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,...

Category: Gardening in France

Who owns the right of way?

About seven months ago, the mayor agreed to sell us a small right of way which only serves our garden. The notaire asked for our marriage certificate (I have absolutely no idea why our marriage...

Don’t press apples on a descending moon

The seasons are all wildly ahead of themselves this year. We had a gloriously warm April, May and June, a pretty mixed July and August, and September feels almost autumnal. Consequently, the apples...

Garden nosiness

I am rather nosy when it comes to other people’s gardens. I love peering over their fences to see what they are growing, and comparing their crops to mine. There is a man in the centre of the...

The fruits of our labours

It’s that time of year. Everything is starting, and from nothing at all we are suddenly bubbling over with things to bring into the kitchen. The asparagus, as always, started us off, but we...

Record sunshine in Brittany

Spring temperature records were broken last week in Brittany. The temperature hit 26 degrees. It was very unusual for this time of the year. I had a lot to catch up in the garden so I thoroughly...