salt and pepper • 1 egg white • 30 g butter • 4 leaves of brick pastry (A thin Tunisian pastry found in the supermarket)

Method: Cooking the Morels: • Melt 20g of butter in a saucepan on mid-heat. • Add finely chopped shallot, then the morels with 100g fresh cream, salt and pepper. • Cook on low heat. • Place in the bottom of the serving glasses.

Preparation of Asparagus sticks: • Cut 4 Asparagus stalks in half. • Fry in a pan with some butter and salt, leave them crunchy • Roll each half asparagus in half a pastry sheet, previously brushed with egg white • Butter the rolled up asparagus and cook for 10 min at 180°C – taking care to turn them.

Asparagus Foam: • Cook and peel the rest of the asparagus, remove the tops and leave for decorating. • Chop the asparagus and add to 300g of fresh whipping cream, blend, taste and season. • Sieve and place the liquid in the whipping siphon, shake and fill up the serving glasses with the morels in the bottom. If you don’t have a whipping siphon you can change this recipe into an asparagus and morel cream. Don’t forget to serve with the crunchy asparagus sticks!

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Traditional Stonework ~ New and Restoration 82190 Fauroux ~ 06 40 20 68 94 ~ English spoken ~ angeregis@hotmail.fr Concerts by the Choir, Soloists and Orchestra du Centre Philharmonique in May Handel “Alexander’s Feast” or ‘The Power of Music’ Bach Cantata No. 140 – extracts Soloists: Marie Caroline Kfoury soprano, Christophe Belliveau tenor, Hugo Santos bass. Musical Director: Richard Beswick Handel and Bach were born within five weeks of each other in 1685. Handel: widely travelled, confident, fabulously successful, rich, friend of royalty. Bach: self-effacing, never left Germany, tied to his job in the church, not recognised as a great composer until the 19th century. They are united in this concert! ‘Alexander’s Feast’, or ‘The Power of Music’, was so successful that it encouraged Handel to make the transition from writing Italian-language operas to English choral and operatic works. It is based on an ode in celebration of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music by the poet John Dryden, and describes a banquet held by Alexander the Great and his mistress Thais in the captured Persian city of Persepolis. It is tuneful, dramatic – and in English! Bach’s Cantata No. 140 (about 200 of 300 have survived) is entitled ‘Wachet Auf’ (Awake) and the opening chorale will be instantly recognizable to most English-speaking churchgoers are not. Come and enjoy the contrast!


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On Sat May 27th, 9am- 6pm, The Association “Hope and Help” based in Lauzerte will be organizing ‘The Garage Sale Special’ a super vide - maison and vide - grenier at La Source Bleue in Touzac (near Puy-l’Eveque). You’re invited to come along and even set up a stall with your belongings to sell. All the money received will be given directly to support “Help and Hope” who are doing humanitarian work in the midst of a human migration crisis, unequalled in our generation. Men, women and children who’ve lost everything are fleeing severe war conditions in their country. The Association’s objective is to help the refugees wherever they may be, in France, in Greece or in Syria... Besides your stall, we would also welcome home-made cakes, jams, biscuits etc., as there will be a stand for refreshments, tea and coffee too. If you’re interested please contact us in plenty of time to book a place for your stall. Otherwise just come along and see some fabulous offers and enjoy a piece of cake and a drink by the source. For more info - Sian and Jean-Pierre Bouyou, at La Source Bleue, Touzac; sourcebleue@wanadoo.fr; 05 65 36 52 01 (please leave a message so we can get back to you). We look forward to welcoming you to La Source Bleue for this special occasion. The Quercy Local • May - June 2017 Please support our advertisers and tell them you saw their advert in The Quercy Local




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Is your home

kind to the environment? In a previous article, we mentioned some house building techniques to protect the planet. Here are some thoughts about running those houses in a considerate manner with water saving and renewable energy.

Saving water 1) It’s possible to collect rainwater with your gutters and adequate storage. Depending on the size of your roof and water storage options, you may be able to water your garden, fill your toilet cistern or washing machine. Rainwater, without chlorine and lime provides many ecological advantages. So collecting this ‘gift from the sky’ is an excellent first step. But you can go further! 2) Everyone prefers the idea of sweet-smelling toilets but water for flushing represents 1/3 of our consumption. It also involves the transfer of nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon to underground water resources. So what about a dry toilet? Today’s dry toilets are easier with the effective use of sawdust or wood chips. Planned correctly you can compost the waste and save a huge amount of water. 3) Or what about a Phyto-purification system? This process works by harnessing the bacteria in plant roots. It’s used primarily for filtering the sink and shower water from bathrooms. The bacteria ‘eat’ phosphates and nitrates and different plants are employed for different stages of the refining/filtering. Versions of this process can be used for dealing with all household effluent and also as an air-purifier

