St Agathe

Last Tuesday we went to the AGM  and  and St Agathe lunch with the ‘old people’s club’.

It was scheduled to start at 11 0’clock but by the time everyone had greeted everyone else, paid their subs and found a seat it was nearer 11.30 before the meeting got underway.

The actual proceedings were even more chaotic than usual. We couldn’t hear a word because the folk all around us were having their own conversations in loud whispers and Madame Chairman didn’t have a microphone this year.

At about midday people began to get up and walk around so we assumed the meeting was over and went to find out seats at the table.

The meal itself was excellent – champagne and nibbles – boudin blanc in mushroom sauce – trou Normande (lime sorbet with mirabelle brandy) – stuffed chicken escalope with dauphinoise potatoes and  stuffed tomatoes – cheese with salad – and, the piece de resistance:  gateaux St Agathe – three wonderfully light concoctions of sponge cake, cream, raspberries and chocolate.

Traditionally it’s the turn of the men to serve the ladies on this occasion but I’m not sure if this stretched to the washing up.

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On a different note, the chicken house was delivered on Thursday and I’ve put in an irder for four  ‘poules pondeuses’ to arrive in the Spring.

The greenhouse is due to be delivered in early March.

All we need now is some Spring weather but at the moment there are still vestiges of snow – and the boiler’s gone off  – again!


16 Responses to “St Agathe”

  1. Little old me Says:

    our boiler too, it must be the weather

  2. Pat Says:

    What a scrumptious looking gateau. You have to hand it to the French. They know how to do meetings:)

    • sablonneuse Says:

      Meals – yes, Pat, they excel but there wouldn’t be much business done if all meetings were as chaotic as our clubs!

  3. tillylil Says:

    Weather awful here too.
    Looking forward to reading about your hens in the future.
    You ‘ll have to contact the jonny b blog for ideas.

  4. bretonne Says:

    trou normande – surely apple sorbet and calvados?

    • sablonneuse Says:

      Yes, of course, it should be, but in this neck of the woods they use any homemade gouttes they can lay their hands on. Mirabelle and lime was a strange combination but quite palatable.

  5. guyana gyal Says:

    Madam Chairman should’ve given up! Or should that be Madam Chairwoman? What does the club do? Meet, greet and eat? 🙂

    • sablonneuse Says:

      The club has fortnightly meetings in the small village hall when the choice of activities is limited to playing cards or scrabble or else knitting and gossiping. Then they serve ‘gouter’ at about 4 o’clock – coffee and cake or biscuits. I can’t atend because it clashes with the English classes at the library.
      However, they also organise tea dances, bingo afternoons, trips out and even holidays. The main attraction for us is the fact that they hold three super lunches during the year – in February, June and Christmas.

  6. canisfamiliaris Says:

    Serait-ce que le poulet soit bien va être sur le menu de votre maison ??????


    • sablonneuse Says:

      Mais non. Absolument pas! Elles seraient nos animaux domestiques – comme les chats. Nous ne mangerons jamais nos chats.

  7. canisfamiliaris Says:

    Excellentes nouvelles! Je suis heureux de lire que vos poules aura une vie longue et saine (comme leur propriétaire!)

  8. guyana gyal Says:

    There should be a club like this for senior citizens here…I’ve been telling my mother for some time.

    • sablonneuse Says:

      Perhaps you could persuade her (or help her) to organise one. I bet she’d love to be madame president wouldn’t she?

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