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What a year! We’re only six months in and already so much has happened. In France, our hopes are pinned on our new President - will he be the promised breath of fresh air and what will the next set of elections bring? In the UK, those of us with votes will be using them carefully in the general election now the realities of Brexit are becoming clear. Read our Brexit News to find out how you can get involved in the battle to maintain our rights. As for the US, who knows what will have happened between me writing this column and you reading it! Through all the change, we hope that Living Magazine remains a constant - bringing you quality information, beautiful photography and a great read. In this issue, we have a fantastic Futuroscope give-away to celebrate their 30th anniversary. We also hope to see many of you at the opera evenings at Chez Cartier - we’re very excited to be part of such a wonderful, and fun, production. The Living team has also published and delivered our must-have 2017 Ultimate Summer Guide for le Poitou and les Charentes. Pick up a copy or read it on our website if you don’t want to miss out this summer. Finally, please make sure you visit our advertisers and let them know that their adverts in Living work. It’s the only way that we can continue to bring you Living Magazine for free. À bientôt


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Perfectly Périgord Roger Moss shows us what not to miss when making a trip to watch the Tour de France in Dordogne this year


An Evening with Friends Join Reza Mahammad and friends for a unique performance of Così Fan Tutte


The Little Festival that Could We look behind the curtain at the Nombril du Monde with Jessica Knipe


Hook, Line and Sinker Summer fishing with Ron Cousins

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Bio cereal producers Céline and François Peloquin will be hosting their convivial Farmers’ Market at Chassagne, near Villefagnan, from the 2 June. Buy from the host of bio stalls selling everything from honey to cheese and meat, pair with some homemade bread and salad, and settle down in the open air to enjoy the local entertainment. Held every fortnight, just bring along your plates and cutlery, and your friends and family - it’s the perfect way to unwind and relax into weekend mode. This year, the Friday evening markets are on 2 June, 7 & 21 July, 4 & 11 August and 1 September with stalls setting up from 4pm. You can also buy fresh bread from the farm on Tuesdays and Fridays between 4-8pm. Chassagne, 16240 Villefagnan;

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Verteuil-sur-Charente are hosting their first village fete on Saturday 17 June with La Belle Epoque as the theme, evoking the early 1900s. Traditional games, demonstrations, a treasure hunt and more are promised with music in the chateau grounds in the evening.

Theatre Chabanois are performing ‘The Good Old Days’ at the Salle de Fêtes in Chabanais on 17 June at 8pm. Tickets cost 6€, tel: 05 45 29 07 35. Singers from Huddersfield’s Marsh Ladies Choir are combining a holiday with three performances: Dronne Valley Anglican church at Bertric Burée (24) on Friday 2 June at 6.30pm; l’Église de Saint-Roche at Gurat near Villebois Lavalette (16) on 3 June; Prieuré de Rauzet, Combiers (16) on 4 June at 5.30pm with guests Cant’On chant’. Tickets cost 10€ including an apéro after the concerts.

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Over the weekend of 10-11 June, the Ruffec Rotary Club will present its 21st exhibition, the ‘Salon des Mètiers d’art’, an opportunity for around 50 craftsmen to present their work and skills to the public, at the the salle polyvalente in Mansle. There will be stands displaying their decorative artwork such as lamps, lampshades, jewellery, porcelain and ceramic painting, sculpture, silk painting, glass blowing, mosaics and more. Each event mounted by the Rotary Club supports a cause, April’s Nagerthon raised over 2,000€ for Guide Dogs, and the money raised here will go towards the research into brain diseases. Doors open 10am-6pm with entry costing 2€.

32 farms across the mid-west of France have grouped together to promote milk ‘en direct des éleveurs’, direct from the farmers. 14 of the farms are in Charente, with 5 in Haute-Vienne, 11 in Loire-Atlantique and 2 in Vendée. The milk is packed in eco-friendly pouches at a plant in Remouillé (44) before being delivered to 250 SuperU and Leclerc stores across the region within 72 hours. The farmers adhere to a code of ethics including no palm oil or GMO in their animal feed which is also rich in Omega 3. Each litre of UHT milk costs on average 0.94€ and the farmers receive 0.10€ per litre more than through the classic route, allowing them to reinvest in their farms and employ the additional workers required. They hope to branch out into butter, bio milk and other products soon. To find your nearest supplier, see the map on

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Tankus return Now in its 12th year, the ‘Jeudis de l’Eté’ programme offered by the Sud Charente Communauté de Communes features free open-air concerts on Thursdays through July and August at l’Etang Vallier at Brossac. Five concerts are planned this year between the 20 July and 17 August. The highlight is the booking of Tankus the Henge, the popular London-based rock ‘n’ roll band whom many may have seen in previous years at the Mad Hatter’s Festival in south 79. The five-piece band are well known for their showmanship perfected at over 1000 shows all over the world including at leading festivals from Glastonbury to Montreux Jazz Festival. Come and picnic at the lake, enjoying the Charente scenery, before the concerts start at 9pm. Tankus the Henge will be performing on 27 July and the full programme is available on

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The Blue-eyed Black Lemur is critically endangered and now only has a very limited distribution in north western Madagascar where its greatest threat is habitat destruction due to the continuing slash-and-burn agriculture as well as selective logging and mining. The birth of a young lemur at the Zoo de Palmyre in early April was an important step in their conservation programme. Unfortunately, the little one was judged to be low in weight so was transferred to the zoo’s nursery - her parents and brother were also moved into a neighbouring cage to keep the family bond. With feeds needed every two hours, the concern is that the baby becomes imprinted on the zookeepers rather than her own mother. Baby Ikopa is now progressing well and tasting fruits, and will be re-introduced to the family group when it is safe to do so. The zoo has also welcomed three Red Ruffed Lemur and four Ring-tailed Lemur babies.

Ultimate Frisbee

National teams from around the globe will be descending on the beaches of Royan to contest the 2017 World Championships of Beach Ultimate between the 18-24 June. 1,500 players are registered to play in some 500 games on the Plage de la Grande Conche with games taking place between 8am and 8pm. The finals will take place on Friday and Saturday. A relatively new sport, Beach Ultimate is a non-contact, self-refereed team sport played with a flying disc and its popularity is growing fast. There are 5 players on each side of a 45m long, 25m wide court with goals scored when one of their players catches the disc in the 15m end zone. Full details of the event can be found on

Billet Jeunes Nouvelle-Aquitaine has launched a new train ticket aimed at children and young adults up to the age of 28. The ticket price is based on 6 bands of distance: 0 - 43 km : 4€ (Bordeaux - Libourne) - 44 - 80 km : 7€ (La Rochelle - Niort) - 81 - 123 km : 10€ (Limoges - Périgueux) 124 - 156 km : 13€ (Limoges - Poitiers) - 157 - 204 km : 16€ (Saintes - Poitiers) - 205 km : 19€ (Bordeaux - Limoges) Unlike other reduced price tickets, there is no special card required and the tickets can be purchased online from your local TER site or at your station.

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Markey's Pies

Established back in 2005 by Mark and Fiona, Markey’s Pork ‘n’ Pies has been supplying the Surgères area with pies, pork, sausages and bacon via their ‘pie mobile’ which is now a familiar fixture at nearby markets and events. All the pies and pasties are homemade by the couple to traditional British recipes, sometimes with an added twist from Mark. After many years of requests from hungry customers and trials with delivery companies, they are now able to offer a premium chilled delivery service across France. Just order your pies on their website and they will be baked on Thursday for shipment on Friday and delivery on Saturday or Monday. “This is an exciting step forward for us,” explained Mark. “We will, of course, still be at all our regular markets but we can now deliver our quality pies to customers elsewhere in France too, something that has long been requested.” To order your pies, visit

The skeletal ironwork towers of Rochefort’s celebrated Pont Transbordeur are currently clad in scaffolding while the structure undergoes essential repairs and restoration work costing 22 million euros. Accorded Monument Historique status in 1976, France’s last transporter bridge was saved from destruction, painstakingly restored to full working order then reopened in 1994. In 2010 Hurricane Xynthia damaged one

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of the anchorage points for the huge cables securing the towers, after which structural engineers discovered that harsh coastal conditions had corroded vulnerable ironwork. Now all compromised and non-original components are being replaced and the entire structure restored to how it looked and functioned when it was inaugurated in July, 1900. The Pont Transbordeur is planned to re-open in February 2019.

The Chaplaincy of the PoitouCharentes is holding its annual Summer Fair in Courcelles on 10 June from 10am - 5pm.

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La Charrue, the popular events venue set in 6 acres of parkland just north of Brantôme, has once more got a packed summer calendar of events. Gala Night on Wednesday 12 July features the multi-tribute artist Iain Sparks who has toured internationally as Roy Orbison, Meat Loaf and Van Morrison amongst others. He will be entertaining you while you enjoy a 3-course meal (tickets cost 35€). Other tribute acts include Freddie Mercury on 26 July, Tom Jones on 9 August and The Littles as The Beatles on 23 August (all tickets cost 28€ including 2-course meal). Throughout the season, Friday nights are music nights featuring a variety of local bands (18€ including 2-course meal) and the season ends on 24 September with the annual Vide Grenier in aid of Twilight. Full details can be found on www. or call 05 53 56 65 59 but remember to book as spaces are limited.


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Leading mime artists will flock to Périgueux to take part in MIMOS (24-29 July). 25 shows featuring ten different nationalities make up the main programme while a further twenty companies perform in Mimos-Off.

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La Félibré is the largest fête Occitane in the Périgord, lasting four days from 29 June to 2 July at Saint-Astier. Markets, folk music, dancing, parades and more take place in the town centre which is closed for the occasion. The 2017 edition of Itinéraire Baroque celebrates Telemann who died 250 years ago and was one of the most important composers of the period. From 27-30 July, enjoy a series of concerts in various venues from the Abbey of Cercles to the chateau of Clauzuroux. La Félibré


Operation Percy Pink On 11 August 1944, thirteen American commandos parachuted into the Périgord from their base in the UK. Their mission was to fight alongside the French resistance fighters in Operation ‘Percy Pink’ at Cadouin and harass and attack the retreating German forces from the front in the north. To honour the bravery of all who took part, an educational documentary is being filmed with interviews of surviving members of the US and the UK troops alongside those of the Maquis. Produced by Ronald Knoth and directed by Simon Holland, the film is now seeking funds to enable it to be finished. To find out how you can help, see the website percypink or visit their Facebook page Operation Percy Pink.

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The Royal Oak

John Bailey and daughters Josephine and Grace have been running The Royal Oak, an English-style pub in Mareuil-sur-Belle, for the past five years after moving to France in 1990. The pub offers several beers on draught including London Pride and Guinness, and holds regular themed nights including a monthly quiz every second Wednesday. This summer the Baileys will be adding lunchtime meals to the menu. The Royal Oak now boasts its own full size bowling green to welcome visiting lawn bowling teams. The launch day in May was well attended and they hope to soon have their own Royal Oak Team and, with B&B rooms on site, visiting teams will be well catered for. To see what is being planned, follow them on Facebook at ‘The Royal Oak Mareuil’ or contact them on 09 51 98 85 16,

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Glass Half Full

Living’s wine expert, Caro Feely, has launched her third book about the ups and downs of vineyard life. Join her and her family as they continue on the rollercoaster ride of managing a growing business here in France, making natural wine in harmony with the environment. Everyone running a small business here will recognise the trials and tribulations of working in a second culture and language while juggling a family and ‘living the dream’. If you love wine, the environment or are simply looking for a great summer read then this is for you. Published by Summersdale, you can buy from Amazon or at good book stores, ISBN: 978 1 84953 991 3 priced £9.99.

Blues & Boogie

Over the past 10 years, Les Soeurs Anglaises have acquired a reputation for superb creative workshops at their feted venue located near Verteillac in the Périgord Vert. This July they are collaborating with Miele UK’s Executive Chef, Sven-Hanson Britt, at a three-day Blues & Boogie Weekend - 21 to 24 July - to raise funds for the charity, Medécins sans Frontières (MSF). The event will feature International pianists Silvan Zingg, Luca Sestak and Deanna Bogart, jetting in from Switzerland, Germany and the USA respectively; there will also be jive/swing demonstrations (plus a lesson for the more energetic amongst us) with local musicians adding to the general entertainment. Sven’s delicious food and a bar will be available throughout the event. The previous Boogie Weekend 2016, was a sell-out success and a limited number of tickets for one or more concerts this July are still available. Early booking is recommended. Further information; tel: 05 53 91 38 40; email: katie@ Booking and tickets:

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Garden Party

The annual Fête des Plantes et du Jardin held in the grounds of the Domaine de Péré in south Deux-Sèvres will be welcoming some 110 exhibitors this year. Over 5,000 visitors come from far and wide to browse the many stalls set up by nurseries, artisans and more. There are onsite refreshments throughout the weekend – from a menu for 14€ (including wine) to a salon de thé and a crêperie. The gates open from 10am to 7pm on 10-11 June with entry costing 6€ per person (1€ for students and unemployed). For more information see www.; tel: 06 08 23 67 92; Domaine de Péré, 79360 Prissé la Charrière.