Renewable energy Sources include: solar, geothermal, wind, hydraulic and bio-masse. They don’t generate waste or any real pollution and reduce CO2 discharges into the atmosphere. In this region we receive 2093 hours of annual sunshine, which makes installing solar panels or geothermal heat pumps viable. Solar Energy, can be used for either generating electricity through solar panels set on your roof (photovoltaic) or you can use panels or tubes on your roof but which contain water that is then heated-up and returned to the house for use. With the photovoltaic system you can either use the electricity you generate or sell it back to the grid. In France the ADEME (Agence de l’environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’énergie) will help you find the right professional

help and with arrangements with ERDF (electricity distributor). http://renovation-info-service.gouv.fr: www.photovoltaique.info Geothermal energy, uses the heat from the sun that’s stored in the ground and this can heat water and homes, or perhaps cool your house in the summer. The heat that is recovered from the ground can be circulated in pipework under the floor, once it has also heated the water for use in the home. www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr: www.geothermie-perspectives.fr Wind Energy, has been harnessed for hundreds of years there are still examples of old windmills standing in the region. Modern wind turbines (as controversial as they are) are now an important part of many countries attempts to abide by rules governing CO2 emissions. Wind is available almost everywhere, so there are no transport costs, and no loss of power in the transport process. Some areas are windier than others (generally further north) but in our Occitania region there are towns like Narbonne (for example) which also gets significant amounts of useable wind. If you feel that your home is in a suitable area to generate power from a wind turbine then you need to seek professional advice and obtain the necessary permissions. This can be a very satisfying way of producing your own power and usually all the component parts of the turbine are (or should be) recyclable once it has finished its useful life.

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Hydraulic energy, takes advantage of power generated when water falls from a higher point to a lower one. An obvious example is that of a hydroelectric dam. Domestically, there are many old watermills (Moulins) in this region as this power is ‘nothing new’. Increasingly people wish to bring these ancient pieces of engineering back to life and into production. Bioenergy and Biomass, are words used for organic matters that can become an energy source. Traditionally wood is the oldest and best used source of relatively low cost heating. Straw and manure are still used in some parts of the world. Increasingly plant crops are being developed to produce fuel/energy sources. Ethanol and biogas are already used for transport and

industry. Gases such as methane are extracted from agricultural waste. Some farms and farmhouses are able to fuel themselves from the waste from their crops or the animals they keep. You do, however, need more than a flock of 6 chickens! If we are to leave the planet in-tact for our grandchildren then we are going to have to embrace the notion of renewable energy and the careful use of natural resources. We are surrounded by bountiful nature we need to make sure it stays that way. Remembering that every effort made with renewable energy should be doubled with the provision of first class insulation in all buildings. Researched by Valérie Rousseau

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French administrative procedures have you down? A few tips to save time and enjoy your life in France Navigating France’s administrative procedures is no easy task. Even for French natives it can be difficult to know what to do and when. It’s only natural that the checklist is often overwhelming to Anglophones. By Claire Pinatel


eemingly small tasks like cancelling your cell phone plan, your home Internet, and renting or selling your residence are not always straightforward. When I founded Expateo Claire Pinatel in 2015, I was a French expat living in Turkey. With an American grandmother and three expat experiences of my own – I’ve also lived in the United States and The Republic of Congo – you could say that expatriation is in my blood. My own experiences have motivated me to help others. I’ve learned a few simple tips that can help you smoothly complete administrative procedures. After all, part of the joy of living in France is having the time for la belle vie.

Plan Ahead Organization is everything! Planning in advance will save time and sanity. As an expat, often the most mundane task can be overwhelming. You may not be able to change French bureaucracy, but you can prepare for it.

Immigration Paperwork For Mary Trease, an American expat living in France, staying ahead of paperwork has made all the difference. “Keeping a folder with everything I need to renew my visa has saved so much time,” Trease explains. “When you first come to France, you’ve just completed the visa process. Saving extra copies of everything is easy when you are still in ‘visa mode.’” I recommend that all expats with visas or residence permits – even long-term – keep a folder with all of the basic information needed for visa renewal. Depending on your statute in France, this includes a passport, three identity photos, a certified French translation of your birth certificate, a copy of your previous residence permit and OFII stamp, justification of residence, proof of sufficient resources and justification of health care coverage.

Set a calendar reminder to set your renewal appointment with the proper authority four to five months ahead of when your visa will expire.

Health France uses the lovely little carte vitale to track all of your health records. Outside of France, doctors in other countries may not be able to access the information encrypted on your carte vitale. Whether you spend significant time outside of France, plan to eventually move internationally, or simply vacation abroad, you’ll want this information to be easy to find. Keeping personal health records is a simple, common sense solution.

Service Contracts & Utilities During a recent move, I spent hours on the phone trying to get electricity service in my new house. A small mistake on the provider’s end turned into a major headache. France’s major utility providers are beginning to offer their websites in English, which is immensely helpful for understanding day-to-day operations. Before you cancel a service, log into your online portal and download all of your past invoices. You’ll also want to save any cancellation notices by SMS, email or mail. Again, keep a folder with all of your service and utility contracts, including contact information. When it comes time to move, change services or cancel, you’ll have all of the information you need at your fingertips. I wanted Expateo to develop technology to make this process easier. We have developed a web application, Free & Go, to allow clients moving from France to cancel all contracts online with just a few clicks.

Taxes & Finances If you do not already have a tax professional, make sure to study the issue well yourself. Specifically, note whether your home country has a treaty with France for tax purposes or not. In some countries, like the United States, you can even claim certain exemptions as a foreign resident!

