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THE DEUX-SÈVRES MONTHLY

Welcome! to Issue 28 of

‘The DeuxSèvres Monthly’ magazine.

As I  write  this  on  a  bank  holiday  in  May  the  rain  is   pouring  and  my  terrace   pots   are   water-­‐logged!     With   Rob’s  help  I  did  find  time  to   pot  up  some   lettuces  and  other   salad  leaves,   so   we  shall  see   how   they  develop.     At   least   I   don’t   need   to   remember  to  water  them  at  the  moment! I  had   a  list  of  many  things  to  do  during  the  May   bank  holidays’  but  unfortunately  plans  were  halted  as  I  fell  and  broke   my  foot  early  in  the  month!     All  these  wonderful  ideas  of  renovating   bedroom   furniture,   finishing   the   decorating   in   our   kitchen   plus   of   course,  exploring  the  Vendée  further  for   our  new  magazine.......all  are   still  waiting  to  be  done!      It’s  very  frustrating,  but  perhaps  the  rest  will  do   me  some  good! When  I  write  this  piece  next  month,  I  will  be  counting  down   the  hours   until  the  cast  is  removed.                  Happy  June!  

à plus, Sarah.

Email: info@thedeuxsevresmonthly.fr or Tel: 05 49 70 26 21 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 Hobbies,  Clubs  &  Associations.....................................................6 Getting  Out  &  About....................................................................7 Take  a  Break...............................................................................14 A-­‐Z  of  the  Communes  in  the  Deux-­‐Sèvres.................................15 Health,  Beauty  &  Fitness............................................................16 Our  Furry  Friends.......................................................................17 The  Great  Outdoors...................................................................19 French  Life,  Food  &  Drink..........................................................22 Motoring....................................................................................24 Communications........................................................................26 French  Adventures.....................................................................28 Building  &  Renovation...............................................................29 Business,  Finance  &  Property.....................................................35

THIS MONTH’S  ADVERTISERS   79  Renovations.....................................................................................................30 A2B  Food  Services............................................................................................... 24 A  La  Bonne  Vie  (Restaurant)................................................................................ 23 Ace  Pneus  (Tyre  Supplier  &  Fitter)...................................................................... 25 Affordable  UK  Designs  (Kitchens  &  UPVC  D/Glazing)......................................... 2 AKE  Petits  Travaux  (Builder)................................................................................ 30 Alan  Pearce  (Plumbing  &  Heating)..................................................................... 32 Andrew  Longman  (Plumber)............................................................................... 32 Angie  Weston  (Mosaic  Workshops)..................................................................... 8 An  English  Nursery  in  France  (Garden  Centre).................................................... 20 A.P.S.  Automobiles  (FORD  Garage)...................................................................... 25 Arbrecadabra.com  (Tree  surgery)........................................................................ 20 Belle  Maison  (Construction  &  Cleaning  Services)............................................... 30 Blue  Bicycle  B&B  /  Chambre  d’Hôtes.................................................................. 35 British  Mobile  Mechanic  (John  Purchase)........................................................... 25 Café  des  Belles  Fleurs.......................................................................................... 23

...continued. Caniclôture  (Hidden  fencing)............................................................................... 17 Centre  de  Beauregard.......................................................................................... 9 Chimney  Sweep  Service....................................................................................... 34 Chris  Bassett  Construction.................................................................................. 30 Christies  (English  Book  Shop  and  Tea  Room)...................................................... 9 Cleaning  Services  by  Karen.................................................................................. 36 Cottage  Services.................................................................................................. 20 CSB  Construction................................................................................................. 29 Currencies  Direct  (Money  Transfers)................................................................... 37 Cut  46  (Hair  Salon).............................................................................................. 17 Dave  Bowring  (Electrician).................................................................................. 34 David  Cropper  (Stump  Grinding  &  Jungle  Busting)............................................ 19 DJ  Jeff  (Professional  DJ)....................................................................................... 7 D  J  Maintenance  (Handyman)............................................................................ 30 Electricien  Anglais  en  France.............................................................................. 34 Energie-­‐79........................................................................................................... 32 Garage  Planchet  (Renault  Garage)...................................................................... 24 Gardens  &  Stuff.................................................................................................... 19 George  Rayner  Computers.................................................................................. 26 Give  the  Dog  a  Comb  (Dog  Grooming)............................................................... 17 Glass  2  France...................................................................................................... 34 Hallmark  Electronique  (Electricians  &  Sat.  Engineers)........................................ 34 Heather’s  Pet  Care  Services................................................................................ 17 Home  and  Garden  Care....................................................................................... 20 Homes  In  France  (Tony  Murdoch)....................................................................... 39 Insink  Plumbing................................................................................................. .. 32 Keith  Hall  Renovations......................................................................................... 30 James  Harris  (Plasterer)....................................................................................... 31 Jenny  Wren  (Textile  &  Mixed  Media  Artist)........................................................ 8 John  Snee  (Groundworks  &  Septic  Tanks)........................................................... 33 John  Spray  Maçonnerie  (Stonemason)............................................................... 30 Jon  Crocker  Photography..................................................................................... 7 La  Deuxieme  Chance  (Annie  Sloan  chalk  paint  supplier).................................... 31 L’Étable  Gastronomique  (Restaurant)................................................................. 22 Leggett  Immobilier.............................................................................................. 38 Les  Bons  Voisins................................................................................................... 35 Le  Petit  Cadeau.................................................................................................... 8 Le  Petit  Logis  (B&B  and  Chambre  d’Hotes)......................................................... 35 Man  &  Van  (Keith  McNie).................................................................................... 26 Man  for  Hire........................................................................................................ 21 Mad  Hatter’s  Kitchen.......................................................................................... 22 Mark  Sabestini  Renovation  &  Construction........................................................ 29 MB  Plumbing  &  Building  Services....................................................................... 32 MCH  Groundworks/Construction....................................................................... 33 Michael  Glover  (Plasterer,  Renderer  &  Tiler)...................................................... 31 Michael  Hobson  (Painter  &  Decorator)............................................................... 31 Michael  William  Hairdressing.............................................................................. 16 ML  Computers..................................................................................................... 26 Mutuelle  de  Poitiers  Assurances......................................................................... 26 Nathan  Foster  Building  Services.......................................................................... 29 Needa  Hand  Services........................................................................................... 34 Pamela  Irving  (Massage  &  Reflexology).............................................................. 16 Pascale  Terry  (French  Lessons)............................................................................ 10 Philip  Irving  (Mini  Digger  hire)............................................................................. 33 Polar  Express  (Frozen  Foods).............................................................................. 24 Premier  Autos  (Mechanic).................................................................................. 25 Reflets  de  campagne........................................................................................... 9 Restaurant  des  Canards....................................................................................... 22 Rob  Berry  (Plasterer)........................................................................................... 2 Robert  Walker  Plomberie.................................................................................... 32 Ross  Hendry  (Interface  Consulting  &  Engineering)............................................. 27 Satellite  TV  (Nigel  Gubb)...................................................................................... 26 sarl  Down  to  Earth  (Groundwork  &  Construction)............................................. 32 Sawmill  -­‐  Alain  Miot............................................................................................. 29 Sentinel  Security  Systems.................................................................................... 35 Siddalls  (Financial  Advisors)................................................................................. 36 Simon  Bienz  (Carpenter  /  Joiner)........................................................................ 29 Simon  The  Tiler.................................................................................................... 31 Spectrum  IFA  Group  (Amanda  Johnson)............................................................. 37 Steve  Enderby...................................................................................................... 31 Sue  Burgess  (French  Courses  &  Translation)....................................................... 10 The  English  Mechanic  &  Son  -­‐  Tony  Eyre............................................................ 25 The  Market.......................................................................................................... 9 Total  Renovation  Services  (Michael  Dominey)................................................... 31 Tracey  Bowring  (Hairdressing  &  Nails)................................................................ 16 Vendée  Carriers................................................................................................... 26 Vendée  Houses.................................................................................................... 9 Vendée  Pools....................................................................................................... 40

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What’s On... June 2013 1st June  -­‐  Card  Making  Workshop At  The  Market,  Luché  sur  Brioux.    See  advert  on  P.9  for  info 1st  &  2nd  June:  Exhibition  of  Lace  and  Embroidery,  Arc  en  Fil At  the  Salle  at   Soulièvres,  Airvault.  Saturday  afternoon  and  all   day   Sunday.  Exhibitions  and   stalls  selling  threads,  materials  and  crafts   made  with  lace  and  thread. 2nd  June  -­‐  Jazz  &  Traditional  Sunday  Roast At  Restaurant  des  Canards,  Chef  Boutonne.    See  advert  on  P.22 3rd  June  -­‐  Top  Hat  Quiz  &  Curry  at  Limalonges See  www.tophatquizzes.com  for  more  information. 6th  June  -­‐  Top  Hat  Quiz  &  Curry  at  Chef  Boutonne See  www.tophatquizzes.com  for  more  information. 8th  June  -­‐  Segora  Writing  Competition  Deadline 8th  &  9th  June  -­‐  Fête  des  Plantes  et  du  Jardin At  Domaine  de  Péré,  Prissé  la  Charrière.     More  information  can  be   found  at  www.fetedesplantespere.fr 9th  June  -­‐  Summer  Market  by  Aidez  Association To  be  held  at   la  Salle  des   Fêtes,   St   Germain-­‐de-­‐Longue-­‐Chaume.     See  P.5  for  information. 12th  June  -­‐  Book  Signing ‘The   DSM’   contributor   Alison   Morton   will   be   talking   about   her   thriller,   INCEPTIO,   and   signing   copies   afterwards   at   Le   Petit   Cadeau,  39  rue  Jean-­‐Jaurès,  Parthenay.  2pm  for  2.15pm  start. 12th  June  -­‐  Top  Hat  Quiz  &  Curry  at  Aigre See  www.tophatquizzes.com  for  more  information. 13th  June  -­‐  Top  Hat  Quiz  &  Curry  at  Champniers See  www.tophatquizzes.com  for  more  information. 16th  June  -­‐  Fathers  Day  Lunch At  A  La  Bonne  Vie  Restaurant,  Le  Beugnon.  See  advert  on  P.23 21st  June  -­‐  Fête  de  la  Musique At   the   Cafe   Cour  du  Miracle  in  Vouvant.  Live  Music  by  ‘The   French   Connection’  starting  around  8pm.     For  more  details  please  call  02  51   00  54  93. 21st  June  -­‐  Live  Music  Night At  Café  des  Belles  Fleurs,  Fenioux.    See  advert  on  P.23  for  info. 21st  June  -­‐  Solstice  Night  Feast  &  Live  Music At  Mad  Hatter’s  Kitchen,  Caunay.    Please  find  contact  details  on  P.22 22nd  &  23rd  June  -­‐  Art  Festival  -­‐  Les  Nouvelles  Métamorphoses At  l’Orangerie,  La  Mothe  St  Héray.    For  details  see  article  on  P.11 24th  June  -­‐  Workshop:  Create  a  Canvas  in  a  Day At  PFC!,  Civray.    Please  see  article  on  P.8  for  further  info 26th  June  -­‐  Book  &  Coffee  Morning At  Mauze  Thouarsais,  10am-­‐12.30pm.  See  P.12  for  further  information. 26th  June  -­‐  PC  Course  “All  About  Microsoft  Office” At  Pause!  Cafe  L’Absie.    Please  contact  Ross  on  rs.hendry@gmail.com 28th  June  -­‐  Pub  Games  Night At  Café  des  Belles  Fleurs,  Fenioux.    Please  see  advert  on  P.23  for  info. 29th  June  -­‐  Summer  Fair At  la  Salle  des  Fetes,  86400  Linazay  from  10.30am-­‐3pm.  A  Traditional   summer   fair  with  many  stalls  &  attractions.  Teas  &  coffee  all  day,  beer   tent  and  cooked  lunches  from  12noon.  www.church-­‐in-­‐france.com 29th  June  -­‐  Summer  Fair At  The  Market,  Luché  sur   Brioux.    Lots  of  stalls  and   activities   young   and  old.  Please  see  advert  on  P.9 30th  June  -­‐  BBQ  and  Quiz At  St  Pardoux,  79310  from  2.30pm.    Tickets  and  info  on  05  49  69  86  16   or  see  advert  on  P.5

What’s Coming Up... 20th &  21st  July  -­‐  British  Weekend In   La  Mothe   St.  Héray.     Numerous  activities  will   be   on   offer:   an   English  breakfast,  afternoon  tea,  tug  of  war,  british  market  etc.     For   information  please  call  05  49  05  06  05. 27th  July  -­‐  The  Royal  British  Legion  Summer  Fair At   Linazay,  situated  just   of  the   RN10   between   Chaunay  and  Maison   Blanches.     Trade  stands,  Brocante,  Music,  Classic  cars,  Food,  and  much   more.    Trades  or  Brocante    phone  05  45  29  02  59  or  05  49  87  20  17  to   make  booking  or  find  more  info  on  www.rblpoitou-­‐charentes.fr 28th  July  -­‐  Horse  &  Dog  Fun  Show From   8.30am   at   Centre   de   Beauregard,   86250   Asmois.   For   information,  please  see  advert  on  P.9

Monthly services  at  the  English  speaking  Church  in  Deux-­‐Sèvres Jassay The  Chaplaincy  of  Christ  the  Good  Shepherd,  Poitou-­‐Charentes,     has   a  Home  Group  Service  at   Jassay     commencing  at   11.00am     every  2nd  Sunday  in  the  month.   It   is   held  at   the   home  of  Ann   White,  where   a   warm  welcome   awaits   everyone  for   a   time   of   worship  and  fellowship. Chef Boutonne Church  Services  on  the  1st  Sunday  of  each  month  at  10.30am   at   the   Parish   Church  in  St  Leger.   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   informa`on   about   loca`on   of   churches   and   about   what   else   is   happening   near   you,   please   take   a   look   at   our   website   www.church-­‐in-­‐france.com   or   contact   us   at   office.goodshepherd@orange.fr

RACE FOR LIFE Ladies 5km  community  walk/run  to   raise   money  for  cancer  charity.   5€  joining  fee  and  sponsors  if  possible! Date:    Saturday  15th  June Time:    11am Starting  from  the  car  park  on  Boulevard   de   le   Rivière,  79300   Bressuire,   (behind   the   abbatoir)    The  walk  will   be  along   la   Coulée  verte  and   finish  at   the  bottom  of   the  château. Dress  Code:  wear  something  PINK! ALL  LADIES  WELCOME! Bar  Vue  du   Château,  Bressuire  will  be  open  for   the  men  if  they   fancy   a   drink   whilst   waiting   for   the   ladies.     For   further   information   or   sponsor   forms   please   visit   the   LIFT   page   on   Facebook  or  email:  sabestini@orange.fr

The National Holidays, Religious and Feast Days 2013 Sunday 14th  July............... Thursday  15th  August....... Friday  1st  November......... Monday  11th  November... Wednesday  25th  December.

