A lunar calendar to improve my gardening skills

Does the lunar calendar work for planting fruit, vegetables, flowers, for sowing seeds, or for simply gardening? What is the Calendrier Lunaire? Read on.

Exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France

Is it possible or indeed practical to buy a LHD car in the UK, originally registered in Poland, and then import it to France? Are there guidelines to be followed?

Driving in France

In recent years, travelling across to the continent and driving in France has become increasingly easy for Brits, but there are laws and regulations to bear in mind while driving abroad.

Mushroom picking in France

In France, mushroom picking, or “la cueillette des champignons”, is practically a national sport during the Autumn season. However, there are guidelines to follow before wandering through the woods.

Pineau … or Pinot? Do you know the difference?

Pineau is a delicious alcoholic drink which comes from the Charentes region of France. It is a fortified wine made from 3 parts grape juice and 1 part Cognac and, like many great delicacies, was discovered by mistake.

Find out all about Pineau des Charentes

Red 2CV in France

The Happy Car

After two days of trawling through the phone book, I have found a MOT garage that will carry out a contrôle technique without a certificat de conformité.

The 2CV is booked in for tomorrow… but first I must repair the rear view mirror… it has just fallen off!.

Well, it transpires after much searching that I can get a certificat de conformité on the internet. It is more expensive, but at least I won’t have to provide reams of documents which probably won’t be acceptable (am I getting a little jaded with French bureaucracy?).

Another doubt in my mind:  will a certificat de conformité issued by a third party, ie, not Citroën, be accepted by the préfecture (government offices) when I go and ask for the carte grise (vehicle registration documents)?.

First things first… mend the rear view mirror…

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