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Likewise, choose a bank that can work seamlessly with your international finances. Several banks specialize in banking for expats, and offer competitive fees for international wires, withdrawals and the like. Even if your bank is less internationally savvy, many tools now exist to help you transfer money. Such services can often help you save money on exchange rates and fees. Developing a network of international partners was one of my first goals when starting Expateo. I know from personal experience that assembling a “team” of knowledgeable professionals is one of the best ways to reduce the daily stress of living between countries.

Conclusion Surging international mobility is transforming the way we view expats and expatriation itself. It’s only natural that technologies will continue to evolve to support the growing population of expatriates. Today, I exclusively help expatriates moving from France. In the near future, I hope soon to help expats moving to France, and eventually those moving between countries all over the world. No expat should have to feel alone. Not all expats move for a job where the company coordinates their relocation. Not everyone can or should pay a lawyer’s fee for answers to simple questions. Whether you are in France for three months, a school term, a year, or permanently, make sure you get the answers you need. France has too much to offer for you to spend time stressing over paperwork. A little preparation goes a long way to living the life you dreamed of in France. Expateo.com

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LOOK BEYOND PROPERTY TO UNLOCK INVESTMENT POTENTIAL For many people, investing in bricks and mortar by buying second or subsequent homes makes financial sense. Property is a solid, reliable investment that holds its value, right? Yes, and no. While investing in real estate has its advantages, there are also significant drawbacks to this approach. Here we compare property to other investment options in relation to some key cornerstones of successful investing: liquidity, risk and returns, diversification and tax efficiency. Liquidity A key question to ask before investing is how easy will it be to retrieve your capital? This is known as liquidity. There are various reasons why you may want to ‘cash in’ an investment. It could be that the asset is performing badly, or you have found a more attractive opportunity elsewhere. It might simply be that your circumstances have changed and you need to access your money. Liquidity is not just about how easy it is to sell up, it is also whether you can do so without taking a loss. Generally, the more illiquid an asset, the higher the risk and potential returns, as you are likely to be rewarded for locking your money away over the longer term. On one end of the spectrum you have cash and bank deposits, which are easy to access but offer the lowest risk and expected returns. Property sits at the other end. If you are playing the long game, you could find your investment grow substantially over the years. However, it may take time to find a buyer and you could invite a significant loss if you sell at the wrong time. Investment funds, on the other hand, combine a suite of different assets that may include property (or shares in property companies) alongside equities, bonds, etc. Because there is an established market for the underlying assets, it is much easier to find an instant buyer. Also, unlike property, if you require small amounts of cash you can just sell the amount you need, not the whole investment. Risk and returns Generally, low risk means settling for low returns, while taking on more risk brings potentially higher rewards. For bank deposits, the risk/return factor is low – you have a high certainty of receiving a set amount at the end of the term. However, with today’s interest rates being close to zero, this may struggle to keep pace with inflation. Property offers less certainty and therefore greater potential for higher long-term returns. However, there is no guarantee that the property will increase

– appreciate – in value, especially when you want to sell. You also need to consider the ongoing costs of maintaining and renting out property, as well as the tax implications, to work out what you get back compared to what you have put in. Other investment options offer the flexibility to change strategy in line with market developments. For example, although the underlying assets in an investment fund are linked to market movements, the fund manager is able to fine tune the portfolio according to what is or is not performing well. Diversification It is important not to be overexposed to any asset, including property. A good portfolio spreads risk across asset types, regions, currencies and market sectors to limit exposure in any one area. If you already own a house, buying a second property may make you overweight in this one asset class, especially if you don’t own many equity or bond holdings. When property prices drop, both your properties will probably fall in value, while other asset classes may be performing well. Holding a range of different investments within each asset class helps reduce risk further. You could, for example, own shares from a range of completely different companies and sectors across the world. However, most people can only afford to buy one or two investment properties, giving them little or no diversification. British expatriates also need to consider exchange currency risk. Rather than tying up your capital in either sterling or euros, some investment structures allow flexibility to hold investments in multiple currencies and convert when it suits you. Tax efficiency Wherever your property is, you are likely to face some sort of council tax, stamp duty and capital gains tax charges. Those with UK property may have felt the burden of recent tax increases on residential properties. Consider all the assets you already own, including the house you live in, to determine the best approach for you. There may be French-compliant opportunities that offer much better tax advantages and returns than property. Ultimately, you should aim for a balanced portfolio that will suit your unique aims and circumstances, today and tomorrow.