Na`onal Day  (Fête  Na-onale  de  France) Assump`on  of  Mary (Assomp-on) All  Saint’s  Day (Toussaint) Armis`ce  Day  (Armistace  1918) Christmas  Day  (Noël)

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Paperback Jan Books  in  English

BBQ & QUIZ

2nd June:    Café  des  Belles  Fleurs,  Fenioux  79160.  2pm  -­‐  4pm 5th  June:     Café  Cour  du  Miracle,  Vouvant  85120.  2.30pm-­‐4.30pm 6th  June:     Bar  le  Palais,  St  Aubin  le  Cloud  79450  2pm  -­‐  5pm 6th  June:     Bar  La  Cabane  de  Vouhé,  Vouhé  79310.  6.30pm  -­‐  8pm* 7th  June:     Bar  de  la  Paix,  Thouars  79100.    12pm  -­‐  2pm 7th  June:     Le  Tipsy  Bar,  Coulonges-­‐sur-­‐l’Autize  79160.  4pm  -­‐  6pm 8th  June:     Cafe  Le  Chauray,  St  Maixent  l’Ecole  79400.  10am  -­‐  1pm 9th  June:     Summer  Fete,  St  Germain  de  Longue  Chaume.  1pm  -­‐  6pm 13th  June:  Pause!  Cafe,  L’Absie  79240.    2pm-­‐  5pm 14th  June:  Jan’s  home,  La  Ferrière-­‐en-­‐Parthenay.  11am  -­‐  4pm 28th  June:  Le  P’tit  Bar  Boucard,  Ménigoute.    4pm  -­‐  6pm *+  Quiz  &  Fish  and  Chips

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

Mr T’s Friterie

SUNDAY 30th JUNE at Chez Brennan, Les Metairies, 79310 St Pardoux 2.30pm start Fun Quiz , Raffle, Cold buffet & BBQ 12€ per person (vegetarians catered for) Bring your own drinks Tickets available from Beryl Brennan: 05 49 69 86 16 email: banddbrennan@yahoo.co.uk Proceeds in aid of 112carlotagalgos www.112carlotagalgos.com

Open 6.30

-9pm

With regular venues at:

                           F    oire  (27th  month) • Aulnay    (Open  from  6pm)        •          Rouillac   • Gourville                     • St  Hilaire  de  Villefranche • Loulay • St  Jean  d’Angély • Matha

+ Fri 28th June: Aulnay PMU, David Williams Band. 7pm till late + Sat 29th June, Michael Jones Concert, Dampierre-sur-Boutonne. 6pm till late

See www.frying2nite.com  for  details  or  call  06  02  22  44  74

SUMMER MARKET SUNDAY 9th JUNE

Organised by Aidez Association (Terves)

Reel Fish & Chips Traditional English style Fish & Chips

2nd June - Etusson (randonée & vide grenier)12H30 - 15H00 5th June - The Canteen, Etusson 18H30 - 21H30 All weekend 8/9th June - Highland Games, Bressuire 14th June - Bar Tabac, Bouille-Loretz 18H30 - 21H00 15th June - Bar Vue du Chateau, Bressuire 18H30 - 21H00 19th June - The Canteen, Etusson 18H30 - 21H00 20th June -  St Martin de Sanzay 18H30 - 21H00 22nd June - Café des Sports, L’Absie 18H30 - 22H00 23rd June - La Coudre, Arts Festival 12H00 onwards 30th June - Gizeau Chateau (39) Band Fesival12H00 onwards

Salles des Fetes St Germain-de-Longue-Chaume (79200) Open from 1pm - 6pm Good variety of 30 plus stalls Red White and Blue, Plants, Honey, Iceland Frozen foods, Books, Curry experience, RBL with Tombola, Ceramic Pots, Avon, Jewellery, Bags, Cake Stall and Refreshment area. Money raised will benefit local French Charities Entrance, Free of Charge

Tel: 06 04 14 23 94 or visit: www.reelfishandchips.net

Open Fish 4 Chip Fish, Chips & mushy peas!

6-8pm

Mondays: Bar Tilleuls, Champniers (near Civray) Tuesdays: Sauzé-Vaussais (Main square & can be eaten in local bar) Wednesdays: Chef Boutonne (near Chateau) Thursdays: Sauzé-Vaussais - Lunchtime & Evening. (Main square & can be eaten in local bar) Fridays: Mansle (Car park of Simply Supermarket) Tel: 06 37 53 56 20 or visit : www.mobilefishandchipsfrance.com

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Hobbies, Clubs & Associations... 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.

Cycling Group Do  you  enjoy  cycling?     I  am  a  keen  cyclist  and  looking   for   others   to   meet   up   with   me   for   outings   once   or   twice  a  week.    Purely  for  leisure  and  very  informal  with   a  coffee  stop  en  route.  I  live  at  Pamplie,  near  Secondigny. Contact:    steve.coupland@hotmail.com    /  05  49  28  24  06 Open Door Lending Library Over 7000 fiction and non-fiction books and DVDs Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10h00 to midday at 18 rue Pierre Pestureau, Civray (86400) Individual membership 6€, family membership 10€ www.opendoor-civray.com

Book Group....meeting 2nd Thursday of the Alone in  France? We  are  a  group  of  people  living  alone   in  the   L'Absie  area  who  meet   regularly  for  coffee  and  lunches.    We   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.  There's  a   warm  welcome  if  you'd  like  to  join  us.   More  details  from  Frank  05  49  69  80  47.

Franglais Thouars The   Thouars   ‘Franglais’   group   meets   every   Wednesday   from   19.30h   to   21.00h,   in   the   Association’s   centre   at   7   rue   Anne   Desrays,  Thouars,  for  conversation  in  English  and  French. We   welcome   those   of   all   nationalities   who   would   like   to   participate.  Either  come  along  to  see  us  one  evening,  or  contact  us   at:  Mobile:    06  52  21  92  34  ~  Email:    jcbed@orange.fr

Association Meridien Green We are   an   Anglo-­‐French   group   which   was   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   -­‐   www.meridiengreen.asso.fr  or  contact  Maureen  Dalby:   05  49  29  94  50.  The  name   of  our  group  comes  from   the  fact  that  St   Coutant  is  on  the  Greenwich  Meridian! Le   Tallud   Boules   en   bois   are   offering   sessions   every   Wednesday   from   16h   to  18h   from  April  through  to  September   2013  at   the  parc   de   Loisirs,   Le   Tallud.    Everyone  is  welcome  to   come   and   play   or   learn   the   game   of   boules   en   bois.   We  have  all  the  equipment,  just   turn   up   for   half   an   hour   or   more   for   a   bit   of   exercise   and   socialising.   Details   from   Rosemary   Williamson   rw.williamson@orange.fr

The Harmonics Singing   Group.   Based   in   the   Salle  

d'Annexe behind  the  mairie  in  Civray.  We  meet  each  Wednesday  from   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,  whatever   the  music  dictates.  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   or  Margaret  Gomersall  on  05  49  48  09  02  or  margaretgomersall@sfr.fr 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

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. The Filling  Station  ~  Poitou-­Charentes The   Filling   Station   is   a   network   of   local   Christians   of   all   denominations   who   meet   together   regularly   for   spiritual   renewal  &  evangelism  purposes.    ALL  WELCOME. Please  see  our  website  for  details  of  meetings  and  spring   programmes  www.the=illingstation.org.uk  or  locally  contact   05  49  87  18  58  or  email:michael.willis@sfr.fr

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!

Rubber Bridge:would any of you bridge players out there in the Deux-Sèvres, be interested in making up an occasional 4? Email David Rowe: djfrowe@hotmail.com or' phone 05 49 63 26 57.

Les Amis Solitaires We are  a  group  of  people   living  alone  in  France.    We  meet  up   for   coffee  mornings  from  11am. 1st  Tuesday:  The  Gallery,  Civray  (coinciding  with  market  day). Every  2nd  &  4th  Thursday,  The  Lemon  Tree,  Sauzé  Vaussais. Every  3rd  Thursday  in  Ruffec.      More  details  from  Gwen  on  05  49  87  91  79  ~  email  gwanshep@gmail.com A R E  Y O U A M O D E L R A I L W A Y ENTHUSIAST? If so, join a group of likeminded modellers who meet on a monthly basis to visit members' layouts and swap information. We are based on the DeuxSevres/Vendee border but also have members in the Vienne and Charente. If you are interested please contact Gerry Riley for more information on 05 49 63 34 01. 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

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Getting Out & About... Rencontres

Photographer, Françoise   Badoux   exhibits   her   work   from   her   journey   through   Southern   India,   Burma   and   Vietnam   where   she   encountered   many   people   while  travelling  alone   with  just   a  camera   and  backpack! You  can   discover  this  exhibition  until  the   end  of  August  at:   La  Tour  des  Laudes,  85120  Breuil  Barret   For  further   informa.on,   please  contact   Françoise  Badoux   on  Tel:   05  49  95  80  93.

A Journey through Music... Mathieu Touzot   is   pleased   to   announce   the   release   of   his   album   ‘My   Guitar   Poitevine’,   w h i c h   co nta i n s   o r i g i n a l   compositions   of   guitar,   violin,   voice,  flute  and  oboe. Through  words   and   music  and   using   his   childhood   memories   as   inspiration,   guitarist   Mathieu   takes   you   on   a   boat   ride  through   the  heart   of  the   Marais  Poitevin.

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Mathieu Touzot   invites  us   to   share   his   love  of  beautiful   things.     Past,  present  and   future  are  in  harmony  in  the  palm  of  his  hands.   This   album   invites   everyone   to   close   their   eyes   and   enjoy  this   unforgettable  ride  on  the  roads  of  a  poet  and  singer  to  eternity.

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More information   and   tracks   of   the   album   can   be   found   on   Mathieu’s  website:  www.mathieutouzot.com Association  Aidez  (Terves)  would  like  to  thank  everyone  who  donated   to  their  charities.     The  total  amount   raised  was  350€  and  a  great  time   was  had  by  all!      Winning  numbers  were:  13,  49,  112  &  165. Mary  Robson  says”  I  was  the  'Animal  Charity'  stall  and  raising  funds   for   both   TWILIGHT   (the   old   doggies   home)   and   ASSOCIATION   ORFEE.    It  was  a  really  enjoyable  day  -­‐  great  fun  and  I'm  absolutely   thrilled  to  announce  that  we  raised  120€  from  selling  the  clutter   and  another  30€  from  our  'brown  stuff'  collection  bucket!

Clear Your  Clutter  For  Charity La  Ferriére-­‐en-­‐Parthenay   12th  May  2013  

I'd like  to  say  a  HUGE  thank  you  to  everybody  who  supported  us  by   buying   our   clutter   and   also   to   those   people   who   generously   donated  MORE  clutter  for  me  to  sell!    And  a  massive   THANK  YOU   has  to  go  to  Jan  for  all  her  hard  work,  organisation  and  sheer  effort  -­‐   without  her  none  of  it  would  happened!!    CHEERS  JAN!!! Page 7


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Jenny Wren

Café in  L’Absie,  another   workshop  &  exhibition  has   been  organised   in  the  chic  boutique/gallery,  ‘Pierre  Feuille  Ciseaux’  in  the  lovely  old   market  town  of  Civray.

My passion   for   surface   pattern   and  a  Textile   Art   Diploma   allowed   me   to   follow   my   dream   to   become   a   Designer   for   Home   Interiors   for   many  years   in   North  West  England,  working   my   way   up   through   the   booming   Textile   Industry  of   the   1990s  with   companies   such   as   Coloroll,   John   Lewis,   and   John   Wilman.     Following  the   trends   in   industry   towards   the   simple,  plain  dyed  fabrics  of  the  21st  century,  I   travelled   to   various   printing   companies   in   Europe,  Dubai  &  Pakistan.

Please come  along  to  one  of  the  following  events  &  say  hello  :

Textile &  Mixed  Media  Artist

As my   personal   life   and   career   progressed,   I   explored   the   possibilities   of  working  for   myself.    After   successfully  completing   a   BA(Hons)   Degree   in  Contemporary   Textiles,  I  was  driven   towards   creating   unique  pieces   reflecting  my  own   interests.     An   ongoing   collection  of   unique  canvases,  wall  hangings,  furnishings  and  gifts   using  vintage  fabrics,  lace  and   treasured   finds  are  the  end  results,   although  my  Textile  Art  will  continue  to  develop  &  grow. The  venture  now  continues  here  in  Vernoux-­‐en-­‐Gatîne.    We  bought   la  maison  in  2009  as  a   ‘doer-­‐upper’.     Of  course,  these  things  don’t   always  go   to   plan   and   it’s   still   a   ‘doer-­‐upper’,  but   the   time   had   come  to   make  the  move.     We   arrived   last   August.     My  husband,   James  is   a   qualified,   registered   plasterer   here  and   thanks   to   the   informative   ‘The   Deux-­‐Sèvres   Monthly’   magazine   and   kind   recommendations   he     is   now   making   himself   known   in   the   area.

