Sunday, 10 November 2019

We will continue when we can

Many of you will understand that the editor, me ... is busy caring for a very sick sub editor Malcolm.
For nearly 5 months Malc has spent weeks in hospital with a very aggressive lymphoma and then a stroke to add to it.
We hope when all is sorted to continue with news and views and happenings in our area.
One thing we know now is although the health service here is under pressure the standard of care Malc is receiving is second to none.
Hope you have all had a great summer and after a week of rain looking forward to sunny skies before long.
Taglines82@gmail.com

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Book swap tomorrow in St. Antonin

There will be a book swap tomorrow morning, 4th November, at the Gazpacho (indoors) at 10.30.

Helen

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Worth going to, tonight


After tonight's spectacular rehearsal, I can thoroughly recommend this concert Tuesday 22nd October at 8pm at St Antonin Noble Val church.
Choeur du Noble Val started last December and is ready tomorrow to present an eclectic programme of music "AVE VERUM", stemming from late 1400s to 1940s.
Please do come along to the church at St Antonin Noble Val, tomorrow (or perhaps today by the time you read this) at 8pm.
The concert is in association with Les Amis de l'Orgue Puget de St Antonin Noble Val. All your generous donations go to fund the restoration of the church Puget organ.”



Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Festilitt at Parisot







Festilitt
- the Parisot literary festival
18, 19 & 20  October 2019
Last minute details for the weekend  

One week to go!  A number of things have changed since last year, so here are a few last minute details to help you get the most out of the weekend.  

This year the second-hand book sale will take place in the school and will be open from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon.

The festival opening is at 19.00 on Friday in the salle des fêtes with speeches, a display of the school children's work with author Julie Eugène and an apéro dinatôire. 

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons between sessions, you can enjoy free tea and home-made cakes in the school canteen.   

This year we are lucky enough to have all 7 British authors with us for the festival dinner, allowing us to accommodate more festival goers.  We still have a handful of places left.  The three-course meal with wine and coffee included costs 28€ and will take place in the salle des fetes in Espinas.  

There are still places available for Andrew Lownie's talk on The Mountbatten's (Saturday 16h00) and Patrick Gale's session (Sunday 16h15).  

 

Click here to reserve for dinner, Andrew or Patrick
 

If you are making a day of it and want to eat in Parisot at lunchtime, the two village restaurants will be serving lunch and the bakery will be serving sandwiches, baguettes and homemade pizza.  We recommend that you book for the restaurants as they get very busy and, unlike in previous years, we will not be handling the lunchtime bookings.  

L'Auberge de la Castille 
05 63 24 02 14
Fourchette & Cie 05 63 64 05 41

The authors and Festilitt team will be eating at La Castille, so if you want to join us, don't forget to mention that you're with the festival party when you book.  

 

Full programme now live on the website 

If you want to plan your weekend, click here to see the whole programme on the website.  
Please forward this on to anyone you think may be interested in the festival - they can subscribe to our mailing list by emailing info@festilitt.com 

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Monday, 14 October 2019

Poorpaws book sale

Hallo Everyone,
Just a gentle reminder of the Book Sale this coming Saturday 19th October at St. Pantaleon Salle de Fetes, 10am to 15.00pm.  Thousands of great condition books at 1 euro, plus dvds and cds.  Coffee, tea, cakes, snack lunches, everything for a great day out, especially if the weather is bad !

Whilst sorting I found £40 wrapped in a supermarket receipt in a book by Paul Adam, if this is yours and you can prove it I will of course give it back, if it is not claimed it goes in to the sale pot.

A great deal of care and effort is put into these sales so I do hope you will support us and by that support Poorpaws, La Mere aux Betes and Cancer Support France.

See you Saturday,

Sue x

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Help others less fortunate

Hi Val
I have an odd request; having just read your message about sorting through clothes and some that aren’t wanted at the frip giving to charities, every 2-3 weeks I have to come to London (am there at moment) and I am appalled and astonished at the number of homeless people. In the news they are predicting one of the coldest winters on record for the UK. I wondered if there are any waterproof jackets/hats/scarves that you don’t want for the frip if there’s any chance that I could go through them and take some for the people I see on the streets here, I’d be happy to pay something for them so that the money then goes locally.

