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THE DEUX-SÈVRES MONTHLY

Welcome! to Issue 35 of

‘The DeuxSèvres Monthly’ magazine.

Hello everybody  ~  Happy  New  Year! I’d   like   to   start   by  wishing  you  all  a  fabulous   year   ahead  and  may  it  bring  you  good  health   and  happiness. I  always  try  to  start  the  New  Year   with  some   plans...and   this   year   is   no   exception!     My   number   one  aim  is  to  integrate  more  into  my   village   of   Secondingy,  helping  where  I  can   at   the   local   offices,   library  and   Maison  de  Retraite.     Everybody  in  the  village  seems  to   know  me  (the  crazy  English  lady!!)  but  I’d  like  to  know  them  too. Number   2   is  work  related  and  is  to   increase  French  readership  and   advertisers.     This   is   well   under   way   with   a   new   page   “French   Corner”  on  page  13,  dedicated  to  the  French  language. If  you  have  any  ideas  yourselves  of  how  you’d  like  to  see  your   local   magazine  develop  in  2014,  feel  free  to  drop  me  a  line.   In  the  meantime,  have  a  good  January  and  keep  warm!

à plus, Sarah. Tel: 05 49 70 26 21 Email: info@thedeuxsevresmonthly.fr website: www.thedeuxsevresmonthly.fr

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 French  Corner.............................................................................13 Hobbies,  Clubs  &  Associations...................................................14 Take  a  Break...............................................................................15 Health,  Beauty  &  Fitness............................................................16 Our  Furry  Friends.......................................................................19 The  Great  Outdoors...................................................................20 Communications........................................................................22 A-­‐Z  of  the  Communes  in  the  Deux-­‐Sèvres.................................23 French  Life,  Food  &  Drink...........................................................24 Motoring....................................................................................27 Building  &  Renovation...............................................................29 Business,  Finance  &  Property....................................................34

THIS MONTH’S  ADVERTISERS  

79 Renovations.....................................................................................................31 Ace  Pneus  (Tyre  Supplier  &  Fitter)...................................................................... 28 Affordable  UK  Designs  (Kitchens  &  UPVC  D/Glazing)......................................... 2 AKE  Petits  Travaux  (Builder)................................................................................ 30 Alan  Pearce  (Plumbing  &  Heating)..................................................................... 32 Andrew  Longman  (Plumber).............................................................................. 33 ARB  French  Property........................................................................................... 39 Arbrecadabra.com  (Tree  surgery)........................................................................21 Bar/Brasserie  Vue  du  Chateau............................................................................ 25 BH  Assurances  /  Allianz....................................................................................... 34 Bill  McEvoy  (Plumber  /  Heating  Engineer)..........................................................33

...continued. Bistrot  des  Amis................................................................................................... 25 Blevins  Franks  Financial  Management................................................................ 36 British  Mobile  Mechanic  (John  Purchase)........................................................... 28 Cafe  Cour  du  Miracle........................................................................................... 25 Café  des  Belles  Fleurs.......................................................................................... 25 Camping  Les  Prairies  du  Lac................................................................................ 6 Caniclôture  (Hidden  Fencing  for  Dogs)............................................................... 19 Chauffeur/Carer  Services.................................................................................... 17 Cheryl’s  Helping  Hand......................................................................................... 37 Chris  Bassett  Construction.................................................................................. 30 Chris  Parsons  (Heating/Electrical/Plumbing)...................................................... 33 Christies  (English  Book  Shop  and  Tea  Room)...................................................... 6 Cleaning  Services  by  Karen.................................................................................. 38 Clean  Sweep  Chimney  Services........................................................................... 33 Come  Dine  with  Dave  (Dining  experience)......................................................... 24 Corbin  Electrical.................................................................................................. 29 Cottage  Services  (Garden  Maintenance)............................................................ 20 Currencies  Direct  (Money  Transfers)................................................................... 35 Cut  46  (Hair  Salon).............................................................................................. 18 DB  Electricité....................................................................................................... 29 D.W  Cooper  (Carpenter,  Roofer,  Mason)............................................................. 31 David  Cropper  (Stump  Grinding  &  Jungle  Busting)............................................ 20 David  Watkins  (Chimney  Sweep)........................................................................ 33 D.J  Maintenance  (Handyman)............................................................................ 31 Double  Glazing  Installation  -­‐  Haynes  Carpentry.................................................. 31 Down  to  Earth  Pool  Design  (Swimming  Pool  Design  &  Construction)................ 30 EcoPower  (Solar  Thermal  Trading  Company)...................................................... 29 Electricien  Anglais  en  France.............................................................................. 29 Emilie  Baudrez  -­‐  Easy  French  Life........................................................................ 11 Emma  Louise  Hairstylist...................................................................................... 17 Environmental  Heating  Services.......................................................................... 32 Franglais  Deliveries............................................................................................. 28 GAN  Assurances.................................................................................................. 27 George  Rayner  Computers.................................................................................. 23 Groundworks  -­‐  John  Snee................................................................................... 29 Hallmark  Electronique  (Electricians  &  Sat.  Engineers)........................................ 29 Harris  Home  and  Garden.................................................................................... 32 Holistic  Therapy  -­‐  Soul  to  Sole............................................................................ 18 I  C  O  Electricté..................................................................................................... 29 Insink  Plumbing................................................................................................. .. 33 Julia  Hunt  -­‐  Agent  Commercial............................................................................ 38 Julie’s  Cleaning  Services....................................................................................... 32 La  Deuxieme  Chance  (Annie  Sloan  chalk  paint  supplier).................................... 6 Le  Pub  des  Halles................................................................................................. 26 Leggett  Immobilier.............................................................................................. 38 Man  For  Hire........................................................................................................ 21 Michael  Hobson  (Painter  &  Decorator)............................................................... 32 ML  Computers..................................................................................................... 23 Motor  Parts  Charente.......................................................................................... 28 Mutuelle  de  Poitiers  Assurances......................................................................... 27 Nathan  Foster  Building  Services.......................................................................... 30 Needa  Hand  Services........................................................................................... 31 Pamela  Irving  (Massage  &  Reflexology).............................................................. 17 Pascale  Matéo  (French  Tuition)........................................................................... 12 Pascale  Terry  (French  Tuition)............................................................................. 12 Philip  Irving  (Mini  Digger  hire)............................................................................. 30 Plan-­‐170  (Professional  Scale  Drawings).............................................................. 31 Polar  Express  (Frozen  Foods).............................................................................. 25 Premier  Autos  (Mechanic).................................................................................. 28 Premier  Plastering............................................................................................... 32 Restaurant  des  Canards....................................................................................... 24 Rob  Berry  Plastering  Services.............................................................................. 32 Robert  Walker  Plomberie.................................................................................... 33 Ross  Hendry  (Interface  Consulting  &  Engineering)............................................. 22 Sabestini  Renovation  &  Construction................................................................. 30 Salumba  Dance  Classes....................................................................................... 6 Sandy  G  Hairdressing.......................................................................................... 18 Satellite  TV  (Nigel  Gubb)...................................................................................... 23 sarl  Down  to  Earth  (Fosse  Installations  &  Groundworks)................................... 29 Siddalls  (Financial  Advisors)................................................................................. 36 Silverwood  Books................................................................................................ 10 Simon  The  Tiler.................................................................................................... 33 Spectrum  IFA  Group  (Amanda  Johnson)............................................................. 35 Steve  Enderby...................................................................................................... 32 Sue  Burgess  (French  Courses  &  Translation)....................................................... 12 The  Craft  Cabin  (Handmade  cards  and  card-­‐making  items)............................... 6 The  English  Mechanic  &  Son  -­‐  Tony  Eyre............................................................ 28 The  Market.......................................................................................................... 6 Trisha  Mobile  Hairdresser.................................................................................... 18 Val  Assist  (Translation  Services)........................................................................... 11 Vendée  Carriers................................................................................................... 28 Vendée  Pools....................................................................................................... 40 Venus  Rose  Yoga.................................................................................................. 16

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What’s On...

January 2014

Every Monday  -­‐  Soirée  Franglais At   Le  Pub  des  Halles,  St  Hermine.  All  levels  welcome  for  an  evening   of  conversation  in  English  and  French.    See  advert  on  P.26  or  call   02  51  30  23  95. Until  5th  January  -­‐  Discover  the  Lego  Extravaganza!   Open  2pm   to   6pm   at  Galerie   des  Arcades,   79300   Bressuire.     For   details  call  05  49  72  80  95.    Free  admission. 6th  January  -­‐  Top  Hat  Quiz  &  Curry  at  Limalonges See  www.tophatquizzes.com  for  more  information. 7th  January  -­‐  Quiz  Night At  Le  Pub  des  Halles,  Sainte  Hermine  (85210).     See  advert  on   P.26   for  contact  details. 8th  January  -­‐  Tarot  reading All  Girls   Together  meeting,  15  mins  tarot  reading  -­‐  what   does  2014   hold   for   you?   (donations   accepted)   at   Fontenille-­‐saint-­‐Martin-­‐ d’Entraigues. 8th  January  -­‐  Top  Hat  Quiz  &  Curry  at  Aigre See  www.tophatquizzes.com  for  more  information. 9th  January  -­‐  Top  Hat  Quiz  &  Curry  at  Chef  Boutonne See  www.tophatquizzes.com  for  more  information. 11th  January  -­‐  Open  Mike  Night At  Café  des  Belles  Fleurs,  Fenioux.    Please  see  advert  on  P.25  for  details. 16th  January  -­‐  Top  Hat  Quiz  &  Curry  at  Champniers See  www.tophatquizzes.com  for  more  information. 21st  January  -­‐  Paint  Effects  Workshop At  The  Market,  Luché  sur  Brioux.    See  advert  on  P.6  for  details. 22nd  January  -­‐  Meditation All   Girls  Together  meeting,   to   chill   out   from  Xmas  and   fight  those   January  blues,  at  Fontenille-­‐saint-­‐Martin-­‐d’Entraigues. 25th  January  2014  -­‐  Burns  Night  Supper At  Café  des  Belles  Fleurs,  Fenioux.    See  advert  below  for  details.

What’s Coming Up... 1st February  -­‐  Opening  of  6  Nations  Rugby Watch  it  live  at  Café  des  Belles  Fleurs,  Fenioux.    See  advert  on  P.25. 11th  February  -­‐  Harlem  Globetrotters at  L’Acclameur,  Niort  8pm.    Tickets  29€-­‐40€.   12th  February  -­‐  Book  Sale All  Girls  Together  meeting  at  Fontenille-­‐saint-­‐Martin-­‐d’Entraigues. 26th  February  -­‐  Games  afternoon All  Girls  Together  meeting,  at  Fontenille-­‐saint-­‐Martin-­‐d’Entraigues. 22nd  February  -­‐  Musical  -­‐  Joe  Dassin  (french) Live  Musical   about   the   french   artist   with   14  artists  and   over   100   costumes.     The   troup   ‘Patrice   Pericard’   perform   at   the   Café   du   Commerce   in   Lezay   from   3pm.   (www.pericard.fr/fr/pericard-­‐joe-­‐ dassin.html).

Burns Night Supper

Saturday, 25th January, 2014 @ 7pm. CSSG invite you to a Burns Night Supper at the Café des Belles Fleurs, Fenioux.

A very  Happy  New  Year  from  all  of  us  at  the  English  speaking   Church  in  the  Poitou-­‐Charentes. Monthly  services  at  English  speaking  church  in  the  Deux-­‐Sèvres.     Jassay The  Chaplaincy  of  Christ   the   Good  Shepherd,  Poitou-­‐Charentes,     has  a  Home  Group  Service  at  Jassay,  commencing  at  11.00am  on   every  2nd  Sunday  in  the  month,  it  is  held  at   the   home  of  Ann   White.     A  warm  welcome  awaits   everyone  for  a  time   of  worship   and  fellowship.   Chef-­‐Boutonne The  Chaplaincy  of  Christ   the   Good  Shepherd,  Poitou-­‐Charentes,   also   holds  services  on  the  1st  Sunday  of  each  month  at  10.30am   at  The  Little   Stone  Church  in  Chef-­‐Boutonne.     After  each  service,   tea  or   coffee  is  served  and   an  opportunity  to  meet  other  people   in  the  area.   Parthenay The  Chaplaincy  of  Christ   the   Good  Shepherd,  Poitou-­‐Charentes,   also  holds  services  on   the  4th   Sunday  of  each   month  at  10.30am   in  the  Presbytery  Rooms,  rue  de  la  Citadelle,  Parthenay,  opposite   St   Croix   Church.    After   each  service,  tea  or  coffee  is  served  and   everyone  is  invited  to  a  'bring  and  share'  lunch.     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   website   for   details   of   meetings   and   spring   programmes  www.thefillingstation.org.uk  or  locally  contact   05  49  87  18  58  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. 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

Tickets only €30, available from Café des Belles Fleurs Tel: 05 49 28 12 39 email: cafedefenioux@gmail.com

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THE DEUX-SÈVRES MONTHLY                                                                                              

                                                                         

The National Holidays, Religious and Feast Days 2014

Paperback Jan Books  in  English

2nd Jan:  Bar  le  Palais,  St  Aubin  le  Cloud  79450.  2pm-­‐5pm  tbc 3rd  Jan:  Bar  de  la  Paix,  Thouars  79100.  12pm  -­‐  2pm   4th  Jan*:  Café  Cour  de  Miracle,  Vouvant  85120.  2.30pm  -­‐  4.30pm 5th  Jan:  Café  des  Belles  Fleurs,  Fenioux  79160.    2pm  -­‐  4pm 7th  Jan:  Brasserie  Vue  du  Chateau,  Bressuire  79300.  11am  -­‐  1pm 8th  Jan:  Le  Don  Jon  Bar,  Moncontour  86330.  4pm  -­‐  6pm 8th  Jan:    Les  Jardins  St  Laurent,  Parthenay  79200.  10.30am-­‐12.30pm  tbc 9th  Jan:  Pause!  Cafe,  L’Absie  79240.    2pm-­‐  5pm 10th  Jan:  Jan’s  home,  La  Ferriére-­‐en-­‐Parthenay  79390.    11am-­‐  4pm 11th  Jan:  Café  Le  Chauray,  St  Maixent  l’Ecole  79400.    10am  -­‐  1pm 29th  Jan:  Jan’s  home,  La  Ferriére-­‐en-­‐Parthenay  79390.    1pm-­‐  5pm 30th  Jan:  Le  Relais  des  2  Moulins,  Clessé  79350.    4pm-­‐  6pm 31st  Jan:  Le  P’tit  Bar  Boucard,  Ménigoute  79340.    4pm-­‐  6pm *  change  of  day    tbc  time  not  confirmed  when  sent  to  print

For more  info  contact  Jan  on: 06  08  30  73  29  or  email:  paperbackjan@gmail.com

Mr T’s Friterie

With regular venues at:

Open 6.30 -9pm Re-­‐opening 23rd  Janua ry

                           F    oire                  1    6170    (27th  month) • Aulnay    17470    (from  6pm)  •          Rouillac   • St  Hilaire  de  Villefranche  17770 • Matha 17160 • St  Jean  d’Angély  17400 See  www.frying2nite.com  for  details  or  call  06  02  22  44  74

Reel Fish & Chips Traditional English style Fish & Chips

We are taking our annual break in January and February, returning in March 2014. We hope all of our customers have had a very happy new year and we look forward to seeing you at the beginning of March. Tel: 06 04 14 23 94 or visit: www.reelfishandchips.net

Mondays:

• • Tuesdays: • • • • Wednesdays: • Thursdays: • • Fridays: • • Saturdays: • • • • • Sundays: • •

Benet 85490 Lencloître (1st Monday in month) 86140 Lezay 79120 Coulonges-sur-l’Autize 79160 Thouars 79100 Bressuire 79300 Parthenay 79200 Sauzé-Vaussais 79190 Niort 79000 Thouars 79100 Melle 79500 Chef-Boutonne 79110 Airvault 79600 Niort 79000 Coulon 79510 Saint-Maixent-l’École 79400 Neuville-de-Poitou 86170 Coulon 79510

