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Covid complications causing concerns

Martin and Nadine haven’t been to France since January, and Covid complications certainly are an issue and a constant worry. It seems sorting out a ferry crossing isn’t the only hurdle. Is it better to go or to cancel?

Requirements for driving in France – Breath Test Kits

On 1st July 2012, a law was introduced in France: all drivers had to carry a breath test kit in their car. Find out why and if or how that law was implemented. Read more about the driving requirements in France.

Kouign-amann vs Lardy cake

Kouign-amann is a beautiful, buttery, traditional Breton cake. During the current lockdown, unable to travel to Brittany, we have found an alternative: the British lardy cake. 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?

Using a jack hammer to demolish a cider press in BrittanyThis cider press was built in the cellar by the previous owner of our house in Brittany.

As it was taking too much room, we decided to get rid of it. It was not a pretty feature and as we don’t drink cider, it was not useful to us.

Many people in Brittany still make their own cider, but as the press was built in concrete, it could not be lifted and given away. Unfortunately! It was about 2 m x 2 m.

We had to hire a Jack-hammer from a hire shop in Dinan. A Jack-hammer is called a ‘Marteau-piqueur’ or ‘brise béton’ in French. The hire shop had various sizes and after we explained what we needed it for, advised us to hire this one – a 23 kg one.

Well, after 30 hours of intense work, the cider press was demolished!! What looked like a small job was actually a big job!

Thankfully 2 friends came to help Chris. The cider press was made with reinforced concrete. Whoever poured the concrete 30 or 40 years ago added all sorts of bits of iron: old rakes, forks, etc!

A weekend of fun!

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