Cowart's Common Room
Lunch for 17

Hallo from France. Apologies haven't taken any photos yet. Still in Clisson. Going to Lorient this afternoon. Back at the Station hotel with my 'demi-pression.' Lovely cold beer. The time is an hour later here so the sun is almost over the yardarm.

Lunch for 17 yesterday at the home of Jean-Pierre Garreau and his wife, Anne Colette at their bohemian home just outside Clisson. We were all ages 3 to 73 - three tables put together in the garden and so in the shade given the heat of the day. We were met with Sangria and canapés including half a radish on a little square of lightly toasted bread. Extraordinarily simple and tasty. Then, in honour of Gareth Thomas and his win in the tour de France we started with lemons hollowed out and filled with a sardine paté accompanied by Muscadet. After came little tubs of tomato, mozzarella and prawn and after that the grillade - slices of meat and sausages with white beans and a ratatouille. Then a selection of cheeses and to end it a gateau. The whole meal took about four and a half hours.

The conversation at these lunches is wide ranging, none of it very serious, more relaxed than in the UK and everyone contributing.
In Britain talk certainly among the men tends to be of house prices, cars, sport, or criticism or some political criticism. Whereas here it is much less serious and more playful and everyone is together. In the UK the men tend to huddle together, ditto the women, but here everyone is mixed up.

Great fun. Only problem is the heat.Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 4th Aug 2018 - 10:44AM   Posted by Fennie   Lunch for 17 Comments: 3

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Camilla's Avatar Sounds wonderful Fennie, and I am all for being more mixed up on the social side Fennie so that would suit me fine.Very Happy

Have a wonderful day, hope you have your Panama hat and shades to keep cool.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 4th Aug 2018 at 10:49AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar I'm all for varied conversation, I get so bored when all a group of women can talk about is fashion, make up, reality TV or kids.
On the odd occasion I go for a girly lunch the "hows the family" takes up the first 10 minutes then we move on, even they want to get away from talking about their kids - since often getting away from the kids is the whole point of the lunch in the first place. Laughing

Your lunch sounds delicious Fennie, a nice start to the weekend.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 4th Aug 2018 at 11:37AM

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Withy Brook's Avatar Take care to keep hydrated, Fennie
The lunch sounded lovely. Such a pity the Brits are apt to be so boring!!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 5th Aug 2018 at 10:25AM

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