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

It’s been a particularly cold period across France, and we hope that you are all keeping safe and warm. Our own recent trip to France was curtailed due to the weather – we were due to come back to the UK late tonight, but decided to bring it forward by 2 days to avoid the worst of the forecast Brittany and Normandy snow and ice.

Well done Brittany Ferries

I was surprised to get a response from Brittany Ferries when I complained about them on Twitter. This should be a normal PR activity for all businesses though.

Find out how Brittany Ferries dealt with my issue on Twitter and why this it could be an important lesson for your business too

10 reasons to have your own holiday property website

Do you need a personal website to market your holiday rental property or are holiday rental listing sites good enough to deliver the return you need for your money? Here’s a slightly updated article that I wrote a year or so ago, but which I think is relevant still.

My 10 reasons for having your own website to market your holiday rental property

Recent Posts : Tartiflette – perfect for Sunday lunch if it’s cold outside.

Tartiflette is a French dish from the Haute Savoie region of France, made with potatoes, reblochon cheese, cream, and lardons. It is not for the faint hearted, nor those on a diet, but is very popular in French ski resorts.

Learn more about the origins and ingredients in a Tartiflette

Recent Posts : What do you dunk?

Nicola’s stomach can just about cope with watching her children dunking their breakfast bread into their milk, then pouring their cereal into the milk and finally drinking the milk. This dunking habit is firmly ingrained into the French culture, and it’s not just bread that is dunked…

Find out what else the French dunk in their coffee

Recent Posts : Goodbye Serge

Simon had really busy weekend attending a funeral with the Tempo fanfare band and then playing Verdi in Penvanen.

Read about the enterrement for Serge and his falling out with the new band leader

Recent Posts : Bistrot Les Tontons is now quoted in the reputed French restaurant guide ‘Petit Futé’

It has been an exciting six months since Bistrot Les Tontons opened in Place Saint Pierre, Saumur and today is no exception… as we can announce our bar à vin now joins other respected places to eat in the reputed restaurant guide ‘Petit Futé’.

Take a look at what Le Petit Futé says about Bar à vin in Saumur

Recent Posts : Galette des Rois, slightly warm puff pastry and frangipane, impossible to resist.

The long-standing January tradition of Galette des Rois and the search for the ‘feve’ is popular all over France.

Learn more about the Galette des Rois tradition

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