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Welcome! to Issue 39 of

‘The Deux-Sèvres Monthly’ magazine.

I love  the  month   of   May.    It’s  always  such  an   exciting  month.  Not  only  have  I  just  celebrated   another  birthday!  but   the  warmer  weather   has   arrived,   bringing   with   it   a   burst   of   colourful   flowers   and   an   abundance   of   wildlife.....plus   there   are  normally  two  or  three  jours  fériés  to   catch  up  on  some  sleep! Workwise  it’s  a  good  month  to  take  stock   of   the  year   so   far   and   to   start  the   preparations   for  the  annual  Trade   Fair.    This  year   it  will   be  at  the  same  location   in  Secondigny  on  Saturday  20th  September   (make  a  note  in  your   diaries   now!)  and  already  businesses  are  reserving  their  pitches.     I   try   to   introduce   something   a   little   bit   different   to   the   fair   each   year,  and  this  year  will  be  no  exception....so  watch  this  space! Have  a  fun  MAY  and  I’ll  see  you  next  month.

à plus, Sarah.

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Emergency Numbers: 15 SAMU, Medical 17 Gendarmes, Police 18 Pompiers, Fire

112 European emergency 113 Drugs and alcohol

CONTENTS

What’s On.......................................................................................... 4 Getting  Out  &  About......................................................................... 6 Le  Coin  Français.................................................................................10 A-­‐Z  of  the  Communes  in  the  Deux-­‐Sèvres....................................... 11 Hobbies............................................................................................ 12 Clubs  &  Associations........................................................................ 15 Health,  Beauty  &  Fitness.................................................................. 16 Our  Furry  Friends...............................................................................19 Home  &  Garden.............................................................................. 21 Take  a  Break..................................................................................... 23 Spotlight  On..................................................................................... 24 French  Life....................................................................................... 27 Communications............................................................................. 28 Food  &  Drink................................................................................... 29 Motoring.......................................................................................... 33 Building  &  Renovation..................................................................... 35 Business  &  Finance.......................................................................... 40 Property........................................................................................... 45

THIS MONTH’S  ADVERTISERS   A  La  Bonne  Vie  (Restaurant)............................................................................... 31 Abattage  Service  (Slaughter  House).................................................................... 27 Ace  Pneus  (Tyre  Supplier  &  Fitter)...................................................................... 34 Affordable  UK  Designs  (Kitchens  &  UPVC  Double  Glazing)................................. 2 AKE  Petits  Travaux  (Builder)................................................................................ 39 Alain  Miot  (Sawmill)............................................................................................ 37 Alan  Pearce  (Plumbing  &  Heating)..................................................................... 36 Andrew  Longman  (Plumber).............................................................................. 36 An  English  Nursery  in  France............................................................................... 22 ARB  French  Property........................................................................................... 45 Arbrecadabra.com  (Tree  surgery)........................................................................ 22 Bar/Brasserie  Vue  du  Chateau............................................................................ 30 BH  Assurances  /  Allianz....................................................................................... 40 Bill  McEvoy  (Plumber  /  Heating  Engineer)........................................................ 36 Blevins  Franks  Financial  Management................................................................ 43

...continued. British  Mobile  Mechanic  (John  Purchase)...........................................................34 Cafe  Cour  du  Miracle........................................................................................... 32 Café  des  Belles  Fleurs.......................................................................................... 31 Camping  La  Raudiere.......................................................................................... 6 Camping  Les  Prairies  du  Lac................................................................................ 27 Caniclôture  (Hidden  Fencing  for  Dogs)............................................................... 19 Carlill-­‐Strover  Building......................................................................................... 37 Cheryl’s  Helping  Hand......................................................................................... 21 Chris  Bassett  Construction.................................................................................. 39 Chris  Parsons  (Heating/Electrical/Plumbing)...................................................... 35 Christies  (English  Book  Shop  and  Tea  Room)...................................................... 6 CJ  Electricité......................................................................................................... 35 Cleaning  Services  by  Karen.................................................................................. 21 Clean  Sweep  Chimney  Services........................................................................... 38 Currencies  Direct  (Money  Transfers)................................................................... 41 Cut  46  (Hair  Salon).............................................................................................. 18 DB  Electricité....................................................................................................... 35 D.W  Cooper  (Carpenter,  Roofer,  Mason)............................................................. 39 David  Cropper  (Stump  Grinding  &  Jungle  Busting)............................................ 22 David  Watkins  (Chimney  Sweep)........................................................................ 38 D.J  Maintenance  (Handyman)............................................................................ 37 Double  Glazing  Installation  -­‐  Haynes  Carpentry.................................................. 37 Down  to  Earth  Pool  Design  (Swimming  Pool  Design  &  Construction)................ 45 Duncan  White  -­‐  Agent  Commerciale.................................................................. 46 EcoPower  (Solar  Thermal  Trading  Company)...................................................... 45 Electricien  Anglais  en  France.............................................................................. 35 Emilie  Baudrez  (French  Classes  and  Translation)................................................ 8 Famous  Furniture  in  France.................................................................................21 Franglais  Deliveries............................................................................................. 34 GAN  Assurances.................................................................................................. 45 George  Rayner  Computers.................................................................................. 29 Give  the  Dog  a  Comb  (Dog  Grooming)................................................................ 19 Hallmark  Electronique  (Electricians  &  Sat.  Engineers)........................................ 35 Holistic  Therapy  -­‐  Soul  to  Sole............................................................................. 17 Homes  in  France.................................................................................................. 47 I  C  O  Electricté..................................................................................................... 35 Insink  Plumbing................................................................................................. .. 36 J&M  Construction............................................................................................... 39 JMH  French  Solutions  (Handmade  Kitchen  &  Garden  items)............................. 21 JM  Renaudin  Cave/Brasserie............................................................................... 31 John  Pate  (Renovations)..................................................................................... 39 Jon  the  Carpetman.............................................................................................. 21 Julia  Hunt  -­‐  Agent  Commercial............................................................................ 46 Keith  Banks  (Swimming  Pool  Maintenance)....................................................... 45 La  Deuxieme  Chance  (Annie  Sloan  chalk  paint  supplier).................................... 21 Le  Pub  des  Halles................................................................................................. 31 Leggett  Immobilier.............................................................................................. 46 Le  Petit  Cadeau................................................................................................... 8 Le  Tour  de  Finance.............................................................................................. 42 MCS  Translations................................................................................................. 9 MFP  (PVC  Doors,  windows  and  gates)................................................................ 48 Michael  William  Hairdressing............................................................................. 18 ML  Computers..................................................................................................... 29 Motor  Parts  Charente.......................................................................................... 34 MSS  Construction................................................................................................ 38 Mutuelle  de  Poitiers  Assurances......................................................................... 45 Nathan  Foster  Building  Services.......................................................................... 39 Needa  Hand  Services........................................................................................... 37 Pamela  Irving  (Massage  &  Reflexology).............................................................. 17 Pascale  Matéo  (French  Tuition)........................................................................... 8 Pascale  Terry  (French  Tuition)............................................................................. 8 Philip  Irving  (Mini  Digger  hire).............................................................................38 Plan-­‐170  (Professional  Scale  Drawings).............................................................. 37 Point  P  (Builder’s  Merchants).............................................................................. 35 Polar  Express  (Frozen  Foods).............................................................................. 31 Premier  Autos  (Mechanic).................................................................................. 34 Première  Classe  Removals  &  Deliveries.............................................................. 34 Restaurant  des  Canards....................................................................................... 32 Rob  Berry  Plastering  Services.............................................................................. 36 Robert  Walker  Plomberie  (Plumbing  &  Heating  Engineer)................................. 36 Ross  Hendry  (Interface  Consulting  &  Engineering)............................................. 28 Sandy  G  Hairdressing........................................................................................... 18 sarl  Down  to  Earth  (Fosse  Installations  &  Groundworks)................................... 38 Siddalls  (Financial  Advisors).................................................................................44 Silverwood  Books................................................................................................ 12 Simon  The  Tiler.................................................................................................... 39 Spectrum  IFA  Group  (Amanda  Johnson)............................................................. 41 Simply  Homes  and  Gardens................................................................................ 22 Steve  Enderby...................................................................................................... 36 Sue  Burgess  (French  Courses  &  Translation)....................................................... 9 The  Craft  Cabin  (Handmade  cards  and  card-­‐making  items)............................... 8 The  English  Mechanic  &  Son  -­‐  Tony  Eyre............................................................ 34 The  Market.......................................................................................................... 6 Trisha  Mobile  Hairdresser.................................................................................... 18 Val  Assist  (Translation  Services)........................................................................... 17 Vata  Beauty.......................................................................................................... 17 Venus  Rose  Yoga.................................................................................................. 16 Yoga  Vendée.................................................................................................... 17

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What’s On... May 2014

1st May  -­‐  Fête  des  Plantes  at  Le  Beugnon  79130 1st  May  -­‐  Top  Hat  Quiz  &  Curry  at  Chef  Boutonne See  www.tophatquizzes.com  for  more  information 3rd  May  -­‐  Free  Concert  by  Les  Chanterelles At  Coulon  church  at  8.30pm.    See  P.7  for  details. 4th  May  -­‐  Fundraising  ‘Ramble  &  Pizza'   By  Parents  Association  of  Lorigné  and   Pioussay  Schools  from  9am.   Followed  by  afternoon   of  games,  boules  etc.  9€  Adults  4€  Children   under  15yrs.  To  reserve  please  ring  Sam:  06  58  04  26  73 5th  May  -­‐  Top  Hat  Quiz  &  Curry  at  Limalonges See  www.tophatquizzes.com  for  more  information 7th  &  15th  May  -­‐  Val  Assist  helps  you  fill  in  your  tax  returns At  Pause!  Café,  L’Absie,  10am  -­‐5pm.    By  Appointment  only 8th  May  -­‐  Top  Hat  Quiz  &  Curry  at  Champniers See  www.tophatquizzes.com  for  more  information 9th  May  -­‐  Comedy  Play  in  Civray First   ever   performance   of   the   Super   Troupers  play  ‘For   Goodness   Sake’  at   the  Margelle,  Civray.     7pm.     Entrance   6,50€.    For   more   information/ticket   sales  contact   Carolyn  Kimber  05  45  84  19  03  or   Kate  Britten  kateandjohnbritten@gmail.com 9th  &  14th  May  -­‐  Val  Assist  helps  you  fill  in  your  tax  returns At  Cafe  Cour  du  Miracle,  Vouvant.  3.30pm  -­‐6pm.    By  Appointment. 11th  May  -­‐  Clear  your  Clutter  for  Charity A   repeat   of   last   year’s   Bring   &   Buy   Sale   at   Paperback   Jan’s,   La   Ferriere-­‐en-­‐Parthenay.    See  info  on  P.6 12th  May  -­‐  Fête  de  la  Cigogne  at  St  Denis-­‐du-­‐Payré Vide   grenier,   carriage   rides,  nature   walks,  drawing   competitions.     Free  entry.    10am  -­‐  6pm. 12th  May  -­‐  Top  Hat  Quiz  &  Curry  at  Rouilllac See  www.tophatquizzes.com  for  more  information 14th  May  -­‐  Top  Hat  Quiz  &  Curry  at  Aigre See  www.tophatquizzes.com  for  more  information 16th/17th/18th  May  -­‐  HOPE  Association  Book  Sale At  Clussais  la  Pommeraie,  79190.    See  advert  on  P.19  for  details. 16th  May  -­‐  Belgian  Night At  Bar  Vue  du  Chateau,  Bressuire.    See  advert  on  P.30  for  details. 16th  May  -­‐  Supper  &  Live  Music At  A  La  Bonne  Vie,  Le  Beugnon  from  7.15pm.    Please  see  advert  on  P.31 17th  May  -­‐  RBL  Fundraising  Supper  Dance 7.30pm  -­‐  Midnight.    For  details  see  advert  on  P.7  or  call  05  49  29  02  59. 17th  &  18th  May  -­‐  Val  de  Sevre  Classic  Rally For   info,   please   visit:   www.automobile-­‐club79.com   or   email:   asac79@laposte.net  /info@automobile-­‐club79.com 17th/18th  May  -­‐  Night  Walk  in  Ardin The   18th  year   of   this   night-­‐time  walk,  with   a  new  circuit   in   2014.   Registration  closes  14th  May.  See  P.7  or  visit:  www.lesgalipotes.com 25th  May  -­‐  Vide  Grenier  &  Brocante 6.30am  til  late  at  79420  St  Martin  du  Fouilloux.    See  advert  on  P.5 25th  May  -­‐    Fête  de  la  Cigogne  at  St  Denis-­‐du-­‐Payré With  a  vide   grenier,  painting  competition   for  children,   exhibitions,   and  observations  of  nests  of  storks.    Free  entry,  9am-­‐6pm. 26th  April  to  1st  June  -­‐  ‘Printemps  de  l’Orangerie’  exhibition At  La  Mothe  Saint-­‐Héray.     Exhibition  of  works  by  Pierre  and   Annick   Debien.    Free  entry.    See  P??  for  more  information.   29th  May  to  9th  June  -­‐  Portrait  Photography  Exhibition By  TTL   Photography  Group   at   Church   hall   in   Vouvant.   Find   more   information  on  P.13 31st  May  &  1st  June  -­‐  Guided  walk  -­‐  Maison  de  la  Haute  Sevre Guided  walk  themed  ‘l’enfant  au  jardin’,  with  games,  quizzes,  reading   and  refreshments.    For  more  information  call  05  49  05  01  41.

The National Holidays, Religious and Feast Days 2014 Thursday 1st  May  .............      Labour  Day  (Fête  du  Travail) Thursday  8th  May  .............   Victory  in  Europe  Day  (Fête  de  la  Victoire) Sunday  25th  May  ...............   Mothers’  Day  (Fête  des  Mères) Thursday  29th  May  ...........   Ascension  Day  (Ascension) Sunday  8th  June  .................   Pentacost  (Pentecôte) Monday  9th  June  ..............   Pentacost  (Lundi  de  Pentecôte) Sunday  15th  June  ...............   Fathers’  Day  (Fête  des  Pères) Saturday  21st  June  .............   World  Music  Day  (Fête  de  la  Musique) Monday  14th  July  ..............  National  Day  (Fête  Nationale) Friday  15th  August  ............   Assumption  of  Mary  (Assomption) Sunday  5th  October  ............  Grandfathers’  Day  (Fête  des  Grand-­‐pères) Saturday  1st  November  .....  All  Saint’s  Day  (Toussaint) Monday  11th  November  ...   Armistice  Day  (Armistice) Thursday  25th  December  ...  Christmas  Day  (Noêl) Dates in blue are celebration days, not public holidays

The Chaplaincy  of  Christ  the  Good  Shepherd,  Poitou-­‐Charentes,   hold  English  speaking  monthly  services. • 1st  Sunday  at  10.30am:  The  Little  Stone  Church  in   Chef-­‐Boutonne.    Followed  by  tea  &  coffee. • 2nd  Sunday  at  11.00am:  the  home  of  Ann  White,  Jassay • 4th   Sunday   at   10.30am:   the   Presbytery   Rooms,   rue   de   la   Citadelle,  Parthenay  (opposite   St   Croix   Church).   Followed   by   tea  &  coffee,  and  a  'bring  and  share'  lunch.     A   warm   welcome   awaits   everyone   for   a   time   of   worship   and   fellowship.   For   further   information   about   location   of   churches   and   what   else  is  happening  near   you,   please  take  a  look  at  our   website  www.church-­‐in-­‐france.com  or  contact  us  by  email:   office.goodshepherd@orange.fr.

The Filling  Station  ~  Poitou-­‐Charentes

The Filling   Station   is   a   network   of   local   Christians   of   all   denominations   who   meet   together   regularly   for   spiritual   renewal   and  evangelism  purposes.    ALL  WELCOME. Please  see  our   bilingual   website   for  details  of   meetings  and  spring   programmes  www.thefillingstationfrance.com  or  contact   05  49  87  89  16  or  email:  michael.willis@sfr.fr

ALL SAINTS,  VENDEE - Puy  de  Serre We  hold  two  services  each  month,  on  the  2nd  and  4th  Sundays at  the  church  of  St  Marthe,  Puy  de  Serre,  at  11am.   After  each  service,  tea  and   coffee  is  served  in  the  parish   room   and  everyone  is  invited  to  a   `bring  and  share`   lunch.  For   details   of   all   our   activities,   our   Services   in   the   west   of   the   Vendée,   copies   of   recent   newsletters   and   more   information,   please   check  our  website:  www.allsaintsvendee.fr

What’s Coming Up...

1st June  -­‐  Open  Garden,  Plant  &  Garage  Sale  +  Vide  Grenier 10am   -­‐   5pm   at   5   rue   du   gardou,  79330   Geay.     Situated   on   the   D938T  -­‐  look  out  for  the  balloons!    Contact:  05  49  96  22  92 14th  June  -­‐  Expo  of  Lacemaking  with  Bobbins At   Exoudun,   10am-­‐6pm.   Free   entry.   Exhibition   trade   stands   &   refreshments. 21st  &  22nd  June  -­‐  Moving  Vehicles  Festival Heritage   cars,  motorcycles,   trucks,  tractors,  military  vehicles,   fire   engines  at  La  Mothe  Saint  Heray.  www.lefanalrouge79.jimdo.com 4 | The Deux-Sèvres Monthly

The Rendez-­‐Vous  Christian  Fellowship.   A   warm   welcome   awaits   you   at   our   meetings   on   the   1st   &   3rd   Sundays  of  the   month  at   11am.    La   Brionniere,   85120,  St  Pierre  du   Chemin.    Meetings  last  about  an  hour  and  are  followed  by  a  time  of   fellowship  with  refreshments.