Photo: Lisa Roberts

Local Markets

Wednesday 1st  January  ...   New  Year’s  Day  (Jour  de  l’An) Friday  14th  February  .........   Valentine’s  Day  (Saint  Valentin) Sunday  2nd  March  ............   Grandmothers’  Day  (Grands-­‐mères) Tuesday  4th  March  ............   Shrove  Tuesday  (Mardi  Gras) Sunday  20th  April  ..............   Easter  Sunday  (Pâques) Monday  21st  April  ............      Easter  Monday  (Lundi  de  Pâques) 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

Combined Services Support Group (CSSG) by Terri Laverick The committee  and  members   of  the  Combined   Services  Support   Group  (CSSG)  would  like  to  wish   all  members  and   supporters   a   very  Happy  and  Prosperous  New  Year.     After  what  seems  to  have   been  a  very  busy  2013,  it  is  with  a  great  deal  of  back  slapping  and   congratulations,  that  we  can  say  that  the  total  amount  of  monies   sent  to  SSAFA  France  in  2013  was  €1,242.    We  feel  that  this  was  a   great   achievement   in   our   first   full   year   and   that   everyone   concerned   can   be   justifiably   proud   of   themselves,   including   those   of   you   who   helped   by   spending   money   and   supplying   prizes  so  generously. We   have   several   events  already  booked  for   this   year,  including   the  two   events  at  Paperback  Jan’s  in  Le-­‐Ferrier,  the  summer  and   Christmas  Fairs  held  by  Aidez,  and  last  and  by  no  means  least,  the   Burns  Night   Supper   at   the   Café   des  Belles   Fleurs  in   Fenioux  on   25th  January.    Tickets   are  still  available  for  this  event  at  a  cost  of   30€   each.  For   those  who   have  not   been  before,  it   is   great   fun!     Haggis,  music,  dancing  and  entertainment  -­‐  an  evening  not  to  be   missed.    Kilts  are   not  essential,  but  if  you  have  one,  please  wear   it. Our   next   meeting   will   be  on   the   22nd   February  and  we   will   be   back   to   our   full   English   breakfast   before   the   meeting.   If   you   would  like  to  join   us   please  email   us  on  cssgoup@outlook.com   and  we  will  be  happy  to  see  you.   Tickets   for   the   Burns   Night   are   available   from   the   Café   des   Belles  Fleurs,  email:  cafedefenioux@gmail.com   PS.  Winners   of   the  prizes   at   Terves:  Edward   (name   the  Teddy)   was  won  by  Suzanne  Williams,  and  Sarah  Berry  was  the  closest  to   the  amount   of   small   cash  in   the   bottle   (€23.10)   at   €23.32   and   won  a  case  of  wine.

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Welcome to the Deux-Sèvres!

News from  the  Pays  de  Gâtine!  

If you  have  recently  moved  to  the  Deux-­‐Sevres,  and  find  yourself   at   the  start  of  a  New  Year   eager   to   put   into   place  resolutions  to   try   something  new  and  get  involved,  have  you  considered  joining  AVF?  

Bonne année   and   a   very   Happy   New   Year   from   the   Pays   de   Gâtine.

by Jane Henderson

AVF (Accueil   Villes   Françaises)   is   an   association   established   throughout   France   dedicated   to   welcoming   newcomers    to  an  area,  whether  they  are   French  nationals  moving  within  France  or   foreigners   moving  from   their   country  of   origin  to  live  in  France. In   August   2012   we   moved   to   the   Deux-­‐Sèvres,   just   south   of   Parthenay.     At  the  beginning  of   September  we   joined   the   AVF  in   Parthenay  hoping  to  meet   new  friends  and  discover  new  activities.   We  have  not  been  disappointed.    We  have  made  new  friends,  both   English  and  French,  and  have  found   ourselves   involved  in  a  variety   of  activities  to  keep  us  busy.    We  have  found  it   invaluable  in  helping   us  to  integrate  in  the  community  and  develop  our  language  skills. AVF  offers   a  wide  range   of   activities,  run   by   the   members  of   the   association  on  a  voluntary  basis,  and   include  two   walking  groups,   French   conversation   groups,   English/French   exchange   groups,   cards   and   scrabble   evenings,   craft   activities,   a   photographic   competition,  visits  to  gardens  and   plenty  of  social  events  to   mark   the  important  dates  in  the  French  calendar.  

by Julia Salvat

They say  that   a  new  year   often   brings  changes  and  2014  will  be   no  exception  as  far  as  local  politics  are  concerned. Communes  will  stay  the   same  but   the  March   elections  could  see   new  mayors  and  councillors  being  elected.   Communauté  des  communes  will  change  though,  and  the  area  of   the  Pays   de  Gâtine   as  we  know  it   today  will   be   affected.     The   Moncountant   area   is   going   to   join   Bressuire.   Parthenay,   Secondigny,   Menigoute,  Thenezay  and   Gourgé   will   be   grouped   together   to   become   the   new   communauté   de   communes   of   Parthenay  Gâtine.    Some  of  the   surrounding  communes  around   Airvault  will  join  Thouars. In  general  terms,  the  Pays  de  Gâtine  can  only  help  anyone  in   its   geographical  area.     However,   as  far  as   the  public  meetings   that   we  arrange  for   English  speakers  are  concerned,  anyone  can  still   attend.    To  find  out  which  area  you  are  in,  please  consult  the  map   below. To  obtain  further  information  please  refer  to  the  Pays  de  Gâtine’s  

November saw   a   'Beaujolais   Nouveau'   evening   and   December   found  us  enjoying  an  end  of  year  meal   at  a  restaurant  in  Parthenay.   January  will  see  the  'Fêtes  des  Rois'  celebrated  with  the  sharing  of   the   traditional   Gallette  des   Rois;  an   Alsace   'choucroute'   evening,   followed  a  month  later   with  Crêpes.     Summer  sunshine  lends  itself   to  a   picnic   followed   by  a  walk  for   the  energetic,  or   gentler   board   games  for  those  who  would  rather  have  a  siesta!   For  the  volunteers  involved  in  the  running  of  the  association  their   motivation   is   first   and   foremost   the   enjoyment   of   meeting   with   others,   wanting   to   work   as   part   of   a   team   and   the   wish   to   strengthen  the  bonds  of  friendship.   If  there  is  an  activity  that  you  enjoy  and  would  like  to  organise  for   the  benefit   of  the  association  and  its  members,  you  would  be  very   welcome  to  do  so. If  you   are  interested,  and  would  like  to  know  more  about  the  AVF   in  Parthenay,   then  please  get  in   touch.    I  am  Jane   Henderson  and   my  e-­‐mail  address  is:  pjhenderson@orange.fr

website: www.gatine.org.    Under  ‘Guide  for  Newcomers’  click  on   ‘French  Social  Assistants’  where  you   will  find  the  contact  number   and  address.    

I look  forward  to  hearing  from  you.

PAUSE FOR PATCHWORK - RAFFLE RESULTS Congratulations to Pauline Tonks who was winner of the charity patchwork quilt! 2nd Prize goes to M.Griffen and 3rd Prize still to be confirmed. A total of 400€ was raised, so a big thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket. The money raised will be donated to Muscular Dystrophy. A big gratified thank-you from a special member of our group who lost two sons to this horrible disease. Above: The Monday Walking Group

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31 YEARS ON!

by Sue Beale

Having moved  to  France  in  2004  and  left  the  family  behind,  we’ve   always  made  the  best  of  the  times  when  we  have   all  been  able  to   get   together.   As   the   years   flew   by,   and   my   60th   was   fast   approaching,   I  had   always  said   to   the  family  “when   it’s  my   60th,   you   must   come  over  and  we’ll   have  a  really   big  celebration”.    My   eldest  brother  is  10  years  older  than   me  and  our  birthdays  are  only   one  week  apart,  so  it  was   going  to  be  a  double  celebration  for  my   60th  and  his  70th. This   ‘throw   away’  comment   soon   became   a   reality,   so   as   2013   approached,  my  family  began  to  make  arrangements  to  travel  over   to  visit  us  at  the  end  of  August.     My   youngest   brother,   John   and   his   partner   Gill,   drove   up   from   Spain  where  they  have  lived  for  nearly  7  years.    My  middle  brother,   Trevor  and  his  wife  Maureen  and  also   my  eldest  brother  Keith  and   his  wife  Val,  were  to   come  over   via  the   tunnel   together  in  one  car.     My  son  and  his  fiancée  booked  to  fly  out  to  La  Rochelle,  as  had  my   nephew  and  his   wife.    Unfortunately  my  daughter,  son-­‐in-­‐law  and   granddaughter   were  unable  to  visit   as  they  were   expecting  their   second  child  at   the   beginning  of  November  and  so  were  unable  to   fly.    My   daughter  being   8  months  pregnant,  didn’t   fancy  the  very   long  journey. Once  everyone  had  arrived  (unfortunately  my  nephew  and  his  wife   were  unable  to  come  as  he  had   to  go  into  hospital  for  a  minor  op)   the  weather  was  glorious  and  we  spent  most  of  the  time  outside  in   the  garden,  eating,  drinking  and  catching  up  on  all  the  news  in  the   summer  kitchen  we  had  erected. It  came  to  light  during  the  conversations  that  it  had  been  31  years   ago   that   our   Mum   &   Dad   celebrated   their   Ruby   Wedding   Anniversary.     Us   four   children   decided   to   have   a  portrait   photo   taken   to   present   to   them   at   their   party.     Mum   and   Dad   were   thrilled  with  the  photo   and  it  took  pride  of  place  in  their  lounge  for   many  years.     Each  of  us  had  identical   smaller  photos  that  we  have   hung  up  in  our  own  homes  over  the  years.     It   was  suggested  that,  as  we  were  all  together   for  the  first  time  in   a   few   years,   perhaps   we   could   ‘re-­‐enact’   the   portrait.     The   first   attempt   was   whilst   we   were   at   our   local   bar   (Le   Chaps)   in   La   Chapelle  Thireuil  on  a  Friday  evening.     However,  because  the  drink   was   flowing   freely  that   evening  we   couldn’t   stop   laughing   long   enough  for  the  photo  to  be  taken. On   the   Sunday  afternoon   we  were  all  ready  to  attempt   the   photo-­‐ shoot   again   and  this  time  it  was  a  success.    We  tried  to   wear   the   same  colour  clothing  that  we  were  wearing  back  then,  and  also  sit   in  the  same  places.    The  result.....?    Well,  you  can  see  for  yourself.

Members of  'Just  Brass  79'  recently  said   a  fond   farewell   to  Robert   Burnett,  as  Robert  and  partner   Carol  prepared   to   return   to  Wales   to   live.     They  were  presented  with  a  box  of  'Pineau  des  Charentes'   and   a   framed   picture   of  the   local   Chateau   and   Lake   at   Javarzay,     close  to  where  they  lived  in  St  Martin  d'Entraigues. Robert,   a   former   principal   Euphonium   player   with   the   Cory   Band  from   Wales,  came   to   Just   Brass79   (an   Anglo/ French   brass   band)   back   in   September   2009,   when   the   group   found   themselves   urgently  seeking  a  conductor   just  10  days  before  a   concert.     Robert  agreed  to  take  on  the   conducting   role   for   the   concert   with  only  one  rehearsal,   and  afterwards   agreed   to   help   out   until   a   replacement   conductor   could   be   found.     Robert   not  only  became  conductor,   he   helped  out  the  bass  section   when   needed,   and   took   on   the   role   of   band   trainer   and   solo   Euphonium  player,  thrilling  many  an  audience  with  his  renditions  of   Carnival  of  Venice,  and  Myfanwy. Robert  will  be  missed  by  the  group,  who  would  like  to  express  their   thanks   for  all   he  has  done  to  help   the  band,  as  well  as  helping  in   promoting   the   brass   band   scene   in  south  west   France.     They  all   wish  him  and  Carol  well  on  their  return  to  Wales,  and  Robert,    in  his   new  chapter  of  banding  with  the  Mid  Rhondda  Band. Just   Brass   79   are   now   searching   for   someone   to   fill   the   conducting   role  which   Robert   took   on,   as   well   as   continuing   to   look   for   additional   players   in   their   ranks.     The   group,  who   stage   some  6  concerts  per   year,   rehearse   each   Wednesday   evening   between   8pm   and   10pm   at   the   Salle   de   fêtes   (salle   Cendille)   Limalonges   79,   and   would   be   interested   to   hear   from   anyone   interested  in  joining  them.     Contact  can  be  through  the  band’s  website  www.justbrass79.fr  

A Note of Thanks to our Local Firemen

by Kate Selwood

I recently  had  a  conversation  with   the  wife  of   one  of  the  local,   volunteer  fire  fighters  from  Secondigny.    She  explained  that  the   volunteer   Pompier   were   very   grateful   for   the   generous   donations   given   in   return   for   the   annual   calendar   that   they   distribute  in   December   (average   10€).     This  money  is   used  to   provide   essential   equipment   and   uniforms.     These   volunteer   forces  exist  in  most  villages  and  Christmas  is  an  excellent  time  of   year   to  show  our  appreciation   of   the   work  that  they  carry  out   throughout  the  rest  of  the  year  in  their   spare  time.  Without  this   local   service,  particularly   in   rural   areas,  response   time   to   fires   would  be  a  lot  slower. Now   our   children   have  copies   of   these   two   photos   which  we  hope  they  will  treasure  as  we  have  our  own  portrait.

So when  your  local  fireman  calls  again  next  Christmas  give  him  a   pat  on  the  back  (or  maybe  a  cup  of  coffee  and  a  mince  pie!).

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ARTicles

by Josie Bounds

Romantics: JMW  Turner Romanticism  was  an  artistic   and  literary  movement  that   originated   in  Europe  towards  the  late  18th  century  and  early  19th  century.  The   Romantics   were   very   prevalent   in   France,   Germany   and   England.     Romanticism   was   the   antithesis   of   Classicism,  although   they  both   shared  the   same  concern  for  the  'ideal'  rather  than  the  'real'.    Both   embraced  the  concept  of  nobility,  grandeur,  virtue  and  superiority.   One  of  the  greatest   British  artists,  Joseph  Mallard   William   Turner,   born  1775,  documented  classical  and  romantic  subjects,  stormy  and   tranquil   scenes;   he   created   subjects   of   complexity   and   painted   simple   naturalistic   views   too.   He   painted   in   extremes   either   of   violence  or  quiet.  Turner  always  based  his  paintings  on  experience. Whilst   the   classical   ideal   is   to   adapt   man   to   his   society,   the   Romantics  envisaged  the  unobtainable  beyond  the  limits  of  human   adaptability.    Romanticism  is  very  varied  in  it's  manifestations  and  no   single  definition  is  possible,  however,  the  key  element   that   links   all   the  Romantic  artists  together   is   the  value  of   individual   experience   coupled  with  the  exploration  of  the  values  of  intuition  and  instinct.

We all  wish   you  a  very  Happy  New  Year  and  hope  2014  will   bring   you  good  health  and  lots  of  happiness. Our   next   production   ‘Boeing   Boeing’   was   written   by   Marc   Camoletti   and   is   directed   by   Paul   Chandler.     Paul   recently   directed   our  very  successful  ‘The  39   Steps’  and  we  are  very  lucky   to  have  Paul  once  again  as  he  is  in  great  demand  in  the  UK  where   he  directs  both  plays  and  musicals. ‘Boeing  Boeing’  -­‐  what’s  it  about? Set  in  the  swinging  60’s,  bachelor  Bernard  couldn’t   be   happier:  a   flat   in  Paris  and  three  gorgeous  stewardesses,  one  American,  one   German   and   one   Italian,  all   engaged   to   him   without   knowing   about  each  other.    But  Bernard’s  perfect   life  gets  bumpy  when  his   friend   Robert   comes  to   stay   and  a  new  and   speedier   Boeing  jet   throws  off  all  of  his  careful  planning.    Soon   all  three  stewardesses   are  in  town  simultaneously.     Timid  Robert  is  forgetting  which   lies   to   tell   to   whom,   and   catastrophe   looms.   A   riotous   farce   that   recently   enjoyed   hit   revivals   in   London   and   New   York,  ‘Boeing   Boeing’   is   now   set   to   arrive   in  Secondigny   so   fasten   your   seat   belts! The   play  is  scheduled   for   early  April  2014  and   auditions  will   be   held  on   the   3rd   January  so   if   you   fancy  “stepping  the   boards”   don’t  wait. Our  Keynotes  singers  had  a  very  busy  time  in   December   and   are   currently   taking   a   well   earned   rest   before   starting   to   rehearse   for   our  2014  bookings. If   you  run  a  charity  and  would  like  our  singers  to  perform  at  your   fund  raiser  then  please  let  me  know  as  soon  as  possible.

