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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?

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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