Peter Wakelin, Regional Manager of Blevins Franks France part of the Blevins Franks Group the leading international tax and wealth management advisers to UK nationals living in Europe, with decades of experience advising British expatriates moving to and living in France. Telephone 05 56 34 75 51 ~ bordeaux@blevinsfranks.fr ~ www.blevinsfranks.com Tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; an individual is advised to seek personalised advice. The Quercy Local • May - June 2017 Please support our advertisers and tell them you saw their advert in The Quercy Local


Coping with Exam Stress “Believe you can and you’re halfway there. ..” Theodore Roosevelt Whilst a certain amount of anxiety is natural around exam time, for some students it’s crippling, and very damaging.


t is estimated that one in ten children and young people aged 5 - 16 suffer from some form of anxiety and stress. This is around three pupils in every school class. Giving students the right help early on can set them up for life, teaching them resilience and valuable life skills. Irena-Marie Makowski is a mind management coach who works within companies, universities and schools to help overcome the limiting blocks within us. “I specialise in performance programmes, resilience and wellbeing – I see children as young as seven already feeling anxious. One young boy was concerned with making friends, another with achieving high grades in her evaluations. The pressure of our 24/7 world is incredible” comments Irena-Marie. “At the moment I am focusing on older students who are preparing for their exams which are coming up shortly – the results determining what they do next.” To help with this, Irena-Marie has created a free download for readers of the Quercy Local. Go to www.focus-hypnotherapy.com and under ‘Educational Performance’ you will see an area to download it using the code Quercy 07. The audio uses creative visualisation, relaxation techniques and hypnotic suggestions – how to store information within the brain for easy retrieval, how to focus on your own success image and create your ‘ring of confidence’. “I’ve recorded it so students can listen to it whilst relaxing in bed, or as a self-motivator during the day. It’s up to them,” states Irena-Marie. It’s common for pupils to latch onto their weaknesses rather than their talents and strengths and young people can easily be discouraged by negative criticism. Many face concerns over ‘fear of failure’, or not being able to remember what they’ve learned and to apply it on the day of their exams. For some it isn’t just the anxiety and stress at the time of the exam but very often it is weeks or months before the event. Perhaps they feel that while they’re quite confident in the subject, they worry that their ‘nerves will take over and let them down on the day’.

Below are some suggestions: • Be aware of your negative thoughts and ‘self-talk’. • Imagine ‘dumping’ those thoughts into a bin and visualising your own positive, success image. • Do some day-dreaming – this is a form of meditation. Think thoughts that make you feel good. • Breathe into your stomach – not chest. • Listen to your audio recording it will help you visualise your exam day –feeling calm with all the information stored within your memory, pleased having completed it to the best of your ability, the end result… • Assign yourself a ‘worry hour’. For example decide when it’s convenient to worry, it might be between 7 to 8am or 5 to 6pm... It needs to be a set time each day that you agree with yourself. You can worry as much as you like for one whole hour, however ONLY during that allotted time. Many people find that suddenly those worries are in prospective, so please don’t force yourself to worry if you don’t need to. If any worrying thoughts, negative feelings occur outside this agreed time – STOP! • Create a ‘ring of confidence’. To do this you simply squeeze your thumb and forefinger together and breathe into your stomach, feeling calm. You may even wish to count (out loud or in your head) from one to five. You can use this as your anchor and no-one will even know. Using some of these methods will stay with you for life – practice them. Have quiet time and switch those mobiles off – even for twenty minutes. To download your copy go to www.focus-hypnotherapy.com. Click on Educational Performance. The link will be visible at the bottom of the page. Please use code Quercy 07 to get your free copy. Irena-Marie specialises in 1-2-1 and group work in transformational coaching, BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®, clinical hypnotherapy and mindfulness. If you are interested in knowing more please email irena-marie@focus-wellbeing.com or visit websites www.focus-hypnotherapy.com and www.irena-mariemakowska.com. Irena-Marie works from her practice just outside Toulouse and via Skype.

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Maartje Schlepers has lived in the Lot since April 2014 and is happy to answer your insurance related questions. Q. We came to France for a quieter life but my husband is now doing more than ever! We now have land and outbuildings and he is always trimming trees, repairing roofs and strimming our steep and rather rocky land. He says I worry too much but I am worried about what will happen if he has an accident or is injured in some way. Is it possible to take out an accident policy that would help with costs if he did get injured? A. This is indeed a classical description of what people experience when they come to France. Many people buy a property that needs renovation work, has a lot of land that needs attention, and before you know it you are working very hard and have forgotten the plan to live the relaxed French life you’d dreamed of. Some figures: Each year 11 million people in France are victim of an accident in daily life. 50% of these accidents happen at home (while cooking, gardening and doing DIY). There are lots of examples of everyday life accidents that can have an enormous impact on your life: • While cleaning the lawnmower you accidently switch it on and cut off a thumb. • While trimming the trees, you slip and you cut off a hand. • While working on your classic car the battery explodes spraying acid in your eyes and you lose your vision permanently. • You love to hike and during a walk you fall, your leg is fractured so badly that you can never hike again. • Your horse takes a fright and kicks you in the face, you recover but you suffer disfigurement. Such accidents can have great financial consequences. The expenses can be very high if your accident leaves you invalided for the rest of your life. In such an event Securité Sociale and the Mutuelle would pay for the medical expenses but if you should need your house or your car to be adapted, this cost would have to come out of your own pocket. But there’s more to consider, imagine you’ve your own business and following the accident you can no longer work. How will you

compensate for your loss of income, how will you afford to live? To help you cover expenses in the event of such an accident an insurance policy exists called Garantie Accidents de la Vie (GAV); which will pay for extra expenses such as: - Adaptation of your house or car (you might need a lift installed or your car needs to be adapted to fit a wheelchair) - Loss of income if you cease work - Disfigurement - Suffering (emotional, physical) - Funeral costs - Assistance (housekeeping, child care, pet care, psychological help, re-training) These expenses are generally not covered by your health cover through Sécurité Sociale or RSI, or by the Mutuelle. Loss of income may be partially covered but cover is limited (both in amount and duration) and doesn’t take into account elements such as emotional loss and disfigurement. Depending on the Insurance Company different policies exist with different levels of compensation, expressed as a percentage of total invalidity.

