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As you may have noticed from our cover - we are celebrating! This edition represents ten years of Living Magazine which is quite a milestone for those of us at Living HQ. I know there are many readers who have almost every copy on their coffee table, our friendly immobiliers always tell us how many they see in homes across the region! We are incredibly proud that our features have so clearly stood the test of time, and we think this is what helps Living to continue to stand out from the pack. And we are humbled by readers who hunt high and low to make sure they never miss a copy as Living helps to unlock the joys of living in south west France. We’d like to say a very special thank you to those readers who heard our plea in the last edition and bought us a ko-fi - not only does the money help us to continue delivering far and wide, but the kind words that accompanied the donations were heart-warming. We will be continuing with our ko-fi appeal throughout the year so don’t worry if you didn’t quite get round donating, there is still time! In our anniversary edition, we celebrate the region that we have chosen to live in and discover the household names that live here too. Don’t miss out on our massive giveaway where we have tickets to top attractions to share with you. All that remains is for us to raise a glass of something sparkling to our fabulous readers and advertisers as we look forward to the next ten years of Living Magazine. Bonne anniversaire!

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Citizen’s Rights after Brexit The latest information for British nationals living in France.

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10 Reasons we Love Nouvelle-Aquitaine For our tenth anniversary, we celebrate just a few of the many reasons we love living in south west France.

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Made in le Sud Ouest Did you know that our region is home to many world famous brands? Jessica Knipe discovers why.

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May Days Susan Hays looks forward to the month of May when partying and festival-going begin in earnest.

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Wine & Food Pairing Caro Feely continues her mini-series on pairing as the buds open in the vineyard.

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Nikki Legon’s Cuisine Seafood and asparagus are the special ingredients in Nikki’s celebratory menu.

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Hook, Line and Sinker Looking back over ten years of fishing columns with Ron Cousins.

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Upbeat The Ferme de Villefavard offers international musicians in a surprising setting, all year round.

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After standing empty for many years, the commune at Roussines (16) raised the money to buy and renovate the building that is now home to La Lanterne Bar and Restaurant. Set in the centre of the village, today La Lanterne is a busy meeting place run by Sebastien and Clare Mangeon. French and Welsh respectively, the couple used to run the Aromes 1 tea-room in Montbron and here they combine their love for food with their strong community spirit. La Lanterne is open daily for coffees, lunch, dinner and drinks (except Weds dinner and Sat lunch) and welcomes groups. The outside terrace area will be ideal for spring days and the couple plan to host special events and theme nights which will be publicised on their FB page and website. FB: lalanterne16310; www.lalanterneroussines.fr; tel 05 45 25 02 63.

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Regional products and flavours will take centre stage over the weekend of 7-8 April when the Rotary Club of Ruffec (16) invite some fifty organic producers and craftsmen to the Salle de Louis Petit (next to Intermarché). Doors open 10am-7pm, and entry costs 2€. There will, of course, be refreshments available. Call 06 28 32 42 20 for more information.

This nationwide, and now worldwide, annual celebration of good neighbours will take place on Friday 25 May and is a great opportunity to meet those living nearby. Started in 1990 in Paris, some 30 million people now take part with 9 million here in France.

On the weekend of 5-6 May, La Rochelle will be partying as two annual events join together: the Carnaval and Cavalcade. Normally the first is in April and the second in May and both are held in the town centre. So that the port isn’t closed for two weekends, and to reduce organisation costs, this year they are combining their efforts but will retain their individual identities. The Carnaval is the parade for children and families and will take place on Saturday afternoon. This will be followed in the evening and on Sunday by the Cavalcade organised by local professionals and featuring floats and fanfares. Two parades will take place, one on Saturday evening and the other on Sunday afternoon. Copious amounts of confetti will be thrown over both days!

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The Irish Belle

After three successful years running The Irish Belle tea-rooms and shop in Confolens, Mary Burke has moved to nearby Hiesse on the road to Pressac. “I loved my shop in Confolens centre but now need something larger with wheelchair access,” explains Mary. “I will continue to serve my popular breakfasts, lunches, cakes and pastries from my new premises and can now add events and more to my calendar.” Mary will continue to stock both English and French foods including vegetarian and gluten-free products. During the spring, opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-2.30pm and 5-7pm. Check the advert for The Irish Belle in future editions for changes through the seasons. Full details of upcoming events will be posted on the Facebook page at ‘The Irish Belle Tea-rooms’ or you can contact Mary on 05 45 31 23 31 or by email at theirishbelle 20163@gmail.com. The new address is 3 Place Jacques Soulat 16490 Hiesse and there is plenty of parking.

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Building on the success of previous years, this popular photography festival takes place in and around Angoulême from 24 March to 29 April. There will be 28 exhibitions in eleven different venues around the town with a central theme of ‘le corps dans tous ses états’ or ‘the body in all its states’. Three featured artists, ORLAN, Joana Choumali and Gérard Chauvin, will be exhibiting alongside photographers from the region and beyond, brought together by organiser Peggy Calvez-Allaire. French photographer ORLAN is renowned worldwide for her provocative art across a wide range of media which stimulates debate, as she uses her own body as the raw material. The photo below is from her exhibition ‘Self-Hybridations’ showing at the Musée des Beaux-Arts. For the full programme of events and exhibtions plus a map of exhibition venues, visit www.emoiphotographique.fr.

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Going to hospital can be a difficult time, no matter what the reason. As well as the stress and pain, there may be problems with communicating in French. The Director of Confolens (16) hospital, M Vincent You (photo), recognises these difficulties and has been meeting with a small group of local residents to look at the challenges they face when they need to access medical care. A patient’s lack of French can often become a barrier to establishing the trust that is needed between a doctor and a patient, so M You hopes that this consultation process will help to put in place some ideas to make communication easier. The group also pointed out that it’s not just language that can cause problems. There are often cultural differences too. A Facebook group, ‘Healthcare Matters in France’ has been set up to provide a portal for information and advice. It is hoped that other hospitals in France will follow suit. Find the group at: bit.ly/ConfHosp.

Night at the Museum

Now in its 14th year, the Nuit Européenne des Musées offers a unique opportunity to see museums as you wouldn’t otherwise. In 2017, two million people across France visited over 1,200 participating museums holding more than 3,000 events. Rochefort (17) will be holding torchlit visits with free entry between 8pm and midnight in several of its sites and La Rochelle (17) has confirmed that it will be taking part too. Angoulême (16) had record visitors to its events in 2017 so are also expected to take part, as are many museums in smaller towns and villages in Les Charentes. Put the date in your diary now – 19 May – and ask for full details at your local tourist office nearer the time.

The British Film Festival at Rouillac (16) begins on 14 April and this year will be spreading its wings with showings at Jarnac, Marcillac-Lanville, St-Fraigne, Châteauneuf and St Cybardeaux. Entry costs 5€ per film with screenings including Darkest Hour, Dunkirk and Viceroy’s House. Contact paul.stanford@orange.fr for details.

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The annual Florales du Pays Ruffecois will be held in Mansle (16) this year on 12-13 May – the theme will be ‘Dare to garden naturally’. Cigogne en Fête, the popular street festival in Charente-Maritime, will be held in La Gripperie-Saint-Symphorien on 25-26 May. The 7th Fête des Plantes will be held in the Priory grounds at Marcillac Lanville (16) near Aigre on Sunday 1 April from 10am-6pm. Entry 2€ for adults including tombola ticket, children free. For more information email mosaic. marcillac16@laposte.net

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La Belle Maison

Pop over the Dordogne border to the beautiful bastide village of Allemans du Dropt, just ten minutes from Eymet, to visit the recently opened interior shop La Belle Maison. Selling Little Greene paint and wallpaper, and Bluebellgray fabrics and soft furnishings, owner Beverley Hindle is excited about the plans for 2018. “We’ve just completed an 18-month renovation and transformed an old 1960s grocery store and former coach house into a fresh, modern space using the latest sustainable energy technology. And now, we are on to Phase 2!” The second phase is due to be completed in June which will add a large commercial kitchen to the up-and-running atelier, Pilates studio and massage rooms. The kitchen will be available to rent out for cookery courses, cosmetic workshops and will host an occasional pop-up restaurant in the garden during the summer months. “We want to provide luxury but sustainable and environmentally-friendly products in a welcoming environment where people can also come and learn new creative skills. We’re looking forward to providing weekly classes and workshops for sewing, painting, cooking and jewellery-making.” La Belle Maison, 10 Avenue de Marmande, 47800 Allemans du Dropt; tel: 05 53 64 37 43; FB: la.belle.maison.allemans; la-belle-maison.com.

Le Cluzeau

Le Cluzeau school near Sigoulès was established 145 years ago as a school for girls. Over the years it has grown and changed into what it is now; a mixed French secondary school, vocational college and further education centre. The most recent development saw the school obtaining its Cambridge International School

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Travelling to horse shows with her daughter and struggling to keep food fresh for several days, Tina Evans realised that there was a need for a non-powered cool box capable of staying cold for extended periods. As she drove between her family’s homes in the Dordogne and the UK, she realised that this was something that would also help frequent travellers. So she and husband David set about designing one! Fast forward a few years and The Cool Icebox Company produces a wide variety of models suitable for family days out through to larger commercial models useful for transporters or event venues, many marketed under their Nomad brand. One growing area is their specially designed medical range which keeps medications at the correct temperature to ensure worry-free travelling even in the heat of a Dordogne summer. Find out more at www.coolicebox. com.

Accreditation in June 2016. The purpose of becoming a Cambridge International school was to be able to offer the best of both worlds; the option to take iGCSEs or A levels alongside the French state curriculum with all Cambridge lessons being integrated into the normal school timetable. For students who live a bit further away there are weekly boarding facilities or

internat. Over half of the students board so the school makes sure that there are always activities to keep them occupied, for instance there are football, rugby, basketball and cross-country cycling sport sections which all students are welcome to join. For further information, contact Kirsten Stroud at cambridge@lecluzeau.com or telephone 05 53 73 43 60. www.lecluzeau.com.

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Sitting high above the Dropt valley in neighbouring Lot-et-Garonne, the Château de Duras has a panaromic view over the surrounding countryside. Built as a castrum in the 12th century, the fortune of Pope Clement V made it into an impregnable fortress in the 14th century. Surviving the Hundred Years War and the Wars of Religion within the Durfort family, the Château was transformed into its current Renaissance style in the 17th century. The granddaughter of the Duke of Duras became Princess of Monaco in 1777 through marriage and her descendant, Prince Albert II of Monaco, visited the Château last year. To celebrate this connection, a wing of the Château is being refurbished in May 2018. Meanwhile the Château is open to visitors who will discover 30 restored rooms before enjoying the unique courtyard balconies. For full details see www.chateau-de-duras.com.

to the Charente border, The Royal Oak feels like an archetypal English pub. Owner John Bailey originally bought the old watermill to convert into houses but as he started, he realised he had created the perfect space for a ‘local’ and The Royal Oak was born. John and his daughters are now offering lunches seven days a week including his famous Sunday roast. Monday to Friday sees a menu du jour with specials on Saturday, all of which can be enjoyed with a choice of draught beers including London Pride and Guinness. Last year the pub opened its immaculate fullsize bowling green and now has its own lawn bowling team with regular competition dates. And, if that wasn’t enough, John hosts theme nights throughout the year and has five B&B rooms on site. For full details of the calendar see their Facebook page at ‘The Royal Oak Mareuil’ or contact them on 09 51 98 85 16, theroyaloakmareuil@gmail.com.

Circus school

At the beginning of the school year, the association ‘Cinquième Sens’ set up a big top at Boulazac in which to train children from the age of five in the arts of the circus. Already some forty children are enjoying the weekly classes and now holiday courses are being introduced for children up to the age of 17. The first two will run from 9-13 and 16-20 April. Here they will learn acrobatics, juggling, balancing and more culminating in an end-of-the-course show. For details see www.cirque24.fr.

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Anglo-French association ‘Le Pont à Sion’ based at St Hilaire de Riez (85) is calling for more English-speaking members after several have returned to the UK. The association has more than one hundred members but only twenty are non-French, although numbers swell in the summer when second-home owners arrive. Open to all ages and levels of fluency, membership costs 15€ per year and the group meets each week on Thursday evenings for a discussion over a glass of wine, and on Friday mornings for a quiz. Regular events are held throughout the year. To find out more see the website at lepontasion.org.

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As the bridge to Noirmoutiers approaches its 50th anniversary, the decision has been taken that it is time for the bridge to be overhauled. This is no small task given that the bridge is 583m long and 33.5m high, the largest structure in the Vendée. On average 8,700 vehicles use the bridge each day, reaching nearly 21,000 a day in summer. However, a recent study has shown that salt corrosion is taking its toll, so each day eight to ten workers are suspended under the bridge to replace steel rods and re-cover with concrete. This will then be covered with a special coating which will limit the penetration of salt and water. The whole project will take four years and cost seven million euros. Work will be suspended each summer between 15 June and 15 September, essential this summer with the Grand Départ of the Tour de France planned to leave the island on 7 July.

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Château de Cherveux As featured in Living Guided visits in English around this 15th century fortified château built by Scot Robert Cunningham. Now being restored by the Redien family. Open Sat & Sun 3-6pm (Mar-Oct) Adults 8€ / Children 4€ Groups by reservation all year

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The 4th Fête des Plantes at the Jardin des Sources takes place on 1 May at Beugnon (79) and this year features a floral demonstration by the flamboyant and talented TV florist Carl Wilde who has moved to the area. He will inspire with his extravagant creations that made him a regular guest on ‘This Morning’. More than thirty nurseries will be present and the tomato will again star with more than 2,500 organic plants available to purchase across 27 different non-hybrid varieties. The fête will celebrate nature with guided walks through the local countryside and workshops demonstrating how to make ‘champagne’ and pesto from foraged wild plants. Discover traditional agricultural techniques and skills still used by Grenier d’Images and their team of working animals. Plus there are round table discussions about permaculture, agroforestry and biodynamics. Children will love the tree climbing and other fun activities available on the day. Doors open from 9am-6pm and entry is free. See LeJardinDesSources.blogspot.fr for full details.


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The Centre Régional ‘Resistance & Liberté’ in Thouars (79) has re-opened for 2018 with an exhibition questioning the place and the function of cartoons, both political and humorous, during the Occupation. The exhibition underlines the battle required to keep both freedom of expression and freedom of the press and presents many documents for the first time. ‘Humour interdit’ or ‘Forbidden Humour’ was the name of an exhibition of press cartoons and caricatures in Toulouse in December 1944, following the Liberation, where artists found their voices again after four years of censorship. The same name was given to this exhibition created by the Musée départemental de la Résistance et de la Déportation de la Haute-Garonne in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in 2015. Drawings produced between 1939 and 1945 for press, leaflets, etc. are presented demonstrating how drawings can be used both as a psychological weapon and counter-propaganda. Entry costs 2.50€ for adults, and the exhibition is open Tuesday to Friday and Sunday from 2.30-6pm until 30 September. For full details see www.crrl.fr.