Please contact   Chris   &   Julie   Taylor:   09   60   49   78   50  or   Des   &   Elizabeth  Vine:  05  49  74  18  27,  or  visit:  www.therendezvous.fr


05 Paperback Jan Books  in  English                          

1st May:     Brasserie  Vue  du  Chateau,  Bressuire  79300.  11am  -­‐  1pm 1st  May:     At  Jean’s  house,  call  Jan  for  details,  St  Aubin  79450  2pm 2nd  May:    Bar  de  la  Paix,  Thouars  79100.  11.30am  -­‐  2pm 4th  May:     Café  des  Belles  Fleurs,  Fenioux  79160  2pm  -­‐  4pm 7th  May:     Cafe  Cour  de  Miracle,  Vouvant  85120.    2.30pm-­‐  4.30pm 10th  May:  Café  Le  Chauray,  St  Maixent  l’Ecole  79400.    10am  -­‐  1pm 11th  May:  BIG  BOOK  FAYRE  La  Ferrière-­‐en-­‐Parthenay  10am  -­‐  4pm 14th  May:  Le  Don  Jon  Bar,  Moncontour  86330.  4pm  -­‐  6pm 22nd  May:Pause!  Cafe,  L’Absie  79240.    2pm-­‐  5pm 28th  May:  Jan’s  home,  La  Ferriére-­‐en-­‐Parthenay  79390.    1pm-­‐  5pm 29th  May:  Le  Relais  des  2  Moulins,  Clessé  79350.    4pm-­‐  6pm   30th  May:  Le  P’tit  Bar  Boucard,  Ménigoute  79340.    4pm-­‐  6pm For  more  info  contact  Jan  on: 06  08  30  73  29  or  email:  paperbackjan@gmail.com

Mr T’s Friterie

Open 6.30-9pm

Reel Fish & Chips

Fri 2nd  &  30th   Bar  Tabac  PMU,  Bouille-­‐Loretz Sat  3rd  &  31st             Bar  Vue  du  Chateau,  Bressuire Weds  7th  &  21st   The  Canteen,  Etusson   Fri  9th               Bar  Le  Chap’s,  La  Chapelle  Thireuil Sun  11th     Paperback  Jan’s  Big  Book  Fayre Sat  17th       Bar  Des  Sports,  L’Absie Thurs  22nd   Bar  Tabac  PMU,  St  Martin  de  Sanzay Tel:  06  04  14  23  94  ~  www.reelfishandchips.net Fish 4 Chip

Open 6 - 8pm

Mondays: Bar Tilleuls, Champniers (near Civray) Tuesdays: Sauzé-Vaussais (Main square) Wednesdays: Chef Boutonne (near Chateau) Thursdays: Sauzé-Vaussais - Evening. (Main square) Fridays: Mansle (Car park of Simply Supermarket) Tel: 06 37 53 56 20 ~ www.mobilefishandchipsfrance.com

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Wednesdays: Bar ‘Auberge le St Vincent’, St Vincent Sterlanges Thursdays: Bar ‘La Rando’, Mervent. Fridays: Bar ‘Au Bon Coin’, Thoursais Bouildroux + 5th April: Bar Le Lys @ La Chapelle aux Lys

For more  info  please  visit  website:  www.lavendeechippy.com

VIDE GRENIER & BROCANTE 25th May 2014 6.30am till late La Favrielere, St Martin du Fouilloux, 79420 Hog roast, Fish and chips Tea, coffee, beer, wine For more  information  and  to  reserve  a  stall  (€1  per  square  metre, minimum 4 metres) Bookings available on the day, but book early to avoid disappointment email: david.lambert58@orange.fr telephone: 05 49 69 79 15 Directions: On the D738, go through the village towards Vasseroux 0.5 km, on the left

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Getting Out & About...

l’Atelier de Leila

by Val Walmsley

Our little   hamlet  of  Jarzay  sits  quietly  in  the  midst  of  the   Deux-­‐   Sèvres   countryside.     With   just   seven   houses   surrounded   by   rolling   fields,   there’s   a   real   sense   that   nothing   much   has   changed   here   for   generations.   This   spring   though,   quite   a   transformation   has   been   taking  place. Jarzay   has  now   become   the   base   for   the   work   of   two  young   artists  -­‐   L’Atelier  de  Leila  and  Les  Trucs  de  Sam!     Naturally  curious  to  meet  the   newcomers   and  have   a   look  at  some   of  their  creations,   I   popped  into   the  atelier  on  their  first  open  day.     Where   there   was   once   a   crumbling   outbuilding,   Sam   has  created   a   workshop  whose  rough  stone   walls  provide  an  interesting   contrast  to   the  fine   detail   of  Leila’s  oil   paintings.     In  one   corner   are   examples   of   Sam’s   ‘Trucs   et   Bidules’   -­‐   sounds   less   romantic   when   translated   as   ‘stuff   and   widgets’!     A   standing   lamp   is  cleverly   constructed  from   a   recycled  dustbin  and,  looking  at  his  blog   later,  I  find  that  Sam  creates   sculptures  in  a  range  of  materials.     I’m   captivated   by   the   power   of   a   vast   acrylic   portrait   of   a   guitarist   in   action   which   dominates   the   space   and   the   charming  Leila  then  shows  me   photos  of   a   mural   she   has  created   which   fills   the   entire   wall   of   a   courtyard   and   leads  the   eye   into   a   tranquil   garden  setting.   Again   the  attention  to  detail  is  superb.     It’s   clear   that   Leila   Papot   is   a   talented   young   artist   with   a   real   passion   for   painting.    She  has  produced  trompe-­‐l’oeil   works  in  a   variety  of  materials   and   sizes   and   will   skilfully   paint   everything   from   wooden   signs   to   furniture.   If,   like   me,   you’d  like   to  spend   some   time   looking  at   Leila’s   work,   you’ll   find   details   of   forthcoming  exhibitions  at www.latelier-­‐de-­‐leila.fr As  I  leave   I’m  already  mentally  planning  for  a   mural   for  the   outside  of   our  barn,  and  maybe  a  few  wooden  plaques,  just  to  be  going  on  with... 6 | The Deux-Sèvres Monthly

The Big  Book  Fayre  incorpora(ng  

Clear Your  Clu*er  for  Charity  -­‐  11th  May A   chance   to  help  charity   -­‐  Clear   your   unwanted   clutter,  and   have   a   great  day  out  all  in  one  go! A   new  concept   last  year,   which  was  so  successful   we  decided   to  do  it   all   again!    Held  on  the   same  day  as  the   massive   vide   grenier   in  the   village   ensures  there  are  lots  of   visitors  to  the  area.    You  can  donate   to  charities  on  site  so  there  will  be  lots  of  bargains  to  be  had  -­‐  or  have   a   stall   yourself   and   donate   some   of   the   proceeds   to   one   of   the   charities. The  Big  Book  Barn  will  be  open,  teeming  with  books  for  everyone,  all   at  a  bargain  price   for  the  day.    1000s  of  different  books  in  stock  and   donations  to   animal   charities   during  the   past  year.     Enjoy   a   British   classic  dish  from   Reel  Fish  and  chips  from  12  noon,  plus  a  plethora   of   artisan  stall  holders.   AUTHOR’S   CORNER   proved   popular  last  year   so   we   are   bringing   a   group   of   local   authors   along   who   will   love   to   chat   about   their   published  books. If  you  want  a  stall   for  yourself,  you  are  an  author  or   you  want  to  sell   on  behalf  of  a  charity  please  email:  paperbackjan@gmail.com


SUMMER MARKET SUNDAY 15th JUNE Organised by Aidez Association

Salles des Fêtes St Germain-de-LongueChaume (79200) Open from 11am - 5pm Good variety of 30+ stalls Money raised will benefit local French Charities. Free Entry

Singing with Concordia In April  last  year  I  went   off  to  Jersey  (the  island  of  my  birth)  with   Les  Chanterelles,  the  Coulon  women’s’  choir,  to  sing  with  a  Jersey   choir.    After  many  weeks  of  organisation  we  loaded   our  cars  with   enormous  bags,  walking  shoes  and  lots  of  homemade  food,  and   set  off  for  St  Malo  and  our  crossing  to  Jersey.

The 18th  edition   of  ‘The  Return   of   Galipotes’   will   take   place   on   the   night   of   May   17/18   2014.    The  theme  of  the  walk  is  ”The  Galipote   revisits  the  history  of  France  ...  from  prehistory   to  modern  times”.

Finally we  left  Gallic  soil  and  moved  into  unknown  Channel  Island   territory.

A Galipote   is   an   imaginary   spooky   animal,.     Legend  has  it   that   after   an  evening  of   gossip   amongst   villagers,  the   Galipote  would   attack   those  who  had  been  the  most  slanderous.

In Jersey,  we  enjoyed  fame   with   an   appearance   in   the   local  paper  and  a  successful   concert   in   St   Helier   town   church.     The  cultural  break   was  thoroughly  enjoyed   by   all.  Now  Concordia,  a  Jersey   choir,   is   paying   a   visit   to   Coulon. Concordia   was   formed   in   1994  by  a  group   of  women   who  wanted   to   explore  a  wide   variety  of  music.  In   addition  to   performing   all   over   Jersey,   the   choir   has   performed   in   the   neighbouring   island   of   Guernsey   and   has   twice   visited   Normandy,  singing  with  a  French  choir   in   Coutances.     In   2010,   Concordia   visited   Bad   Wurzach   in   southern   Germany   and   participated  in  a  liberation  memorial  service.   Now  the  choir   is  greatly  looking   forward   to   visiting  Deux-­‐Sèvres   and  singing  with   Les   Chanterelles  in  Coulon  church  on  Saturday   3rd  May  at  8.30pm.

The walk  is   organised  by  l’Espoir   Sportif   d’Ardin,  an   organisation   affiliated  to  the  French  Football   Federation,  who   make  up  most  of   the  250+  volunteers  involved  in  the  event.     Leaving  Chaillot  Ardin  at  8pm,  the  expected  return  time  is  between   12.30am-­‐1.00am,  where   a   breakfast   meal   is   provided,   including   Bazinière  yogurt  and  Galipote  Ardin  cake. Registration  for  the  event  closes  on  14th  May.     The  cost  is  12€  per   adult  and  7€  per  child  under  12  years  of  age.   The   organisers   of   the   event   are   very   happy   to   invite   English   speaking   nationals   to   join   the   event   and   ‘courageously   face   the   terrible  Galipote’. For   more  information   and  to   view   all   of   the  conditions,   please   visit  the  website  www.lesgalipotes.com.

The free  Concert  will  include   English,  French,  Spanish,  Corsican,   Bulgarian,   Japanese   and   Brazilian   songs   -­‐   something   for   everyone! For   more   information   contact:   Marylyn   Kusmirek   by   email:   kusmirek@orange.fr

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News from  the  Pays  de  Gâtine! by Julia Salvat

The CARUG  and  JAZZ

The CARUG   is   an   association   which   helps   develop   cultural   and   artistic  projects  in   the  Gâtine.    The  team  of  technicians  assist  and   offer  advice  during  the  different  stages  of  a  project   and   are  there   for   associations,   town   halls   and   cultural   organisations.     Discreet   and   behind  the  scenes,  they  are  specialists  in  sound   and  lighting.     Not  only  is  their  advice  free  but  they  speakee  a  little  English  too! If   you   consult   their   website   you   will   see  that   they  also   offer   the   possibility  of  renting  equipment  for  events,  (seating,  goblets,  toilets   etc).     They   are   responsible   for   and   organise   the   hugely   popular   «Festival   de   Jazz»   along   with   a   team   of   volunteers.   In   their   5th   year   running,   every   Friday   from   23rd  May,  you  will  be  able  to   listen   to   a   musical   programme   rich   in   entertainment   and   also   at   the   same   time   discover   some   of   the   unknown   beauty   spots   of   the   Gâtine,   (châteaux   and   barns,   gardens   and   villages).   These   evenings   are   free   and   known   as   «   Commandos   jazz   ».     Starting   in   Parthenay,  the  musicians  will  head   for   St   Pardoux,   Boussais   and   Coulonges,  at  different  dates. One  of  the  priorities  of  the  CARUG  is  to  work  with  school  children   and   through   workshops   they   have   been   learning   the   various   aspects  of  setting  up  a  show:  performing  and  singing.    They  will  be   entertaining  the  public  in   Moncoutant,  Chiré  en   Montreuil  (86)  and   Vasles.  Again,  these  concerts  are  free  and  open  to  the  public.     The  festival  will  finish  in  Parthenay  on  11,  12,  13  July  on  the  banks   of  the  Thouet  and  in  the  amphitheatre,  with  9  concerts.   Volunteers  to  help  at  any  of  these  events  are  always  welcome,  and   if   you   would   like  to   come   along  and   speakee   a   little   Frenchee  -­‐   pourquoi  pas? For   more   information   on   times   and   places   please   consult   the   website  :  www.gatine.org/carug/carug.asp            

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The Ice Saints

by Sue  Burgess

The Ice  Saints   (les   Saints  Glaces)  are  a   climatic  episode  situated,   according   to   popular  belief  and   traditions   dating  from  the  Middle   Ages,  around   Saint   Mamert,  Saint   Pancras  and   Saint   Servais   who   are  celebrated  on  the  11th,  12th  and  13th  of  May. Farmers  pray  to  these  saints  because  at   this   time   of   year   there   is   often   a   lowering   of   temperatures   which   may   come   from   the   phenomena   of   La   Lune  Rousse   (the  scorching   moon).  Once   this   period  is  over,  there  will  be  no  more  frosts  (pas  plus  de  gélées). Nowadays   most   calendars   mention   other   saints   on   these   dates:   Estelle,  Achille  et  Rolande.    This  change  of  dates  back  to  1960  when   the   Catholic   church   decided   to   replace   saints   associated   with   agricultural   worries   by   other   saints   who  were   not   linked  to  these   popular  superstitions.     Saint  Mamert  (11th   May)  was   the  Archbishop  of  Vienne,  who  died   in      474.    Saint  Pancrace  (12th  May)  died  in  304  at  the  age  of  14  and   is  the  patron  saint  (le  saint  patron)  of  children.     Saint  Servais (13th   May)  was  Bishop  of  Tongres  in  Belgium  and  died  in  384. Some   people   explain   the   tradition   of   the   Ice   Saints   by   an   astronomical   phenomenon   which   happens   on   the  12th   and   13th   May   each   year.     They  say   that   the  Earth's  orbit   takes  it   through   dust.    For  a  few  hours  the  dust  hinders  the  passage  of  the  sun's  rays   slightly  and   the   effects  of   this   can  be  seen   in   the  weather.     This   explanation   cannot   be  confirmed   because  the  only  possible  origin   of  such  a  dust  would  be  from  a  comet  (une  comète)  or   an  asteroid   (un  astéroïde),  but  the   Earth  (la  Terre)  would   not   cross  it  twice   a   year  as  popular  beliefs  suppose.  

Sayings and  Proverbs  /  Dictons  et  proverbes  : Saints  Pancrace,  Servais  et   Boniface   Saint  Pancrace,   Saint   Servais   apportent  souvent  la  glace and   Saint   Boniface   often   bring  ice Avant   Saint-­‐Servais,   point   d'été;   Before   Saint   Servais   hardly   après  Saint-­‐Servais,  plus  de  gelée any   summer,   after   Saint   Servais  no  more  frost Quand   il   pleut   à   la   Saint-­‐Servais,   When  it   rains  at   Saint   Servais   pour  le  blé,  signe  mauvais it  is  a  bad  sign  for  the  wheat Saint-­‐Servais  quand   il  est   beau,   tire   When  the  weather   is  fine  for   Saint   Servais,  it   will   not   rain   Saint-­‐Médard  (8  juin)  de  l'eau at  Saint  Médard  (8th  June) À  la  Saint-­‐Georges  sème  ton  orge,  à   On   Saint   George's   day   sow   la  Saint-­‐Marc  c'est  trop  tard your   barley,  on   Saint   Mark's   it  is  too  late Saint-­‐Servais,   Saint-­‐Pancrace   et   Saint  Servais,  Saint  Pancrace   Saint-­‐Mamert   font   à   trois   un   petit   and  Saint  Mamert,  the   three   hiver of   them   together,   make   a   little  winter

Also an  astronomical   phenomenon  would   have  world-­‐wide  effects   whereas  the  sayings  (les  dictons)  and   the  Ice  Saints  are  local.     The   passage   of   cold   fronts  (des   fronts   froids)   at  this  time  of   the   year   bring  cold  air   from   the   North.     When  the  sky  is   clear   the  loss   of   heat   is  important,   especially  at   night,  and   therefore   cold   periods   occur.     However,  the  archives  of  Méteo-­‐France  show  that  between   1939   and  2009,  there   has  only  been  frost   at   the  time  of  the  Ice   Saints  four  times.   Even   if   they  cannot   be   proved,  the   Ice   Saints   are   still   useful   for   farmers  and   gardeners.     The  actual  dates  of  Les   Saints  Glaces  vary   according   to   the   region.   These   beliefs   are   still   very   popular   as   witnessed  by  the  following  sayings  and  proverbs...

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Le Coin Français Le Plaisir  des  Mots:  

Deuxième Festival  littéraire  de  St  Clémentin

La  première  fête  littéraire   bilingue  dans   les  Deux-­‐Sèvres  (2012)   a   attiré     600  personnes.  La  deuxième  se  déroulera  du  29   au   31   août   2014.   Le   but    est   de   réunir   des  écrivains   français  et   anglais  pour   partager  leurs  œuvres  avec  un  public.  

Charles Juliet  de  Lyon   (Les  Lambeaux,  L’Année  de  l’éveil)  a   accepté   notre   invitation.  «     Cet   immense   écrivain   est   parvenu   à   se  faire   connaître   et  à  surmonter  ses  souffrances.  Le  miracle,  c’est   que   son   Journal,  dont  parait  le   septième  tome,  fait  du  bien  à  tout  le  monde   depuis  plus  de  vingt  ans.    »  Elle  (magazine) Un  hommage  sera  fait  à  Mademoiselle  Davy,  ancienne  habitante  de   St   Clémentin,  présenté   par   Madame   DuTruc,   archiviste  de   Niort.   Dans   les   années   soixante   Marie   Madeleine   Davy,   philosophe   et   historienne  des  religions,  organisait   des  festivals  dans  le  village  de   St   Clémentin.  En  1961  des  jeunes  Ukrainiens  ont  présenté  devant   un  millier  de  spectateurs  les  chants  et  les  danses  de  leur  pays.    

Les mystères de Paddington Street En 1891   au   14   Paddington   street  à  Londres,  par  une  nuit   d ’ h i v e r   g l a c é e ,   d e u x   aristocrates   anglais:   Spencer   Byron   Westwood,   pianiste   reconnu   et   son   fidèle   ami   Harry   Cunningham,   vont   se   trouver   plongés   dans   une   aventure  incroyable. D a n s   l ’ a t m o s p h è r e   victorienne   de   cette   fin   de   siècle,   Harry   et   Spencer   c r o i s e r o n t   A n d r e w,   u n   majordome   très   spécial   dont   les   frasques   vont   pousser   le   flegme   de   Harry   au   bout   du   possible.  De  l’univers  très  chic   des   salons   du   Savoy   Hotel   jusqu’aux   souterrains   mystérieux   du   vieux   Londres,   Spencer   et   Harry  vont   affronter   maintes  péripéties  avec  flegme  grâce   à  leur   humour  très  british  plein  de  non-­‐sens. Mais  qui   croire  dans  cette   apothéose  d’humour  et  de  non-­‐sens?   Les  apparences  pourraient  bien  être  trompeuses  … Disponible  pour  acheter  sur  www.amazon.fr

ARTICLES....