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After hosting the World Championships two years ago, the Highland Games return to Bressuire (79) on 10-11 June where this time the top European professionals will be competing as well as promising amateurs. Irish and Scottish dance troupes will entertain the crowds alongside a competition of marching bands before the Saturday night concert by Toulouse-based celtic rock group The Booze Brothers. Entry costs 12€ for over-13s for a We weekend pass or 8€ giv have 10 day-tickets to e away for Saturday and 6€ Just visit outo Living readers. r Facebook page for Sunday. Tickets at LivingMagazine.f r or www.livingmagazin can be purchased for details. Names on the website will be drawn highlandgames on 5 June!


For the first time Vouvant (85) will host their own ‘Fête de la Musique’ on Saturday 24 June with the help of local commerce and the commune. Starting at 7pm and continuing until late, there will be a free concert in the centre of the village under the impressive Tour Mélusine. The evening will feature a mix of rock music, old, new and some original songs too, performed by four local bands. A bar and food will also be available. Come and support the inaugural festival, the hope is that it can become an annual fixture in the local music calendar. For more information contact Paul at the Café Cour du Miracle on 02 51 00 54 93.

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After eighteen months of renovation, the new Ecomusée du Daviaud has re-opened at La Barre-du-Monts (85) at the heart of the Marais Breton Vendéen. Over the last thirty years, the museum had become a firm favourite with tourists and students alike, being classed among the top 25 per cent of museums in France. Part open air and part under cover, it was felt the museum lacked coherence and both the site and the exhibits needed updating. The revitalised museum opened its doors in mid-May promising an insight in Marais life in a bucolic setting. The new visitor circuit is a 1km-long loop along the waterways, with a special emphasis on the diversity of flora and fauna. Pass through seven stages including salt production, farming and regional specialities. Inside the visitor centre, 250m2 of exhibition space uses the latest technology to share the collections and presentations of local life. Tickets cost 10€ in high season and 5€ in low season for over-17s and there are family tickets available. For full details of opening times and entry costs see

We’ve seen all too often how encouraging supermarkets and other retail outlets to set up on the outskirts can suck the life out of a previously thriving town. Saint-Maixent-l’École, though, was recently spurred by government initiative to try and reverse the decline by making the most of both its culture and architectural heritage. After consultations with local residents and elected representatives, it decided to renovate long-vacant commercial premises to attract new traders, extend the existing market hall and transform the former military swimming pool tucked away behind the town’s vast Gothic abbey into the stylish new Médiatique Aqua Libris. For years it was hidden from view, but now it’s visible and accessible to all. Meanwhile, the abbey itself, for centuries the town’s real architectural showpiece, will continue to take centre stage in these and other projects which are now spurring an inspired revitalisation of Saint-Maixent.

Vendee Festivals

Festival Saint Jazz sur Vie continues with concerts in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie over the weekend of 3-4 June.

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The Festival de la Pierre will be held at the Musée du Mangecailloux, Mortagne-sur-Sèvre, on 3-4 June. Learn about stones, pan for gold, watch sculptors at work as well as buy and sell. Entry is free. For thirty years, the Festival de Poupet has been drawing thousands of visitors to their concerts cradled in the Poupet valley. This year Julien Doré, Olivia Ruiz, Jean-Michel Jarre, Manu Chao and Renaud headline between 3-21 July. Les Nuits Musicales en Vendée Romane features classical and jazz concerts in Romanesque locations between 6 July-10 August.

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Le Château de Duras

From the Middle Ages to the Revolution via the Renaissance, the Château de Duras has stood through the centuries and borne witness to their troubles. The DurfortDuras family were awarded the title of count, marquis, and then duke, before being granted the status of a Duchy at the end of the 17th century (the highest accolade) when the Château became a superb country mansion. The Château’s history and architecture are brought to life through the visit to 30 rooms within this classified Historic Monument. Don’t miss the Ghost room, the animated models, the wooden games and the balconies that are unique in France, before finally climbing the tower to complete the visit. Guided tours are in French and there is an audioguide in English.


Journées Nationales de l’Archéologie (National Archaeology Days) 17 & 18 June 2017: visit the Château at the usual rate, exhibition. Sunday 18 June at 15h: guided visit on the archaeology of the building (in French) Guided visits (in French) at 15h every day during the summer P’tits Historiens Tues & Weds from 11 July at 11h – visits for children (in French) Themed Visits on Thursday 13, 20 et 27 July at 11h (in French) Place du Château New! 4D giant images celebrate 80 years of wine growing from 6 July on Tuesday, 47120 DURAS - France Thursday & Sunday at nightfall (in French and English) Tel: +33 (0)5 53 83 77 32 Fax: +33 (0)5 53 64 97 99

Special Events On 4 July 2017, his Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, will visit the home of his ancestors

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The Château is open daily in June from 10h-13h & 14h-18h, and in July 10h-19h Entry: Adult 8€, student 5.50€, 13-18 years 5.50€, 5-12 years 4€, under-5s free, reduced entry from 4€ to 7€. Audioguide 2.50€ (French and English).





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Festival Fever

June and July are packed with festivals in Haute-Vienne, here is our selection: Festival Urbaka (21-24 June) fills the streets of Limoges with music and street theatre day and night.

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At Cieux, the Festival du Bois de la Pierre et de l’Eau on 8-9 June brings together artists and artisans with a rock concert on the Saturday evening. The theatre at Bellac is the home for the Festival National de Bellac from 5-7 July. Festival Bandafolie’s combines running races with free concerts and shows including a visit by the Groupe de Gymnastique de la Brigade de SapeursPompiers de Paris from 13-16 July at Bessines-sur-Gartempe.


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fairy tale aquatic show from Cirque du Soleil. Don’t miss the award-winning rides ‘Time Machine’ and ‘Arthur, the 4D Adventure’ while visitor favourite ‘Dances with Robots’ continues to thrill.

We’re celebrating Futuroscope’s thirtieth anniversary by giving away THIRTY fabulous day passes to one of France’s most popular amusement parks. Enjoy a day packed with amazing experiences and fun for all the family. New for 2017, discover ‘The Extraordinary Journey’, an incredible ride that turns you into a birdman with your legs dangling free. Based on the exploits of Jules Verne’s famous hero Phileas Fogg, visit the edge of make-believe flying by mirages in the Egyptian desert, base jumping from skyscrapers in futuristic Dubai, weaving between strange hot air balloons over Yellowstone, and headlong into a mountain storm. Be amazed by the new live magic show ‘Illusio’ and finish the day with the

To enter the competition just log onto and fill in the entry form – we will draw the lucky winners from the hat on 1 July. Our winner will receive four oneday tickets to Futuroscope, and our thirteen runners-up will each receive a pair of tickets for use before the end of September 2017. And, of course, every reader is a winner with the amazing 6€ discount voucher on our back cover!

Abbaye Restoration

The new owners of Abbaye de la Réau near Saint Martin l’Ars (86) are determined to restore it to its former glory and they certainly have the experience to bring this dream to fruition. Noémi Brunet is an art historian who has already restored two derelict timber-framed properties, and husband Michel Guyot rescued the Château de Saint Fargeau in the Yonne and has been involved in the restoration of three medieval chateaux. This year they will be opening the Abbaye to the public to help raise the necessary funds, you can come and explore the ruins of the abbey church and the Roman chapter room with pendants depicting strange masks before taking part in a treasure hunt, learning about the everyday lives of its inhabitants from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution. In June and July, the Abbaye will open daily from 10am-7pm with adult entry costing 10€ and children aged 6-16, 6€. Guided tours are available by reservation on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and you are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds. See for full details.

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Energy Efficient Le Pass Haute-Vienne

You can now pick up your free ‘Le Pass’ and tourist map which will allow you reduced entry prices to many of the cultural and touristic attractions in the Haute-Vienne. Valid for up to five people, the card offers reduced price entry to Châlucet, Centre de la Mémoire d’Oradour-sur-Glane and the Musée de Rochechouart. A favourite with all the family will be the preferential rates for both the accrobranche and aquatic park at the Lac de Saint-Pardoux. You can pick up the pass at Tourist Offices or apply online for the carte touristique at www.

On 9 June the Tour de la Vienne Véhicules Electriques will be inaugurated, celebrating the final coming of age of electric vehicles. The new eco-touring rally will visit key tourism and environmental sites around the département, and for once speed is irrelevant – the sole competitive element for the drivers is to cover the 190km itinerary within a day, while using the least amount of energy. After leaving Futuroscope participants will pass through Chauvigny, Dienné (DéfiPlanet’), Civaux (Centrale Nucléaire + Planète des Crocodiles), Montmorillon, Le Vigeant (Séché Environnement), Magné (Parc de la Belle) before returning to Poitiers. Find out more at

GP costs

From May, visits to your GP have increased in price. Previously, the minimum cost was 23€ and this has increased to 25€. Appointments for children under 6 now cost 30€.

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Périgord With this year’s Tour de France visiting the Dordogne, the world’s attention will focus on an area which is already dear to countless hearts. We celebrate an enduring love affair. WORDS & PHOTOS: Roger Moss


ivers have a tendency to impose their will upon the landscape. Few have done so quite as appealingly as the Dordogne, which begins in the Auvergne as an innocent trickle below the ski lifts of Le Mont Dore but will eventually become the noble river whose name is lodged firmly in the world’s consciousness. Bounded by Limousin to the north, Quercy to the south and subdivided into several distinct regions, the area we think of as ‘the Dordogne’ is better known to the good people of France as ‘le Périgord’. Either way, countless lifelong love affairs with France began right here (and still do), among the kind of gentle landscapes which stir fanciful visions of old England. It’s no wonder, then, that for many first-time visitors it’s love at first sight. If you’ve yet to put that to the test then read on, as we take a relaxed tour of one of the river’s best loved stretches before the crowds arrive in force to witness the fleeting passage of le Tour. We begin 20km west of Sarlat with a pause in Le Bugue, which actually lies on the Vézère, putting on a last-ditch show before its impending liaison with the Dordogne. Nearby are Lascaux and Les Eyzies de Tayac, two prehistoric sites attracting huge numbers of tourists, leaving Le Bugue to concentrate on being an unassuming riverside town of considerable charm and character (and possessor of Europe’s largest freshwater aquarium). There have been markets here since 1319, when King Philippe of France decreed that they be held on Tuesdays in perpetuity, an act which is still observed. Each summer the 3rd week in August finds Le Bugue celebrating the Fêtes de la Saint-Louis in style with concerts, dances, firework displays and more. On a fine day, from the opposite riverbank, Le Bugue looks a picture.

The former port of Limeuil

The Vézère meets the Dordogne...

