Picnic/Garden Games: Labat : Monday 13th June


The picnic starts at 12.30. Please bring your picnic, cutlery and plates, glasses and your choice of beverage. We will supply tables, chairs, coffee and tea.


After lunch we will set up the games, Boules, Croquet and Table Tennis and you can either join in or just enjoy yourselves as spectators.


Location and directions will be notified after your booking is received.

For those from *the other side* who wish to join us, we can arrange a pick up from the ferry at Lamarque. The ferry leaves Blaye at 10.30 and 1200, it returns at 17.15 and 18.45

A flavour from last year

This event is always very popular and to give you a flavour, this is what happened last year:

The day’s picnic was organized by Jenny. A very well attended event. Everyone brought a dish, which created a delicious spread that was shared alfresco. Plenty of liquid refreshments too. Tables swapped around to make life interesting. Desserts followed. Some of the recipes are attached, together with this newsletter, because they tasted so good lots of people requested this (thanks to Elizabeth, Norma and Deirdre).

labatNext came the competitions – croquet on Ted’s manicured lawn…. Great attention to detail (like Monsieur Magrez’s chateau) to create a lawn worthy of this mighty game. Liz started off slowly and after warming up, out-croqueted a lot of us. The petanque teams were getting very competitive as well. There was a gazebo for shade and those that wanted to cheer on their team. Deirdre and Chris have played this before and their underarm boules got mighty close, and they ended up winning by a tight margin. We all had a go at most ball games including ping pong.

Upstairs, some enjoyed Wimbledon – cheering on Murray. Sadly Murray fought hard later in the week to be beaten by Federer. Then out came the teapot, blue willow china and biscuits. Jenny and Ted had thought of everything!


Please reserve direct with Ted or Jenny or book online.

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation


Andernos Market and Lunch : Friday 8th April

000_Par7626239-lollllAndernos is a bustling resort town on the Arcachon Bassin which has a picturesque harbour front overlooking the basin. Come and join us for a stroll around Andernos’ market.

The general market has many different and interesting stalls to browse. Also there is a large indoor food market with many vendors selling a wide range of goods including meat, cheese, fruit, veg and tapas. In the centre of the indoor market is a friendly café/bar where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or, if the mood takes you, a beer!


A reservation for lunch has been made at restaurant L’Airial, 15 Avenue du General de Gaulle, 33510 Andernos Les Bains. It is situated on the left hand side of the main pedestrian street which leads to the water front and just a couple of minutes from the market.

The menu of the day 12,50 Euros for 3 courses with choice, wine is 4,50 a quart and coffee 1,70€   Each person will be responsible for noting what they order.

Due to the nature of visiting a market we will not be having a set meeting time, though you will find Colette and I strolling around the market trying to bag a bargain from 10.30 am.  Along side of Ave General de Gaulle, many coffee shops can be found and at the waterside.

Market Location and Parking

The market is situated just off Rue de la Republique on the right hand side as you enter Andernos from the Lanton direction, a pharmacy is on the corner. Ave General De Gaulle is opposite the pharmacy on the left hand side.

As ever parking on market days is not always easy. The main parking is first turn on the right after the pharmacy. Alternative parking is available at Place Louis David on the left hand side of of Ave de la Republique, also parking is allowed along most of the side roads close to the town centre.

I advise you look at a map beforehand and become familiar with the town centre.


If you would like to join us please reserve book on-line or contact Colette or Norma B

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact Colette or Norma direct for your booking confirmation.

Family Day - Lacanau to le Moutchic: Wednesday 19th August 2015

Great fun family day, cycling, picnic, beach, swimming ………

bike1This was a great family event with 22 of us including 2 sets of grandparents, 3 sets of parents and 5 children, varying in age from 8 to 5.

The day was not as hot as of late so pleasant for cycling. We started promptly despite the odd hiccoughs like punctures, tantrums and losing the way!!! An advance party raced ahead and got to Le Moutchic in good time, the second group arrived safely and some stragglers missed the turn down to Le Moutchic off the main Lacanau Ocean cycle track. Much banter ensued about not sufficient briefing!!

Ultimately all were assembled for the picnic followed by young and old having a swim in the lake. Some of the young went on the bouncy castle and others complained that they did not!

Ben’s bit:

bike2(Eldest grandson of Chris and Deirdre) It was my first long bike ride on my new orange bike. I used all of my 21 gears and I was often at the front. We had lunch in Le Moutchic on the beach by the lake. After lunch some of us went for a swim in the lake. After we cycled back to the cars, some came back to Grandmère and Grandpère’s house for a swim and a cup of tea and éclairs.

Samantha and Iona:

bike3(Granddaughters of Chris and Deirdre) “The best part of the day was the swim in the lake!”

Report by the Rankin family, photos by Phil (Please ‘click’ here to view the photo album)




Original Invitation

There will be a bike ride for families from Lacanau Ville to the beach at Le Moutchic for a picnic on Wednesday 19th August at 10:45.