I know it sounds bizarre but the charity shops are so expensive (!) here for me to buy anything for homeless people and I’m already scouting for things like neck warmers, gloves and hats for people as I see them. 

I usually have a suitcase and figured that helping even a handful of people is better than nothing.

I know they wouldn’t be locals I’m helping but they’re still people. If you can talk amongst yourselves and let me know I’d really appreciate any help you can give. 

Many thanks and have a nice weekend everyone.


Val says we will be happy to do this at the frip, and ask people to bring these items in but can I also suggest you ask friends and family in the Uk to donate some warm winter clothes to those living on the streets.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Cancer Support France



Pest control info needed

Hi Val,
Once again this autumn,  our house is subject to an army of black field crickets and cluster flies coming in and infesting every nook and cranny in the house. We have tried to get rid of them humanely but they are overwhelming and unpleasant and we feel like we are under siege. 
Do you know of any professional pest control people who might be able to come in and spray inside and/or outside our house, round the doors and crevices to try and persuade them not to come in / get rid of them, please ?
Our house is between Espinas and Caylus.
I am happy for you to post this email on TAG82 - please let me know your charges for doing so. 
Many thanks in advance. 
Best wishes
Sheila 
sheila.simison@gmail.com
Val says no xharge, will happily post it on Tag and on facebook


Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Cancer support in our area


Dear CSF Members, New Members and Friends,

Good morning. Good afternoon and evening to you all.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy 1st October today! I am loving the fact that it is still lovely and warm outside which is great for giving us time to get the garden organised for the autumn/winter months ahead.
Of course the change of season also brings autumnal foods and the chance to try new recipes from our harvested vegetable crops.  We must not forget it is a busy time in our local vineyards too, which is hard work for all concerned, but a great chance for us to taste those new 2019 wines!  Can't wait!!

The regular monthly support group meeting dates in October are as follows:-

Drop-In Coffee Morning at Cafe des Sports Brasserie, Gaillac.
(held every second Wednesday in the month).

Drop-In Coffee Morning at Le Gazpacho Bar Brasserie, Saint Antonin Noble Val.
(held every third Wednesday in the month).

Everyone is welcome.  Please ask your friends to come along and have a coffee and a chat with other members - all in an informal and friendly setting.
A 'trained listener' is always available to offer information, guidance and confidential support .... 

We always appreciate the contribution and support given voluntarily from each and every one of you to CSF and hope you will continue. Thankyou very much. 

NEXT .........

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR BIG FUND RAISING EVENING!! -  SATURDAY 26TH OCTOBER
It's going to be fun!!  .........  Tell your family and friends!!

We are looking forward to our big Fund Raising Event on Saturday 26th October,when we have an Irish-Ceilidh Dance organised with!
'The Ceilidh MARMITE'.  There will be a Dance Caller in both English and French languages so everyone can join in together.
The Venue will be the Salle des Fete in the village of Monesties 81640.
The tickets are 10,00 Euros and include a bottle of wine/fizzy drink.
Starting time 7.30pm.
Reservations need to be made on line with:- irena-marie@focus-wellbeing.comWe need to know numbers for the catering on the night so please book in advance. 
THEN PAY AT THE DOOR ON THE NIGHT.

HELP US TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL EVENING AND RAISE FUNDS FOR A GREAT CAUSE - HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT!!

(Many of you will have already collected our posters for this event from Denise Copley and Peter Waldekker, our Tarn Co-Ordinators. However, more  available at our October Coffee Mornings for anyone who wants a few more).

Feel free to share this Newsletter with your friends and spread the word about the good work CSF offers to friends, families and carers in need of support.

Hope to see you soon!!!