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To give you an idea: The loss of a finger equals 5% invalidity The loss of sight in one eye equals 20-25% invalidity The complete loss of hearing equals 60% invalidity

The policy also offers legal protection if Serge found himself in dispute with, for example, his new care assistant. Serge’s story shows that the costs involved in picking-up life again, can be extremely high.

A case story: Serge, 62, a retired widow, a passionate gardener, DIYenthusiast and amateur cyclist. Whilst changing a tile on his roof he falls down and badly damages his spine. He is paralyzed in his lower back and needs a wheelchair.

In comparison, the premium for a GAV insurance is 8 - 25 euro per month depending on your personal situation (individual/family cover). The cost, as well as the level of cover, varies between different insurance companies.

His insurance provided the following benefits: Employment of someone to look after him: 180 000 euro Adaptation of his home for wheelchair use: 65 000 euro Adaptation of his car: 90 000 euro (yes it can be this expensive!)

It’s important to understand that this sort of policy can only help you to face the financial consequences of such a bad accident. It by no means replaces the loss of a leg, a scarred face or the loss of a family member. Remember these things do not just happen to other people. *The figures in this article are for illustration purposes only.

PLUS Personal loss: Suffering: 20 000 euro Disfigurement: 5000 euro Loss of amenity: 10 000 euro

Maartje Schlepers, Assurances Benoit, La Plégade, 46150 Pontcirq, Tel Office 0972468223 (Mon to Thurs) Email: expat@agence.generali.f, Orias 07005354 - 15005887

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Quercy Comment Courage does not always roar! “Most people live in fear of some terrible event changing their lives, the death of a loved one or a serious illness. For the chronically ill, this terrible event has already happened, and we have been let in on an amazing secret: You survive. You adapt, and your life changes, but in the end you go on, with whatever compromises you have been forced to make, whatever losses you have been forced to endure. You learn to balance your fears with the simple truth that you must go on living.” (Jamie Weisman) By Anna Atkinson What is a chronic illness? It’s a permanent condition that shouldn’t kill you any-time-soon, but you may have to live with it for the rest of your life. Imagine having something like flu every day for evermore. Why bring this up now? The truth is, I haven’t felt well for over 6 years. I’ve forgotten what ‘feeling-good’ feels like. I have no bandages. I am not wired up to a machine and I function ‘just-enough’ to avoid being a complete liability to anyone. Living with constant fatigue and pain has become my norm. I rarely commit to anything. I’m never sure just how well I will feel, so it feels better to avoid involvement rather than worrying about any commitment and fearing having to cancel. So life becomes isolated. Isolation that’s compounded by not knowing anyone at all that feels just like I do. People around me appear to have almost got used to the situation, but they don’t completely understand it. How could or should they? I dread people asking ‘how do you feel?’ as I am never entirely sure that they really want to know. People are bored. I am bored. I am so tired of trying to work out how to improve things and of hearing myself, telling myself, how tired I am. Rather than explain the pain, the soul-destroying exhaustion, the confusion and swollen joints,

the ‘bitter hard’ words of ‘I’m fine’ are offered in reply. If I had the energy I would probably fight for a better outcome, however, by definition I am tired and just want to get through each day with the least exhaustion and upset. A nap, an early night and a cup of tea, combined (or not), with another pain-killer are all critical to survival but they are no cure. Tomorrow is going to be the same! Am I angry about it? Quite possibly I am, but probably ‘grieving’ is a better term. Grieving for the person that I am not able to be and that I expected to be at this stage of life. I’ve always been busy and now doing anything takes a whole load of planning and then time to recover from. I don’t feel that I did anything to myself to make this outcome inevitable. There are a number of conditions out there that can sneak up on you and end life-as-you-know-it. I call them ‘game-changers’ as they quite literally change your ability to live the life you thought you’d chosen. Whilst at the same time their hidden quality means they do not necessarily make it obvious to anyone around you. Meaning that dealing with people and their expectations of you becomes your greatest challenge (closely followed by a world of tests and varying medication quandaries).

