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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?

Drainage pipes arriveAfter weeks of deliberation…. action!!

7.45am: a lorry from Point P (builders merchants) arrives with ten, 10 metre drainage pipes.

When we bought the small ruin next to our house we also ‘had’ to buy the small field adjacent to our garden.
This field, together with the bottom third of our garden, is permanently wet as it is the lowest point in Reminiac and all water drains into our back garden together with the contents of our neighbours dodgy fosse!!

This weekend we will tackle the drainage… let the ground work commence….

We also need to ’smarten’ up the area around the ruin…. so, 23 tonnes of gravel from the local quarry have been delivered: two huge lorry loads!!

Gravel DeliveryAfter the driver delivered the first load, he knocked on the door.

‘I’m not quite sure how much the two loads will be, but if you give me a signed blank cheque I can fill it in after we have weighed the second load.’
‘OK’. I replied, and gave him the signed cheque.

He returned an hour later with the second load and a copy of my cheque which had been duly completed with the same amount as the invoice.

Whilst I was living in London I would never have handed someone whom I didn’t know a blank cheque.
Am I becoming soft and gullible, or am I living in an environment where there is more trust?

Tomorrow the JCB arrives, for lots of ground moving fun!

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