The same can be said of Limeuil, a village whose medieval good looks placed it many years ago among the elite ‘Plus Beaux Villages de France’. Rue du Port is a clue that Limeuil was for centuries a prosperous trading river port, thanks to its perfect location at the confluence of the Vézère and Dordogne. Not surprisingly, the most reliable periods for navigation were when winter snows melted in springtime and when rainfall increased during autumn. Cross the two stone bridges spanning the rivers today and you’ll be rewarded with the classic view of Limeuil, nestled at the foot of a modest limestone outcrop. There are glimpses through the trees of chateau

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Gabares and canoes, La Roque Gageac

"Limeuil is worth getting to know... the perfect spot for a relaxed lunch break." fortifications, which today embrace beautifully restored panoramic gardens established at the turn of the 20th century by Limeuil-born Fernand Jean Linares, after his work overseas as physician to the Sultan of Morocco. The gardens fell into decline after Linares’ death in 1938, but were restored by a local association, who have added woodland trails and craft workshops. Limeuil is well worth getting to know, and a selection of appealing restaurants makes this the perfect spot for a relaxed lunch break. Wrench yourself away, though, and a few kilometres upstream (which equates to ‘further east’) you’ll come to Beynac. Another of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, Beynac looks so implausibly photogenic, with multi-tiered honey-coloured facades huddled against a limestone promontory, that it featured in the film adaptation of ‘Chocolat’. In high

Early summer in Beynac

The classic view from Domme

living places to visit | 19 summer the through road takes a lot of traffic, but at other times you should be able to find space in the riverside car park. If not, simply turn left just before the chateau and you’ll find lots more parking areas above the village, the first serving an archaeological park and the second, some way further on, provided for the chateau itself and the medieval upper village. Poised 150m or so above the river, the 12th century chateau fortifications proved no match for Richard 1 of England’s forces in 1197. Whether you walk or drive, you’ll find it all remarkably well preserved, and the atmospheric ramparts provide commanding panoramic views of one of the river’s more relaxed meanders, a foretaste of the beguiling landscapes which still lie ahead.

topiary, but look beyond them and you’ll discover equally remarkable terraces and a belvedere some 130m above the river. Clearly visible across the valley is the unmistakable outline of another celebrated military stronghold: the Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Rather closer, but tucked away tantalisingly just out of sight below and to the left are the terracotta rooftops of our next visit – the village of La Roque Gageac, another holder of the ‘Plus Beaux Villages de France’ label, in recognition of its unique setting at

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Le Tour de France in Dordogne Watch the departure of le Tour de France 2017 in Périgueux on the morning of Tues, 11 July. Riders on Stage 10 will be covering 178 km, taking in the valleys of the Vézère and Dordogne, including (in the reverse direction) the stretch we’ve described. Notable highlights along the way include Montignac-Lascaux, Sarlat, Les Eyzies, La Roque-Gageac, Beynac-et-Cazenac, Saint-Cyprien, Le Buisson, Lalinde and finally Bergerac. Stage 11 begins in Eymet and heads south to Pau. As we went to press the detailed route map had not appeared, but should soon be available on the official Tour de France website:

the river. Today’s passenger services take things easier, on return trips to Castelnaud, turning to begin their scenic return cruise just before the wide, multi-arched stone bridge beneath the gaze of the chateau. Alternatively, go where you please by hiring a canoe.

A medieval new town... That’s something you can also do from le Port de Domme, another river crossing, just 3km or so further upstream, although most visitors will merely be passing through before climbing to a remarkable fortified village. Domme is another of the river’s high places, and yet another holder of the ‘Plus Beaux Villages de France’ classification. Stroll among its pale yellow stone facades and you’ll notice a geometrical street layout, an indication of Domme’s origins as one of the ‘bastides’ constructed in Aquitaine, Gascony and Languedoc by medieval town-planners. Domme was begun around 1281 by order of Phillippe III, during turbulent times between the Albigensian Crusade and the Hundred Years War, so it

Find out more Le Bugue’s Aquarium: aquarium-perigord-noir You can hire a canoe from La Roque Gageac: or nearby at le Port de Domme: Gabare cruises leave from La Roque Gageac:

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was heavily fortified to reinforce the natural protection afforded by a site 150m above the Dordogne. There are exceptionally well-preserved sections of the ramparts to explore plus a prison with Knights Templar inscriptions, but the real showstopper is the celebrated viewpoint from the tree-shaded square off Esplanade de la Barre. From here you’ll forget for a moment the ‘Cotswold village in the clouds’ behind you and instead contemplate the vast panorama spread before you of the fertile Dordogne landscape which provides the perfect backdrop to the river ambling on its way far below. At dusk it’s simply hypnotic. That’s also the perfect moment during which to contemplate the journey which brought us to Domme, and to plan many more while getting to know Dordogne (or ‘le Périgord’). It could take a lifetime, in fact, should you have one to spare.


the foot of high limestone cliffs on the banks of the Dordogne. Living right below their unnerving overhangs looks like an act of considerable faith, but something which those who inhabit the higher lanes obviously see as a price worth paying for the hypnotic views they get to enjoy. It’s worth taking some time to appreciate them, which you can do by leaving the car on the quayside and strolling up among the lanes. If, however, you’d prefer to keep well clear then take a river cruise from La Roque Gageac’s quayside aboard a replica gabare, for a taste of the days when traditional sailing barges were a common sight on stretches of the Dordogne. During the 18th and 19th centuries, before the arrival of rail and road transport, the river bargemen (bateliers) transported all manner of cargoes, including cheeses from Auvergne, skins and wines from Quercy, Domme and Bergerac, chestnuts from Limousin, animal fodder, quarried stone for making millstones, coal from the mines of Argentat (Corrèze) and bales from various water-powered paper mills on

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An evening with friends Join celebrity chef and consummate performer Reza Mahammad as he narrates a unique adaptation of Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte with a cast of friends


hen opera singer Nicola Beckley visited her long-time friend Warwick Hewson, a pianist and business partner of Reza Mahammad, an idea was hatched. Why not combine Reza’s love of opera with the musical talents of Warwick and friends against the backdrop of the beautiful Charente countryside. Fast forward a few months, add more talented friends, the support of Living Magazine, and Opera at Chez Cartier is now a reality. For three evenings only, Chez Cartier presents Così Fan Tutte. Six soloists will be

supported by a ten-piece orchestra under There are only 60 tickets available for each the guidance of illustrious director John performance. Warwick explains: “We want Ramster and conductor Orlando Jopling. to create a friendly and intimate evening, A unique adaptation has been specially something truly exceptional that is also fun. scripted to be narrated by Reza. We’ve been delighted that so many talented On arrival at Chez Cartier, enjoy musicians have embraced the opportunity Champagne and canapés prepared by Reza to come and experience the Charente before being seated for the first of the two welcome - it will be a night to remember acts. A 90-minute interval allows time to for all our guests.” enjoy a picnic in the grounds before the sun Tickets cost 50€ per person and a picnic sets and the second act begins. Throughout prepared by Reza and his team can be pre-ordered for 25€. Doors will open at the evening, local cognac house Maison 6pm on Fri 4, Sat 5 and Sun 6 August. Bertrand will be offering a (payable) bar. ~ Chez Cartier, 16360 Condéon;; ~

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For many in France, Reza shot to fame in A Place in France, followed by Delhi Belly, Coconut Coast and the United States of Reza. He now graces our screens on Good Morning, The One Show and has presented four series on The Food Network. When not presenting, Reza teaches at his cookery school in Charente. Outside of work, Reza leans towards the arts and has a passion for music: “I have come to realize that food and music are linked. A symphony of taste which feeds the senses is like beautiful music which nourishes the soul.”

John is a director, writer and teacher. Born in the east of England, he studied history at Cambridge University, beginning his professional career as assistant to the late Clare Venables at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, then at the Glyndebourne Festival where he worked on over twenty shows as assistant director and revival director, working with directors such as Peter Sellars, Deborah Warner, Trevor Nunn and Graham Vick, among others. A teacher of drama specifically for opera singers for the last 19 years, his teaching career began with the Guildhall’s opera course and he has since taught or directed at all the main London colleges. An elected Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, he has been the lecturer in drama at the Academy for ten years, teaching and directing scenes with all the vocal students there from undergraduate level through to the Royal Academy’s opera programme.

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Tucked away in the belly of the Deux-Sèvres, the Nombril du Monde festival is still going strong after surviving some rockier times. As the event’s motto goes: “You have to believe it to see it”…

By Jessica Knipe


The little festival that could

hen renowned artist Yannick Jaulin stumbled upon the tiny commune of PougneHérisson one night in the 1980s, the stars of the storytelling universe aligned. This completely singular individual recognised something in this completely singular place that urged him to take a closer look. “There were these granite headstones, a castle in ruins, those staggering mullion windows,” recalls Yannick. “People joked that it was the ‘trou du cul du monde’ – the world’s deepest, darkest hole. But stories can be reversed. I wanted to reinvent this place’s mythology.” So instead of the world’s “bottom”, Yannick made Pougne-Hérisson the world’s nombril, or “navel”, setting the village as the main character of many of his stories. In 1990, led by then-mayor Bernard Boileau, the town decided that the man who was telling his tales on their turf should come and perform his stories for them. Intrigued by the invitation, Yannick set up more than a one-off

22 | living arts & culture event – he imagined a whole association built around the idea of a refuge for storytellers. Thousands of people soon gathered around to hear what he had to say. Today the Nombril du Monde festival takes place every two years, inviting artists from all over the world to perform, including Yannick himself. Outside of the biennial show, the Nombril is also a yearly programme of cultural activity, involving mythical characters and fantastical machinery set within a garden of stories and soundscapes. “It’s a place for people to project themselves,” says Yannick. “The garden calls for them to believe in

Il y a de la beauté et de la joie à découvrir partout, même dans les endroits les plus déserts.


orsque l’artiste et conteur Yannick Jaulin est tombé sur la petite commune de Pougne-Hérisson, une nuit des années 80, les astres du monde des contes se sont alignés. Cet individu complètement singulier, passant par hasard dans ce lieu complètement unique, a reconnu quelque chose qui l’a incité à y regarder de plus près. « Il y avait ces pierres de granit, ce château en ruines, ces étonnantes fenêtres à meneaux... » se souvient Yannick. « Les gens plaisantaient que c’était le ‘trou du cul du monde’, mais l’histoire peut être inversée. Je voulais réinventer la mythologie de cet endroit. » Il fit donc plutôt de Pougne-Hérisson le « nombril du monde », ainsi que le personnage principal de plusieurs de ses histoires. En 1990, menée par le maire de l’époque, Bernard Boileau, la ville a décidé que l’homme qui racontait des histoires sur eux devrait venir les leur raconter en personne. Intrigué par l’invitation, Yannick a imaginé bien plus qu’une seule rencontre – il a créé une association entière autour de l’idée d’un refuge pour les conteurs. Des milliers de personnes se sont rapidement rassemblées pour entendre ce qu’il avait à dire. Aujourd’hui, le festival du Nombril du Monde a lieu tous les deux ans, invitant des artistes du monde entier à jouer, y compris Yannick lui-même. En dehors du spectacle biennal, le Nombril est également un programme d’activité culturelle à l’année, mettant en scène des

“The garden has created a source of year-round activity” personnages mythiques et des machines fantastiques dans un jardin sonore. « C’est un endroit où les gens peuvent se projeter, » dit Yannick. « Le jardin leur demande de croire en leurs rêves – si vous ne croyez pas aux belles choses, elles ne se réaliseront jamais. » Ouvert depuis 2004, le jardin a également un but éducatif, invitant les écoles et les jeunes talents à venir découvrir le monde du conte. Les entreprises aussi peuvent envoyer leurs employés y recevoir une leçon dans l’art de la présentation. Dans une partie du pays qui a été abandonnée, comme l’a été la plupart de la France rurale, le jardin

invente une nouvelle façon d’apporter des revenus à la communauté. Mais le succès du nombril n’a pas toujours été une évidence. Après un passage difficile en 2012, la compagnie s’est trouvée en déficit. « En 2010, nous avons eu trop de monde – 12 000 visiteurs en un jour et demi, » explique Olivier Allemand, co-directeur de l’événement depuis 2013. Les gens ont fini par attendre pendant des heures, parfois même sans voir les spectacles pour lesquels ils étaient venus. L’année suivante, déçues, ces mêmes personnes ne sont pas revenues, et le festival a perdu de l’argent.

