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.

La nuit de la chouette - March in Brittany

I struggled down from the loft with a HUGE sheet of  MDF, upon which was drawn a tailless donkey.

‘What ARE you doing?’ Ioan (my daughter) asked as the MDF and I fell from the loft.

‘It’s your birthday next week, this is the ‘pin the tail on the donkey board.’

‘I am 10 this year, do you think I’m a bit old for pin the tail on the donkey?’

This can’t be so. An end of an era. No more pass the parcel, treasure hunts or musical bumps.

Recovering quickly, I reply,’We have to celebrate your birthday, what would you like to do instead, bowling, cinema…’

‘I have an idea,’ Iona reaches for her school bag. A dogeared leaflet emerges, ‘Nuit de la Chouette.’

She continues, “I could invite Louisa and Madenn for dinner, we could go to the forest at Monteneuf to see the owls and then they could come back here for a sleepover.’

What an excellent idea.

I start to go downstairs, Iona says..’eh, I don’t need a clown, rabbit or guitar birthday cake this year… a round one would be OK… as long as its chocolate.’

Point taken….

La Nuit de la Chouette

La Nuit de la Chouette

There is a village hall on the outskirts of the forest at Monteneuf. Three owls were waiting for us.

A young woman with a strappy top, large baggy trousers and a tattoo on her shoulder told us all about her owls. Did you know an owl eats 2 – 3 mice each night. Owls also feed on hedgehogs (a particular favourite), rabbits and even foxes.

An hour and a half quickly passed and we moved outside into the forest to hear the owls.

A fantastic evening was had by all.

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