• 3rd June  -­‐  31st  July.    Exhibition  at  ‘Pierre  Feuille  Ciseaux’,  Civray. Jenny  will  be  exhibiting  a  varied   selection  of  her  work  along  with   2  other  local  designers. • 14th  June  6  -­‐  8pm.    Open  Evening  at  ‘Pierre  Feuille  Ciseaux’,  Civray. Everyone  is  invited  to  the  open  evening  of  the  exhibition  –   nibbles  &  drinks  supplied. • 13th  June  2  -­‐  4pm.  Traders  Afternoon  at  Pause!  Café  L’Absie. An  opportunity  to  buy  a  unique  gift  or  have  a  chat  with  Jenny   about  future  workshops. • 24th  June  10.30  -­‐  4pm.  Workshop  ‘Create  a  Canvas  In  a  Day’  at   ‘Pierre  Feuille  Ciseaux’,  Civray. Create  your  very  own  canvas  using  vintage  fabrics,  lace,  paint  &   contemporary  stitch  in  the  lovely  boutique.  Morning  &   Afternoon  tea/coffee  &  biscuits  included.  Lunch  can  be   arranged.     Jenny  can  be  contacted  by  email  on  harris4j@hotmail.co.uk   or   follow   her   ‘Jennywren’   page   on   Facebook   for   ongoing   updates  of  new  creations,  events  and  commissions.   Jenny’s  work  can  also  be  seen  in  the  brand   new  ‘Loulesbelles’   shop  in  L’Absie  as  well  as  Fresco  Interiors  shop  in  Vouvant.

So, I   now   have   a   makeshift   studio   in   the   dining   room,   with  crates  for  shelves  and  lots   of   ‘publicite’   to   paint   on.   France  is   so  inspirational   -­‐   my   sewing   machine   has   never   worked   so   hard!     I  am   really   enjoying  meeting   new  people   and   discovering   local   shops,   cafe’s   &   galleries   to   promote   my  creations.     The  reaction  so   far   has   been   wonderful   and   following   the   success   of   my   first   workshop   ‘Create   A   Canvas   In   A   Day’   at   Pause!  

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Local Markets Mondays:

• • Tuesdays: • • • Wednesdays: • Thursdays: • •

Benet 85490 Lencloître (1st Monday in month) 86140 Lezay 79120 Coulonges-sur-l’Autize 79160 Thouars 79100 Parthenay 79200 Sauzé-Vaussais 79190 Niort 79000

Fridays: Saturdays:

Sundays:

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Thouars 79100 Melle 79500 Chef-Boutonne 79110 Airvault 79600 Niort 79000 Coulon 79510 Saint-Maixent-l’École 79400 Neuville-de-Poitou 86170

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Ins and Outs

by Sue  Burgess

Sortir basically  means  to  go  out.    

Vocabulary /  Vocabulaire  : entrer  à  pied      

to walk  in

entrer à  l'université  

to go  to  college  /  university

Are you  going  out  tonight  ?  “ Tu  sors  ce  soir  ?”     You  can  also  use  it  to   mean  to  go  out  with  someone.  “ Tu  sors  avec   lui  ?”  Are  you  going  out  with  him  ?  

entrer dans  la  danse  

to get  involved,  join  in

If the  lights   go  out,  use  “s'éteindre”.  “Soudain,  les   lumières  se  sont   éteintes.”    Suddenly  the  lights   went   out.     When  the  tide  goes  out   “la   marée  descend”.     A  company   that   goes   out   of   business   “fait   faillite”.    To  go  out  of  fashion  is  “se  démoder”.

entrer dans  les  détails

to go  into  details

entrer dans  la  légende  

to go  down  in  legend

Sortir de  (informal)   means  to  have  just   done  something  “On  sort   de  manger”  We  just  ate.  “On  sort  de  table”  we  just   got  up  from  the   table. If  your  cat  comes  in  looking  as  though  it  has  been  dragged  through   a  hedge  backwards  you  might  want  to  ask    D'où   sort-­‐il  ?  Where  (on   earth)  has  he  been?    If  you  need  to  take  the  dog  for  a  walk,  then   your  wife  will  probably  say  “ Tu  dois  sortir  le  chien”. Se   sortir   means   to   get   out   of   or   to   extricate   oneself   from.   “J'espère  qu'il  va  pouvoir  s'en   sortir”  I  hope  he'll  be  able  to  get  out   of  that  situation. The  French  verb  entrer  literally  means  to  enter  and  is  also  used  in   many  idiomatic   expressions.   Other   meanings   of   “entrer”   are   to   enter,  to  come  in,  to  fit  into,  to  go  in, to  import,  smuggle  in. When   the   weather   is   bad,   you   will   probably   prefer   to   “rester   à   l'intérieur”   -­‐   stay   inside,   rather   than   get   involved   in   outdoor   activities  “activités  à  l'extérieur”  or  “activités  de  plein  air”.

entrer dans   la   quarantaine,   to  turn  forty,  fifty cinquantaine entrer  dans  le  vif  du  sujet  

to get  to  the  heart  of  the  matter

entrer dans  une  colère  noire

to fly  into  a  terrible  rage

entrer en  contact

get in  touch

entrer en  vigueur

to come  into  effect

sortir de  l'eau  

to get  out  of  the  water

sortez de  chez  moi  !  

Get out  of  my  house

Je veux  sortir  en  vélo  

I want  to  go  out  on  my  bike

Il est  sorti  en  courant  

He ran  out

Je me  suis  sorti  d'un  mauvais  pas     I  got  out  of  a  tight  spot Tu  t'en  es  bien  sorti  

You've done  really  well

If you  are  already  packing  for  your  holidays  then  you  will  be  putting   your   clothes  “dans  votre  valise”   or   your   things  “dans   le   camping   car”.    When   you   want   to   take  them  out  again  you  will   “sortir  les   affaires  de  la  valise  /  du  camping  car”.

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ARTicles

by Josie Bounds

Is This Cultural Theft? II ‘When the  real  is  no  longer  what  it  used  to  be;  nostalgia  assumes  its   full  meaning.   There  is  a  proliferation  of  myths,  of  origins  and  signs  of   reality;  of  secondhand  truth,  objectivity  and  authenticity’  

Jean Baudrillard

Cindy Sherman’s untitled film series (1977 - 1980)

To continue   the   discussion  about  this  notion  of  cultural  theft  in  art   I   have   chosen   to   look   at   two   artists,   Sherrie   Levine   and   Cindy   Sherman. Sherrie  Levine’s   body   of   work  called   ‘After  Walker   Evans’  has  not   just   borrowed  an   image   but   on   first   glance   it   looks  like   she  has   blatantly  plagiarised  it,  inciting  secondhand  truths  and  a  whole  lot   of  questioning  about  authenticity.     I  think  her  work  is  mocking  the   genre  and   style  of  photography.     Can   she   claim  this  work  as   her   own?   Levine   is   this   cultural   theft   or   vandalism?   The   problem   concerning   postmodern   photography   is   that   postmodern   photography   is   all   about   concept,   and   Levine   has   made   a   representation  of  a  representation.   The  acknowledgement   of   the   medium   used   is   important   because   the   photograph   becomes   conceptually  framed. Plato’s  theory  can   be  applied   when   looking  at   photography.     We   each   harbour   an   image   of   what   we   think  is   the   truth   and   the   image   in   front   of   us   confirms   our   thoughts.   Through   acknowledging  and  having  faith  in  the  medium  of  photography  we   trust  what  we  see  to  be  true.     The   challenges  brought  to  the   so-­‐ called   immediacy   and   transparency   of   photography   is   where   Levine  and   postmodernism  provoke  our   set   of   assumptions.   We   are  never   in  the  real   presence  of  the  object;  we  are  looking  at   an   image   of   an   image,   a   cropped,   faded,   tonal   fabrication   and   confection  of  an  image. Levine’s   critique  and   appropriation   of   photography  is   kitsch   and   too   simplistic   and   I   think   can   only   be   understood   within   the   institutional   framework   of   the   art   world.   Visibly,   a   Levine   photograph  is  not   different  from  the  ‘original’  work.    Through  my   research  and  studies  I  have  began  to  appreciate  the  importance  of   her   work,   and   appreciate   how   the   act   of   photographing   a   photograph   and   presenting  the  work  as  her   own  challenged   the   models  of  modernity. I  can  fully  understand  and   appreciate  why  Levine’s  work  caused   an   outrage,  because  I  didn’t  get  it  at  first   either.     Which  reaffirms  the   importance   of   her  criticisms,  a  decade  or   so  later,   the  practice  of   photographing   or   simulating   an   image   has   become   common   practice.    The  commonality  of  this  practice  begins  to  delve  into  the   postmodern  paradox  in  theory  and  in  photography.

Sherri Levine ‘After Walker Evans’ (1981)

Find Josie  Bounds  at  Le  Studio,  79240  Le  Busseau www.monpeptcoeur.info

Nouvelles Métamorphoses  is  an  artists’  collective  and  more   information  can  be  found  at:   www.nouvellesmetamorphoses.fr This  art  festival  will  take  place   in  the  Orangery  at  La  Mothe   St   Héray  over   the  weekend   of  22nd  and  23rd  June,  although  the   Exhibition  itself  will  continue  until  14  July.     This   year’s  theme  is   le   corps   liberé.     The   artists   come   from   all   over   France,   and   further   afield,   and   usually   include   a   number   of   British   participants,  especially  from  amongst  those  living  in  France. During   the   two-­‐day  festival  period  there   will   be   an  additional   village   de   toile   outside   the   Orangery,   where   around   thirty   artists   will   be   on   hand   to   discuss   their   work.     There   will   be   lectures  and   a  discussion   group  and  a   dinner   on   the  Saturday   evening.    I  should  add   that   apart  from  the  dinner,  entry  to  the   exhibitions,  lectures,  etc  is  entirely  free! On   the   Sunday   entertainment   will   be   provided   by  ‘le   trẻs   grand   conseil   mondial   des   clowns’   www.clownsmatapeste.com/ categories/view/6/tres-­‐grand-­‐conseil.

Cindy Sherman’s  untitled  film  series  (1977  -­‐   1980)   consists  of  black   and   white   photographs  where  she  simulates  an   array  of  different   female   roles,   transforming   her   persona   and   identity.   Sherman’s   untitled   still   series  is   emblematic  of  postmodern  art,  dealing  with   politics,   gender   and   the   idea   of   representation.   Postmodernist   photographers   tended   to   embellish,   fabricate,   lie   and   deceive   through  appropriation,  confecting  not  reflecting  reality. Modernism   and   postmodernism  both   contrast   and   overlap   with   one   another.   It   would   be   correct   to   say   that   postmodernism   describes   a   set   of   conditions   and   practices   occurring   in   late   modernity.   Appropriation   and   parody   are   the   two   main   foundations  of  postmodernity;  not  only  are  parodies   entertaining,   but   they   also   promote   a   greater   understanding   of   the   original   work. Page 11


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.

Something Stopping You Writing That Book? What? Oh,  yes.  I  just  have  to  finish  my  coffee,  load  the  dishwasher,   clean  the  cat’s  bowl,  check  my  Facebook  page,  nip   on  to  Twitter  -­‐   but   only   for   five   minutes   -­‐   do   the   filing,  have   a  Skype   with   my   friend…Um,  what  book? Even  writing  this  article  is  a  distraction.     So  why  don’t  I  settle  down   and   do  what  I  love  and  lose  myself   in  my  book’s  imaginary  world   for  hours  on  end?    This  is  a  question  that  burns  into  every  writer’s   consciousness. Facts: • Books  will  not  write   themselves;  whatever   fantasy   you   conjure   up,  the  writing  elves  do  not  visit  overnight. • Editors  and  agents  get  cheesed  off  with  undisciplined  writers. • Your  fans  repeatedly  ask  when  your  next  book  is  out. • The  only  way  to  sell  more  books  is  to  write  more  books. Making  time Even   if   it’s   only  half  an   hour   or   an   hour,  everybody  is   entitled  to   some   “me   time”.     Be   ruthless  during  that   time   –   no   Internet   or   other   interruptions.   I   was   cheered   when   a   famous   author   admitted  to   me  that   she   wrote  one  paragraph   at   a   time,   flitting   back  and  forth  to   the  computer   for  intense   bursts  of  half  an  hour   at   a  time  in  between   doing  a  million  other   things.  She  dismissed   the   idea   of   x   words   per   day   with   a   wave   of   her   hand.   Yet   her   output  is  prolific. Lack  of  confidence Perhaps  you  ask  yourself,   ‘Am  I  churning  out   rubbish  or  is  there   a   possibility   that   somebody,   somewhere   will   love   my   work?’   If   you’ve   had   feedback   through   a   writing   group,   a   writers’   organisation,  a  reputable  on-­‐line   critique   site,  an  agent/editor   or   published   author,   you   can   probably   answer   that   question.   And   have  some  idea  about  what  to  improve  on.   Even   if   you   think  your   latest   work  is   total  rubbish,  give    yourself     permission  to  write  badly  -­‐   you  have  the  luxury  of  going   back  and   fixing  it  by  rewriting   it.  Again   and   again.  And   it   will   improve.    And   sometimes,  doubt  about  your  beauteous  prose  can  make   you  look   at   it   with   a   sharp   eye.   Perhaps   you   do   need   to   change   that   character’s   story   arc,  or   inject   some   emotional   punch   into   that   beige  scene. Guilt Does   the   doubt   about   whether   writing  is   a   proper   thing   to   do   hammer  away  in  the  back  of   your   brain?  Many  writers  are  prey  to   this  one.  Yes,  it  is  a  proper  and  fit  occupation.  How  do  you  think  all   those  books  you  love  to  read  come  to  exist?   Many  people  can’t  string  a  sentence  together.  It’s  a  great  skill,  as  is   the   gift   of   being   able   to   weave   a   coherent   story   of   tens   of   thousands  of   words  that   can  make  people’s  spirits  soar,     take  them   on  an  emotional  journey,     put  them  in  the  middle   of  a  struggle  for   survival,  or   a  famous   battle  of  antiquity.  Like  any   other   art   form,   it’s   difficult   to   make   a   living,   but   what   is   produced   brings   enormous  pleasure  individually  to   many  and  makes  the  world  a  far   better  place. *Alison   will   be   signing   copies   of   INCEPTIO  at   Le   Petit   Cadeau,   Parthenay  on  12th  June  at  2.15pm     Alison  Morton  writes  alternate  history  thrillers,  blogs  about   wri.ng  and  Romans  at  hSp://alison-­‐morton.com/blog/  