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their dreams – if you don’t believe in beautiful things, they will never come true.” Open since 2004, the garden also fulfils an educational purpose in the region, inviting schools and budding talent to discover the art of storytelling themselves. Even businesses can treat their employees to a masterclass in presenting to a crowd. In an area cast aside, as much of French rurality has been, the garden has created a source of year-round activity and invented a new way to bring resources to the community. It hasn’t all been a walk in the park, though. After hitting a rough patch in 2012, the compagnie found itself in deficit. “In 2010, we had too many people – 12,000 visitors in a day and a half,” explains Olivier Allemand, co-director of the event since 2013. People ended up queuing for hours, sometimes not even seeing the shows they had come for. The following year, put off, those same people didn’t come back and the festival lost money. It looked like it might be time to call it a day, but the navel’s umbilical cord held strong. “If I had given up, I would

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Ça sentait la fin, mais le cordon ombilical du nombril tenait bon. « Si j’avais abandonné, j’aurais juste donné raison aux sceptiques, » dit Yannick. « La France rurale est bloquée dans la nostalgie, et il est difficile d’expliquer que, derrière nos airs blagueurs et malicieux, il existe un véritable projet de développement du territoire. Je ne pouvais pas laisser ceux qui nous ont dit que nous nous planterions avoir raison. » Des fans de tout le pays se sont aussi réunis pour garder le festival en marche. Les gens ont envoyé des chèques, les députés ont donné des subventions – personne n’était prêt à dire au revoir. « Nous avons changé la donne et recommencé de zéro, » dit Olivier. « Nous avons décidé que le grand événement serait un son et lumières qui raconterait l’histoire locale de la Gâtine de manière décalée comme on sait le faire. » A travers le mythique Saint Pou, qui « n’est pas dans le canon officiel parce qu’il ne connaissait pas les bonnes personnes », le public fait un voyage fantastique dans l’art du conte. Avec l’aide et la bonne volonté des villageois, le spectacle se déroule au pied du château du 12ème siècle,


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just have proven all those naysayers right,” says Yannick. “Rural France is stuck in nostalgia, and it’s hard to explain that behind our airs of jokes and mischief, there is a real project to develop the territory. I couldn’t let those who told us we would fail be right.” Not only that, but fans from all over the country came together to keep the festival going. People sent cheques, deputies gave subsidies – no-one was ready to say goodbye. “We changed the story and started from scratch,” says Olivier. “We decided that the big event would be an outdoor sound and light show that would retell the history of its setting, the Gâtine, in the quirky way only we know how.” Told through the eyes of the mythical Saint Pou, who “didn’t make it into the official canon, because he didn’t know the right people”, the show takes the audience

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on a whimsical journey through the art of storytelling. With the help and goodwill of the villagers, the show takes place at the foot of the 12th century castle, usually around the 15 August. Storytellers, street performers and musicians make the tiny place come alive. This being an intermediary year, there is a whole range of other activity planned for the garden. The season opened on 1 April with a celebration of the “International Day of the Belly Button” and since then artists have been pouring in from all over to perform to the theme of “travel” – in August there will be a night of stories from Beirut, in July a retelling of Patti Smith’s songs, and one of France’s foremost ethnomusicologists has already given a presentation on the topic of motor sounds, comparing and contrasting the noises of motorbikes and

cars from around the world… It’s a completely mad, off-the-beaten track sort of assembly. But one anchored in the mythologies of its environment. It’s also proof that the countryside can be innovative. “The mayor that got this started with Yannick Jaulin was a visionary,” says Olivier. “He saw that people were leaving, and realised that one way to recreate ties within his community was through culture.” The best story Yannick ever told Pougne-Hérisson is that there is beauty and joy to behold in even the most deserted of places. Each year, disbelief is suspended as people remember why the “bottom” of France could actually be linked to the rest of the world through its navel. “The strongest force of the Nombril,” says Olivier, “is that we believe in it.”

« Il y a de la beauté et de la joie à découvrir

partout, même dans les endroits les plus déserts. »

généralement vers le 15 août. Les conteurs, les artistes de rue et les musiciens animent tout ça avec joie. Cette année étant intermédiaire, les activités prévues se passent au jardin. La saison a démarré le 1er avril avec une célébration de la « Journée internationale du Nombril » et depuis, les artistes du monde entier se rencontrent autour du thème du voyage : en août, il y aura une soirée d’histoires de Beyrouth, en juillet un récit autour des chansons de Patti Smith, et l’un des plus grands ethno-musicologues français a déjà fait une présentation sur le sujet du son des moteurs, comparant bruits de motos et de voitures... C’est un rendez-vous unique, complètement décalé. Mais aussi ancré dans

les mythologies de son environnement. C’est aussi la preuve que la campagne peut être novatrice: « Le maire qui a lancé ça avec Yannick était un visionnaire », affirme Olivier. « Il a vu que les gens s’en allaient, et s’est rendu compte qu’un des moyens pour recréer du lien sur son territoire venait du culturel. » La meilleure histoire que Yannick ait jamais racontée à Pougne-Hérisson, c’est qu’il y a de la beauté et de la joie à découvrir partout, même dans les endroits les plus déserts. Chaque année, les gens se souviennent de la raison pour laquelle le « trou du cul » de la France pourrait être lié au reste du monde par son nombril. « La plus grande force du Nombril, » dit Olivier, « c’est d’y croire. »

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Dronne Aubeterre sur and surroundings is great to stay, eat, shop and play artisans Xavier Maffre ceramist and potter | | Poterie de la Passiflore | Atelier-Vente 33, rue Saint-Jean | 05 45 98 62 71 Manon Clouzeau ceramist | | Kaïros | face à l’église Saint-Jacques | 05 45 78 85 41 Annie Laroche leather working | | Boutique-Atelier, 20, rue Saint-Jean | 06 38 02 92 96 Yvane Larcher milliner | Boutique-Atelier, 2, Rue du Minage | | 06 66 40 81 19 Liesbeth de Jonge artist specializing in watercolour and ceramics | | Champ Gillet, 16210 Courlac | Robert Blackburn and Catriona | Woodworker, Furniture maker and Sculptor | 05 45 78 86 28 | La Vergne, 16210 Saint Romain | La Boutique artisan ice creams on a balcony overlooking | 18 Rue Saint-Jean | 06 86 70 36 23 Manolia cosmetic accessories handmade natural scents | | 3 Rue Saint-Jean | 06 78 88 51 07 produits du terroir Miss Terre à Aubeterre | 3, rue du Minage | | 06 46 29 52 19 french wine & gastronomy tours Amuse Bouches | Discover French Delights | | lifestyle HannaLy boutique | 3, rue Barbecane | | | 06 50 81 88 16 weddingplanners Marry me in France | | | +44 (0) 7932 254 898 souvenirs La Grange | in front of the monolith church/underground church Le Compostelle tobacco-press | Place Trarieux | 05 45 98 58 60 | antique Antiquites de la Dronne brac, clothes, old wines | 9-11 Rue Saint-Jean | 06 87 02 67 50 | l’atelier furniture and decorative items | 05 45 98 11 42 | 06 84 38 76 99 |

Aubeterre by night

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Eglise St Jacques

Dronne Aubeterre sur cécile willgoss Aubeterre – creative spirits Aubeterre sur Dronne, with its white stone houses, russet roofs and winding streets is a magnet for artists and artisans. This is an ideal time of year to visit their ateliers and spend a little time talking to them, admiring their handiwork and, of course, buying a beautiful, meaningful keepsake. Set in a luxuriant landscape and once a contested seat of power, Aubeterre perched on its white rock, is now a source of inspiration for the remarkable number of talented artists and artisans who live here. The longest continuous artisanal tradition in Aubeterre is pottery and local potters have recently formed an association of ceramicists aptly named Albaterra. These talented people hail from three continents and have very different approaches and styles. On your walks around the narrow streets be sure to visit some of these potters. At the top of the village, near the Eglise St Jacques, Manon Clouzeau creates subtle, delicate bowls using iron and mineral-rich clays beautifully displayed in her charming boutique. Below the église monolithe Xavier Maffre’s studio in a massive barn shelters an enormous wood fired kiln. Xavier constantly experiments with form and colour, so that when you return each year, you will always find something new. Manena Larrain, who lives in a hamlet only a minute from Aubeterre, is Chilean in origin and specialises in raku figures of women and girls. She has a passion for the feminine form.

Manon Clouzeau

The evening markets provide the perfect opportunity to visit local artisans: 20th of July and the 10th of August – fresh food, music and fun. Brass scallop shells set into the cobblestones lead you upwards following the pilgrim way through the village. Those who came before you walked up these narrow, steep, cobbled streets aiming for the Eglise St Jacques, using their staffs to help them the last few, weary steps, the soles of their worn sandals flapping against the cobbles. They journeyed through hardship and travail, solitude and companionship; they were tired and hungry. In Aubeterre they found hospitality, respite from the trail – the famous way to Compostela. For centuries, as they arrived at the front of the church they saw what you see now: a drawing in limestone encapsulating a world of local people doing ordinary, essential daily tasks, of symbols and mythical beasts. The faces of village people from the 12th century stare down at you. Who are you, they wonder as you pass into the shade of the cool, quiet church.

Xavier Maffre

idea and graphic design ©Nina Noordzij photos ©Nina Noordzij & © Dennis Moet

Aubeterre and its surrounding villages has become a focus for other craftspeople such as wood workers, blacksmiths, leather workers, and has also long been admired by visual artists. Nina Noordzij spent summer holidays in Aubeterre as a child and now runs a business here. Her passion for photography and training as a graphic designer, led her to interweave the two disciplines to create pieces she calls Photo-Graphique. Another photographer, Thomas Lebrevaud, has adopted Aubeterre as his home. He teaches and is particularly interested in older processes involved in photography. He hosts an annual exhibition in La Carpe gallery to demonstrate that photography is a living art, not just for recording events and places. Many painters have been inspired by the beauty of Aubeterre (one of the most beautiful villages in France), its setting, forms and colours. Didier Grare, was born and

lives close by in a delightful house set in a beautiful garden. Didier started painting of still lifes but became inspired by the water which surrounds Aubeterre. He regularly exhibits internationally and opens his house once a year for a studio visit. John Gregson moved here nearly 20 years ago. His paintings regularly feature the village, the river and the surrounding landscape. He has a permanent exhibition at the Hostellerie du Périgord at the foot of the village and regularly exhibits at the Office de Tourisme as well as internationally. If you need more inspiration, visit the boutique and workshop of Yvane Larcher, who makes hats, jewellery and delightful hair ornaments and fascinators. She will always encourage you to try things on! And on the Place Trarieux you should pop into Maryse Bonifet’s elegant boutique Signature, where she creates two clothing collections every year as well as bespoke clothing using luxurious fabrics.

32 | living Angling

Hook, line & sinker…


Ron Cousins guides us to the best of the summer waters…

oing fishing has often been justified by the fact that as three quarters of the earth’s surface is water and only one quarter land, it is clear that we were intended to spend three times as long fishing as tending the garden. Who would disagree at this time of year when there is great sun-soaked sport to be enjoyed on river, lake and sea? The sea angler can catch bass from boat or beach while there’s classic dawn fishing for tench. Huge catfish are waiting for the courageous and carp anglers can fish through the night on the designated carp sections of river. Anyone of any age who just wants to wet a line will find roach, rudd and perch eager to take the bait at any time of day. This year, the fish of my midsummer day’s dreams is the barbel (barbeau). Its powerful sounding scientific name Barbus barbus is derived from the Latin ‘barba’ meaning beard, referring to the two barbs or feelers each side of the mouth. Barbel, described as “a lusty and cunning fish” by Izaak Walton in his classic 1653 book ‘The Complete Angler’, are present in increasing numbers in the rivers of south west France and although Walton recommended cheese laid in clarified honey as bait, they have a diet that includes fish, crustaceans, algae and insect larvae. They fall for a wide range of baits - cheese still works well along with pieces of luncheon meat, sweetcorn, meat balls and bread. The increasing popularity of barbel fishing has prompted the commercial bait manufacturers to start producing baits with ingredients claiming to be attractive to these whiskery fish. These come as conveniently packaged pellets and ball-shaped boilies together with liquid flavour dips that are spread on

Top: Find the perfect pitch on the Charente Right: Muscle and whiskers - a 3kg Barbel Bottom: The Dordogne offers exceptional angling

the baits to add extra tantalising taste before casting out. While the traditional baits are impaled on the hook, the new baits are usually fixed to what is known as a hair rig - a short piece of stiff nylon line fixed to the shank of the hook and then passed through the pellet or boilie using a baiting needle. The offering then lies alongside the hook which is sucked into the barbel’s mouth as it picks up the bait. There’s a bewildering array of baits on the tackle shop shelves but on both sides of the Channel, halibut pellets and boilies are by far the barbel catcher’s number one choice followed by crab and seafood flavoured baits. Various sizes are available with 12-18mm covering most hook bait requirements. The smaller 6-10mm size is best for loose feeding to attract the fish, or as bait on those days when they are particularly choosy and a smaller than usual hook is needed. The barbel is a fish built for speed. Its torpedo-shaped body is packed with muscle which combined with the powerful fins gives it a rate of underwater acceleration that takes some stopping with a rod and reel. Anyone seeking old barbus needs a rod capable of carrying a line of 5kg breaking strain and a quality, fixed-spool reel with gears to deal with the pressure applied fighting the fish to the landing net. Good quality carp style hooks in sizes 6 to 10 should cover most situations while a line with high abrasion resistance is advisable if the fishing is where the river runs through rocks. Because of its fight to the end attitude, extra care should always be taken when returning a barbel to the water. Hold the fish steady in the stream and make sure that it has fully recovered before allowing it to swim away. Armed with the correct bait and

tackle, where do you go to find the fish? Barbel fishing in France is not as popular as in the UK so local advice can be hard to find but, while all rivers have barbel potential, the Dordogne river and its Vézère tributary have provided exceptional catches as have the rivers Anglin and Gartempe along with the Vienne from Aixe-sur-Vienne (87) to downstream of Confolens (16). The upper River Charente around Ambernac (16) is known for 1-3kg fish while bigger specimens have come from well down river at Châteauneuf (16). The River Dronne upstream and downstream of Aubeterre (16) holds a good head of barbel and any fast flowing stretch with streamer weed cover is worth a try, just keep moving around until you find the fish. The good news is that barbel are sedentary fish so once you locate them they’ll probably be around all summer. A bronze-bodied barbel in the sunshine is a sight to remember so why not head for your nearest river and catch one for yourself. Do it now because, as Shakespeare wrote, “Summer’s lease hath all too short a date”.

