By Martin Calder

A summer time in Gascony: learning the opposite South of France conjures up the points of interest and sounds of the opposite South of France-its powerful spirit of independence, its love of the land, and the easy pleasures during which it revels-with this captivating fish out of water story a few younger Englishman who spends a unprecedented summer time operating at a Ferme-Auberge in a distant hilltop village in Gascony, some of the most rural elements of Southwest France. it truly is an idyllic land of rolling hills and huge 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's in Peguilhan that Calder discovers a distinct and fiercely self sufficient humans. filled with colourful characters and sun-drenched landscapes, this can be 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 kinfolk takes Calder into their domestic and hearts; Pattes, the mischievous and lovely 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 satisfaction in his Gascon historical past is unforgettable. nearly pretty much as good as a weekend getaway, A summer season 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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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.

Afterwards, to perk ourselves up, we reheated the coffee left over from the morning. In the early evening, before the restaurant opened, we ate dinner sitting around the stone table in the courtyard. 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.

This was not the place! Jacques-Henri scowled. ‘Bof! Intellectuals,’ he said, looking around the table. ’ Then, without waiting for an answer, he made a dismissive puff with his top lip and smiled at the fundamental truth of what he’d just said. 33 A SUMMER IN GASCONY David looked taken aback. ‘This isn’t a pavement café in Paris, you know,’ Jacques-Henri reminded him. And with that, he took down a big green book from the shelf, Encyclopédie de la Nature, and plonked it on the table. ‘This is all the book learning you need,’ he said.

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