Combined Services Support Group (CSSG) by Terri Laverick What a  month  we  have  had,  two  local  commemoration  events  in   Parthenay,   Paperback   Jan’s   event   in   Le   Ferrière-­‐sur-­‐Parthenay   and   our   group  meeting  at   the  Café  des  Belles   Fleurs   in   Fenioux   with  breakfast.  Who  said  retirement  was  a  tranquil  time  of  life? The  first  event   on  28th  April  was  the  Deportation  ceremony,  held   like  all  other  commemorations  in  Le  Jardin  Public  in  Parthenay.     It   was   a   miserable,   chilly  day  but   several   members  of   the   ex-­‐pat   community  turned  out  to  show  their  support.  Secondly  many  of   us  attended  the  V.E.  Day  celebrations  on  8th  May.  This  is  always  a   huge   ceremony   in   Parthenay   where   many   standards   are   on   parade  and  the  event  incorporates  the  presentation   of   medals  to   local   personages  along  with   the  traditional   wreath  laying.    Local   school   children   also   join  in  to  present  flowers  at   the  memorial;   always  a  moving  tribute. On   12th   May,   we  served   tea,  coffee   and  cakes  at   Jan’s  Charity   “Bring  and  Buy”  event  in  Le  Ferriere-­‐sur-­‐Parthenay.    It  was  a  very   successful  and   entertaining  day.  I  think  I  can   say  all  of  us  there,   whether   working  or   not,   had   an   enjoyable   experience   and   we   raised  251€  which  is  now  on  its  way  to  SSAFA  France.     May  we   take   this   opportunity   to   thank   those   of   you   who   contributed   prizes   for  the  tombola  stand,  goods  for   sale  and   last   but  by  no   means   least,   those   of   you   who   provided   cakes.     They   were   delicious,  although  I  only  managed  to  try  one!     Our   meeting   on   18th   May   at   the   Cafe   des   Belles   Fleurs   was   preceded   by   a   full   breakfast,   always   much   appreciated,   and   several  more  events  were  discussed.    The  first  being  a  tombola  at   the   Salles  des  Fete,  St  Germain-­‐de-­‐Longue-­‐Chaume  on  9th   June   2013.  We  are  also  in  the  process  of  organising  an   October   Fest,   but  more  about  that  at  a  later  date,  just  keep  19th  October  2013   free  in  your  diary. If   you   would   like   to   join   us   at   any   time,   a   warm   welcome   is   a s s u re d .   Fo r   c o n t a c t   p l e a s e   e m a i l   Ro s s   H e n d r y :   rs.hendry@gmail.com  

BOOK AND COFFEE MORNING 2 Books for 1 Euro! Hundreds of  books  to  choose  from... 45  RUE  DU  BOIS  BAUDRON,  79100  MAUZE  THOUARSAIS

10.00am to  12.30pm,  Wednesday  26th  June

Our first  book  morning  of  the  year   in   March  was   a  great   success   even  though  the  temperature  was  freezing!  Our  thanks  to  all  those   who  braved   the   cold.     It   was   a   different   story  in  April   when   we   woke  to  a   lovely  warm  and  sunny  day.    We  sold  nearly  200  books   and  saw  one  or  two   new  faces  as  well.   All  money  raised  is  donated   to  The  Helianthus   Association   animal  charity  and   your   generosity   at   the  two   mornings   this   year   has  meant   we   have  been   able  to   send  off  a  cheque  for  270  euros. Don't   forget,   Jo   from   Phoenix   Cards   and   Heather   with   her   gemstone   and   fashion   jewellery   will   also   be   here  in  June.

Look forward to seeing you!   Steve  and  Theresa    Tel:  05  49  66  03  73                         Helianthuis  Association  -­‐  www.helianthus-­‐asso.org

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News from  the  Pays  de  Gâtine!  by Julia Salvat Taking  up  French  Nationality The  highly  successful   production  of   the  Calendar  Girls  is   now  behind  us   but  the  drive  to  sell  more  and  more   calendars   is   still   very   much   underway.    As   the  calendar   covers   May   to   December   2013   and   the   whole  of  2014  it   is   still  a  very  good   buy   and   would   make   a   great   birthday  or   Christmas  present   for   those  family  members  who  it   is  often   so  difficult   to  find   a   gift   for.     They  are   still   for   sale   through   our   website   or   at   the   following  four  venues  and  will  remain  so  for  the  rest  of  the  year.   • • • •

Restaurant  A  La  Bonne  Vie  at  Le  Beugnon Cafe  des  Belles  Fleurs  at  Fenioux The  Pause  Cafe    at  L’Absie Cafe  Cour  du  Miracle  at  Vouvant

Please give  generously  and  remember   that  ALL  proceeds   from   the   sale  of  the  calendar  goes  to  the  Leukemia  &  Lymphoma  Research   Foundation  in  the  UK   and  La  Fondation  de  France:     La  Recherche   contre  Leucemie  et  Lymphome  here  in  France. To  date   we  have   sold  around  500   calendars  with  over  5000€   raised.     A  very  good  start  but  still  more  to  be  sold  to  reach  our  target  for   the   donations  to  the  cancer  research  organizations.     Those  of  you  who  came  to  see  ‘Calendar  Girls’  will,  I’m  sure,  agree   with  me  whenI  say   what   a  brilliant   job   everyone   did.     The  actors   received   the   applause   of   the   audiences   on   the   night   but   we   all   realize  that   without  the  fantastic  support  of  the  backstage  and  front   of   house   members   there   would   be   no   performances.     We   also   realize   that   without   your   support   in  coming  to  our   performances   and   hearing   your   laughter,   applause   and,  for   the   Calendar   Girls,   seeing  a  few  tears  it  would  all  have  been  in  vain. Reaction   Theatre   is   taking  part   in   Tim  Firth’s  show   as   part   of   an   international  effort   to   smash   the  record  for  the  most  productions  of   a   play   in   one   calendar   year   which   will   eventually   go   into   the   Guinness   Book   of   Records   if  successful.     Samuel   French   London,   which  holds  the  amateur   rights,  has  received  520  applications  from   groups  wanting  to  perform  the  play  to   date  and   have   issued  322   licenses.  Vivien  Goodwin,  the  managing  director,  said  the  company   had  "never  experienced  a  demand  like  this"  for  a  play.    

Having recently   had   several   enquiries   about   taking   out   French   Nationality,  the  Pays  de  Gâtine  decided   to   do  some  research  and   this  is  what  we  found  out. Your   address  in   le  Deux-­‐Sèvres  will  determine  where  you   start  in   this  long  and  interesting  learning  curve  and  we  would  recommend   you  telephoning  the  Préfecture  in  Niort  (08  99  10  74  23)  to  find  out   if  you  start  with  them  or  in  Bressuire.   There  are  3  ways  of  gaining  French  nationality  : 1. You   have   the   right   if   you   were   born   in   France   of   French   parents.   2. By  declaration:  this  applies  if   you  were  born  in  France,  but  of   foreign   parents  or  you  have  been  married  (minimum  4  years)   to  a  French  person.    This  does  not  automatically  give  you   the   right   to   nationality  and   both   of   these   are   on   condition  that   certain  requirements  are  fulfilled.   3. By   decree:   your   request   is   at   the   discretion   of   the   administration,  which  can  be  refused  even  if  all  the  conditions   are   filled.   Amongst   the   points   taken   into   consideration   are:   age,   length   and   frequencies   of   stay  in   France   (minimum   5   years),  income,  your  integration  in  the  French  community  and   the  absence  of  a  police  record.   At  the  first  interview  be  prepared  for   general  questions  about  your   background   and   circumstances   and   take   with   you   your   passport   and  if  possible,  proof  of  the  date  that  you  entered  France.   You  will  then  be  given  the  appropriate  paperwork  to  proceed  with   your   request   and   a   list   of   the  documents   that   you   will   have  to   provide.   These   will   include:   your   original   birth   certificate   (with   translation)  and  those  of  your  parents;  documents  concerning  your   personal   situation,  fiscal   stamps   and  a  signed  charter  of  the  rights   and  duties  of  a  French  citizen.   You  will  have   to   take  an  exam  to  determine  your  level  of   French,   the  details  of  which  will   be  explained  to  you  in  person  during   the   first   visit.  Having  returned  the  completed  documents  you  will  then   be  requested  to  attend  a  further  interview.   Please  note  that  taking   French   nationality  does  not   mean  that   you   have   to  give   up  your   British  nationality,  you  can  have  both.   Vive  l’integration!   For   further   information   please   consult:   www.gatine.org ‘Taking   out   French   Nationality’.    

Julia SALVAT,  Pays  de  Gâtine.     Tel:  05  49  64  25  49  ~  Email:  julia.salvat@gatine.org

Best wishes  to  you  all  and  thank  you  for  your  continued  support. John  Blair:  johnblair@btopenworld.com

Website: www.gatine.org

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Take a Break... DSM Easy  Crossword Across: Down: 8.   Cake  Topping  (5) 1.   Cause  to  die  (4) 9.   Very  sore  (7) 2.   A  man  who  is  engaged  to  be  married  (6) 10.   Crazy  person  (7) 3.   Try  to  stir  up  public  opinion  (7) 11.   Sweeping  tool  (5) 4.   Military  helicopter  (6) 12.   Combatant   who   tries   to   throw   5.   See  24  Across   opponent  to  the  ground  (8) 6.   Be  able  to  spare  or  give  up  (6) 13.   Prepare  for  publication  (4) 7.   Ornamental  climbing  plant  (8) 15.  Make  a  sudden  surprise  attack  on  (4) 12.   Tall  piece  of  furniture  (8) 17.   A  positive  feeling  of  liking  (8) 14.   Teach  (7) 21.   Long  narrow  range  of  hills  (5) 16.   Colour  between  blue  and  violet  (6) 22.   Parcel  (7) 18.   Be  against  6) 24  &  5  Down.      Character  in  ‘The  Hobbit’ 19.   Full  of  high  spirited  delight  (6)   (5,7) 20.   Start  (5) 25.   Time  of  life  between  the  ages  of   23.   Compass  point  (4)   12  and  20  (5)

DSM Toughie  Crossword Across: 8.   Irresponsible   person   had   other   side     missing  for  a  change  (7) 9.   Secret   number   not   there   for   the     start,  that’s  obvious  (5) 10.   PR   changeover   gives   a   fishy   result     from  hunt  under  cover  (5) 11.   Formerly  obvious  way  to  elucidate?  (7) 12.   What  a  nun   does   to  conceal  what   is     open  (4) 13.   Theoretical   ending   for   brat   cast   in     play?  (8) 16.   Fly   very   low   from   dance   on   the     border?  (8) 19.   Let  them  make  a  hideout  for  a     literary  heroine  (4) 22.   Head   boy   needs   to   change   very     slightly  to  become  ideal  (7) 23.   Here   is  a   good  place  for  a  stall,  or   is     that  just  sales  talk?  (5) 24.   A  swelling  could  be  cured  by   a   clean     break  (5) 25.   Ran   awkwardly   in   vain   struggle   to     find  perfect  happiness  (7)

NEW!

Quiz-tastic!

Down: 1. Not   a   good  hour  for   weird   goth  to   get     together  to  be  meticulous  (8) 2.   A  short  road  leads  to  the  beach  when     foreign  currency  is  applied  (6) 3. Article   overturned   in   manuscript;     that’s  the  spirit!  (5) 4.   Braved   turmoil   to   deliver   part   of   the     speech  (6) 5.   Reckon  to  arrive  outside  place  (7) 6.   Nave   altered   by   US   lawyer;   what   a     state!  (6) 7.   Vast,   unknown   territory   holds   stocks     for  solvers  (4) 14.   Exceptional   rate   observed   in   each     irregularity.  Could  be  your  air  passages?  (8) 15.   First  lady  involved  with   strange   gent  in     finding  way  to  have  revenge  (3,4) 17.   Dearest   with   amount   subtracted   is     audacious  (6) 18.   Revealing  someone’s  true  colours  on  a     day  trip?  (6) 20.   Our   friend  lacks   something   common   to     make  a  literary  classic  (6) 21.   A  kind  of  seed  found  in  exotic  parks?  (5) 22.   Batter  animal  skin?  (4)

With thanks  to  M.Morris

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

1.What form   of   carbon  is  the  hardest   substance  currently   known?

2.Name the   device   used   to   regulate   temperature   or   control   another   device   or   system   when   a   pre-­‐set   temperature   is   reached.

8.

Who was  imprisoned  at  Robben  Island  from  1962  to  1982?

9.

Which Canadian   province,   capital   Toronto,  has   a   1600   mile   border  with  the  U.S.?

10. Which Austrian  musical   family  had  2  Johanns,  1  Eduard   and   a   Josef?

3.

What are  chanterelles,  morels  and  ceps  types  of?

4.

In Shakespeares  Henry  4th,  what  is  the  name  of  the  fat  knight,   friend  of  the  Prince  of  Wales?

