Good afternoon everyone and a Happy New Year.
I am sure you are all enjoying these wonderful sunny afternoons, just as I am.
The Covid virus is still causing us a problem and with the number of positive cases still so high it seems that meeting up in a closed space where there are a number of people in fairly close contact would not be wise.
The current restrictions at the Centre de Loisirs, Eymet require us to wear a mask at all times, produce an up to date pass sanitaire for inspection and no food or drinks are permitted.
As a consequence of the above, the meeting scheduled for 28th January will now take place on Friday, 11th February at 14.00h. Linda Fenty has offered to host a Rose Pruning Meeting at her house. The address is 25 Siganens, Serres-et-Montguyard, 24500, Dordogne, GPS 44.674686, 0.445028.
Please bring your valid pass sanitaire, your cup and a chair. Dress warmly with waterproof boots.
Please feel free to bring a cake or some biscuits.
Remember our Annual Plant Swap (chez Hazel Vincent) is scheduled for 20th May. Now is a good time to start planning what seeds to grow or if you have plants to divide and share.
Forward-planning is a little difficult at the moment and I apologise that there may be last minute changes to the gardening group schedule and to those of you who were looking forward to meeting up at the Centre. For the time being I will try to organise our meetings outdoors or in an environment where we can safely observe the distancing rules.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
With Christmas almost upon us, I hope that many of you will be able to spend time with your families and your friends. The Covid virus is playing the Christmas Grinch and it’s easy to forget that this should be a happy time. So, even if your festivities are smaller this year, they can still be merry.
For those of us unable to be with our families we have technology to help us through and keep connected. I hope that we will be able to resume our activities in the New Year and we are working to achieve ways that we can meet while following official guidance to keep everyone safe.
On behalf of the ACFAA Committee, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
President, ACFAA Association
With immediate effect anyone attending Language Classes and/or Group Meetings MUST adhere to the following precautions:
• Be in possession of a valid Pass Sanitaire, and
• Wear a mask at all times whilst in the building in which the activity is taking place.
Advice for social events will advertised when the event is advertised.
These precautions shall remain in place until further notice.
I am pleased to report that we managed to avoid the rain last Friday at Col de Pouthet, Eymet. Tim and Jos Richardson were the hosts for our October meeting. We began in the Roundhouse with an explanation from Tim on how Les Amis de Sally la salamander, his forest garden project, is developing.
We then took a walk through the woods to the learning circle where Tim gave a demonstration and detailed tutorial on how to care for vines, pruning and training techniques, and disease prevention. We followed this with a degustation, accompanied by delicious homemade pastries, cakes and biscuits. It was such a pleasure to meet up again and enjoy the fresh air and chat to existing members and a warm welcome to our new gardening group members that joined us.
On behalf of everyone I would like to thank Tim and Jos for allowing us to meet at their tranquil woodland garden and to those who brought food. Lastly a thank you to Bob and Di for checking our passes. I look forward to seeing you all at our next meeting on 26th November at the Centre de Loisir, Eymet. The subject will be Garden Design by Christine Lees.
My best wishes to you all, Claire
In conjunction with the mairie d’Eymet, we have arranged a Solidarity Walk in support of Octobre Rose on Sunday 17th October.
The walk starts at 10h00 from Gabriel Forestier Park (registration from 09h30). The route will be around the streets and alleyways of Eymet. Please wear something pink to show your support.