EditorialI have received a suggestion that this newsletter should be produced with "double column" format in the style of the broadsheet newspapers, so here it is (but only the hard copy)! (Your comments please)
I hope you have all had time to look at the updated EVTA website, the photographs which were taken by Sue Winter, Joy Rule and Geoff MacDonald are superb and as always Robin has done a great job displaying them. It certainly makes the area look very inviting for future visits.
The forthcoming events, which were decided at the last committee meeting, look interesting and it is great news to hear that Sue Winter has rejoined the committee.
Sue and Joy returned from their visit to BNM with recipes and songs (in French of course) which will appear in this and future newsletters.
You will, no doubt, be relieved to find this newsletter is shorter than the last one. I hope you find it interesting and, as always, your comments and contributions are very welcome.
Chairman's messageThis "season of mellow fruitfulness" prompts the committee to prepare events for the winter and spring. We are reintroducing the popular Fête des Rois or Epiphany Party in January with a new twist of a prize for the best French outfit or dress and the tastiest dressing or vinaigrette.
With the Christmas lunch in December and lunch at a French château in March, the AGM will be in April and the Spring Walk in May. Please note the forthcoming events for dates and more details of these events. Booking forms will be hand delivered or posted before each event to book your place. I am absolutely delighted to welcome Sue Winter back on the committee and look forward to working with her. Photos of our June visit to BNM by Sue, Joy Rule and Geoff and Sheila Macdonald have been posted to our website, do take a few minutes to look at these and the other information there.
If you have any suggestions for future events I would love to hear from you. I hope you will like what we have planned and that you will be able to join us.
Au revoir, Joey.
To Autumn by John Keats
Pétanque & BBQProbably due to holidays and other commitments, fewer people than expected turned up for the Pétanque and Barbeque on Sunday 18th July. However, the weather was good and everyone was quite relaxed, drinking copious amounts of wine and eating the odd burger or sausage. Somebody even managed a game of Pétanque!
Putting Beaujolais back on the map
"The British wine trade is currently all agog about the quality of the 2009 Beaujolais, eulogizing its drinkability and the fact that serious wines are now made here, with the dreaded beaujolais nouveau but a memory. It's time to take Beaujolais seriously again", they chorus.
Extracted from an article by Jonathan Ray published in the Telegraph on 26th June 2010. "Gamay is a purple-colored grape variety used to make red wines, most notably grown in Beaujolais and in the Loire Valley around Tours. Its full name is Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc. It is a very old cultivar, mentioned as long ago as the 15th century. It has been often cultivated because it makes for abundant production; however it can produce wines of distinction when planted on acidic soils, which help to soften the grape's naturally high acidity." (from Wikipedia)
A French recipeThis is an authentic French recipe brought back from BNM by Sue Winter and Joy Rule:
French town's UFO strip welcomes first visitor!A small town in France that built the country's only council-funded UFO landing pad has received its first craft after a 34 year wait! Arès, near Bordeaux, SW France has decided to try and attract Martians to its triangular "OVNIPORT" (OVNI = Objet Volant Non-Identifié) with its very own fake Martian craft. Made by a local artist, the man-made UFO "landed" on the strip on 7th September and, it is hoped, will entice any hesitant extraterrestrials in search of a runway. A plaque reads "Reserved for Voyagers of the Universe" The operation has been dubbed "Allo Arès, ici UFO." Arès built the pad in 1975 after a local airport electrician and UFO nut complained to local authorities that "France had no alien craft strips."
The local mayor liked the idea and decreed that extraterrestrial visitors would be exempt from airport tax and could take part in any local boules or mud-skating competitions. Mud-skaters are attached to the feet and used to stay on the surface of mudflats while looking for cockles-a local pastime in the seaside town, situated next to the Acachon basin. More than anything the strip was a ploy to attract tourists, up to 20,000 of whom visit every year.
Editor: Pauline Davis, 24 Hog Green, Elham, Canterbury CT4 6TU. Tel: 01303 840367 e-mail: paulinedavis42[at]yahoo.co.uk