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

Happy DaysNever did I anticipate that running our holiday cottages ‘Annie’s House’ and ‘La Grange d’Henri’ would bring me so much joy.

Many of our guests arrive as unexpectant holiday makers to the Loire Valley, and leave as friends.

And even more touching are the ‘reminders’ our guests have taken personal time to create, giving us wonderful keepsakes to fondly reminisce over.

In April, earlier this year, we welcomed Nathalie & Ross to ‘La Bellevue’.

Even though we have welcomed a vast number of keen cyclists in the past, for sheer endurance and the vast distances covered, Nathalie & Ross have impressed us beyond belief.

They have pushed the distance boundaries of where I advise one to go just from our village, Pouançay!!


Sketch of La BellevueThis week I received Nathalie’s fabulous sketch of ‘La Bellevue’, capturing ‘Annie’s House’, ‘La Grange d’Henri’, the main house and the entrance to our troglodyte caves…

Now I can’t wait to get it framed for ALL to see – thank you so much and needless to say Gérald and I are looking forward to welcoming you both back to ‘La Bellevue’.

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