We will meet in Lacanau Ville at a car park which is about 50 meters from the cycle track. Norma C has kindly offered to take your picnics, by car, from the car park to the beach at Le Moutchic.


The ride to Le Moutchic will take approximately an hour depending on the length and strength of the legs!! Those who would like to stay on the beach and relax may do so but there are various alternatives for the more energetic who would like to do further cycling, either before or after the picnic. Maps will be provided.

We will meet at 10.45 with an aim to start the ride at 11 o’clock. To find the car park. Get to the roundabout in the centre of Lacanau Ville, do not take the bypass, and head for the Port and Lake. When you see the lake and have passed the Kalicoba Restaurant you will be directed to the right (a one way system).

Follow this road to the end where it will turn to the right and you will see the car park on the left. There are hoops over the entrance to keep out tall vehicles.

Annual Charity Pig Roast and Family Fun Sports Day: August 2015

A great fun day for all and 1000€ raised for charity!

pigThe annual fund-raising pig roast chez les Rankins got off to a drizzly start as the rain settled over our region for the weekend. That did nothing to deter the 80-odd crowd who turned up armed with tenting and umbrellas to ward off the rain.

Events started off with an aperitif served up by young Elliot whilst raffle tickets were sold for a prize draw later on. Then we settled down to bread and pâté, various salads (a big thank you to all those who helped in preparations) and of course Mr Pig, who had been going round and around on his spit since early morning, thanks to Master pig roaster Roland.

A break in the rain allowed Gary aided by Sarah to start some children’s games, including an egg and spoon race (with a golf ball), some limbo dancing and a skipping race. All participants were rewarded with sweets so we soon had our little darlings running even faster on a sugar-high. No wonder Léa said the best part of the day was the games!games

Not to be outdone the adults gallantly took up the challenge of the three- legged race, the winners of which, Carol and Colin, whizzed round the course like veritable greyhounds. They must have done many a three-legged pub crawl in their time to get THAT fast…

prpantsThen just as we thought it couldn’t get any better, Colette called out those immortal words « Does anyone want to get inside my knickers? When the dust settled from the ensuing stampede, all became clear (see picture!).

As the raffle was drawn, our president John proudly announced that we had raised an unprecedented amount for Médecins Sans Frontières – some 1000€! We were then treated to a beautiful French song, Michel Sardou’s ‘Je vole’, from one of the children, Marie, who had recently sung it on French TV no less! Despite the rain, the children then all dived into the swimming pool, which was actually warmer than standing out in the rain!

Well done everyone, especially the Rankin family, and see you next year (maybe with a little more sunshine?)

Report by Lorraine and Fabrice, Léa and Meven Photos by Phil (‘click’ here to see the photo album)

Original Invitation

As in previous years the Rankins are hosting their ever popular pig roast with the addition of a fun sports event for adults and children.  Funds raised will go to Médicines Sans Frontièrs.


Please bring your friends, family, children, grand-children and well controlled dogs for a fun day of sports, good food and relaxation.

The format will be much as in the past with food provided in the shape of paté, roast pork and trimmings, cheese and dessert. Please bring your own picnic table and chairs, parasols, eating and drinking equipment and whatever your favourite tipple of the moment is.

To start the proceedings there will be a courtesy apero for adults and soft drinks for children. The swimming pool will be available for use under strict parental control of any children. Please bring your own maillot de bain and towel.

The tickets are:

  • Adults: 18€,
  • Children aged 4 to 12 years: 9€
  • Children under 4: Free.
  • Families
    • Mum 0r Granny, Dad or Grandpa and 2 children under 12 – 45€
    • Mum or Granny, Dad or Grandpa and as many children as you can muster!! – 50€

Heard of “rent a child for an afternoon”!!?? Well, now is your chance to try the system!

The price will cover the cost of the food with any surplus monies going to Médicines Sans Frontièrs.

  • As this is the BBC’s primary fund raising event there will also be “a hat” passed around and a raffle during the afternoon for donations to MSF. Inscription cut off date is 30th July to allow time to order the pig. Please send cheques, made out to the BBC, at enrolment to  Deirdre.

Family Beach Picnic – Hortin Port


26 of us met up at Hourtin port for an afternoon picnic. The lakeside weather was bracing. Food and wine warmed us as we sat admiring the acrobatics of the wake-boarders. There was plenty of lively conversation amongst the circle and the event was enjoyed by all.

Report  by Paul Carroll





Original Announcement


We will meet at 13h at the Ile aux Enfants at Hourtin Port, ready for a fun afternoon with something for all the family.

A bouncy castle for little kids, a large bouncy structure on the water and a zip wire for wake boarding (extra cost for these three activities).  In addition a large wooden fort and playground available for everyone to have a fun time. We shall also organise some ball games and badminton for those who are interested.

Don’t forget to bring your own picnic and deck chairs!

Last year we all had a great time, so if you’re looking for something fun to do on a Sunday afternoon, and you’ve got family visiting for the holidays, come along and enjoy yourselves! For more details or to register your interest, please contact Sarah Peel