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A large terrace welcomes diners


For more than 30 years Angoulême’s chic Le Terminus Restaurant has been a favoured meeting place for lovers of fine food. We meet Jean-Christophe Roger and his staff... LIVING MAGAZINE: Bonjour JeanChristophe. What’s new at Le Terminus this summer?

Jean-Christophe Roger: Most obvious is our heated terrace, a cozy additional area which allows our guests to enjoy gourmet moments outdoors, just a few steps from the gare. Comfortable seating, generously sized tables and a windbreak partition make this a ‘feel-good’ space. LM: What seasonal dishes can diners expect to discover at Le Terminus?

JCR: Summer, like spring, is a season of renewal, so the restaurant Le Terminus offers a light menu on which traditional produce will remain to the fore. When the market permits, we will offer fine dorade (sea bream), noble maigre (a relative of sea bass), filleted, boned and served in thick pavés, tartares of softly spiced fish, young vegetables. My teams and I have also created beautiful entrées like haddock marinaded with avocado foam and yuzu (oriental citrus), lobster ravioli and pan-fried langoustine tails. There are also dips of ‘fish and chips’ style merlu, with tartare sauce, either as a starter or to share while awaiting a main fish course. Oysters Papin de Marennes Oléron can be carefully opened upon request. LM: Could you tell us a little of what lies at the very heart of your institution?

JCR: The soul of the restaurant Le Terminus is the alchemy between fine produce and the men and women who lovingly work with it every day. My

training instilled an attachment to the values ​​of classic restauration, and my team and I are keen to use only fresh, locally sourced products. As professionals, when we offer a dish we are ethically responsible for the produce which goes into it. With this in mind, I would say that Le Terminus is firmly committed to the “homemade” tradition. Each day we receive fresh produce. Our fish come mainly from the port of La Cotinière on the Île d’Oléron and all except the salmon are wild. Most of our vegetables are produced by a market gardener working land nearby in the valley of Anguienne. Naturally, commitment to our customers also embraces value and the assurance of a warm welcome. LM: Le Terminus was recently awarded the prestigious Appellation Restaurant de Qualité – what does this mean?

JCR: The culinary college of France, a professional association co-chaired by Alain Ducasse and Joël Robuchon, aims to “recognise officially all those who create and appreciate quality cuisine prepared with professionalism and inspired by authentic and generous passion“.As I mentioned, for Le Terminus this recognition is the logical extension of our uncompromising commitment to quality which respects the customer and the environment. LM: Which signature dishes would you say best reveal these qualities?

JCR: Sole meunière is a great classic; when served and de-boned at the table it’s a revelation. Whole grilled squid

served with a Spanish sauce also seduces fine palates, while our bouillabaisse made from rock fish accompanied by rouille de saffron and garlic bread is a must-have recipe of the restaurant Le Terminus (subject to availability). Our meat dishes are also interesting and are prepared according to the qualities of individual cuts. We publish each day’s carte and menus at 11.30am on our website: LM: What are your thoughts on the traditional cheese trolley at Le Terminus?

JCR: I am particularly attached to it. Cheese is an important part of French culinary culture and part of the richness of our terroirs. Often during the presentation of our trolley a discussion centres around a provenance, a taste or perhaps an atypical visual appearance.... In fact, there are more than thirty types of cheese that make up our trolley, which is enriched by the seasons.

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34 | living nikki legon’s cuisine Pesto salad

Classic salad dressings Crab bruschetta

cuisine NikkiLegon’s

On hot summer days, simple and tasty salads make the perfect meal. Nikki Legon shares her favourite quickand-easy recipes that will keep you out of the kitchen so you can make the most of the summer sunshine… All recipes serve 6

Classic Salad Dressings French Dressing

Sweet Chilli and Ginger

120ml sunflower or light olive oil 1 tsp of Dijon mustard 40ml of your choice of vinegars (I use sherry or balsamic) seasoning to taste

Delicious with seafood, chicken, and green beans

Thousand Island This is a great topping for burgers too! 4 tbsp mayonnaise 2 tbsp tomato ketchup 1 spring onion, finely chopped 6 drops of tabasco 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

juice of half a lemon 1 tbsp of finely chopped parsley season to taste

1 large clove of garlic, crushed 3 tsp caster sugar juice of 2 limes 2 tbsp fish sauce 1 fresh red chilli chopped finely (seeds in or out depending on your taste) 1 thumb-size piece of ginger, peeled and grated 2 tsp rice wine vinegar

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Kale and quinoa salad

METHOD For all of the dressings, simply place the ingredients into Kilner jars and shake.

Crab Bruschetta with Marie Rose Sauce 12 slices of bread 6 tbsp olive oil 200g white crabmeat, leave in large pieces 2 red chillies, deseeded and chopped very finely (optional) juice of 1 lime For sauce 3 tbsp mayonnaise 1 tbsp ketchup splash of Worcestershire sauce paprika and lemon slices to serve METHOD Brush the bread with olive oil and grill until golden. Add the chilli to the crab and mix with a squeeze of lime. Blend the mayonnaise with the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and the rest of the lime juice. Place the crab onto the toasts, dot with the mayonnaise. Serve with lemon slices and a sprinkle of paprika.

Pesto Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes 200g fusilli pasta 1 tbsp salt

Pesto dressing 2 large bunches of fresh basil 30g Parmesan cheese, cut into chunks 2 large cloves of garlic 10 tbsp olive oil salt and pepper sundried tomatoes To serve 3 or 4 sundried tomatoes extra shavings of Parmesan cheese basil leaves METHOD Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil, add salt and pasta. Simmer until cooked. Drain, place in a bowl and add a touch of olive oil, mix to coat. Place the basil (including the stalks), Parmesan cheese, garlic and olive oil into a food processor. Blitz until smooth and season. Pour over the pasta, stir to coat well, and add the sundried tomatoes. Top with the Parmesan shavings and basil.

Kale and Quinoa Salad with Cranberry and Almonds and an Orange Vinaigrette 110g quinoa 300ml of water 1 bunch of kale, torn into bite size pieces

100g cranberries salt and pepper 2 tbsp sliced almonds Dressing 3 tbsp light olive oil 3 tbsp fresh orange juice 2 tbsp crème fraiche METHOD Combine the quinoa and water in a saucepan, season, and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until all of the water has been absorbed. Leave to cool. For the dressing, mix the olive oil and orange juice together adding the crème fraiche, whisk well. Place the fresh kale leaves into a dish, add the quinoa and sprinkle with the cranberries and almonds. Pour over the dressing and serve.

Caesar Salad 4 thick slices of white bread, cut into small cubes 2 tbsp olive oil 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 6 chicken thighs 1 large Cos or Romaine lettuce 6 cherry tomatoes, halved 6 hard-boiled eggs, quartered salt and pepper Dressing 2 cloves of garlic, crushed

36 | living nikki legon’s cuisine Cold platter

4 anchovy fillets in oil, drained and roughly chopped 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce ½ tsp Dijon mustard 5 tbsp mayonnaise 30g Parmesan cheese, grated a few shavings of Parmesan to decorate METHOD Heat the oven to 200°C. Blend the oil and garlic together. Put a little aside for frying the chicken and pour the rest over the cut bread. Coat well, place on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until golden, turning the croutons a few times. Fry the chicken thighs, season with salt and pepper, and leave to cool. For the dressing, blend the garlic with the anchovies, add the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard and mayonnaise. Add the grated cheese, mix well and season, adding a touch of water if it is too thick. Place the salad leaves into a large bowl, cut the chicken into bite size pieces. Scatter the chicken over the leaves, along with the croutons, tomatoes, and eggs. Dress with the dressing and sprinkle Parmesan shavings over the top.

Cold Meat Platter with Cheeses and Olives 6 slices prosciutto

6 slices Bayonne ham 6 slices salami selection of cheeses of your choice 6 cherry tomatoes, halved small mozzarella balls small bruschetta with cream cheese, sundried tomatoes, drizzled with pesto dressing olives of your choice basil leaves to decorate METHOD Arrange all the ingredients on a large wooden board or large plate and allow your guests to serve themselves.

Scallop Salad with Radish and Mango 6 scallops in their shells mixed salad leaves 1 mango, peeled and sliced 6 radishes, finely sliced 30g butter

Scallop salad

radishes. Cut the scallops in half and pull off the coral. In a frying pan with a little butter, cook the coral for a couple of minutes, season with salt and white pepper. Cool. To make the vinaigrette put the crème fraiche into a blender, add the raspberry vinegar and the seed mustard. Blend to combine. Add the cooked coral, blend together, season to taste. Add the rest of the butter to the frying pan and heat. Fry the scallops for 1 minute each side until golden, season adding a squeeze of lemon juice to the pan. Place the scallop onto the salad and dress with the vinaigrette.

Banana Ice Cream with Caramel Sauce Topped with Toasted Almonds

Vinaigrette 4 tbsp crème fraiche 1 tbsp raspberry vinegar 1 tsp seed mustard

8 bananas 250ml sweetened condensed milk (lait concentré sucré) a splash of milk if necessary 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 tbsp toasted almonds caramel or chocolate sauce

METHOD Remove the scallops from their shells. Clean and wash the shells to remove any coral (the orange roe). Wash and dry the salad leaves, placing a few into each clean shell, add the mango and

METHOD Slice the ripe banana thinly and freeze (this is a great way to never throw away a banana again!). Place the bananas and condensed milk in a blender – you may need to do this in two halves. Blend

Banana ice cream

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until ice cream is formed. Serve in ice cream dishes topped with toasted almonds and chocolate or caramel sauce.

Lemon Tart 175g plain flour 100g unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 25g icing sugar 1 egg yolk 1 tbsp ice cold water Filling 5 large eggs 125ml cream 225g caster sugar 4 lemons, zest and juice icing sugar to dust just before serving

METHOD To make the pastry, place the flour and icing sugar into a food processor and pulse briefly until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk and water and pulse again until the mixture comes together. Tip out onto a lightly floured work surface, knead into a smooth ball, chill for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease a 23cm loose bottomed tart tin and line the base with parchment. Roll out the chilled pastry to fit the tin and prick the base with a fork. Bake blind for 10 minutes, remove the baking beans and bake for a further 10 minutes. Remove the zest from the lemons with a vegetable peeler, keeping the pieces long. Remove any white pith using a paring knife. Cut the zest into fine julienne using a very sharp knife, place

in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Let this stand for 30 minutes then drain. In a small saucepan bring the sugar and cold water to a boil. Once dissolved, add the julienned zest and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes. Remove and scatter onto kitchen paper to dry. For the filling Break the eggs into a large bowl, add the sugar and whisk together with a wire whisk. Add the lemon juice and whisk again until well combined. Reduce the oven temp to 170°C. Pour the filling mixture into a jug, then pour into the cooled baking case. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, leave to cool then remove from the tin. Serve warm or cold dusted with a little icing sugar and the candied julienne of lemon zest.

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38 | living wine

Visit winemakers

on your holidays Saint-Émilion


he French concept of products of ‘terroir’ can be defined as the taste resulting from a unique combination of soil, climate, what is growing and ‘the human hand’. Exploring a French wine region is heavenly and drinking wines from places and winemakers you know brings a new dimension to your enjoyment. Each time you open a bottle it takes you back to the place and the people. If your fluency in French is holding you back from hitting the wine route, then set that aside as many wineries have someone who can speak English. In fact, wine route maps typically indicate what languages a particular winemaker can speak. If you’re looking for specific kinds of wine like organic, biodynamic or ‘natural’ wine, or specific styles like sparkling, then an online search will help narrow your field. It’s best to book ahead, no matter the time of year. While some estates

By Caro Feely

A day out or a holiday on a wine route in France adds fun to history, and in south west France a couple of days’ break or a day trip can deliver a wealth of different terroirs in France are large enough to have full-time staff in the tasting room these are sometimes less interesting, as you don’t get to meet the winemaker. An email or text (even if just the day before) to fix a time can be all it takes to be sure that you’ll be welcomed. Summer is usually busy but winemakers are still delighted to see visitors and to have an opportunity to sell their wines direct. October can be a good month, as the summer tourism crowds have abated and harvest fever has calmed. Some vineyards in France don’t charge for wine-tasting as it is seen as a marketing activity, so if you can’t buy then giving a donation of the equivalent of the time and wine involved in your experience at the estate makes sense. If you have your car and can stock up on wines you like, so much the better for the grower and for you. A tour of the vineyard and winery can be a great learning experience and can be fun for kids (some wine estates include a play area). At Château de Monbazillac, a medieval estate near Bergerac, you can tour the chateau and grounds then have a wine-tasting while the kids enjoy some grape juice. Then visit Maison Vari, an organic vineyard with a lovely café opposite the mairie and the Maison des Vins. Places like Saint-Émilion also offer visit options for wine connoisseurs, novices and kids. Enjoying fine food is a must on your vineyard excursion; many places offer vineyard restaurants, like the delightful Atelier de Candale at Château Candale near Saint-Émilion plus the wine and food pairing activities we also offer at Château Feely in Saussignac. Spitting rather than drinking the wine is recommended during your visits, even if you are not the driver, since you will be better able to compare the wines you taste, particularly if you plan to visit more than one vineyard. It can feel

Seán presenting our wines

unusual and unnatural at first, but if you are keen to learn more about wine it is a necessary wine-tasting reflex to develop. If you have already toured wine country in California, South Africa or Australia you will find wine touring in many parts of France relatively undeveloped and authentic. France boasts multitudes of small producers who offer a delightfully close look into the window of French wine, culture, life and that elusive concept of ‘terroir’. Bon voyage!

