By Martin Calder
A summer time in Gascony: learning the opposite South of France inspires 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 captivating fish out of water story a couple of younger Englishman who spends a rare summer time operating at a Ferme-Auberge in a distant hilltop village in Gascony, the most rural components of Southwest France. it's an idyllic land of rolling hills and broad 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 different and fiercely self reliant humans. packed 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 kin 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 history is unforgettable. nearly pretty much as good as a weekend getaway, A summer time in Gascony: learning the opposite South of France is an experience you will not are looking to leave out!
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Extra info for A Summer in Gascony: Discovering the Other South of France
The rooms were individually named: Charme, 21 A SUMMER IN GASCONY Chouette, Treille… Charm, Owl, Vine. An antique wooden cot stood on the landing and was carried into the room for the very youngest guests. The old stable block and hayloft around the rear of the courtyard had been renovated, the upstairs converted into five gîtes and the downstairs into a function room for wedding receptions and country feasts. The refurbishment was nearly complete. The builders had done most of the work, and all that was left was some decorating and finishing off.
Gascony is composed of a patchwork of old counties, with strange, hard-to-pronounce names. In the north the Agenais and the Condomois. 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.
He said it was about putting back in what you took out. He spoke of the land as a living being. He made it clear in no uncertain terms that he objected to paying taxes to the government in Paris. The ministres, he said, did not represent him at all. ’ I enquired. ‘Yes, simple people who live in the country,’ he explained. ’ Bumpkins. He looked at me sternly, to make sure I did not agree. One evening, we stomped down towards the fresh, tall grass at the bottom of the dry valley. Jacques-Henri told me a lot of vipers had their nests here.
A Summer in Gascony: Discovering the Other South of France by Martin Calder