2014 est   l’anniversaire  de   la  première  guerre  mondiale.  Katherine   Gallagher,   poète   australienne,   va  présenter   ‘La  Voix   Des   Enfants   Pendant  La  Guerre.’  

Nous sommes toujours à la recherche de nouveaux articles à publier pour les éditions futures.

De l’Angleterre  la  romancière  Michèle  Roberts      «Celles  Qui  Revient,   La  Double  Impasse,  Chair   de  ma   Chair  «lisez  la  prose  capiteuse  de   Michèle  Roberts»   Elle,     Michel   Cordeboeuf  (conteur,   chanteur)   et   Isabelle  Soulard  (Les   Femmes  du  Poitou   au   Moyen   Age)   ont   déjà   accepté  notre  invitation.  Si  vous  souhaitez  nous  aider  n’hésitez  pas   à  nous  contacter:  simms.gordon@orange.fr   Programme/réservations:  www.stclementinlitfest.com

Avez-vous une expérience à partager? Quoi qu'il en soit, que ce soit long ou court, nous aimerions vous lire. Vous pouvez appeler Sarah au 05 49 70 26 21 pour proposer des idées ou les envoyer par courriel à: info@thedeuxsevresmonthly.fr

ASTUCES MENAGERES... J'enlève les taches:

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d'encre = tamponner avec un linge humecté de jus de citron additionné de sel, rincer. ! de gras = saupoudrer la tache de talc, laisser absorber, brosser délicatement. ! de vin = saupoudrer de farine, laisser agir quelques minutes puis brosser. Ensuite tamponner avec un chiffon imprégné de vinaigre blanc ou d'alcool ménager.

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par Monique Pasquier

Je détruis les mauvaises odeurs:

! du frigo = mettre un verre de lait froid à l'intérieur, renouveler tous les 3 jours.

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de cuisson du chou-fleur = au dessus de l'eau de cuisson, placer un morceau de pain rassis (le jeter ensuite). ! de poisson sur les mains = frottez-les avec n'importe quel objet en acier (robinet, casserole...).


A-Z of the Communes in the Deux-Sèvres... by Sue  Burgess

FÉNERY Fénery is  a   commune   situated   just   10   kilometres   from  Parthenay.   Until  1982,  the  commune  was   crossed  by  the  Parthenay  -­‐   Bressuire   railway  line  along  which  went  the  Nantes  -­‐  Limoges  trains.    Today  the   old   railway  line  has   been   converted   into   the   Voie  Verte  cycle  and   pedestrian  way.    There  are  312  inhabitants  in  Fénery.   A  VOIR  /  MUST  SEE • The   Château   de   la   Brouardière   (1870)   and   its   old   outbuildings:   XIXth   century   Neo-­‐gothic   chapel,   and   Conciergerie   (servants'   quarters)   (private   property).   In   1389,   the   seigneur   of   La   Brouardière   was   Jean   Mourain.   He   was   succeeded   by   Antoine   Garnier,  the  Lord  of  Maurivet  in  Oroux.    The  Brouardière  was  given   to  his  daughter  as  part  of  her  dowry  in  1652.     The  present  château   was  built   by  Thérèse  Dumoustier   de  Lafond,  de  l'Epiany  de  Vasles   in   1870.    The  château  was  occupied  during  the   second  world  war   and  since  1959  it  has  belonged  to  someone  from  Parthenay. • Saint   Benoît's   Church,   XVth   century.     Built   by   the   architect   Alcide   Boutaud   in   the   XIXth   century,   Saint-­‐ Benoît   church   was   inspired   by  romanesque  buildings.     It   is  made  up   of   a   choir   and  a   covered   nave   with   crossed   ogives.     Only  the  lower  part   of   the   bell   tower   and   a  few   other   features  of  the  original   church   remain.   A   funeral   stone   with   a   sculpted   cross   Photo:  Communauté  de  Communes  de  Parthenay can  be  seen  inside.   • Fortified  house  of  Longeville,  15th  century  (private).  

FENIOUX

At the   beginning   of   the   19th   century   as   well   as   the   domains   of   Brusson  and  la  Braudière,  which  had  in  part  been  confiscated  for   the   benefit   of   the   nation,   several   smallholdings  were   sold   as   national   goods.     At  this  time  there  were  two  water  mills  and  four  windmills  on   the  commune,  a  horse  breeding  farm,  a  farm  for   breeding  baudets,   the  local  Poitou  donkey,  a  tile  works  and  a  cloth  mill  known  as  "trois   marches". In  1821  there  were  1437  inhabitants,  706  in  1982  and  720  today. The  water  mills  were  along  the  river  Fenioux,  the  Saumort  and   the   Miochette.    Some  are  now  lived-­‐in   but  nearly  all  of   them  have  lost   their   water   wheels   or   mechanisms.   The   windmills   have   either   disappeared  or  now  belong  to  different  communes.   A  VOIR  /  MUST  SEE • The   church  of    St  Pierre  de  Fénery   was   built  on  the  site  of  an  old   sanctuary  that  had  been  surrounded  by  a  cemetery.     The  building   of  the  church   was  ordered  by  the  monks  of  Parthenay  le  Vieux.     The  octagonal  bell  tower  shelters  two  bells:  Marie-­‐Thérèse  (520kg)   and   Albine-­‐Barbe  (716kg).     The  church   was  completely  restored   between  2008  and  2013. • The  Hosanna  Cross.     Built  between  the  Xth  and  the  XVth  century  in   the  South-­‐West   of  France,   but   in   particular   in   Poitou-­‐Charentes.     Hosanna   crosses   are   funeral   monuments   which   are   generally   placed  over   a  common   grave  or  an  ossuary.      The  term  «Hossana»   may  either   come   from  the  name   of   a  bush   of   which   parts  were   placed   on   the   cross   or   it   could   come   from   the   exclamation   of   «Hosanna»  (the  hymn  sung  on  Palm  Sunday).

   

The old   names   of   Fenioux   are  Finiacum   (about   1090),  Villa   Fenils   (about   1122),  Fenios  (XIIth   century),   Feniosum  (1299)   and   Fenyos   (1300).    The  name  Fenioux  does  not  appear  until  1415.     The  name   means  «  place  where  hay  grows».   Fenioux  would  be   the   Poitevine   form  of  forme   «fenil»  (place  where   the  hay  is   stored).     In  the  year  900,  the  region  of  Fenioux  depended   on  the  Domains  of  the  Gâtine,  the  property  of  the  lords  of  Parthenay.     A  small   church   was  built   near   La  Braudière,  the  château  where   the   Vaucouleurs   family   lived.     In   the   XIIth   century,   the   monks   of   Parthenay-­‐Le-­‐Vieux  had  a  new  church  built.  

   

Above: The village of Fenioux. Photo: www.fenioux79.free.fr

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Hobbies... More from  local  writer  Alison  Morton...    Please   see  back   issues  of  ‘The  DSM’  if  you  would   like   to  see  previous  articles. Are  you  a  pantser  or  a  plotter? Do   you   sit   down   at   the   keyboard   and   just   write,   a   vague   idea   of   the   characters   and   their   story  swirling   around   in  your  head?  Then  you’re  a  pantser  who  writes  by   the  seat  of  your  pants.     Maybe  you  plan  every  scene  and   chapter  in   meticulous   detail,   paying   careful   attention   to  the  rules  of  structure  used   by  your  genre.     Undoubtedly,  you’re  a  plotter. Well,  I’m   not   entirely   sure   these  extremes   exist,  in   the  same  way  that   Elinor  and  Marianne  Dashwood   don’t,   but   are   symbols   for   extremes   of   Sense  and   Sensibility.     When   I   write,  I  usually  start  classically:  a  character  who   is  suddenly  faced   with   a   terrible   dilemma,   but   I   only   discover   how   she’s   going  to   resolve  it  once  I  start  writing  her  story.    However,  sensible  hat  back   on,  I  do  like  to  know  the  point  she’s  going  to  reach  at  the  end.    The   story  has  to  have   some   definite  purpose   otherwise   it  becomes   a   soup   of   pure  muddle.  But   if   I  don’t  have  free  rein  to  develop   the   story,  let   the   characters  spark  off   each   other   and   encounter   and   deal  with  setbacks,  then  I  don’t  enjoy  the  actual  writing.  There’s  no   point  in  creating  a  story  if  you  can’t  have  fun  doing  it! Now  I’m  drafting  book  four  in   my  Roma  Nova  series,  I’m  learning   how  to  resolve   this  dilemma.     Yes,  I’m  acquainted   with   the  main   character  and  I  want   to  tell   her  story.    But   that’s  it.     I  need  to  let  her   run   around   in   my  head  a  bit,  to   have   some  adventures,  get   into   trouble,  struggle   to   get   out,   land   in   more   -­‐   you   know   the   rest.     More  than  anything,  I  have  to  get  to  know  her,  to  find   out   what  she   wants,   what’s   stopping   her,   what   she   has   to   do,   or   Goal,   Motivation,  Conflict,  as  creative  writing  tutors  call  it. My  way  of   doing   this   is   to   write   down   30   lines   of   plot.  Less   an   outline,  more  of  a  wireframe  as  I  like  the  3D  analogy  better. Line  1:  The  beginning  –  the  inciting  incident/kick-­‐off Line  2:  Impact  and  realisation  of  that  event/situation Line  3:  The  plan  to  resolve  it Line  6:  First  enormous  set-­‐back  (turning  point  1) Line  15:  First  glimmer  of  light  (turning  point  2) Line  21:  Gritting  on  in   face   of   terrible   odds  and   sacrifice  (turning   point  3) Line  25:   Despite   developments,   we  might   be   getting   there   –   the   false  dawn Line  28:  Catastrophe/black  moment  –  do  or  die Line  30:  The  end  –  the  resolution  and  loose-­‐end  tying-­‐up I  haven’t   put  all  the  lines  in,  but  you  get  the  idea.  It’s  not  fixed  but   it   gives  you  a   skeleton   which   holds  the  whole   thing   together  but   which  will  become  absorbed   into  the  finished  product   and   never   be  seen  by  the  reader.    Once  you  have  these  thirty  lines  and  accept   that   you   might   have   to   change   or   omit   some   of   the   lines   and   substitute  new  ones,  then  you  can  release  your  inner  pantser,  and   create  and  imagine  to  your  heart’s  content. Happy  writing! Alison  Morton  writes  alternate  history  thrillers,  blogs  about   wriIng  and  Romans  at  hJp://alison-­‐morton.com/blog/  

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St Clémentin LitFest 2014

Through the  Lens   Photography    Group

The second  LitFest  is  set  to  draw  an   even  bigger  crowd  than  the  first,   attended  by  over  600  people.    The  programme  is  immensely  varied   and   can   be   downloaded   from   the   festival   website:     www.stclementinlitfest.com

If you  have  enjoyed  the  front  covers  of  ‘The   Deux-­‐Sèvres  Monthly’,  then  you  will  have   seen  some  of  the  photos  taken  by  our   members.

an Easter update by Jocelyn Simms

In addition   to   readings   and   debates,   many   authors   are   offering   workshops.     Michèle   Roberts,  professor   of   creative   writing   at   the   University  of  East  Anglia  and   tutor  for  the  Arvon  Foundation  is  giving   a  three  hour  workshop  which  is  simply  not  to   be   missed  by  anyone   seriously  interested   in  writing.    Michèle’s  latest  collection  of   stories   Mud  was  chosen  as  Daily  Telegraph  book  of  the  year.

“Witty and subversive these stories explore women’s desires, memories and loves . . .” Maggie O’Farrell. Michèle has   agreed   to   judge  the   Segora  short   story  entries,  while   winners   of   all   the   Segora   competitions   will   be   announced   at   a   presentation  supper.   We  are   extremely  pleased  to   welcome  Beatrice   Colin  to  the  festival.   She   will   be  reading  from   ‘The   Luminous   Life   of   Lilly   Aphrodite’   a   Richard   and   Judy   choice.   “The   story-­‐telling   is   masterful   and   the   language   magical.”   Sunday   Times.   Beatrice   will   be   holding   a   workshop  on  writing  historical  novels.       Other   workshops   include   writing   short   stories   and   prize-­‐winning   poems.    Local   author  Barbara  Unkovic  offers  a  free  workshop   on   the   art   of  writing  short  fiction  -­‐  an  increasingly  popular  genre  -­‐    as  well  as   reading  from  ‘Weeds  in  the  Garden’,  a  chronicle  of  her  time  spent  in   Croatia.     Leigh  Russell   will  be  talking  about   writing  crime  fiction.     Leigh   has   already  arranged  to  work  with  pupils  at  the  Lycée  Maurice  Genevoix   in  Bressuire.     Teacher,  Noëlle  Rouault,  says  “the  pupils  of  Premiere  L   are  happy  to  be  working  on  detective  stories  that  are  to  be  exhibited   at  the  festival.    The  festival  is  a  golden  opportunity  for  those  keen  to   write  in   English  to  sharpen  their   skills”.     Leigh  Russell  has  agreed  to   read  their   efforts,  strengthening  their   enthusiasm.  This   unexpected   partnership  between  the  festival  and   the  French   pupils  is  particularly   enriching  for  everybody.   John   Hudson   of   ‘Toutes   Direction’   fame   will   conduct   a   poetical   promenade  each  day.    Stopping  at  selected  spots  in  the  village,  John   will  read  poetry  by  some  of   the  masters  including   Edward   Thomas   and   Apollinaire.   John   will   invite   the   promenaders   to   conjure   their   own  poems  from  the  stimuli  provided.   Wine  tasting,  singing,  dancing,  exhibitions  .  .   .  and  a  chance   to   see   the  very  moving  film:    ‘And  When  Did   You  Last   See  Your   Father?’   A   faithful   adaptation  of  the  stunning  biography  by  guest  speaker  Blake   Morrison;  starring  Colin  Firth,  Jim  Broadbent  and  Juliet  Stevenson. The   festival   bookshop   is  the  place   to   buy  signed   copies   and   Chez   Didier  the  place  to  enjoy  chilling  out  over  a  delicious  meal  and  a  glass   of  wine.     Don’t   miss  out   -­‐   reserve  your   place  now  whether   the  event  you  are   interested   is   free   or   carries   a   modest   charge.   Book   it   now   on   www.stclementinlitfest.com. Interested   in   helping  out?   We   have  need   of   ushers,  cake  makers,   people   to   distribute   publicity,   accommodation   (whether   free   or   commercial)  and  anyone  handy  with   tents  or   a   screwdriver.  Contact   jocelynsmms@gmail  if  you  think  you  would  like  to   be  a  friend  of  the   festival.  

Want to  know  more  about  TTLP?    Read  on. We’re   a   group   of   English   speaking   amateur   photographers  of  all   levels,   from  novice  to  very   experienced.    We  all   have   the  same  desire  -­‐   to   improve   our  skills  and  discover  new  techniques.     We   do   this   by   participating   in   monthly   photographic  contests,     workshops  to  hone  our   skills   and   learn  new  ones,  and  photo   walks.     If   you’ve  got  a  basic  camera  and  take  pictures,  or   all  singing  and  dancing  sophisticated  equipment,   it  doesn’t  matter.    There’s  always  something  new  for  us  all  to  discover. We’re  very  excited  to  be  holding  the  next  public  exhibition  of  our   work   in  the  Church  Hall   at  Vouvant   -­‐  a  ‘must’  destination  if  you  appreciate  a   pretty  French  village! In  addition  to  the  display  we  will  have  Portrait  Photography  on  site  and   a  collection   of  ‘Point  and  Shoot’  photography,  demonstrating  that  you   don’t  need  fancy  equipment  to  be  creative!    All  work  on  display  will  be   on  sale  with  profits  going  to  Leukaemia  &  Lymphoma  Research.

Dates :  29th  May  to    9th  June  2014 Where::  Church  Hall,  Vouvant If  you  fancy  coming  along  to  a  meeting,  find  out  more  information,  and   contact  details,  visit  our  website:  www.ttlphotographygroup.com

«Via Musica» The Ensemble  «Via  Musica»  presents  a  weekend  of  choral   music  by   the  great  British  composer  John   Rutter,  whose   powerful  works  have  captured  the  imagination  of  singers   and  listeners  worldwide. The   Choir   will   be   joined   by   the   orchestral   ensemble   ‘Ouverture’  during  the  weekend  of: • Saturday,  May  31st  at  8.30pm Church  of  St  Jean  de  Liversay  (17)  (near  la  Rochelle) • Sunday,  June  1st  at  6pm Temple   de   Rouillé   (86)   (between   St   Maixent   l’Ecole   and   Poitiers) John  Rutter  unashamedly  composes  instantly  memorable  tunes.     In   a  world  where  so   many  composers  believe  music   is  no  longer   primarily   about   melody,   Rutter   stands   out   as   someone   who   defiantly  bucks  the  trend. Nowhere   is   it   more   evident   than   in   his   glorious   Requiem.     Composed   in   1985,  the   work   is   reminiscent  of   the   Requiem   of   Fauré  in  its  simplicity,  brevity  and  rich  choral  writing. Don’t   miss   this   great   opportunity   to   hear   this   beautiful   work   together   with  other  selected  anthems   including   ‘The  Lord  Bless   You   and   Keep   You’   which   was   commissioned   for   the   Queen’s   Golden   Jubilee   Thanksgiving   Service   at   St   Paul’s   Cathedral,   London.   Tickets   available   at   the   venue   priced  at   12€,   free   for   children  up  to  15  years.    www.viamusicaniort.sitew.fr

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by Josie Bounds

Landscape Painting

with

Jean David

Painting the   landscape   in   France   is   a   time   honoured   and   popular   activity.  I  once  read  that  all  artists  have  two  countries,  their  own,  and   France,   and   taking   your   paints   and   easel   outside   to   paint   the   countryside  is  a  great  joy.  

Thank you   all   for   attending   our   recent  play  “Entertaining  Angels”   and   to   all   members  who   worked   so   hard  to  produce   a  successful   play  and  beautiful  scenery.

