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...

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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...

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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

I had really busy weekend, attending an “enterrement” with the Tempo fanfare band for Serge, one of the original members who played tenor sax. His wife had recently died and he had been depressed for some time. He was 82 years old – but there is no age limit for suicide.  It was a civil burial where you just gather in the cemetery and several people talk about his life, and then there is the ritual of dropping a flower on the coffin. I did learn that he was Jewish, which I never knew, so he must have had a hard time during the war.

The band played cool sombre jazz for an hour in the drizzle and wind. The real emotional bit was when we surrounded the coffin playing  ”Song for my father“.

Later that evening the Perros band did another Verdi gig at Penvanen with the two chorals, and the following day we played at Lannion  at the “salle de Urseline”, which has really bad acoustics, but it went well and there were 8 players from the Lannion band who were very impressed… including the new “chef”  .

It didn’t take me very long to fall out with him. The Lannion band did a concert for “repas pour les ancients” last week and he criticized me for not playing the baritone sax  (very boring part). I had played the alto, which had an important solo which he had given to the flutes and trumpets. So I am “en greve”…  don’t touch my solos.

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