The Art Scene J, M, W Turner Rain, Steam and Speed The Great Western Railway 1844

Turner was  interested  in  the  industrial  revolution,  his  early  studies  of   landscapes  included   iron   foundries  and   colliers  being  loaded.  The   setting  for   Rail,  Steam  and  Speed  is  Brunel's   railway  at  Maidenhead   on   the   Great   Western   Railway  going  up   to   London.   He   blurs   his   composition   using   raw   colour   which   bleeds   together   to   make   confusion.  Turner's  use  of  soft  and  warm  colours  dominate  his  pallet   he  balances   this  with   bits   of  pale  blue  sky   and  water.  However,   he   stays  true  to  some  formal  elements  line,  perspective  and  depth.   Train   and   nature   are  fused   within   the   rapid   brush   strokes   which   cover  the  entire  canvas;  his  rapid  brush  strokes  envelope  the  whole   scene  in   a  misty  haze.     The  darkness  and  clear  power  of  the  train   makes  it  the  central  focus  of  the  painting.    The  train  stretches  back   into  the  canvas  creating  substantial  depth,  the  diagonal  line  of   the   train  pulls  the  viewer  into  the  centre  of  the  painting. Turner  endorses  the  industrial  revolution  through  the  emergence  of   the  train,  which   seems   to   be  born  from  out  of  the  fields   and   sky.   However,   when   you   look   closer   at   the   picture   Turner   is   using   symbolism  to  hint  at  the  dangers  of  man’s  new  technology.    You  can   see  a  frightened  hare  racing  in  the  bottom  right   hand  corner,  which   could   be  seen  as  another   symbol  of  speed.     Two  fishermen  are  in   the  left  hand  side  of  the  painting,  which  could  be  a  nod  to  traditional   methods  of  gathering  food  and  transportation. This   pre-­‐impressionist   painting   and   beautiful   use  of  brush   strokes   and   colour   makes   Turner   a  true  master   of  his  art   and  one   of   the   greatest  of  all  British  artists.

What is  Art?     A  great  question  but  one  which  has  many  different   answers  and   some  lots   of   you   would  disagree  with.     We   try  to   cover   many  aspects   of   art   at  our   meetings   but   if   there   are   any   you  feel  missing  let   me  know.     If  you  are  painting  and  have   any   problems   I’m   sure   one   of   our   more   experienced   artists  will   be   able  to  help. One  of  our   members  lives  too   far   away  to   attend  our   meetings   but  takes  part  in  our  ‘Miniature  Art’  monthly  projects.    If   you  are   unable   to   travel   and   would   like   to   share   your   paintings   with   others  perhaps  you  might  like  to  join.     The  Art  Scene  meets  every  Friday  morning  in  Secondigny  in   the   room  next  to   the  bibliothèque  at  10am.     Fancy  popping  in  to  look   at  what  we  are  doing?    Please  do,  you  would  be  most  welcome.     Our   Alternative   Calendar   Girls   calendar   appeal   is   coming   to   a   close  soon,  and  we  have  to  date,  raised  over  9,000€  from  the  sale   of  calendars  and  sponsorships  and  hope  to  achieve   the   target  of   10,000€   by   the   end   of   the   year.     This   money   will   be   divided   between   Leukemia   and   Lymphona   Research   in   the  UK   and   the   French  cancer   organisation  Fondation  de  France.    Our   thanks  go   to   all   our   sponsors,   our   lovely   ladies   and   everyone   who   has   contributed  to  this  amazing  achievement. 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.

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THE DEUX-SÈVRES MONTHLY More from  local   writer  Alison  Morton...     Please  see  back  issues  of   ‘The  DSM’  if  you  would  like  to  see  previous  articles.

New year, new conflict First of  all,  “bonne  année”  to   all  readers,  and   best   of  luck  with  all   your   writing   projects.   This   could   be   the   year   your   work   is   published! This  month,  we’re   down   to   practicalities.     Virtually  all   fiction,  in   order  to  have  some  structure  and  to   keep  the   reader   glued  to  the   page,   is   based   on   a   conflict   of   some   sort.     Time-­‐honoured   structures  include  one  or  more  of  the  following: Fantasy  versus  reality Man/woman/creature  versus  life Man/woman/creature  versus  man Man/woman/creature  versus  nature Man/woman/creature  versus   him/herself • Man/woman/creature  versus society • • • • •

• • • • • •

• • • • • • • • Man/woman/creature versus  God • Country  versus  country • Race  versus  race • Person  versus  illness • Fish  out  of  water  (perhaps  a  variant   • on  man/woman-­‐versus-­‐nature) • Coming   of   age   (a   variant   of   man/ • woman  versus  him/herself) • Boy  meets  girl

Boy meets  boy Girl  meets  boy Girl  meets  girl God  versus  god Nature  versus  nature Magic  versus  person Person  versus  magic Religion  versus  politics Child  versus  adult Adult  versus  child Opinion  versus  opinion Religion  versus  science Science  versus  religion Teacher  versus  student Student  versus  teacher Two  worlds  collide

Is that  it? No,  because  as  soon   as  the  main  character   is  on  track  to  solve  the   problem   before   them,  you   should   throw   in   another   conflict.   It   doesn’t   have   to   be  a   “stop   the  terrorist   blowing  up  the   world”   type   of  conflict;  it  could  be  an  agonising  choice  of  whether  to  go   to  an   event  or  not,  or  lose  somebody’s  friendship   or  love.    The  key   is   the   intensity  of   the   emotions   and  thoughts  generated   by  the   conflict  and  the  possible  outcomes.   If   you’re   not   sure   of   how   that   would   play  out,  jot   down   notes   about   say,  three   or   four   possible   outcomes.     Which   one   will   fit   your   overall   plot?   Readers   enjoy   the   frisson   of   tension   arising   from   the   difficulty   the   main   characters   find   themselves   in   and   root   for  them  when  they  try  to  find  a  way  out.     It’s  every  writer’s   job  to  supply  that  conflict. Happy  writing!

After a  successful   October   Book   Sale   and   numerous   other   fund   raising  events,  I   am   now   able   to   inform   you   all   that   due  to   the   tireless  work  of  the  volunteers  at  HOPE  and  the  continued  support   of  the  public,  The  Hope  Associate  have  been  able  to  send  donations   to   the  following  associations:  Twilight   Maison  Retrait  pour  Chiens';   L'association   Orfee,   Poor   Paws,   Levriers   &   Co,   Dog   links,   SPA   Limoges,  SPA  Cognac,  SPA  Poitiers,  Feline  Pour  l'autre,  and   Chats  du   l'ecole  de  Poitiers. None  of  this  would   have  been   possible  without   the   tremendous   support  we  receive  from  our  volunteers  and  you,  the  general  public.     If   you   would   like   to   join   our   mailing   list   so   we   can   keep   you   informed   of   all   Hope's  future   events,   or   would   like   to  donate  or   volunteer,  please  email  linda.burns4hope@gmail.com. I  would   like  to  take  this  opportunity  to  thank  you  all   and  wish  you   a  healthy,  happy  and  prosperous  2014.    Linda  Burns,  President.

Are you a bit of a Bookworm?

Alison Morton  writes  alternate  history  thrillers,  blogs  about   wriMng  and  Romans  at  hOp://alison-­‐morton.com/blog/  

If you   are   an   avid   reader  and   would   like   to   share  your  books  with   us  -­‐  we  would  love  to   publish  your  book   reviews  here.   Please  send  to  us  by  email: info@thedeuxsevresmonthly.fr Reviews  should  ideally  be  150-­‐200  words  long.

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Announcing the  Deux-­‐Sèvres   LitFest  2014  in  St  Clémentin   Following   the   success   of   the   first   bilingual   festival   of   literature   in   2012,   Gordon   and   Jocelyn  Simms  are  delighted  to   announce  that   the  festival  will  be  repeated,  August  29th  -­‐  31st   2014. An   impressive   line-­‐up   of   authors   is   emerging,   principally   Michèle   Roberts   and   Blake  Morrison.     Michèle  is   the   author   of  12  novels  including  ‘Daughters  of  the   House’  which  was   shortlisted  for   the   Booker   Prize.    Poet,  short  story  writer  and  tutor,   she  will  give  a  creative  writing  workshop  at  the  festival.    Her  most   recent   novel,  ‘Ignorance’,  set  in   a  small  French  village,  traces   the   lives  of  three  women  growing  up  in  a  time  of  war  and   deprivation.   Roberts’  writing  is  sensuous,  full  of   colour,  sound,  taste  and  touch,   making  her  stories  richly  memorable.   Blake  Morrison  has  written  fiction,  poetry,  journalism  and  plays  but   is  best-­‐known  for  two   startling  memoirs,  ‘And  When   Did   You  Last   See  Your   Father?’  (now  a  film  starring   Colin  Firth)  and  ‘Things  My   Mother   Never   Told   Me’.     These   intimate   biographies  are   written   with  immense  candour   and  compassion.     Blake  has  been   literary   editor  of  ‘ The  Observer’  and  ‘ The  Independent  on  Sunday’  and   is  a   professor  at  Goldsmith’s  College,  London.   Next   time  we’ll  introduce  other  authors  who  will   attend.  We  shall   be   welcoming   Leigh   Russell,   crime   writer,   and   Beatrice   Colin,   historical  novelist.   2014   is   the   100th   anniversary   of   the   First   World   War   and   this   theme  will  be  reflected   at  the  festival.    An   archive  of  writings  by   the  eminent  philosopher   Marie-­‐Madeleine   Davy  (1903-­‐1998)  will   be   displayed.     A  former  inhabitant   of   St  Clémentin,  she  taught   at   the  Sorbonne,  travelled   widely,  met   influential   thinkers   and   even   put   on  festivals  in  the  village  during  the   60s.     This   unsung  heroine   of  the  Second  World  War  sheltered  Jews  and  enabled  safe  passage   for  female  ‘collaborators’.  

YOUR Book Reviews... Thank  you  to  Terry  Hawker  for  this  month’s  book  review... ‘The Unconsoled’ by Kazuo Ishiguro ‘The Unconsoled’ is an award winning novel written in1995 and suggested by the Sunday Times as being among the best 100 works of fiction of the Twentieth Century. The author, Kazuo Ishiguro, was born in Nagasaki, now a British citizen and may be better known for his novel, ‘The Remains of the Day’, which by comparison is perhaps a pity. Straightaway, ‘The Unconsoled’ treats the reader to the most elegantly constructed dialogue and a unique plot that unwinds between its main character, Mr Ryder, a celebrated pianist, and the staff at his hotel in a town where he is due to give a concert. The hotel’s ageing porter, Gustav, together with its manager are very obsequious but as their relationships develop, they mention politely from time to time the possibility of Ryder being able to offer them small favours. Ryder timidly agrees but becomes increasingly anxious about these and his own programme for the forthcoming concert, which seems to be vague. The main theme of this book is the pressure building on Ryder over these issues as the day of the concert draws nearer and the consequently surreal direction of his life. There is, for example, a visit to the hotel’s annex far away on a country hilltop, people from his past mysteriously appear, and memorably a city tram full of jolly people eating breakfast. ‘The Unconsoled’ is a novel unlike no other I have read (twice now) and would seem to be about stress, but above all, it is a delight if nothing else to just be immersed in its wonderful language.

We would  love   to   hear   from  authors   who   would   like   to   sell   and   sign  books  in   the  festival  bookshop,  also  people  who  could  help  by   disseminating  publicity,  acting  as  marshals   or   hosting  an   author  -­‐   and   from  anyone  who   has  commercial  accommodation  that  can  be   advertised.    Last   year  over   600  visitors  came  to  the  festival  and  we   anticipate   an   even   bigger   public   for   2014   to   meet   the   authors,   attend  workshops,  participate  in  debate  and   discussion  and   enjoy   the  convivial  atmosphere.     If  you  would  like  further  information  or  want  to  register  your  support   for  the  festival  please  get  in  touch  with  jocelynsmms@gmail.com  or   gordon.simms@aliceadsl.fr  www.stclementinlitfest.com

Above: Organisers of the Litfest, Jocelyn & Gordon Simms

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New Beginnings

by Sue  Burgess

It is   sometimes   difficult   to   translate   "new"   into   French,   due   to   confusion  over   the  French  words  nouveau  and  neuf.    In  fact,  the   French  adjectives   have  distinctly   different   meanings;  the  problem   is  actually  caused  by  the  fact   that  the  English  word  "new"  has  more   than  one  meaning.      Fortunately,  this  is  an  easy  problem  to  remedy.  

Nouveau    

Nouveau means  new  in  the  sense  of  new  to   the  owner   -­‐   a  change   or   improvement;   that   is,   something   that   is   new   because   it's   different  than  what   came   before,  regardless  of  whether  it   is  brand   new  from  the  store.    The  opposite  of  nouveau  is  ancien  (former). ”As-­‐tu  vu  ma  nouvelle  voiture  ?”    Have  you  seen  my  new  car? (The  car  is  not  necessarily  new  out  of  the  factory;  new  here  means   new  to  the  speaker.) ”Il  a  mis  une  nouvelle  chemise.”    He  put  a  new  shirt  on. (He  took  off  the  shirt  he  was  wearing  and  put  a  different  one  on  in   its  place.  The   "new"  shirt   may  or   may  not  be  new  from  the  store;   the  important  thing  here  is  that  it  is  different.) ”J'ai  vu  le  nouveau  pont.”  I  saw   the  new  bridge.  (The  replacement   for  the  one  that  got  washed  out.) Nouveau  stands  before  the   noun  it  modifies  and  changes  to  agree   in   gender   and   number   with  it:  nouveau  -­‐   nouvelle   -­‐  nouveaux  -­‐   nouvelles Nouveau  has  a  special  form   for  masculine  nouns  that  begin  with   a   vowel:  nouvel

Vocabulary /  Vocabulaire  : beau  comme  un  sou  neuf.........

a handsome   devil,   spick   and   span  (familiar)

état neuf.................................... good  as  new faire  du  neuf  avec  du  vieux....... to   pour   new   wine   into   old   bottles   /   to   teach   an   old   dog   new  tricks flambant  neuf...........................

brand new

Quoi de  neuf?...........................

What’s new?

à nouveau.................................

anew /  afresh

un nouveau  départ...................

a new  beginning,  a  fresh  start

un nouveau  souffle..................

new life

un nouveau  venu......................

newcomer

un nouveau-­‐né.........................

newborn

porter un  nouveau  regard  sur..

to take  a  fresh  look  at  / to   look   at   something   in   a   different  way

prendre un  nouveau  départ.....

to make  a  fresh  start

rien de  nouveau........................ nothing  new

Neuf

Neuf means   new   in   the   sense   of   brand   new,   fresh   out   of   the   factory,  first  of  its  kind.    The  opposite  of  neuf  is  vieux  (old). ”Je  n'ai   jamais  acheté  une  voiture   neuve”. new  car.    (I  always  buy  second  hand  cars.)

I've never   bought   a  

”Il a  acheté  une  chemise   neuve.”       He  bought  a  new  shirt.     (He   went  to  the  store  and  bought  a  brand-­‐new  shirt.) Neuf  follows  the  noun   it  modifies  and  changes  to  agree  in  gender   and  number  with  it:    neuf  -­‐  neuve  -­‐  neufs  –  neuves

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To sum  up,  nouveau  means  something  has  changed,  neuf   indicates   that   something   is   newly-­‐made.   With   this   new   knowledge,   you   shouldn't   have  any  more  trouble   deciding  whether  to  use  neuf  or   nouveau.

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French Corner... Une coutume anglaise

Un Pâté en croûte cornouaillais

Il y  a  plusieurs  années,  dans  certaines  régions  du  nord  de  l'Angleterre   et   de  l'Ecosse,  est   apparue   la   pratique  du  «  first-­‐footing   »   pour   le   nouvel  an,  déterminant  ainsi  la  chance  pour  la  famille.    Le  «  first-­‐foot   »  est  la  première  personne  à  franchir  le  pas   de   la  porte  d'un  ami  ou   d'un   voisin   le   Jour     de   l'An   (passé   minuit,   quand   le   1er   janvier   commence).