Warmest wishes,

Sheila Barcroft
for CSF Tarn, Tarn et Garonne Regions

"Our Mission"
To support English Speaking people living in France who are affected by Cancer.


Book swap at St. Antonin

The Bookswap will be at the Gazpacho in St. Antonin 
Monday 7th October
Organiser Helen Graham
daxlore@wanadoo.fr

Monday, 30 September 2019

Poorpaws book sale

Poorpaws  booksale 

Hi All,  Thank you so much for getting together today and helping with the books.  So glad we opted to borrow the van as I doubt we would have got everything in two cars !  I shall have a very enjoyable couple of hours sorting that lot.

Details of the sale are, 19th October at village hall in St. Pantaleon which is a tiny village between Cahors and Montcuq.  Kick off 10 am - though people usually start turning up well before !  Would love to see anyone from 'over the border' !
Sue

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Where can I leave my car?

Hi Val,

 I am looking for a place to leave my car from the end of October until March next year.
I would obviously  pay for it. It could be in or out-side. If it could be run once a month that would be a bonus.

When yiou are able it would be great to have this on TAGonline.
Let me know the charge.

Kind regards,

Nick Coulson.

Laguepie en course



Monday, 9 September 2019

Save the date

People have been asking me when your next favourite (big headed ?  moi ?)  Book Sale will take place.  Well, diaries ready,  Saturday 19th October.  Write it in now so you don't forget !  Same place, same format.  Salle de Fetes, St; Pantaleon, (Lot, not far from Montcuq), 10am.
Yummy home made cakes, tea, coffee, snack lunches all will be there to make your visit even more enjoyable and Ron and Brian will be there providing the lovely background music.

I have been spending days sorting through boxes and boxes of books and all books on sale will have been given my seal of approval.  Promise, promise, promise there will be something for everyone, good condition and no rubbish - well, in my opinion.  We will have two new categories, classics old and new, and first editions,  plus, if any of you have a special book you are looking out for, let me know in advance and, if we have it, I will put it by for you.

Books and dvds one euro (first editions will be slightly more expensive), cds 50 cents, so come along for a great day.  As usual, money will go to Poorpaws, La Mere aux Betes and Cancer Support France.

See you there !

Sue x 
Poorpaws

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Our opening hours at Mains Tendues 82, Varen

Upstairs in our clothes department, 
Mains Tendues 82
Varen
Just a reminder we will be sticking to our hours in autumn and winter
Vendredi 15 h to 17 h
Samedi 9 to 12

Once again thank you all for your support donating and buying.
We stuck to our hours this week end and in 5 hours we took over 900 euros and had a donation for the refugees of 500 euros.
Every penny goes to local good causes and we will be telling you all soon of our most recent donations.
When one talks of community projects, we can talk of Mains Tendues 82



A health update

Many friends and family will know that Malc has been quite ill most of the summer, hence the lack of posting
He has been having a tough time, none of his problems helped by having a stroke.
Normal service l and posting will resume as soon as possible.
taglines 82@ gmail.com

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Doctor needed at the Maison de sante at Varen

Oups un petit oubli relatif à l'annonce...vite corrigé!🙂 https://cc-qrga.fr/la-maison-de-sante-de-varen-cherche-un-medecin-generaliste/

Monday, 19 August 2019

Pet magpie on the loose

Has anyone lost a pet magpie? Yellow tag on right foot. Won’t tell me his/her name but is definitely used to taking over.
Keith Parker
0784045824

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

The man with the Golden pen


Less than 2 weeks to the next FET show! . Book your tickets at fetatlecolombier@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/1974757715957884/

Change over help needed

Hi Val,
I've been let down by several changeover people and looking for someone to do a one-off changeover on Saturday.

Would you be able to post this on Taglines?