5.

Name the  politician  who  was  deputy  P.M.  and   Home  Secretary   in  Thatchers  first  government  1979  to  1983.

6.

In Star   Wars   Episode   IV   (the   1st.  and   best)   what   did   Lando   Calrissian  lose  to  Han  Solo  in  a  game  of  Sabacc?

Award yourself   a   bonus   point   if   you   can   spot   the   connection   between  the  answers  or  parts  of   the  answers,  assuming  you  have   12  answers.  Copyright  RJS  2013.

7.

Who was  U.S.  president  from  1969  to  1974?

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

11. Which English   scientist   published   the   "Principiae   Mathematica"  in  1687? 12. Which   Beatles   song,   according   to   the   Guinness   Book   of   Records  (1986),  has  been  recorded  by  over  1600  artistes?

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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 CHIZÈ The   commune   of   Chizé   is   irrigated   by   the   river   Boutonne.   The   commune   also   boasts   a   forest   of   4   800   hectares.   Chizé   is   well   known   in   the   scientific   and   ecological   world   because   of   the   laboratory   of   Biological   Studies.   The   centre   has   its   base   in   the   forest  of  Chizé  and  employs  about  70  research  workers.     The  forest   welcomes   many   visitors,   walkers,  bike   riders,   school   parties   and   scientists.  The  GR36  hiking  path  passes  through  the  forest.    

CLAVÉ Clavé is  a  small  commune  situated  near  St  Georges  de  Noisné  and   the   dam   at   Touche   Poupard.     The   inhabitants   of   Clavé   are   the   Clavéens.   There  are  324  inhabitants   living  on  a  commune  of  1903   hectares. A  VOIR  /  MUST  SEE • Clavé   is   mentioned  in  tourist  guides  because  of  its  church.  The   Romanesque   (XIIth   century)   part   of   the  church   and   its   Gothic   tower  are  classified  historical  monuments.  

The local  economy  of  Chizé  today  depends  mainly  on  agriculture.   The  geographical  situation   of  Chizé  has  attracted  settlers  from  early   times.  It   would   seem  that   the  forest  was  inhabited   in   prehistoric   times.  The   Romans   built   a  villa  here.  Later  the  village  grew  around   a   medieval  castle   of   which  only  the  mound  still  remains.   In  1363,   the  town   of  Chizé  was  handed  over  to   Thomas  de  Wodestock,  the   son  of  Edward  III  of  England  in  application  of   the  treaty  of  Brétigny   which  had  been   signed  three   years  earlier.  Then  in  1373  Chizé  was   the  scene  of  a  battle  against   the  English  during  the   Hundred  Years   War.   Several   kings  have   stayed   in   Chizé  including  Louis   XIV  who  had   a   hospice   built   in   the   XVIIth   century.   The   hospice   is   now   the   old   people's  home.   A  VOIR  /  MUST  SEE • Zoodyssée  an  animal  park  at  Villiers  en  Bois.  25  hectares   of   walk   in  the  forest.  The  animals  presented   in  the  park  are  all  European   animals. Amongst  the  numerous   activities  throughout   the  year   the  most   famous   are   probably   a   walk/ramble   in   spring,   the   Foulées   Chizéenes   race   in   July   and   the   huge   vide   grenier/brocante   at   Availles  the  second  weekend  in  August. CIRIÈRES Cirières  is  situated  close  to  Bretignolles,  le  Pin,  Cerizay  and  la  Forêt-­‐ sur-­‐Sèvre.   There   are   950   inhabitants   known   as   Ciriéros   and   Ciriéroises.    Cirières  appears  in  writings  in  1092.     At  that  time  there   were   two   churches,   Saint   George   and   Saint   Radegonde.     The   church   of   Saint   Radegonde   was   a   priory   church   which   was   connected   to   Saint   Jouin   de  Marnes  before  the  revolution.

• The Sablière  wash-­‐house  and  the  town  oven  at  la  Rousselière  are   also  worth  a  visit. • Starting  from  the   church   there  are  two   walking  tours  of   about   ten  minutes  each   which   will   give   you   a  wonderful   view   of   the   valley  and  the   lake  at   the  dam   of  La  Touche  Poupard,   a  point   of   departure  for  the  GR   364  hiking  path  and  other  walks.    The  lake   is   called   ‘Le   plan   d’eau   du   Soleil   Levant’  and   by  following   the   yellow  arrows  from  the  square   by  the   church   you   can  do   a  6.5   km   walk,  for  which  you  should  allow  a  couple  of  hours  because   of  the  steepness  of  the  path   at   some   points:  an  ideal   walk  for   nature  lovers  and  bird  spotters. CLAZAY Clazay  is  one  of  the  communes  that  are  joined   with  Bressuire  and   the  commune  is  remarkable  for  its  recorded  historical  sites  : • • • • •

The chapel  at  Clazay Several  old  houses  and  farms The  manor  house  at  Boësse An  old  mill The  Benedictine  priory  at  la  Mothe  de  Beaumont.

Cirières was   a   major   player   in   the   Vendée   wars   with   people   like   Louis   Richard   or   François   Guignard.     It   is   a   village   which   is   made   of   two   distinct   geographical   entities,   the  «Haut  Bourg»  on   the   road  to  Brétignolles   and   the  «Bas  Bourg»  which  is  today  crossed   by  the  D  road  which  links  Cerizay  to  Bressuire.     The  new  houses  and  the  new  district  near   this   road  will   be  called   «le   Quartier   de  la  Paix»  in   memory  of  the  Vendée  wars. A  VOIR  /  MUST  SEE The   stained   glass   window   by  Lobin   in   the   church  and  the   statue  of  the  infant   Jesus  of   Prague

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

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Health, Beauty & Fitness... 2013 Beauty Recommendations... Samantha’s 3 Tips for Staying Beautiful

1. Protect  your  skin  against  sun  exposure. This  means  you  should   always  wear   an   SPF  all  year   round.   Check   your   moisturiser   and   foundation   as   this  may  contain   a   SPF.     Some  people   may   need  a   higher   SPF   and  I  would   highly  recommend  Clinique   City   Base   as   it's   really   light   textured   and   sits   amazingly  well  under  your  foundation.

2. Moisturise  your  face  twice  a  day.   No  matter  what  skin  type  you  are  it  is  essential  to  moisturise  twice   a  day.    This  will  soften  any  lines   and   dehydration  lines  will   simply   disappear. 3.  Get  a  professional  makeover If   you   have  been   wearing   the   same   make   up   for   years  and   are   stuck  in  a   rut,  now  is   the   time  to  book  a  professional   makeover.   This  will   open   your   eyes   to   new   products   and   many  interesting   ways   to  create  the  best   look   for   you.  I   have  many  ladies  visit  me   every  6  months  to  refresh  their  look  for   the  change  of  season.  This   gives  them  the  confidence  to  try  new  looks  and  feel  fabulous.   30  minute  makeovers  are  30€,  which   include  a  full  makeover  and   tips  &  advice  on   which  products  are  best  for  you.  For  booking  call   Samantha  06.50.04.37.30  

Emma’s ‘One for the guys 2013’

I thought  this   months  article   could  be  for  all   you   trendy   guys   out   there.   Especially   as   the   next   generation  males  seem  to   be  taking   a  lot  longer   to  get  ready. Classic  Crown  Cut For   men  with   thinning  hair   I  would  recommend   the  classic  crown   cut.  This  style  would  be  to  go  short  round  the  sides   and  leave   the   crown   area   with   medium   layers   which   will   create   volume   and   texture  giving  the  illusion  of  thicker  hair. Peaked  Cut One   of   the   most   popular   cuts   of   the   90's   is   back.   Ask   your   hairdresser   for   a  short  cut   all  round  leaving  medium  layers  on  top   but  with  a  higher  peak  through   the  middle  and   the   front.  Using   a   small  piece  of  gel,  concentrate  on  getting  some  lift  in  the  front  and   higher  peaks.  Check  online  images  for  Channing  Tatum's  latest  look. Sleek  or  not  so  sleek  side  parting Keeping  the  edges  of  the  haircut  clean  with  sharp  is  key  to  this  look.   Leaving  a  long  bed  hair  look  on  top  which  blends  well  into  the  sides.   It   can   be  either  styled  sleek  to  the  side  or   a  textured   quiff  to   the   side. Emma's   recommended   product   for   the   men   is   American   Crew   Fiber.     It  can  sculpt  and  mould  short  hair  into  any  style.  Available   online  retailing  around  7€. Charente  Hair  &  Make  Up Tel:  05  45  31  56  93  /  06  50  04  37  30 www.charentehairandbridal.com

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Looking for a Loving Home...

AVAILABLE FOR  ADOPTION... Lancette

L A N C E T T E i s   a   v e r y   endearing   10   year   old   female   Beagle   cross   who   was  found   abandoned   and   taken  to  the  local  pound  at  Animal  Or  near  Sauzé  Vaussais.     Everyone   thought   that   she   had   no   identification   until   she   was   cleaned  up  and  a  tattoo  (2GHH006)  was  found.     After  many  phone   calls   it  was  discovered  that  she  had   a  British  owner  who  had  left   France  and  his  dog  behind!

CHACHA, 8mth male

MAYA, 1yr old female

Fortunately for   Lancette  she   has  been   taken   under   the  wing  of   Association  Orfee,  but  with  so  many  abandoned  dogs  there  is  no   foster  home  available  just   yet  so  she  must  remain  in  the  pound   a   little   longer  unless  some   kind  person  comes  forward  to  foster  or   adopt  her.     Lancette  has  been  checked   over  by  a  vet,  vaccinated  and  treated   for  worms,  ticks  and  fleas,  she  will  also  be  neutered   soon.      This   is  a  very  friendly  little  dog,  slightly  nervous  of  strangers  when  she   first  meets  them,  but  a  few  kind  soothing  words  and  she  looks  at   you  with  those   appealing  Beagle   eyes,  as  if  to  say   “please  take   me   home  with  you”.     Lancette  is  house-­‐trained   and   good   with   children  and  whoever  adopts  her  will  not  regret  it.    You  can  visit   her  at  Animal  Or,  Tel:  05  49  29  38  01  or  telephone  Isabelle  on   09   77   48   71   43   or   email   asso.orfee@laposte.net   for   more   information.    Thank  you. www.association-­‐orfee.forumactif.com/f49-­‐english-­‐corner  

9mth male HACHIRO,

and brother HANUKI 9mth male

Please contact NALA if you can help.... Nos Amis Les Animaux 85480 (NALA 85480). Tel: 07 70  31  54  59

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

HOOF (Horse Orientated Open Forum)

APPEAL ALSA is   a   big  girl   with   an   equally   big   heart.  A  non-­‐destructive,  non  barking,   obedient   Matin   Espagnol   cross   of   5   years  old.    Alsa  is  fun  loving  and  lively   in  the  garden   but  calm  indoors.    She  is   always  willing  to   please,  loves  human   company   and   long   walks,   and   will   sleep   at   your   feet   at   the   end   of   the   day. Alsa   loves   all   other   animals,   even   those   from   down   on   the   farm,   but   whilst   she   gets   on   with   other   dogs,   she   would   be   best   suited   to   be   the   only  dog  in  the  family.    She  is  chipped,   vaccinated  and  neutered.

Equine Rescue France

We are always looking for new members and we are in need of donations so we may continue to help equines in France. Please support the ERF.

Please contact Equine Rescue France via their website www.equinerescuefrance.org

ALSA

This is  a  lovely  dog  best  suited   to  a  family  who  like  and  understand   the  larger   breed  of  dog  and  can  give  her   the  attention  she  longs  for   and   deserves.     There  is  an   adoption   fee   for  Alsa   and  if  you  think   you  could  give  her  a  forever  home,  please  contact  Isabelle  (English   speaking)  on  0977487143  or  email  asso.orfee@laposte.net www.hopeassoc.org.

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

Phoenix Associapon,   who   rescue   and   re-­‐ home   animals   in   need,   has   a   new   website.   Please  visit:   www.phoenixasso.com   and   find   out   what  you  can  do  to  help  animals  in   need   in  south  west  France!

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.

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The Great Outdoors...

Bonne Pêche

by Simon Tee

Don’t feel  downhearted   if  you  haven’t  caught  many   fish  in  the  last  month  -­‐  they’ve  been   spawning  and   that   certainly  played   havoc   with   the   fishing.     Whilst   reproducing  is  their  prime  concern,   it   doesn’t   matter   what   bait   you   present,  nothing   works.     Now  that   it’s  all  over  you  should  find  it  easier   to   get   them  on   the   bank,  they  will   be  very  hungry. For   now,  I’d   like   to   concentrate   on   river   fishing….   well,  weirs   in   particular,  as  I’ve  seen  many   of   them   on   the  rivers   in   the  Deux-­‐ Sèvres.     The   sight   of   cascading   white   water   in   a   weir   can   make   them  intimidating  places   to   consider   fishing.     However,  with   all   weir   pools  you  can   guarantee   that  it   will   feature   big  fish   of  many   species. So,  if  you  are   an  angler  willing  to  take   on  the  challenge  of  a  raging   weir   pool   you  can  expect  to  catch  some  superb  fish.     From  Pike  to   Barbel,   pretty  much   every  species  of   river  fish  can  be  found   here;   all  you  have  to  do  is  work  out  where.    