Le pâté   en   croûte   cornouaillais   (Cornish   Pasty)  est  une  sorte   de   pâté   en   croûte,   provenant   de   Cornwall   au   Royaume-­‐Uni.     Il   est   cuit  au   four  dans  une  croûte   de   pâte   traditionnellement   remplie  de  viande.

par Julie Tee

Traditionnellement, si  le  «  first-­‐foot  »  est  un   homme  grand  avec  des   cheveux   noirs,  il  porte  bonheur  à  la  maison,  mais  quelqu'un  avec  des   cheveux   blonds   ou   roux   a  la   réputation   de   porter   malheur.     On   suppose   que   cela   vient   de   l'invasion   de   l'Ecosse   par   les   Vikings   blonds.    Le  «   first-­‐foot  »  vient  généralement  aussi  avec  des  cadeaux.     Un   «   first-­‐foot   »   sans   cadeaux   serait   considéré   comme   un   porte   malheur  à  la  famille  pour  l'année  à  venir. Le  visiteur   apporte  du   charbon,  du  pain,   une  pièce  de  monnaie  et   une   boisson   (habituellement   du   whisky).   Ils   représentent   respectivement   la  chaleur,   la   nourriture,   la   prospérité  et   la  bonne   humeur.     Il  n'est   pas   prévu  que  le   «  first-­‐foot  »   offre  sa  bouteille   de   whisky  en  cadeau.    A  la  place,  il  verse  un  verre  à  son  hôte  et  l'hôte  lui   rend   la  pareille  avec   un   verre   de  sa   propre   bouteille,  échangeant   ainsi  les  vœux  de  bonne  année.

Il est   en  forme  de  demi-­‐cercle,   réalisé  en   pliant   le   cercle  de  pâte   une   fois   rempli.  Le  bord  est  replié  pour  former  un  joint. La  tradition  raconte  qu'il   a  été  fait  à  l'origine  pour  le  déjeuner  des   mineurs  cornouaillais  qui  ne  pouvaient   pas  remonter  à  la   surface   pour  manger.    Souvent  sales  de  la  tête  aux  pieds,  ils  pouvaient  tenir   le  pâté  par  la  croûte  pliée  et  manger  le  reste  du  pâté  en  croûte  sans   le  toucher,  jetant  après  les  bouts  de  croûte  sales.

Voici un  recette....l’essayez!

Pâté en  croûte  cornouaillais  ~  pour  2  patés Ingrédients  pâte: • 200g  de  farine • 140g  de  margarine • une  pincée  de  sel • Un  peu  d'eau Cette  tradition  est  encore  populaire  dans  certaines  régions   d'Ecosse,   en   rendant   visite   à   des   amis   après   minuit   et   les   jours   suivants   jusqu'au   3  janvier,  pour   partager   un   repas  et   une   boisson   et   pour   s'échanger  de  petits  cadeaux. On  considère  également   comme  malchanceux  de  ne  pas   avoir   une   maison  impeccablement  propre  pour   accueillir  la  nouvelle  année.  De   nombreuses  femmes  ont  passé  des  heures  à  épousseter,  balayer    et   frotter   pour  avoir   une  maison  reluisante   à  minuit.     La   tradition   de   mettre   les   cendres   de   la  cheminée   hors   de   la   maison   signifie   le   départ  de  l'ancienne  année.    Je  viens  d'une  famille  écossaise  et  je  me   rappelle   souvent  une   année,  quand   ma   mère   a  ouvert   la  porte   de   derrière  pour   laisser  sortir   l'année  passée  et   celle   de  l'entrée   pour   accueillir  la  nouvelle  !

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

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

Ingrédients remplissage  : • 1  pomme  de  terre • 1  navet • 1  oignon • 200gr  de  bœuf  bourguignon

Préparation: 1. Etaler la   pâte   pour   obtenir   une   épaisseur   de   2/3mm.   Découper  un  cercle  d'environ  20cm  de  diamètre. 2. Couper   la  pomme  de  terre   ,  les  navets   et  les   oignons  en   fines  lamelles  et  les  mettre  de  côté. 3. Couper  la  viande  en  petits  morceaux. 4. Placer   la   moitié   des   lamelles   de   pommes   de   terre,  puis  le  navet   et   l'oignon  au  centre  de  la  pâte. 5. Ajouter   une   petite   quantité   de   margarine   et   humidifier   avec   un   peu  d’eau. 6. Enfin   ajouter   les   morceaux   de   viande  sur  le  dessus  et  assaisonner   avec  le  sel  et  le  poivre. 7. Humidifier   le   bord   de   la   pâte   et   plier   par   dessus   le   contenu.    Replier  les  bords  pour  fermer  la  pâte. 8. Faire  un   petit   trou  en   haut  pour  laisser  échapper  la  vapeur   pendant  la  cuisson. 9. Badigeonner  la  pâte  avec  un  œuf  battu. Cuire   à   220˚C   pendant   30   minutes,   puis   réduire   la  chaleur   à   100˚C   et  cuire   encore   30  minutes.    Retirer   les  pâtés   et   laisser   reposer   pendant   15   minutes.   (Vous   pouvez  couvrir   les   pâtés   chauds  avec  un  chiffon  propre  et  sec  pour   ramollir  le  fond  de  la   pâte  avant  de  manger)  . Bon  appétit  !

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Hobbies, Clubs & Associations... Cancer Support

Alone in  France? We  are  a  group  of  people  living  alone   in  the  

Don’t worry alone - Pick up the Phone Deux-Sèvres Contact June Searchfield on 05 49 64 59 96 Email: junesearchfield@gmail.com Vendée Contact our helpline 02 51 00 58 21 Email: cvspresident@orange.fr

Open Door Lending Library Over 7000 fiction and non-fiction books and DVDs Open Friday mornings 10am to midday at 18 rue Pierre Pestureau, Civray (86400) Individual membership 6€, family membership 10€

Cancer Support aims to improve the lives of people affected by Cancer in the Deux-Sèvres and Vendée. ---------------------------

We are here to support you and your family Hi everybody,  I'm  Colette,  a   french  lady  living   in  Niort.    My  husband   and  I  love  to  travel  all  over  the  world  and  meet  people.    To   improve   and   increase   my   English   language   I'm   looking   to   meet   someone   weekly  to  exchange  English  and  French.     If  you  would  be  interested   in  meeting  me,  please  email  me  at  gailleresc@gmail.com

L’Association Papot'age   is   ready   to   make   regular   visits   to  

English people  who  are  lonely  and  looking  for  some  company  in  the   Thenezay,   Airvault   and   Saint   Loup   areas.   If   you   know   anybody,   several  British  volunteers  are  ready  to  go  and  chat  with  them.     For   more   information,   please   contact   Kate   Sangsto,   one   of   Papot'age's  volunteers    05  49  50  84  77. A R E  Y O U A M O D E L R A I L W A Y ENTHUSIAST? Join a group of likeminded modellers who meet monthly to visit members' layouts and swap information. Based on the Deux-Sevres/ Vendee border but also have members in the Vienne and Charente. Please contact Gerry Riley for more information on 05 49 63 34 01.

2nd Sunday Motorcycle Club www.2ndsundayclub.fr If you would like to attend our coffee mornings please contact us via the website........New members always welcome! Le Tallud   Boules   en   bois   are   offering   sessions   every   Wednesday   from   16h   to  18h   from  April  through  to  September     at  the   parc  de  Loisirs,   Le  Tallud.    Come  and  play  or   learn   the   game   of   boules   en   bois,   everyone   welcome.   Details   from   Rosemary   Williamson   rw.williamson@orange.fr Association Meridien Green We   are   an   Anglo-­‐French   group   founded   in   2001   for   mutual   understanding   of   each   other's   language   and   culture.     We   meet   twice   weekly  in  the  Salle   des  Associations  in  St  Coutant,  79120.    The   best   way   to   find   out   more   is   to   visit   our   website     or   contact   Maureen  Dalby    05  49  29  94  50  www.meridiengreen.asso.fr  .  

The Harmonics Singing   Group.   Based   in   the   Salle  

d'Annexe in   Civray.   We   meet   each   Wednesday   2.00pm   to   4.00pm.   No   experience   necessary  just  a  willingness  and  commitment  to  learn.     We   sing   all  sorts  of  music  and   in   several   languages.   We   are   a   small   and  friendly  group  who  would  love  to  meet  you. Contact:  Dolly  Ait  Boualou:  05  45  22  89  32  or  sylvia.murray@wanadoo.fr

L'Absie area   who   meet   on  the   1st  and   3rd  Tuesdays   at   11am   for   coffee   at   the   Pause   cafe   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.

www.opendoor-civray.com

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.

Craft Café  Creatif

Do you   enjoy   knitting   or   sewing,   crochet   or   papercraft,   in   the   company  of  others,  over  a  cup   of  tea  and  a  piece   of  cake?     If  so,  why   not   join   us  in  L'Absie  for  an   enjoyable   afternoon  with  like-­‐minded   people.  For  further   details  contact  Margaret  on  02  51  69  50   32  or   email  knight.margaret@orange.fr  

Vendee Women’s Fellowship

Meetings held the 3rd Thursday each month at Le Mangoustan in Mervent. Offering friendship and support to English speaking ladies, we share hobbies and interests and have trips out. Join us and you will be sure of a warm welcome. Contact: Carol  02 51 52 10 48 or Shirley 02 51 51 49 39

Book Club  Thouars.    Do  you  enjoy  reading  a  cracking  good  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  more  details. Les Amis Solitaires

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

All Girls Together Formed for  all  girls  18-­‐80  for  fun,  laughter  and  support.    We  meet   alternate  Wednesdays,  2-­‐5pm  at  Fontenille-­‐Saint-­‐Martin-­‐d'Entraigues,   Please  ring  Vivien  for  further  information  on  05  49  27  51  98 Secondigny Running Club... Put the bounce back in your step. Join our friendly and supportive running group. All abilities welcome. Email Kelly for more details: kellyencezelle@hotmail.co.uk

Through the Lens Group Local photography group meets on the last Monday in each month to chat about all things photography! New members welcome. For further information contact: Ian Gawn: 02 51 00 84 52 or Brian Preece: 05 49 72 09 94

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Take a Break... DSM Easy  Crossword Across: 8.   Have  sovereign  power  (5) 9.   Withdraw  (7) 10.   Awaiting  conclusion  (7) 11.   Structure  for  open-­‐air  sports  (5) 12.   In  the  near  past  (8) 13.   Shared  on-­‐line  journal  (4) 15.  A   hexahedron   with   six   equal     squares  (4) 17.   Adjust  the  pitch,  tone  or  volume  of     (8) 21.   A  simple  chair  (5) 22.   Rider’s  foot  support  (7) 24  .  Wrinkle  or  crease  (7) 25.   Force  out  (5)

Down: 1. Ensnare  (4) 2.   Informal  meal  eaten  outside  (6) 3.   Very  old  (7) 4.   Thrifty,  avoiding  waste  (6) 5.   Book  of  maps  (5) 6.   Uncover  (6) 7.   Kill  by  squeezing  the  neck  (8) 12.   Bag  carried  on  a  person’s  back  (8) 14.   Planet  (7) 16.   Heavy  shoe  (6) 18.   Marine  mollusk  (6) 19.   Rude,  brusque  in  manner  (6) 20.   Be  at  an  angle  (5) 23.   Tug  (4)

DSM Toughie  Crossword Across: 1.   Make  up  of  different  units  added  to     tonic  preparation  (12) 7.   Loved  PE,  but  needed   a   variation  to     make  progress  (7) 9.   Finished   among   men   dedicated   to     their  task  (5) 10.   Something   to   do   with   death   is   a     risky  business  (4) 11.   What   is  said  after  what  went  before     is  idyllic  (8) 12.   In  a  hurry  to  get  the  early  shots?  (6) 14.   Two   newspapermen   enclose   it   to     get  revised  arOcle  (6) 17.   Sounds  like  lack  of  ruin  is  foolhardy?     (8) 19.   The  film  is  true,  we  are  told  (4) 22.   Politician,   having   followed   strange     craft,  is  down  and  out  (5) 23.   Vice   den   turned   over;   all   is     revealed!  (7) 24.   Laid   out  the   ropes  to  easily   display     the  statistics?  (12)

Down: 1. Record   included   poem   in   an   obscure     form  (5) 2.   It  would  appear  that  young  beginners     are  angels!  (7) 3. William  first  to  give  an  account  (4) 4.   Tee   off   with   new   dart   to   be     entertained  (7) 5.   Sort  out  a  request  for  supplies?  (5) 6.   Calculated   about   fifty   to   be   decayed     (6) 8.   Pale  reflection  of  the  sound  of  bells  (4) 12.   Should  I  tarry  in  confusion,  it  is  not  the     usual  thing  (6) 13.   C u r i o u s l y   s e e   n e w   c l i p   o f     overshadowing  (7) 15.   Make   note   about  clear  mixture   to  get     sticky  confection  (7) 16.   Former  tennis  champ  found  in  Sampras     health  farm  (4) 18.   Treated  scalp  for  a  kind  of  attachment     (5) 20.   Deposits  lots  of  money,  by  all  accounts     (5) 21.   Concave  vessel?  (4)

Quiz-tastic!

With thanks  to  M.Morris

Monthly quiz  by  Roland  Sco•.....how  many  can  you  get?

1) In   Oliver   Twist,   by   what   name   is   the   character   John   Dawkins   better  known? 2)  Which  Australian  city  was  named  for  the  wife  of  King  William  IV? 3)  Live  Aid  was  formed  for  famine  relief  in  which  country? 4)  What  is  the  official  residence  of  the  president  of  France?

9)  Which  film  tells  the  story  of  Jake  LaMotta? 10)   In   the   TV  series   Minder,  what   was  the  name  of  the   drinking   club? 11)    Herbert  Sutcliffe  played  cricket  for  which  English  county?   12) What  was  the  world’s  first  National  Park?

5) Which  German  town  features  in  the  legend  of  the  Pied  Piper?

7) What  was  the  surname  of  the  partner  in  crime  of  Clyde  Barrow?

Now that  you’ve  answered  all   the  questions,   if  you  re-­‐arrange  the   first   letter   of   each   correct   answer   (assuming  all   your   answers  are   correct)  you’ll  find  a  timely  greeting.  Copyright  RJS  2014.

8) Which  was  the   first  English  football   club  to   achieve  the  F.A.  Cup   and  League  Championship  double?

Find the  answers  on  our  website:  www.thedeuxsevresmonthly.fr

6) Which  American  president’s  wife  was  named  Thelma?

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Health, Beauty & Fitness... Abbey teaching yoga at her new studio in Vouvant at the foot of The Melusine Tour...

"Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart." Kahlil Gibran Namaste! Welcome to   our   new   monthly   yoga   column   by   yoga   teacher,   Abbey,   where   month   by   month  she  will   be   sharing  some  of   the   secrets  of  this  increasingly  popular  ancient  science  so  that  we  look   younger   and   feel   younger,   more   vibrant,   and   more   alive,   more   open   to  the   miracles  in   the   everyday  so   we   can  create  a  life  we   really  love. Anyone   can   benefit   from   yoga.  People   of   all   ages,   backgrounds,   cultures  and  religion  come  to  yoga.    The  benefits  are  huge.    You  will   have  more  clarity,  more  energy,  and  more  contentment. Never   measure  your   success  in  yoga  by  how  well  you  may  be  able   to  perform  any  of  the  poses,  simply  enjoy  the  experience.    For  with   yoga,  as  with  any  worthwhile  undertaking,  the  joy  is  in  the  journey,   not  in  the  destination.