There are  a  number   of   things  to  consider   in  approaching  a  plein  air   painting.    Choosing  the  spot  and  the  scene  is  most  important  and  it  is   worthwhile  taking  some   time  to  get   the   best   vista  possible   rather   than  settling  with  anything  and  painting  a  boring  picture.    

The script   reading   group   already  have  a  few  alternatives   planned   for   the   Autumn   production   and   will   be   considering   your   views,   which  we   collected   during  the  recent   performances,  but   let’s  not   talk  about   Autumn  just   yet.     Let   us  all   look   forward   to   what   we   hope  will  be  a  beautiful  summer.

Having chosen  a  suitable  vantage  point,  I  make  a  mental  note  of   a   number   of  issues  which  will  effect  the  progress  of  the  painting.  These   include  the  light   conditions  and  the  movement   of   the  sun  -­‐  how  are   things   going   to   change   over   the  next   few   hours?     What   are   the   predominant   colours  I  am  seeing,  and   which   ones  will  I  put  on   my   palette?     Where   are  my   darkest   darks   and   lightest   lights?   What   compositional  devices  can  I  use  to  make  it  an  interesting  painting? I  begin  the  painting  process   with   a  simple  block-­‐in,  and   then   proceed   to   lay   in   swathes   of   colour   in   large   areas.  Landscape  painting  is   about   space,   and   it   is   important   to   include   a   lot   of  sky  area  so  as  not  to  give   a  cramped  or  claustrophobic   feel  to  the  picture.     There  is   an  old  painter’s  saying  -­‐  ‘two   thirds   sky’  -­‐   and  it   is  a  pretty  good  rule  of  thumb,  unless,  of  course   you  want  to  achieve  something  different  with  the  painting. All   painting  can  be  considered  as  abstract  in  some  sense,  and  I  try  to   keep   my  paint   as   loose   as   possible   but   keep   a   close   eye  on   the   drawing  component   of  the   picture.     Also,  I  find   it  important  to  vary   the   brush   and   knife   strokes  to  keep  a  liveliness   in   the   painting   as   it   progresses.     I   normally   finish  the  painting  session   in   less   than   three   hours,   as   the   changing   light   conditions  will  not  provide   a  longer  period  of  time  for   me   to   continue   painting.     If   I  have   not   finished   the   painting,   I   can   either   return   at  the  same  time  of  day  tomorrow,  or   finish  it  in  the  studio   from  sketches,  memory  and  photos. Jean David is an artist and oil painter recently settled in the region. Widely travelled and exhibited, he is an accomplished and commissioned portrait and landscape painter. His unique style of realism and abstraction is reinforced with a harmonious and vibrant use of colour. For further details on attending the classes, commissioning a painting, and for examples of Jean’s work, visit  www.jeandavidfineart.com/contemporaryart

N.B. Life   drawing/painting  classes   are  commencing  in   late  May/ June  in  2014 Jean David ~ Email: jd@jeandavidfineart.com www.jeandavidfineart.com

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Many of   those   involved   in   the   recent   production   are   also   members   of   the   Keynotes  singing  ensemble  and   will   now   be  switching  their   energies  to  rehearsing   for   the   many   forthcoming   events   which   we   are   performing   during   the   coming   months.     The   next   performance   will   be   in  support   of  the  Aidez  Association  Summer   Market   which  will  be  held  on  the  15th   June.    We  also  have  bookings   for  Summer  and   Christmas  fairs,  involvement   in   the  World   War   1   commemorations   in  Parthenay,  Gardening   Club  produce  show  and   we  will   probably  repeat   the  very   successful   Christmas  Cornucopia   but  with   new  material,  of  course.  A  full  programme  of  events  can   be  seen  on  our  website.

The Art  Scene

The art  group  continues  to  attract  new  members  and   my  thanks  go   to  the  many  members  who  have   passed  on  their  skills  and  talents   to  help   us  all   learn  and   improve   over   the  past  few  weeks.    Artists   don’t   like   to   stop  painting   so   I  guess  we   will   be  continuing  through   the   summer   months   and   introducing   a   number   of   Plein   Air   sessions.     Obviously  plein   air   painting   is   very   dependent   on   the   weather   and   so   short   term  planning   is   the   norm,   so   if   you   are   interested   in   joining  any  of   our   sessions  let   me  have   your   contact   details  and   I  will  keep  you   informed  when  they  are  arranged. The   Reaction   Theatre   Alternative  Calendar  Girls  calendar  appeal   has  now  closed   and   thanks  to  the  additional  contributions  made   by  our  fine  audiences  at  our  recent  performances,  we  were  just  a   little  short   of  our  10,000   euros  target.     Our  committee  have  agree   to   make   up   the   difference   from   our   funds   so   it   is   with   great   pleasure   that   I  can   announce  that   10,000   euros   will   be   shared   equally  between   Leukemia  and  Lymphona  Research  in  the  UK  and   the   French   cancer   research   organisation   ’Fondation   de   France’.     Our  thanks  go  to  Tony  for  arranging  all  our  sponsors  and  for  their   support,   to   our   26   lovely   ladies   and   everyone   who   has   contributed  to  this   amazing  achievement.    A  special  thanks   must   go   to   Vernon   Bouch,   our   treasurer,  who   has   been   continuously   involved  in  managing  this  project  for  what  must  have  seemed   like   a  lifetime. Information   on   Reaction   performances,   past   and   future,  Keynote   performances   and   The   Art   Scene   meetings   and   projects   can   be   seen  on  www.reactiontheatre.fr,  but  if  you  don’t   have  access  to   a   computer  call  me,  John  Blair,  on  05  49  63  23  50.


Clubs & Associations... GARDENING CLUB

Craft Café Creatif

2nd Sunday Motorcycle Club

Les Amis Solitaires

We meet  every  third  Tuesday  of  the  month,  14.30  with  free  tea/ coffee  &  biscuits  at  Le  Bon  Vertoef,  28  Grand  Rue,  79110  TILLOU.     (nr  Chef-­‐  Boutonne).    Everyone  welcome  for  garden  talk!     For  further  information  Mike  Curtis    05  46  33  66  17  (eves)

Come and  join  us  for   a   bike   ride,  or  just  a  cup  of  coffee  and   a   chat,   with  bike-­‐minded  people.    As  the   name   suggests,  we  meet   on  the   2nd  Sunday   of  every   month.     New  members  are  always  welcome.     For  more  information,  visit  our  web-­‐site.  www.2ndsundayclub.fr

The Harmonics Singing Group

Based in  the   Salle   d’Annexe   in   Civray.     We   meet  each   Wednesday   2pm-­‐4pm.   No   experience   necessary,   just   a   willingness   and   commitment   to   learn.     We   sing   all   sorts   of   music   in   several   languages.  Contact:  Dave  Lee:  05  49  87  53  93  /  dave.lee@cegetel.net

Do you  enjoy  knitting  or   sewing  in  the  company  of  others?     Join   us  in  L’Absie  for  an  enjoyable  afternoon  over   a  cup   of  tea  and   a   piece   of   cake.   For   details   contact   Margaret   on   email:   knight.margaret@orange.fr

We are   a   group  of   people  living  alone   in  France.     We   meet  up  for   coffee   mornings   from   11am,   every   2nd   &   4th   Thursday   at   The   Lemon  Tree  in  Sauzé  Vaussais.    More  details  from  Gwen  on   05  49  87  91  79  or  email  gwanshep@gmail.com

Cancer Support Deux-Sèvres

Cancer Support aims to improve the lives of people affected by Cancer in the DeuxSèvres. Contact June Searchfield on 05 49 64 59 96. Email: junesearchfield@gmail.com

Alone in France?

Book Club  Thouars.     Do  you  enjoy  reading  a  cracking  story?  And  talking  to   others  about   it?    Do  you  live  in  north  79,  south  49  or  north  86?    Come  along  to   our  book  club.   Contact  Alison  Morton  at  info@bookclubthouars.fr  for  details.

Capella Group

ALL GIRLS TOGETHER Calling girls  18-­‐80  for  fun,  laughter  &  support.    We  meet  alternate   Wednesdays  at  Fontenille,  2-­‐5pm.  Ring  Viv  for  further   information:  05  49  27  51  98.    All  Welcome. 9/4:  Jewellery  Sale  &  23/4  Coffee,  chat  &  Restaurant  Review.

We are  a  group  of  people  living  alone  in  the  l'Absie  area  who  meet  on   the   1st   and   3rd   Tuesdays   at   11am   for   coffee   at   the   Pause!   café   in   l’Absie.    Our  lunches  are  at  different  venues  each  month.      A  warm   welcome  awaits  you.    More  details  from  Frank  05  49  69  80  47.

If you  enjoy  singing  and  would  be  interested  in  starting  a  close-­‐ harmony  group  near  Chef-­‐Boutonne,  please  get  in  touch!  Email  me,   Christine  for  further  information:  chezloubigne@aol.com

Combined Services Support Group - CSSG

BOOK Group...

meeting 2nd Thursday of the month from 3pm at Christies Tea Room & Bookshop, Gençay, 86160. Take a look at the Book Group page on the website: www.chezchristies.com for more information.

FRANGLAIS at Thouars

We are  a  French-­‐English  speaking  group  who  meet  at  Centre-­‐Socio-­‐ Culturel,  Anne  Desrays,  Thouars  on  Wednesdays  7.30pm  –  9.30pm.   We  welcome  English  speakers  who  want  to  improve  their  French.   Come  along  or  contact  jcbed@orange.fr  for  more  information.

Fitness Class with James A fun  &  lively  Aerobic/fitness  class  run  on  a  voluntary  basis.  Tuesday   evenings  7-­‐8pm  at  Salle  De  Fete  in  La  Chappelle  St  E[enne.  All  ages,   na[onality  &  gender  welcome.  15€  membership  for  the  year  which   covers  insurances  &  room.  For  further  details  please  email  James:     jdharris247@gmail.com We  meet  twice  a  month  -­‐  one  for  workshops  and   the  other  for  informal  chats  and  a  light-­‐hearted   competition  entry.  If  you  would  like  to  join  us,   visit  our  website www.ttlphotographygroup.com

We at  CSSG  are  gearing  up  for  another  busy  year,  already  we  have   been  to  the  Craft   Fair  at  Fenioux,  and  are  now  looking  forward  to   selling  tea,  coffee  and   home   baked  cakes   at  Paperback  Jan’s  in   Le   Ferrier-­‐en-­‐Parthenay  on   11th  May.    Do  come  and  visit  us  there,  we   enjoy  meeting  our   old  friends  and   making  lots  of  new  ones.     We   shall  also  have   our  “almost  famous”   tombola  stand,  as   well  as   lots   of  brocante.    Of  course,  our   premier   reason  for   being  there   is  to   raise  money  for   charity  but   we   do   like   to   have   fun   at   the  same   time. We  had  a  big  Thank  You   from  SSAFA  France  at  their  recent  Annual   General   Meeting  for   the  monies   received   from  us   last   year.  It   is   good  to  know  that  the  money  which  you  help  us  to  raise  through   various   events   has   been   used   to   help   ex-­‐service  personnel   and   their   families   here   in   France.     All  that   I  can  add  is  to   extend  our   sincere  thanks  to  everyone  who  spend  their  money  at  our  events. Looking  further  into   the   summer,  a  Garden  Party   is   being  held   on   27th  July  in  St  Pardoux,  (exact  venue  to  be  advised  later)  and  if  you   would  like  a  stall  there,  please  contact  us  at  cssgroup@outlook.com.     Pauline  Tonks  will  be  pleased  to   hear  from  you.  It  should  be  a  grand   event  and  everyone  is  most  welcome. New   members  are  always  welcome,  so   if   you   would  like  to  join   us,  please  contact   us   at   the  above  email  address,  and  we  will  tell   you   all   about   our   group   and   how   you   can   help   with   our   fund   raising  events,  or,  alternativley  just  come  along  for  the  fun. Terri  Laverick  Secretary,  CSSG Contact  by  email:  cssgroup@outlook.com

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Health, Beauty & Fitness... Abbey teaching at Venus Rose Yoga Sanctuary situated at the foot of The Melusine Tour in Vouvant.

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” Yoga and  the  Art  of  Doing  Nothing! The  practice  of  meditation  brings  countless  benefits.    Learning  how   to  discipline  and  harness  the  power  of   your   mind  is  an   invaluable   tool   for   creating   a   positive   mental   state   that   enables   you   to   envision  and  create  the  life  that  you  want... Not  only  that,  those  who   meditate  consistently  look  more  radiant,   peaceful   and   younger   than   those   that   don't.   Indeed,   recent   research  studies  show   that  meditation  reverses  the  ageing  process   to  such   an  extent   that  a  regular  practitioner  will  have  a  biological   age  of  up  to   fifteen  years   younger   and  will,  on  average,  live  up  to   ten  years  longer  than   a  peer   of   the   same   age  that   does  not  take   the  time  to  practice  this  art... There  are  many  different  types  of  meditation  and  they  all   share  the   same  goal  which  is  to  simply  bring  you  out  of  your   mind   and  back   to  yourself.     It   is   this  simple  practice   which  begins  to  show  up  in   your   life   as   increased   well   being,   harmonious   relationships,   success,  abundance  and  prosperity... Regular   Group   and   Private   Classes   are   held   at   Venus   Rose   from  Monday  to   Saturday.    Morning  Class:  11.30am-­‐1.00pm   and  Afternoon  Class:  2.00pm-­‐3.30pm. Limited  places  available  so  please  call  and  book. Call  Venus  Rose  Yoga:  06  35  15  60  60 Email:  amaradeva@thevenusyogaexperience.com Website:  www.  thevenusyogaexperience.com

Kahil Gibran

So to  enjoy  more  health,  more  wealth  and  more  happiness... "Don't  just  DO  something,  SIT  THERE!!!"

Dhyana Meditation A   great   meditation   for   beginners,   developing   concentration  and  inner  seeing... Find  something  beautiful  like  a  flower  or  candle... Sit  comfortably... Try  to  absorb  every  little  detail  with  your  eyes... Close  your  eyes... And  bring  your  object  to  mind... Recreate  every  little  detail  in  your  minds  eye... Open  your  eyes.. Namaste

For daily  inspiration   follow  me   on  my  new   blog:  ‘Beauty  Is  The   Way’:   Forthewayisbeautiful@blogspot.fr   and   make   it   part   of   your  new  beauty  regime!    Siret  No.  798-­‐232-­‐781  00012

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Yoga

SECRETS


Sparkle &  Shine

by Claire Jones

Mother Nature   is   doing   a   pretty  convincing   job   lately  in   encouraging   us   to   ferret   in   the   back   of   the  wardrobe   for   our   flip   flops   and   capri  pants.    It   is  time,  once  again,  to  bare  our   legs  and  flash  our  feet  to  the  masses.     Once  these  long  forgotten  summer  treasures   have   been   unearthed,   we   are   then   faced   with   the   prospect   of   tidying   up   neglected   toes   and   legs   that   have   been   hidden   away   behind  long  trousers  and  woolly  tights.   It   can  be  a  daunting  prospect  but  a  job,  that   once   done,  is  easily   maintained   either   by  yourself  or   in  a  salon.     A   good   pedicure  to   start  the  season  is  worth  its  weight   in  gold  and  easily  done.    Once   you   have   taken   the   time   to   properly   prepare   your   feet,   maintenance   throughout   the  summer   is   a  doddle.     To   create   the   best   base   for   your   polish,   take   some   time   out   to   clip   and   file   toenails,  push   back   the  cuticles  with  a  hoof  stick  and  buff  the   dry   skin   on  heels   and  sides  of  your  feet.     A  pumice  stone  or  a  foot  file   will   help.     Follow  up  with   a  generous  slick  of   foot   cream  and  a  pair   of  cotton  socks,  and   to   maximise  the   absorption   of  the  cream,  do   this   at   bedtime,  leaving   it   to   work   its   magic   overnight.     Cotton   socks,  that   can   be   bought   in  pharmacies,   cost   very  little,   but   are   worth  every  penny.    In  addition,  investing  in  a  base  and  top   coat  to   use  with  your   favourite  coloured  polish   is  essential  if  you  want  your   varnish  to  last  the  distance. Home  waxing   systems   are  in  every  supermarket   and  vary  in  their   application.    Personally,  I  believe  cold  wax   strips  are  one  of  the  best   options  as  they  are  portable  and  quick  plus  they  are  easily  disposed   of.     They  also   come  with  a   handy  oil  impregnated   wipe   that  does   away   with   wax   residue   post   epilation.     To   minimise   the   ‘ouch   factor’  ensure  that   once  you  have  placed  the  strip  on  to   your  skin   and   smoothed   it   with   your   hand   in   the   direction   of   your   hair   growth,  that   you   use   your   other   hand   to   pull   the   skin   tight   just   beneath  the  part  of   the  strip  that  you  are  going  to  be  pulling.     The   more  you   stretch  the  skin,  the  less  you   will  wince.   If   however,   you   don’t   feel   confident   enough   to   do  this  for  yourself  then  ring   your   beauty   therapist   and   book   an   appointment.     Never   feel   guilty   about   treating   yourself   to   the   occasional   professional  treatment,  discard  the  guilt   and  enjoy  the  pampering.     After  all,  we  all  deserve  to  feel  girly!

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Your Cut... Having   a   haircut   should   be   a   fulfilling,   enjoyable   experience.   For   some  it  is  a  necessity  and  for  others  it  is  a  great  pleasure.    Whatever   your  feelings  about  having  your  hair  cut,  it  is  important  to  remember   a  good  cut  can  be  the  basic  starting  point  to  an  easy-­‐to-­‐manage  style   which  looks  great  too.    If  your  hair  is  cut  in  an  unsuitable  way  you  will   find  it  almost  impossible  to  manage  it  at  home. Aside  from  finding  a  stylist   that  you  are  happy  to  work,  with  here  are   some  other  interesting  points  to  ponder...

Try not  to  focus  too  much  on  a  magazine  photo,  It  is  helpful  to  have  

pictures of  the  look  you  desire  and  bring  them  to  the  salon,  however,   bear  in  mind   that   these  pieces  of  inspiration   might   not   be  entirely   realistic.    Most  of  the  time  the  hairstyles  you  see  in  magazine  photos   involve  hours  and  hours  of  professional   styling,  which  can  make  a  cut   look  completely  different.    Alway  feel  free  to  talk  ideas  with  us   first.     We  always  have  lots   of   suggestions  about   similar   looks  you  will   be   able   to   style   on   your   own   at   home   and   ones   that   may  be  more   flattering  to  your  face  shape.