Enjoy six classical concerts at the festival Bach à Pâques between 30 March and 2 April in and around St-Maixent l’Ecole (79). On the programme are Bach, Handel and Telemann and tickets start at 16€. www.coream.org

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The cross-cultural association Meridien Green based at St Coutant (79) will be holding their annual vide-grenier and arts and craft exhibition on 1May. See www.meridiengreen.eu. The next Hope Book Sale will be held at Clussais-laPommeraie (79) on 18-20 May. Doors open 10am-4pm and refreshments are available. See hopeassoc.org.

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Known as the CT, France’s equivalent to the MOT, is set to become harder in May in an effort to improve the safety of cars on the road. Not only will the examiners have to pass a BAC Pro, a step up from the CAP required today, but they will need to examine the vehicles against a more extensive list of tests. At the moment there are 123 checkpoints which can result in up to 453 defects, from May there will be 131 tests which can result in 696 faults. Currently, there are two possible outcomes, positive or negative, with owners having two months to make repairs. In the future there will be three outcomes – positive, negative (two months to repair) and critical (24 hours to repair). As the test will take longer and require additional training, the cost will rise by about twenty per cent.

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Mortemart Fête des Plantes

On Sunday 29 April the association Découverte du Patrimoine Paysager et Botanique is organising the 8th Fête des Plantes at the Château des Ducs de Mortemart (87). At the heart of one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, on a site that still belongs to one of the oldest French families, Les Rochechouart-Mortemart, this exhibition and sale brings together nearly 40 exhibitors from across France. Specialist nurseries will display roses, camellias, trees and shrubs, grasses, clematis, perennials, organic vegetable plants, seeds, saffron, aquatic and aromatic plants and more. Garden designers will be present along with artisans selling nesting boxes and bird feeders, basketry and tools. Mortemart is easily accessible from both Vienne and Charente and gates open from 9am-7pm. Entry is 3€ for adults, free for children and pets are not admitted. For more information: 07 88 45 12 41 and adppb@arbres-remarquables.org.

DIARY DATEs!

MagnacLaval (87) is hosting its popular 8th Fête des Plantes on 8 April from 10am-6pm. Entry is 2€, under-16s free. All things alpaca will be found at the first Salon International de Alpaga on 7-8 April at Saint Yrieix la Perche (87). Entry is free and doors open 9.30am-6pm. See alpagasudouest.fr Tap-dancing fans will not want to miss the 6th Festival International de laquettes américaines from 18-21 May at Limoges.

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Nature watch

Take part in one of the 230 meetings across the Vienne organised by a collective of 21 associations to learn more about the local fauna and flora. For the first time, you can see all the outings in one booklet which is available for download from the Vienne Nature website (www.vienne-nature.fr) under the ‘Sorties nature’ tab.

Art visits

The European Artistic Crafts Day was launched in 2002 at the behest of the French government and has become a popular fixture in the art diary. This year les Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art (JEMA) put the spotlight on professionals working in arts and crafts between 3-8 April. Many workshops open their doors to the public, holding exhibitions and demonstrations. Ask at your local tourist office for information or visit www.journeesdesmetiersdart.fr.


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Holidays!

April and May are renowned for the many bank holidays so here’s a quick reminder:

Chasing time

Dig out your running shoes and walking boots to take part in one of the Limousin’s largest sporting occasions ‘Les Gendarmes et les Voleurs de Temps’. Over the weekend of 19-20 May, over 4,000 runners and walkers of all ages and abilities will take part in a series of races and hikes in the countryside around the Monts d’Ambazac and Val du Tourion (87). The largest race is the 32km ‘Les Voleurs du Temps’ with up to 2,000 runners, while the 52km ‘Le Grand Trail of Limousin’ can accept 1,000 participants. There are 11km and 14.5km hikes plus a 20km run. As well as the 5km ladies’ fun run ‘Les Voleuses de Temps’, there are children’s courses and, new for this year, a 12km Canitrail for walkers with pooches. Phew! Money raised on the day will go to the association ‘Trait d’Union’ which supports children with cancer at Limoges CHU. For full entry details see the website at gendarmes-et-voleurs.com.

Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques): Monday 2 April Fête du Travail: Tuesday 1 May VE Day (Victoire 1945): Tuesday 8 May Ascension: Thursday 10 May Pentecost (Pentecôte): Monday 21 May There are 3 possible ‘pont’ days: Monday 30 April, Monday 7 May and Friday 11 May. Spring school holidays for Nouvelle-Aquitaine run from 8-22 April.

On the Move

Billie and Cliff, previously of the Bar de la Fontaine in Gouex (86), famous for their welcome and hospitality as well as delicious fish & chips and homemade burgers, have relocated to Rancon (87290). Named in honour of George Bonnet, who was born in the square bearing his name and was martyred during the war, ‘The George’ restaurant opens on 1 April. Here they will continue to offer a welcoming environment and good food at affordable prices. Follow their FB page ‘Le George’ for event details and opening hours or call 05 87 37 90 69.

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Citizens’ rights after

BREXIT

The latest developments for British citizens living in France by Kathryn Dobson

Simon Coveney, Irish Minister, meets Michel Barnier, Brexit EU Chief Negotiator

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Disappointingly, there has been little progress in the negotiations on Citizens’ Rights since the December agreement discussed in the previous edition of Living. In fact, with the contents of the draft Withdrawal Agreement published by the EU in February, things could be seen as having taken a step backwards. In it was a passage (Article 32) referring to freedom of movement for UK nationals in the EU. Although this is an outstanding issue and still subject to negotiation, the draft goes much further than expected and specifically excludes free movement rights for UK citizens in the EU. It makes clear that this exclusion covers: • Free movement rights to other Member States; • Right of establishment in other Member States; • Right to provide services on the territory of another Member State; And: • Right to provide services to a person established in another Member State

START WRITING! It is now more important than ever that UK MPs understand that citizens’ rights are not ‘done and dusted’ as suggested by politicians and the media. We need you to write to your MP and encourage your friends and families to write to theirs on your behalf. A full package including a template letter can be downloaded at: www. britishineurope. org/lobbyyourmp

This last exclusion would mean that a British consultant resident in France, if asked by, say, a German company to provide it with a service remotely from the consultant’s desk in France (e.g. translation, IT services etc.), the consultant would have to refuse simply because the client was established elsewhere in the EU and not physically present in France. With eighty per cent of UK nationals in the EU under retirement age and many working remotely for clients in other EU member states, this is a concerning development. The negotiation on Citizens’ Rights has been further complicated by an EU announcement that all negotiations are on hold until a solution is found to the complex issue of the Irish border. As Living goes to press it is unclear whether this will apply to citizens’ rights negotiations, meaning that we continue to live in limbo, not knowing what our rights will be in a year’s time – yet the clock is ticking.

Here in France

As well as lobbying in Brussels and Westminster, British in Europe (BiE) is now visiting Brexit teams in key member states. In February the first such meeting was held at the Assemblée Nationale in conjunction with ‘the3million’, who were presenting the challenges faced by French citizens relocating back to France from the UK. Jane Golding, Chair of BiE, spoke eloquently about the concerns of UK nationals living here in France, and the need for support from the French systems and MPs. Those present were surprised and concerned to hear that Citizens’ Rights were not as fully agreed as they had previously understood. After the presentation Jane commented: “It was a good first meeting – the MPs listened to what we had to say and the interactive session which followed showed they had taken it on board, not least the fact we couldn’t vote in the Referendum, and how important it was to plan for implementing the Withdrawal Agreement, once concluded, in France. It was a great platform, from which we can build our lobbying and advocacy in France further.”

During the meeting, it was confirmed that the number of British nationals seeking French citizenship has jumped markedly although, sadly, due to budget restrictions, no additional staff will be put in place to deal with any surge in requests.

Embassy Visits

Two more visits to the region are being planned, at Limoges (87) on 15 May and Parthenay (79) date to be confirmed. While recent communications from the Embassy have suggested that a satisfactory conclusion is near, there are clearly still key issues outstanding, and nothing can be confirmed until any deal is ring-fenced. It is therefore important that when Embassy staff visit our communities we take the time to share our concerns with them, to be fed back to London. See their FB page ‘British Embassy Paris’ for details.

Votes for Life

Finally, we end with the positive news that back in Westminster the long battle to remove the 15-year limit on voting rights for British citizens living abroad has seen welcome movement recently. After much campaigning, the ‘Overseas Electors Bill 2017-19’, a private members’ bill presented by Conservative MP Glyn Davies, passed unopposed. This is the first hurdle of many, and is now on its way to committee stage, although the date has yet to be confirmed.

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BORDEAUX Place de la Bourse reflected in le Mirroir d’Eau at dusk

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It’s not by chance that we came to live in south west France - we celebrate some of the jewels to be found in our region.

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the lot valley Puy l’Evêque is right on our doorstep in neighbouring Lot

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the dordogne river A replica gabare returns to La Roque-Gageac

Ile d’Oleron Citadelle ramparts, Château d’Oléron

Becoming part of Nouvelle Aquitaine meant that the notion of ‘our’ region suddenly took on a whole new dimension. With so much to see and do, you could spend a lifetime happily getting to know it, so where do you begin? We had to think long and hard, but eventually came up with just ten inspirational places (in no particular order) which make this one of the most desirable parts of France.

BORDEAUX High-speed rail services whisk you there almost before you know it, or park outside the city and ride the tramway into the very heart of things. You’ll find pedestrianised boulevards lined with dazzling architecture, all lovingly restored to their full, pristine glory. The classic views are from across the river Garonne on the rive droite, a former industrial wasteland transformed with public parks, botanical gardens, premium housing plus a green and creative sector economy. The riverbank even has a listed nature reserve, while the tramway has removed any notional barriers between new and old Bordeaux. Talking of which, the historic quaysides of the

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ANGLES-SURL’ANGLIN The ruined château stands sentinel over the River Anglin

rive gauche are now a haven for walkers, joggers, cyclists and roller-bladers – the choice is yours. Follow a succession of quays past two multi-arched stone and pink brick bridges all the way to newer landmarks. Keeping the huge Jacques Delmas Chaban bridge company is the equally audacious Cité du Vin, styled to look like a splash of wine swirling into a glass, as befits a glitzy new visitor centre celebrating the world’s premier producer and exporter of fine wines. At nightfall old Bordeaux’s dazzling selection of restaurants and bars are a reminder that fine wines and fine dining go hand in hand, although simply being here in the most romantic of settings might be all the excuse you need for a visit.

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Late morning, Boulevard Promenade Marcel Gounouilhou

Tucked away in a little-visited corner of

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the lot valley Chemin d’Halage near Bouziès Left: Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

northeastern Vienne, the dreamlike image of ancient feudal château ruins poised 48m above a leafy river crossing will have you reaching for your camera. Follow the road up to the château (behind which you’ll find the ‘ville haute’), climb a steep footpath up to a viewpoint and you’ll be rewarded with impressive overviews of the valley. Add the nearby Roc aux Sorciers prehistoric site and you can see why Angles-sur-l’Anglin is officially one of ‘les Plus Beaux Villages de France’.

BASSIN D’ARCACHON This vast tidal bay just 30km southwest of Bordeaux became a playground for well-to-do city dwellers when a passenger railway was built during the mid-19th century. Former fishing villages suddenly embraced early tourism, none more

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enthusiastically than Arcachon, whose pine-clad hills were divided into building plots and sold to wealthy families, who built elegant Belle Epoque villas in the ‘Ville d’Hiver’. Arcachon preserves further evidence of its age d’or as a genteel, highly desirable retreat, so when the town centre planned a monumental redevelopment programme a few years ago the architects looked to the nearby 19th century Belle Epoque villas for stylistic inspiration. It all works beautifully. Arcachon’s real attraction, though, are no fewer than five beaches forming one glorious, impeccably maintained stretch of pale golden sand – perfect for sunbathing while contemplating glamorous Cap Ferret just across the bay. Finally, a few km to the south is the world-famous Dune du Pilat, Europe’s highest and longest sand dune, from whose 114m summit you can see (in clear conditions) virtually the entire Côte d’Argent.

THE LOT VALLEY There’s none of the tortured geology of, say, the Ardèche or Verdon, or the architectural fireworks of the Loire or Dordogne, but for simple, natural beauty and a sense of leafy seclusion, the Lot is quite unsurpassed. Begin your journey just west of Cahors amid the broad, fertile plains of the local AOC vineyards, after which it’s all about the river. Pause in Luzech, climb to a lofty medieval donjon and see how the time-warp town sits within one of the Lot’s sweeping meanders. Further on is Puy l’Evêque,

built on a rocky headland and fortified by the English during the Hundred Years’ War. There are fine views from the hilltop village of Belaye, but the most spectacular site is the Chemin de Halage near Bouziès – a towpath cut deep into a sheer rockface high above the river. The resulting low gallery precluded the use of horses or oxen, so teams of strong men were employed to haul the barges which once transported plaster, salt, dried fish and spices.

ATLANTIC COAST ISLANDS Why choose just one? Each has a totally different character, but share a seductive sense of island escapism, so each is worth getting to know. Oléron, largest of all, has strikingly varied coastal scenery, from salt-marshes, golden sandy beaches and sheltered marinas to a working fishing port and the rugged Côte Sauvage. For panoramic views of the islands and coastline climb to the summit of the Phare de Chassiron, on the northernmost tip of the island. The neighbouring Île d’Aix is tiny by comparison, and a perfect day out, with a boat ride from Fouras or Port des Barques (from which a tidal causeway connects to the diminutive Île Madame). Finally, the Île de Ré brought island chic to the Atlantic coast, but is a delight to explore out of season, when bridge tolls are lower and the roads uncrowded. Better still, see it peacefully by bike.

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the Basque coastline from Bayonne down to the Spanish border (as we reported in February/March issue of Living Magazine).

