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

Fresh produce aisle in chilled cabinet in supermarket-shopping trolley Setting up a business in France is not easy.

There are miles of red tape and the costs in setting up and maintaining a small business are in most cases prohibitive. National Insurance contributions are complex and usually amount to 30% of GROSS turnover!

Therefore the rules and costs associated with setting up a new business in France do not encourage the entrepreneurial spirit and enterprise is usually dominated by large companies.

Setting up a small business in France

Yesterday, I was driving through Augan and spotted a new shop… and it looked different… a bit hippy!

In defiance to the growing stronghold of the large French supermarket chains, this shop has been set up to sell mainly local organic produce.

The ambiance in the shop encouraged you to spend, the wooden shelving, the smell of fresh coffee and hot bread, the fresh produce… yes, it was all there… a real shopping experience.

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