Be honest  about  your  lifestyle.    Only  you   know  how  much  time  you  

are really  going  to  spend  each  morning  styling  your  hair  or  how  good   you  are  at   manoeuvring  a   brush.     Before   you  commit   to  a  certain   style  be  honest,  not  only  with  us,  but  more  importantly  with  yourself.     It  is  also  helpful  to  visit  the  salon  with  your  normal,  everyday  hair   the   day  of  your  appointment.  This  gives  us  a  good  understanding  of  how   you  manage  your  hair  yourself. Your  cut  should  be  about  you  and  your  individuality.    Don't  be  afraid   to   ask   us   what   shape   your   face   is   and   take   advice   about   the   techniques  you  are  using  to  care  for  your  hair  in-­‐between  salon  visits.   We   are   always   happy   to   offer   guidance   about   the  correct  way  to   blow  dry  and  style   your  hair   to   get  a   good   salon-­‐style   finish.   Also   think   about   the  products   that   Above: A classic cut created by Michael William you   use   to   style   your  hair  with.  Using  the  right  styling  product  can  make  a  real,  visible   difference   and   you   might   discover   that   working   with   a   product   recommended  to  you   in   the   salon  is  worth   the  little  extra  you   may   pay.

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Our Furry Friends... The Mills  Grind  Slowly

by Nigel Franks, NALA

We've had  the  idea  of  doing  a  sterilisation   campaign  for   cats  for   a   while  and  it's  turned  out  more  complicated  than  we  envisaged... Our  original  idea  for  the  sterilisation  project  was  to  have  two  days  a   year  when  people  could  take  their  cats   to  a  vet  for  sterilisation  at   a   reduced   rate.     We  had   a  number   of   vets   already  on   board  when   one  of  them  suggested   that  we   ask  the  Ordre  de   Veterinaires   for   advice.  So   we  spoke  with   the  head   office   in  Paris  who  didn't  see   any  problems,  but   suggested   that   we  contact   the   local   office   for   their  opinion.     We   did  so,  and   had  a  meeting  with  them.    Although   they  were,  in  principal,  in  favour  of  the  project,  they  were  worried   about   running  foul  of   the  laws  on  competition  so  suggested  a  more   complicated   procedure  which  would   involve  us   bringing  the  cats  to   the  vets,  in   order  to  avoid  any  contact  between  the  owner  and  the   vet.    We  didn't  find   this  a  satisfactory  solution  as  it  would  involve   a   lot   of   work   for   our   volunteers,   it   brought   the   risk   of   cross   contamination   between   animals,   the   vet   wouldn't   be   able   to   contact  the  owner   directly  in  case  of  an   emergency  and,  once  the   animal   was   back  with   its  owner,   the   owner   wouldn't   be   able  to   contact  the  vet  for  advice.

Tina Hatcher

In the   meantime,   there   had   been   a   case   in   the   east   of   France   where   the  Competition   Commission   had   intervened   on   a  similar   matter,  so  the  head   office  in  Paris  was  now  no  longer   in  favour   of   our   project.    Time  to  put  our  thinking  caps  on  again...  and  now  we   think  that  we've  found  a  plan  that  will  work.     We  will  give  a  subsidy   to   owners   who  get  their   cat   sterilised  or   sterilised   and   identified.   The   subsidy  will  be  up  to  20%  with  a  maximum   of  10   Euros  for  the   sterilisation  of  a  male,  20  euros  for   a  female  and  a  maximum  of   10   euros  for  identification.    We  have  reserved  a  budget  of  €1000   for   this  year,  so  if  you're  interested   please  apply  soon.    All  you  have  to   do  is  send  a  request  with  a  copy  of  an   estimate  (devis)  from  a  vet  to   subventions.nala@mail.com.     We  suggest  that  you  ask  more  than   one  vet  as  prices  can  vary  enormously.    If  your  request  is  approved,   we   will   send   you   a   confirmation   showing   the   amount   of   the   subsidy.     Once  the  operation  has  been  carried  out  you  will   have  to   send   us  a   copy   of   the   bill   and  we  will   send  you  a  cheque  for   the   amount  of  the  subsidy. And   if   you   don't   already  have  a  cat... why  not   have   a  look  at  our   website:  www.nosamislesanimaux.com  or  contact  Sue  on   07  70  31  54  59.

Inky, one year old female, looking for a good home.

Nos Amis Les Animaux 85480 (NALA 85480). Tel: 07 70  31  54  59

Email: nala85480@hotmail.com www.nosamislesanimaux.com

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MEET JAMIE..

This grand   elderly   gentleman,   JAMIE,   is   a   Cocker  Spaniel  thought  to   be  aged  between   10  and  12  years  of  age. He   may  be  getting  on   in   years,  but   don't   be  fooled,  this  dog  has  a  BIG   heart  and  lots   of   life  in   him.    He  is   lively,   busy   and   fun,   enjoying   the   outdoors   and   his   two   daily   walks   plus  playtime  in  the   garden.     After   which  he  enjoys  nothing  better  than   snuggling   down   for   a   cuddle,  be  it   next  to  you  or  in  his  basket!

If you   know  of   an  animal  in  need   in  the  l'Absie  area   or   if  you   would  like  more  information   about   Mayday  Mes  Amis  please   email:  jill.zub@sky.com HOOF (Horse Orientated Open Forum)

HOOF is  open  to  anyone  with  an  equine  interest.     You  do  not  need  to  own  a  horse!    We  meet  about  once  a  month   for  talks,  visits  etc.    Interested? Contact Jo Rowe on: 05 49 64 30 59

Recently he   has   had   some   teeth   removed   and  was  also  found  to  be  losing  his  hearing.  This  doesn't   deter   him;   he   has   all   his   wits   about   him   and   loves   human   company,  although  we  would  recommend  that  he  is  re-­‐homed  as   the  only  dog,  without  cats  or  children. JAMIE  must  have   been  looked  after  and  enjoyed  a  good  life  once,   as  he  is  house-­‐trained,  well-­‐mannered  and  used  to  being  groomed.     He  also  travels  well  in  the  car.    We  feel  he  would  suit  someone  who   understands  older   dogs  and  can   give   him  a  warm,  loving  home,   lots  of  affection  and   regular   walks.      He  has  a  lovely  sweet  nature   and   deserves  the  chance  to   continue  being  'young  at  heart'  -­‐   he   will  make  a  wonderful  companion.     JAMIE  has  been  microchipped,  neutered,  vaccinated  and  treated   for  worms,  fleas  and  ticks. A  generous  donation  will  be  asked  for  towards  his  veterinary  costs   to  date  and  Orfée  will  conduct  a  home  visit  prior  to  adoption. If   you   would  like  more   information  about   JAMIE  please  contact   MARY:  05  49  50  69  41,  orfeeinenglish2@gmail.com   or  CAROLINE:  05  45  96  02  79,  orfeeinenglish3@gmail.com

APPEAL Meet Baxter/Bax.     He  is   approximately  one  year   old,   and   has   not   been   chipped   or   castrated.     Mum   is   a   Boxer/ Labrador  cross,  dad  unknown.   Baxter   is  house-­‐trained  and  is  used   to   being   crated.     He  is  good   with   people   and   children,   but   wary  of   strangers  although  has  never  show  any  aggression  to  anyone.   Baxter   walks  well   on   the   lead   and   is   good   with   other   dogs   but   doesn't  like  cats  or  other  animals.    He  is  happy  all  the  time,  his  tail   does  not  stop  wagging  and   he  is  a  lovely  affectionate  little  dog  that   loves  being  hugged  and  his  head  held  close  as  you  stroke  him. He   desperately   needs   a   home   that   has   no   animals   (apart   from   maybe  another  dog)  and  is  completely  escape-­‐proof. Baxter  is  currently  living   near   Parthenay.     If   you   are   interested  in   adopting  Bax  or  require  more  information,  please  contact   Emma  on   05  49  64  41  81  or  06  47  85  13  25. For   further   information   on   other   cat   and   dogs   for   adoption,   please  go  to  www.hopeassoc.org

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MAYDAY MES AMIS

Equine Rescue France

We are always looking for new members and we are in need of donations so we may continue to help equines in France. Please support the ERF. Please contact Equine Rescue France via their website: www.equinerescuefrance.org

L’Association Galia   is   a   recognized   public   utility   aiding   the   adoption   of   dogs   in   the   shelter   of   Fontenay   Le   Comte.     We   help   dogs   out   of   impound,  found  stray  or   abandoned  to   find   new   families. Refuge  de  l'association  Galia Chemin  des  perchées  (ancienne  déchetterie),  85200  Fontenay  Le  Comte Tel  :  02  51  52  06  19  or  06  28  18  13  72,  association.galia@orange.fr http://association-­‐galia.forumactif.com

Phoenix Association   rescue  and   re-­‐home  animals   in   need.  Please  visit  our  website:   www.phoenixasso.com  for  more  details. Is   there   somebody   out   there   for  Phoenix’s  ALEX?   A   t w o   y e a r-­‐ o l d   B e l g i a n   Shepherd  X  Beauceron.   Alex   has   been   at   Phoenix   for   too   long  now.     We’re   worried   people   might   be   starting   to   think  there  is  something  wrong   with  him,   but   the  truth   is,  only   two   people   have   ever   asked   about  him! He   requires  a   home  where   he   receives   plenty  of   exercise  and   discipline   and   a   nice   big,   fenced   garden,   but   surely   there   is   someone  out  there  who  fits  the  bill?! Alex  ADORES  people,  and   LOVES  to  play   (with  people  and   other   dogs).    He’s   a  bit  too  bouncy  for  cats  though.    He   didn’t  have   a   good  start  in  life,  so  now  he  deserves  to  have  a  really  loving  home   with  a  committed  and  energetic  family.   Please  contact  us  if  you  are  interested   on  05  53  54  94  81  (leave   a   message)  or  email  sheerik@wanadoo.fr   (Alex  is,  of  course,  chipped,  vaccinated  and  neutered).


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THE AMATEUR GARDENER by Vanda Lawrence

May is  here  and  spring  bulbs  are  coming  to  an  end.     They've   given   us   a   marvellous   display,   li„ing   our   spirits   a„er   the   miserable   winter,  so   now   it's   …me   to   give  them  a  good  feed  to   build   them   up  again  ready  for  next  year.     Foliar   feed  every  10-­‐14  days  and  let   the   leaves   die   back   naturally.     This   will   give   the   plant   …me   to   u…lise   sunlight   to   produce   sugars   which   will   also   replenish   and   increase  the  size  of  the  bulbs. Divide   perennials   where   necessary   and   take   this   opportunity  to   stake  taller   plants  while  you  have  easy  access.    Tie  climbing  plants   to   their   supports   too   to   avoid   wind   damage   and   maintain   a   pleasing  shape.    Fill  empty  spaces  in  the  shrubbery  and   flower  beds   with  summer   bedding  plants   and  bulbs   then   mulch  everything  to   retain  moisture  and  discourage  weeds. Our  tree  peony  is   looking  beautiful  at   the   moment  so  I'm  very  glad   I  gave  it  a  good  'haircut'  last  autumn  -­‐  it's  definitely  a  better  shape   now.     This  is  a  good  time  to   take  stock  of  your  shrubs.     Apart  from   their   shape   are   they   looking   healthy?     Yellow/brown   patches   around   leaf   edges   and   between   veins   indicates   a   lack   of   magnesium  in  the  soil.    Plants  which  didn't  flower/fruit/berry  very   well   last   year  will  benefit  from  extra  potash,  while  a  nitrogen-­‐rich   fertiliser   will   perk   up   anything   looking   pale   and   tired.   Plants   preferring  acid  soils  will  be  happy  with  a  little  extra  iron. Talking  of  fertilisers,  you   can  make  your   own  totally  organic  liquid   fertiliser   from   nettles,   which   are   a   rich   source   of   calcium,   magnesium,   zinc,   iron,   copper   and   potassium.     It   smells   pretty   horrible   but  is  good  for  your  plants.    Pack  fresh  nettles  into  a  large   bowl  or   container.     Add  water  (approx  10   litres  to  2lb  nettles).     Mix   to   ensure   all   leaves   are   covered   with   water   then   cover   with   clingfilm  or  a  tight-­‐fitting  lid.     Stir  several   times  over  the  next  few   weeks  and  when   rotted  down   strain   into   a  bucket   (the  remaining   solids   can  go   straight  onto  the  compost   heap).     To  use,  dilute   10   parts   water   to   1  part   nettle  juice.     Likewise,   if  you  have  Comfrey   growing  in  your  garden  you  can  use  it  in  the  same  way.     Comfrey  is   rich  in  nitrogen,  phosphorus  and  potash. Time  is  running  out   for   planting  new  roses  but  another  tip  is  to  add   chopped  banana  skins  to  the  planting  hole.    This  adds  potassium  to   the  soil  and  aids  moisture  retention. It's   time   to   be   on   the   alert   for   Processionary  Caterpillars.     Their   nests   in   pine   trees   look   like   clumps   of   cotton   wool   and   as   the   weather  warms  the  hairy  caterpillars   come  down  from  these  nests   in  a  long  line,  nose  to  tail,  ready  to  pupate  below  the  soil   surface.     Quite   fascinating   to   watch   but   beware   because   their   hairs   cause   extreme  irritation  and  can  be  dangerous  to  dogs  and  cats. Mosquitoes   are  another   nuisance,   so   try  planting  Citronella  grass,   Horsemint  (Beebalm),  Marigolds,  Ageratum  or  Catnip  as  a  deterrent. Well,  I'm  off   now  to  work  on   my  new   raised   vegetable   beds,  but   wherever  you  sow  your   carrots,  parsnip,  parsley,  celery  or  celeriac   don't   forget   carrot   fly   larvae   which   feed   on   the   roots   of   these   plants.     Plant   French   Marigolds   nearby   or   sow   strong-­‐smelling   crops  such  as  garlic,  onions,  basil  etc   in  adjacent  rows  to  deter   the   carrot   fly.     Cabbage   root   fly  is   another   problem  pest   if  you  grow   brassicas,  swedes,  turnips  or  radish.     Brassica  collars  can  be  bought   in   the  garden   centre   to   help   deal   with   these   -­‐   they   stop   the   fly   laying  eggs  in  the  soil  surface  close  to  the  plant. Happy  gardening.    See  you  next  month.

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Take a Break... DSM Easy  Crossword Across: 8.   Of,  or  rela…ng  to  the  moon  (5) 9.   Something  intended  as  a   guide   for     making  something  else  (7) 10.   The  Japenese  art  of  paper  folding  (7) 11.   French   monetary   unit   before  the     Franc  (5) 12.   Cash   for   day-­‐to-­‐day   spending   on     incidental  expenses  (3,5) 13.   Capital  of  Norway  (4) 15.  Close  to  (4) 17.   Hold  back  to  a  later  time  (8) 21.   The  speed  music  is  played  (5) 22.   Continuing  forever  (7) 24  .  Kidnaps  (7) 25.   Hits  a  golf  ball  into  the  hole  (5)

DSM Toughie  Crossword Across: 1.   Laid  back,   but  fortunate  following  a     turn  after  being  tipsy  (5,2,5) 7.   Sail   hoisted   by   strange   man   for     rough  characters  (7) 9.   Acceptable   in   riding   equipment   but     revealing  hind  quarters  (5) 10.   Formerly   does   party   with   high     tension  turnover  (4) 11.   Ran   without   threads   when   reds     take  over  (8) 12.   Old   lag   missing   from   turmoil   in     union  (6) 14.   Direcnons  issued  about   trap   to  get     invertebrates  (6) 17.   Bin  turned  over  today  to  find  a     defence  mechanism  (8) 19.   The  call  to  make  after  six?  (4) 22.   Choose   to   be   included   in   science     lecture  (5) 23.   Complex  result  of  22  appearing  before     the  academy  (7) 24.   A   contest   following   being   dropped     generates  helpless  laughter  (7,5)

Quiz-tastic!

Down: 1. And  (4) 2.   Colours   flown   by   a  ship   to   show   its     nationality  (6) 3.   An  act  of  deliberate  betrayal  (7) 4.   Join  by  interweaving  strands  (6) 5.   Lacking  freshness  (5) 6.   Large  central  human  bone  that  supports     the  lower  limbs  (6) 7.   A  flat,  thin  container  for  a  letter  (8) 12.   Always  on  time  (8) 14.   Make  an  effort  to  achieve  (7) 16.   Large  fleet  of  ships  (6) 18.   Black  Sea  Ukranian  sea  port  (6) 19.   Decorative  (6) 20.   Handheld  light  (5) 23.   Fewer  (4)

Down: 1. Lots  of  animals  surrounding  an  object,     it  is  said  (5) 2.   Bases  of  soft  material  absorbed  in     alkalis  (7) 3. Really   earnest   embrace   held   for     quite  a  long  time  (4) 4.   Object  after  a  relation  is  dirty  (7) 5.   Criticise   if   you   like,   but   it’s   only   a     minor  accident  (5) 6.   Passed  up  a  dark  suit  (6) 8.   Bible   character   is  in,   praise   the   lord!     (4) 12.   Sets  up  new  farm  with  direcnons  (6) 13.   Going   round  the   globe   and  then  most     of  a  Mediterranean  country  (7) 15.   Six   in  the   opening   of  a  test  tube   case     (2,5) 16.   Sounds   like   doing   nothing   could   be     something  to  look  up  to?  (4) 18.   That’s   the   sixth   letter   received   from     the  tax  office!  (5) 20.   Decide   to   do   something   with   a     broken  crate  (5) 21.   Beat  up  a  half  dozen  before  18  (4)

Monthly quiz  by  Roland  Scoa.....how  many  can  you  get?

1) What  was  Manfred  Mann’s  first  top  ten  record  in  1964? 2)    What  was  the  name  of  the  ship  in  which  Jason  went  in  search  of   the  Golden  Fleece? 3)   Which   famous   partnership   was   created   after   a   meeting   in   Manchester’s  Midland  Hotel  in  1904? 4)  Born   in  1963,  which  English  artist   is  responsible   for   the  work  ‘My   Bed’? 5)  Whose  most  famous  piano  rag  was  used  as  the  theme  for  the  film   ‘The  Sting’? 6)  What  is  Sting  real  name? 7)  In  Dante’s  ‘Divine  Comedy’  who  guides  Dante  through  Hell?

