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.

Mushrooming in Monteneuf forest

If it were blowing a gale outside your French home would your first thought be to rush into the local woods to go hunting for ceps, chanterelles and pied de mouton mushrooms? Read Nicola’s account of mushroom hunting in Brittany in the middle of a storm.

Ruin in France

Ruin Destruction

A couple of weeks ago we finally purchased a small ruin, about 3 metre square, which has been slowly falling down over the last 50 years!!

This small ruin is literally attached to our house but because of France’s bizarre inheritance laws it has always belonged to someone else and whom up until now has not wanted to sell it.

Our first priority was to make it safe… up until now I have been very concerned that a rock could fall at any time from the decaying ruin.

Pulling down an old ruin in France

Works Continue

Last week Mark and cleared the brambles, bottles and even an old fridge from the undergrowth. Today, Mark started the serious work… dismantling the roof. Corrugated iron sheets were discarded, roof timbers were sawn up and removed and loose rocks thrown to one side.

Now what to do with this little roofless space ?… Should we dismantle it completely ?, Re roof it ?, Take down the back wall and re roof a larger area ?…

I think it would make a rather nice home for a 2CV ….. Mark may have other ideas!!

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