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?

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.

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Apples waiting to be pressed

When we bought our French property in Reminiac, it came with a beautiful orchard overflowing with good quality fruit. We certainly didn’t want all of this to go to waste, so every year, as well as baking crumbles, making apple compote or apple pies, we have also had the bulk of our crop pressed in order to produce delicious apple juice. We were absolute beginners at apple pressing: for example, we didn’t know that no French farmer will press apples during a descending moon!

Obviously, this is an old wives tale that the French are so keen on, especially farmers and gardeners. However, we were lucky: Raymond, our kind neighbour who happens to be a farmer, has agreed to help us out this year.

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Let the pressing commence

Our apple pressing is now finished. All our wine racks are now fully stacked with apple juice from our own crop! It is a most satisfying feeling, making it all the more enjoyable.

I need not have worried about the juice being too sweet… it tastes very good… even better than last year.

 

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