Exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France

Tracey, a British expat living in Brittany, contacted us to ask the following question: I am thinking of exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France. The car would be registered in Poland. Is this possible? How difficult would it be? EXPORTING A UK BOUGHT LHD CAR TO...

Driving in France

In recent years, travelling to the continent and driving in France has become increasingly easy for Brits. Both the Channel Tunnel and the various ferry companies offer numerous options. We live in Swindon and usually use the Portsmouth - Le Havre crossing. It offers...

Mushroom picking in France

Autumn, mushroom picking season Mid-October is upon us, and autumn is already well on its way... glorious golden colours abound in the countryside. A real feast for the senses: bright yellows, oranges, rich reds and browns so pleasing to the eye. The earthy and musty...

Pineau … or Pinot? Do you know the difference?

What is the difference between Pineau and Pinot? When I first met my wife's family in France, I had never heard of Pineau. When I did hear of it, I thought people were referring to Pinot – as in Pinot Grigio, which I love! But I did not realise there is a great...

Mushrooming in Monteneuf forest

An unexpected visitor (original post by Nicola) There was a terrific storm yesterday in the Ploërmel area. I had just put another log on the fire this afternoon when there was a knock at the door. Since yesterday was a bank holiday, we were rather startled: generally,...
Simon Pocock

Simon Pocock

It’s incredible. In May there are 4 bank holidays: 1st May – workers day, 8th May – end of war (or my wedding anniversary), 17th May – Ascension day, and Pentecote – 27th May. So, if the Bank Holiday falls on a Thursday or a Tuesday the French obviously take the extra day off and have a long weekend ‘faire le pont’.

After 20 yrs of living here I still find it strange. It reminds me of the French attitude to ‘apres vente’ or customer service (there is a television broadcast which mocks it). I ordered some parts for my Countax mower in March at a local agent in Guingamp. Six weeks later, still no blades. They put it down to reorganization, as it was taken over by an American firm last year (typical of another excellent British product selling out) and they blamed the French agent who deals directly with England. I thought it was just pathetic and cancelled the order, found an e-shop on ebay and ordered direct as he had the parts in stock and they should be here at the weekend and at a cheaper price.

There seems to be an inertia with businesses. I guess something to do with their labour laws, where sacking people is difficult, and a lack of flexibility.

Our winter renter is moving out next week – ‘Big Ron’, a Dutch guy who used to play gridiron. We found a really cheap 12 month rental for him just down the road in the ‘Belle Roche’ a very pretty manoire with a traditional arch and gated entry. The owner has decided he can’t cope with living by himself and has moved into Plestin staying with ‘les bonnes soeurs’ so he will have the place to himself. It’s very pretty externally, but nothing has been done inside for at least 40 years. Still, he will be the Lord of the Manor for the moment.

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