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


Holidays are officially over. Iona and Joe are back to school today, Mark is back to work and I have to make a start on our end of year accounts.

I am not very good at New Years resolutions. I think resolutions should be made at any time of the year not just on New Years Day, when to be honest I’m usually feeling a bit flat after all the twinkly lights, sparkly tinsel and glittery things have all been packed away until next year.

Having said that, yesterday we went out for a very long walk and stopped for a very welcome hot chocolate and with our drinks came a small piece of paper which was tied with a pink ribbon. Resolutions.

My ‘resolution’ was to defrost the fridge more than once every five years!… How can this cafe owner know the true state of my freezer !!…

Since then I’ve been thinking. Meditation. It keeps springing into my mind. I don’t know anything about meditation, but I do think it could be a very positive thing. To benefit would I need to meditate daily?, what does it involve?, not too keen on taking on the Buddhist angle… a book is required.

Maybe this is a New Years resolution. To explore the benefits of meditation.

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