Yoga

The Journey  To  The  Temple  Meditation

SECRETS

Find a  quiet  place  where  you  will  not   be  disturbed  and   sit   or  lie  comfortably... Now,  close  your  eyes... Bring  your   attention   to   the  area  between  your   eyebrows,  the   third  eye,  Ajna,  your  temple... This   will   give   you   a   much   deeper   experience   of   your   inner   world  and  will  put  you  in  a  meditative  state  of  mind... Bring  your  attention  to  the  breath... Breathing   in   and   out   slowly   and   smoothly   through   the   nose...breath  as  smooth  as  silk... On  each  inflow  of  breath  silently  say  the  word,  'Om'... And  on  each  outflow  of  breath  silently  say  the  word,  'Shanti'... Practice  this  silent  mantra  meditation  for  ten  minutes... 'Om'  on  the  inflow... 'Shanti'  on  the  outflow... And  then  just  relax  and  do  absolutely  nothing... This  is   the  most  important   part  of  the  exercise  as  it  allows  the   body  to  integrate  the  energy... When  you  are  ready,  open  your  eyes... You  have  filled  your  body  with  the  vibration  of  peace... Peace  within,  Beauty  without....

Diane Cooper  of  Chantonnay  shares  with  us  her  first  experience  of   yoga  from  the  new  Venus  Rose  studio  in  Vouvant. "We  have   all   heard  the  derogatory   comment,  'Well,  that's  an  hour   of  my   life   I  will  never   get   back!'....     Today,  I  experienced   an   hour   that   I   hope   to,   'Get   back!'   many   times   over.     I   had   my   first   experience  of  YOGA. I  am  sure   that   many   of   us,  me   included,  have   had   preconceived   ideas  about  this  art.    For   it   is  an   art.    So   I  urge  those   of  you  who   know  little,  or  have  never  had  an  interest  in  it,  to  'give  it  a  go'. My  niece's  best   friend  from  school,  Abigail,  is  now  living  here  with   her   beautiful  family   and  has  opened  a  studio  in  Vouvant.     As  you   walk  in  to  her   tastefully  designed  studio  you  feel  calm  and   she  will   welcome   you   with   warmth   and   confidence.     She   is   very   well   qualified,   and   I   am   still   trying   to   get   her   to   have   her   many   certificates  framed  and   put  on   her  walls.    She  doesn't  think   that’s   important.    But  you  will  make  of  her  what  you  will...  She  is  a  warm,   friendly,  confident  young  woman,  and  my  new  friend. To   go   back   to   my   time   of   meditation.   Warm,   comfortable   atmosphere,   with   apt,   quiet   music   in   the   background,   Abbey   started  by  asking  me  to  close  my  eyes,  breath   through  the  nose,  to   concentrate   on   the   area   between   the   eyebrows   (that   really   can   clear   the  thoughts)  and  her  soothing  voice  took  me  through  various   stages  of  meditation. During  this  time  I  felt   a  weight  lift  from  my  mind  and  my  shoulders   drop  as   the   tension  left  me.    Refreshed  and   calm...  Better   than  an   afternoon  nap! From  my  first  experience,  I  recommend  you  give  it  a  try." Regular  Group   and   Private  Classes  are  now   being  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. 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! Call  Venus  Rose  Yoga:  06  35  15  60  60 Email:  amaradeva@thevenusyogaexperience.com Website:  www.  thevenusyogaexperience.com

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Hypnotherapy Slimming  Group New  for  2014!   Begins  January  14th  -­‐  Chanteloup  (near  Bressuire)

Informal group  of  six  students  only  in  a  relaxed  atmosphere Powerful  Group  Hypnotherapy  once  a  week  for  4  weeks Group  session  comprising  of  :-­‐ • Individual   questionnaires   to   assess  each   person’s  needs   on   an   emotional  and  physical  level-­‐ideas  to  take  home  unique  to  you • Working  together  as  a  team  to  build  morale  and  confidence • Guided   Hypnotherapy  each   week  to   release  outdated   ideas  in   relation  to  food,  our  body,  our  emotions  and  habits • Learn  Self-­‐hypnosis  with  a  pendulum  to  use  at  home  to  increase   confidence,  self  awareness  and  improve  health/bodyweight • Learn  Metabolic  ideas  to  use  at  home  to  speed  up  weight  loss   • Understand   lymphatic   drainage   of   the   body   to   release   waste   more  easily • Follow  the  Acid/Alkaline  theory  on  food  and  health Pam   Irving  began   her   career   in   1997   after   a   serious   illness.   She   battled  with   her   weight,  her  moods  and  her  self  esteem  to  build  up   a  busy  business  in   the  UK  where  she  had  a  full  time  client  base.    She   was  trained  individually  by  John  Howard  (John  ran  his  own  school  in   the  UK)  in  Advanced  Hypnotherapy;  she  studied  Diet  and  Nutrition   to  BTEC  standard  for   two  years;  she  is  a  full  time  bodywork  therapist   working  with   lymphatic  drainage   and   metabolic   problems  through   her   work  as  an   Advanced  Reflexologist  (trained   by  Anthony  Porter,   an  osteopath  from  London   with   over   30  years  of  experience).     Pam   now   runs   a  busy  practice  from  her   home  in   France,  working  with   French  and  English  clients  . For  dates,  prices  and  more  information Pam  is  on  05  49  65  55  25  or  email:  irving.philip@wanadoo.fr

2014 Beauty Recommendations... Samantha’s Top 3 products of 2013

Firstly I  have  to   start   off   with   Estée  Lauder’s   ‘Double  Wear  Foundation’.    I   wouldn’t   know   what   to   do   if   they   ever   stopped   this!   This   product   is   incredible   and   nearly   everyday   somebody   comments   on   how   perfect   my   foundation  is.    I  apply  early  every  morning  and  it  remains  perfect   until  late  at  night  and  I  never  have  to  touch  up  my  make  up. Secondly  I  go  to  ‘Mac   Tinted  Lip  Gloss’  in  Lychee  Luxe.    A  fantastic   lip   gloss  it   adds  brightness  to   my  look  and   really  lasts   for   hours   unlike   many   other   glosses  I   have   tried.  They  come  in  a   variety  of   fantastic  colours  and  the  clear  will  jazz  up  any  lipstick  too! 3rd   place   goes   to   ‘Make   Up   Forever’   liquid   eyeliner   in   black.   I   adore  this   brand  as  they  have  a  whole  range  of   fabulous  products.   This  brand  is  only  sold   in  Sephora  or  online.     In  my  type  of  job  and   lifestyle  it  is  so  important   for   my   make  up   to   look  flawless  all   day   and  I  don't  want   to  have  to  reapply.  My   brides  of  2013  loved  this   product  so  much! I   would   like   to   wish   you   all   the   very   best   for   2014   and   if   you   gorgeous   ladies   have   any   questions   please   feel   free   to   email   me   through  my  website:   www.themakeupgirl16.com,  quoting  “DEUX-­‐ SEVRES”!

Emma says...

The New   Year   always   calls   for   a   new   start.   So   why   not   try   a   fresh   new   hairstyle   too?   For   2014   one   of   the   trendiest   styles   is   the   one   and   only   BOB  hairstyle. If  you  would  like  to  change  your  style,  but  can’t  decide  which  one   would  be  best  suited  and   in-­‐trend,  then   consider   this  one.  It’s  very   stylish  and  there  are  various  versions  of  it. If  you  prefer  having  extra  volume,  movement  and  shape,  maybe  you   would  choose  a  layered  Bob.    A  long  layered  bob  hairstyle  requires   much   more   effort   to   take   care  of,  but   it   is   the   best   way   to   look   luxurious   and   feminine.    Use  a   texturising  wax   to   accentuate   the   layers  and  create  a  trendy  look.   There  are  so  many  hair  cutting  techniques  that   it   would  be  easy  to   find  one  which  will   suit  your   face,  style  and   personality.    Ask  your   stylist  to  show  you  all   the  varieties  of   Bob   styles  there  are,  to   see   which  one  would  suit  you  best.   Emma’s   recommended   product   for   this   style   is   Garnier   Fructis   Style   Surf   Texturising  Hair   Wax.     This   product   can   be  found   at   your  local  supermarket. Samantha  Matthews  Tel:  06  50  04  37  30 Emma  Louise  Hairstylist:  Tel:  05  45  31  56  93

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5 Steps to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick! by Sue George, Life & Business Coach (PgCert)

1.

Make a   list   of   your   choice   of   New   Year's   resolutions,   consider   each   one  carefully  over  a  few  days.

2.

What is   it   that   you   really   want   MOST   for   yourself?   Pick  only  one   resolution   from   your   list   that   answers  this  question.  What  will  it   mean   for   your   life  if  you   don’t   get   into  action  towards  what   you  most   desire?  Use  your   fear   of  “more  of  the  same”   to  push  you   forward   to   make   the  changes  you   seek.  The   possibility  of   regret   for   not   making   the   change   can   be   your   greatest   motivator.    

3.

Write down   your   resolution   on   a   piece   of   paper  in   the   form  of  a  positive  statement   written  in  the  present  tense   as   if   you   have   already   achieved   your   New   Year's   resolution.  Eg:  If  you  want  to  lose  weight  and  increase  your   exercise,   your   positive   resolution   could   be:   I  am   slim,  fit   and  I  enjoy  a  healthy  lifestyle.

4.

Allow yourself   to   imagine  how  your  life  will   improve   once   you  have  achieved  your   resolution.     Use  all  your   senses  to   feel  the  positive  effects  of  the  change  you  seek.  

5.

Carry the   resolution   around   with   you   in   your  purse   or   wallet  so  that  you  see  it  regularly.    Read  it  as  often   as  you   can   and   remind   yourself   of   how   good   you   feel   about   making   a  positive  change  in   your   life.  Remember  that   this   year   you   have   committed   to   make   your   new   year's   resolution  stick  for  the  whole  year.  Commit,  take  action  and   go  for  it!    

Remember, sometimes  it's  the  smallest  changes  that   can  have  the   biggest  impact  on  your  life. I'm  often   asked  what   does   a  life  coach  do?     I've   been  trained  to   help  people  to  define  what  they  want  to  achieve  in  various  aspects   of  their  life  and  then  to  take  them  through  a  process  that  enables   them  to   work  out  what   is  important  to  them  and   what   might   be   holding   them   back  from  making   the   changes   they   seek.     Then   together   we  make  a  plan   for  them  to  follow,  which  enables  them   to  take  action  and  move  forward   with   their  desired  goals.    I  have   worked  with  international   clients  since  1999  and  I  support  people   to   make  positive  changes  on  a   range  of  subjects  from  adjusting  to   retirement,  finding   a   suitable   career,   improving   feelings   of   self-­‐ esteem  and  increasing  business  income.     I   will   be   available   for   an   introductory  chat   or   private   coaching   session  at  Pause  Café,  L'Absie,  79240  on: • 9th  January  at  their  Traders  Afternoon  2pm  to  5pm • 16th  January  at  Kelly  &  Sue's  Pampering  Event  10am  to  5pm • 28th  January  at  Kelly  &  Sue's  Pampering  Event  2pm  to  5pm   Call:  06  04  44  19   78,  email:  pamperingevent@gmail.com   or   meet   me  at  a  Kelly  &  Sue's  Pampering  Event  in  your  area. www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Kelly-­‐Sues-­‐Pampering-­‐Event/ 302004903258973?fref=ts

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Our Furry Friends... Open Doors Admiral  Nelson  bestowed   the  epithet  "the  coldest  place  in  England"   upon  the  town  of  Deal.    I  was  thinking  that  it  seemed  justly  deserved   the  other  day  as  I  was  walking  near  the  sea  front.  There  was  a  light   smattering  of  rain  and  a  cold,  lazy  wind...you  know  the  sort:  it  goes   through  you  rather  than  around  you. My  reverie  was  broken  by  a  forlorn  ‘miaow’.    Looking  around  I  saw  a   tubby  ginger  cat  waiting  dejectedly  in  front  of  a  house.    Immediately   the  animal  protection   side  of  my  brain  kicked  in   and  I  went  to  knock   on  the  door...  but   then  the  typical  British  reserve  side  stuck  its  oar  in   and  I  hesitated,  I  mean  to  say,  knocking  on  a  stranger's  door,  it's  just   not  done,  is  it?    Luckily,  before  an  impasse  could  develop,  the  body,   with   unfailing   self-­‐preservation   instincts,   interceded   with   an   "It's   freezing.    Stop  dithering  and  just  ring  the  blooming  bell."    So  I  did. Through  the  frosted  glass  of  the  front  door  I  saw  a  light  at  the  end  of   the  hall  which  was  quickly  eclipsed  by  a  human  form.     The  shadowy   shape   advanced   and  with   a   click  of  the   lock  the   door   was   drawn   open.     Instantly   the   cat   darted   inside   whilst   I   was   presented   with   the   unsmiling  visage  of  a  bloke  with  the  build   of  the  proverbial  masonry   outdoor  lavatory.   "Er,  cat,"  I  stammered  pointing  at  the  space  recently  vacated.   "Not  my  cat,"  he  stated.   As  a  thought  beginning  with  "Oops"  started  to   form  in  my  brain,  he   continued,   "But   he   often   comes   in   the   house   and   he's   quite   welcome."  Phew! Which  is  a  convenient  moment  to  remind  you  that  at   NALA  we  have   a   number   of   cats   metaphorically  waiting   for   someone   to   open   a   door   and   welcome  them  in.       If   you're  interested  please   look   at   www.nosamislesanimaux.com These  two  cats  are  in   need   of  a  good  home.  If  you  could  rescue   one   of   these   cats,   please   contact   us   on   07   70   31   54   59   or   nala85480@hotmail.com.

Jess, 7  months  old

Hachiro, male,  2  years  old

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

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

Phoenix Association  rescue  and  re-­‐home  animals  in   need.  Please  visit  our  website:   www.phoenixasso.com  for  more  details.

Tina Hatcher

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

MAYDAY MES AMIS Mayday Mes Amis has  been  formed  to  help  animals  in  need  in   l'Absie  and  the  surrounding  area.   For  more  information  please  email:  jill.zub@sky.com.

Watson..a brave  li/le  dog Half   starved,  this   darling  little  boy   came  to  us  from  the  pound   where   he   was   overlooked   and   almost   forgotten.   When   Watson   arrived   we  spent  the  next  3  hours  trimming   away  his   matted   hair   and   bathing   h i m ,   a n d   w h a t   w e   f o u n d   underneath   all   the   dirt   and   grime   was  pure  gold.    However,  it  was  not   very  long  before  we  realised   that  Watson  was  blind  and  a  visit  to  our  wonderful  vet  confirmed   that  he  must  have  been  born  like  this. During  the  few  weeks  Watson  has  been  with  us,  he  has  shown   a   remarkable   aptitude  to  find  his  way.  He  loves   all   his   playmates   and   shows   no   aggression   whatsoever.     He   loves  going  out   into   the  garden   on   a  long  lead,   otherwise  he   bumps   into   the   trees.     He  is  at  my  feet  as  I  write,  and   every  now  and  then  a  wet  tongue   licks   my   foot.   He   is   a   remarkable   little   dog   with   tremendous   courage   and   we   are   looking   for   that   little   miracle,   a   special   person  who  can  love  a  brave  little  dog  and  give  him  a  future  filled   with  happiness.    If  you  are  that  person,  please  call  me. Watson  is  near  Melle  in  79  and  we  think  he  is  between  3  and  4   years   old.   He   has   been   micro-­‐chipped   (250269810121481),   vaccinated  and  neutered.     Contact:   Call  05  49  27  26  20  or  05  49  50  69  41.   Email:  orfeeinenglish@gmail.com www.orfeeinenglish.canalblog.com

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The Great Outdoors... THE AMATEUR GARDENER

by Vanda Lawrence

Christmas and   New   Year   celebrations   are   over   so   we   can   now   focus   our   attention   on   the   garden   again.     This  is  a  good   time  to   take  a  good,  hard   look  at  the  overall  picture  your  garden  presents  -­‐   there  is  no  foliage  to  hide  your  view  of   the  basic   structure,  so  have   a  wander   with   your   pen  and   notepad,   you'll   soon   have  a  list   of   jobs  to  improve  things  for  the  coming  year. Do  you  have  any  winter-­‐flowering  shrubs  to  lift  your  spirits   during   the  short,  dull  winter  days?     Are  they  fragrant?    It’s   such   a  bonus   to   wander   past   a   shrub   in  winter   sunshine   and   to   experience   a   gentle   perfume   seemingly   coming   from   nowhere.     I've   said   it   before  but  I'll  say  it  again,  for  me  it's  Sarcococca.    Nothing  special   to   look   at   and   the   white   flowers   are   only   tiny,   but   wow!   the   fragrance  is  glorious.    Of  course,  there  are  many  others   to  choose   from   such   as   Witch-­‐hazel,   Viburnum   or   Daphne   and   these   are   much   more  colourful.    If  you  aren't  worried  about  fragrance,  what   about   Mahonia?     They  have  beautiful  large  yellow  flower   spikes   easy  enough   to   see  from  quite  a  distance,   so   don't   need   to   be   planted  close  to  the  house  to  be  appreciated. Tubs  and   pots  close  to   the   house   will   be  coming   along  now.     I   planted   winter   pansies  and   spring   bulbs   for   this  year.     If  I  keep   dead-­‐heading  the  pansies  they  should  give  me  enough  colour  until   the  daffodils  and  hyacinths  are  through.     Take  hardwood   cuttings  from  deciduous  shrubs,  climbers,  hedges   and   herbs.     (For   reference,   softwood   cuttings   are   taken   before   mid-­‐summer;    semi-­‐ripe  cuttings  are  taken  from  late  summer  until   mid-­‐autumn   and  hardwood  cuttings  are   taken   after   mid-­‐autumn   when  the  wood  hardens).     Select  vigorous  hardwood  shoots  from   the   current  year.     Remove  soft  tip  growth.    Cut  straight  across   at   the  base,  below  a  bud,  and  dip  into   hormone  rooting  powder  to   encourage   root   formation  and   protect  against   rotting.    Prepare   a   slit  trench  in  a  sheltered  corner  of  the  garden  with  a  layer  of  sand   in  the  base  and  insert  cuttings  with  two-­‐thirds  below  the  surface.     Firm  in.    Allow  4-­‐6"  between  cuttings  and  leave  in   place  until  next   autumn.    Don't  forget  to  keep  watered  during  dry  spells. Winter  pruning  your   apple   and  pear  trees  will  be   on   your   'to-­‐do'   list  too.    Do  you   know  the  difference  between  a  growth  bud  and   a   fruit   bud?    Growth  buds   are  slender,  pointed  buds   found  in  leaf   axils,   while  fruit  buds  are  fatter   and   are   usually  found  on  a  short   spur.    Growth  buds  have  leaves  but  no   flowers  and  fruit  buds  have   flowers  from  which  fruit  will  form.    As  a  novice  I  usually  check  out   www.rhs.org.uk.