8) Who   replaced   Magnus   Magnusson   as   questioner   on   Mastermind? 9)  Which  2013  American  crime  thriller  film  stars  Jason  Statham  and   Jennifer  Lopez? 10)  Who  played  Margot  Leadbetter  in  “ The  Good  Life”? 11)  Which  famous  character  was  created  by  Belgian  artist  Georges   Remi?   and   finally...   assuming  you   have  11  correct   answers,   what   is   the   connection  between  them?     Clue:  If  your  answer  is  a  name,  you  need  the  first  name.

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Spotlight On...

MELLE by Mick Austin

A small but lively town of  around  4500  inhabitants  

between the  E5   and  N10  south-­‐east  of   Niort  and  a  stage  on  one  of   the   more   important   pilgrimage  routes  to  Santiago  di  Compostella,   Melle  is  packed  with  history  and  heritage.   Wander   through   its  streets  and   you’ll   find   wood-­‐panelled  houses,   Baltard-­‐style   marketplaces,   wash   houses   like   the   Pre   de   la   Maladerie  (once  reserved  for  lepers),  fountains,  the   15th  Century   Hôtel   du   Menoc  and   three  Romanesque  churches:   Saint   Savinien,   Saint   Pierre   and   Saint   Hilaire   -­‐   the  latter   being   a   UNESCO  World   Heritage  site. But   perhaps  Melle’s  greatest   claim  to  fame  is  that   it   has  Europe’s   oldest   silver  mine  open  to  the  public.    We  might  well  now  be  living   in  the  era  of  the  Euro,  but  from  the  7th  to  the  10th  Centuries  these   mines  were  providing  the  royal   Carolingian  mint  with  deniers  and   oboles,  notably  when  Charlemagne   was   emperor.     By  the   end   of   the  10th  Century  mining  operations  had  ceased   and  it  was  not  until   the  19th  Century  they  were  rediscovered. There  are   more   than  30kms  of  tunnels  but  only  350  metres  have   been  laid  out   for   guided   tours,  where  you  can  learn   all  about   the   history  and  geology  of  the  mines  as  well  as  how  the  ore  was  mined   and  processed.    There  is  also  a  demonstration  of  coin  striking. Next  to   the   mines,  a   Carolingian  garden   has   been  planted  where   more  than  130  varieties  have  been  grown,  varieties  previously  used   for  medicine,  food,  dyes  and  clothes  making In  fact  Melle  is  a  genuinely  botanical  town  with  its  two  arboretums,   ‘Deux-­‐Sèvres   through   the   woods’   and   the   ‘discovery   path’   (see   separate  story).  

Did you know? Melle is   one   of   France’s   Petites   Cités  de  Caractère.     That   signifies   a   rural   community   smaller   than   5000   inhabitants   with   a   rich   history   and   heritage.     Melle   is   one   of   just   12   in   Poitou-­‐ Charentes   and   each   member   undertakes   to   protect,   restore   and   promote   their   town   in   accordance   with   a   national   charter.

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History

Melle’s old  name,  Metellum,  is  of  uncertain  origin.     It  could  be   a   corrupted   form   of   ‘metallum’   (mine   or   metal)   or   perhaps   a   derivation   from   ‘metula’   (a  small   boundary  stone),  but   it   is  more   likely  to  have  come  from  the  Celtic  ‘metl’.     That  would  tie   in  nicely   with   the   town’s   huge   and   highly  important   mines   that   supplied   silver  for  the  royal  mint.   Following  the   battle  of   Poitiers   in   1356,  Melle  fell   under   English   rule   until   the  Duke  of  Berry  re-­‐conquered   it   16   years  later.     The   town  prospered   for   many   years   until   it   embraced   the   Protestant   Reformation,  which  proved  very  costly:   a  quarter  of  its  population   was  exiled,  activities  ground  to  a  halt  and  the   town  stagnated  until   1770,   when   urbanisation   began   in   earnest   with   the   creation   of   Place  Bujault  by  the  Count  of  Blossac.   Thanks  to  its  status  as  a  sub-­‐prefecture   (until  1926),  Melle  thrived   again   with  its   mule   fairs,  markets  and   belated   integration   to   the   road   and   rail   networks.   A   sugar   refinery   -­‐   since   replaced   by   a   chemical  factory  -­‐  also  contributed  to  the  town’s  prosperity.


Below: The Monet Goyon Museum, www.mellecom.fr/monetgoyon

Arboretum Chemin de la Découverte

Food and Drink

Photos: Arboretum, Chabichou cheese, Grammarstickler En, La place de la poste; Bachelot Pierre J-P Wikimedia Commons.

Like motorcycles?  especially  old  motorcycles?  Then  don’t  miss  the   Monet   Goyon   Museum.   This   beautiful   exhibition   of   bikes   dating   from  1917  to  1959  tells  the   story  of  the   prestigious  French   maker   Monet   Goyon.    Annual   themes  and   workshops  evoke  the  elegant   atmosphere  of  the  1930’s.

If you   like  traditional  French  markets  you’ll   love  those  in  the  Pays   Mellois   with   their   many   local   products   as   well   as   crafts   and   livestock.    Melle’s  market  is  on  Friday  mornings.

The area  is  a  paradise  for   food  lovers  to  enjoy  the  rich  diversity  of   local   products.   Visit   some   of   the   many   restaurants   for   local   specialities  such  as   young  goat   with  garlic,  dishes  made  with  goats   cheese   and   snails   cooked   with   nettles.   Along   the   ‘Route   du   Chabichou’  you   can  meet  goat   farmers  and  cheese  producers  who   will  be  only  too   happy  to  show  you  their  work.    Details  from  tourist   offices  or  www.routeduchabichou.fr

Things to See

Chabichou du Poitou

The Arboretum   Chemin   de   la   Découverte   is   dedicated   to   leaves   from  all   over   the   world   and   contains   more  than   1400   species   of   trees   and   shrubs   and   more   than   200   varieties   of   rose   bushes   identified  and   pinpointed   along  the  circuit.     It’s  the  third   national   arboretum   to   contain  such   a   large  number  of  certified   collections.   A  walker’s  itinerary  around  the  town  is  divided  into  three  circuits  so   a  single  loop  can  be  covered  in  around  90  minutes.   Melle   is   a   major   stopping   point   for   lovers   of   Romanesque   art.   Among  its  three  churches  from  the  11th  and   12th   centuries  you   can   see   superbly   detailed   carvings   of   the   martyrdom   of   Saint   Savinien,   the   internment   of   Christ,   monsters,   beasts   and   plants.   The   church   of   Saint   Savinien   is  the  oldest   of   the   three   and  plays   host  to  music  festivals  in  May  and  June  each  year.

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MELLE

FACT FILE...

La Place de la poste, Melle

Chauray: 30  mins Chef-­‐Boutonne:  20  mins Lezay:  15  mins Luché-­‐sur-­‐Brioux:  15  mins Niort:  30  mins Sauzé-­‐Vaussais:  20  mins Tillou:  15  mins

Leisure Amenities

All the   usual   entertainment   for   all   the   family   is   close   by   -­‐   cinemas,   leisure   centres,  tree-­‐climbing,  fishing,  swimming,   boating,  canoeing,  horse  riding  etc.   Contact  the  tourist  board  for  more  info. It’s  easy  to  discover  the  Pays  Mellois  either  by  foot,  by  bike,  by  horse  or  even  by   hot  air  balloon.    There  are  four   levels  of  walks  available.    There’s  a  gentle  two-­‐ hour   trek  accessible  on  foot  or   by  bike  with  maps  you  can  download  free  from   the  tourist  office  website.  For   experienced   walkers   there  are  the   7.5km-­‐15km   trails  labelled   ‘Rando  in  Deux-­‐Sèvres’  with  leaflets  from  the  tourist  office.     There   are  two  sporty  Grand  Randos  and  Le  Ruban  Vert,  a  route  suitable  for  walking  or   cycling  on  a  former  rail  track  that  connects  Melle  and   Celles-­‐sur-­‐Belle.  There  are   nine  bike  trails  to  help   you  discover  the  area’s  charms  and   bike  hire  is  available   from  Lambon.   There  are  also  four  riding  schools  in  the  area,  with  more  info  from  local  tourist   offices.    Hot  air  balloon  flights  take  off  from  Melle,  next  to  the  Mines  d’Argent   and  booking  is  essential. Disabled  visitors  can  also  discover  the  trails  of  the  Pays  Mellois  thanks  to  the   ‘Module  Tout  Chemin’.    This  device  attaches  to  wheelchairs  to  give  better   stability  and  is  available  free  from  all  tourist  offices.

Contacts

• Office de  Tourisme  du  Pays  Mellois,  3  Rue  Emilien  Traver,  79500  Melle.   Tel:  05  49  29  15  10.  Email:  officedetourisme@paysmellois.org.   Website:  www.decouvertes.paysmellois.org   • Office  de  Tourisme  de  Melle,  3  Rue  EmilienTraver,  79500  Melle.   Tel:  05  49  29  15  10.  Email:  tourismemelle@wanadoo.fr Website:  www.paysmellois.com/Melle/officedetourisme • Melle  tourist  office  website:  www.ville-­‐melle.fr   • Poitou-­‐Charentes  tourist  board  website:  www.visit-­‐poitou-­‐charentes.com Mick   Austin   is   a   freelance   journalist   based   in   the   Pays-­‐de-­‐la-­‐Loire.   He   has   had   his   work   published   in   several   expat   magazines   and   newspapers   and   has   also   written   the   Mayenne   Tourist   Board’s   only   English-­‐language   brochure.   He   also   runs   a   gîte   business   at   www.gitefortwo.com

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Melle is  in  the  dept.  of  Deux-­‐Sèvres (79),  in  the  region  of  Poitou-­‐Charentes  Population:  3667  in  2011 Airports:   Poitiers  (68  minutes),  La  Rochelle   (72   minute s),   Nantes  (124  minutes)  &  Limoges  (123  minutes).

Nearby places  to  visit:

• Coulon, listed  as  one  of  France’s  most  beautiful  villages  (43km) • Niort,  capital  of  the  department  (29km) • Pretty  town  of  La  Mothe-­‐Saint-­‐Heray  (18km)

Aire de Camping car

Plan d’eau Fishing Lakes Cycle Routes Picnic Locations

Bars & Restaurants Cashpoint Fuel Stations Campsite Supermarkets


French Life...

Life on the Farm...

by Peter  &  Jenny  Sebborn.

We finally  decided  to   give   Quail  a   try.     These   small  birds   are   fast   to   mature,   being   ready  to  lay  and  mate   at   just   six   weeks.  True   to  form,   the   first   egg   arrived  at   exactly   6   weeks   old.     We   haven’t  kept  Quail   before  so  are   looking  forward   to  hatching   some   eggs.  The  cheepers  or   chicks  (baby  Quail)  hatch  after  only  16-­‐18  days  of  incubation  and  are   the  size   of  bumble   bees,  but  we   will  have  to  wait  until  we  have   room   in  the  incubators,  as  they  currently  contain  more  ducks. We   bought   some   female   geese   last  year  but   sadly   had   no   eggs.     A   friend  advised  they  were   probably   too   young,   so   this  year   we   were   looking  forward  to  having  some   eggs  and  goslings,  but  by  mid   March   still  no  eggs.    So,  we  checked  and...  yes,   you  guessed  it,  the  Toulouse   geese   are  all  male!    Needless  to  say,  they  are   now   occupying  space   in   our   freezer.     We   have   paired   up   one   of   the   Toulouse   males   with   a   Chinese  goose  female  to  see  what  happens. We   have   also  increased   our   rabbit  stock.     We   bought  a   Belgian  Blue   buck,   originally  named  Bruin  bear,   but  now  called  Bruno,   and  weighs   almost  6  kilos  (or   about  13lb   in  old  money).    He   will   be   a   good  mate   for   our   females   and   we   hope   to   see   some   results   soon.     To   accommodate   the  increase  in  bunny  numbers,   we  have   erected  some   more   hutches   (the   concrete   clapiers)   and   anyone   who   has   moved   them  will  vouch  for  how  heavy  they  are.   We   also  have  some   new  Berkshire  pigs.    A  smaller  pig,  giving  excellent   tasting  pork,   and  a  more  manageable   sized  carcass.       The   timing   has   been  perfect   as  several   friends  have   stripped   their   veggie   plots   and   given  us  large   amounts  of  cabbage,  potatoes  and  beetroot   -­‐   not   only   good  for  the  pigs  but  the  goats  as  well.     Having   changed  the   way  we   feed   the   animals,   we   have   a   little   more   time   available   to   try   some   things   we’ve   always   been   meaning   to.     Jenny  has  made  rillets  from   Guinea  fowl,  pheasant  and   partridge,  and   Paté.    Very  tasty  they  are  too.    Also,   just  today  she   has  bottled  a  batch   of  homemade  ginger  beer.... The   polytunnel  is  in  full  swing  with  lettuce  and  radish  ready  to  eat.  The   strawberries   and  new  potatoes  are   not  far  behind  either.   We  do  have   some   competition  from  the  slugs  though,  which  have  already  seen  off   an  aubergine,  cucumber  and  courgette  plant. Finally,   before   we   sign  off  for  this  month,  you  may  recall  the   story   of   Boff,   our   female   goat.    The   ‘is  she,   isn’t   she   pregnant’   question   has   finally   been   resolved.     Jenny   noticed  Boff   panting   and   acting   a   bit   strange.     She  went  to  have  a  look  only   to  be  met  by  a  goat  that  was  in   labour.    Very  soon  after  this  she  produced  her  first  kid.    That  was  all  we   were  expecting  as  she  was  a  first  time  mum,  but  not  long  after   this  out   popped  a  second  and  a   third!    All  three   are  doing  well,  two  females   and  a  billy.  (See   photo  at   top  of  page).   Jenny  has  named  them   after   different  types  of  curry  -­‐  Tikka,  Rogan  and  Korma,  I  cant  think  why. That’s  all  for  now  but  look  out  next  month  for  our  special  on  breeding   rabbits,    so  enjoy  the  sunshine  and  see  you  next  month.

Peter &  Jenny  Sebborn.  Breeders  of  pigs,  lambs  and  poultry.   La  Gauteliere,  79220,  Pamplie.    Tel:  05  49  28  38  57.

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Communications... Protecting your PC, What is a Firewall and Do You Need One? by Ross  Hendry

In computing  terms  a  firewall  is  a   program   or   device   that  protects   your   computer,   and   the   data   on   it,   from   harm   by  attacks   from   unscrupulous   persons   via  the   internet.  Much   like   a   firewall   in   a   building,  car   or   aircraft   which  protects  the  inhabitants/passengers   from   fires   or   other   dangers   in   the   engines   or   other   areas,   it   protects   the   "engine"   of   your   computer   (the   operating   system,   applications,  and  of  course  your  data). With  high   speed  adsl   and  fibre  optic  broadband   internet  services   that   are  always   connected  to  your   computer,  attackers  using  high   speed   computers  can  try  to  attack  millions  of  computers   in  a  very   short   space   of   time.  The   best   way   to   avoid   being   attacked   is  to   become  invisible  and  to  hide  behind  a  firewall.   I  suggest   that   most   people  actually  have   two   firewalls,  a  physical   one,   usually  their   router   (Livebox   or   neuf   box   for   most   of   us   in   France)   and  a  software  one   such   as  the   Windows  Firewall.  If  you   have  Windows   XP  [SP2]  or  higher,  Windows  Vista,  Windows  7  or   8   or  8.1  you  have  the  Windows  Firewall  and  it  should  be  switched  on   by  default. Many  Anti-­‐Virus  programs  have  a  firewall   as  part  of  their   armoury   to  protect   your  PC;  if  this  is  the  case,  they  will  have  switched  off  the   Microsoft   Windows  built-­‐in   firewall,  in  order   to   run  their   own.  If   you  are  using  a   free  anti-­‐virus  program,  then  you  may  not   get   the   proprietary  anti-­‐virus   firewall  unless  you  chose  to  purchase  a  paid   version   of   the   vendor's   anti-­‐virus   software.   In   this   case,   it   is   imperative  to   ensure  that   the  Windows  Firewall   is  turned  on  -­‐   for   example,  AVG  does  not  include  their  firewall  in  the  Free  Edition.

What Does  a  Firewall  Do?  

prevent the  installation  program  from  changing  important   files  or   adding  certain  types  of  file  to  your  PC. I  regularly  test  my  Firewall  by  using  a  program  called  ‘Shields  Up!’,   this  is  a  free  program  that   tests  1056  ports   that   permit   access  to   your  PC  that  are  built  into  the  Windows  operating  system.     If  all   is   well  on  my  PC,  the  test   program  (probe  my  ports)  cannot  even  find   my  PC  on  the  www/internet.    When  this  is  the  case  it  reports  that  I   have   passed   the  test   and  that   my  PC   is   in  "stealth"   mode,  if  you   would   like   to   test   your   PC   you   can   access   Shields   Up!   at   www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2.  The   author   of   the  Shields  Up!   program  also   provides   many   other   free   tools   to   test   and   protect   your   PC.     His  name  is  Steve  Gibson  and  his  site  is  well  worth  a  visit.   To   learn   much   more   about   protecting   yourself   when   using   the   internet,  go  to  www.GRC.com. Please  remember  a  Firewall  is  only  part  of  the  protection  you  need   on  your  PC;  you   still   need   a  good  and  regularly  updated  anti-­‐virus   program  and  a  good  anti   Malware  program,  and  of  course,  a  range   of  strong  passwords  for  the  sites  you  have  to  log  on  to.

It acts   as  a  filter   only  permitting  safe  information  to   get  on  to  your   PC,    and  it  stops  bad  programs/data  from  leaving  your   PC  to  attack   or   infect  others.     Most   firewalls   are   tuneable;  that   is   to  say,  you   may  define  what  will   and   will  not  be  permitted  to  pass  through  to   your   PC,   but   they   also   know  what   to   look  out   for   in   the   way   of   unwanted   programs   probing   your   PC   for   information.   Many   software  firewalls  also   have  the   ability  to   be   updated,  to   ensure   that  they  are  able  to  protect  you  from  the  very  latest  threats.

