Mandy Jenkinson, reviewer of this parish had the following to say about our very first Readers Gathering:
'I love reading. Books are my passion. I love reading them,
discovering new ones, thinking about them, talking about them and discussing
them with like-minded people - or even unlike-minded people if necessary!
I also love travelling. I enjoy seeing new places,
discovering places of interest and learning about other cultures and ways of
life. Even a trip to the supermarket is a joy rather than a chore in a
different country as far as I am concerned!
So a combination of my two main interests promised well for
a good holiday. Add to the mix an extremely comfortable and well-equipped gite
in peaceful rural France, excellent food prepared by an expert cook and the
company of a group of people who are interested in the same things as me and
have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share (and who also happen to be
extremely nice people and excellent company) and you have the makings of a
pretty much perfect holiday.
And that's what this first Reading Retreat was for me. From
the discussions about the chosen books each morning, to exploring the local
area, to the wonderful evening meals and dinner-table conversations - all
combined to make the week a complete success. I hope this will be just the first of many equally great
reading retreats at Le Rieu.
Thanks Guy, for your efforts in making it such a fantastic