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.

Simon Pocock - Blues in BrittanyMy youngest boy has quit school and got a “job” (the technical name is work experience but this is full on work which he might get paid for).

It’s from a roofer who has offered him an apprenticeship, and for the past two weeks he has been working in Paris; not bad for a 16yr old!

On his return this weekend, he told me a funny story about two friends of his who are still at school and were bored last week (they all are at that age). They were wandering around the countryside and came across an old tractor. They hi-jacked it, driving it through the village and down country lanes, and then abandoned it.

It sounds like a stupid prank, but thinking of comparisons with inner city joyriding and leaving cars as burnt out shells, the tractor will do perhaps 15mph and is virtually impossible to destroy. Ironically, the mark of the tractor was Ferrari!

They did put a video on Facebook but sensibly took it off again as the local authorities would have probably wanted a chat with them.
Ideally, they should have been at the strawberry farm when I spent a day there last week. They could have helped us, driving their ancient tractor while Kas and Karen planted 6000 new plants. I found driving at less than walking pace for 8hrs very dull.

It was a busy week musically, with a lunchtime gig playing for the retired at Lannion, followed yesterday by a ceremony for the retirement of the local chef for the pompiers; today we play at Tonquedec in a valley where two partisans were shot by the Germans during WW2.

The French are very “fidèles” to their war heroes, which is more than can be said about DSK!

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