Saturday, 14 December 2019

All the Olive Oil got sold, now a dog sitter needed

Caring person needed to look after my lovely dog for 3 weeks from as soon as possible. She's large, super friendly, loves people, good with cats & other dogs, quite happy to live outside.
Hoping someone can help.
Val says i believe this is in St. Antonin.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Thank you all

A big thank you to everyone who contributed a donation when Malc died
Malcs wish was for no flowers but a donation going to 12 refugee ladies and their children at Septfonds and Caussade. The ladies Yedhizis all had their husbands killed and after 3 years in a camp were brought to France on a Macron scheme.
Malc thought of others less fortunate, even as he was dying.
We now have 1, 200 euros collected which means each lady will have a 100 hundred euros each to spend.
Thank you all for your generosity.

Friday, 6 December 2019

Trusty vehicle needed

   I am looking for  a trusty fairly roomy vehicle.    I don't mind if it is RHD, but must it  have a Control Technique (CT) and be preferably 5-door. I can rematriculate if necessary.  Reliability is paramount  - petrol or diesel.  Modest budget! 
      Please contact:   or    06 84 15 52 11

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Extra virgin olive oil

Many of you will remember Laura and Sid who left St. Antonin for Portugal

Extra Virgin olive oil fresh off the press. Grown & processed without any chemicals or pesticides for many years. Currently awaiting organic certification. This year is our first year here and we have a very limited amount of this superb oil available from our own farm on the slopes of the Gardhuna mountains Beira Beixa region of central Portugal. All the olives were hand picked and sorted by us. €17 per ltr or €75 for 5 ltrs. 1st come, 1st served, order early to avoid disappointment. Delivery from 10th December.

Sunday, 24 November 2019

No book swap tomorrow

A reminder that there will be no book swap on Monday 2nd December.

The next book swap will be on the first Monday in January.


Farewell Malcolm Johnstone

Young and old, English, French, Sudanese, Afghan, Pakistani, Ugandan,friends all ... from around our small world came to celebrate the life of Malc.
Thank you to Dave Smith who conducted the ceremony with such style aided by his wife Diane Smith . I will be eternally grateful to the couple for making it a “send off” to remember.
Speakers and friends David Atkins,Jean Marie Nosal, Véronique Weyergans, Shahzeb Khan and last but certainly not least Sam Jonkers our daughter.
Our neice Su and her boys Thomas and George flew in and we as family spent some happy, some sad and some thoughtful moments together. They represented brother in law Tudor Powell who was not well enough to come.
The joy of seeing  friends Jill and Liz who had flown in also for the funeral  made it totally memorable.
The crematorium was full to bursting with standing room only left. As someone said “love came from every corner”
Our boys came out in force and offers of help for my coming move came from so many.
Malc you were loved not only by me and Sam Jonkers and our girls but by so many.
Rest in peace my darling but please stay with me and guide me, as you have done all my life.

The photos Terence Harker and French friend and filmaker Cecile Ordanoff who has made a film for relatives and friends who were unable to come. It will be available when edited.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Rebecca at Castelsarassain

Rébecca J Allen Celebrity Artist
Exhibits her large portraits
15 to 24 Nov 2019
Invitation Vernisage / private view with musical animation and cocktails (Friday 15 Nov 19 pm).
Autumn Salon of Castelsarrasin 2019.
Add: Espace culteral Paul Descazeaux, CASTELSARASSIN 

Thursday, 14 November 2019

My dear Sub editor

Dear dear friends
Sam our daughter is with us now as we face the last step for Malc.
Yesterday I was asked to attend a meeting with the Doctors to be told after a bleed in the brain and the calcium not be beiing controlled by the aggressive chemotherapy, there was nothing more they could do to prolong Malcs life.
They have waited till today till Sam was here to see her Dad, then tomorrow they will stop treatment.
Without the drug which halts the calcium blocking the kidneys they  think he will not survive too long.
He has put up an amazing fight over the last 6 months, he really wanted to continue our lovely life we had together... sadly will power is just not enough. 
He has had amazing care in Albi hospital.
For me all your support has really been needed, the driving everyday for weeks to Albi has taken its toll on me, so all your help over the last few weeks has made a real difference.
I hope I am strong enough to go this final step for him, he is worth it .
53 years together, and I cannot imagine the next step, moving house and being without him.
I am assured of all your love and support and for that I cannot thank you enough.
We are hoping we can get him home for a few days to be with us and the pets but we are not sure if he is well enough for the journey here or even if he would feel safer in hospital for the end.
I wanted all our friends to know where we are and this is the easiest way to tell you all.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Language tuition

The Maison de la Halle, an association in Verfeil, is looking for
someone English speaking to give beginner English classes and
conversation classes for higher level. Starting with two groups.

This for the moment, would not be paid much but could have expenses paid
and maybe a little more and could also be in exchange for french classes
they also plan to do. All this can be discussed.

The woman in charge of organising the different workshops they hope to
start up is Fati Fall, tel: 06 59 94 82 93 or If
you are interested please contact her direct.

She speaks English so anyone  can phone or write in English.

My feeling would be that it could be appealing to people who would like
to improve their french/ who would like to have new french contacts/who
live not too far from Verfeil/ who would like the challenge/who have
time/ and some teaching experience or at least willing to learn quick!

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.

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.


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

- 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.  
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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
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 .........

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. 


(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

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' !

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 

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Our opening hours at Mains Tendues 82, Varen

Upstairs in our clothes department, 
Mains Tendues 82
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@

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Doctor needed at the Maison de sante at Varen

Oups un petit oubli relatif à l'annonce...vite corrigé!🙂

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

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

The man with the Golden pen

Less than 2 weeks to the next FET show! . Book your tickets at

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 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

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
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

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@

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! 


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💕

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.

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.