Help due to let down! £££ for one-off changeover in Castanet 82160 Saturday 17th 10am-3pm. Please contact Val email valerie.stait@yahoo.com or whatsapp +447474038977

Kind regards Val

Friday, 9 August 2019

Gilder needed

Hello Val
I would very much like to find a specialist who could repair the plaster moulding and gild a large overmantle mirror I have. It is very beautiful but need some tlc. 
Do you know of anyone please or would it be possible  to put an advert/post on the Taglines website to ask if anyone local knows of one ? We live between Caylus and Espinas. 
With grateful thanks in advance. I look forward to hearing from you.
Very best wishes
Sheila Simison 

-- 
Sheila Simison
Telephone  +44 207 407 5310
Mobile       +44 7768 258 385

Friday, 2 August 2019

3 hectares to manage in Najac


We have been recommended tagonline as a possible point of contact for us. We are looking for someone who would like some flexible past time work on our 3 hectares of land in Najac. We are renovating the buildings slowly but cannot keep up with keeping the grass and shrubs under control. We have been involved with Najac for 25 years and the farm project is now our priority. We would love to discuss the groundwork with anyone who can help if only to point us in the right direction!

Thank you
Linda and Graham
tooherlinda@hotmail.com

New gallery opening in St. Antonin



Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Now picnic round the pool with the wonderful St. Martin’s Jazz Band

Remember St. Martin’s jazz Band?
Well you can hear them again with a Picnic round the pool at the Domaine de Satou.
All profits to Via Sahel Enfants d’Afrique.



Jazz at Najac



Werner Braun exhibits in Varen








Werner Braun photography
Laguepie
Exposition Varen Août 3 /4 
vendredi 15 a17 h
samedi 9 a midi
Ancienne Marie , Varen

Monday, 29 July 2019

The vide grenier in Varen


What a great week end we had at Mains Tendues 82, fri, Sat, and all day Sunday open for the annual vide grenier.
We sold a lot and took lots of momey for local people and animals.
Now we need to replenish stock so please keep it coming
Taglines82@gmail.com

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Festival D’Autan



Bar 4 en concert

Bar 4 en concert
Eglise Saint Pierre, Varen
14 Août à 17 h
Paricipation libre 
Programmes 10 euros

taglines 82@ gmail.com

Friday, 26 July 2019

Good progress being made

Malc has now had his second chemotherapy without problem and will come home from hospital this afternoon.
The change in him is remarkable. He is stronger even after the brutal chemo. Another session next week then it will go to one a month.
He can walk now, rather unsteadly and although he has still not got the use back of his hand we are working on it.
If he is up to it and the weather is cooler we may be seen out and about with the wheelchair, with me having «  L «  plates on my back. 
His spirit is high and I am enjoying having him totally at my mercy. 🤪
No more threats of ironing but we do need to look at cooking gadgets to help as the sooner I can get him back to cooking the better and the pets agree.



Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Water restrictions

Di Tornai writes

Hi Everyone

It's been madness lately with no rain and high temperatures making gardening a little arduous this last month or so. 

As some of you will be aware, there is talk of water restrictions coming into play if the wet stuff fails to fall out of the sky in sufficient quantities. The following link shows an interactive map allowing you to check what conditions apply to your departement and town/village.


From what i understand, the use of hose-pipes and well water is currently/maybe restricted. There are some well-tested strategies to conserve water that may be the difference between your garden making it through or not. In fact, conserving water is always wise.

1. Place a bucket in the shower to collect water while your shower reaches your preferred temperature.
2. Use grey water from your washing machine. Consider using environmentally detergents.
3. Use the water from your condensing dryer reservoir.
4. Use washing-up water.
5. Clean your hard surfaces with a broom rather than hose.
6Place a brick in the toilet cistern to reduce the capacity each flush.
7. Water early in the morning and, preferably, later at night when the lower night-time temperatures allow better/longer absorption and less evaporation.
8. Spot water your plants so that you concentrate on plants that have higher value rather than randomly water the entire surface.
9. Water deeply and less frequently as opposed to lightly sprinkling the surface daily.
10. I'm not going to mention the value of mulching to conserve water - you know my views on that!
11.Similarly, i'm not suggesting showering with a friend, but someone might want to explore the merits and report back!


