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 - Blues in BrittanyWe have some Dutch friends Karen and Kas (pronounced case ) who grow a couple acres of strawberries and do self pick which works very well. Being Dutch the crop is very clean but a couple of weeks before harvest they need help as straw has to be placed between the row to protect the berries. I realized after helping to distribute 5 tons of straw with a pitchfork why they are called straw berries. Last year my 2 eldest helped but as one of them is in Lille cat minding and writing a thesis I felt obliged to keep the other one company.

It’s a very sexist job as it is the men who put out the straw and the women who crawl on hands and knees putting the straw under the plants. When there is a group of us working there is a blend of languages English/French/Dutch being spoken. They should have a good year as the rain came at the right time after nearly 2 months of sun and berries are swelling. They aren’t registered as Bio (organic) but they don’t treat or use chemicals – they rotate the land and it’s in grass for 2 years and the only thing is the straw is from a conventional farm, but they taste really good!

Our town band has at last sorted out the problem of the old drummer versus the young one. After the last repetition where the old guy just slagged off Kevin [16yr]  and he resigned  it was decided to call an AGM extraordinaire and have Luc the old drummer excluded (chucked out)  for his outrageous bad behavior. This is good news as no one seems to like him and he never contributes to the aperitif after rehearsal.]]>

Read more about Strawberry Fields and the town band saga

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