THE DORDOGNE RIVER From its source high in the mountains of Auvergne the great river flows for some 500 km through Limousin and Périgord before joining the Gironde north of Bordeaux. There’s no shortage of scenic highlights along the way, but for sheer drama nothing beats La Roque Gageac, another holder of the ‘Plus Beaux Villages de France’ label, thanks to its unique setting at the foot of high limestone cliffs

maraispoitevin La Sèvre Niortaise, near Coulon

AUBUSSON For centuries this historic town on the banks of the Creuse has been world-famous for producing exquisite tapestries, and in 2009 UNESCO added Aubusson to its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie displays a dazzling collection of work, from archive test pieces by student craft-workers right up to priceless examples from the 15th-20th century. Temporary exhibitions feature works by influential artists such as Braque, Calder, Ernst, Le Corbusier, Léger, Lurçat, Picasso and Vasarely, and there are displays of works by contemporary designers nudging their art in new directions. Finally, you can see today’s craftsmen and women working patiently on new commissions for clients worldwide

MARAIS POITEVIN This unique network of waterways between Niort and the Atlantic coast has long been known unofficially as ’la Venise verte’ but its official title of ‘Parc Naturel Régional du Marais Poitevin’ (plus a ‘Grand Site de France’ official label) tells you that this is much more than merely another beauty spot. See what was achieved through centuries of carefully controlled management of once impenetrable marshland by looking at aerial or satellite imagery. Then plan your visit, ideally exploring a network of dedicated cycle paths, before seeing things from the water by taking a river cruise, hiring a boat or relaxing in a traditional barque in the agreeable company of a knowledgeable local boatman. Vibrant duckweed no longer covers the surface of the water but you’ll still see greenery all around

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you, particularly between Coulon and Damvix. You find a selection of detailed visitor maps at tourist offices, including the Maison du Marais Poitevin in Coulon, which also has boat hire, restaurants and convenient car parking. Find out more: www.parc-marais-poitevin.fr

BIARRITZ If you’ve never been then you’ll be surprised to discover that the much-publicised glitz and glamour are but a small part of the appeal. Out of season things are surprisingly calm, and the mild climate means that for much of the year you can sunbathe – or if conditions are blustery watch the action out among the Atlantic breakers on some of Europe’s finest surfing beaches. There are enjoyable walks past the old fishing port, a fascinating marine aquarium, lively markets and a tempting selection of restaurants – look for freshly landed fish and seafood on the chalkboard menus. If time allows, explore

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the dordogne river Limeuil, where la Dordogne meets la Vézère


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Saturday morning in Cahors

on the banks of the river. If you feel like seeing it from the water you can hire a canoe or take a river cruise aboard a replica gabare. Alternatively, drive 3km or so upstream to the remarkable fortified village of Domme, to enjoy one of the classic bird’s-eye views of the Dordogne.

MORNING MARKETS Watch one of the defining features of French daily life unfold over a cup of coffee at a nearby bar table, and soak up

the atmosphere. Village markets vary noticeably in size with the seasons but in the heart of big cities they’re busy all year round. Niort, for example has daily markets and on Thur, Sat and Sun the huge, historic halles beside the donjon are buzzing. Further south Saintes has markets in three different locations, the classic being beside the 15th century Cathédrale Saint-Pierre. Over in Dordogne, Périgueux also has markets beside a large cathedral – be there when

the local chestnuts (châtaignes du Périgord) appear. In a different league is Bordeaux, which holds a staggering thirty or so makets around the city, including on the banks of the Garonne. Meanwhile, in Limousin the historic town of Tulle has its own riverside markets, while Brive-la-Gaillarde has been an important market town since medieval times. Find locations and trading times of markets across France here: www.jours-de-marche.fr

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Classical Celebrations

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Eglise St Martial, Chalais CONCERT D’OUVERTURE “La Truite” Dvořák Piano Quartet Op.87 Schubert ‘Trout’ Quintet followed by a reception

Eglise & Cloisters St Martial, Chalais GALA DAY In the company of “Ensemble International des Quatre Siècles”, the Festival’s virtuoso string ensemble & New York based Sandbox Percussion KIDS’ MORNING from 11.00: Free entry for children plus accompanying adults 20.00 CONCERT DE GALA: A sparkling evening with a champagne reception. Liszt, Barber, Piazzolla, Bizet plus birthday surprises.

Sunday 13 May 16.00 Eglise St Martial, Chalais CORDES ET VENTS Schubert Octet, Mozart Clarinet Quintet

Saturday 19 May 20.30 Le Castel, Châteaubernard THE GENIUS OF SHOSTAKOVICH Concert followed by a ‘verre d’amitié’

Sunday 20 May 16.00 Eglise St Martial, Chalais THE GENIUS OF SHOSTAKOVICH

Saturday 26 May 20.30 Temple de Barbezieux THE APOTHEOSIS OF ROMANTICISM String sextets of Brahms & Schoenberg

Sunday 27 May 16.00 Eglise St Martial, Chalais THE APOTHEOSIS OF ROMANTICISM Brahms Sextet Op. 36 & Schœnberg Verklärte Nacht

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en years ago, sensing a steadily growing demand in southern Charente for classical music, London musicians, the Shaws, planned three weekends of concerts in the Cloisters at Chalais. The aim was simple: to present chamber music concerts of the highest quality, featuring internationally renowned musicians, in the beautiful Charentais countryside and at an affordable price. As Sarah Shaw recalls: “We could never have imagined the enormity of this extraordinary journey – the musical experiences, the excitement, the hard work, the traditions established, the community spirit... but most of all the sheer joy of it all.” Today, Le Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente is firmly established on the international festival circuit and offers a unique opportunity to hear some of the biggest names on the current global classical music scene, in atmospheric, historic venues. With an address book overflowing with international musician friends and colleagues, passion, plus a determination to bring new life to their new land of choice, Artistic Directors Nathalie, Julian & Jacob Shaw invite top musicians spanning generations, reflecting the paths of their own individual musical careers. This year promises to be another enthralling one as this remarkable festival celebrates its own tenth anniversary with five weekends of concerts and social events.

José Gallardo, piano (Argentina) - international recording artist for EMI, Warner

Farmers’ market of local produce in the Cloisters of St Martial after each Sunday afternoon concert.

TICKETS & INFORMATION Tickets 17€, Gala Concert 02 June 22€ (including reception). Festival pass 75€ for 5 concerts of your choice (excluding Le Castel, Châteaubernard). Children/students/unemployed: free. Tickets available via the Festival Office +33 5 45 98 67 83, Tourist Office Aubeterre +33 5 45 98 57 18, or online at www.chalaismusique.com. More information on www.chalaismusique. com, latest news on Facebook: FIMCEC

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Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola (Canada) Fine Arts Quartet, USA

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“Links between the festival and local businesses are paramount”

Le Bistroquet

lunchtime through until Sunday lunchtime. Menus start at 10.95€ at lunch and 19€ for dinner. 14, Avenue de l’Angoumois, 16190 Montmoreau-SaintCybard; tel: 05 45 67 83 34; FB: le.bistroquet.montmoreau

Following his successful tenure under the direction of Jean-Louis Bruneau at the Relais du Château at Chalais, Thierry Laporte and his wife Catherine have opened the doors to Le Bistroquet in Montmoreau-Saint-Cybard. For Thierry, this is the realisation of a long-time dream to serve fresh, local fare in a chic, bistro-style environment. The Bistroquet team are international, Catherine grew up on Réunion and is helped in the restaurant by Gareth, a Scot, while Thierry who himself spent 18 months at Claridges in London, is aided in the kitchen by Jenny originally from England. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday

L to R: Thierry, Catherine and Jean-Louis Bruneau in the restaurant

Le Mas de Montet Offering luxurious 4-star accommodation in an historic 17/18th century château in the very heart of le Périgord, le Mas de Montet was the home of the Marquis de Nattes during the 19th century and would later count President François Mitterrand (whose family home was nearby) among its regular visitors. Today the tradition of hospitality continues, the range of accommodation encompassing guest rooms, suites and a detached traditional cottage – all individually styled and exquisitely furnished. Appropriately sumptuous continental breakfasts are served from 8.30am–10.30am in the château dining room. A long-time partner of the festival, Le Mas de Montet is offering a special tariff this year of 170€ for 2 people per night including breakfast. The château and its parkland is also available to host meetings, incentive breaks, wedding receptions, house parties and celebrations of all kinds. Le Mas de Montet, 24600 Petit-Bersac; tel: 05 53 90 08 71; www.lemasdemontet.com

Conte et Filles

For over a century, five generations of the Conte family have produced cognac and pineau on their 24ha farm in Chillac, near the festival’s home in Chalais. When their parents and uncle

retired in 2011, sisters Blandine and Anne-Laure decided to return to their childhood home and take over the reins of the family business. Blandine was a buyer for Auchan while AnneLaure worked in IT, experiences that served them well as they began to diversify to build the vineyard’s future. Today, the sisters sell a range of cognacs (VS, VSOP, XO, Héritage), pineaux (blanc and rosé) and juices from their Chillac base. Go behind the scenes to find out more by booking onto one of their 90-minute tours available Monday to Saturday in both English and French. They also offer chambres d’hôtes and a serviced site for camping cars under the umbrella of ‘Bienvenue à la ferme’. Chez Grimaud, 16480 Chillac; tel: 06 62 38 37 06 or 06 80 41 87 34; www.contefilles.com

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J.M. Weston has been making shoes in Limoges for over 120 years

THIS PHOTO AND INSET SHOE: J.M. Weston sole leather is produced exclusively by their own tannery Repetto, based in the Dordogne, has been a reference in ballet shoes since 1947

220 artisans make 4,000 pairs of boots each day in Aigle’s workshop in Châtellerault One of the 60 stages in the making of an Aigle boot

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French fashion is increasingly proud of being “Made in France” but you can go one step further, thanks to a plethora of international brands who continue to produce their fine products right on our doorstep... WORDS: Jessica Knipe

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e sustainable, be eco-responsible, buy local…” We’ve all heard the advice and we all know it’s right, but for some reason we still associate buying fashion close to home with brands who produce somewhat hippyish, hemp-woven sacks. It’s not always easy to stay chic when you’re shopping locally. Except, that is, if you’re lucky enough to live in south west France. Not many people realise that many of the country’s most celebrated brands are produced in the very heart of our own countryside - and it’s not just the obvious Charentaises slippers or Basque espadrilles that are still made nearby. Even certain international heavyweights have resisted the urge to delocalise their production companies, banking instead on the generations of know-how which made them famous in the first place. Take Longchamp, the renowned maker of classic, elegant bags, wallets The iconic Longchamp Pliage, in its leather incarnation

and shoes, whose foldable Pliage travel bags are seen on many a stylish arm across the globe. The brand, started by Jean Cassegrain in 1948 as a range of cases for pipes, now has six factories, all based in the west of France. One of them, in Montournais (in the Vendée) will soon move to a brand new 7,000-square-metre site which is being built in nearby Pouzauges, specifically to be sure they can retain the people already working for them (and more importantly their knowledge). “Longchamp is loyal to its French roots and artisanal know-how,” says Jean Cassegrain, the founder’s grandson and the company’s current general manager. And because that know-how is so particular, they rarely find someone who is already fully qualified. Most of its artisans have trained beforehand in the local workshops. Savoir-faire can be taught, but it’s an art that can’t be mastered completely for several years. The knowledge which takes so long to acquire is at the very heart of a fashion brand’s quality, something that other companies have taken into account, too. Wherever specific local know-how is involved with a craft, brands have fought to keep their production units unmoved. Aigle, a company which has been making rubber boots since 1853, was founded by an American named Hiram Hutchinson, but despite its foreign origins and its 131 shops throughout the world, the artisans in Châtellerault remain the real bedrock of the brand’s success. “Our savoir-faire

La mode « Made in France » a de plus en plus la cote, et dans le sud-ouest de la France on peut consommer de façon encore plus locale, grâce à une poignée de marques internationales qui continuent à fabriquer leurs produits sur le pas de notre porte « Achetez durable, soyez écoresponsable, achetez local ... » On a tous entendu ces bons conseils et on sait tous que c’est logique. Mais pour une raison ou une autre, on continue d’associer la mode produite près de chez nous avec des sacs bohèmes, tissés en fil de chanvre. Ce n’est pas toujours facile de rester chic quand on veut acheter local. Sauf si vous avez la chance de vivre dans le sud-ouest de la France. Peu de gens le savent, mais certaines des marques les plus célèbres du pays ont leurs fabriques au cœur même de notre campagne. Et ce ne sont pas seulement les charentaises ou les espadrilles qui sont encore fabriquées par ici : certains titans de la mode internationale ont aussi résisté à la tentation de délocaliser leurs unités de production, mettant plutôt l’accent sur les générations de savoirfaire qui les ont rendus célèbres. Prenez Longchamp, par exemple. La célèbre marque de maroquinerie classique et chic, dont les sacs Pliage sont pendus au bras les plus élégants du monde entier, a été fondée d’abord par Jean Cassegrain quand en 1948 ce buraliste a imaginé des pipes gainées de cuir. Aujourd’hui Longchamp compte six usines, toutes basées dans l’ouest

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It takes two years for an artisan to master the making of an Aigle boot

a decisive element in the launch of the brand.” So no, shopping locally doesn’t only mean having to wear an “I love Ré” T-shirt (which probably isn’t even made in France, anyway). It can also mean supporting the well-established art of local craftsmen while owning the best quality leather handbags, the most iconic shoes and the quirkiest of socks and knickers. You really can be chic and Sud-Ouest, from top to toe.