Do your best to stay cool and hydrated. It will pass, eventually! 

Di

NB the restrictions locally place the Baye, Seye and Bonnette rivers under the maximum crisis alert until 31st October, so if you use these rivers as a source of water check the instructions in the link above.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Wipe out

Do not know about you but this heat wipes me out.
We have holiday makers in the gite who do not seem to mind and are in and out of the pool.
Whereas I am hiding in a cool stone house with all the volets closed
A quick update on Malc who is recovering well from his stroke and eventually the Drs decided they could start chemotherapy treatment.
He has had one session but the powers that be insisted on keeping him in hospital for 3 nights afterwards, the same will happen again this Thursday.
His spirits are still high and he is determined to make a full recovery, I after all these 53 years never doubt him.
Keep enjoying the summer those who love the heat and find the shade for those who do not💕
taglines82@gmail.com


Sunday, 21 July 2019

The Health Service in crisis

The Health service in crisis

Having spent nearly two months visiting the hospital in Albi, I have seen how stretched services are. Nurses have badges saying “ although we are working we are on strike”
Locally our Maison de Sante in Varen has lost a Doctor who has moved to a practice nearer her home Albi way. Dr Bouvier who we have seen for nearly 18 years left a week ago.
Dr Grazon retires in 2 months time leaving the centre with one Doctor.
We have been told if Malc is home at weekends and there is a crisis to phone 15 as it is very likely there may not be a local Doctor on call.
It is hard to encourage young Doctors to come and get trapped in the countryside even when a fully furnished house
Is offered.
For physiotherapy there is a notice saying there is a 3 month waiting list.
Something seemingly has to give and I do not know what the answer is but these are worrying developments if one has health issues.
As an aside, Malc is recovering well from the stroke and has started an extensive course of chemotherapy.
taglines82@gmail.com

Ginny Jenkins writes

Sadly I think that the cause of this crisis is something we Brits have never understood. GPs are paid about a third of what they are paid in the UK and so very few are being attracted into the profession. They say that the situation will only get worse as so many of them will be retiring soon. Nurses are paid less in the private sector but have better conditions of employment. A nurse I met in Toulouse Lautrec said she was paid half of what she got as a district nurse for working there but she had to buy her way into the cabinet. Oh dear.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Les Jardins de Quercy, near Varen






Les Jardins de Quercy sont ouverts tous les jours de 10 heures à 19 heures durant les mois de Juillet et Août.
Ces Jardins ont été conçus de façon à avoir des floraisons successives durant toute sa période d'ouverture. 
And if you have not yet been to this jewel on our doorstep, make a bee-line to marvel at the group of gardens between Varen and Verfeil.

Picnic in the Park

Picnic basket, bubbly, nibbles, prawn salad, lots of cake 
Just thinking of Picnic and the Park and ideas for your Picnic Hampers.
It is now only 1 day away and the weather forecast is hot and sunny. First there gets a place under the trees.
A reminder, towels if you are dipping, sun tan cream, mosquito cream as the sun sets the little beggars might be out.
Lots of preparations going on behind the scenes to make it a super event.
As the garden is a good size we still have a few places if we want to join the fun. These evenings in the past have been memorable.

Wednesday 24 th of July is our much anticipated musical event set by the banks of the Aveyron in Varen
Some of you are old hands and some of you are new to the area and to this event, so....
Firstly the garden is best found by taking the road by the Moulin in Varen. Probably best to enter the opposite end to the Moulin, see the green gates with balloons, unload your picnic gear then drive to park. A good place will be past the Moulin in the camping ground where there are also toilets.
You will be able to park all around the village of course.
If you have not paid you will be asked for 15 euros, children under 12 are free.
A suggestion if you are bringing children bring a towel as they are bound to want to paddle or swim before the Picnic
Also bring some anti mosquito spray or cream, ( we are by the river) A torch for leaving and candles etc for the table would also be useful. We will have some lighting.
The suggestion is to start the Picnic from 7 onwards
The music will start at 8pm / 20 hrs
Please try to listen to the music and get all your chatting done before hand. This is the time to drink the fizz and enjoy this group who are well known in their native Holland.
Apparently they leave us to do a world tour.
Any questions or queries can be directed to me.
If you want to pay and have not done so and want to ensure your place cheques or money can still be taken and handed to Sarah or Terence at the gate.
The garden is large so we will all fit in and the group will be amplified
Our thanks to newcomer to the village Deborah Eagle for hosting this event.
All money after paying the band will be donated to Jean Marie and Winnie Nosal for their charity Via Sahel Enfants d’Afrique
They have supported street children of Bamako in Mali for many years.



Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Picnic in the Park, by the banks of the Aveyron

More Picnic in the Park news
Wednesday 24 th of July is our much anticipated musical event set by the banks of the Aveyron in Varen
Some of you are old hands and some of you are new to the area and to this event, so....
Firstly the garden is best found by taking the road by the Moulin in Varen. Probably best to enter the opposite end to the Moulin, see the green gates with balloons, unload your picnic gear then drive to park. A good place will be past the Moulin in the camping ground where there are also toilets.
You will be able to park all around the village of course.
If you have not paid you will be asked for 15 euros, children under 12 are free.
A suggestion if you are bringing children bring a towel as they are bound to want to paddle or swim before the Picnic
Also bring some anti mosquito spray or cream, ( we are by the river) A torch for leaving and candles etc for the table would also be useful. We will have some lighting.
The suggestion is to start the Picnic from 7 onwards
The music will start at 8pm / 20 hrs
Please try to listen to the music and get all your chatting done before hand. This is the time to drink the fizz and enjoy this group who are well known in their native Holland.
Apparently they leave us to do a world tour.
Any questions or queries can be directed to me.
If you want to pay and have not done so and want to ensure your place cheques or money can still be taken and handed to Sarah or Terence at the friperie in Varen this week end or next.
The garden is large so we will all fit in and the group will be 
amplified
Our thanks to new comer to the village Deborah Eagle for hosting this event.
All money after paying the group will be donated to Via Sahel Enfants d’Afrique, run buy a dedicated couple Jean Marie and Winnie Nosal, for  many years supporting street children in Bamako, Mali
Taglines82@gmail.com

Thats the the happiness we bring



Sunday, 7 July 2019

Vide grenier at Feneyrols



Apologies for lack of news

For the past 5 weeks, or is it 6? Malc has been in Albi hospital having every conceivable test whilst in the middle of it all suffering a stroke.
I have been visiting every day after giving the dogs an early morning walk, then coming back for a late evening walk.
So time has been at a premium.
On Friday we insisted we wanted Malc home and he can travel back to hospital when tests are needed. His spirits and morale are much higher since getting home and getting cuddles from all the animals and last of the line me.
If things improve it will be normal service asap.
Thanks for your understanding.
Val
taglines82@gmail.com

Bal des Pompiers



Friday, 28 June 2019

Mercedes SLK 350 for sale






MERCEDES SLK350

First registered Dec 2014

126,000km

Exterior and interior condition is excellent needs to be seen to be believed

 

• 7 speed automatic gearbox
• Silver Metallic paint
• Alloy Wheels in 5-Spoke Design refurbished 2 years ago
• Hard retractable roof
• Electric door mirrors
• Fog Lights
• Heated seats
• Head restraints
• Hot air scarf
• Blue Leather Upholstery
• Electronic seat adjustment with memory
• Air-Conditioning
• Alarm & Immobiliser
• Electric Windows
• Air Bags
• Radio/CD
• Electronic Stability Programme
• Remote central locking
• Leather multi function steering wheel
• Anti-Lock Brakes
• Speed limiter

 

Fantastic looking car with a fantastic driving experience all ready for the summer

Right hand drive

Carte Gris 50%

More photos on request

Price 12500E

Please contact Peter Ackerman on 0604 16 38 71 or peteretpamelaa@gmail.com