That patient and paced mental attitude needs to be remembered, especially when it is the weekend of the hamlets' annual Mechoui. The neighbours' barn, usually full of ancient but regularly used farming equipment, has been cleared when we arrive to help set up the previous afternoon. However everything is not well as the 60 year old combine harvester has a collapsed bearing so half a dozen people are working hard to remove and replace the bearing so Alan the farmer can complete the harvesting and of course clear the remaining area of the barn for the mechoui. As is usual with any event there is always a hard core of helpers who volunteer to carry, wash and unpack all that is required to feed 60 plus hungry souls and here in France we, as relatively young senior citizens, make sure we do our best to help out.
|Tables set and organised.|
|Serving as well!|
|People mill around talking before things get underway|
|And we are off!|
|Young and old all enjoying chat, simple good food and wine|
|The roasted sheep arrive|
|After the 'lunch' some play cards|
|Lights on and the chat continues|
The next morning we return to clear up and guess what - yes there is enough left to provide lunch for 20 clearers and helpers.
You may well ask who pays for all this? Over the winter months three traditional 'tea dances' are held in the local town and the money raised pays for the mechoui.
It's a bit of a marathon, but we enjoy it all the same! The secret is to pace yourself!