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

Our blue door

Our blue door

La Maison Blanche this week.

La Maison Blanche has a brown back door and brown windows. I have always thought that they looked pretty grim… this week ALL change.

I chose a lovely summery blue paint… Monday and Tuesday were spent rubbing down and undercoating. The three La Ville Hatte widows watched my progress.

Yesterday, I got out the blue paint… I was half way through painting the back door when Melanie, the more vocal of the Ville Hatte widows, arrived.

“Je n’aime pas la couleur”.

No beating around the bush there… say it as it is Melanie !!

I tried to convince her that the blue was brighter and prettier. She wasn’t having any of it.

She has got me worried now… was the dingy brown better that my summery blue ?

I’m back at Maison Blanche today with my pot of blue paint to paint the front window blue…

I hope the Ville Hatte widows don’t stage a revolt… wish me luck !!

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