“Wherever specific local know-how is involved with a craft, brands have fought to keep their production units unmoved.” was born in France,” says Romain Guinier, Aigle’s CEO. “What we sell is a little bit of France. Continuing our production in the Nouvelle Aquitaine means preserving a unique artisanal know-how, as well as our production secrets.” The list goes on. Repetto, the ballet titan who rose to fame when Brigitte Bardot made its ballerinas the ultimate symbols of femininity by wearing a pair in the classic French film “Et Dieu Créa la Femme”, has always been based in Saint Médar L’Excideuil, in the Dordogne. Italian fashion giant Prada owns a leather making facility in Isle, near Limoges. So does its French rival, Hermès, who already had a factory in Nontron (also in Dordogne) when it implanted its entire glove making facilities in Haute-Vienne by buying out the Ganterie Coopérative, founded 195 people work at J.M. Weston’s atelier in Limoges

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in 1919 at Saint-Junien. During the acquisition the brand kept the entirety of the factory’s workforce, whose craftsmanship was the most precious part of the deal. Keeping all of the glove makers who were already working there also meant that they could teach the craft to the younger generation. In fact, Limoges has become a bit of a centre for luxury leathermaking know-how: also based (for four generations) in Saint-Junien, the Ganterie Agnelle has been the go-to address for fashion designers from Dior to Jean-Paul Gaultier. And its neighbour, JM Weston, has been shuffling the halls of the Élysée as the shoe brand of choice for French presidents since Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. Even Parisian start-up brands who are hoping to take over the fashion world come looking for local know-how in the Sud-Ouest – Le Slip Français, a trendy underwear label set up by Guillaume Gibault, convinced a lingerie factory in Saint-Antoine in the Dordogne to produce his iconic designs, a bet that paid off when his funny marketing campaigns got him noticed at Cannes. A similar process led Emmanuelle Plescoff and Timothée Pic (who met when they were working for Christian Lacroix) to found a sock company called Royalties Paris, relying on the craftsmanship of the family-run factory Broussaud, near Limoges. “The Broussaud family immediately and enthusiastically understood what we needed,” explains Timothée Pic. “Finding an atelier we could trust was

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à Saint-Junien, la Ganterie Agnelle est l’adresse incontournable des stylistes, de Dior à Jean-Paul Gaultier. Quant aux chaussures de son voisin, JM Weston, elles foulent les parquets de l’Élysée aux pieds des présidents français depuis Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. Même les start-ups Parisiens qui espèrent percer dans le monde de la mode recherchent le savoir-faire du Sud-Ouest : Le Slip Français, une jeune marque de lingerie, a démarré quand Guillaume Gibault a convaincu une usine de lingerie à Saint-Antoine en Dordogne Aigle has 330 boutiques de produire ses slips emblématiques, throughout the world un pari qui a porté ses fruits lorsque ses campagnes de marketing drôlatiques de la France. L’une d’entre elles, à acquérir, est au cœur-même de la qualité l’ont fait se faire remarquer à Cannes. d’une grande maison de la mode, ce Montournais, en Vendée, sera déplacée Maintenant, l’entreprise collabore avec que d’autres ont aussi pris en compte. prochainement vers un tout nouveau des designers comme Claudie-Pierlot, Partout où un métier demande un site de 7,000 mètres carrés qui est Princesse Tam-Tam et Saint James. De savoir-faire local spécifique, les marques en construction dans les environs de la même façon, Emmanuelle Plescoff se battent pour garder sur place leurs Pouzauges, pas loin, afin de retenir la et Timothée Pic (rencontrés dans les unités de production. Aigle, fabricant force ouvrière (et surtout son savoir). ateliers de Christian Lacroix) ont créé de bottes en caoutchouc à Châtelle« Longchamp reste fidèle à ses racines une société de chaussettes appelée françaises et à son savoir-faire artisanal », rault depuis 1853, a été fondé par un Royalties Paris, s’appuyant sur l’artisanat de l’usine familiale Broussaud, Américain nommé Hiram Hutchison. explique Jean Cassegrain, le petit-fils du près de Limoges. « Broussaud a tout de fondateur et l’actuel directeur général de Mais malgré ses origines étrangères et suite été à notre écoute, tout en étant l’entreprise. Et puisque ce savoir-faire est ses 131 boutiques à travers le monde, les artisans de la Vienne restent au véritable enthousiasmée par notre projet », dit si particulier, la marque trouve rarement fondement du succès de la marque. Timoûthée Pic. « Trouver un fabricant quelqu’un de déjà qualifié. La plupart de de confiance était une étape décisive. » « Notre savoir-faire est né en France », ses artisans sont passés par l’atelier de explique Romain Guinier, président Donc non, faire du shopping près de formation de la marque. Le savoir-faire directeur général d’Aigle. « Ce que nous chez nous, ce n’est pas seulement porter peut être enseigné, mais c’est un art qui vendons, c’est un petit bout de France. un T-shirt « I love Ré » (qui n’est ne peut être maîtrisé complètement Maintenir la fabrication en Nouvelle probablement même pas fabriqué en qu’au bout de plusieurs années. Ce savoir, qui prend tant de temps à Aquitaine permet de préserver ce France, de toute façon). Ça peut savoir-faire artisanal unique ainsi que également vouloir dire que l’on soutient nos secrets de fabrication. » le savoir-faire ancien d’artisans locaux, Et ça ne s’arrête pas là. Repetto, le tout en achetant un sac à main fait du From a pair of ballet shoes made for her spécialiste du ballet devenu célèbre meilleur cuir, des chaussures des plus grandson, Rose quand Brigitte Bardot a fait de ses seillants et les plus excentriques des Repetto built a ballerines l’ultime symbole de la féminité chaussettes pour mettre dedans. global dance empire dans le classique Et Dieu Créa la Femme, Vous pouvez vraiment être chic a toujours été basé à Saint Médar et Sud-Ouest, L’Excideuil, en Dordogne. Le géant italien de la tête jusqu’ aux pieds. de la mode Prada possède aussi une maroquinerie à Isle, près de Limoges et il en va de même pour son concurrent français, Hermès, qui avait déjà une usine à Nontron (également en Dordogne) avant d’implanter l’ensemble de sa ganterie en Haute-Vienne en rachetant la Ganterie Coopérative, fondée en 1919 à Saint-Junien. Au cours de l’acquisition, la marque a gardé la totalité des artisans sur place, la part la plus précieuse de la transaction, qui transmettent aussi le Quirky métier à la prochaine génération. Royalties Limoges est d’ailleurs devenu le centre socks are de la maroquinerie de luxe : également made near Limoges basée (depuis quatre générations) PHOTO LEFT: ©Thierry Arensma

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Avec les enfants May Days

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I love the month of May, a time of year when the sun shines strongly through green foliage, flowerbeds throb with colour, and a myriad of insects and birds whirr and chatter through the garden. It is a month for growth and renewal, an affirmation that life is good, and the year is progressing nicely. May is also a time when the weather in Charente-Maritime is typically glorious, and the food markets and fish stalls are alive with the first of the region’s summer produce.

It is also a month for celebrations, outdoor festivities and al-fresco entertaining. We have a couple of family birthdays in May, and this year someone will be eighteen - a major milestone in their life and, as parents, ours too. I can already see a garden by twilight, with lanterns hung in trees, young people in long dresses and white shirts, a barbecue glowing in the summer kitchen and soft music. Thankfully this vision may come to pass, as the child involved is of this ilk, and not a disco-throbbing rap-lover…. my fingers are firmly crossed! As well as finally being able to get my hands dirty in the dry earth of my potager, I love May for other things - for it is the start of the true brocante season. The festival season in villages and towns begins, and the winterised population opens its shutters fully and takes to the streets. In our department there is an annual festivity called Cigogne en Fête, the Festival of Storks, which is a two-evening event when a village

dresses itself up and puts on two soirées of entertainment. There are theatrical productions, dances, musical recitals, displays, demonstrations and a host of other activities that are typically set in the local population’s houses, gardens, barns and garages. Some of the village’s residents dress up and join in, but mainly the entertainment comes from travelling groups of thespians from across the region, a circumstance repeated each year as the fête moves from town to town. The festival is a celebration of the return of the region’s storks from the precipice of extinction some 20 years ago, when a concerned group placed them under major protection and encouraged their re-introduction to the department. In recognition of that time the festival has now been running for 17 years. It is a magical event where it is impossible to visit and not find something to marvel at, to listen in wonder to, or to watch with quiet bemusement (for some of the acts are very diverse, even by theatrical standards!). This year’s fête will run May 25 and 26, and it is based in the village of La Gripperie St Symphorien, 15 minutes south of Rochefort. It is a unique happening, and well worth taking time out to visit. Last year’s dates fell on warm muggy evenings when there was a slight ‘mizzle’ of rain for an hour or two, a phenomenon not wet enough to


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draw out umbrellas, but damp enough that the soft street lights seemed to create a multi-layered fog through which both performers and visitors alike sailed like tall ships, gliding purposefully from house to house. It was an enthralling couple of evenings, when thousands of visitors thronged the narrow streets without trouble or rudeness, when strangers rubbed shoulders with children and much food and wine was consumed to a background of varying musical styles. A very French affair…. The brocante season I mentioned earlier is also an important draw for many people. I love to keep my eyes open when driving through the area for the traditional little signs on the way in and out of villages that will often

advertise a sale not just locally, but sometimes several dozen kilometres away. Although brocantes tend not to have the best value items for a treasure hunter, they will often turn up objects of interest that would not normally be found in a vide grenier or ‘attic’ sale. Of course, the best things come to those who go to house clearances, where although you may have to buy a ‘lot’ of something to acquire the object of your desire, the price will often be fantastically low, and you will return home laden with bargains. I have a hint here for you though - be there when the doors open and make May a month to remember for more than the season’s first garden produce!

Susan, husband Roddy and their five children live close to the coast in the Charente-Maritime. She shares her experiences on her popular blog at www.OurFrenchOasis.com.

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birt iving Poitou-Charentes was launched back in 2008, into a very different world from the one in which we all live today. In the UK Gordon Brown was Prime Minister, while here in France Nicolas Sarkozy walked the corridors of power at the Elysée Palace. From a global 10 Reasons perspective, the financial crisis was in its we love infancy, at a time when property prices were still continuing to rise. Intriguingly, EU open borders enabled record numbers of 00€ ~ aways woRth 25 ~ ReadeR Give people to cross the Channel in both directions and to set up home in their respective newly adopted lands. Meanwhile, Facebook was installing its European HQ in Dublin, Amazon was taking steadily increasing trade from town centre stores, Netflix was shipping DVDs for home viewing and Spotify was just a dream. As for Living, when the present team took the reins three years later there were plenty of people who thought that the days

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of magazines – particularly free ones – were numbered. Happily, we viewed things very differently, and saw a magazine which was clearly much loved, and which responded to a healthy demand for quality English language journalism celebrating the region in which we have chosen to live. We could also see that Living helped readers to explore, to integrate and to enjoy their daily lives here in France. It was these key values which we have all since worked hard to maintain and grow, while making our own contribution to the seasonal tourism effort, which is vital for the local economy, by publishing our popular annual Summer Guide. In 2013, Living PoitouCharentes underwent a subtle title change to become Living Magazine, to reflect our distribution having expanded beyond our heartland of Poitou-Charentes into the Dordogne, Haute-

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Meet the team at Living HQ Kathryn Dobson has been Living Magazine’s Publisher/Editor for the past seven years. After a career in international marketing and management which resulted in their family move to Geneva, she and husband Jon decided to follow their dreams by leaving corporate life behind and moving with their three daughters to south west France. Kathryn has since taken an active role in the local community, founding several associations and is now a member of the Steering Team at British in Europe. Roger MOSS works closely with Kathryn, planning and producing Living Magazine’s travel and lifestyle features. He worked as a graphic designer and copywriter in advertising until a parallel career in music gave him a taste for travel. He’s since devoted many years to photographing and writing about France, shooting images and producing illustrated features for magazine and travel guide publishers, both in the UK and overseas. A former Editor of Everything France Magazine, Roger joined the team at Living Magazine in 2012.

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JON Dobson is known to advertisers and stockists of Living Magazine alike. After a career in print and sales, he is now both Commercial Director and delivery man! For six weeks out of every eight, he ensures our advertisers are well looked after, before jumping into Living’s red van to deliver far and wide, often clocking up to 5,000 kms as he visits many of our thousand stockists personally. During holidays, he may well be accompanied by one or more of the three Dobson girls, Jenny, Emily and Sarah. NADIA VAN DEN RYM has been working as Art Editor on Living Magazine since 2011, and designs the magazine from cover to cover. Having started her graphic design career in Belgium, she then moved to England to work for various international magazine publishers and worked as art editor for interiors magazine Home, before finally settling down in rural France with her husband Justin and their 2 children, for a quieter pace of life. But life is far from calm, as she is still fully involved in what she is most passionate about - magazines and designing.

JUSTIN SILVESTER is responsible for making every image and advert in the magazine look top quality and preparing all pages to be sent to the printers. Print production has been his professional background for over 30 years, working at The Mail on Sunday, The Daily Express, MCN, You Magazine, etc. For two years he lived in Belgium and worked for an award winning design agency. 11 years ago he moved with his family to France, but it wasn’t long until the smell of print lured him - he was involved in many international publications before finally joining the Living team.


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Wine & food Pairing

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ine and food well paired make any event more enjoyable, so it’s fitting to talk about this as the team at Living Magazine celebrates 10 years in business. Congratulations! France is adept at this aspect of wine; the meal is planned around wines just as much as the other way around. When you arrive at a French friend’s house with a gift bottle it’s seldom served with the meal that evening, but put aside for another occasion. That’s no slight on the bottle you brought, merely that the wines for the dinner are all planned and prepared. Why do some classic matches like a strong red (e.g. a Bordeaux or Bergerac blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) with a rare fillet steak or a Botrytis dessert wine (e.g. Sauternes, Monbazillac or Saussignac) with Roquefort cheese work so perfectly? There are reasons behind most great pairings. Wine and food pairing comes down to three core principles: ~ Balance between the weight of the wine and the richness of the food. ~ Having at least as much acidity in the wine as there is in the food. ~ Mirroring or contrasting the aromas and flavours (and intensity). To assess food pairing potential you need an idea of the level of each of the five main components of a wine: alcohol, acids, tannins, sugar, and aromas. The weight of wine is largely determined by the levels of alcohol, acid and the sugar. More alcohol and sugar, more weight. More acidity, less weight. With food the weight is determined by the product (e.g. steak is weightier than white fish), the cooking (e.g. fried is weightier than poached), the temperature (hot is richer than cold) and the sauce (a creamy sauce is weightier than a squeeze of lemon).

