By Martin Calder
A summer season in Gascony: researching 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 within which it revels-with this fascinating fish out of water story a few younger Englishman who spends a rare summer season operating at a Ferme-Auberge in a distant hilltop village in Gascony, essentially 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 autonomous humans. choked 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 family members takes Calder into their domestic and hearts; Pattes, the mischievous and lovely stray puppy who leaves havoc in his wake; Madame Parle-Beaucoup, the city gossip who has a mystery of her personal; and the memorable Monsieur Fustignac, whose satisfaction in his Gascon history is unforgettable. nearly nearly 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 omit!
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In the centre Armagnac, Astarac and Fézensaguet. In the west Albret, Chalosse and the Landes. In the south Bigorre, the Couserans and – Jacques-Henri proudly pointed out, the area where we were – the Comminges. Some of these old names cannot be found on modern maps. The administrative départements of modern France bear no correlation to the historic Duchy of Gascony. When I look at a map I see the landscape it represents spreading out as I view it from above. And when I look at a landscape I see the map around me, describing the limits of my view.
Her business head complemented his knowledge of farming and his joie de vivre. When Marie-Jeanne complained that Jacques-Henri should do a little less jollification and a little more work in the kitchen, he went quietly outside to smoke a cigar. The three sons, Paul, Bruno and Nicolas, were also very different from each other. Paul was easy-going. Bruno took his work at the farm and the Auberge very seriously. He was practical, and like his mother he didn’t talk a lot. Nicolas, bless him, the youngest, le petit dernier, was a natural clown who didn’t take anything very seriously at all.
Her eyes were a striking clear blue. She looked around her with an air of hesitant curiosity, her manner sure and calm. She leant forward to put down her rucksack, which had a little toy Babar the Elephant dangling from the front buckle. Marie-Jeanne did the introductions. ‘Anja… Martin,’ she said, gesturing with her hands. ’ Me too. She was absolutely gorgeous. Coup de foudre. My summer at the Auberge suddenly looked very different. ‘Anja’s a student at Heidelberg,’ said Marie-Jeanne, quite impressed.
A Summer in Gascony: Discovering the Other South of France by Martin Calder