Caro Feely’s organic vineyard (www., wine school and accommodation are in Dordogne, 15 minutes west of Bergerac. You can read more in Caro’s series about vineyard life in France or extend your wine knowledge with Caro’s book ‘Wine: The Essential Guide to Tasting, History, Culture and More’.


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Avec les enfants Summer soirées

It’s that delicious time of year again, and if the weather plays its part, the sun won’t set until well past small childrens’ bedtimes and long lazy evenings will follow warm sunny days. It’s the season of stargazing, of tall stories around a candle-lit table, as food is devoured at a leisurely pace. It’s a time when we can eat dinner outdoors

all summer long, with the shade of an umbrella at midday being replaced by the shadows of dusk. We’ve found it’s also best to leave aside an English mindset and be typically French. There’s no need to hurry if you have children – simply let the small people stay up as late as they want to! When we first moved to France many years ago our youngest was just two years old. I remember our first summer barbecue with French friends beside a stunning river; we swam and then lit a fire. We didn’t start eating until around 9pm, and I looked at the tiniest member of our gathering and wondered how she would possibly stay awake; surely she would fall asleep starving hungry and then wake us in the middle of the night? But no, she remained resolutely alert, ate with the rest of us and then slept like a small log, simply rising a little later than normal the following morning. Over the summer she adjusted to the French way of life without so much as a whimper.

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Friends would come and stay with us during those first years and also be amazed that their children were eating at 10pm, and bemused like us that their small people simply accepted the way things worked; there were never any grumpy toddlers or miserable teenagers. On the contrary, everyone was as content as content can be. If you’re on holiday here then your days are probably filled with swimming and beaches, perhaps even some sightseeing. If you live here and are working then the days are busy, spent earning a living. Summer nights, though, should be all about fun, whether you’re six years old or sixty. There’s nothing quite as magical as eating under a heavenly array of stars, and to make the atmosphere a little more special we love to add lots of candles, a few twinkling white solar-powered fairy-lights left over from Christmas, and a mosquito coil burning quietly under the table. The food doesn’t have to be lavish, but I think it should be fresh and local, eaten slowly and savoured in a relaxed atmosphere without too many rules. That is one of the reasons I love

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dining al fresco so much, as everything tends to be far more casual. If the kids want to run around in between courses and miss out on the cheese altogether then let them, this is what summer is all about. Fuss-free, laid-back living... good for them and good for us! As I mentioned, when we first moved to France nearly a decade ago we used to live near a huge river. There was a beach area of stones and it became our favourite place to spend a summer evening. Now we live close to the coast, so the beach has become our favourite picnic-spot. We leave home around 6pm, once the holiday crowds

have left and parking is easy. We bring folding chairs and a camping table, and lots and lots of easy food in Tupperware containers, sometimes something fancy, sometimes something easy. We swim, we walk and then as the sun goes down on the horizon we eat, often with friends. But we’re never alone, for plenty of other local French people also have the same idea. Sometimes we might faintly hear a guitar far down the beach, and often there might be teenagers playing raucous beach-tennis in the gloom on the hard sand, but overall the wonderful thing is everything is always so good natured, whether you’re young or old, and after dark the atmosphere is always one of relaxed calm.

There’s nothing quite like sitting on a beach with just the light of the moon casting silver shadows over the sea. Conversation flows easily, and there’s an almost bewitching atmosphere. We’ve done this for years but the allure has never faded, no matter whether we’re on the beach, in the garden, or anywhere else under the stars. I think children, especially, need memories like these - magic moments to hold on to all their lives.

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prominent marine habitat. (5-4) 19. Familiar US jail holds leaders of criminal activity nucleus. (3) 20. Endure pain with no hesitation but use a supplement to bathe with. (7) 22. Given a short time in Indonesia to come up with a hot meal. (5) 23. Brute is filing criminal way to put off bills until later. (13) Down 1. Surprisingly, at the fork, cons are not far behind. (2, 3, 6, 2) 2. Large number on marsh not available to avert an attack. (4, 3) 3. Scottish weaponry bringing Mary close to ruin. (9) 4. Unexpected strike of spouse on early form of public transport. (6) 5. Measure of length employed in aerodynamics? (3) 6. Grim symbol of authority if used before five? (5) 7. Bring round woozy nun after excellent, distinguished athletic performance. (6, 7)










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BREXIT news With the continuing uncertainty surrounding Brexit, Kathryn Dobson explains the efforts being made to ensure the continuity of rights for UK citizens living in the EU

Since our last edition of Living Magazine we have a new French President, a General Election campaign is well underway in the UK, and Article 50 has been triggered. But what has changed regarding the continuation of rights of UK citizens living here in France following Brexit? The short answer is not a lot on the surface, although a significant amount of work has been going on behind the scenes. A coalition of groups working to protect the rights of UK citizens’ living in the EU has come together under the banner ‘British in Europe - The coalition of UK Citizens in Europe’ (BiE). Together with

has been rewarding to see the paper being discussed in detail at the highest levels, with key elements being included in the EU Negotiating Guidelines that were adopted by the European Council on 29 April. BiE and the3million have since responded to the guidelines, identifying where they have reservations, or where further clarification is required. The greatest area for concern continues to be the lack of ring fencing of the citizens’ rights agreement. Without this protection, the agreement will be dependent on all parties reaching an agreement on all aspects of the Article 50 negotiations. This means that we will continue to be bargaining chips until the end of the negotiations, with the constant threat of rights being withdrawn or reduced.

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‘the3million’ (representing the EU citizens living in the UK), representatives have met Michel Barnier (chief negotiator for the EU), visited the Department for Exiting the European Union in the UK and participated in a round table meeting in Madrid. At each opportunity the coalition’s Alternative White Paper (downloadable from the BiE site) was presented as a way forward. It

The surprise election called by Theresa May has meant the shelving of the 2015 Conservative Party Manifesto promise to scrap the rule that bars British citizens who have lived abroad for more than 15 years from voting. The BiE coalition has written to the Prime Minister to express disappointment at so many UK citizens yet again being prevented from voting. Furthermore, all UK political parties have been asked to include in their manifestos the principle that: “The UK’s withdrawal from the EU should not have retrospective effect on individuals. UK citizens currently resident in the EU and EU citizens currently resident in the UK should

be expressly treated as continuing to have the same rights as they had acquired or were in the process of acquiring before Brexit. This is not confined to a right of continued residence but extends to all related rights such as the acquisition of citizenship, the right to continue to work, whether employed or self-employed, or run a business, recognition of qualifications, right to study, right of equal treatment, right to move between and work freely across all EU countries without loss or change of any existing EU rights, the right to healthcare, pensions, social benefits/social assistance etc. In short, the full complex of indivisible EU citizenship rights that they currently have should be guaranteed for these individuals.” It is essential that everyone who can still vote uses their vote wisely on 8 June.

Get Involved! You can help safeguard your rights even if you have lived abroad for more than 15 years and are disenfranchised. Campaigner Roger Boaden, a founder of ECREU (Expat Citizen Rights in EU), explains: “With the change in government, it is imperative that we write to MPs to explain our situation. We recommend starting with candidates who were Remainers in the Referendum last year and are more likely to be sympathetic to our cause. On our website we have a draft letter to use as a basis for your own letter, as well as contact details and other useful information. We need to do this now.” Roger also advises tweeting photos of your letter. Draft letters, guidelines and contact details are available on both the ECREU and RIFT websites.

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Deux Sévres €155,870 Ref: 70913 4 bed house in quiet location with veranda, countryside views, 4 beds, workshop & garage.

Haute Vienne €344,500 Ref: 59457 5 bed country house with pool, small lake, parkland and barns, plus a cottage to renovate.

Charente €141,700 Ref: 74474 Village property comprising 2 bed / 2 bath, kitchen / diner, lounge, 2 barns & garden.

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Maine et Loire €235,400 Ref: 65346 Longère farmhouse with large outbuildings, 2 bed gîte, 1.7Ha of land near Samur town.

Vendée €349,800 Ref: 58187 Country house with gîte and stone outbuildings near Sainte Hermine and Chantonnay.

Correze €74,800 Ref: 68273 3 bed / 1 bath hamlet house with lots of features but in need of some updating. Near Objat.

Maine et Loire €328,600 Ref: 53001 Country house with separate gîte and an award-winning garden 30km north of Angers.

7% TTC agency fees included paid by the buyer DPE: N/A

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Deux Sevres €445,000 Ref: 41554 Charming castle with medieval and renaissance features near Coulonges sur l’Autize.

Loire Atlantique €299,600 Ref: 74136 Pretty bourgeoise house and B&B in the quiet village of Beslé. 40mins drive to Rennes.

Charente €183,600 Ref: 68967 4/5 bedroom bungalow in the village of Boutiers with its river. 5mins drive to Cognac.

Dordogne €93,500 Ref: 74899 Pretty 2 bed hamlet house with a well and courtyard plus a large barn. 50kms to Brive.

6% TTC agency fees included paid by the buyer DPE: E

7% TTC agency fees included paid by the buyer DPE: E

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Vendée €593,600 Ref: 67748 Historic 7 bed / 3 bath property with large garden, pool, terrace and outbuildings.

Vienne €71,500 Ref: 65528 Cosy 2 bedroom stone cottage with garden and barn in a quiet hamlet.

Dordogne €259,000 Ref: 34552 5 bed Maison de maître with guest cottage, barn, garage and garden in lively village.

Vienne €199,300 Ref: 69703 Stylish 3 bed / 3 bath 15thC waterfront property with beautiful courtyard gardens.

6% TTC agency fees included paid by the buyer DPE: N/A

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Charente €16,900 Ref: 32938 Barns / house with lake view to renovate in a hamlet on the outskirts of Massignac.

Charente Maritime €278,200 Ref: 69533 Immaculate 3 bed property with lots of character, views and possibility to extend.

Vendée €141,700 Ref: 67697 Private 4 bedroom house with acre of land next to a lake with stunning forest views.

Haute Vienne €74,800 Ref: 75236 Great price for a 4 bed, detached house in a lovely setting needing some modernisation.

41% TTC agency fees included paid by the buyer DPE: N/A

7% TTC agency fees included paid by the buyer DPE: D

9% TTC agency fees included paid by the buyer DPE: D

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Vendée €167,400 Ref: 68007 Recently reduced 5 bed bungalow in a secluded position near the village.

Maine et Loire €267,500 Ref: 61307 Country manor style home dating back to 1750 offers original features, gîtes and 2 acres.

Charente Maritime €726,000 Ref: 75126 Offers considered for this 3 bed house for refreshing / renovation in a quiet hamlet.

Dordogne €223,000 Ref: 51413 3 bed / 1 bath bungalow in Thenon with neat garden, covered pool and 2 garages.

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Vienne €130,800 Ref: 74752 Family or holiday home with character, garden, garage and workshop.12kms to town.

Dordogne €55,000 Ref: 42288 Cute 3 bed / 2 bath cottage with courtyard garden close to the village square.

Charente Maritime €299,600 Ref: 20381 Reduced by nearly 100K - 5 bed property near Néré with pool, pretty garden & garage.

Deux Sévres €152,600 Ref: 33533 Imposing village property between Chef Boutonne and Brioux sur Boutonne. Outbuildings.