Right: Mahonia dictyota

Annual crop  rotation  is  a  necessary  evil  in  the   vegetable  plot.     It's   easiest   if  you  divide  the  plot  roughly  into  4  areas  so  you  can  grow   a  different   group  of  crops  in  each.     Divide  the  vegetables  you  grow   into  4  groups:       • Legumes  -­‐  anything  with  pods  e.g.  peas  and  beans • Brassicas  -­‐  e.g.  cabbage,  broccoli • Onion  family  -­‐  onions,  leeks,  shallots  etc. • Root   crops  -­‐  e.g.  potatoes,  carrots  etc.  and  anything  not  listed  in   above  groups.    Tomatoes  are  included  in  this  group   as  they  are   related. The  groups   are   not   very  equal  in  the  area  they  need  but  you  can   use  up  spaces  with  salads,  courgettes,  sweetcorn. Well,  I  think  I've   nearly  run   out   of   my   allotted   space   again   this   month,  but  I  did  want   to   mention  Ivy.    I've   always  thought   it   was   bad   for   a   tree  to  leave  ivy  growing  up   the   trunk,  but   apparently   not.    The  main  problem  to  the  tree  would  be  weight   building  up  in   the  tree  canopy,  so  just   cut   the  ivy  down  when  necessary.    This  will   also   reduce   competition   for   moisture   and   nutrients   during   dry   spells.    If  you   must  remove  the  ivy  completely  from  the  tree,  sever   the  main  stems  just  above  ground  level  and   treat  the   cut  surfaces   with  a   root   or  stump   killer.     (NB  -­‐  take  care  not  to   let  the  product   run  off  to  the  tree  roots).     If  possible  it's  good  to  let  some  ivy  grow   on   strong,   healthy   trees   -­‐   it   is   a   wonderful   wildlife   habitat,   providing  nesting  for   birds,  a  home  for   insects  and   a  food   supply   (pollen,   nectar,   berries).   It's   also   very   useful   for   flower   arrangements  too. So  happy  gardening  my  friends  and  a  Happy  New  Year  to  you  all.

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THE DEUX-SÉVRES MONTHLY suddenly pulled   their   socks   up   and   started   laying   too,   the   hens   hatched  earlier  in  the  year  also  started  laying  too...  So  that’s  when   the  problem   started,  what   are   we  supposed   to   do   with   20   to   27   eggs  a  day??  Our  friends  have  now  collected  their  hens   so  we  are   back  with  an  egg-­‐ceptable  amount.

Life on the Farm...

by Peter  &  Jenny  Sebborn.

Happy New  Year  and  we  hope  you  all  had  a  “merry”  Christmas! It   is   always   strange   to   be   writing   the   article   for   January   when   neither  brussel  sprouts,  turkey  or  mulled  wine  have  passed  my  lips.

Above: Naked Neck Chickens

A new   year   and  some  new   arrivals  have   hatched  here   on  the  farm,  some  chicks,   the  meat  bird   variety.    This   year   we   are   thinking   of   doing  some  more  cou  nou   or  Naked  Neck  chickens  to   add  to  the  flock.     For  now   12   (and   still   hatching)   fluffy   white   chicks   will   need   a  heat  lamp  to  keep   them  nice  and  warm  until   they  grow  their  feathers.

One thing  we   had  a  shortage  of   last   year   was   eggs,  the  girls  are   getting  on  a  bit  now  (I  know  the  feeling)  and  were  past  their  best   (that’s  the  hens  not  me  by  the  way),  but  being  a  bit  sentimental  we   were  reluctant  for  the  girls  to  go.    Some  of  the  hens  were  those  we   bought   when   we   moved   here   nearly   4   years   ago   and   some   we   inherited   when   friends   decided   they  didn’t   want   them   anymore   and  asked  us  to  adopt  them.     But   we  couldn’t  keep  feeding  lots  of   hens   who   are  not   laying,   so   when   we   heard   of  some  free  range   hens   for   sale   (buy   10   get   one   free)   we   decided   it   was   time   to   renew   our   stock.     A   friend   also   wanted   some   and   asked   us   to   collect  theirs  while  they  went  back  to  the  UK.     So  off  we  went  and   collected  22  laying  hens.    

The goats  have  moved  under  cover  as  they  do   not  like  the  extreme   temperature  or  rain.    However,  they  still  prefer   to   be  outside  and   get  their  fill  of  greens,  which  is  very  limited  now  all   the  leaves  have   fallen.     So  when  the  dogs  go  for  a  run  around  our   fields  the  goats   go  too. We  are  still  waiting  for  the  lambs  to  arrive  and  while  the  ewes  line   up  to  have  their  dinner  we  do  a  daily  check.     One  of  the  first  signs   (usually  a  day  or  two  before  the  lambs  are  born)  is  bagging  up.  This   is   when   the   ewe   starts   to   produce   milk   in   readiness   for   her   expected  arrival. Apart  from  the  extra  daily  checks  around  the  smallholding  to  make   sure  that  there  is  enough  water  available,  lots  of  straw  for  bedding   and  a  watchful   eye  out  for   monsieur  fox  who  is  always  looking  for   an  easy  meal,  its  not  the  time  of  year  to  do  much  outside.    There  is   still   plenty   of   green   veg   in   the   garden   so   we   can’t   rotavate   yet   without  it  being  very  bitty. The  polytunnel  is   still  producing  and  we   now  have  the  first  shoots   of   onions  and  garlic   showing.    Although  these  grow   perfectly   well   outside  we  like  to  get  a  few   in  to  get   a  head  start.     As  soon  as  the   seed   potatoes   hit   the  shops  we  will  be  planting   some  of  those  for   an  early  crop.    Well  that’s  all  for  now,  see  you  in  February.

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Usually they  would  take   a  few  days  to   settle  in   before  getting  back   into  their  normal  laying  pattern  but  the  girls  soon  settled  in  and  we   had   an  egg-­‐straordinary   amount   of   eggs.     The   old   girls   (who  are   still  alive  and  kicking)  must  have   heard  they  were  for  the  chop  and  

Jen had  to   return   back  to   the  UK  for   a  very  quick  trip   and  on   her   return  I  proudly  showed   her  I  had   caught,  killed  and   plucked   that   wretched  guinea  fowl  (Pintade)   that  we   had   been  trying  to  catch   for  ages.     It   was  the  last  of  an  early  batch  we   hatched   earlier   in   2013   and   was   as   big   as   its   mum   and   dad.     Well,   that   was   the   problem;  it  looked  just  like  mum  and  dad  and  I  was  sure  it  was  the   right   one.    Unfortunately,  for  me   and   the   guinea  fowl,  it   was  the   wrong  one!  Whoops!!!  Guinea  fowl   are  very  hard  to  tell  apart,  the   easiest   way  to   tell  the  males   from   the   females  is   by  the  call  (and   they  are   very  vocal).   The   female’s   call   is   a   two   syllable   call   like   “come  back  “,  “come   back”   the  male’s  call  is  just  one   syllable  “no”,   “no”.

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Communications... Protecting your Information - Is Cloud/Web Storage Safe? by Ross  Hendry

Here we  are,  the  first  article  for  2014.     In  this  one  I  hope  to  address   the  question  of  how  secure  is  cloud  (internet)  storage?     Over  recent   months  more  and   more  people  have  been   asking  me   about  storing  their   data  on  the  cloud,   and   the  main   question  they   ask  -­‐  is  it  safe? In   principle,   I   think   it   is   a   great   idea,   it   enables   you   to   share   information  between   your   PC(s)   and  mobile   telephone/tablet   PC,   great   for   your   address   book,  email,  calendar,   music   and   photos.   However,  I  am  not  so  sure  about  relying  totally  on  the  cloud.     In   fairness,   I   have  been   trusting  a  company   since   2004   with   my   email   and   contact   list,   as   I   do   not   keep   these   locally   (except   a   backup  copy  of  my  contacts).    Since  2004,  I  have   not  lost  a  contact   or   email   message  or   attachment.  My  emails   do   contain   sensitive   data,  including  copies   of   bank  statements  emailed   to   companies,   copies   of   my  passport,  highly   personal   correspondance   with   my   legal   representative  and  accountants.      All   of  these  have  been  safely   stored  and  I  have  no  evidence  of  them  being  exploited  by  anyone.   In   2004,   when  I  started  using  the   service,  I  did   not   even  consider   the   security  consequences  and  I  certainly  did  not  foresee  that   the   US  government  would  have  access  to  my  data,  as  we  have  learned   may  be  the  case,  thanks  to  Edward  Snowden. Since   the   revelations  of   Mr   Snowden   I  have   been   thinking  about   the  whole  issue  of  the  security  of  my  data  that  is  on  the  web. What  worries  me  is  ...  What  do   I  know  about   the  company  storing   my   data?   In   my   case   the   company   is   Google.   But   what   about   Google,  are  they  interested  in  my  information?    Of  course  they  are,   and  they  tell   me  exactly  what  their   interest   is,  and  that   allows  me   to   make   a   judgement   as   to   whether   I   want   my   data   on   their   servers.     Can  the   same   be   said  of   the   other   companies   offering   cloud  or  web  storage?   I   am  approached  regularly  by  companies   wanting  me  to  promote   their   file   storage  and   back-­‐up  services,  offering  me   the   ability  to   earn   money  from  selling   their   services.     So   far   I   have   not   been   tempted,   simply   because   I   have   serious   concerns   about   their   future,  such  as  -­‐   are  they  secure  financially?     What  if  they  sell  their   company?   Will   I   feel   safe   with   the   buyer?   Or   are   their   staff   trustworthy?  Have  their  staff  been  vetted?    Where  exactly  on  earth   are  they?  Is  the   country  where  their  servers   are   based   safe?     Do  

they have  the  data   stored   in   many  places  (backups  of  backups)?   Are  these  all  secure?  Is  the  data  stored  encrypted? My  conclusion  is  that  I  am  happy  to  permit  my  data  to  be  stored  on   Google's  servers  and   I  will  use  them  for  Email  and   Contacts,  Photos   and  Music;   it  is  free  and  convenient,  but  I  must  keep   a  copy  of  my   data   locally,   especially   business,   financial   and   legal   correspondence.    So   I  still  need   to   backup  my   data  regularly  and   test  that  I  can  access   it  regularly.     F  or  this  I  use  external   hard  disk   drives,  and  for  the  very  sensitive  and  precious  data,  I  duplicate  it  on   to  USB  Flash  Memory  and  store  both  in  a  safe. I  am  pleased   to   say  that   both  External   Hard  Disks   and  USB   Flash   Memory  are  getting  less  expensive  daily.     Using  them  could  not  be   simpler,  just   duplicate   the   important   stuff   by  copy   and   paste,   do   not   over   complicate  things   by   using  backup   software   unless  you   really  understand  it.    I  strongly  recommend  that  you  test-­‐read  the   data  on  your  backup   devices  at  least  once  per   year  to  ensure  that  it   is   readable  and   has  not  been   corrupted   -­‐   this  includes   the   cloud   storage  you  have  chosen. I  also  asked  myself  which  other   web  storage  would  I  be  prepared  to   use  besides  Google?     There  are  at  least  two  others  that  I  currently   use,  Microsoft  and  Intel   (via  McAfee)  as  I  somehow  feel  these  to  be   solid,  safe   companies   that   will   act   responsibly  in   the   event   of   a   takeover   etc.   I   have   also   used   companies   like   Dropbox   for   less   sensitive  data  and  to  share  information,  although  I  do  not  think  of   them  for  secure  backup. If   you   are   using   cloud   services   to   store   your   information   please   think  about  having  a  local  copy  as  well,  and  check  out  the  company   you  use.    Are  they  themselves  secure  and  stable?  Just  because  they   are  on  the  internet  does  not  make  them  safe.    Do  not  take  anything   for  granted  where  your  important  information  is  concerned.

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A-Z of the Communes in the Deux-Sèvres A-Z of the Communes of the Deux-Sèvres. by Sue  Burgess CRÉZIÈRES Crézières,   situated   5km   from   Chef   Boutonne,   is   the   smallest   commune  in   South   Deux-­‐Sèvres.  Its   surface   area   is   4.25km²   and   there  are  55  inhabitants. The   commune   is   made   up   of   Crézières   (village   in   the   "creux"     hollow)   and   the   hamlet   of   Ouismes   (village   on   the   heights   -­‐   la   "hauteur").     There  are  four   agricultural  activities  on  the   commune,   two  of  which  are   goat  breeders.    There  is  also  a  chimney  sweep  on   the   commune   and   an   educational   farm   with   threatened   Poitou   Charentes  races  like  the  Poitevine  goat,  the  Baudet  donkey  and  the   Marans  hen. In  1119  the  commune  was  called   Sanctus  Grégorius  de  Crazerlis.    In   1120   the   church   belonged   to   the   abbey   of   Saint   Jean   d'Angély.   Nothing  remains  of  this  first  church.    The  present  day  chapel  dates   from  1860.     Pilgrims  on   the  road   to   Compostella   came   through   Crézières. A  place   named    "Le   Bourg  Sanglant"   because  of  the   terrible  battle   between   the   armies   of   Foulques   le   Réchin   l'Angevin   and   Gui   Geoffroy     (counts  of  Anjou)  was,  so  it   was  said,  a  place  where  the   pilgrims  were  attacked,  robbed  and  killed.   Crézières   was   a   land   of   vineyards   classified   as   Cognac.   The   vineyards   were  spread  over   60   hectares.  Today  only  four  vineyards   exist   and   provide   wine   for   private   consumption.   Until   1976   Crézières  had  its  own   water   network  and  the  quality  of  the  water   was  tested  every  day.     A  disused   building  where   pumps  distributed   the  water  still  exists  today.