Barbel will   be   on   the  calm   bottom,  at   the   point   where   the   flow   begins  to  pick  up.    Use   luncheon   meat   or   pellet   to   attract   them.     Roach   will   be   in   the   middle   of   the  pool,  right   in   the  eye  of   the   storm.    I  would  have  a  go  with  a  swim  feeder  on  a  long  hook  length   with  maggot   as  bait.     Pike  are  not   slow  when  it   comes  to   seeking   out  its  next   meal.    It  will   sit   near  deeper  water,  near  snags,  and  it   will  be  ready  to  zoom  out  and  surprise  attack.    Go  for  a  large  smelly   joey  mackerel  or  herring.     For  the  brave-­‐hearted,  using  a  small  live   bait   would  be  a   strong  contender.     Bream   are  normally  associated   with  ponds  and   lakes,  not   flowing  water,   but   they  do  seem  to   be   attracted   to  weir   pools.    Target   the  areas   were  the  frothy   water   smooths  out  and  use  an  open-­‐ended  feeder  and  pellet  hook  bait.     Remember,  the  pleasure   angler  is  an   angler  who  goes   out  to  enjoy   a  relaxing  days  fishing  and  is   content  to  catch  whatever   fish   they   can.     Armed   with   this   information   you   have  the  chance  to  catch   various  species  of  fish.     If,   by  chance  you   don’t   catch,  I’m  100%   positive  you  will  have  enjoyed  the  peace  and  quiet,  and  no  doubt   have   had   the   chance  to   observe   some   of   this   year’s  new   young   birdlife  exploring  the  big  wide  world  outside  of  their  nests.

Simon Tee  is  the  proprietor  of  2  coarse  fishing   lakes  in  Secondigny  (www.francefishinggites.com)

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Once you  cut   through   all  that   white  water  and   foam   you  will   find   that  the  bottom  is  remarkably  still  and  easier   to   fish  than  the  view   on  the  surface   would   lead  you  to  believe.    Chub   will  normally  stay   back   from   the   white   water,   especially   if   tree   or   root   cover   is   present  or   over-­‐hanging  trees.     Try  to  ledger  some  cheese   paste,   bread   flake  or   a  minnow.     Perch  will  be  under  the  weir  shelf  ready   to  ambush  any  small  fish   or  insect  it  spies.    Try  some  small  shot  on   the  line  with  a  big  worm  and  use  the  back  flow  of   the   water  to  get   the   bait   into   position   under   the  weir   (the   use   of   a  hypodermic   needle  will  prevent  the  worm  from  burrowing).

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THE AMATEUR GARDENER

by Vanda Lawrence

This month  brings  us  the  longest  day  of  the  year.    June  is  one  of  the   busiest  months  for  the  gardener   with  plenty  to  do  in  the  vegetable   plot,  flower  beds  and  with  lawns  to  work  on  too.     In   the   flower   garden   and   shrubbery  the   low   temperatures  have   delayed  things  a  bit  but   you  can   still  sow  your   Sweet  Pea  seeds  in   their  growing  position.    When  they  come  into  flower   remember  to   dead-­‐head,  because  once  the  plants  start   to  set  seed  flowering  will   be  curtailed.    Primroses  have  finished  flowering  now  so  you  can  lift   and   divide   large   clumps.     The   same  applies   to   Irises  which   may   have  become  overcrowded.    Once  Irises  have  finished   flowering  it   is  advisable  to  cut  the  leaves  down   to  about  6"  to  avoid  their  roots   being  loosened  by  the   wind.     Dead-­‐head  roses   regularly  and  spray   against  blackspot,  mildew  and  rust.    Give  them  a  good   feed  after   the  first   flush  of  blooms.     Also   dead-­‐head  Delphiniums  and  Lupins   to  encourage  a  second  flush  of  flowers  later  in  the  summer. In   the   vegetable  garden  the  potatoes  are  coming  up  nicely,  but  our   French   neighbour   tells  us  that   it's   necessary   to   spray  them   with   Bordelaise  (Bordeaux)   Mixture  to  prevent   mildew.     Also   effective   on   tomatoes   and   strawberries,   this   mix   leaves   a   bright   blue   sediment  on  the  plants  so  you  can  see  where  you  have  treated.

tes et  du  Jardin’, Find  me  at  the  ‘Fête  des  Plan rière,  8th  &  9th  June Domaine  de  Péré,  Prissé  la  Char

Pinch out   the   side   shoots   on   your   tomatoes,   keep   them   well-­‐watered   and   feed   regularly.     Insert   a   4"   plant-­‐pot   into   the   ground   beside   each   plant.     Fill   with   water  each  time  you   pass   by  and  you  will   be   rewarded   with   lovely  plump   tomatoes   and   no  split   skins.     The  same  idea   works   with   other   plants   and   shrubs   too.     Try   cutting  the   base   off   a   plastic   milk  bottle,   remove   the   lid   and   sink   the   bottle   neck-­‐ first  into  the  soil   next  to  the  plant.    Fill  with   water   which   then   seeps   into   the   ground   close  to  the  roots,  encouraging  roots  to  head  deeper  into  the  soil.   Still  with  the  vegetable  garden  in  mind  there  are  several  herbs  and   flowers  which  will  repel  troublesome  insects  : • Chives,  Onions  and  Garlic  repel  ants,  aphids  and  flea  beetles • Rosemary  and  Sage  repel  cabbage  moths  and  carrot  flies • Basil  and  Borage  keep  tomatoes  pest-­‐free • Radishes  repel  cucumber  beetle • French  Marigolds  repel  whitefly,  tomato  hornworms  and  slugs • Nasturtiums  repel  whitefly After   the  'June  drop',   which  is  the  natural   shedding  of  weak  fruit   on  your  apple  trees,  you  will  be  able  to  judge  where  to  thin  out  the   rest.     When  developing  fruits  are  about  the   size  of  a  nut,  remove   the  smallest  of   each  group,  keeping   2  or  3  apples  per   group.    The   same  applies  to  your  pear  trees. You  might   remember   that   last   month  I  was  trying  to   root   Laurel   hedge  cuttings  in  water   with  Willow  twigs  added   to  the  water.     It   worked!!    After  a   couple  of   weeks  the  Willow  twigs  had  sent  out   roots   and   after   another   couple   of   weeks   the   Laurel   cuttings   are   beginning  to  root  too.    I'll   pot   them   on   now  and  plant   out   in   the   Autumn.     Happy gardening everybody.... See you next month.

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Life on the Farm...

by Peter  &  Jenny  Sebborn.

What a  month.     Lots  going  on,  animals  and  birds  coming  and  going   and  lots  of  activity  in  the  garden. The   incubator   is   on   again,   well   it   hasn’t   really   been   off   for   the   last   couple   of   months.   The  last   batch   to   hatch   out   were   some   Light   Sussex   chicks  to  replace  our   laying  hens  next   year   and   10  ducklings.  We  are   trying   to   produce  our   own  laying  stock  on   a   rolling  basis   so   that   we   always   have   hens   in   their   prime.     The   ducklings   grow  very  quickly  into  good  size  table   birds.    Now  the  weather  is  a  bit  better   it   is   much   easier   to   bring   the   youngsters   on.   Warmer   days   allow     them   to   go   out   during   the   day  and   come   in   under   a   heat   lamp   at   night.   The  latest  incumbents  in  the  incubator  are  some  goose  eggs  (sadly   not  ours  as  our  geese   have  not  started  laying  yet),  another   batch  of   ducks   and   some  guinea   fowl.    In   true  self-­‐sufficiency  style  we   also   have  an   outlet  for  the  little   chicks  that  don’t  make  it.    We  pop  them   in  an  box  in  the  freezer  for  a  friends  snake. We   are   quail-­‐sitting   at   the   moment.   These   little   birds   are   fully   mature,   lay   eggs   and   are   ready   for   the   table   in   only   8   weeks.   Strangely  the  meat  on  them  is  opposite  from  most  poultry  and  on   a   quail  the  breast   meat  is  dark  and  the  leg  meat   is  light,  but   you   do   need  two  or  three  per  person. The   bottle  feeding   is  finally  over  (phew!)   and  I  know  I  have  already   said  this  but  we  will  not  be  doing  it  again  next  year.  No,  no,  never!     A   few  of  the  lambs  have  gone  out  on  loan  for  lawn  mower  duties    and   with  the  grass  being  so  plentiful,  the  first   few  lambs  will  be  heading   for  the  freezer  very  soon.

June is   a   likely   time   for   new   queens   to   cause   bees  to   swarm   from   the   hive   and   they  will   probably   hang  from  a   tree   or   (a   classic  practice  in  France)  between  a  shutter  and  a  window.   If   you  find  or  think  you  have  a  swarm  please  do  not  panic,  leave   them  alone.    Contact  us  or   you  can  find  other   bee  keepers  on   this  website  www.planetepassion.eu.                                                                           Our  details  are:  -­‐   The   Dominey   Family,   email:   dominey.michael@orange.fr   or   call  05  49  07  79  78    /  06  69  67  67  06.

When I  went     to  collect    the  new  Saanen  goat  and  a  kid   I  was  faced   with  a  dilemma.    There  were  2  to  choose  from.     They  were  so  cute  I   couldn’t   decide  which  one  to  choose  so  ended  up  coming  back  with   both.     The  kids  (called  Wizz  and   Tag)  are  very  friendly  just  like  their   mum  (Polly).    The  next  dilemma  will  be  which  one  to  keep  for  breeding   with  our  Chamois  goat  (Boff)  later  this  year  and   which  one  goes  into   the  freezer. I  made  the  new  milking  stand  as  a  surprise  for  Jen  when  she  got  back   from  the  UK  and   got  extra  brownie  points  for  making  it  mainly  out  of   bits  and  bobs  from  around  the  farm.     Jen  picked  up  a  milking  seat   for   just  2€  at  a  vide  grenier.    Polly  soon  learnt  the  routine  and  hops  up  on   the  stand  to  be  milked. We  love  having  the  delicious   fresh  milk  at  hand  every  day  and  Jen’s   gradually  getting   the  hang  of  milking  by  hand  and  has  already  made   some  yoghurts.    Once  we  wean   the  two  kids  we  will  be  able  to   take   much  more  milk  but   at  the  moment  the  kids  need  to  get  their   fill.    The   cats  soon  learnt   that  the  milk  tasted  good   and  wait  outside  when  we   are  milking  for  their  little  bit. We  are   loving  the   polytunnel   and   the   luxury   of   the   early  veg  and   somewhere   to   grow   everything  from   seed.     From   the   garden   we   already  have  asparagus,  rhubarb,  lettuces,  radishes   and  strawberries.   We  are  looking  forward  to  the   first   crop  of  new  potatoes  from  the   polytunnel  any  time  soon. So   now  its   back  outside  to  continue  with  Life   on   the  farm  -­‐  and  I’ve   even  threatened   to   do   a   spot   of   renovating  as  well.   See  you  next   month..

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

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Jen was   a   bit   worried   about   Baaaarbara’s   udder   (the  ewe  with   mastitis)   so   decided  to  shear  her  so  we   could   take   a   better   look.   Once   she   was   fleece-­‐free   we   could   see   that   her   udder  was  black  and  crusty   (sorry  if  you’re  eating  your   lunch)  and  a  few  days  later   all   the  outside  layer   came   free  leaving  her  with   a  weird  shaped  udder  with  large  holes.     She  has   done  surprisingly  well  but  sadly  her  breeding  days  are  over.  

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French Life, Food & Drink... French Village Diaries

by Jacqueline  Brown.

I am  a  cheery  soul   at   the  moment   and   all   a-­‐quiver   at   the  excitement   of  what  looks  to  be  a  bumper   crop   of   cherries.   We   were   lucky   to   inherit   five   old   and   very   large   cherry  trees  in  our  orchard   hidden   behind   an   old,  green   gate  in   the   back   wall   of   the   barn.     I   still   remember   the   first   time   we   opened  the  gate  and   stepped  into   the  wilds  that  had   been  untended   for  a  couple  of  years.    It   was  like   entering  the   secret   garden.  The   grass  was  waist  high  but  the  place  was  magical  and  I  was   hooked,   especially   as   at   that   moment   the  evening   church   bells   rang  out   across  the  village.    As  I  hitched  up  my  skirt  and  waded  in  to  survey   the  land  that  one  day  we   hoped  would  be  ours,  we  discovered  the   cherry  trees  laden  with  ripe  fruit  that  we  just  had  to  sample.    For   a   town  girl   the  experience  of  picking  a  sun  warmed,  ripe  cherry  from   a  tree  and   popping  it   into  my  mouth   was  amazing.     I  couldn’t  wait   to  move  in.

Nine years   on   and   the   excitement   of   cherry  picking   and   eating   have  not  dulled  a   bit.     We  get  good  and  bad   years  depending  on   the   weather   affecting   the   timing   of   blossoming,   late   frosts   or   amount   of   rain,  but   thankfully  this   year,  as   long   as  we  now  get   plenty  of  sun  to  ripen  the  fruit,  everything  has  worked  in  favour  of   a  good   harvest.     Not   wanting  to   waste  these   precious  delights  I   have   become  adept   at  the  usual   and  unusual   ways  to  serve  and   preserve   them,   although   on   a   good   year   we   still   have   to   find   friends  willing  to   share   (not   usually  difficult)  and   the   local   birds   help  out  too.    Even   our  orchard  roaming  chickens,  ducks  and  geese   have  learnt  to  pick  them  off  the  lower   branches  and   hoover  up  the   windfalls,  which  leaves   their   heads  stained   an  alarming  shade   of   purple. One  of  the   best  things  I  did  was  to  get  a  cherry  stoner,  not  a  hand   held  one  but  one  with  a  hopper   to  collect   the   stones  and  this  has   saved  me  hours.    Once  stoned   I  open   freeze  on   trays   with   a  tiny   sprinkling   of   sugar   and   then   bag   once   frozen.   I  use   these   over   winter   for   puddings  and   cakes.  Another   family  favourite  is  cherry   jam,  especially  when  served  with  warm  boulangerie  croissants.    I   also  use  a  very  low  oven  temperature  over  a  couple  of  hours  to  dry   halved   cherries   that   then   replace   sultanas   and   are   added  to   my   mince   meat   recipe.   Bottling   them   in   Cognac   or   Pineau   always   makes   a   lovely  gift   for   Christmas.     Fresh  cherries  go   particularly   well  with  a   balsamic  vinegar  dressing  when  added  to  our   summer   salads  and   continuing  the  sweet/savoury  mix  one  of  my  favourite   chutney  recipes  is  a  courgette  and  cherry  combination.     I  even  use   the  washed  and   dried  cherry  stones  as  baking  beans  when  cooking   pastry  for  quiches  or  cherry  and  almond  tarts.   For   the  recipes  please  email  me   at  frenchvillagediaries@gmail.com   or  visit  www.frenchvillagediaries.com  

You can  read  more  from  Jacqui  and  find  her  favourite  recipes   at  www.frenchvillagediaries.com.

