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 thoughts on “Le Club…

  1. 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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    1. 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

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  2. 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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    1. 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

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