How did it all start? Well, I had to have my thyroid completely removed which after two years of being un-well was not only essential but offered some hope that life was going to improve. In my case (not every ones) there was no ‘just take the tablets’ and you’ll be fine, solution and that so-little understood condition of fibromyalgia also came to join the party. There are so many conditions that can cause similar debilitating symptoms. I am not going to list them for fear of missing out someone’s very personal and unwelcome challenge. Why mention this? We all know that we’re faced with many ‘important’ global issues, which grab the world’s attention. However, for some people the real fight starts much closer to home and simply never goes away. Maybe there are people, reading this, who are struggling with their own ‘not immediately obvious’ conditions and they may just like to know that they are not alone and their daily struggle is understood by at least someone. One of my favourite quotes is – “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.” (Mary Anne Radmacher)

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Surviving a stroke (so much better than the alternative!) This is written for all those who may have recently suffered a stroke or, like my wife, find themselves living with someone who has. I won’t be putting my name to it but anyone who would like to contact me can do so via The Quercy Local.


his not based on any medical knowledge but simply recounts the survival strategy that has helped me to overcome some of the physical and emotional problems and kept me sane at the same time. My first bit of advice is “Try not to be on your own when you have your stroke”. Sadly my wife was back in England looking after her parents who needed her much more than I did, so I woke up dying for a cup of tea with nobody I could nudge and point at the kitchen. For me diagnosis was easy – I got out of bed and fell over, I got up and fell down the stairs, I then got up again and head butted the very hard, tiled kitchen floor. At that point I gave up my quest for an early morning cup of tea and phoned friends who luckily knew what to do. Ten minutes later my little hamlet was treated to flashing blue lights and a very loud “Bee-bah, bee-bah” while I was treated by three very efficient SAMUs. All the usual tests were carried out while one of them consulted on the phone. How many fingers? Follow my finger without moving your head...swallow some water (I never did get my cup of tea). Satisfied that it was worth burning the diesel they put me on a stretcher and got me into the ambulance to take me to Montauban. Now my next bit of advice, don’t have a stroke on a foggy December morning as the journey to the hospital is likely to induce a heart attack as well. The next few hours were a blur but ended in a bed in intensive care where I seemed to have been joined to the hospital’s electricity and plumbing systems but I was alive and (according to my wife who saw me a few days later) able to make some pretty scary grunting noises when asked a question. Other minor problems were not being able to feed myself or walk, but I didn’t really feel like doing either so I parked those at the back of my mind with a few other concerns to be dealt with one at a time when I felt up to it. So here is my first serious bit of advice. Break your recovery down into small chunks and concentrate on

them one at a time putting any other problems aside. My first BIG task was to eat breakfast but that meant coordinating my left and right hands to butter the toast and you have no idea how proud I was the first time I achieved that as I had learned more than just how to butter toast. I had learned that bits of my body were effectively newborn and just had to start again. I had gone through many phases of butter and jam induced anger before I realised that I didn’t have a “bad” hand, I just had a new hand. We don’t get angry with a three day old baby who can’t feed itself so why was I wasting energy and self-pity on a three day old arm? Once I adopted that philosophy I was ready to tackle walking with my new left leg. Unfortunately my left arm had not progressed to the stage where it could be trusted with an elbow crutch so all I achieved in the first couple of sessions was tripping the physiotherapists who took away my crutch and replaced it with a supporting arm. All went well until the incident of the catheter bag which I will not be recounting, but it does remind me to warn you of the likelihood of needing assistance with bodily functions. It is neither undignified nor embarrassing, just life affirming to find that there are people in the world who will help where we may have shied away. Just learn that the most important person in that small cubicle is not you. Here is something else strange whilst, trying to learn simple basic tasks I was learning about other people, and people who will stay in my mind for ever. For example, I never found out who opened my door each night and said, ”Goodnight” in English, just because she understood that I was on my own in a foreign country. So, back to lessons in strokology…We have already established that I now had a “young” half body so I soon learned that with trousers, jackets etc. you put on that arm or leg first as you can get the garment to follow the limb, The remaining limb is quite happy to do what it has always done. Do the things that are difficult...buttering toast, putting toothpaste on the brush until you have got it right but don’t EVER leave the new limb out of it.

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I found that eating usually meant spreading my food over an, admittedly reducing, area of table cloth until I realised that I should swap over the knife and fork, thus giving the more demanding “fork” role to the hand better suited to getting me fed. So I am now an expert left handed eater and nobody knows that down the other route lies ketchup stippled wallpaper. Having “mastered” eating (i.e. my food was no longer shared at high velocity with my fellow sufferers) I decided that it was time for my left hand to try something that it had never done...writing. I started just holding a ball pen and tracing the outlines of photographs and headline letters in the newspaper and eventually I was quite proud of my new found skill, but all the time my hand was helping increasingly with what had once been automatic tasks. Suddenly I didn’t need help with shirt buttons and the toothpaste was impressively straight down the middle of the bristles….I was so happy with this that I actually showed my fellow patients! I would go as far as saying that shirt buttons are something you should do up and undo when you have nothing else to do, you can still watch television even though those with you might find it a little distracting. When you get to feeling smug, try your cuff buttons behind your back! All the while I was learning to suppress the anger that I had felt when I realised just how much damage a couple of grams of fat can do to an otherwise healthy body. I still get frustrated when I can’t get a screwdriver to line up with a screw or put the lid back on the HP sauce but, as neither of these are likely to stop the world from turning, they can wait until someone comes home and rescues me. Obviously during all of this I was receiving expert care and training from the impressively skilled team at Montauban hospital, but they can’t do it all for you. It is down to you to get into the right frame of mind and to apply what you are taught to what your new body needs. But most of all, you are alive, you cleared the first hurdle and by setting yourself new tasks while controlling the anger and frustration, you will emerge not just with a new arm or leg but with a whole, new YOU. And this YOU can do so many things that the old one couldn’t. Just make sure that it’s a YOU with no regrets, no anger and that it doesn’t keep asking “Why me?” as down that road is misery. Over the coming months I am going to be noting down a few new-found tricks under the heading of “A stroke of genius”. If you like I may share them with you in a later edition. But here is my first one free of charge…