Finally, the  best  protection  for   your   computer  is  YOU.   If  you  didn't   ask  to  go  a  particular  website  or  if  you  don't  bank  with  a  particular   bank,   NEVER   click   on   any  link.     Any  reputable   organisation   will   never  ask  for  ALL  of  your   security  details  in  one  go  (and  very  rarely   from   an   email)   -­‐   they   would   only   ever   ask   you   for   bits   of   the   security  details  that  you  may  have  supplied,  never   the  whole  word   or  phrase  (as  they  would  already  have  that  on  file).  

It is  not  unusual  for   a  new  program  you  are   installing  to  advise  you   to  temporarily  disable  the  software  firewall   on   your   PC  whilst  you   are   installing   it.   This   is   because   a   good   firewall   will   probably  

Ross Hendry   is   the   proprietor   of  Interface   Consulting  and  Engineering,   who   has   over   42   years   experience   in   Communications,   Computer   Technology  and  Direct  Marketing.  (See  advert  below).

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Food & Drink... From a French Tonic Wine by Tony Barrett to Coca-Cola The French  chemist  Angelo  Mariani  formulated  Vin  Mariani  in  1863   after   he   became   intrigued   with   coca   and   its   possible   financial   potential.     He  concocted  a  beverage  he  called  Vin  Tonique  Mariani   which   was  actually  a  Bordeaux  wine  treated   with  coca  leaves:   the   ethanol   in   the   wine   extracted   the   cocaine   from   the   coca   leaves   resulting   in  a  considerable   hit   of  6mg  of   cocaine  per   fluid   ounce.     Advertisements   claimed   the   wine   could   restore   ‘health,   energy,   strength  and  vitality.’   To  compete  with   the  higher  content  of  cocaine   in  the  United   States   and   Europe,  Vin   Mariani   increased   the   cocaine  content   to   7.2mg,   where   it   became   in   its   day   very   popular   including   such   users   as   Queen  Victoria,  Thomas  Edison,  Pope  Saint  Pius  X  and  Pope  Leo  XIII.     Pope  Leo  even  awarded  it  a  Vatican   Gold  Medal  and  after  sipping  on   this  restorative  tonic,  cited  Mariani   as  ”A  benefactor   of   humanity”   and  also  appeared  on  a  poster  endorsing  it.   Ulysses  S.  Grant  wrote  his  memoires  while  high  on  Vin  Mariani.   The  recommended  dosage  was  two  to   three  claret-­‐glassfuls  daily  to   be   taken   30   min   before   or   immediately   after   a   meal.     It   was   applauded  as  a  stomach  stimulant,  an  analgesic  on  the  air  passages   and  vocal  chords  (hence  the  benefit  to  lawyers  and  orators),  appetite   suppressant,  anti-­‐depressant  and  treatment  against  anaemia.  

But success  usually  incites  competition...and  imitations.    In   1884,  an   American   pharmacist,  John  S  Pemberton   launched  his  Pemberton’s   French   Coca  Wine  in  Atlanta,  Georgia.     This  was  essentially  one  of   many  imitations  of  Mariani’s  Vin   Mariani,   and  as  one  of   the   most   successful   ones,   French  Coca  Wine  sold   approximately  720   bottles   per  day  in  1887.   But,  in  1886  when  Atlanta  and  Fulton  County  introduced  Prohibition,   the  legal  act   of   prohibiting  the  manufacture,  transportation  and  sale   of  alcohol   and  alcoholic  beverages,  French  Wine  Coca  became  illegal   -­‐   because   of   the   alcohol,   not   the   cocaine.   Pemberton   remained   a   step   ahead,   though.   He   replaced   the   w i n e   i n   t h e   fo r m u l a   w i t h   (healthier?)  sugar  syrup.     His  new   product   debuted   in   1886:   "Coca-­‐ Cola:  The  temperance  drink."   The   Coca-­‐Cola   Company   declines   to  comment  upon   whether   or   not   Coca-­‐Cola   contains   spent   coca   leaves,   deferring   to   the   secret   nature  of  the  formula.     Since  1929,   the   beverage   has   contained   only   trace  amounts  of  cocaine  alkaloids,   which  do  not  have  any  drug  effect.   The Deux-Sèvres Monthly | 29


French Village Diaries Later on   this   year   we   will   be   celebrating  our  tenth  anniversary  of   life  in  France  and   I  have  to  say  that   despite   the   ups   and   downs   that   come  with  a  new  life  I’m  happy,  and   more  importantly,  feel  a  real   sense   of  belonging.

by Jacqueline Brown.

I am   not   a   particularly   outgoing   person,   but   from   those   first   few   weeks   I’ve   always   tried   to   get   involved  in  village  life  and  help  out,  even  when  my   language   skills   really   weren’t   up   to   the   rapid   fire   French   in   meetings.  My   persistence   paid   off   and   my   life   in   France   is   now   taking  me  on   a  new  challenge  as   I,  like  a  number   of  other  British   expats,  have  been  elected  onto  the  local  council.

meeting for  a  shared   lunch  in   the  park.    This  simple  idea  helped  the   commune  workers,  made  a  difference  to  the  look  of  the  village  and   was  a  great  social  event  too. So   many  memorable  village  events  have   involved  food:   our   bring   your   own   picnic   in   the   park,   the   meal   with   dance   to   celebrate   Bastille   day,  the   village   8km   (or   15km   if   you   are   fit)   randonnée   followed  by  moules  frites   or   the  entrecote  barbeque  in  the  woods,   even   our   spring  plant   swap   has  tea,  coffee  and  homemade   cakes   on  offer.    The  charity  meal  for   Téléthon  that  I  help  to  organise  every   December   is  a  double   social   event   as   once   all   the   preparation   is   finished   the   day   before,   the   volunteers   enjoy   a   relaxing   meal   together. New  councils  will  (hopefully)  be   looking  for  new   faces   to   become   actively  involved   in  their   local   community  and   I  would   encourage   anyone  to  join  in  and  give  it  a  go.    Oh,  and  don’t   forget  to  enjoy  the   food  and  aperos  on  offer  too.

As I   look   back   over   the   years   and   remember   some   of   the   communal  events  and  activities  I’ve  taken   part  in,  it   is  perhaps  no   surprise  that  food  has  played  a  role  in  many  of  them.     Socialising   with  food  is  something  the  French  seem  to  be  very  good  at  and  not   just  at  a  family  level.    One  of  the  first  things  in  the  village  I  became   involved  in   was  helping  to  produce  our  monthly  magazine.    While   this  doesn’t  involve   food   on  a  monthly  basis,  our   old  Maire  always   took  the  team  out   for   an  annual  meal  at  a  local   restaurant,  and  yes   when   we   had   one  in  the  village   that  was   the   one  we  used.    I’m   keeping  my  fingers  crossed  this  tradition  continues.    We’ve  already   had   our   first   council   vote   on   whether   to   continue   to   offer   a  vin   d’honneur  and  canapés  following  the  memorial  service   on  May  8th.   The   answer   was   a  resounding  ‘Oui’  and   our   first   council   meeting   was  celebrated  with  kir  royales  all  round. One   of   the   things  on   our   new   village  council   agenda  is   to   work   towards   entering   the   Village   Fleuri   competition,   something   we   haven’t  done  since  2006.    Back  then,  a   couple  of  times  a  year  we   organised   volunteer   weeding  sessions   where   small   teams   spread   out   around   the   village   to   weed   and   tidy   the   roadsides,   before  

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A Rosé by any other name

by John Sherwin

A Second  Chance  for  Wine  Scores

…or if   you’re   more   into   Gertrude   Stein   than   Shakespeare,   “A   rosé   is   a   rosé   is   a   rosé”,   thus   demonstrating  at   one  and  the  same  time  the  law  of   identity  and  a  contradiction  thereof,  because  as  any   fule-­‐kno  not  all   rosés   are  made   equal,   which  is  a   truth  held  to  be  self-­‐evident  by  all  good  winemakers. It’s   that   time  of  year   when   garden  furniture  is   being  coaxed  from   the  back  of  the  barn,  the   barbecue   scoured   clean,  or   more  likely   junked   for   the   latest  model  from   Leclerc  (‘they’re  so   cheap’),  and   A&E  departments  across  the  land  overflow  with  ageing  expats  who   have  done  themselves  a  mischief   tugging   at  a  rusty  mower  (‘I  told   you  we  should  have   got  a  ride-­‐on’).     Rain?  Pshaw,  what  rain?    Late   frost?    Couldn’t  happen  -­‐   but  don’t   say  that  to  your  grape-­‐growing   chums  because  they  will  shrink  back  from   you   crossing  their  legs,   arms,  fingers,  anything   crossable,  all  the  while  muttering  a  prayer   to  their  patron,  Saint  Vincent. So   what   makes   a  rosé   a  rosé?  It   is   not   a  hubble-­‐bubble-­‐toil-­‐and-­‐ trouble  of  a  dollop  of  red  wine  here  and  a  splash   of  white  there  until   you   get   the   ‘right’   colour.   (The   only   exception   to   this   is   rosé   Champagne  where  still   white  and  red  wines  are  mixed  before   the   secondary  fermentation  in  bottle  which  gives  the  bubbles.)    No,  it  is  a   matter   of   skin   contact   (and   you   thought   winemaking   was   boring,   Mabel?).     Red   grapes  are   either   left   to   macerate   with   their   skins   which   bleed   colour   into   the   hitherto   colourless   juice,   or   pressed   quickly   and   the   liquid   siphoned   off.     The   former   method   gives   a   darker  colour,  the  latter  lighter.     The  skill  lies  in   knowing  how  long  to   maintain  skin  contact  to  achieve  the  required   outcome  -­‐   and  this  is,   of  course,  not  only  colouring  but  also  a  combination  of  levels  of  fruit,   acidity,  and  that  little  bit  of  tannin. Tavel   in   the   southern   Rhone   specialises   in   rosé,  usually  from   the   maceration/bleeding  technique.     The   wines  have   an   orangey   tint   with  aromas  of  red  fruit  and  white  flowers  and  are  rich  and  fruity  in   the  mouth  -­‐  Grenache  and  Cinsault  based.    Bandol  rosé  is  generally  a   mix   of   Mourvèdre,  Grenache   and   Cinsault,   again   fruity  with   good   body  supported   by  supple  tannins.    Bandol   and  Tavel     are  at   the  top   end  of  the  rosé  price   range,  but  it’s  not  going  to  break  the  bank  to   have  a  go:  rosé  equals  cheap(ish)  and  cheerful.    As  you  kno. A  little  nearer   home  we  of  course  have  the  rosés  of   the  Loire.     Be   aware  of  the  difference  between  Rosé  d’Anjou  and  Cabernet  d’Anjou.   The  former   is  normally  based  on  Groslot,   Gamay  and   maybe   some   Cabernet  Franc.  The  latter  is  usually  100%  Cabernet  Franc  and,  to  my   taste,  to  be  preferred   -­‐  fresh  rosé  colour   with  fuchsia  hints,  aromas   of  fruit  drops  and  strawberry. I f   y o u ’ r e   l o o k i n g   f o r   something   with   a   bit   more   whoomph   and   structure   but  still  outdoorsy  and  BBQ   friendly,   then   why   not   a   decent   Beaujolais   Villages   nicely   chilled?   To   answer   my   own   question:   there   is   absolutely  no  reason  why  not.

John Sherwin, French Wine Tours. Tel: 02 51 66 13 05 ~ E: john@french-wine-tours.com ~ www.french-wine-tours.com

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Motoring... Clandestine Carlton by Helen  Tait-­‐Wright

They say   you   can’t   judge   a   book   by   it’s   cover,   and   the   same   sometimes  applies  to   cars  .....  A  current  example  would  be  the  Audi   RS6  Avant  -­‐  a   seemingly  innocent  and   ordinary   looking  estate  car   that  hides  a  monster!   Back  in  the  late  ‘80s  another   ordinary  family  car  was  undergoing   a   radical   makeover.     GM   earmarked   its   mid-­‐size   Vauxhall   Carlton   (Opel   Omega)   to   go   under   the   knife   to   boost   its   pedigree,   and   compete   with   the   hot   saloons   from   Ford   and   BMW,   the   Sierra   Cosworth  and  M5.   Luckily,  GM  had  just   acquired  Lotus  Cars,  so   they  handed  them  the   Carlton  and  told  them  to  work  their  magic.     So  the  boys  in  Norfolk   got   down   to   work,   starting  first   with   the   motor.     The   company   bored  the  straight-­‐six  engine  out  to  3.6  litres,  reinforced   the  block   and  crankshaft,  revised  the  suspension,  and  fitted  two  Garrett  T25   turbochargers  to   boost   power  output  up  to  an   astonishing  377hp   and  419  lb.-­‐ft.  of  torque. With   the   six   speed   manual   transmission   from   a   Corvette,   they   achieved  a  0-­‐60mph  sprint   of  just   5.4   seconds,  and  a  stratospheric   top  speed  of  176mph   -­‐  making  it   the  fastest   four-­‐door  saloon   on   sale  in  the  UK. This  extraordinary  performance  in  a  “family”  car   caused   uproar  in   the   media.     The   police   wanted   to   ban   it   (mainly  because   it   was   faster   than   anything  they  had),   road  safety  campaigners  despised   it,   and  it  had   Daily  Mail   readers  spluttering  into   their  Earl   Grey.    I   wanted   one   then,  and   I  would   still   love  one  now.  Another  one  for   the  bucket  list. From   the   exterior,   the   car   is   really   very  similar   to   the   standard   production  model;  a   reserved  body  kit   included   a   functional   rear   spoiler,   improved   cooling   ducts   on   the   hood   and   bumper,   side   skirts,  and  pumped-­‐up  wheel   arches.     The  car  was   only  sold  in   one   colour,  a  shade   of   British  racing  green  called   Imperial  Green,  a  very   dark  green  that  in  anything  but  direct  light  appears  black. The   Lotus   Carlton   made   its  debut   at   the  Geneva  Motor   Show  in   1989.    Production  was  started   in  1990,  and  due  to  run  until  1994;   however,  the  run  was  ceased  early  in  1992  after  sales  began  to  wan   in  the  wake  of  an  early  ’90s  recession,  and  extortionate   insurance   premiums.  

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Lotus produced   only   284  Carlton   super   saloons,  and  666   with   the   Omega  badging.    It  cost  £48,000  new.     Now,  if  you  can  find  one,  a   Lotus  Carlton  will  set  you  back  between  about  £20,000  for  a  high-­‐ mileage  example  and   north  of  £40,000  for   the  best  maintained  and   lowest  mileage  cars.    Such   is  the  Lotus  Carlton’s  revered  status  that   there   are   plenty   of   them   with   fewer   than   30,000   miles   on   the   clock.   When   it   was  launched   it   had  to   be  one  of  the  first   cars   to   make   people  question  the  point  of  a  supercar,  considering  you  could   now   go  just   as  fast  with  four  doors  and  a  boot  ....  was  this  the  car   that   changed  our  definition  of  a  performance  car? One   thing   is   sure;   this   is   a   mighty   blast   from   the   past.   A   phenomenally   capable   super-­‐saloon   that’s   able   to   hold   its   own   with  cars  that  are  25  years  its  junior. Without  doubt,  it’s  a  classic  in  every  sense  of  the  word. Contact  Helen  at:  helen@stodel.org.

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Business & Finance... INCOME TAX FORMS Oh no!    It   is  that  time  of  the   year  again  when  you  have  to  fill  in  your   income  tax  form.  It’s  all  in  French  and  there  are  lots  of  pages  and  boxes   to  fill   in!    Well,  worry   not,  help  is  at  hand.    I  will  try  to  explain  it  to  you   and   make   it   simpler   (my   boss,   Thierry,   is  laughing….simple....income   tax….bonne  chance!).    I  will   only  cover  the  most  common  revenues  so   for  more  technical  information,  contact  me  directly.

1) Who  and  How  Much

Well, here  we  go..  everybody  who  is  a  French   resident  (lives  in  France   more   than   6   months   per   year)   whether   you   are   employed,   self-­‐ employed  or   retired,  and  even  if  you  are  obliged  to  pay   taxes  in  the   UK,   has  to  fill  in  an  income  tax  form.    If  it  is  your  first  time,  you  have  to  go  to   the  Trésor  public  office  and  ask  for  the  form. In  France  you  are  not  taxed  at  source.    That  is  why  we  fill  in  a  form.   The   advantage  is  that  if   you  have   children   or   a   spouse   earning   much  less   than  you,  it  will  lower  your  taxable   income,  as  you  are  taxed  as  a  family   and  not  as  an  individual.    Adults  count   as  1  point,  the  first  2  children  as   ½   a   point   each   and   the   third   child   and   so   on  as   1   point.   Here   is  a   simplified  way   to   calculate   how   much  you   could   pay   -­‐   ‘N’   being   the   number  of   points  (if  you  are  married  with   one   child  it’s  2.5  points)  and   ‘R’  being  the  total  revenue  of  your  family. R/N  (revenue  divided  by  no.  of  points)  

 Revenue  2013

0-­‐6011

0%

6011  to  11991

(Rx0.055)-­‐(330.61xN)

11991  to  26631

(Rx0.14)-­‐(1349.84xN)

26631  to  71397  71397  to  151200  151200+  The  exchange  rate  for  2013  is  1.21

(Rx0.30)-­‐(5610.8xN)  (Rx0.41)-­‐(13464.47xN)  (Rx0.45)-­‐(19512.47xN)

2) Important  Dates

You have  to  declare  your  revenue  for  the  year   2013  (January  1st  to  31st   of   December).   However,   the   tax   office   accepts   that   you   use   the   revenue  corresponding  to  the  UK  tax  year.

