Le Club…

Each Friday, my buddy in France and I ‘sail’ together on Skype as we share our working day. We call Friday’s ‘Le Club’ in honour of a group I was touched to share during my time in France.

Around about sixty creative women gather in a village hall deep in South West France among the hills and farms, where the honeyed stone buildings give out warmth and the peace is palpable. They come bringing easels, sewing machines and bags full of creativity to share a day together. All nationalities with a bond that transcends language as they sit inside nattering, crocheting. knitting, embroidering, quilting, sewing and felting, while outside under the trees are a group painting.

They sit together sharing stories of childhood, love, illness, bereavement, children, grandchildren, retirement, plans gone awry, projects, home renovations, family visits and specials from the food market. I sat next to a lady who creates pictures through exquisite bead embroidery and with hand gestures and smiles we had understanding.

The energy carved a place in my heart and each Friday my buddy and I return together. ❤

38 Responses to “Le Club…”

  1. 1 positivesideofcoin October 9, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Wow it’s sound great, thank you for sharing a beautiful experience 💕

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  2. 3 Jane Stansfeld October 7, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    C’est bien, n’est ce pas? I love the concept and congratulate you for maintaining the institution. May you have many happy Fridays!

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  3. 5 frederick anderson October 7, 2019 at 7:51 am

    What a piece of work is Skype! With the visual dimension, the miles and seas and borders disappear and the whole world can talk. I envy you those Fridays, Jane. Wonderful!

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  4. 7 valeriedavies October 7, 2019 at 2:51 am

    What a wonderful heart warming experience to be part of such a group and such a real community… lovely story Jane, it sounds like a rich and loving experience many of us would long to have, I know I would…
    Much love, Valerie

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  5. 9 dgkaye October 7, 2019 at 2:07 am

    I love this. How amazing to have a group of diverse women sharing bits of their lives with one another. I wish I lived closer. ❤ Hugs across the pond. 🙂 xox

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  6. 12 ianscyberspace October 6, 2019 at 12:39 am

    As human beings we need to have this kind of social interaction to maintain a healthy mind and body.

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  7. 14 Anabelle Dario October 5, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Oh please write more about this experience!

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    • 15 Jane Sturgeon October 6, 2019 at 11:31 am

      Anabelle, my abiding memory of the energy those women create is acceptance and support. Cancer had been faced and those suffering held. Another life challenge to emerge was bereavement. Quite a few had left their homeland with their husbands starting retirement. They had set-up a new life in France and their husbands had passed away soon after. This group is their lifeline. ❤ We paused in our creation at lunchtime to all eat together and then in the afternoon they sometimes have a speaker and we all get to try another craft together. That afternoon we created a marbled box. It's all loving support and special. Love creates magic. ❤ xXx


  8. 16 kathyreeves October 5, 2019 at 1:15 am

    What a cool thing, Jane!

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  9. 19 Eric Alagan October 4, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    I agree with all the other comments, Jane dear.

    A priceless club.

    L & H,

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  10. 21 Clare Pooley October 4, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    What a special club that must be! I am so glad you can continue to keep in touch with your buddy and through her to that wonderful community of creative souls. Hugs and lots of ❤ ❤ xxXXxx

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  11. 24 John W. Howell October 4, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful club

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  12. 26 grandfathersky October 4, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    I recall how special those days were from your your blog. I still see the fields and the barns (and the 2CV) in my mind. So I imagine that speaks to how well you write. They are memories as if I were being there. ❤️ Hugs – gfs

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    • 27 Jane Sturgeon October 6, 2019 at 11:25 am

      Oh, gfs, thank you. ❤ I haven't made it back there for over three years, but my buddy and I keep the energy alive each Friday. Hugs and much ❤ flowing to you both. Here's to 2CV's, barns and peace. xXx


  13. 28 Jacqui Murray October 4, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    That is lovely. As a writer, to hear so many personal heart-felt stories–that’s more than I have words for.

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  14. 30 Writing to Freedom October 4, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful group and ritual. Kudos Jane.

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  15. 33 watchingthedaisies October 4, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    What a lovely inspiring group of women Jane, and a nice way to stay in touch. Priceless.

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  16. 35 smzang October 4, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Dear Jane,

    A beautiful experience, beautifully shared.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. 37 Jill Weatherholt October 4, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful club, Jane. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

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