Always have a deep bath...you won’t drown but you will catch pneumonia sitting in a cold, shallow bath waiting for someone to help you get out. Archimedes did all the research for me, I just applied it. You tend to float in a deep bath and that gives you the ability to get your legs wherever is best for you to get into a standing position with your (probably) enfeebled legs. You have just done something new! Feels good, doesn’t it? Mini stroke (transient Ischemic attack) l’ischémie transitoire Stroke (cerebral vascular accident) l’accident vasculaire cérébral

Recognising the signs of a stroke The signs and symptoms of a stroke vary from person to person, but usually begin suddenly. As different parts of your brain control different parts of your body, your symptoms will depend on the part of your brain affected and the extent of the damage. The main stroke symptoms can be remembered with the word F.A.S.T.: Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have drooped. Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of weakness or numbness in one arm. Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake. Time – it’s time to dial for ambulance (SAMU) (in France dial 15 from a landline, or 112 from a mobile) immediately if you notice any of these signs or symptoms. It’s important for everyone to be aware of these signs and symptoms, particularly if you live with or care for somebody in a high-risk group, such as someone who is elderly or has diabetes or high blood pressure. Other possible symptoms – Symptoms in the F.A.S.T. test identify most strokes, but occasionally a stroke can cause different symptoms. Other symptoms and signs may include: • complete paralysis of one side of the body • sudden loss or blurring of vision • dizziness • confusion • difficulty understanding what others are saying • problems with balance and co-ordination • difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) • a sudden and very severe headache resulting in a blinding pain unlike anything experienced before • loss of consciousness

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Anglican Church of Midi-Pyrénées & Aude

Update from the Cahors Congregation For detailed information visit our website: www.churchinmidipa.org All services are held at Centre Paroissial, 75 av J Lurçat, Terre Rouge, 46000 Cahors

The liturgical season, from Pentecost to Advent, is called Ordinary Time although there is nothing ordinary about this period. The word either derives from the latin word ordinal meaning ‘numbered’ since the Sundays of Ordinary Time, as in other seasons, are ordered numerically or from the latin word ordo meaning ‘order’. In any case, the days of Ordinary Time, especially Sundays, are devoted to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects and many important liturgical celebrations fall during this time including Whitsun (or Pentecost) on June 4 and Trinity which this year falls on June 11.

Pentecost – June 4 Morning Worship “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them” Acts 2:4 The festival commemorates the coming of Holy Spirit to the disciples following the death of Jesus Christ and is celebrated 50 days after Easter as the birthday of the Church. Ten days after Jesus’ Ascension, the apostles were gathered together, confused and contemplating their future purpose and mission when a flame rested on their shoulders and they began to speak in tongues (languages), by the power of the Holy Spirit. On that day Saint Peter preached the first Christian Sermon prompting the conversion and baptism of 3,000 people.

Trinity Sunday – June 11 Holy Communion “Then Jesus came to them and said: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” Matthew 28:18-19 This day is also called “The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity” when Christians remember and honour the eternal God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is one of the most fascinating Christian dogmas. The Trinity is a mystery. By mystery the Church does not mean a riddle, but rather the Trinity is a reality above our human comprehension that we may begin to grasp, but ultimately must know through worship, symbol, and faith. Trinity is the belief that God is one in essence but distinct in person and is best described in the words of the Creed.

About us Our congregation in Cahors is a remarkably mixed one and although most members are Anglicans from UK, we have members from France, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, United States, Nigeria and South Africa – everyone is welcome to join in worship. It is through encountering God within worship that we are formed, and transformed, as his people. You will find the schedule of worship on our website. We help each other and people in need all over the world. The Cahors Congregation supports several charities: Le Secours Catholique, Les Restos du Coeur receive regular donations from us. We also support the following charities: USPG (www.weareus.org.uk) is a church-based charity working in direct partnership with Anglican churches around the world. Their programmes help people to unlock their potential by development of local skills and the empowerment of communities, leading to change from within. THE SMILE TRAIN (https://smiletrain.org.uk) is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. It provides 100%-free cleft repair surgery and care in more than 85 countries. The Cahors Congregation gave e2760 to these charities in 2016 and the total contribution to charities by the Chaplaincy for last year was e10000.

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By Lisa Stanton. Domaine des Sangliers is an independent, organic vineyard located in the hills of picturesque Puy-l’Evêque, one of the best terroirs of the Lot valley. We produce organic AOP Cahors, Vin de Pays du Lot and Vin de France red and rosé wines, and aperitifs. Family run, we personally undertake every step of the wine making process, from pruning to corking, all on the estate. Our aim is to achieve the highest quality product, naturally and ethically produced, at fair prices. For further information please visit our website – www.domaine-des-sangliers.com or find us on Facebook.

