Teysseroles Team Takes Time Out

Waiting for the stragglers to turn up


I’ve been keeping my head down round by us in the last couple of days. Brits won not only first but also second place in the Tour de France. The route came within about 20 miles of us but we didn’t get there this year, either. Next year.

However, that’s not the point of today’s post. I wrote a few weeks ago about our fête at the site of the chapel (Chapelle de Teysseroles) we’re helping to restore. A good time appeared to be had by all and we made a tidy sum for the restoration fund. The team worked their socks off, so we decided to have our own little party to celebrate last Saturday.

Simone and Jean-Claude, stalwarts of les travaux, kindly agreed to hold it at their place. Everybody agreed to bring dishes – known as an auberge espagnole in France – and we had some sausages and wine left over from the fête. Well, we can’t keep them till next year, can we?

In the end, 21 people were involved, including four children. Saturday evening was breezy but reasonably warm so we had apéros outside. Of course, nothing ever starts on time in France. So, although our hosts had said to come at 6:00, the latecomers didn’t roll up until about 7:30. It’s also a tradition, at least around here, that you don’t serve the drinks until everyone has arrived. However, Simone and JC got fed up so they started anyway. Since we didn’t eat till about 9:00, I was just about under the table. I wasn’t alone.

Speeches and presents

Before the meal, though, we had a very important task to accomplish. That of thanking Françoise, Secretary of our association, for all the hard work she had done to make the fête a success. She works harder than anyone, never complains, always smiles and keeps us all in order. Not an easy task. She deserved her presents.

Then we all staggered inside for the meal. In addition to the sausages and some lamb, there were salads and quiches of all descriptions, melon, cheeses, fruit and about 15 different desserts. Normally, the wine flows like cement at many of our French acquaintances’. Not so this time.

Everyone in full flow

Then another Jean-Claude produced a bottle of home-made Genièvre. This doesn’t have much to do with the Belgian and Dutch liqueur of the same name, which is distilled from juniper berries. JC had simply picked some berries, stuck them in some eau de vie de prune and coloured it with saffron. Ce n’est pas mon truc, as they say, but I drank it anyway.

We ate in a large room in a converted cow-shed, which still had the old manger running along the back. The noise level was incredible. The local curé and his colleague had a good time along with the rest of us. I find it interesting that their presence doesn’t put a damper on proceedings. In the UK, if the vicar turned up, everyone would be a bit constrained.

Everyone almost under the table

Reader, I over-indulged. So did the SF. Fortunately, everyone lives within 1 kilometre or so of our hosts. The rest of them drove off over a field to get home but our car is too low-slung so we had to go the long way round by road.

No question of blowing into one of those silly éthylotest things that we’ve been supposed to have since 1st July. We have proved they aren’t accurate and it’s all a racket in my view. We won’t get fined for not having one until November but I suppose we’ll get a ticking off if stopped.

I seem to have agreed to set up a blog site for our Association, complete with photos etc. Watch this space…

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  1. I think after all your hard work you deserved a night of fun and over-indulgence! WIll your association blog be in French and English?? I admire your courage to take on another project.


    • It was fun! Re the Association’s blog, this is one of the issues yet to be discussed. I would like it to be in both French and English, since we have a number of English members. However, I’m not sure what the politics of this is so will have to tread carefully. I hope I’m not biting off too much.


  2. The fragile part does put a damper on the pleasure of the evening before but it’s difficult to keep the alcohol absorption just so when the food is late coming. Good luck with the new blog!


    • Fortunately, it wasn’t too bad and we are old enough to know how to pace ourselves a bit. Nonetheless, we did feel a bit fragile the next day – luckily a Sunday!


  3. Great! Sounds like lots of fun and you can’t have been too drunk, or else you might well have tried to follow them all across the field despite having a low slung car.


    • Just as well we didn’t. We understood afterwards that even some of the less low-slung cars had a bit of difficulty. But that might have been the fault of the drivers!


  4. How’s the head today? Sounds like a wonderful evening! And I think everyone thinks the ethylotest business is simply a racket. I hope Hollande will repeal this ridiculous law as soon as possible.


    • It was a bit fragile the morning after. But it was great fun. I remember you did a very good post about the éthylotest. I don’t think it’s going to make a blind bit of difference – except to the manufacturer(s), who will be raking it in.


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