Exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France

Tracey, a British expat living in Brittany, contacted us to ask the following question: I am thinking of exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France. The car would be registered in Poland. Is this possible? How difficult would it be? EXPORTING A UK BOUGHT LHD CAR TO...

Driving in France

In recent years, travelling to the continent and driving in France has become increasingly easy for Brits. Both the Channel Tunnel and the various ferry companies offer numerous options. We live in Swindon and usually use the Portsmouth - Le Havre crossing. It offers...

Mushroom picking in France

Autumn, mushroom picking season Mid-October is upon us, and autumn is already well on its way... glorious golden colours abound in the countryside. A real feast for the senses: bright yellows, oranges, rich reds and browns so pleasing to the eye. The earthy and musty...

Pineau … or Pinot? Do you know the difference?

What is the difference between Pineau and Pinot? When I first met my wife's family in France, I had never heard of Pineau. When I did hear of it, I thought people were referring to Pinot – as in Pinot Grigio, which I love! But I did not realise there is a great...

Mushrooming in Monteneuf forest

An unexpected visitor (original post by Nicola) There was a terrific storm yesterday in the Ploërmel area. I had just put another log on the fire this afternoon when there was a knock at the door. Since yesterday was a bank holiday, we were rather startled: generally,...
Simon Pocock

Simon Pocock

Breton Names

The name of our place, Coat Aillis, is interesting. Being in Brittany all the place names are in Breton. Our neighbour’s house is Poul Ranet, which means Frog pond, whereas Coat Aillis doesn’t really mean anything. ‘Coat’ is a wood or copse, but ‘Aillis’ annoys my Breton speaking friends. The reason is that the previous owner was a communist. The original name (there are several variants) derives from a local pre Christian temple situated two fields away.

So, in french,  a church is an eglise  but in Breton it’s Iliz, so before the communist owned our property it’s name was Coat an Iliz, but he changed as he didn’t like the church aspect in the title. Its also interesting using a GPS or google map – the original name finds us, but not the current name.

Plestin Ruins Exposed

The Plestin commune have decided to expose the ruins more this year. They already have the ruins of a Roman villa at Toul Hery, so they sent a tractor /digger to do some ‘subtle’ digging and clearing the site, also connecting it to the VTT (mountain bike) track, so this summer there will be more bikers and hikers passing in the distance.

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