Vines, Wines & a Lack of Time! Summer Arrives Summertime in the Lot Valley is a joy; second-home owners and tourists start to arrive, village markets start to buzz with life and the colours in nature are an inspiration. People are happier, the weather is warmer, bees buzz and birds soar – life is just that bit easier. Working outside becomes a pleasure. The bright blue sky, occasional fluffy white cloud, the vibrant green of the vine leaves and the abundance of wild flowers of every hue.

Up With the Lark At this time of year, I’m up with the lark, the van packed to go to le marché, laundry on, housework done, children ready for school; all before the first bus leaves at 6.30 am. Then, heading off to market, setting up the stall and a jolly morning involving lots of chatting, excessive amounts of coffee and hopefully plenty of customers. On market-free mornings, I will be out in the vines, doing the épamprage, removing any sucker shoots or taking off unwanted leaf growth, tying up any wayward branches, where the tendrils didn’t quite catch onto the post and wire support system.

Afternoon Tours and Tastings My afternoons will be spent avoiding paperwork, giving tours of the winery and vineyard, and wine tasting with clients. I spend a lot of time repeating myself, but always with pleasure, explaining production methods, organic practices and answering all manner of questions. People are intrigued with bio-dynamie, and I’m happy to discuss a subject I’m passionate about. Wine tastings are a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, but sadly I have to use the crachoir (spittoon) or the rest of the day wouldn’t happen!

Evening All Children return from school, homework is tackled, animals are exercised and fed, and eggs are collected. Supper is cooked and eaten, then showers and stories. Once this is finished, I will be back out in les vignes, continuing to care for (and sometimes sing to!) all 15 thousand of them, or I might be on the tractor, mowing or rotavating, or in the office catching up with paperwork, or in the winery, labelling bottles, checking vats or throwing on another load of laundry!

Omnipresent Of course, people see me chatting at every market, doing winetastings for fun events, dressed up because I’ve been singing at a wedding or a recital, it would be easy to assume that I live the life of Riley, cruising through the year without having to tackle much ‘real’ work! But the truth is, that although wonderful, my life consists of a lot of very hard work, leaving little free time. I’ve being trying to find enough time, just to meet a friend for coffee, and haven’t yet found a slot after three weeks – perhaps she’ll have to come and do a wine tasting instead! Santé! From June - September, if we are at the property, we are open (between 2pm and 8pm). However, as we are working across 8 hectares of land and often at markets, please call ahead if you want to be certain of a reception!Always drink alcohol responsibly and in moderation; pregnant women are advised not to consume alcohol; don’t drink and drive.

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Convallaria MajalisLily of the Valley


ynonymous with the 1st of May, small bunches of lily-of-the-valley (Muguet in French) are given as tokens of affection. The tradition began (supposedly) in 1560 when the Knight, Louis Girard presented the King with a bunch as a goodluck token for the coming year. The King then started to present bunches to the ladies of his Court, on the same day, each year. More recently the plant has become associated with the campaign for workers’ rights as May 1st is better known as the Fête du Travail, when offices close, buses stop and workers march in support of their causes. So on one day we have both the Fête du Travail and the Fête du Muguet. In fact the lily-of-the-valley is not a member of the lily family (botanical family Liliaceae) it’s a member of the botanical family ‘Ruscaceae’. It’s had many historical medicinal roles, including as an antidote to poison, a relief for headaches (placed on the forehead) and as a treatment for heart and epilepsy conditions. However,

it is very important to remember that all parts of the lily-of-the-valley are poisonous and are dangerous if ingested. All of this makes it a rather peculiar choice for a token to give a loved one! The lily-of-the-valley is a low-growing perennial plant, its flowers are normally white but very occasionally they produce a pink tint. The plant is likely to thrive away from a lot of foot-fall and where it is not too hot. Full sun, in hot countries, will cut its life dramatically. Ideally it should be planted in a quiet, moist and well drained spot. In the right location the plant can live for decades and spread wonderfully. This spreading can cause problems and so it can be advisable to contain the plant within edgings and be aware of the danger of it over-running natural woodland. Lily-of-the-valley has a strong scent and is grown for its perfume. Once upon a time, everyone purchased it for their grandmother or mother. Lily-of-the-valley soap, perfume and talcum powder abounded and many people will remember proudly buying the obligatory Christmas gift box for a family member. The flowers are often seen in wedding bouquets, probably because the flower is meant to indicate humility, chastity, sweetness and purity. It is also said to bring people luck in love. Lily-of-the-valley appears in several Christian Bible stories including that the flowers grew from the place where Mary’s tears hit the ground at the foot of the cross. Whether you trust in its symbolism and either gave or received a bunch on May 1st; there’s no doubting the beauty and grace of this little white wonder. It’s worth having a little patch in the garden to watch each year as it rises, once more, to announce the joys of the month of May.

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The Quercy Local May-June 2017  

A free regional magazine for the ‘English Speakers’ of the Quercy region of S W France – covering the Lot, Lot et Garonne and Tarn et Garonn...

The Quercy Local May-June 2017  

A free regional magazine for the ‘English Speakers’ of the Quercy region of S W France – covering the Lot, Lot et Garonne and Tarn et Garonn...

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