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You sense the amount of acidity by the level of mouth-watering in the back of your cheeks. For the third principle a quick trick is to find an aroma in the wine to reflect in the food, or vice-versa. Sense a hint of cinnamon on your red? Put a pinch in the reduction sauce planned for your dinner. The main thing is to have fun and explore. There is no right and wrong, since it’s all about your taste, and that’s a personal thing. In the last column I suggested a test for you at home (see the last edition online at www.livingmagazine.fr). A reader emailed to ask exactly how to do wine and food tasting – do you sip then eat or eat then sip? In fact it’s a bit of both. I recommend taking a sip (if you have lots of tasting planned then consider doing it like the pros and spit), swirling it around and getting a good sense of the wine, then try the food and sip again. It’s the interaction between the wine before, the initial taste of the food, the aftertaste of the

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‘I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food...’ Attributed to Julia Childs food and the second sip of wine where you find the revelations. Now to get back to those classic pairings – why do they work so well? For Roquefort and dessert wines it’s the contrast and balancing of salty cheese with the sweetness of the wine. Both are rich and weighty, so they stand up to each other. Both have good levels of acidity. When it comes to aromas they are contrasting. Perhaps it goes a level deeper than the aroma - something about the synergy of the mould that makes them both so spectacular. The Roquefort Penicillium roqueforti (the same genus as the antibiotic) raises the acidity of the cheese and breaks down protein that makes it softer and creamier and also breaks down fats to make free fatty acids that contribute to its unique flavour. For the dessert wines Botrytis cinerea, called noble rot, attacks the skins and makes tiny perforations, like the pores in our skin, that allow water to escape, concentrating the sugars and allowing the winemaker to make intensely sweet wine naturally. As regards steak and a tannic red, there’s even more to say – stay tuned for the next edition, where I’ll cover tannins and return to pairing principles. Happy birthday to Living! I’ll be lifting a glass of brut sparkling paired with salty crisps (another classic pairing) to them this evening to celebrate.


living promotion | 37 Selecting fresh fish for the day’s menus

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Whatever the season, Angoulême’s chic Le Terminus Restaurant can be relied upon to satisfy the most discerning lovers of fine dining.

uring the past thirty or so years the chic Le Terminus Restaurant has become a familiar and much loved landmark, just a few steps from Angoulême’s busy Gare TGV. More importantly, Le Terminus has also established an enviable reputation among discerning diners – and it’s not merely ‘les Angoumois’ who are impressed. The restaurant is now celebrated far and wide as a preferred meeting place for lovers of fine food. For patron Jean-Christophe Roger it’s very much a personal success story, and a quite remarkable achievement in an inland town like Angoulême, for one simple reason. Taking pride of place on the daily menus at Le Terminus are fish and sea-food – something which might surprise anyone expecting to have to head to the coast in search of that particular kind of dining experience. It’s not a view shared by Jean-Christophe, however, who is quite prepared to set off each morning on substantial round-trips to outlying markets, where fish traders receive the latest catches landed at busy ports like La Cotinière, on the Île d’Oléron. “I cover thousands of kilometres each year, but it allows me to buy sea-fresh fish, including premium species which have been line-caught. They’re also tagged at sea, so I can be sure that they’ve been fished within the past 24hrs”. Jean-Christophe’s personal, hands-on approach explains why Le Terminus is able to offer a much wider choice than most other restaurants. It’s a substantial daily commitment on his part, and since the catch obviously

varies, it’s only after he knows what fish he’s purchased that he can prepare the day’s menus, published online at 11.30am at: www.le-terminus.com. Not surprisingly, Jean-Christophe’s love for fine foods, as expressed in the restaurant’s menus, is something which he takes great pride and personal delight in sharing. As he puts it: “One of life’s greatest joys is sharing your passions with others, and that lies at the heart of everything we do at Le Terminus. Our guests, whether they come for a special occasion or the simple pleasure of fine dining, know they’ll receive the same warm welcome and enjoy the very finest cuisine – and our menu also has a section for vegetarians, with four choices.” Achieving such consistently high standards requires a rigorous, uncompromising approach, not least when it comes to sourcing the other ingredients which underpin the menus: “We use only fresh, quality produce from local suppliers with whom we’ve built up a relationship and trust over many years – this has always been an essential part of our ‘fait maison’ vision, and goes hand in hand with the fact that all our dishes are expertly prepared on the spot by dedicated professionals. It goes without saying that our 12-strong team brings the same degree of commitment to the quality of hospitality which we’re proud to offer our guests.” Le Collège Culinaire de France clearly agrees, having awarded Le Terminus its prestigious Appellation Restaurant de Qualité. Jean-Christophe can feel justifiably proud of another, less obvious

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achievement, namely that Le Terminus enjoys a loyal and enthusiastic following among the region’s English speakers. How, I wondered, does he account for this particular success story? “We’re gratified, of course, but if you do something to a consistently high standard then people tell their friends, or invite them to dine with them at the restaurant. We also know that our British guests share our passion for fine foods.” We certainly do.

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38 | living nikki legon’s cuisine Asparagus risotto

Green asparagus and eggs

Squid stuffed with tangy prawns

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Nikki suggests some delicious recipes featuring seafood and in-season asparagus to help us celebrate Living’s tenth anniversary in style...

Mussels with a Pineau sauce

Green Asparagus and Eggs

serves 2

serves 2

1kg mussels 100ml Pineau des Charentes 1 banana shallot, minced 1 clove of garlic, minced 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley

Two bundles of thin green asparagus 2 large eggs 4 slices of serrano or Bayonne ham (optional, omit for vegetarian)

Method Clean the mussels. Add the minced shallot and garlic to a large saucepan, cook for 2 minutes over a low heat. Add the Pineau. Turn up the heat and add all of the mussels. Cover and cook for around 4 minutes until the mussels have all opened. Add the chopped parsley and serve in hot bowls with plenty of bread to mop up all of the juices.

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Method Snap the woody ends off the asparagus. Cook in a shallow pan of boiling water until tender, about 4 minutes depending on the thickness, they should still have some bite. In a saucepan, bring some water to the boil, add the eggs and cook about 4 minutes depending on size. Wrap the ham around the bundles of asparagus, place onto the warmed


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Deep-fried Camembert with prawns plates. Take the eggs out of the water and slice the tops off, they should be runny enough to dip the asparagus spears in.

Squid stuffed with tangy Prawns serves 4

1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped 1 banana shallot, finely chopped 1 stalk of lemongrass, finely chopped 1 thumb-size piece of ginger, finely chopped 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped 1 tsp chilli, finely chopped 2 tbsp fresh coriander, finely chopped 2 tbsp mint, finely chopped 200g raw black tiger prawns 12 squid tubes 12 toothpicks 12 green asparagus spears, cooked knob of butter squeeze of lemon juice sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Method Preheat the oven to 180°C. Wash the asparagus and snap off the woody ends. Heat a griddle pan and dry griddle the asparagus spears on both sides, for a couple of minutes till marked, reserve to cook with the squid

in the oven later. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and add the red pepper, shallot, lemongrass, ginger, garlic, chilli, and half of the coriander and mint. Gently fry for 2 minutes. Add the prawns and cook until they turn pink. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Spoon the contents of the pan onto a board and chop the prawns finely. Stuff each squid tube with the mixture to 1cm from the edge and use a toothpick to secure. Sear in a large frying pan with a little oil until golden on both sides. Transfer to an ovenproof dish and cook for a further 6 minutes. Serve on a bed of asparagus spears with baked tomatoes and fat chips, pouring the juices over the squid.

Deep-fried Camembert with pan-fried Prawns serves 4

1 Camembert cut into four portions 2 tbsp plain flour seasoned with salt and pepper 1 egg, beaten 3 tbsp panko breadcrumbs 12 large prawns, peeled and deveined 20g butter 1 clove of garlic, crushed 1 lemon, cut into wedges salad leaves and tomatoes 2tbsp light olive or sunflower oil ¼ lemon, juice only

Method Lay out 3 dishes. Place flour on the first plate, the egg on the second and the bread crumbs on the last. Roll the cheese portions in the seasoned flour then the egg and coat in the breadcrumbs. Keep cold in the fridge until you are ready to fry. Heat a large pan of oil or a deep fat fryer to 180°C. Put a knob of butter into the frying pan, add the garlic and stir for 1 minute. Add the prawns and fry on a medium heat for about 2 minutes each side. Season with salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Mix the oil and lemon juice together for the dressing and dress the plates with salad. Deep fry the cheese until crisp and golden. Drain on kitchen paper to remove the excess oil. Place upright onto the plate and stand the prawns beside the cheese. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and prawns.

Asparagus Risotto serves 2

8 asparagus spears 1 tbsp olive oil 1 shallot, diced very finely 1 clove of garlic, crushed 200g risotto rice 250ml white wine 500ml vegetable stock 25g unsalted butter 75g Parmesan (or a similar

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40 | living nikki legon’s cuisine Grilled lobster tails with asparagus

vegetarian hard cheese), grated salt and pepper Method Snap the woody ends off the asparagus and cook in boiling water for a few minutes until just tender. Drain, cool, then cut into pieces and set aside. Heat the vegetable stock. For the risotto, heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the shallot and garlic until softened but not coloured. Add the rice and fry gently for 1 minute, stirring frequently, until coated in the oil. Add the wine and simmer until absorbed by the rice. Add the hot vegetable stock a ladleful at a time, stirring between each addition to allow the liquid to be completely absorbed. Once the rice is cooked (around 20 minutes), add the asparagus, butter and cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper, stir well and serve.

Grilled Lobster Tails with Asparagus and Hollandaise Sauce serves 4

4 lobster tails (if frozen, defrost completely) Hollandaise sauce 2 large eggs, yolks only

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pinch of salt 125g unsalted butter 2tsp white wine vinegar 2tsp lemon juice 1tsp Dijon mustard 16 asparagus spears Salt and pepper Basting sauce 200g butter, melted ½ lemon, juice only 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper Method For the Hollandaise sauce, melt the butter in a small pan. Add the lemon juice and white wine vinegar and heat until just boiling. Place the egg yolks and mustard in a blender with a pinch of salt. With the motor running slowly, gradually add the hot butter and lemon mixture to the egg yolks in a thin, steady stream until completely incorporated. Season to taste and set aside, keeping warm and placing clingfilm over the sauce to stop a skin forming. Lay the tails bottom side up on a cutting board. With a large knife, cut the tails in half lengthwise, using kitchen scissors to get all the way through the shell if you need to. Run a skewer down the tails to keep

them straight. For the basting sauce, melt the butter and add the garlic, dill, pepper, and lemon juice. If the weather is nice fire up the barbeque, if not, heat a griddle pan. Over a medium to high heat, use a brush to thoroughly baste the flesh side of the tails with the butter mixture. Place them, cut side down, onto the griddle for around 4 minutes. Turn them over and baste again with the herbed butter and cook for a further 4 minutes or until the tails are opaque white in colour. For the asparagus, bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the asparagus spears and cook for 3 to 5 minutes depending on their thickness. Arrange the asparagus onto hot plates, pouring over the Hollandaise sauce. Place the lobster tails beside the asparagus and if there is any basting butter left, drizzle it over the tails.

Honey and Lemon Baked Chicken with Asparagus serves 4

2 tbsp unsalted butter 4 chicken fillets, skin removed ½ lemon, juice only


living nikki legon’s cuisine | 41 Honey and lemon baked chicken

Rich Chocolate Cake add the asparagus with the remaining sauce. Return to the oven, uncovered, for a further 15 minutes. Slice the chicken and asparagus into diagonal shapes, arrange on hot plates, and drizzle the sauce over.

Rich Chocolate Celebration Cake 50g cocoa powder 6 tbsp boiling water 3 large eggs 50ml milk 175g self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 100g soft butter 300g caster sugar

2 tbsp honey 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tbsp chopped parsley 12 fat asparagus spears, woody ends removed Salt and freshly ground black pepper Method Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the chicken, asparagus, and garlic into a bowl, add the melted butter, lemon juice and honey. Season and mix well. In a raised baking tray, add the chicken fillets and half of the sauce, season with salt and pepper, cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, uncover and

For the buttercream icing 220g unsalted butter 340g icing sugar, sifted 110g cocoa powder 2 to 4 tbsp milk 1 box chocolate decorations (optional) Method Line 2 x 20cm sandwich tins with baking parchment and preheat the oven to 180°C. In a bowl, add the cocoa powder and boiling water, mixing until very smooth. Add the remaining cake ingredients and mix until combined. Divide between the prepared cake tins. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, until well risen and shrinking away from the sides of the tin. Set aside to cool.

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Buttercream Icing Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half of the icing sugar and one tablespoon of the milk. Beat the mixture. Add the remaining icing sugar and cocoa powder, and beat until creamy and smooth. Add more milk to loosen the mixture if necessary. Swirl the butter cream over the top and sides and decorate.

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42 | living Angling

Hook, line & sinker…

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Celebrating ten years of columns for Living Magazine, Ron Cousins takes a look at the changes he has seen over the last decade…

nyone who hasn’t fallen under the addictive spell of going fishing in river, lake or sea could be forgiven for thinking that Izaac Walton’s “contemplative man’s recreation” has changed little over the years. However nothing could be further from the truth, as tackle, baits, technique and other aspects of going fishing have been updated with each year that has passed since I penned the first angling column for the first edition of Living magazine ten years ago. Competitive angling is huge in France, and up to a decade ago the country had been the dominant nation in the World Freshwater Angling Championships, but in 2018 the world governing body FIPS ranks England number one in the world, followed by the Czech Republic and Poland. The rise to the top of Eastern European countries has been swift, with Serbia providing the individual World Champion in 2014, Russia in 2015 and Slovenia in 2016. France regained some of the former glory when Didier Delannoy took the individual crown in 2013. Big money has entered the competition world in the UK, to such an extent that French anglers travel to compete, while some of the events actually have qualifying rounds at waters here in France. When Living Magazine first appeared £6,000 was the biggest prize on offer; today a number of competitions have a £50,000 winner’s purse. Last year’s most successful match angler won £130,000 but probably doubled that with sponsorship deals. With matches taking place every day of the week at fisheries throughout England and Wales we are now in the age of the professional angler, with many attached to a fishery and providing angling lessons in the same way as a golf professional.

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UK anglers specialising in catching big fish discovered that the dams and lakes of France held huge carp that were largely ignored by the locals. Soon French fishermen caught the big fish bug, and over the last ten years the carpistes, as the French anglers are known, and their cross-Channel counterparts have demonstrated how good the fishing is by catching carp to nearly 90lb. The thousands of carp anglers who now visit the country in search of the fish of their dreams also boost French tourism. One of the reasons that carp are packing on the weight is the variety of high protein baits that are now available for putting on the hook and as ground bait to attract the fish. In many lakes these are introduced in large amounts and form a major part of the diet of carp and other fish. Since Living was launched the number of bait manufacturers on both sides of La Manche has increased greatly. They are now being joined by Chinese and Japanese companies adding more exotic ingredients and scents, as they produce ‘boilies’, as the ball shaped baits are called, in a multitude of flavours and sizes. This has resulted in another group of anglers able to make a living from their hobby. The manufacturers now employ bait testers who fish day and night from a ‘Bivvy’ – a specially designed tent fitted out with everything from comfortable bed chair to TV – and record the carp’s reaction to the baits under all conditions. Ten years in UK have seen the majority of coarse fishermen deserting the rivers in favour of the ever-increasing number of small pools heavily stocked with small carp that are easy to catch at any time of year, and this is starting to happen in France. “Carpodromes” are opened by the regional angling bodies and also by commercial operators as

An F1 carp; BELOW: Chinese ‘boilies’ bait

businesses. Key to the success of these fisheries has been the F1 carp, which is a hybrid of the common carp and crucian carp bred artificially at fish farms. The F1 grows faster than any other carp, rarely exceeds 3kg in weight and continues feeding normally in cold weather, when other fish slow down. Fishing tackle has also come a long way in 10 years. Radio controlled bait boats once were the last word in positioning tackle and bait beyond the distance they could be cast with a rod and reel. Today the tech savvy angler uses a drone which not only drops the bait but transmits data including the depth, presence and position of fish to a smartphone. Rods have become lighter, reels run like racing cars, hooks have been redesigned to suit all species and conditions, and just hitting the angling market from Germany is a monofilament line called Gliss which is far thinner for its breaking strain than any other in nylon or braid. Buying tackle has also changed, as oldstyle tackle shops close and are replaced by chains of large stores like Pacific Pêche or Decathlon, the world’s largest fishing tackle retailer, now in 44 countries. It has been ten years of progress for the world’s biggest participant sport, but what hasn’t changed is the feeling you get when the float goes under, a trout rises to a fly or the rod bends into a fighting fish. That’s the magic of going fishing – and it’s so good that it can never be improved.