A VOIR  /  MUST  SEE • the  wash  house • the  Chapel  (right)

DOUX Doux is  a  small  commune  near   Thenezay,  Craon  and   Maisonneuve.   It  is  situated  along  an  old  Roman  road. The  inhabitants  of  Doux   are  the  Dolais  and  the  Dolaises  and  there   were  245  of  them  in  the  2010  census. A  VOIR  /  MUST  SEE • The   church   and   its   statue   of   saint   Martin. • St  Martin's  cross  -­‐  a  cross  on  a  hilltop   flanked  by  two  columns  one  of  which   has  a  sculpted  snake  on  it   • The   cross   of   Notre   Dame   of   the   Fields • The  grape  press • St  Martin's  wash-­‐house  with  its  well Above: St Martin’s Cross

More ‘A-­‐Z  of  the  Communes  of  the  Deux-­‐Sèvres.’ next  month...

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French Life, Food &by JDrink... acqueline  Brown. French Village Diaries

by Jacqueline Brown.

The colder   months   have   arrived   and   with   them  a  reduction   in  our   natural   daylight.   Winter   could   never   be   described   as   my   favourite   season,  but   I   can   forgive   any   number   of   cold   and   frosty   mornings   if   they   give   me   blue   skies   and   sunshine   in   the   afternoon.    My  top  tip   for  making   the   most   of   the   daylight   and   boosting   your   mood   is   a   good,   brisk  walk.    Even  on  a  fresh,  frosty  winter   morning  some  outdoor   time  can  be  so  uplifting  for  the  mind  and  body  it   is  worth  a  numb   nose  and  chilly  fingers. Our   winter  vegetable  garden  is  a  bare   and  sorry  looking  patch  in   comparison   to  the  summer   garden.     Every  year  I  vow  to  be  more   organised   and  adventurous  in  my  winter   crop  planting  but   I  never   quite  achieve  what  I’m  aiming  for.    This  year  we  did  just  about  have   enough  Brussels  sprouts   to  grace  our  Christmas  Day  meal  but  they   were  a  struggle.     It   is  never   easy  to  keep  the  ducks   from  nibbling   the  tender  leaves  of  the  young  plants  and   then  as  they   grew  the   caterpillars  were  intent  on  totally  destroying  the  leaves;  courgettes   are  so  much  easier.     This  year  again  I  am  suffering  from  leek  envy   when  I  spy  over  the  walls  of  the  local  potagers.     Whether  it  is  our   soil   or   my  technique  they  are  a  total   disaster   every  time  I  try  and   yet  I  see   rows   and  rows  of  prize  leeks  all  around  the  village.    It   is   such  a  disappointment   as  there  are  so  many  tasty  leek  recipes  for   really  comforting  winter  food. Despite   not   putting   the   potager   to   full   use,   we   do   have   a  few   treasures  lurking  beneath  the  frosty  earth  and  the  most  prolific  are   the  Jerusalem  artichokes,  something   that   I  consider  to   be  a  very   versatile  winter  root.     They  are  a  very  easy  crop  to  grow  that  come   back  year  after  year  with  very  little  care  or  effort  required,  which  is   perfect  for   a   lazy  gardener   like  me,  but  some  people  say  they  are   rather   thuggish.     They   tower   above   everything   else   during   the   summer   and   have  pretty  flowers,  very  much   like  a  sunflower  and   they   are   happy   to   stay   in   the   soil   to   be   dug   up   as   needed   throughout  the  winter.   My   favourite   way  to  cook  them   is   to   peel   then  slice  or  dice  and  add  to  casseroles   cooked   in  the  slow   cooker   but   I  also   pan-­‐fry   them   with,   for   example,   shallots,  onions,  leeks   or   butternut   squash   and  garlic.     In   larger  pieces   they   roast   well   too   and   as   my   friend   Sue   suggests   they   give   a   lovely  nutty  flavour   when   mashed   with  potatoes.   In  terms  of  health,  their   main   benefit  is   that   our   bodies   don’t   store   their   carbohydrates   in   the   same   way   as   those   of   other  tubers  like   potatoes.     This  basically  means   they  are  not  as   readily  converted  into  sugar  in  our  bodies,  which   is  good  news  and   not  just  for   diabetics.    However   their   one  side  effect  is  that   they   can  lead  to  increased  wind,  hence  the  nickname  ‘fartichokes’,  so  I   don’t  serve  them  with  Brussels  sprouts! For  recipes  please  email  me  at  frenchvillagediaries@gmail.com   or  visit  www.frenchvillagediaries.com  

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From Rot to Riches

by John  Sherwin

If you   are  old   enough   to  have   gone  to   a   proper   primary  school,  in  the  blissful  days  before  political   correctness   raised   its   pompous,   preposterous   posterior   from  the  deathbed   of   fascism,  you   will   no   doubt   recall   that   Mrs   Glover   (or   your   equivalent)  discussed   with   you,   over   those   little   bottles   of   slightly   sour   milk,   the   philosophical   notion   of   the   tabula   rasa.     From   Aristotle   through   St   Thomas   Aquinas,   on   to   John   Locke   and   Thomas   Hobbes   (if   you   didn’t   have   double   maths   or   cross-­‐country   running   after   milk   break),  she  would  have  explained  the  idea  of  ‘nature  vs  nurture’.    In   a  nutshell  (and  if  I’ve   got  it   wrong,  blame  Mrs  Glover),  the  adult  in   you   is  a   product   not   of   biological   pre-­‐programming,  but   of   your   experiences,  your  environment. To   give   an   example:   organism   A   is   blessed   with   the   best   of   environments  which  give  him  great  experiences;   organism  B  is  not   so  blessed.     Organism  A  goes  to  Oxford,  joins  the  Bullingdon  Club,   trashes  a  restaurant  or  two  and  becomes  Prime  Minister;  Organism   B   goes   to   the   local   comprehensive,   joins   a   working  mens’  club,   trashes  a  McDonalds  or  two  and  becomes  a  con.    Such  a  fine  line. So  it  is  for  the  humble  vine.    A  grape’s  a  grape  and  could  grow  up  to   be   anything  –  depending  on  conditions.     Botrytis  Bunch   Rot  -­‐  BBR   (which   in   a   perfect   world   should   be   an   embarrassing   condition   affecting  retired  majors  in  Kashmir   hill  stations)  is  a  vine  disease,  a   fungal   disease   (hello,   major!)   which   could   take   the   grape   to   greatness  or   gruesomeness.   So,   in   unremitting  cloudy  conditions   where  wetness  is  unalleviated  by  sun  or   wind,  the  grape  succumbs   to  the  bad  kind  of  BBR   -­‐  grey  rot.     Once  the  skin   is  split,  other  fungi   and  bacteria  invade  and  the  grapes  become  rotten.

Anyone for Coffee? As you  may  have   discovered,  to   order  a   coffee  here  is  not   quite  as  simple  as  in   the  UK.     There  are  many  options,  the   standard  café  being  a  shot  of  espresso.

So what  are  the  differences? café/café  express:  plain  black  espresso café   allongé:  weakened   espresso,  often   served  with   a  small   jug  of  hot  water  so  you  may  thin  the  coffee  yourself. café  au  lait/crème:  espresso  with  warmed  or  steamed  milk. café  déca  or  décaféiné:  decaffeinated  coffee. café  faux:  decaffeinated  coffee. café  filtre  /  café  américain:  filtered  American-­‐style  coffee café  glacé:  iced  coffee. café  liègeois:  iced  coffee  served  with  ice  cream  (optional)  and   whipped  cream;  also  coffee  ice  cream  with  whipped  cream. café  noir:  plain  black  espresso. café   noisette:   espresso   with   tiny  amount  of  milk. café  serré:  extra-­‐strong espresso,  made  with  half  the   normal  amount  of  water.

But the   same   disease   under   benevolent   conditions   can   lead   the   grape  to  glory.     The  necessary  ingredients  are  early  morning  mists   which  prompt  the  growth  of  the   fungus  followed  by  warm,  sunny,   autumnal  afternoons  which  check  said  growth  –  a  fine  balance,  and   not  achieved  every  year.     This  version  of  BBR   is  noble  rot  and  only   affects   healthy,  white  grapes   (I   feel   an   analogy  coming   on,  but   I   desist).     The  rot   reduces   the  grapes’  water  content   by  more  than   half   and   also   the   natural   acidity   resulting  in   a  disgusting-­‐looking   shrivelled   raisin   covered   with   an   ash   like   powder.   Looks   can   be   deceptive  –  this  is  a  powerhouse  of  flavours  and  aromas  and  sugar. Welcome  to  the  wonderful  world   of   Sauternes,  the  world’s  finest,   most   expensive   dessert   wine.  Why  the   most   expensive?  Because   great  Sauternes  is  made  by  estate  owners  who   have  nerves  of  steel   and   are   prepared   to   wait   for   the   exact   conditions  necessary   for   noble   rot.   Their   neighbours   might   blink  and   end   up   with   insipid   sweet  white  wine,  but  the  great  producer  waits,  playing  poker  with   nature.  He  doesn’t   always  win   -­‐   that’s  one  reason  it’s   expensive.   The   good   years   have   to   pay   for   the   years   when   he   can   make   nothing.  Another   reason  is   that  noble  rot   does  not  progress  at   an   even  pace  through  the  bunches.    Skilled   (expensive)  pickers  have  to   make   repeated   (expensive)   visits   to   the   vineyard   over   several   (expensive)  days  or  even  weeks  to  pick  grapes  at  just  the  right  level   of  rot,  often  grape  by  (expensive)  grape.  The  yield   is  (expensively)   restricted. So   if   you’re  not  reading  this  in  the   nick,  raise  a  glass  to   your   own   Mrs  Glover  and  thank  her  for  harvesting  you  at  the  right  time.

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Motoring... Mega Surprise!!!!

by Helen  Tait-­‐Wright

Happy New  Year  everyone!   Something   unexpected   happened   while   researching   last   month’s   piece   on   Santa;  I  came   across   a  car   I’ve   never   seen   or   heard   of   before;  the  Mega  Track. Certainly  not   the   most   engaging   name,   but   when   billed   as   part   supercar,  part  Group  B  rally  car,  I  had  to  investigate  further. The  really  big  surprise  is  that  the  Mega  Track  was  made  by  Aixam,  a   name  we  probably  all  know  as  we  have  often  stared  at  it  on  the  back   of   the   microcar   that   is   holding   us   up   ......   (amusingly   referred   to   recently  as  a  “driveable  turd”).     Regular  readers   of  this  column  will   remember   the   piece   I   did   about   the   Sans  Permis   and   how  Ligier   turned  their  attention  from  F1  to  microcars.    Well,  it  seems  that   they   are  not  the  only  microcar  manufacturer  with  a  split  personality. Aixam,  who  are  astonishingly  France’s  third  largest  car  manufacturer,   started   building   their   tiny   cars   in   1983,   but   in   1992,   the   brand   decided   to   develop   a   performance   program   under   the   Mega   moniker,  to   showcase  their   expertise   and   dynamism.     Clearly   the   French   love   affair   with  the  Sans  Permis  produces  a  decent  enough   profit  for  the  company  bosses  to  indulge  in  a  little  fun! Before  you  get  too  excited  however,  the  Mega  Track  is  seriously  rare;   Aixam  has  made  only  5  commercial   examples  as  far  as  I  can  find  out.     But  what  a  car!    It  looks  a  little  like  a   mad  professor   made  it  in   his   garage  as  the   ride   height  and  the  body   styling  don’t   really   match,   but  it  gives  the  car  superb  off  road  abilities  as  well  as  being  seriously   fast.     0-­‐60  in  5.4  seconds  thanks  to  the  6  litre  V12  engine   sourced   from   Mercedes-­‐Benz,   which   produces   400   bhp.     A   four-­‐speed   automatic   transmission   sends   the  power  to   an  advanced   all-­‐wheel   drive  system,  and  the  technically  challenging  suspension  provides   a   very  non-­‐supercar  8-­‐inches  of  ground  clearance,  which  can  rise  to  as   much  as  13-­‐inches. This  is  a  BIG   car  weighing  in   a  2.25   tonnes,  and   measuring  5.08m   long  with   a  width   of  2.5m!    Inside  you  will   find  it  is  a  2+2,  with   a   second   set  of  bucket  seats  behind  the  driver  and   front  passenger.     A   clip  on  YouTube  shows  one  driving   through  Monte  Carlo,  dwarfing   BMW’s  ...This  is  thinking  outside  of  the  box,  to   produce  something   which  is  really  extraordinary;  to  exploit  a  niche  that  someone  really   believed  was  there.  

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Back in   the   mid  ‘90s  there   was   nothing  else  like  it,  and   today  there   isn’t   either.   A   shame   then   that   it   was   axed   with   such   small   production  numbers  in  1995.    After   risking  the  company’s  financial   security   with   this   project,   Axiam   decided   that   in   reality   a   V12,   variable  ride-­‐height   supercar   was   a   little   too   outlandish   to   turn   a   profit.    I  would  call  that  an  epic  fail. It   would   seem   however  that  all   5   cars  are  still   on   the  road   ....  two  are  known   to  be  in   Russia,   and   judging   by  the   clips   on   You   Tube   at   least   two   are   in   Monaco.   Maybe   you   will   see   one   some   day   and   be   able   to   impress   everyone   with  your  knowledge   of  this  rare  car  -­‐  I  hope  I  will!  

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Business, Finance & Property...

REGULATED SAVINGS ACCOUNTS IN FRANCE There are   a   number   of   French   government   regulated   savings   accounts  available  in  French  banks.  Here  is  a  summary  of   them  so   you   can   choose   which   one   best   suits   you   and   your   financial   situation.    All   these  accounts  are  similar  to  ISAs  in  the   UK,  in   that   they  are  not   subject  to  income  tax  or  social  contributions.     In  short,   they  are  earning  interest,  and  that  interest  is  TAX  FREE. It  is  the  French  government  who  sets  the  interest  rate  on  all   types   of  savings  accounts  and  the  government  reviews  them  twice  a  year   (February  1st  and   August  1st).     This  ensures  the  interest  rate  is  the   same  in  every  bank  (apart  from  Livret   Jeune).    Interest  is  calculated   every  2  weeks  (on  the  1  and  16th  of  each  month)   so  if  you  decide   to  make  a  withdrawal,  it  is  best  to  do  it   either  on  the   2nd  or   the   17th  of  the  month  so  you  don’t  miss  out  on  2  weeks  interest.     The   interest  earned  is  paid  on  the  31st  of  December  each  year.

LIVRET EPARGNE  POPULAIRE  (LEP):  

Only available  to   people  over   18   who  pay  less  than   769  euros   of   income   tax.       You   need   to   be   a   French   resident,   otherwise  you   won’t  have  a  French  income  tax  form.     The   bank  asks  for  a  copy  of   your   income   tax   form  to   be  able  to   open   this   account.     At   the   moment  interest  is  1.75%  tax  free.  Minimum  account  balance  of  30   euros  and   maximum  of  7700  euros.    Do  note  that   the  compound   interest  can  make  it  go  over   the  7700  limit   but  you  can’t  add  to  it   and   make   it   go   over   that   limit.   Only   one   account   allowed   per   person.

With all   of   these   savings   accounts   you   can   even   make   online   transfers  from  the  savings  account  to   your  current  account,  so  they   are  brilliant  for   the  unexpected  bills  when  the  boiler  breaks   down   or   the   car   repairs   are   due!     However,  they   do   come   under   the   French  inheritance  law  so  make  sure  if  you  are  in  a  relationship  (or   married)   that   you   have   one   each,   and   with   roughly   the   same   amount  in  each.    If  one  of  you  dies,  the  account  of  the  deceased    is   frozen  until  the  notaire  finalises  the  inheritance  (usually  6  months). I  usually  advise  my  customers  to  have  about  2  to  3  times  what  they   need   in  one  month  in  one  of  these  accounts  in  case  of  emergency.   For   instance,   if   you   spend   an   average   of   2000€   per   month,  you   should   have   6000€   in   a   tax   free   saving   account.     I  would   then   advise   to   invest   in   a   more   long-­‐term   savings   account   like   the   Assurance   Vie   (please   contact   me   for   more   information)   as   the   interest  rate  is  higher  and  the  amount  in  it  is  protected  from  French   Inheritance   law.    The  money  is  not  blocked   either  but   you  need   at   least  2  weeks  notice  to  get  it. If  you  are  confused  by  all  this,  feel   free  to  contact   me  as  my  advice   is  FREE!