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12% TTC agency fees included paid by the buyer DPE: G

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Changing Places Many more people must pass Aulnay (silent ‘l’) than ever get around to visiting, but those who do so might well feel that they’ve chanced upon something of a ‘find’. For one thing, it’s usually far from sleepy, and has all the services you’d expect, plus regular markets in the heart of the town. Here and there you’ll also come across some surprisingly lavish architectural features, many of them having originally embellished the 12th century Château d’Aulnay, which was taken by English troops under the Earl of Derby in 1346 during the 100 Years War. The reign of François I saw the fortress rebuilt and transformed into a gentrified residence, but eventually it fell into ruin and was dismantled in 1840. Happily, one of its three huge towers escaped demolition and remains the most prominent feature on the skyline. You’ll have no trouble finding the 22.5m high Tour SaintPierre, whose lower masonry is around 3.5m thick. Not far away in Rue de Salles is a beautifully restored colombier – a medieval dovecote with a capacity for 2,000 birds. As you stroll around the old town

you’ll notice a distinctly haphazard street layout, further evidence of Aulnay’s medieval origins. In most towns you can generally see the full length of each street, but here you never know what awaits around the next bend, or in a side alleyway. Not far from the market square, for example, the River Brédoire puts in a fleeting appearance as it passes beneath Rue du Pont du Four, with just a dark, mysterious glimpse through iron railings. Having crossed the town, mostly below ground, it heads off to join the Boutonne a few kilometres later for a run down to Saint-Jean d’Angély. Aulnay’s name derives from ‘Aunedonnacum’, a Gallo-Roman settlement on the imperial Roman road between Saintes and Poitiers. In medieval times it became an important halt on the Via Turonensis pilgrimage route from Paris to Santiago de Compostela, which probably explains why Aulnay’s greatest architectural treasure is located at the roadside, rather than in the town. The Église Saint-Pierre d’Aulnay, a Romanesque showpiece, was dedicated around 1120-1150, and its magnificent sculptural decoration won it UNESCO

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Aulnay in the north of the Charente-Maritime has always had a lot going for it, judging by signs of its long history. We decided to take a closer look. World Heritage Site status. Among the interior imagery you’ll discover a pier capital depicting charmingly naïve elephants. Nineteenth century excavations of the ancient cemetery surrounding the building revealed three stone memorials to Roman legionnaires, and evidence of a 1st/2nd century Celtic temple. Now part of the site has been landscaped with formal gardens. Making connections... Distances/drive times by road from Aulnay: Niort: 42km/50min Saint-Jean d’Angély: 20km/22min Saintes: 52km/43min La Rochelle: 86km/76min Cognac: 43km/47min Bordeaux: 170km/105min TGV rail services: Surgères (La Rochelle – Paris via Poitiers) 37km/42min Angoulême: (Bordeaux – Paris via Poitiers) 68km/72min

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Prix: 98 000 € FAI (Fees paid by buyer incl.) Prix: 167 000 € FAI (Fees paid by buyer incl.) Beautifully presented 4 bed house, open An ideal holiday home comprising of 2 fitted kitchen, large lounge with access to accomodations in perfect condition with the veranda overlooking garden. garage, nice garden with covered terrace workshop, a landscape garden. Very with BBQ special and ready to move into Réf: 7262 DPE: D Réf: 9313 DPE: E

Prix: 81 500 € FAI (Fees paid by buyer incl.) A lovely setting for this stone house well looked after but needs modernising. Beautiful garden with barns and garage Réf: 9297 DPE: Vierge

Prix: 99 000 € FAI (Fees paid by buyer incl.) Very pretty 2 en suite bedrs stone house ready to move into and easy to maintain; with a private garden with terrace at the back and courtyard garden at the front. barn. 5 mns to the market town of Mansle Réf: 9312 DPE: E

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Ref: 6444-VI €525,000€ HAI DPE: C Spacious 4 bedroom renovated 19th century stone farmhouse and adjoining outbuilding of 45m². This delightful property has a large basement, heated swimming-pool and just over an acre of land with panoramic views.

Ref: 6465-VI €147,150 HAI DPE: vierge Charming stone property in need of renovation. In a peaceful setting with a large living-room area, 4 bedrooms and an office, a garage and a pigeonnier. The land is approximately 1.25 acre and is very private.

Taux d’honoraires 495,283€ (6%) inclus à la charge de l’acquéreur.

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Ref: 6397-EY €1,155,000 HAI DPE: C Fabulous Château, guardian’s property and guest cottage. The chateau includes an impressive entrance hall, 8 bedrooms, library and cinema room. Outside is a lake, tennis court, swimming pool and approx. 6 acres.

Ref: 6443-VI €109,000 HAI DPE: D In the centre of a bastide town, this 4 bedroom stone house offers light rooms, a garage and a good size garden. Definitely a must see.

Taux d’honoraires 1,100,000€ (5%) inclus à la charge de l’acquéreur.

Taux d’honoraires 100,000€ (9%) inclus à la charge de l’acquéreur.

Ref: 6467-EY €95,040 HAI DPE: N/A Situated in the heart of a popular bastide and in a prime position for a commerce and/or a house. There is currently a shop on the ground floor and a separate large apartment above in need of renovation.

Ref: 4365-EY €399,950 FAI DPE: B Imposing Maison de Maître with an elegant and light modern interior, 3 bedrooms and fabulous views from its’ elevated position. There are 2 stone outbuildings, a further small building and just over 1 acre of land.

Taux d’honoraires 88,000€ (8%) inclus à la charge de l’acquéreur.

Taux d’honoraires 380,000€ (5.3%) inclus à la charge de l’acquéreur.

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In times gone by this house was the boulangerie for the village, it has retained a great deal of its charm including the millers’ staircase leading upstairs to what would have been his flour store! Superbly renovated to high and very comfortable standards, this is a house filled with light and has a lovely atmosphere.

Comfort and elegance with large rooms. Tasteful renovation with selected materials and quality services (efficient underfloor heating and other innovations...) 2 bedrooms on the ground floor plus kitchen, dining room, living room. First floor could accommodate 3 or 4 bedrooms upstairs. Wine cellar, 2 detached outbuildings 4470m2 of garden. Close to St Jean d’Angély. DPE: C Ref: idiade 3461

DPE: C Ref: idiade 3642


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House of character in the historic heart of St Jean d’Angély. This elegant house has spacious rooms and a small garden to the front of the house. There is a ‘hidden’ sun trap courtyard with 2 garages adjoining. 2 attics suitable for conversion.

Charming 2-bed Charentaise in peaceful village, 6km from Aulnay, with small attached garden plus large triangle of land with 2 large garages over the lane. Ground floor: dining room, living room, bedrooom with dressing area, bathroom and shower room. Office and 2nd bedroom on first floor. Further outbuildings which could be renovated to make bedroom. DPE: D Ref: idiade 3574

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This light filled town house has 4 bedrooms, one of which has a dressing room and bathroom. A large attic has room for further expansion if required. On the ground floor is the living room, dining room and kitchen plus access to the cellar. An enclosed and private garden also houses a useful outbuilding. The house is in the centre of town with easy access to all services. DPE: C Ref: idiade 3677

Calm and contemplation are the hallmarks of this property set in its enchanting park bordered by a stream. A caretaker’s house is currently rented and completely independent, assuring tranquility and housekeeping. Large 2ha park with 2 entrances. Outbuildings. Let go and let yourself be charmed by the place! All shops and services 10 minutes. DPE: G Ref: idiade 2565

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3 km from Confolens (16), with shops. Detached village house, all comforts, 4 bedrooms, electrical heating and woodburning stove, covered terrace, store room, adjoining land.

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5 km fom Alloue (16), semi-detached pretty renovated stone cottage. 2 bedrooms, electrical heating, septic tank, wood terrace, adjoining land with above ground pool.

Ref. 33768

77 000€ HAI

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3km from Confolens (16), detached 1981 bungalow on a level. 4 bedrooms, PAC air/ air, shed for 2 cars, mains drains. Attached wooded garden with pergola and above ground swimming pool.

Ref. 33755


79 750€ HAI

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In the hamlet of Pressac (86), nice view over the river. Cosy house, well equipped, 3 bedrooms, attic, electrical heating, separate garage, mains drains, adjoining courtyard.

Ref. 33764


90 000€ HAI

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Close to Champagne Mouton (16), detached Confolens (16), in the town, good situation farmhouse set on approx 2.7 acres. 2 beds, big with a clear view. Detached, habitable town attic to convert, barn with stable, hangar, old house with basement, 2 beds, central gas septic tank, adjoining land & plot opposite. heating, mains drains, terrace, garden around.

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9 place Gambetta 86400 CIVRAY Tél : 05 49 97 11 30

5min from VERTEUIL SUR CHARENTE Ref 22874 Price 169 000€

Ref. 33771


90 000€ HAI



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Ref. 33776

CHATAIN (86) Ref 22877 Price 180 000€

Near LATHUS (86) Ref 32549 Price 92 650€ FAI

MONTMORILLON (86) Ref 32545 Price 151 200€ FAI

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(85 000€ net + 9% fee paid by buyer

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Single level bungalow from 2009 offers 120m² of living space. 3 beds (2 ensuite), underfloor heating, 1886m² of garden, nice views. Close to river Charente. DPE: D

5 bedroom farmhouse with large outbuildings set in 1.4 hectares of land with views over rolling countryside. Wood central heating. DPE: Vierge

Renovated property 108m² of living space. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, barn 100m², surrounded by 2000m² garden. DPE: vierge

Perfect family home entirely renovated 190m²: 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, garden of 925m², potential for separate gite. DPE: D

TAIZE AIZIE (16) Ref 22881 Price 135 000€

CIVRAY (86) Ref 22883 Price 221 000€

LA CROIX SUR GARTEMPE (87) Ref 32544 Price 71 940€ FAI

SAINT LEOMER (86) Ref 32508 Price 114 450€ FAI

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(210 000€ + 5.24% fee paid by buyer)

(66 000€ net + 9% fee paid by buyer)

(105 000€ net + 9% fee paid by buyer)

Panoramic views. 1980’s bungalow with full basement, 96m² of living space, 4 bedrooms, double glazing, etc. 2292m² of garden. DPE: D

Large family home within walking distance to schools & town centre. 268m² with 6 bedrooms (1 downstairs), 3 shower rooms, … Enclosed garden, garage. DPE: C

Village house semi detached 85m²: fitted kitchen, dining room, living room, 2 bedrooms, pretty garden. Ideal holiday home. DPE: E

10 mins from the historic town of MONTMORILLON. Lovely family house, kitchen, dining room, living room, 3 bedrooms, attic to convert, barn and garden. DPE: D

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APS3044 - €367,500 HAI Stunning 4 Bed home with swimming pool close to Eymet and with fabulous views. DPE: en cours

APS3025 - €498,000 HAI Beautiful 5 bedroom property including 1 bedroom gite, double storey studio, pool and stunning views. DPE: B

APS3018 - €380,000 HAI Established Bed & Breakfast in immaculate condition in the centre of Eymet. DPE: en cours

APS3030 - €171,200 HAI Stunning 3-bed townhouse, stylishly renovated, with small courtyard/garden, in the heart of Eymet. DPE: en cours

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€ 132 500 H.A.I.


