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

Pays de la Loire and Brittany BlogLooking back at 2010

A special thank you is extended to all of our readers and contributors, without whom this website would most certainly not be the success that it is!

Most read Brittany and Pays de la Loire posts and articles in 2010 :

What is the prettiest fishing village?

What are the local market dates?

La Roche Bernard

Holiday Website Tips

Places to visit

Panic petrol buying

Elizabeille in Laurenan

We had a great 2010, with over 150 new posts added on a wide range of topics and traffic continuing to grow throughout the year. Content was supplied by 8 guest bloggers as well as myself. Thousands of unique visitors found us for the first time in 2010, but we want to make 2011 even better…

Looking forward to 2011

We want to reach even more people, more often, in 2011. This means growing our mailing list, improving our search engine optimisation, delivering highly relevant content, discussing topics that prompt plenty of debate.

This is your community. Help us to help you by :

  • Becoming a guest blogger
  • Syndicate your own blog posts on our site
  • Telling your friends about us
  • Posting your local events on the site
  • Adding your comments to the posts that you read on the site
  • Linking to our articles from your other community sites and websites
  • Telling us what you would like more of…. and what you prefer to see less of

Whether you want to improve your business prospects or just visit the site from time to time to read the latest posts, I want to make sure the content we serve is interesting and useful to you. If you live or work in the Brittany or Pays de la Loire regions then there are lots of ways in which you can get value from the website…

Click here to find out how

Social Media and you

If you have a business and haven’t yet embraced social media, then I recommend you take a look – it could really enhance your prospects and put you in touch with a wider network of people who you can help, and who can help you.

I have been blogging for quite a few years, but have only really started to use it as a serious business tool over the past 12 months. I ‘Tweet’ on a semi-regular basis, and am an avid Linked In user. I haven’t yet built a Facebook business page (a resolution for 2011 perhaps). I don’t class myself as a social media expert, merely a serious social media user.

I’m going to put together a series of articles for the site over the coming months that looks at how social media can help you. If you have any advice to pass on to our readers please let me know – how are you using social media? what are the pitfalls? what are your biggest successes?

By the way, if you are already on Twitter or LinkedIn (you should be, you know) then you can

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