Check or  fill   in  page  4  (it   is  for  tax  reduction)  and  especially  section  7  if   you  have  children  who  go  to  school  (you  can  get  money  back  for  that).   If  you  give  to  charity,  you  also  get  a  tax  discount.   • 2042C:   If   you  are   self-­‐employed   in   France,   this  is   where   you   fill   in   your  professional  revenue.    This  is  also  the  form  you  use  if  you  have   to  pay  the  wealth  tax  (if  your  worldwide  assets  are  worth  more  than   1.3  million).  It’s  complicated  so  contact  me. • 2047:   This  is  the   pink   form   on  which   you  enter   your  revenue  from   abroad:   Enter  your   pension  revenues  on  page   1,  section  1  in  the   box  called     ‘Pensions,  retraites,  rentes’  and  the  annuities  on  the  box  called  ‘rente   viagères  à   titre   onéreux’.   You   then   have   to   report   pensions  to   the   pension  section  on  the  2042  (page   3,  section  1).    Annuities  are  taxed   differently  in  France,   so  you   have   to  enter   the   amount   in   the   age   bracket   when  you  first  started  drawing   it  out,  as  the  tax  office   gives   you  a  discount  (e.g.:  if  you  were  62,  they  will  only  tax  you  40%  of  the   amount).    In  section  IV,  on  page  2  is   where  you  put  the   interest  you   earned  on  savings  in  the  UK.    And  yes,   ISAs  and  Premium  bonds  are   taxable  in  France  as  you  are  French  resident!    So  you  have   to  fill  them   in  at  the   bottom  of  page   2  in  the   box  ‘interest’,  then   you  report   the   amount  on  line   A   and  TS  (still   bottom   page   2).  Then  you  report   the   amount  in  line  2TS,  page  3,  section  2  of  the  2042. In   section   VI,   you   put   the   revenue   from   government   pension   (military,   police,   NHS,   civil   servant,   etc)   and   rental   income   from   property  in  the  UK  (those  will  always  be  taxed  in  the  UK  whether  you   are  French  resident  or  not).  Then  you  report  the  amount   on  line  8TK,   page  4,  section  8  of  the  2042. • 3916:   you   have   a   bank   account   outside   France,   then   you   have   to   declare  it  on  that  form  (section1  and  4).  One  form  per  account. Don’t  forget  to  date  and  sign  the  forms!!

4) Social  charges:

If you   are   of   retirement   age   from   within   the   European  Union  and   in   receipt  of   the   S1,   the   social   charges  are   not  applied  to   your   pension   income.   Investment   income   is   not   exempt.   Note   that   annuities   are   seen  as  investment  income,  so   it  is  a   calculation  to  make  whether  you   should   declare  annuities  as  annuities  (and  get  an  income  tax  discount)   or  as  a  pension  income  (and  not  pay  social  charges).

5) www.impots.gouv.fr

You can  start  filling  the  forms  online   (only  if  it  is  not  the  first   time)  from   the   16th  April  until   the   27th  May  (Charente,   Charente-­‐   Maritime)   or   until  the  10th  of  June  (Vienne,  Haute-­‐Vienne  and  Deux-­‐Sèvres).  You  will   start   receiving  the  paper  forms  from   April  9th  and  you  have   until  the   20th  May  to  hand  it  in  or  send  it  by  post.  

This is   the   official   web   site   of   the   French   tax   authorities.   You   can   download   tax   forms,   find   useful   information   (convention   between   France   and  UK),   fill  in  your   tax   form   online   and  also   set   up  monthly   direct  debit  for  your  income  tax,  taxe  d’  habitation  and  taxe  fonciere.

The result  (the  bill!)  is  called  Avis  d’imposition  and  is  sent  to  you  from   mid-­‐August.    Note  that  if  you   have   to  pay  more   than  342€   of   income   tax  and  have  not  chosen  the  monthly  payment,  then  the   tax   office  will   ask   you   to   pay   next   year’s  income   tax   partly   in   advance   (acomptes   provisionnels).  e.g:   In  September  2014,  you  have  1000€  income   tax  to   pay,   then   in   February   and   May   2015,   you   will   have   a   bill   of   1000/3=333€,   then   in   September   2015   333€   minus   or   plus   the   difference  between  September  2014  and  September  2015  tax.

If you   are   one   of   my   customers,  you   are   entitled  to   free   help  in   our   office: • Ruffec  on  Tuesday  13th  May,  9  -­‐  12pm • Chasseneuil  sur  Bonnieure  on  Friday  9th  May,  9  -­‐  12pm   • La  Rochefoucauld  on  Wednesday  7th  May,  9  -­‐  12pm If  those  aren’t  good,  phone  us  to  make  an  appointment.

3) What  forms?

The 2042  is  the   blue  form  that  everybody   has  to  fill  in  and  it  is  on  this   form  that  you  report  what   you  have  filled  in  on  other  forms.  But  there   are  different  versions  of  the  2042: • 2042:  For  the  first  time  you  declare.   • 2042SK:   It   is   the   simplest   version   of   the   2042,   usually   used   by   employed  people   as  it   is  already   filled  in  with  their   salaries  so   you   only  have  to  check  these  are  correct. • 2042K:   This   is   the   one   most   of   you  should   use   as   you  can  report   revenue  from  abroad  and  you  can’t  on  the  2042SK. Check   or  fill  in  the  information  on  page  1  (name,  address,  etc).  On  page   2,  check  or  fill   in  the  information  asked  as  they  can  give  you  allowances   or  discount  (invalidity,  number  of  children  living  with  you,  etc). 40 | The Deux-Sèvres Monthly

6) Help:

If you  are   not   one   of  my   customers   (well,   you  should  be!),   I   will  be   offering  free  help  at  these  locations: • Lemon  Tree  in  Sauzé-­‐Vaussais  on  Wednesday  14th  May,  10am  -­‐  2pm • Bar  de  la  La  Fontaine,  Gouex  on  Monday  12th  May,  11am  -­‐  3pm

Conclusion:

It is  also  an  obligation!   Please   note   that   it  is  worth   doing   as  the  taxe   d’habitation   is  linked  to   the  income   tax,  so  if  you  are  on  low   revenue,   you   get  a  discount  on  the   taxe   d’habitation.     Having   your   tax  return   form   is  finally   a  proof   of   French  residency   and  revenues   and   lots  of   institutions  will  ask  for  it  (CMU,  RSA  or  CAF  for  instance). BH Assurances, 22 rue Jean Jaures, 16700 Ruffec Contact Isabelle Want: Tel: 05 45 31 01 61 /Mob: 06 17 30 39 11 Email: isabelle.want@bh-assurances.fr


Let’s Talk About ‘Le Tour de by Sue Cook Finance’ What is  Le  Tour  de  Finance? Are   you  interested   in  finding   out   how  to   make   the   most   of  your   money  in   France?    Do   you   have  pressing   questions  about   making   international   payments,   pensions,   tax,   wealth   or   the   healthcare   system? Then   why  not   take  the  time   and  come   to   your   local   event,   bring   some  friends  and  make  it  a  great  day  out? ‘Le  Tour  de  Finance’  is  the  financial  forum  for   British  expats  which   will   help   you   with   a   range   of   different   financial   products   and   services.    Just  as  ‘Le  Tour  de  France’   takes  a  route   throughout   the   regions  of  France,  so  too  does   ‘Le   Tour   de  Finance’.    We  want  to   reach  expats  where  you  live  so  that  you  can  seek  advice  particular   to   your   local   area.     Tax   advice,  pensions,  mortgages,   healthcare,   schools,  business   advice  and   making  the   most   of  your   assets  are   just  some  of  the  subjects  that  expats  need  to  know  more  about.   ‘Le  Tour   de   Finance’  is  the  ideal  opportunity  to  find   answers  to  the   most  pressing  questions  facing  British  people  living   in  France.  The   forum   will   bring   together   key   players   who   assist   British   expats   settling   or   already   living  in   this  country.     It   will   also   be  an   ideal   opportunity   to   socialise   by   enjoying   a   free   Buffet   lunch   and   meeting  people  in  similar  circumstances  in  your  neighbourhood. You   may  have  seen  the  advert   for  ‘Le  Tour   de  Finance’  happening   in  the  area  on  17th  June  2014  (page  42).    The  event  will  be  held   at   the  Chateau   de  Saint   Loup  in  Saint  Loup  sur  Thouet  between  10.00   &  2.30pm.   We   have   a   number   of   great   speakers   and   partners,   including   Spectrum  IFA  -­‐  PLUS  we  offer  a  really  yummy  buffet  lunch  after  the   presentations,  which   give   you   a   great   chance   to   eat,   drink   and   socialise.......as   well   as   having   all   those   niggling   questions   answered!    It  is  totally  free,  so  come  along  and  tell  your  friends!   Full  details  can  be  found  on  the  website  www.letourdefinance.com   or  contact  me.

Ask Amanda. “Do I   have   to  pay  French   Social   Charges   on  my  Assurance  Vie?” Under   the   most   recently   approved   and   ratified  legislation,  the  French  Government   announced  that   certain  Assurance  Vie’s  should  be   subject   to  annual  social  charges  of  15.5%  for  gains  on   the  investment  and   this  charge  is  to  be  deducted  at  source.   This  is  not  the  case  for   every  Assurance  Vie  in  circulation   however,   so  it  is  worth   reviewing  any  Assurance  Vie  you  hold  to  understand   whether  yours  will  incur  this  additional  taxation. This  amendment   here   in   France,   coupled   with   recent   UK   budget   changes  around  private  pensions   may  make  now  an  ideal  time  to   have  a  free  financial  review.     I  am  happy  to  sit  down  with  you  at  a  convenient   time  to  consider   your  current  situation  in  France.     We  will  cover: • changes  in  legislation • inheritance  tax  planning • current  investment  returns • achieving  maximum  tax  efficiency • pension  planning  &  options At   The   Spectrum   IFA   Group,   we   believe   that   regular   face-­‐to-­‐face   reviews   are   important   to   ensure   that   your   financial   situation   is   aligned  to   your   current  needs  and   plans.   So   if   you   have   not   considered  your   position   recently,   the  month   of   May  could  be  a  good   time  to  remedy  this.  

Whether you   want   to  register   for   our   newsle‹er,   a‹end  one  of   our   June   roadshows   in   Saint   Loup   sur   Thouet   &   Tours     (www.letourdefinance.com),  or   speak  to  me  directly,  please   call   or  email   me  on  the  contacts  below  and  I  will  be  glad   to  help  you.   We   do   not  charge   for   reviews,  reports   or   recommenda…ons  we   provide.

Amanda Johnson,  The  Spectrum  IFA  Group.  Tel:  05  49  98  97  46 Email:  amanda.johnson@spectrum-­‐ifa.com

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The UK Budget and Pension Reform by Brad Warden, Partner, Blevins Franks By far the biggest surprise of the UK Budget was the announcement of a complete overhaul to the pension regime. Several measures were introduced in one of the largest reforms of the defined contribution pension system since 1921. The government decided that the existing pension regime perpetuated an unjust system for taxpayers who have “done the right thing” and saved all their lives. Pension holders are now being granted a far wider range of access to their funds after retirement. The following changes came into effect on 27th March 2014: • A reduction in the minimum income requirement for accessing flexible drawdown from £20,000 to £12,000. • An increase in the capped drawdown limit from 120% to 150% of equivalent annuity. • An increase in the total pension wealth people can have before they are no longer entitled to receive lump sums under trivial commutation rules from £18,000 to £30,000. • An increase to the small pension pots lump sum limit from £2,000 to £10,000, and the number of pots that can be taken as a lump sum increased to three. A key change will come into effect from 6th April 2015. Members of defined contribution schemes will have much more flexibility in how

they deal with their pension on retirement. The requirement to buy an annuity has already been removed and the 25% tax free lump sum will continue to be available, but from 6th April 2015 retirees will have three choices for the balance of their pension: 1. Withdraw their entire pension fund on retirement, with the withdrawal to be taxed at their marginal income tax rates, rather than 55% as currently the case. 2. Purchase an annuity. 3. Flexible drawdown benefits over time. Remember, it is essential that you consider local tax in France. A consultation has been launched regarding transferring out of public and private Defined Benefit Schemes into Defined Contributions Schemes. Consideration will be given to allowing individuals aged 75 and over to claim tax relief on pension contributions. The Government will also consult on increasing the minimum pension age so that it remains ten years below state pension age. HM Revenue & Customs has been given new powers to help prevent pension liberation schemes being registered, and to make it easier to de-register such schemes. This is just a summary. It is important to seek specialist, personalised advice to clarify how you are affected.

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2014 Tax  Declarations

All residents  in  France  have  an  obligation  to  file  a  tax   return  at  their   local  tax  office  Centre  des  Impôts.

When Must  you  Declare?

The deadline  for   returning  your   completed  declaration   of  income   earned  in  2013  is   20th  May  2014.    Additional  time   is  granted   for   online   declarations   available   at   www.impots.gouv.fr   and   the   deadline  for  the  Deux-­‐Sèvres  is  10th  June.   There   are   a   few   new   features   to   this   service   including   an   immediate  estimation  given  of  the  tax  bill  and  the  ability  to   amend   your  declaration  before  the  deadline.   ‘First-­‐timers’  will  have  to  collect   a  declaration   from  the  tax   office,   or   download   one   from   the   website   above,  declaring   all   income   from  the  date   you  became   resident.    A  tax  assessment  is   normally   then  issued  at  the  end  of  August  2014.

What Forms  will  you  Need?

The following  are  the  main  declarations: • Form  2042:  The  Déclaration  des  Revenus  is  the  main  declaration   on  which  you  should  declare  your  worldwide  income  and  gains. • Form  2042C:   (Complémentaire)  This   is  an  additional   form  which   is   required   for   a   number   of   situations,   such   as   income   from   furnished   lettings   or   chambres   d’hôtes,  or   where  tax   is  paid   in   the  UK  which  needs  offsetting  against  French  tax. • Form   2047:   Income   received   from   outside   of   France   must   be   declared  on  this  form  as  well  as  on  form  2042. • Form   3916:  This   asks   for   details   of   any  foreign   bank   accounts.   Alternatively,   the   information   can   be   supplied   on   a   separate   piece  of  paper.

What to  Declare?

As a   French   resident,   all   of   your   worldwide   income   and   gains   should  be  declared  on   your  French  declaration.     Any  income  which   is   normally  taxed  outside  of  France  (e.g  UK  public  sector   pensions   or  UK   rental   income)  will  still  be  used  to  calculate  your   overall   tax   liability.    The   Double   Tax  Treaty  will   ensure,   however,  you  do  not   pay   tax   twice   on   this   income   but   these   figures   are   needed   to   calculate  the  rate  at  which  any  other  income  should  be  taxed.

What Exchange  Rate  to  Use?

Some tax  offices  advise  to  use  the   £/€   exchange   rate   at   the   end   of   the   year.     In   theory,   you   should   have  kept   a  note  of  the  exchange   rates   applicable   to   your   Sterling   based   income   as   you   received   it.   However,   for   income   which   is   received  regularly  (e.g.  a  pension)   the  authorities  will  accept   the   average  exchange  rate  for  the  year;   details  of  which  are  made  public  from  various  sources.  

Wealth Tax  (Impôt  de  Solidarité  sur  la  Fortune)

For those  of   you   with   taxable  assets   of   between  1,300,000€  and   2,570,000€  as  at   1st   January  2014,  will   declare  the  asset   figure  on   their  income  tax  return.     David  Hardy  is  Regional  Manager  of  Siddalls  France,   Independent  Financial  Adviser,  specialised  in  tax,  inheritance,   pension  and  investment  planning  for  the  British  community  in   the  Poitou-­‐Charentes  since  1996.    Tel:  05  56  34  75  51 www.siddalls.fr

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But wait! There’s more... by Joanna Leggett

With summer  almost  upon   us,   are  you  looking   for  a   home   that   really   offers  more?     And,   if   it’s  somewhere   eminently   affordable,   with   in-­‐ ground  swimming  pool  to  boot  and  further  potential  to  improve?  Then   how   about   checking   out   this   pretty   restored   detached   house   near   Sauzé-­‐Vaussais? In   an   elevated   position,   just   5   kms   from   local  amenities,   it   is   a   well   presented   three   bedroom  house  (Ref:  14193SBY79)  complete  with  gas   central  heating  and  superb  views  across  open  countryside.    Downstairs,   the   living   room,   with   a   chimney   offering  potential   for   a   woodburner,   has   double   doors   leading   to   an   enclosed   garden   and   pool,   a   fitted   kitchen,   dining   and   dedicated   study   areas.     Upstairs   the   master   bedroom  is  en-­‐suite,  with  two  further  bedrooms  and  a  shower  room.     The   gîte   is  in  a   renovated  former   outbuilding   and  just  requires  some   final   finishing   to   provide   well   planned  visitor   accommodation.     This   property   also  includes  a  large,   purpose-­‐built  workshop  with  electrical   supply.       Recently   reduced   to   119,900€,   it   is   exceptional   value   for   money. Lezay  is  a  wonderful   small  French   country   town  with  a  buzz.    Perhaps   best  known  for  its  cattle  market,  as  well  as  the  wide  variety  of  livestock   on   sale,   a   large   open   air   market   occupies   its   centre   each   Tuesday   morning.     In  the  middle  of  a  predominantly  agricultural  area,  the   town   flourishes   throughout  the  summer  holidays  with   a   variety  of  summer   festivals  and  open  air  activities. Nearby   and   recently   reduced   to   130,800€   (Ref:   32049ME79)   this   charming   Charentaise   stone   cottage   has  a   large   detached   barn   also   offering   heaps  of  potential   as  a  workshop  or   for   whatever  you  might   need.   Sympathetically   restored   to   retain   its   original   character,   this   home  has  all  necessary  modern  day  amenities  including  central  heating   and  the  comfort  of  a  wood  burning  stove.     With  its  dining  hall,  galleried  landing,  large  kitchen  and  separate   living   room,  complemented  by  three   bedrooms  and  two  bathrooms  (master   en-­‐suite),   this  cottage   also  has  a   delightful  garden   but  is  still  only  ten   minutes  from  the  market  town  of  Lezay! Also  just   ten  minutes'  drive  from  Lezay  we  have   a  gîte   complex   for  sale   for  392,200€  (Ref:   35012PW79).     If  you  are   thinking  of  going   into  the   gîte   business,  then  you  really  couldn't  want   much  more!       The   owner's   accommodation  comprises  a  spacious   renovated  house   with  loads   of   character,   three   bedrooms   and   even   a   wine   cellar!     Among   other   features,  its  master  bedroom   has  French  doors  opening   on  to  original   stone  steps  which  descend  to  a  private  garden.     With  three  gîtes,  each   with  its  own  individual   garden   or   barbecue   area,  and  potential   to   create   two  more,  this   expansive   property   has   several   barns,   h a n g a r s   a n d   a   magnificent  in-­‐ground   Ref: 35012PW79 pool.     Set   in   almost   three   acres  and   established  as   a   business  for   the   last  14   years,   this   property  is  really   something   quite   special.  And  again  there  is  another   great  big  workshop!      All  this  and  you  really  can  have  more!

Joanna Leggett  is  Marketing  Director  at  Leggett  Immobilier. You  can  view  their  full  portfolio  of  properties  for  sale  in  France  at   www.leggettfrance.com

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'The Deux-Sèvres Monthly' MAY 2014  

English language magazine for the department of Deux-Sèvres (79) and surrounding areas.

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