(€7 500 Agency fees (5.6%) which includes TVA @ 20%)

A Beautiful Raised Riverside Setting for this 3 Bed House. DPE: D

Beautiful Residence with Charm & Character Chambre d’Hôte or Family Home DPE: n/a

Cathe Bower - Agent Commercial Tel: 0033 (0) 5 55 68 39 89 Mob: 0033 (0) 6 09 60 60 82

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Fees of 4.75% VAT inc at the expense of the purchaser Fees of 7% VAT inc at the expense of the purchaser APS3032 - €187,250 HAI Affordable 3 bedroom villa in pretty village with amenities, 5 minutes from Eymet. DPE: en cours

APS2996 - €267,500 HAI Gorgeous stone cottage with pool in fabulous countryside location between Eymet and Issigeac. DPE: en cours

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Rubus idaeus ‘Fallgold’

Wondering what you should be doing in the garden? Gardener Richard Morris has some handy tips... Gardening in midsummer really is optional. Yes, the lawn will need a regular trim and if it’s hot and dry you’ll need to water first thing in the morning or in the relative cool of the evening. For those who can’t be bothered to lift a watering can or roll out a hose there are automated watering systems – always supposing, of course, that you’re permitted to turn the tap on. The kind of long, hot summers we often get tend to produce drought conditions, at which point watering restrictions are likely to be imposed for private gardens. It can be devastating for grass, so if you’re planning to establish a lawn but live in an area which is particularly prone to low summer rainfall then you might consider sowing with drought resistant lawn seed, which is better able to withstand prolonged dry spells. While on the subject of watering, don’t forget that any fruit trees planted

last autumn or winter will need to be kept well watered during the crucial period while their roots are establishing themselves. Summer is the best time to dead-head lilac and other spring flowering shrubs. The rule of thumb here is that shrubs which flowered in spring should be pruned in May and June. This will ensure you get good flowers next spring. Forsythia, flowering cherries and japonica hedges in particular will all be much better for a midsummer prune, while trees and shrubs which flower in summer can be pruned safely in autumn and winter. Midsummer is obviously not a time to plant shrubs but if you are coming back to a holiday home you can pop in hardy perennials, making sure their roots have not become bare but are well covered with soil or potting compost. Acid-loving, shallow-rooted plants such as rhododendrons and azaleas

will also benefit from an occasional top dressing of terre de bruyère, which most supermarkets now stock among the pre-bagged compost. If you’ll be around to water things you can also pot up annuals such as geraniums and begonias. There are lots of varieties and they cope well with the heat (particularly if you use saucer-style ‘soucoupes’ under the pots to help retain moisture between watering). Try Begonia ‘Dragon Wing’. You can plant oregano, thyme, sage, parsley and other aromatic herbs, either in the vegetable patch or in pots near the kitchen door. And cacti are fairly self-sufficient – choose from the many attractive variants of Agave ferox. In the vegetable garden you’ll be enjoying early sown peas, while dwarf beans will be ready to pick from early July. You’ll also be eating early sowings of radishes, leeks, rocket and lettuce – the coppery-leaved varieties such as

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‘‘ The rule of thumb here is that shrubs which flowered in spring should be pruned in May and June. This will ensure you get good flowers next spring” Red Salad Bowl stand up to the heat well. Come July, carrots, beetroot, cucumbers, courgettes and melons will be ripe to pick, along with the first onions and various tomatoes. June is the last chance to plant parsnips but if, like me, you failed completely with three sowings of them last year it probably wasn’t your fault, particularly if you succeeded with carrots which like similar growing conditions. The reason, as a market gardener friend revealed to me, is that parsnip seed is often completely useless. A seed merchant salesman he was talking to advised him not to buy any as it would almost certainly fail to germinate. “We just

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packet it up and sell it to individuals,” he remarked. So keep your till receipt and ask for your money back next time the crop repeatedly fails. Pumpkins, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower and swede can all be planted in June. In the soft fruit cage you’ll have been picking strawberries since May but the raspberries will be ready from June to October. If you want to try a yellow variety there’s the double-cropping Rubus idaeus ‘Fallgold’, which needs to be watered well in its first year. The new kid on the block is an autumn cropping raspberry called ‘Marastar’ by French breeders Marionnet, which claims to

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52 | living IN THE GARDEN Citrus aurantifoli

replace ‘Heritage’, ‘Blissy’ and ‘Zeva’ varieties and is, I quote: “plus grosse, plus rustique, plus productive, plus goûteuse”. Apparently you can make 3kgs of jam from one plant! If you like growing oranges and lemons they are best grown one per pot and placed on a low trolley so they can be wheeled back into an outbuilding when the weather turns cold. Lemons produce fragrant flowers from April to July while the orange Citrus sinensis flowers in spring and will fruit in autumn. Limequat is a cross between the key lime and the kumquat – Citrus aurantifolia x fortunella sp. comes from Florida and has large white flowers and yellow fruit. It needs to be pinched out from April to October and brought in for the winter. If you want to make vin de noix, June is the time to pick the green walnuts needed. Cherries will crop in May and June and can be pruned once you’ve

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picked the fruits. If you have a clump of irises now is a good time to move rhizomes if you want to establish them elsewhere. Buddleias, which flower from July to September, are excellent for attracting butterflies. Here in France we are lucky to have species which are absent or scarce in Britain (where last year most butterfly species had another poor season). Look out for the Scarce Swallowtail, not found in the UK, and the magnificent Swallowtail (found only in a few East Anglian fens in the UK) – last year I found its dramatic caterpillars on cauliflower leaves and there is nothing fen-like about my garden. There are several other easily seen species, including a black and white one, which are absent from the UK. Bees and bumblebees – including a large black one not seen in the UK – are busy visiting flowers. The sunshine will be soaked up by sunbathing cold-blooded snakes and

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living IN THE GARDEN | 53 lizards, which need the warmth to get their metabolisms working. In addition to the common lizard and wall lizard, France has a spectacular large, bright green and blue lizard – lézard vert in French or Western Green Lizard – that is not found in the UK. There are also black and yellow Fire Salamanders which hide up in stone walls. They move painfully slowly, which is why you often see their squashed remains on a country lane. For birds the breeding season is in full swing. Young birds such as Black Redstart will be out of the nest but still being fed by their parents. Tits will be flying to their nest holes with beaks full of green caterpillars. House Martins and Swallows will be raising a second brood. If you have a colony of House Martins keep an eye out for the handsome Hobby, a falcon which winters in Africa, and which chases and catches Martins, Swallows and Swifts on the wing. One last thought, as you nod off under your vine pergola. It will soon be time to think about netting it if you want to pick the fruit rather than watch the Starlings strip it bare. Happy potting!

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Many thanks to market gardener Sylvain Tronche of La Gare aux Fleurs, St Julien Maumont, 19500 Corrèze who generously shared his expertise. Black Redstart

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ACROSS: 1. Official robes 8. Tonga 9. Bed-lamp 10. Ego 11. Mr Speaker 13. Reform 14. Member 17. Crows-nest 19. Can 20. Suffuse 21. Balti 23. Filibustering DOWN: 1. On the tracks of 2. Fend off 3. Claymores 4. Ambush 5. Rod 6. Black 7. Superb running 12. Electable 15. Bacilli 16. Recess 18. Offal 21. UXB This week's theme Parliament

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Summer is finally here, along with a feast of festivals and music events, so here’s our annual rundown of some highlights

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unfolds in a beautiful setting near SauzéVaussais (79) on 11-13 Aug: www. In Limousin the 11th Festival de Musique strikes up in Uzerche (87) on 11-14 Aug with a classical Spanish theme: Finally,on 19-26 Aug the Festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie presents Baroque concerts in a ‘Jardin Remarquable’ at Thiré (85): www.arts-florissants. com. It’s going to be another long, hot summer – get out there and enjoy it!

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hroughout the summer live concerts will be in full swing across the region, and it would be a shame to miss out. Festival-wise, things kick off on 2-3 June with the 2nd Festival La Voix du Rock, in Couhé (86): The 3 June also sees the Festival Moule’Stock – 7 hours of free rock concerts in Charron (17) with moules-frites headlining the food menu. The following weekend Notes en Vert presents music, craft workers, organic food producers and a raft of family activities in the Parc de Périgny (17) on 8-11 June: www. On 23-25 June Les Sarabandes present music, street performers, exhibitions, art installations and more in Rouillac (16): www. Further south, on 23-24 June TRYO, Chinese Man and others will be at the Lac de Montendre (17) for the 17th Freemusic Weekend: From 1 July-18 Aug the Dépt de la Vienne’s Les Heures Vagabondes stages 13 great free concerts with acts including Olivia Ruiz and Superbus: On 4-8 July Cognac Blues Passions returns – 23rd edition headliners include Lisa Simone, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Larry Graham & Graham Central Station: www.blues Competition is hottingup, however, in Douchapt near Ribérac (24), where the 7th Douchapt Blues

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Pardon? W

ith the recent political carnival, you may be thinking that there are too many clowns and not enough circuses. Whilst it may feel like it’s all a bit of a dog-and-pony show, you might be looking for a few expressions to help you navigate the media circus. French is certainly no different in its use of all things circus and carnival when talking about politics and the media. Forget fake news. If you want to know how to tell your child to stop their pantomime or you’re wondering why an American from two centuries ago lent his name to a French garden tent, hopefully you won’t find this article to be a fool’s errand. Both English and French have a fair few expressions relating to circuses. I think in both languages, you can also find a negative sense of the word too. If I say it was ‘a complete circus’ or even that it was ‘a dog-and-pony show’, there’s a sense of a noisy disorder, something a little chaotic. You have that same notion in French too if you say quel cirque! which can mean both of these. In France, you also have the sense that something was a bit of a rigmarole if you say something like quel cirque pour acheter du pain! In English we’d probably say something like ‘it’s a bit of a drama just to buy bread’. You get the same sense of something being a bit of a drama if you were to tell your child off by saying Arrête ton cirque! Although the meaning of this is probably clear to most, ‘Stop making a scene!’ or ‘Stop messing about!’ is probably the most accurate translation. If you faire tout un cirque, it means that you’ve made a real song and dance out of something.

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Language expert Emma Lee takes a trip to the big top to round up French phrases

that means ‘multi-tasking’ in French with the same connotations of not paying full attention to one thing because you’re too busy trying to do many others. Circuses are not the only words that both English and French use to get ideas across, it’s the same with fairs. Whilst we might have fairs, carnivals, festivals, parades, galas and fetes, French has foires, kermesses, fêtes, braderies and festivals among others. You can of course faire la fête in French, or faire fêter, which means to celebrate or also to let your hair down and have a bit of fun as opposed to faire une fête which means to hold a party. Funnily enough, it’s the same with marquees, gazebos, pergolas, tents and canopies. Some of those words are the same in French. Or almost. But then you have a few that will seem less familiar Sometimes, referring to circus acts like a tonnelle, chapiteau, tivoli or a barnum. isn’t about the drama or the chaos but I don’t think I need to explain what a about the sense of danger. You can say barnum is, although I do think more of in French that someone is ‘working the enormous Barnum and Bailey big top without their safety net’ or travailler sans rather than something more in keeping filet which brings to mind the high-wire with a garden party. Once you’ve got your walkers or trapeze artists in a circus, head around all the different names for and means people who live dangerously. a garden tent, you really will be in the One expression that is almost exactly mood to make a song and dance about the same in French as it is in English is it. You could even say in French that the expression for being in a precarious you’ve ‘eaten lion’ or avoir mangé du lion position. In English we might say we’re to explain that you are filled with energy. ‘walking a tightrope’ and in French we can say être or marcher sur la corde raide. I Full of the joys of spring, so to speak. And if this has all seemed a little Barnum often feel like I’m spinning plates or that I have a lot of balls in the air. On this side and Bailey to you, make sure you speak to the organ-grinder, not the monkey. of the channel, faire tourner les assiettes Champs Elysées as Delboy would say. certainly doesn’t have the same connotations of someone desperately trying to Emma is a jack-of-all-language-trades, writing keep five things going without letting any English textbooks, translating, marking exam of them fall. Sometimes this balancing scripts and teaching languages. She lives near act is known as les assiettes chinoises but La Rochefoucauld with her growing menagerie. I’ve yet to find an expression or a word See

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(€357,143 net + 5% fee paid by buyer)

Very spacious detached house with separate 3-bedroom detached bungalow with pool, gîte near Ribérac. Large garden with swimming garage and walled garden within walking pool and great rural views. DPE C. Ref 3145 distance of Jarnac’s shops. DPE E. Ref 3141

Pretty 3-bedroom village house near Matha with 2 reception rooms, barn, garden and heated swimming pool. DPE n/a. Ref 3144

Traditional Charentaise stone house with gîte, walled garden, swimming pool and barn. Close to Jarnac. DPE G. Ref 3131

Charente €203,300 incl. (€190,000 net + 7% fee paid by buyer)

Charente-Maritime €367,500 incl. (€350,000 net + 5% fee paid by buyer)

Handsome 6-bedroom Charentaise home with pool and substantial outbuildings near the the little town of Matha. DPE E. Ref 3119

Charente €393,750 incl. (€375,000 net + 5% fee paid by buyer)

Attractive 5-bedroom country house with pool, barns and stunning garden near the market town of Mansle. DPE D. Ref 3139

Charente-Maritime €514,500 incl. (€490,000 net + 5% fee paid by buyer)

3-bed house with 1-bed apartment set in Fine country estate with large manor house, prettily landscaped gardens in Aunac. Walk second house, garden and farmyard. No to shops and restaurant. DPE D. Ref 3126 neighbour. Near Matha. DPE E. Ref 3147


€399,000 incl.

(€380,000 net + 5% fee paid by buyer)

Charente €128,400 incl. (€120,000 net + 7% fee paid by buyer)

Renovated 4-bed character stone house with 5-bed former mill property in a wonderful 3-bedroom townhouse with garden set in 2-bedroom gîte set in over 2 acres of land setting on the edge of Tillou with 2.5 hectares the heart of Jarnac and within walking of land with stables. DPE D. Ref 3122 not far from Montembœuf. DPE D. Ref 2866 distance of all amenities. DPE n/a. Ref 3127


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Charente Immobilier, 1 rue de Condé, Place du Château, 16200 Jarnac, FRANCE