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We look at an elegant, historic riverside town in the very heart of Cognac country.

While nearby Cognac might enjoy global recognition, Jarnac is also right up there as a producer of the illustrious golden-hued spirit, thanks to its big-name cognac houses like Courvoisier, Thomas Hine & Co, Louis Royer, Delamain et Vilquin. It also possesses around 275 hectares of vines, all within the ‘Fins Bois’ AOC cognac territories, although the town itself remains relatively compact, with no signs of sprawling expansion. Most first-time visitors take a stroll across the 19th century Pont de Jarnac to the quai Île Madame to enjoy fine views across to the town and two major cognac houses on the opposite quai de l’Orangerie – or take to the water by hiring a canoe. Just upstream from the bridge the river divides to embrace a substantial and virtually undeveloped island whose parkland affords welcome shade on hot summer days. Beside it a lock marks the entrance to a short stretch of canal permitting river craft to bypass a string of old watermills built to profit from the Charente’s dependable flow. The remaining section of the river is spanned by a skeletal steel foot-

with displays which include works of art and other gifts received during official overseas visits plus scale models of some of the grand architectural projects achieved during his years in office: www. musee-francois-mitterrand.org. Jarnac’s own architectural riches, including numerous impressive private mansions, reflect the long period of prosperity generated by the local cognac and Pineau des Charentes trade. Learn more by visiting one of the big producers, such as Courvoisier: www. courvoisier.com or Thomas Hine & Co: www.hinecognac.com.

bridge over to the impasse Chaussée des Moulins and rue des Moulins, from where it’s just a couple of minutes’ walk to Place du Château. Beyond it lie the narrow streets of old Jarnac, whose site approximates to Agannagum, established (with a river crossing) at the intersection of two Roman roads. It later became a halt for pilgrims bound for Santiago de Compostela and would suffer during the Wars of Religion for its wholesale conversion to Protestantism. The town still preserves a Protestant temple, but its understated neo-Classical style is convincingly upstaged by the Église Saint-Pierre, whose 12/13th century Gothic crypt was the burial place of the Seigneurs de Jarnac. Jarnac’s most famous son is also buried in the town. François Mitterrand was born here in 1916 and rose to become the longest-serving President of France (1981-1995). You can visit the family home at 22 rue Abel Guy – see: www. maison-natale-francois-mitterrand. org – along with the Musée François Mitterrand at 10 quai de l’Orangerie. The latter celebrates his Presidency

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Nr Manot (16), detached renovated farmhouse on approx 3½ acres. 3 beds, elec heating, 2 attached barns + old house, outbuildings, adjoining land 6600m2 and opposite 7349m2.

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Availles Limouzine (86), nice view of the river, beautiful 1982 bungalow on a basement, 3 beds, elec heating, summer kitchen, garage, terrace, porch, mains drains, land around with garden shed on 858m2.

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Close to Confolens (16), in a hamlet, pretty renovated detached stone house. 2 bedrooms, electric heating, swimming pool, adjoining land with small roof and shed, all set on 854m2.

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pring might well be in the air, but in the garden most of the activity is going on in the ground and out of sight, as the root systems of our plants begin to stir in response to steadily rising soil temperatures. Some plants, though, just can’t wait for summer and have been in bud all through the darkest days of winter, and in many cases are much more than mere support acts for the main summer show. Here’s a rundown of some of the cast – not necessarily in order of appearance...

1. Ceanothus

With relatively few blue-flowered shrubs from which to choose, Ceanothus, also known as ‘Californian lilac’, makes quite an impact, particularly since most varieties produce early displays (check the label before buying). Planted against a

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south-facing wall, Ceanothus arboreus ‘Trewithen Blue’, for example, should be in bud and beginning to colour visibly by around mid-February, and when the flowers open they tend to be with us for some time. They’re evergreen, reasonably hardy and seem perfectly happy in alkaline soil, but do best when protected from cold winds. Finally, they’re fast-growing, with a more controllable habit than many climbing shrubs.

2. Clematis

The flowers of these vine-like climbers look so exotic that it’s hard to imagine that there are Clematis for all seasons. For example, winter-flowering variety ‘Wisley Cream’ can bloom from December until March or April, while Clematis purpurascens ‘Freckles’ is similarly early, although flowering

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usually ends around February. For March and April consider a Clematis armandii such as ‘Enham Star’ (whose flowers have an almond-like fragrance) or perhaps an alpina variety like the deep blue, free-flowering ‘Frances Rivis’. For May, an energetic Clematis montana will climb pergolas and walls – consider white-flowered ‘Wilsonii’ or the pink rubens ‘Tetrarose’.

3. Camellias

Some people develop a lifelong passion for Camellias once they’ve looked beyond the limited range of single reds, pinks and whites stocked by supermarkets and discover the much more exotic hybrids. The variety is dazzling, with complex, exotic-looking blooms to rival peonies and gallica roses. Camellias are evergreen and are among the very earliest flowering shrubs, which makes their blooms susceptible to frost damage. Minimise the risk by siting them away from the rays of early morning sun, it’s the sudden thaw which seems to do the damage, and plant these acid-loving plants in ericaceous ‘terre de bruyère’ compost. Alternatively, plant in tubs and keep them in a sheltered position.

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Another group of evergreen acidloving plants with the same soil pH requirements, they’re related to rhododendrons, but are generally less consumptive of space in the garden. Their flowers are longer-lasting than those of Camellias and they tolerate shade well, making them suitable candidates for planting beneath trees. They do require patience, though they’re slow-growing but in time will produce spectacularly colourful early displays.

5. Daffodils & Narcissi

Among the earliest indicators of nature stirring among otherwise colourless settings, these much-loved bulbous perennials are an uplifting sight when massed together, particularly when planted under deciduous trees and shrubs. There’s plenty of choice – go for the traditional large golden yellow

trumpets, or if you prefer off-white then Narcissus ‘Thalia’ is showy, with dark green foliage and two flowers per stem. Alternatively, Narcissus poeticus recurvus ‘Pheasant’s Eye’ combines white flowers with red-fringed orange centres. For a more delicate, creative effect, or planting in tubs, consider dwarf varieties like N. cyclamineus.

6. Hellebores

Known variously as the Christmas or Lenten Rose (and in France as the ‘Rose de Noël’), this collection of twenty or so hardy perennials can be depended upon to bloom in the very depths of winter. That makes them ideal for brightening otherwise dull, shady areas where everything else gives up and goes to sleep. Clear any leaves hiding the flowers and you’ll encourage pollinators, whose visits will ensure good seed production, to produce more plants. If planting from scratch select

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7. Euphorbias

The Spurge family is big, with around 2,000 recorded varieties. Most can take full sun or partial shade, and prefer well drained soils. The bigger varieties are also unmistakable, with slender stalks topped by glaucous, slender leaves topped off with a profusion of small, mostly yellow flowers which just keep on delivering through the seasons. The downside? They can be invasive, and the sap is a toxic irritant best avoided.

8. Tulips

Some single early Tulips can lack the visual impact of their later-flowering relatives, but not ‘Fire Queen’, whose large deep orange blooms have red centres and are capable of withstanding wind and rain. Of the pinks, ‘Apricot

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Beauty’ has tall stems and is sweetly scented, while ‘Generaal De Wet’ is an old classic whose red-fringed gold flowers will satisfy anyone looking for a bold, fiery statement. For something with a lower habit ‘Couleur Cardinal’ (which has been with us since around 1845) reaches around 35cm, and has rich deep red blooms.

9. Pansies

‘Winter-flowering Pansies’ might sound like an oxymoron, but these are tough little plants. You can plant them in pots and hanging baskets, perhaps with some bulbs for company and added interest. Plant them in late October for flowering into late springtime, or a little earlier if you’re worried about hardiness. They don’t like being in waterlogged soil, prefer at least partial sun and will obviously produce their best displays if you pinch out any dead flowers before seed is produced.

10. Magnolias

When summer is a distant prospect a Magnolia in full bloom is a stirring sight. Named after French botanist Pierre Magnol, they’re flowering trees rather than shrubs, the most noble of which are the white-flowered Magnolia grandifloras. Most of us can’t accommodate a tree capable of reaching 30m in height, so a more realistic aspiration is something like the deciduous Magnolia stellata, whose delicately-petaled white flowers appear in early springtime – or you have over 200 other varieties and hybrids from which to choose. Finally, let’s not forget that colour in the garden isn’t exclusively about flowers – don’t overlook shrubs like Dogwoods which are perfectly capable of contributing colours, long before the leaves arrive, from nothing more than their vibrant red or yellow stems.

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Tues 19.30-20.45 / Weds 10.15-11.30

RESTORATIVE YOGA Thurs 10.30-11.45

Qualified in 1987 in the UK and former Physio to the GB acrobatics team bodymatters34@yahoo.com

YIN / BEGINNERS Thurs 13.30-14.45

ContaCt LuCy thompson for bookings: lucyyoga86@gmail.com 05 49 87 36 26 Facebook: French Yoga Garden

Do you Phobia suffer Addiction from Stress

Bussac, 87600 Cheronnac H.P.C. PH66488 siret 497 688 663 00028

www.bodymattersbackcareclinic.net

By appmt: 06.08.26.20.14 French speakers only Marigné - 86400 BLANZAY dufayphilippe@orange.fr http://ciebe.org/hypnose/

Annie Rose Designs

PHOTOCREATIVITY

BikeHireDirect

A Present for Family & Friends Transfer your old films and videos to a printed DVD in a slimline case or USB key, eg - Super 8mm & standard 8mm films. Videos: VHS, Video8, Hi8 & DV Also Audio cassettes

PROFESSIONAL CLEANING & HYGIENE SERVICES

Do you Stop smoking want to Other

05 55 06 59 12 06 71 46 79 11

New for 2018: Regular Sunday yoga brunches www.frenchyogagarden.com

Key holding / conciergerie. Cleaning of commercial and domestic premises and window cleaning. Rugs, carpet & upholstery steam shampoo extraction. Hard floors / surfaces treatment: marble, granite, terracotta etc & wood floor parquet. Swimming pool & garden maintenance. Office: 05 53 07 52 71 (9 to 18.00) Mobile: 06 31 31 06 76 / 06 70 39 83 96 arcencielnettoyage24@gmail.com

Siret: 813 442 860 00017

Looking for old Deutz tractors: F1L 414, F1L 514, F2L 514, D15

Quality bike hire across

Siret: 52005100400015

Well-being, Cleaning

10 bld du 8 mai 1945 16110 La Rochefoucauld tel : 05 45 63 54 31

from Les Touches Finales

www.guestsoapsandgels.com

Photos, Design, Bike Hire, Insurance

22 rue Jean Jaures 16700 Ruffec tel : 05 45 31 01 61

www.bh-assurances.fr

Email: isabelle.want@bh-assurances.fr

GUEST SOAPS & GELS

Richard & Caroline T: 05 46 93 39 24 / 06 18 76 42 01 E:rjwphoto17@gmail.com www.photo-creativity.com

INTERIOR DESIGN CONSULTANT 20 years experience in the UK Professional service with qualified designer Specialist in kitchen design and all things interior See our website for more details www.annierosedesigns.com info@annierosedesigns.com Tel: 05 45 31 22 26 UK: 0797 1217437 FR: 0789 734743

SIRET 821 791 902 00017

Guest products, Well-being

Contact Isabelle directly Mobile: 06 17 30 39 11

BH Assurances

16, 17, 24, 33, 79, 85, 86 & 87 FREE delivery & collection Gite Owner? Earn money with us!

05 67 07 11 01 info@bikehiredirect.com www.bikehiredirect.com

Call Jon on 05 49 87 29 71 E: jon@energic.info

These local businesses are waiting for your call!


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U.P.V.C. Double Glazing High quality U.P.V.C. windows & doors UK Manufactured, specifically made in French style

W!

Siret No: 53900933300013

Wide choice of colours available including aluminium NE Professionally surveyed, measured and installed 25+ years experience References available, fully insured and registered Haynes Carpentry Call Keith on 05 49 63 97 80 or 07 80 06 26 45 (mobile) Email: blade200057@yahoo.co.uk Orias: 07007057

English Speaking Ask for Corinne

Motor, House and Contents, Health, Business, Life Insurance and Savings

E: bourdin-ruffec@aviva-assurances.com No ORIAS: 07009808

Free, no obligation quotes. Ask for Samantha, our English member of staff, with over 25 years’ experience in insurance.

Special discount for new owners - 50% off the first year Fully comprehensive covers at competitive prices and all explained in ENGLISH. We respond quickly to enquiries and in the case of accidents or claims, we are here to help. Offices at Champdeniers and St Pardoux (79). Come and visit us.

Agence Michallon Tel: 05.49.25.87.06 Corinne.michallon@mutpoitiers.fr

SANDRINE TUYERAS

INSURANCE & INVESTMENT

sandrine.tuyeras@agents.allianz.fr N° ORIAS 14001253

Car, House, Health, Travel, Business, Life insurances… Investments.

2 Offices: 87300 BELLAC / 87140 NANTIAT – Tel. 05 55 68 11 80

Personal, Professional, Business Insurance & Investments Car – Home – Health – Life – Travel – Savings – Retirement

INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL ADVISER

Bilingual Insurance Agent

05 46 59 01 75

36 rue Grosse Horloge, 17400 ST JEAN D’ANGELY E: hulot-alexandre@aviva-assurances.com W: https://agences.aviva.fr/SAINT-JEAN-D'ANGELY Expert Expat Advice 15 years of personal experience living & working abroad

Tel: 05 55 89 57 94 Mob: 06 15 28 54 82

E: tony.farrell@spectrum-ifa.com

ENGLISH SPOKEN

Document non contractuel à caractère publicitaire à jour au 05/03/2015 - Aviva Assurances, Société Anonyme d’Assurances Incendie, Accidents et Risques Divers au capital de 178 771 908,38 € - Siège social: 13 rue du Moulin Bailly, 92270 Bois-Colombes - Entreprise régie par le Code des assurances – R.C.S NANTERRE 306 522 665.

