By Martin Calder
A summer season in Gascony: studying the opposite South of France conjures up the attractions and sounds of the opposite South of France-its powerful spirit of independence, its love of the land, and the straightforward pleasures during which it revels-with this captivating fish out of water story a couple of younger Englishman who spends a rare summer season operating at a Ferme-Auberge in a distant hilltop village in Gascony, probably the most rural components of Southwest France. it's an idyllic land of rolling hills and vast horizons, swathed with vineyards, sunflowers, and pastures. within the tiny hamlet of Peguilhan, Martin Calder is brought to the Gascon lifestyle, operating the fields and shepherding sheep. it truly is in Peguilhan that Calder discovers a special and fiercely self sufficient humans. jam-packed with colourful characters and sun-drenched landscapes, it is a story of 2 amorous affairs: a summer time romance with Calder's fellow stagiere, Anja, and the start of a lifelong love affair with Gascony. alongside how you will meet the charismatic and convivial Jacques-Henri, the hardworking farmer whose relatives takes Calder into their domestic and hearts; Pattes, the mischievous and adorable stray puppy who leaves havoc in his wake; Madame Parle-Beaucoup, town gossip who has a mystery of her personal; and the memorable Monsieur Fustignac, whose delight in his Gascon background is unforgettable. virtually pretty much as good as a weekend getaway, A summer time in Gascony: gaining knowledge of the opposite South of France is an event you will not are looking to leave out!
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He spent most of his time away from Gascony in the service of his kings. He was at the famous siege of Arras in Flanders, he fought for Charles I of England at the battle of Newbury, he was charged with arresting the infamous embezzling finance minister Fouquet at Nantes in Brittany, he was appointed Governor of Lille, and on a glorious June day in 1673 he was shot down, a hero, at the siege of Maastricht in the Netherlands. Always he led from the front, swelled with Gascon pride, distinguished as much by his colourful language and earthy accent as by his bravery.
This was a good time of day, when the heat of the afternoon was just beginning to subside into a comfortable evening warmth. Everyone chatted easily and the tone was always warm and optimistic. Dinner was usually a 23 A SUMMER IN GASCONY light meal, so we remained lively through the evening. We never had coffee in the evening, and we drank enough wine to enjoy a little and help digest our meal. The pattern of consumption was perfectly suited to the working rhythms of the day and the need for a solid night’s sleep.
Dinner was usually a 23 A SUMMER IN GASCONY light meal, so we remained lively through the evening. We never had coffee in the evening, and we drank enough wine to enjoy a little and help digest our meal. The pattern of consumption was perfectly suited to the working rhythms of the day and the need for a solid night’s sleep. As I grew accustomed to my new surroundings, I could see how every aspect of life knitted together, and how everyone had their role to play. Jacques-Henri fitted perfectly the character of the genial host, always ready to welcome people to his hostelry and give them an authentic taste of the country.
A Summer in Gascony: Discovering the Other South of France by Martin Calder