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Chabby Chic

by John  Sherwin.

In order   to   describe  the   style  of  a  wine  to  someone   who  hasn’t  come   across  it  before,  I  sometimes  try  to   associate  said  wine  with  famous   people.  This  is  great   fun   for   me   but   probably   completely   useless   to   anyone  else:  c’est   la  vie.     So,  for   example,  Katherine   Hepburn   would   be   a   feisty   Bordeaux   while   Audrey   would  be  a  silky  Burgundy.     David   Hockney  and/or   Alan   Bennett   a   tart,   pert   Alsace,   Spencer   Tracy   a   rollicking   Rhone   with   attitude.     Enormous   fun   for   all   the   family   (over  18). The   fun   of   course  is  that   there  is  no   right  answer   or   description:   you   can   chop   and   change   as   you   like,   becoming   ever   more   outlandish.    And  yes,  I  do  realise  I  am  sounding  an  increasingly  sad   anorak,  so  to  come  to  the  point,  and  to  give  you  the  sole  exception   to   the   rule   –   the   only   possible   association   for   Chablis   is   David   Niven:  finesse,  elegance,  crispness,  lip-­‐curling  acidity. French   wine   law   includes   Chablis   as   a   part   of   the   Burgundy   appellation,  but   never   was  the  law   more  of  an  ass.     The   area   of   Chablis   is   80-­‐odd   kilometres   northwest   of   the   main   drag   of   the   Cote  d’Or   where   most   of  the   great   Burgundies   are  produced.  Its   soil  is  different,  its  climate   too,  and  its  winemakers  have  their   own   ideas  and  traditions,  thank  you  very  much. To  get  to  the  basics,  Chablis  is  a  white  wine  made  exclusively  from   Chardonnay  grapes.  The  Chardonnay  grape  does  not  impose  itself   on  the  wine   it  produces:  rather,  it  is  a  servant  of  the  terroir,  of  the   soil  and  climate  it  is  grown  in.     It  enables   the  very  earth  to   express   itself.     The  earth  I  speak  of  is  that  around  the  small  town  of  Chablis,   and   I  stress  this  because  any  wine   which  is  labelled  ‘Chablis’  and   which   hails   from   the   US   or   Australia   or   anywhere   other   than   Chablis  Frahhnce  (provide  Brooklyn  or  Sydney  accent  as  you  see  fit)   is  plonk,  a  sham,  snake  oil  and  should  not  be  given   room  space:  as   the   saying   goes,   these  imposters   are   wines  for   ‘laying  down   and   avoiding’. Soil  is  key  here  in  Chablis.     We  are  talking  tropical   seas   in   the  Late   Jurassic   period,  roughly  150  million   years   ago,  when   tiny,  tiny  (really   cute)   oysters   lived   and   died   and   left   their   b i l l i o n s   u p o n   billions  of  tiny,  cute,  aspirin-­‐sized  bodies,  not  to   science,   but   to   Chablis  drinkers.    If  I  had  a  buck  for  every  time  I’ve   s e e n   t h e   words  ‘flinty’  and   ‘mineral’   used   in   relation   to   Chablis   I’d   have  a  lot  more  bucks  than   I   have,   but   that’s   the   b o t t o m   line   of   what   Mother   Earth   has  mulched  up  for  you   lucky  people  -­‐  particularly  if   you   like   a   wine   that’s   perfect  with  oysters,  shellfish,   white   fish  or   light   white   meats. There  are  four  categories:   Petit   Chablis,   Chablis   Village,   Premier   Cru,  Grand   Cru.     Quality   and   price,  all   things   being   equal,   rise  accordingly.     In  my  opinion,  and   it’s  nothing  more  than  that,  the  best   of   the   grand   crus   are   from   the   Grenouilles  vineyards,  but  if  you’re  looking   for  value  for  money,  the  premier  cru  or  village   categories   are  the  ones  to  consider.    And  if  you  find  one   with  a  neat  little  moustache  on  the  label,  go  for  it!

John Sherwin, French Wine Tours. Tel: 02 51 66 13 05 Email: johnsherwin@orange.fr ~ www.french-wine-tours.com

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Motoring... by Helen  Tait-­‐Wright

This month   I   am  going   to   introduce   you   to   a  beautiful   little   car   which  I  have  a  hankering  to  own  and  which  is  often  overlooked. In   the   years   after   the   war,   people  had   began   to   demand   better,   more  stylish   and  elegant  products,  and  car  manufacturers  felt   the   need   to   produce   a   “flagship”   car   to   meet   this   demand   and   counteract   the   more   bland   and   functional   cars   which   had   been   their  mainstay. The  concept  was  simple;  build  a  good  looking  sports  coupe,  using   as  many  components  as  possible  from  a  standard  saloon. Introduced  in  1955,  the  Volkswagen  Karmann  Ghia  appealed  to  this   market,   and   was   an   instant   success,   being   practical   as   well   as   achingly   stylish.     The   Karmann   Ghia   combined   the   chassis   and   mechanicals   of   the   economy   VW   Beetle   with   styling   by   Luigi   Segre  of   the  Italian   design   house  “Ghia"  and   hand-­‐built  bodywork   by  the  German  coach  builder  “Karmann".   In   short,  the  KG   had  the  look  and   feel   of  a   hand  built   sports  car,   with  the   running  costs  of  the  world’s  most  inexpensive   to  own  car.   VW  had  found  a  market  niche  for  an  exotic-­‐looking  economy  car.

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The car   was   incredibly  complex   to   build,  being   welded   and  lead-­‐ filled  by  hand  from  lots  of  small  components.    The  Karmann   factory   was   so   small,  that   they  couldn't   store   even   the   number   of   cars   required   for   the   press   launch   in   1955,   so   the   date   was   pulled   forward  some  months. However,   despite   the  drop   dead   gorgeous  bodywork,  the  KG   was   undoubtedly   a   sheep   in   wolf’s   clothing.     With   a   1192cc   engine   pushing  out  a  feeble  30bhp,  which  increased  in  1960  to  34bhp,  the   performance   figures   were   never   going   to   set   the   world   alight.   However   the   acceleration   was   acceptable   because   the   car   only   weighed  approximately  1,750  pounds,  or   about  150  pounds  more   than   the  Beetle,  and  coupled  with  the  aerodynamic   body,  the  car   could  reach  almost  80  mph. In   1966   the   car   was   equipped   with   a   1300cc   block,   which   only   lasted  a  year,  then,  one  of  VW's  finest   engines,  the  1500,  powered  

all Ghias  until   it's   final   upgrade  to   a  1600cc   unit   in   1971,   which   continued  until  the  car’s  demise  in  1974. The   KG   became   a   contemporary   classic   and   it   democratized   automotive  fashion.  The   Ghia  was  to  "automobility"  what  Christian   Dior's  New  Look  was  to  the  fashion  world  -­‐  a  version  of  automotive   haute  couture. Although  built  in  reasonable  numbers  (around  360,000   coupes  and   just  under  80,000  cabriolets),  the  Karmann  Ghia  was  never   turned   out   in   vast   mass-­‐produced   quantities   and   so   remains   quite   rare.     Today   the   Volkswagen   Karmann-­‐Ghia   is   a   stylish,   affordable   collector's   car   that's  inexpensive   to   buy,  run   and  maintain,  and   is   one   of   the   most   sought   after   air-­‐cooled   Volkswagen   models,   especially  the  convertibles. Many   surviving  examples  are  in  America,   where   many   of   the  cars   were  exported  to,  simply  because  the  KG   tended   to  rust   and  the  US   weather  was  kinder  to  them  than  the  European  climate. If  any  of  you  would   like  to   “meet”  a  Karmann   Ghia  in  real  life,  there   is  usually  one  at  the  Grand  Prix  Automobile  Historique  in  Bressuire,   which  is  being  held  on  29th  and  30th  June  2013.  

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Selecting and Buying a New PC Part 3  -­‐  Choosing  Your  New  PC

by Ross  Hendry

The first   consideration  is  what   do  you  want  your  PC  for?     Do  you   simply  want   to  send  and   receive  email,  use  the  internet  and  type   the   odd   letter   etc.  and   play  simple  games  like  Solitaire,   Freecell,   Scrabble  and  Mah-­‐jong?    Then  most  PCs  and  tablet  PCs  will  do  this,   let  us  call  this  a  "Home"  PC.     If  you  are  looking  for  a  "Business"  PC,   by  this  I  mean   the  primary  use   is  creating   and  storing  documents   such   as   quotes,   reports   and   sales   letters,   sending   and   receiving   email,   maintaining   your   accounts   and   generating   invoices   and   statements   then  I  suggest   that  you  need   to   consider   a   PC   with   a   physical  keyboard,  either   "desktop"  or  laptop  rather   than   a  tablet   PC. If   you   propose  to  play  games  or   edit   photos  and   or   video/s  then   you  probably  need  to  consider  the  more  expensive  end  of  the  PC   market.     These   PCs  need  high   speed  processors,  excellent   quality   graphic  processors  and  greater  than   average   amounts  of  RAM  and   hard  disk  space.     There   are  even  laptops   that  have  the  capacity  to   do   this  now.  (By  games  I  do   not  mean  simple   ones  like   Solitaire  or   Freecell,   but   the   Role-­‐play   and   shoot   'em   up/adventure   type   games.)    I  refer  to  these  PCs  as  "Power  User"  PCs. Other   considerations  are  how  much  space  do  you  have   where  you   are  going  to  operate  the  PC?    Clearly   a  laptop  takes  up  less  space   than   a   "desktop"   type   PC.     Another   variable  is   does   the   device   need  to  be  portable? When   I  am  advising   customers   on   this   issue,   we   list   the   above   items   that   are  relevant   to   them   and  the   amount   of   money   they   wish  to  spend.    This  dictates  to  me  what  to  recommend  to  them. I   believe   that   the   introduction   of   Apple's   iPad   and   the   Android   tablet   PCs   have   significantly   changed   the   whole   computer   marketplace   and,   in   my   opinion,   we   will   see   the   personal   or   "Home"  PC  market  shift  to  predominately  be  tablet  orientated  with   the  exception  of  the  "power  user"  PCs  .   Home  PCs. A   practical   starting  budget  for   this   type  of   PC  can  be  as  low  as   £70.00   for   a  reasonable  7"   Android   Tablet   PC,  look  up  the  Zoostorm  SL8  Mini;   The   Kindle  Fire   is  also   excellent  at   £159.00,   Google's   Nexus   should   also   be   considered   at   around   Zoostorm  SL8  Mini £199.00.   Apple’s   ipad   Mini   is   considered   by   many   to   be   the   best   tablet   available  and   can   be   purchased  for  around  £210.  

If you   prefer   to   have  a  conventional   keyboard,  the   entry  level   for   this  type  of  PC  is   the  Texet  Netbook  EZL700,  with  a    7"  screen  and   using   the   Linux   OS   is   available   for   around   £80.00.     The   11.6"   Google   Chrome  Book  is   a   great   PC   that   uses  the  Android   OS   for   around  £160.    Samsung's  XE303C12  11.6"  Chrome  Book  is  available   for   £155.00.   The   Asus   X101CH   Netbook   with   a   10.1"   screen   is   available  for  £175;  this  is  running  the  Windows  7  OS. For   laptops  and   moving  up  in   screen   size,  the  14"  Fujitsu   AH512   Lifebook  may  be  purchased  for  £240.  If  you  want  to  use  the  Apple   iOS  the  Apple  MacBook  Air  11.6"  may  be  found  for  £700.00. Home  desktop   type   PCs  are  available   from   £150  without  an   OS,  and  around  £260  with   Windows   8   from   Ebuyer   and   Novatech   in   the  UK.  I  did  find   a  few  desktops  in   France   starting  from  €270.00  with  the  Windows  8   OS.   The   best   find   in   France   was   the   Dust   Vision   C15   desktop   PC   running   Linux   for   €204,  but  there  was  only  one  available.

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I have   tried   to   give   you   examples  of   the   lower   end   of  the   price   scales  for  home  PCs.    There  are  so  many  options  available  that   I  am   sure  you   will   be  able  to   find  a  PC  to  fit  your  needs  and   budget.    The   important   thing   is   to   think  what   you   need   the   PC   to   do   and   if   possible  talk  to  someone  who  has  the  type  of   PC  you  have  selected   before  you  purchase,  they  may  let  you  try  theirs! Please  remember  you  are   looking  at   a  practical  useable  life   of  3  to   5  years  maximum,  and  so  much  may  change  in  that   time  that  it   is   almost   impossible   to   predict   what   will  come  next.  I  am  watching   out   for   developments  afoot   that   are   moving  the   Android   OS  to   desktop   PC   systems   for   both   the   Intel/AMD   and   Apple   Mac   hardware   and   wondering  what   impact   this   will   have   on   the   PC   marketplace. Next  month   in   Part  4,  I  will  look  at  desktop   and  laptop,   Business   and  Power  User  PCs  and  suggest  some  great   value  PCs  running  the   more   traditional   operating   systems;   Windows,   Linux   and   Apple   Mac's  OS  X.

Ross Hendry   is   the   proprietor   of   Interface   Consulting   and   Engineering,   who   has   over   42   y e a r s   e x p e r i e n c e   i n   Communications,   Computer   Te c h n o l o g y   a n d   D i r e c t   Marketing.   (See   advert   below   for  more  information).