LIVRET A  (or  Livret  Bleue):  

Probably the  most  popular  one  in  France  as  it   is  available  to  people   under   and  over  18  as  well   as  associative  clubs.    Minimum  account   balance   of   10   euros   and   maximum   of   22950   euros   (76500   for   associative  clubs).     Same  thing  with  the  compound  interest  here  as   the  LEP  above,  so  you   can  have   a  Livret  A  with  more  than  22950  in   it.    Currently,  the  interest  rate  is  1.25%  tax  free.    For  under  18s,  they   can   only  withdraw  the  money  after  16  years  of  age,  otherwise  they   need  approval  from  their  parents  or  legal  representative.    You  don’t   need  to  be  a  French   resident,  but  then  you  will  have  to  declare  the   interest   you   earned   in   the   country   where   you   are   resident,   so   therefore  they  won’t  be  tax   free.     Only  one  account   allowed   per   person.

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LIVRET DEVELOPEMENT  DURABLE  (LDD):  

With some  banks,  you  have  this  savings  account  automatically  with   your   current   account.   Basically   you   have   no   choice!     Minimum   account   balance  of  15  euros  and  maximum  of  12000  euros.     Same   thing  again  with  the  compound  interest,  so  you  can  end  up  having   more  than  12000   in  it.      Current   interest  rate  is  at   1.25%  tax   free.     Only   one   account   allowed   per   person.   You   must   be   a   French   resident  and  over  18  years  old.

LIVRET JEUNE:  

As the   title   indicates,  it   is  only  for   young  people  (French   resident)   between   the   age   of   12   and   25   years   old.     Maximum   account   balance  of  1600  euros.    The   same  applies  with   compound  interest.     The  account  must  be  closed  on  the  31st  of  December  of  the  year  of   your   25th   birthday,   otherwise   the   bank   shuts   it   for   you   and   transfers  the  amount   to   an  account  not  earning  anything  whilst  you   decide  what  to  do.     You  can  only  withdraw  money  once  you  reach   16  years   of   age,   otherwise   you   need   approval   from   one   of   your   parents  or   legal   representative.  The   minimum  interest   set   by  the   government   is   1.25%  but  banks   do   a  better   rate  than   that   and  it   differs  from  bank  to  bank.     Usually  between   2.5%  and   3%.     Only   one  account  allowed  per  person. Page 34


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Sterling at Record Highs

by Sue Cook

In European  news,  the  coalition  agreement  for   Germany  between   Angela   Merkel's   Christian   Democrat   Union   (CDU)   and   the   Social   Democratic   Party  (SPD)  has  provided  some  support   for   the   Euro.   Alongside  Ireland  and  Portugal's  yield  spreads  tightened  helping  to   lift  confidence  in   the  single   currency.    Recent  data  has  confirmed   that   European  inflation  has  moved  higher  to  1%  from   a  low  point   of  0.7%  last  month.     The  number  is  still  well  short  of  the  2%  target   but   will   reduce   fears   that   the   Euro-­‐zone   is   slipping   into   a   deflationary   spiral   and   will   give   some   relief   to   the   European   Central   Bank.   Euro   unemployment   data   also   improved   slightly   from   12.2%   down   to   12.1%   which   is   a   surprise   gain.   However,   money  supply  data  (M3  growth)  dropping  to  1.4%  from  2.1%  could   still   cause   concerns   at   the   ECB   continuing   a   lean   to   a   dovish   agenda.   In   other   news,   the   credit   rating   agency   Standard   &   Poor’s   downgraded   the   Netherland’s   sovereign   rating   to   AA+   but   upgraded  the  outlook  for   Spain  from  negative  to   stable.    Overall,   the  data  and  the  feedback  suggest  a  very  mixed   bag  and  no  clear   direction  for  the  Euro.    As  ever,  the  monthly  ECB  will  be  the  focus   of  attention  alongside  the  Bank  of  England  and   the   US  non-­‐farm   payroll  data. Back   to   the   UK   and   specifically   the   British   Bankers   Association   (BBA),  a  total   of  42,808  loans  were   permitted  in  October;   a  dip  of   375   on   the   figures  of  last   September.  The  statistics   also   revealed   that   the   number   of   loans   to   businesses   has   deteriorated   once   again;   with   analysts   expressing  their   disappointment  after  a  large   rise   on   business   lending   in   September.   The   BBA   figures   for   mortgage  lending  still   show   a  large  increase   of  33%   over  the  last   12  months.  Nevertheless,  the   small   monthly  decline  may  be   the   result   of   some   lenders   becoming   more   vigilant;   in   particular,   concerns   the   state   of   personal   finances   and   property   seeming   over-­‐valued.   This  month  the  Bank  of  England  took  action  to  curb  the  UK's  house   price   boom   by   ending   incentives   for   mortgage   lending.   Recent   data   confirms   the   reasoning   for   this   move   with   UK   nationwide   house  prices   increasing  to   6.5%  in  November  against  5.8%   in   the   previous  month.  Sterling   has  enjoyed   a  bullish   run   against   most   currencies   recording   close   to   12   month   highs.   Mark   Carney’s   positive  statements  on  Thursday  28th   November,  has  propped   up   the   currency,  as   he   reinforced   the  fact   that   the   implied  risks   for   financial   stability   have   considerably  dropped   in   the   wake   of   an   economic   recovery   that   is  gathering   momentum.  Mortgage   data   and  lending  were  on  the  up  as  well,  however  consumer   confidence   came  in  slightly  lower  than   anticipated  and   yet   the   pound  rallies   on.

Ask Amanda. “You often   mention   your   ‘Financial   Surgeries’  in  this  section,  what  are  they?” There  are  many  people  now   living  in   France   who   are   not   fully   aware   of   their   financial   position,   and   do   not   know   whether   the   queries  they  have  warrant  a  review  of   their   current  circumstances  and  future  plans. My  financial  surgeries  give  the   opportunity  for  people  to   meet  me   and   have  an  informal  chat  to   answer  any  little  questions  you  may   have   about   your   finances  and   ascertain   whether   a   free   financial   review  would  be  of  benefit  for  you  at  this  time. “Do  I  need  to  book  in  advance  to  see  you?” There  is   no   need  to   book  an  appointment,  however,   if  you   do   let   me  know  you  are  coming  I  can  try  and  ensure  I  am  not  tied  up  with   someone  else  when  you  arrive. “What  does  it  cost  me?” There   is  no  fee  for   attending  the  surgeries,  nor  for   a  full  review  or   the   reports  and  recommendations  we  provide,  should  you  decide   that   a  full   financial   review   in  the   comfort   of   your   own   home  is   a   sensible  next  step.   “Where  can  I  find  you?” During  January  I  will  be  at  : • Café  des  Belles  Fleurs,  Fenioux,   Thursday  9th  January  from  10.30am  until  12.30pm • Café  Cour  du  Miracle,  Vouvant,   Thursday  30th  January  from  11.00am  until  3.00pm • Open  Door  Library,  Civray,   Friday  31st  January  from  10.00am  until  12.00pm If  you  want   to   know  more  about  these   surgeries  or   if   you  wish  to   speak  to  me  about  your  circumstances   you  can  either  call   or   email   me  on  the  contacts  below  &  I  will  be  glad  to  help  you.  We   do  not   charge  for  reviews,  reports  or  recommendations  we  provide.

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

www.spectrum-­‐ifa.com/amanda-­‐johnson

or “Ask Amanda” at finance@thedeuxsevresmonthly.fr

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New Year Resolution to Improve your Financial Planning by Brad Warden, Partner, Blevins Franks

January is a time when many people reflect on the previous 12 months and look ahead to what they can improve. is is a good time to review your tax planning, investments and pensions to ensure they are up to date; designed for the current economic climate and targeted to your personal needs and aims. is way you can start 2014 knowing your wealth management is designed with the long-term view of preserving your wealth and meeting your objectives. Tax planning Taxpayers across Europe, particularly here in France, are paying more and more tax. Are your assets structured in the most tax efficient manner for France and take all many tax changes over recent years, including those for 2014, into account? At the same time you should consider what you could do to reduce the succession tax liabilities for your family and beneficiaries. Many people intend to review their estate planning but never quite get round to it. Make 2014 the year when you get it sorted, to ensure you leave as much of your estate as possible to your heirs rather than the taxman. ere is a move across Europe and globally towards automatic exchange of information. ere is very little financial privacy left, and what there is will diminish further. It is essential that you are up to date and only use fully compliant arrangements.

Savings and investments Successful investment is about managing risk versus return and having a well thought out portfolio strategy specifically based on your personal circumstances, needs and objectives. Consider the following: Did you buy your current investments according to a strategic plan, or have you bought shares and funds here and there over the years? If the latter, it is time for an overall review. Are you confident that you have adequate diversification and the right balance between assets to reduce risk? Is your portfolio specifically targeted to your needs? Have any of your circumstances changed over the last year or so? Has your portfolio been reviewed over the last 12 months to see if it needs re-balancing? Are your savings and investments protected from institutional failure? How tax efficient are your current investments? Are they designed with French taxation in mind? What was tax efficient in the UK is not tax efficient here. For peace of mind that you have considered everything and have the most up to date information to hand, review your financial planning with the help of a professional wealth manager who specialises in providing advice to expatriates in France. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website www.blevinsfranks.com.

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2014 Tax Proposals

                     A  Helping  Hand  from  Cheryl

Whilst the   French   government   continues   its   efforts   in   trying   to   reduce  the  budget   deficit   we  cover   the   main  points  of  next   year’s   budget,  which  is  currently  under  debate  in  parliament.

My husband   and   I   moved   to   l’Absie   from   Somerset   in   August   2012.   We   always  hoped  to  move  to  France  when   our  two  children   left  home  and  we  are   so   glad   that  we  took  the  plunge.    We   have   spent   the   past   year   or   so   renovating  our  house,  fencing,  growing   fruit  and  veg  and  rearing  2  pigs  and   3   sheep.    We  also  have  ducks  and  hens.

Investing in  French  industry The   government  plans  to  create  new  tax   advantages  for   those  who   are   willing  to  invest  in  the  development  of  new  businesses   over   the   longer  term. • Firstly,  the   maximum  investment   limit   in   a   Plan   d’Epargne   en   Actions  (PEA)  will  increase  from  €132,000  to  €150,000. • Furthermore,  to  encourage   investment  in  French  business,  two   new  investment  schemes   are  to   be   launched. A  tax-­‐advantaged   PEA  –  PME  will  allow  an  investment  of  up  to   €75,000  into  small   and  medium  sized  businesses  (PMEs) • A  new  type  of  assurance  vie  policy,  the  Euro  Croissance  will  also   help  finance  smaller   companies  offering  superior   returns  to  the   low  risk  Fonds  en  Euros  and  a  capital  guarantee  after  eight  years.   • Another  new  product,  the  Vie  Génération  will  attract  investment   into  areas  such  as  social  housing  and  the  provision  of  “social  and   solidarity”  projects. Switching  existing  investments It  is  proposed  that  any  switches  of  existing  assurance  vie  policies  into   the  new  Euro  Croissance  investments   will   be  possible  without   any   adverse  tax  consequences. Another   advantage  of  this  new  investment  is  that  annual  investment   returns   will   not   be   subject   to   ‘social   taxes’   at   source,   unlike   traditional  Fonds  en  Euros.

My aim   is   to   speak   French   well   enough   to   chat   properly   to   our   wonderful   French  neighbours.    Our  first  15  months   would   not   have   been  so  productive,  entertaining  and  enlightening  without  them. The  time  has  come  for  us  to  earn  some  money  so  that  we  can  remain   living  in  France.     I  have  had  French  lessons,  but  I  do  not  speak  French   well  enough  to  do  office  work,  which  is  what  I  did  in  the  UK.      Besides,  I   want  to  do  something  completely  different. I  am  calling  myself  Cheryl’s  Helping  Hand  because  I  would  like  to  help   you   out;  whether   that  be   cleaning,  ironing  or  any  household  chore.     Regular   or  one-­‐off  cleaning  in  your  home,  your  office  or   your  shop.    If   you  are  having  a  dinner  party  or  summer  barbecue   for   friends,  I  can   help  you  to  prepare  for  it.     I  could  also  serve,  clear  away  and  wash  up   while  you  entertain   so  that  you  can   enjoy  your  friends’  company  and   not  have  to  face  it  all  after  they  have  gone  or  in  the  morning.

Please return  next  month  to  read  more  Tax  Proposals  for  2014.

When you  move  house  I  can  help  out  too,  before,  after  or  on  the  day.   Do  you  have  a  holiday  home?  I  can  open  up  and  freshen  up,  get  your   groceries  or  put  the  heating  on  ready  for   you.    If  you  rent  out   your   holiday  home,  I  can  do  the  changeover  for  you.

David Hardy   is   Regional   Manager   of   Siddalls   France,   Independent   Financial  Adviser,  specialised  in  tax,  inheritance,   pension  and  investment   planning  for  the  British  community  in  Poitou-­‐Charentes  since  1996.  

I will  travel  up  to  30kms  from  L’Absie,  which  covers  part  of  the  Vendée   as  well   as  the  Deux-­‐Sèvres.    So,  if  you  need   a  hand,  please  give  me   a   call  on  05  49  64  93  24  or  email  cherylccs@hotmail.co.uk

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What does the New Year hold in store for the French Property Market? by Trevor  Leggett,  Chief  Executive

Although we  normally  write   about  issues  local   to   the  Deux-­‐Sèvres   we   thought   that   we   should   start   the   new   year   with   a   national   overview.     So  we   asked  our   Chairman,  Trevor  Leggett,  to  polish   off   his   crystal   ball   and   give   us   his   forecast   for   the   French   property   market  over  the  coming  12  months.    Here’s  his  response:     "Before  putting  my  neck  on  the  block  and  making  some  forecasts  for   2014,  it's  important  that  we  understand  where  the  market  is  today  in   terms  of  international  buyers.     Ever  since  Lehman  Brothers  collapsed  in  2008  the  European  property   market  has  been  in  the  doldrums  and  last  year  was  no  different.    BNP   Paribas   tell   us   that   in   2012   just   10,663   non-­‐residents   bought   a   property  in  France  (itself  a  drop   of  29%   on  2011).  Not   surprisingly   these  buyers  concentrated  on  the  prime  regions  of  France  with   PACA   accounting  for  33%  of  sales,  Rhone  Alpes  15%  and   Paris  12%.     What   was  interesting  though  was  that  these  buyers  obviously  thought   that   the   market   was   at,   or   near   the   bottom   as   their   average   spend   increased   by   5%   to   hit   €384,000.     We  think   that   these   are   quite   astute  buyers  who  see  an  opportunity  as   confidence  grows  and   that   2014  will  see  other  "canny"  investors  entering  the  market.     It   should   also   be  noted  that   prices  in   these  prime  areas  have   not   dropped   as   much   as   in   the  regions   -­‐   for   example   the  Notaires  de   France  tell  us  that  prices  in  the  Alpes  Maritimes  dropped  by  just  1%  in   2012.  Quite  clearly,  "location,  location,  location"  is  just  as  important   to  international  buyers.     So,  what  do  we  predict  for  2014?    Well  firstly  I  would  say   that  much   depends   upon   vendors   and   agents   pricing   sensibly   so   that   international  demand  actually  converts  into  sales.      We  are  cautiously   optimistic  and   think  that   we  will   probably   be  seeing   sales  to  "non-­‐ residents"   back   up   towards   the   15,000   mark   in   2014.   These   will   probably  be  driven  by   an  increased  demand  in  PACA  and  the  Rhone   Alpes  but  should  also  spread  out  into  the  regions.       We  are  seeing  a   steady   demand  in  regions  such  as   Languedoc   Roussillon  and   (good   news  for   readers  of  ‘The  Deux  Sevres   Monthly’)   Poitou  Charentes   &   sales  to  international  buyers  in  both  areas  should  grow  next  year.     In  terms  of  price  we  don't  foresee  much  movement  either   way  -­‐   we   certainly   won't   be   seeing   the  kind  of   explosive  growth  witnessed   in   London  and  the  south  east  of  England.       The  French  property  market   is  actually  made  up  of   hundreds  of  "micro   markets"  and   some  will   see  single  digit  falls  while   others   see  small   price  rises,  nothing  much   for  the  headline  writers  to  get  their  teeth  into  though"!

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