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.

Honey

Honey

We have discovered a farm, about 30km from Reminiac, that cultivates 300ha of land totally organically, and within this farmland they place hives and produce the most delicious honey.

This weekend we made our annual pilgrimage (Pooh bear like !!)  in search of honey!

Every year we buy 12 jars of the stuff, but this year it was rationed and we could only buy 2 jars.

The farmer’s wife explained that their hives are suffering in the same way as most of the hives in Europe.

The bees are alive but are lacklustre, and just don’t seem to have the energy to work and to produce honey.

There doesn’t seem to be any one explanation for the lethargic bees.

It could be a result of the increased use of pesticides and herbicides, the increased pollution, but a couple of factors I hadn’t realised that could be relevant were the increased number of satellites, and increased mobile phone use. Apparently, bees are very sensitive to air waves.

Another factor which the farmer’s wife thought might be relevant, is that the soil is now ploughed at a different angle.

Sensitive creatures the bees.

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