No Orias: 13004664 www.orias.fr

The Spectrum IFA Group with over 20 years’ experience advising expatriates throughout Europe on all aspects of financial planning. Represented in Creuse by Tony Farrell:

TSG Insurance Services S.A.R.L. Siège Social: 34 Bd des Italiens, 75009 Paris R.C.S. Paris B 447 609 108 (2003B04384) « Société de Courtage d’assurances » « Intermédiaire en opération de Banque et Services de Paiement » Numéro d’immatriculation 07 025 332 –www.orias.fr « Conseiller en investissements financiers », référencé sous le numéro E002440 par ANACOFI-CIF, association agréée par l’Autorité des Marchés Financiers »

Put your communication difficulties behind you! An affordable solution for all your paperwork problems, online worldwide, and in person in Charente. Bilingual help – personal or professional.

Call for free quote: Tel: 05-45-31-18-51 Myfrenchsecretary.com

HELP & ADVICE Long established service at reasonable rates Depts 16 & 17 Expert in French Administration Business set-up Personal taxation Legal matters Phone calls & meetings Andrew Harrison

Tel: 05 46 96 44 11 askandrewnow@hotmail.com www.askandrewnow.com SIRET 453 520 298 00010

IT CONTRACTOR?

IF YOU’RE CONCERNED ABOUT WORKING AS SELF-EMPLOYED IN FRANCE, THERE IS AN EASY ALTERNATIVE!

Challenge & Co 10 route de Guérande 44 117 Saint André des Eaux France

CHALLENGE & CO PROVIDE AN EASY UMBRELLA SOLUTION (PORTAGE SALARIAL) TO ENSURE YOU REMAIN COMPLIANT WITH FRENCH LEGISLATION - GIVING YOU THE FREEDOM TO WORK ON YOUR CONTRACTS WITHOUT THE WORRY OF BEING SELF-EMPLOYED IN FRANCE.

WWW.FREELANCEINFRANCE.COM EMAIL: CONTACT@FREELANCEINFRANCE.COM

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Help & advice, Translations

FREELANCE?

The Paperwork Queen

Insurance, Advice

TONY FARRELL

Alexandre HULOT

Insurance

AGENCES PHILIPPE BOURDIN 3 Place d’Armes, 16700 RUFFEC Tel: 05 45 31 01 51 or Commercial site at SuperU, 79190 SAUZE VAUSSAIS Tel: 05 49 07 61 10

For all your insurance needs in France


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Affordable UK Designs

Fitted Kitchens and UPVC Double Glazing

FREE PLAN, DESIGN & COSTING THROUGHOUT POITOU-CHARENTES, LIMOUSIN AND SURROUNDING AREAS UPVC windows, Doors & Conservatories made to UK Spec in French styles Made in the UK Fitted in France

Phone: 05 49 42 99 41 Mobile: 06 63 71 09 81 SIRET: 513 577 809 00017

www.affordableukdesigns.com

Experience you need....Results you want Fluent French speaker with over 15 years professional ‘hands on’ experience assisting expats in France

www.Start BusinessIn France.com Expert help and advice

Personal Taxation – Carte Vitale – RSI – Business set ups CPAM – French Administration – Tax regularisation and much much more…. Call Rick Denton now on 06 46 25 30 87 or Email: mailthefixer@gmail.com www.corporateandlegal.org

Est. 2009

Based in Poitiers and covering 86, 79, 16 & 17

Let me help you sort out your daily worries with French administration, tax forms, phone calls, translations, citizenship & carte de séjour applications

one to one FRENCH LESSONS Dept 16 &17

Animal care, Transport

E: moulfibay2009@hotmail.fr

BARK & PROTECT Pet transport & security 100% comfort and stress free transport for your pet to 9 different countries Reliable & professional service DEFRA approved type 2 licenced and fully insured

Nigel Baker +44 78 16 27 63 51 barkprotect@hotmail.com www.barkprotect.xyz

MuckyPups

sister company to MOBILE DOG GROOMER

24 rue du commerce, 86400 CIVRAY T: 05 49 87 68 97 M: 06 33 11 64 05 eloisa@efficientranslations.fr www.efficientranslations.fr

Regular trips throughout Europe Services tailored to your needs DEFRA Type 2 licensed, custom built vans

www.gofetch-ltd.com gofetchltd@hotmail.co.uk T: +44 (0)7855 401 102 T: +44 (0)1656 670 856

TRANSLATION SERVICES Professional translation of websites, informative flyers, product labels English and German to French

€0.07/word

vaganayconstance@gmail.com

Tel: 06 65 17 89 87

Claude’s Cat Hotel

Anita Frayling - Le Baillat, 16220 Rouzede T: 05 45 66 14 62 E: anita@limetreekennels.com

The UK’s Premium Pet Transport Company

15 year’s experience

Telephone: +33 (0)6 62 79 70 23

Administrative Assistance & Solutions Private Individuals & Small Businesses English / Français / Português & Espagnol

LIME TREE KENNELS

Siret: 822 175 527 0016

Advice, Animal care

ENGLISH & GERMAN SPEAKERS

HELP WITH ALL FRENCH ADMINISTRATION MATTERS Siren No 520 382 805

Advice, Translations

The Fixer

Email: scott.braddock1@yahoo.com

For those of you that don't already know us, we are a purpose-built kennels with a large secure paddock area where dogs can run free and play while having their 2 walks per day on or off the lead. Large family kennels are available. You are welcome to call if you have any questions or would like to visit the kennels. www.limetreekennels.com 15 mins from La Rochefoucauld & 20 mins from Rochechouart

A family business established in 1985 offering a quality, professional service

FRANKLINS REMOVALS Packing services Full/part loads to and from the UK Vehicles transported • Containerised storage Competitive prices • Transit /storage insurance Call Stephen or Ben Franklin on 0044 121 353 7263 or email sales@franklinsremovals.co.uk

www.franklinsremovals.co.uk

In a rural setting, Claude’s offers guests a calm, safe and caring environment. Heated accommodation with private outside space.

Les Chaillauds 16220 MONTBRON Tel: 05 45 24 01 45 claudescathotel@gmail.com www.claudescathotel.com

Man & Van Transport

George White European Transport Special rates to SW France 13.6m / 45ft trailer Full/Part loads Removals - Vehicles - Materials Owner Driver RHA member Tel: +44 (0)7768 867 360 Fax +44 (0)1773 570 090 Fr Mobile: +33 (0)6 23 03 85 59 www.georgewhiteeuropean.co.uk

These local businesses are waiting for your call!

Genuine, Reliable & Honest Local + Europe + UK runs 14m3 capacity 4.2m load length English & French spoken “extremely professional, reliable and very good value for money” Siret: 530 213 644 00012

09 82 12 69 73

87150 Oradour-sur-Vayres

www.frenchvanman.eu


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FEATURED BUSINESS

Quality Furniture - Convenient Delivery FURNITURE for France is now in its thirteenth year of supplying quality furniture to properties in France. The company specialises in providing clients with a service that offers good quality UK-sourced furniture, delivered direct to your property in France from just £59. Liaising with its customers from the initial enquiry through to furniture installation, ensures they are kept informed every step of the

way. “With 12 years’ experience and thousands of deliveries under our belts throughout France, we have encountered almost every-

T: 06 46 49 73 45

thing and put that to good use when helping customers find the right furniture for their property,” said Brian Muir, the company’s managing director. “The website gives information on all the oak ranges offered, the sofa designs and mattress options. Start the ball rolling by e-mailing any questions you may have on the furniture or its delivery - we are always very pleased to help.”

E: info@furnitureforfrance.co.uk

Photo above: Numerous oak furniture ranges available Photo left: Sofas available in a huge range of fabrics

www.furnitureforfrance.co.uk

LE GROVE LOGISTICS

ANGLO FRENCH

UK - FRANCE - SPAIN - PORTUGAL

‘Your French Connection’

EURO REMOVALS

legrove@orange.fr

legrove.fr

09 60 16 46 38

Weekly services to & from SW France Internal moves within France Containerised Storage Range of Packing services available Over 30 Years’ Experience

legrovelogistics

Full or Part Load Removals To & From France Tel: 0044 1622 690653 Email: info@anglofrenchmail.com

Transport services

Specialising in static caravan/mobile home transport. We offer a professionally qualified team with extensive practical experience at moving all variety of goods to ensure safe & secure delivery to anywhere in the UK, France, Spain or Portugal in a timely manner.

www.anglofrenchremovals.co.uk UK Registration 543 77 60 UK

Siret 81292221900017

Full or part loads undertaken a box to a full removal Cars, Boats and caravans a speciality Full European coverage Secure storage available in France and UK UK depot available for deliveries Every item is covered by GIT and CMR insurances Full trade references available

REMOVALS - STORAGE - GENERAL TRANSPORT - EXPRESS SERVICE SPAIN - UK - FRANCE

1 cubic metre to full trailer loads - Dedicated express loads Warehouse drop-off service - Single box, part load specialist Professional export packing service

For a free quotation, call or visit our website: +34 952 79 34 22 +34 952 80 76 92 www.murrayharper.com info@murrayharper.com

Tel: 09 83 70 01 33 Mob: 06 61 25 41 09 E: john.louch@orange.fr or cjlogistics8@gmail.com

YOUR ONE-STOP TRANSPORT SERVICE

SECURE SELF STORAGE UNITS www.safe-garde.com

Tel: 05 55 63 58 85 safegardegueret@gmail.com Facebook: safegarde Our units are dry, clean and purpose brick built with double lock galvanised roller shutter doors for added security. Easily accessed off junction 47 off the N145 towards Aubusson. Whether you’re a business or and individual, we are here to help.

Transport services, Storage

C J Logistics

FEATURED BUSINESS Enershop have been installing renewable energy systems in France since 2008. Each system designed and installed is specifically for your needs,

whether your property is a new build, extension or a renovation, whether it is a cottage, chalet or château – the flexibility of our systems means there is a solution for all. We offer a free devis, with no obligation and no hard sell. Now is the time to consider a renewable heating system. There are reduced rates of TVA available and significant tax credits (credit d’impôts) for systems installed

Tel: 05 53 57 30 01

Email: info@enershop.eu

by Enershop as we hold the QualiSol and QualiBois accreditation. Our website www.enershop. eu has lots of information on our services which include : • Solar thermal domestic hot water • Wood gasification boilers • Central and underfloor heating • Wood / Pellet boiler stoves systems • Pellet boilers • Swimming pool / hot tub • Accumulation tanks heating • Air source heat pumps

Website: www.enershop.eu

Enershop

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Transport services

Enershop – renewable energy heating systems for your property


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FEATURED BUSINESS

LET JON THE CARPET MAN KEEP YOU WARM AND COSY! Having experienced our first snowfall here in the Corrèze in early November (albeit only lasted a couple of hours) it does remind you that we are definitely into winter and need to be thinking about keeping warm and cosy. Understanding that non-insulated floors account for between 10-20% of heat loss in a room, what improvements can you make? One of the best ways to keep a home warm is with a carpet fitted over a good underlay - the insulation value of this can be up to 10

T: 05 55 73 63 16

times that of a hard floor. Not only will you be warmer but you’ll save money too - it’s proven that a deep pile carpet could save you up to 12% of your energy heating costs. Of course there are many advantages to a wall to wall carpet: LUXURY - Carpet gives the look and feel of luxury. COST - Although there is a huge choice of carpet they will always be cheaper to install than tiles or wood. HEALTH - Properly maintained carpet

E: jonthecarpetman@gmail.com

Motoring

Do you have an old rotavator, vigneron tractor or machine similar to these in your barn?

www.energic.info

Flooring, Pools

www.jon-thecarpetman.com

Walton Coachworks Left Siret: 789 759 701 00012

walton.coachworks@hotmail.co.uk Tel: 07 87 6 5 53 11 / 05 55 78 67 02 Mechanical work on all makes and models irrespective of age s Welding s Servicing s LHD lights & tow-bars fitted s s Tracking (alignment) s Replacement tyres & balancing s s Interior & exterior valeting s

Full professional insurance AND 12-mth guarantee on new parts and labour. All discounts passed onto customers. Additional discount if work over 150€. Provide your own new parts, we will fit under professional insurance guarantee.

From 2018 all work undertaken will require a copy of the Carte Grise or UK V5 document before work can be carried out. Materials purchased over 150€ will require a deposit. Any work undertaken over 500€ will require an authorised DEVIS.

Nick Walton: Chez Pouveroux, 7 Les Clos, 87600 VAYRES

PM

DOWN TO EARTH POOL DESIGN

CARPETS & FLOORING

For all your flooring needs

Contact Paul on 06 60 07 54 78 or 05 45 84 27 75

www.pmcarpetsandflooring.com

All work completed by us, design, excavation, construction & landscaping on completion. All work guaranteed. Testimonials available on request. Prices from €18,476 for 8x4m www.DownToEarthPoolDesign.com Email: stevethyer@aol.com

05 49 87 04 13 Siret 45047931600033

Hand Drive Place

We buy and sell left hand drive cars, French & British registered. Delivery and collection across Europe - regular trips throughout France. New and used, tax paid and tax free. www.lhdplace.co.uk cars@lhdplace.co.uk +44 (0) 1256 461173

POOLS BY JONATHAN Agent and installer for several rectangular & shaped pools including Seablue & Astral Pools FRIENDLY PROFESSIONAL SERVICE Competitive prices, try me for a quote Terracing and landscaping service also available ALL WORK GUARANTEED www.poolsbyjonathan.com phone 0549840362 mobile 0622361056

Turner Plomberie and Chauffage Established suppliers and fitters of kitchens and bathrooms We offer a full range of award winning UK designs by Howdens Joinery

Contact us today: Tony@turnerplomberie.com Tel: 05 49 87 56 49

Call today to arrange a no obligation www.turnerplomberie.com free home survey and CAD design service Siret 82502272600012 These local businesses are waiting for your call!

SIRET 47994761600021

• We supply and fit a range of carpets to suit all budgets • We also fit amtico, vinyl, wood and ceramic tile • Over 25 years experience, 100% customer satisfaction • Now selling a selection of wool and mixed fibre rugs

10 years working in France, fully registered and insured to cover all parts of the country.

jonthecarpetman

NEW Pre-CT check for vehicles needing Controle Technique Top quality tyres available within 48hrs at competitive prices Parts available same day or in 24hrs - less common cars 3-day delivery

If so, call Jon on 05 49 87 29 71 or email jon@energic.info

Metalwork, Fencing, Artisans

will have a positive effect on indoor air quality by trapping dust particles within the fibres, reducing airborne dust by 50% more than hard floors and then the retained particles are removed by vacuuming. SAFETY - Soft carpets improve safety, reducing slips and falls - and if you do fall the landing is much softer! So, if you want to be warm and cosy this winter with a money saving, luxury looking carpet - give Jon the Carpet man a call......


