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.

Simon Pocock

Simon Pocock

Because the season is late this year, all the local farmers are desperate to plant their maize crops.

We have 4 farmers around us and it’s as if they are in a competition to get their crop in first. Two of them had to cut the grass (it’s obligatory in France to have a green crop over the winter to reduce leaching of nitrates into the water course) and make hay, which they either made into large bales or picked it up loose and ensiled it (the storage of fodder in a silo for preservation).

All farmers seem to have differing techniques of breaking up the soil before ploughing it up, for example, using big disc or spring tines. We have one day when they spread farmyard manure or spray slurry. This is extremely smelly, but it doesn’t last long – we just have to make sure we don’t hang the washing outside that day. Then they have to wait for the contractor with the maize drill who needs to work 24/7 to catch up with the log jam of work.

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