61 DESIGN RENOVATION MAINTENANCE POOLS & SPAS

Your supplier of MAGILINE pools across Vienne (86) LES BASSINS DE FAYOLLES 06.29.60.31.78 www.bassinsdefayolles.com

Ian Dickinson

Renovating your next property? Dreaming of a new build? Let me help you. • Dossiers prepared • Permis de construire • Déclaration préalables

BSc (Hons)

Architectural Designer Architectural designs, planning applications & project management for extensions, renovations, conversions and new build.

All your metalwork needs catered for Ornate interior / exterior designs Gates constructed / refurbished Industrial furniture ~ General Welding Tel: 05 49 64 97 25 Mob: 06 05 54 87 81 jeffsmetalwork@mail.com

05 53 52 36 05

e-mail: ian.dickinson@wanadoo.fr www.idarchitecturaldesign.com

Nick Wright

• Certificates issued for every sweep • Over 10 years’ experience • Covering departments 16, 17, 79, 86 & 87 Registered with the Chambre de Métiers et de l’Artisanat Siret 81968203000013

Contact Nick on email: nickthesweep@gmail.com or T. 05 45 71 33 36

M&M PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

Quality & Precision Guaranteed Forgeix, 87200 Saint Junien

Over 25 year’s experience

05 55 71 41 75

frasereade87@gmail.com www.latelierdefer.com Siret: 512 945 874 00018

ANDY MS

Depts 16 & 17

Painting & decorating services Tiling / Flooring Plasterboarding Suppliers of Crown Paints Providing a quality service since 2005 Kevin Smith

Kitchens & Bathrooms from A-Z

16100 Chateaubernard 05 45 36 46 70 / 06 72 21 80 27 lifeboatmoose@wanadoo.fr www.mmpropertymaintenance.fr

Building services, Artisans

Chimney Sweep

lavieilleabbaye@orange.fr Peter Latus BA(Hons)

All leading Brands All associated minor works, modifications and repairs also undertaken e.g.. replace Kitchen worktops, taps, toilets etc. Dept. 16, 17

Siret 482 718 640 00022

Tel/Fax: 05.46.98.22.01

Fraser W. Eade

General Engineering Turning, Milling, Welding

Siret: 49377035800015

Departments: 16, 17, 24, 79, 86 & 87

L’Atelier de Fer

Design services, Metalwork

Jeff’s Metalwork

Architectural Drawing Service

05 46 49 78 30 / 06 70 40 66 01

website: andyms.free.fr email: andyms@free.fr siret:50263448800014

All reclamation bought & sold Demolition undertaken Specialists in oak beams Metalwork & stonework Indian stone flooring 50,000 sq ft covered showrooms 1km from Confolens D952 Ansac-sur-Vienne road Mon-Sat 8.30am-6pm Open lunch-times Sundays closed

www.reclamation-yard.com

ChipbOard type P5 1833 and 22mm tongue and grooved water repellent, chipboard comes in 8ft x 2ft sheets. C.L.S. stud work is a beautiful product to work with, clean dry and STRAIGHT. Currently held in 2.4m, 3m and 4.8m lengths. 38mm x 89mm C16 planed for eased edges C.L.S. profile. pLYWOOd All in 8ft x 4ft sheets. External grade suitable for construction uses with high quality finish on both sides. Held in 5.5mm, 9mm, 12mm, 18mm, 25mm. All Malaysian WBP BB/CC. MdF 18mm held OSB 9mm and 18mm held. happy to quote for all soft wood requirements. Skirting bOard and arChitrave in stock. FLOOr jOiStS held in many sizes. rOLLS OF knauF earth WOOL nOn-itChY in stock (100 & 150mm).

MOving hOuSe...? Full house clearances quoted for & complete contents bought. Use until the day you move knowing it is all sold.

Call Terry on 05 45 30 72 04

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Siren: 449 714 989

1 route de Montmorillon 86400 Savigné


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GARY MOORE HEATING Siret: 491827705 00022

22 YEARS IN HEATING, 12 YEARS IN FRANCE Ò Ò Ò Ò

Installation, servicing, repairs - oil, gas, solar, solid fuel Fully qualified, fully registered, 10 year décennale insurance Currently offering FREE supply & installation of bulk propane gas tanks 30% crédit d’impôt

Tel: 05 45 29 68 73 | Mobile: 06 30 11 86 84 | Email: gary.moore@orange.fr

JAMES RICHARDSON

Building services, Artisans

Imajica Joinery

Tel 05 17 30 18 35 Mobile 06 33 85 65 66

ktaylor.renovations@gmail.com Javarzay, 79110 Chef-Boutonne Siren: 478 608 185 00011

Building services, Artisans

Sarl AUVIN Fabrication

ESTABLISHED COMPANY, CONSCIENTIOUS & RELIABLE SERVICE For a superior finish in wood, tile, plasterboard and general restoration Specialising in kitchen fitting & creative challenges

05 49 87 09 63 Siret: 48115588500017

DOWN TO EARTH Construction

Fosse septique and accredited Micro station installer

Stairs & windows All carpentry Manufacture & renovation in and around Charente (16) www.auvin-fabrication.com

Professional, friendly reliable service with competitive prices. From conception to completion, we will even do the paperwork. All drainage problems, groundworks patios & driveways. Established 14 years, french registered & insured All work guaranteed - Testimonials available on request www.downtoearthvienne.com

Le Bourg à Moutardon 16700 Nanteuil-en-Vallée Tel. 05 45 31 03 05

South West

Email: stevethyer@aol.com

05 49 87 04 13 Siret 45047931600033

France Fosse

Accredited Installers of :

Micro Stations, Compact filters and traditional Fosse septiques For a guaranteed professional solution from initial application to achieving conformity

Over 30 years of experience See all our work on our facebook page

www.southwestfrancefosse.com T: 06 04 14 84 86

Email: southwestfrancefosse@orange.fr

These local businesses are waiting for your call!


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Les Les Bons Voisins Voisins

property management throughout france

.

no job too small, no project too large

exceptional service at competitive prices

key holding . caretaking . maintenance . supervision changeovers . cleaning . gardening . mail forwarding

. admin help . translation

friendly people providing professional help to home owners in france www.LBVfrance.com

e:info@LBVfrance.com

ty and Full Public Liabili surance In Civil Décennale

06 82 10 45 65

06 83 99 01 48 / 09 84 22 80 23 Siret: 517 604 997 00018

16420 Saint Christophe cesarconstructions@gmail.com

ELECTRICIAN

Multi Services

Plumbing Electricity Plasterboarding Tiling Satellite dishes and Systems for the reception of UK and French TV Dept. 16,17 No Job too Small

05 46 49 78 30 / 06 70 40 66 01

Experienced, French Registered Electrician Available for all types of electrical work renovations, small works, gate automations etc. Insured and guaranteed

Tel: 05 46 98 22 01 Mob: 06 02 33 90 58 E: ian.dickinson@wanadoo.fr Siret: 492 277 918 00024

PAINTER & DECORATOR Interior and exterior painting Paper hanging, tiling, flooring & dry lining

ADAM BLACKABY Artisan Peintre T: 05 45 98 07 25 M: 06 23 18 30 95

Areas 16, 17, 24, 33, 79, 86 Siret: 441 490 992 00027

Roofing - Traditional, Interlocking and Slate Rendering, Pointing, Full and Part Renovations, Conversions andrewquick@orange.fr

05 49 27 22 67

depts 79, 86 & 16 www.building-services-france.com

Keith Bassett GENERAL BUILDING SERVICES

Part or full renovations Roofing Plaster boarding All building works undertaken Tel: 05 49 27 52 99 Mob: 06 74 95 21 00 E: kajbassett@wanadoo.fr Based 79190 Siret 487 581 209 00011

Siret: 499 474 302 00035

Peter Amor Electrician

Large or small projects, from new builds, total rewires (including 3 phase) to Having additional sockets/lights installed to

Emptying of grease traps, fosse septiques, filtre compacts & micro stations. Cleaning & maintenance of all types of sewage treatment plants.

Conformity Inspections

Tel: 05 49 91 85 54 peter-amor@orange.fr All departments covered SIret: 480 026 560 00012

David GABARD T: 06 71 83 16 69 / 05 49 87 27 29 E: info@vf-services.fr 2 Verrières, 86400 CHAMPNIERS Covering south 86 & 79, north 16

Jb Plumbing Ambroise Prée Plumbing - Heating Chimney sweep EMERGENCY CALL OUTS 24 hours / 7 days a week

Fully insured with 10 year’s experience ambroise1204@hotmail.fr Tel: 06 58 86 55 91 Based in 86400 Saint Macoux Siret: 831 980 487 00019

Kitchen & Bathroom installation Tiling Plumbing Repairs Tel: 06 29 90 24 89 E: mrbirky2@yahoo.com Based in dept 79 near Sauzé-Vaussais Fully insured Siret: 804 390 862 000 14

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Building services, Artisans

based South 79 All work is fully insured, references can be provided

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The 2018 Festival du Haute-Limousin will be a milestone event, marking twenty years of successfully bringing together some remarkably diverse musical styles.

utting on a major musical event in a rural setting isn’t for the faint-hearted. Doing so successfully and turning it into an annual highlight on the festival calendar is arguably even more challenging, but then creative forces tend to thrive on challenges. That’s something of which the residents of Villefavard are by now well aware, as we discovered while delving into the historical background to the wealth of musical activities which enrich this otherwise unassuming corner of Haute-Vienne. The village gained a reputation as having an independent spirit back in the mid-19th century when most of the local people decided to reject the authority of Rome and convert to Protestantism. Their Pastor, one Edouard Maury, arrived with his Swiss wife Sophie and built a model farm, a villa and a Protestant temple designed by a Swiss architect, a remarkably extravagant act in this poor corner of Limousin. More were to come, when the couple began hosting painters, engravers and musicians. Their social and artistic upbringing clearly had a profound influence on the lives of the Maury’s two daughters: Geneviève married conductor Charles Münch, while Juliette became an accomplished violinist and introduced the village children to music, forming a choir which performed each year with other invited musicians. Finally in 1947 (the centenary year of the parish) she inaugurated a series of formal concerts, hosting young musicians and award-winning professionals in the village. The seed was sown. LUXURY MOBILE HOME PORT GRIMAUD Bay of St Tropez

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t’s not every day that you celebrate a special anniversary, and ones such as these aren’t ten a penny. In English we have loads of expressions with ten - is French as obsessed by it as we are? If you wouldn’t normally touch languages with a ten-foot barge pole, ten to one you want some expressions that might help you get the most out of the French language. Okay, let’s get started. If you hear someone in French saying ‘we aren’t going to spend ten years’, on ne va pas y passer dix ans, we’d more likely say ‘We haven’t got all day!’ or ‘Today would be good!’. In other words, hurry up! Dépêche-toi ! In English, you’ll fairly commonly hear someone say that they wouldn’t touch something with a ten-foot pole. The whole inches, feet, yards and miles is a European nightmare anyway, and a ten-foot barge pole is no exception. You know it’s going to be one of those expressions that you can’t translate literally, never mind the difference between Metric and Imperial measures. You could always say un très long perche or a ‘very long rod’, but the best would be to avoid all mention of poles and lengths, and go simply: je ne m’approcherais pas pour tout l’or du monde. I wouldn’t approach for all the gold in the world. One expression that you might hear in French with the number ten is un de perdu, dix de retrouvés ! which means ‘one lost, ten found’. I guess its equivalent would be something along the lines of ‘there’s plenty more fish in the sea’, as you’d use it when commiserating with someone about a lost love. If someone finds themselves with a lot of time on their hands, you can use another expression in French to suggest that they don’t know what to do with them-

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selves: il ne sait rien faire de ses dix doigts. It also has an implication that they aren’t smart enough, that they’re useless. Not somebody you’d want helping out with your celebrations. Although anniversary and birthday may be the same in French, as you’d use anniversaire for both, you often find that you’d explain a little more just to get around that. So you can have un anniversaire de mariage, or un anniversaire de rencontre, for the anniversary of the first time you met, but you can also have un anniversaire de naissance to make it clear that it’s your birthday. And where in French we only have one word for ‘birthday’ and ‘anniversary’, we have two French words for just one English word ‘celebrate’: célébrer and fêter. Just as in English, you can also commemorate, commémorer, you’ll find that you can also fêter an anniversary or birthday. Il fête son anniversaire. He’s celebrating his birthday. One of my favourite expressions with fête is faire la fête, which can mean ‘to celebrate’ but can also mean when you’re really excited to see someone if you add their name after, like le chien a fait la fête à

Emma Jane Lee joins in the celebrations for Living’s Tenth Anniversary son maître. Be careful though - faire SA fête à quelqu’un means to ‘go to work on them’, or ‘to hit them’, as well as having some rather ruder connotations! If somebody wishes you bonne fête in French, it’s not that they are confused if it’s not your birthday: it’s to celebrate your Name Day. Mine is the 19th April, just in case you want to wish me Bonne fête, Emma unless you are un trouble-fête. Un trouble-fête is a killjoy or a party pooper. You can also wish someone Bonnes fêtes at Christmas and New Year: it’s more succinct than ‘Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’, that’s for sure. If you wish to congratulate someone on their anniversary or for an achievement, you can use the verb congratuler, but it is very formal. Féliciter is much more frequently used. Félicitations! is always appropriate if you want to say ‘Congratulations’, but you can also say Chapeau! This is similar to ‘Well done!’ and you’d use it in similar circumstances. So Chapeau! may not be the most appropriate for births, marriages or wedding anniversaries, unless you are meaning to imply that getting married or being married to that person is a spectacular achievement. I’m a big fan of Bonne Continuation! which doesn’t really have a very good English translation other than ‘Long may it continue!’, ‘Wishing you continued success!’, ‘All the best!’ or ‘Keep up the good work!’. It’s a very French expression indeed. And, as it comes to Living Magazine’s 10th anniversary, I think it’s only appropriate to say Félicitations ! Chapeau ! Bonne Continuation ! Emma is a jack-of-all-language-trades, writing English textbooks, translating, marking exam scripts and teaching languages. She lives near La Rochefoucauld with her growing menagerie. See www.english-tuition.weebly.com

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Living Magazine April/May 18  

We're celebrating, Living is 10! So we have packed this edition full of wonderful features and great days out celebrating the south west of...

Living Magazine April/May 18  

We're celebrating, Living is 10! So we have packed this edition full of wonderful features and great days out celebrating the south west of...