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French Adventures... The result  of  years  of  singing,  a  spark  of  an  ambition  and   a  big  voice   all   finally  came   together   to   produce  “Nigel   Sings   For   You”   ,   a   CD   dedicated  to  the  King  himself,  Elvis  Presley.    By  this  time,  Nigel  was   well  respected  in  the  area,  and  he  was  approached  by  a  friend  to  try   and  do  a  fund  raiser  for  the  annual  “Telethon”  appeal,  by  using   his   vocal  skills. In  no  time  at  all,  the  local  bar  and   restaurant  at  St-­‐Jouin-­‐des-­‐Marnes   had   set   a  date,  organized   a   meal   and   were  selling   tickets   like   hot   cakes  –  this  was  going  to  be  a  night   to  remember  –  both  for  Nigel,   giving  his  first  public  performance,  and  the  locals  who  were  about  to   have  the  best  night   out   in  ages.     On   the   night  itself,  Nigel  sang  to   a   packed  house,  and  was  overwhelmed  by  the  support   her  received  at   his  debut.  As  one  of  the  audience,  I  recall   him  being  surrounded  by   his  local  fans  who  were  literally  queuing  up  to  congratulate  him.

Singin' In Irais with Nigel Skinner When Nigel   Skinner   reached   50,   he   decided   that   it   should   be   a   landmark  event.    He  and  his  wife  Geri  came  to   live  in  the  village  of   Irais  where  they  had  a  holiday  home  that  they  bought  in  2004. When   they  arrived   in   2007,   they   did   not   have   the   challenges   of   replacing  a  roof  or  finding  somewhere  to  sleep  out  of  a  draught,  as   the  house  was  up  and  running,  which  left  the  jobs  of   decorating  and   adding  personal  touches  to  be  done  -­‐  something  Nigel  planned  to  do   in  his  retirement. Six  years  on,  and  their  home  has  taken  on  a  stunning  transformation,   with   jaw   dropping   bathrooms,   a   beautiful   kitchen   and   elegant   lounge  spaces.    It  has  evolved  into  so  much  more  than  splashing  a  bit   of  emulsion  here  and  there  into  a  tasteful  home   in  the  heart  of   the   French  countryside. On  their  arrival  in   Irais,  their  claim  to  fame  was  that  they  were   the   only  British  people  in  the  village.  To  say  they  were  a  novelty  amongst   the   inhabitants   would   be   an   understatement!     Very  quickly   they   were   embraced  by   the  village  and  through  the  socializing  they  did,   started  to  pick  up  the  language,  bit  by  bit. Geri   took  a  sabbatical  from  her   job  in  London,  returning  to  it  when   they  were  settled.    She  now  travels  Monday  to  Friday  to   work  in   the   UK,  spending  her  weekends  and  free  time  relaxing  in  France.     Nigel   was  quick  to  say  picking  up  French  “at  a  certain  age”  should  not   be   underestimated   -­‐  5   years   on   and   he   feels   that   he   still   is  learning   every  day  about  how  to  speak  French  well. One  of  the   barriers  Nigel  used  to  break  down   the   communication   barrier,   was  through  song.     Back  in  the  UK,  he  was   always  seen   at   parties  around  the  piano  and   enjoyed   singing  at  family  and   social   events.    At  Geri's   40th  birthday  party,  in  front  of  around  50  guests,   Nigel  rounded  off   the  evening  with  renditions  of  her  favourite  songs   -­‐   to   her   delight,   and   the   utter   amazement   of   all   the   assembled   guests.     It  was  not  long  before  friends,  both  French  and  British  alike,   were  nudging  him  to  do  something  with  his  wonderful  voice. A  happy  coincidence  provided  Nigel  with  the  motivation  he  needed.    At   a  Fish  n'  Chip   night  at   Argenton-­‐l’Église,  he  met  up  with   a  local  builder   who  had  recently  refurbished  a  recording  studios  in  the  area.    Telephone   numbers   were  exchanged  and  soon   Nigel   had  booked  himself  in  with   Robert  Carpentier's  studio  (www.robertcarpentier.com),  and  a  life  long   ambition  to  cut  a  disc  was  born.

As they  say  in   life   “one   thing   leads   to   another”   and   Nigel's   next   performance   was   given,  ironically,   during  the   presentation   of   the   funds  raised  to  an  association  in  nearby  Airvault.    As  they  say,   the   rest  is  history.     Going  from  strength   to   strength,  Nigel   has  steadfastly   supported   a   multitude   of   local   charities,   and   has  performed   at   a   number   of   private  parties  too,  giving   a   sterling  performance   every   time. For   those  who   have  a   view  of   Nigel   solely  performing  Elvis  covers,   you  could  not  be  further  from  the   truth.    Nigel's  singing  career   has   seen   him   join   forces   with   a  local   Jazz  band   called   ‘The   Little   Big   Band’.     Together   they   support   lots   of   local   association   events,   recently  playing  at  the  Orangerie  in  Thouars. Their   musical   style  is  firmly  based   in   old   American  Jazz:  Gershwin,   Cole  Porter,  Billie   Holiday  all  feature   in   the  band's   repertoire.    The   time   spent   with   the   band   has   seen   Nigel   evolve   his   musical   repertoire,  and  he  now  regularly  performs  classics  from  his  favourite   artists  -­‐  Michael  Bouble,  Frank  Sinatra  and  Dean  Martin. It  seems  that  the  icing  has  indeed  been  placed  on  the  top  of  the  cake   for  Nigel  so,  is  there  anything  else  moving  forward  into  the  future  ?     Indeed  there  is.     He  is  currently  considering  a  barn  conversion  on   his   property,   he  is  teaching  a  group  of  local  French  residents  English  in   his  home,  and  rendering  the  wall   next  to  his  swimming  pool,  ready   for  the  summer  heatwave! A   little   further   down  the   line  he  plans  to  record   his  next  CD,  and   has  an  Irish  gig  lined  up  on  Friday  28th  June  at  the  Hotel  du  Cygne   at   Airvault   (www.airvault-­‐hotelducygne.fr),   where   he   will   perform,   along   with   the   Irish   band   Pontin   nan   Gael,   while   guests  sun  themselves   on   the  extensive  terrace   and  enjoy  a   superb  BBQ. So,  does  our  local  crooner  have  any  advice  to  offer  other   people? Yes  he  does.    Here's  what  Nigel  says.                  

Don't hold   back   when   learning   the   language   -­‐   it   is   harder   when   you   are   older,   but   not   impossible. With   DIY,   read   up,   find   out   and   ask   lots   of   questions    -­‐  you  will  get  there! Bring   something   to   the   party!   Get   stuck   into   village   life,   as   everyone   has   something   they   can   offer   -­‐   think   what   you   can   do   to   become   part  of  your  commune.

Nigel can  be  contacted  via  his  website:   www.stoodleydesign.com/Skinner/Welcome.html

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Building & Renovation... A Saw Mill of Plenty... Folks, you   are   renovating   your   cottage,   or   perhaps   you   are   preparing   to   make   a   shed,   a   piece   of   furniture,   fencing  or   a   gate?     Or  maybe  you   need  hard   or  soft   rustic   flooring,  long  or   short  oak  beams,  rafters  or  laths  to  repair  your  roof?    Whatever   your  requirements  may  be,  come  and  visit  me  at  my  saw  mill  in   Parthenay  and  I’m  sure  you’ll  find  what  you’re  looking  for. At  La  Sautière  in  Parthenay,   you’ll   find   a   man  who  loves   the  UK  and  it’s  people.    Your   country  holds  a  famous  part   in   the   beginning   of   the   industrial   steam  power  and   I’m  keen  on  that!  I  can   also   understand   and   speak   the   language   of   Shakespeare   (with  some  limitations!) Fire  wood  is  also  available   but  be  careful!  It   is  never  ready   to   burn  straight  away.     Take   it   away  and  leave  to  dry  and  season. My  wood  yard  is  open   during  the  week  and  Saturday  mornings.     You   will   find   it   at   the   South   of   Parthenay,   on   the   D76   just   halfway  between  the  town  and  Pompaire.

I am  at  your  disposal  should  you  require  further  information.

Alain Miot.

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FAIR TRADING IN SECONDIGNY September 2012  saw  the  first  Trade  Fair  (Foire  Commerçiale)  in  the   area   for   British   &  French   businesses.     Organised   by   ‘The  Deux-­‐ Sèvres   Monthly’,  it   was  the   perfect   way  for   businesses   to   come   together   under   one  roof,  explain  their  services,  demonstrate  their   products  and  meet  prospective  clients. The   idea   to   mix   both   English   and   French   speaking   businesses   worked   well   and   although   a   large   proportion   of   visitors   were   English,  we  had  many  French  speakers  too.     The   event   was   a   huge   success   and   we   received   well   over   500   visitors  throughout  the  day.     This  year   we  shall  repeat  the  event   and   encourage   more  French  speaking  businesses  on-­‐board.    The   language   barrier   may  be  difficult   for   some,  so   this   year   we  shall   offer   translators   who   will   wander   around   and   help   with   conversations  when  called  for. The   location  (Lac   des   Effres,  Secondigny)  is   ideal   for   this  type   of   event,  offering  a  large  sized  hall,  kitchen  facilities,  stage,  plenty  of   parking  plus  other  activities  such   as  cycling  tracks,  fishing,  walking,   children’s  playground   etc.    ‘Mr   T’s   Friterie’  will  once  again   supply   Fish   and  Chips,   there  will   be   other   choices  of  food  vendors   plus   tea,  coffee  and  cakes. There  will   be  plenty  of  demonstrations  during  the   day  and  lots  of   activities  to  keep  you  all  entertained. Stands   are   available  to  be  booked  now.    Many   reservations  have   already  been   made,  so  please  book  early  to  avoid  disappointment.     Inside  and  outside  spaces  are  available  and  prices  start  from  35€.

           

           

21st SEPTEMBER  2013 10.30am  -­‐  5.30pm La  Salle  Alauna  21,  Lac  des  Effres,   79130  SECONDIGNY

It is  important   to   us   to   organise  a  day  that   is   well  attended   and   successful   for   everyone.     We   shall   be   doing   our   very   best   to   achieve  this  and  welcome  any  ideas  or  additional  feedback  on  last   year’s  event.    

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Photos: Top Left: Outside stalls. Middle Right: La Deuxième Chance demonstrating paint techniques. Bottom Left: Inside the salle

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French Savings  &  Investments

by David Hardy

Bank Accounts French  banks  offer  various  accounts  from  the  straightforward  current   account  ‘Compte  Courant’,  to  instant   access  savings  account  ‘Compte   sur  Livret’  and   fixed  term  deposits  ‘Compte  à  Terme’,  offering  better   interest  rates  over  a  defined  period.   For   French   residents,   there  are   also   various   tax-­‐free   bank   deposit   accounts.     The   most   common   are  the   ‘Livret   A’  and   the  ‘Livret   de   Développement  Durable’  (LDD). The  maximum   deposit   per   person   is  €22,950   for   the  ‘Livret   A’  and   €12,000  for  the  ‘LDD’. The   general   conditions   of   the   accounts   are   the   same   and   are   regulated   by  the  government.    Interest  is  free  of  all  taxation  and   the   annual  interest  rate   is  currently  1.75%.  Rates  are  generally  reviewed   on  a  six-­‐monthly  basis. For   low-­‐taxpayers,  the   ‘Livret   d’Epargne  Populaire’   (LEP)   offers   an   interest   rate  of  2.25%  for  savings  limited  to  deposits  of  €7,700  each.     To  qualify,  you   must   prove,  via   a  tax   certificate,   you   pay  less  than   €769  of  income  tax  (in  2012)  in  France. The   ‘Plan   d’Epargne   Logement’   (PEL)   is   a   four   year   savings   plan,   aimed  at  saving  for  house  purchase  and  home   improvement.  Whilst   you  are  saving  the  interest  earned  is  tax-­‐free.    If  the  sum  is  then  used   for  the  above  purpose  and  has  been  blocked  for  four  years,  it  can   be   withdrawn  free  of  income  tax  but  will  be  subject  to  ‘social  taxes’.

To benefit  from  the  policy’s   preferential  tax   treatment  the  insurance   company  provides  the  ‘wrapper’,  but  allows  the  investors  to   choose   the  investments  to  be  held  within  this,  either  from  a  list   of  funds,  or,   for   larger   sums   (generally  €500,000+),  a   discretionary   investment   manager  can  be  appointed  to  run  a  bespoke  portfolio. All  French  insurance  companies  also   offer  access  to  their  “Fonds   en   Euros”.  This  basically  means  that   the  insurance  company  invests  as   they  see  fit  but,  in  return,  they  guarantee  that  the  investment  cannot   drop  in  value  and  must  go  up   by  a  certain  amount  each  year.    At   the   end   of   each   year   they   calculate   how   much   they   have   made   and   distribute   the   investors’   shares   of   the   ‘profits’   as   interest.   These   investments   are  obliged  to  be  very  conservative,  due  to   the   level  of   guarantees   offered  and  are  only  making,  therefore,  about  3%  a  year   at  present,  due  to  low  interest  rates.

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Life Assurance A   very   popular   form   of   investment   for   French   residents   is   the   ‘Contrat   d’   Assurance   Vie’,   a   Life   Assurance   Investment   Bond   (investments  with  a  Life   Assurance  company).     Their   popularity  is   because  of  the  significant  inheritance  advantages  offered,  as  well  as   beneficial  tax  treatment  for  any  growth  and/or  income  generated.

An alternative   to   the   ‘Contrat   d’Assurance   Vie’   is   a   ‘Bon   de   Capitalisation’,  Capital  Redemption   Bond.     The  basic  contract  terms   are   the   same   for   both   policies,   as   is   the   income   and   social   tax   treatment.   However,   ‘Bons   de   Capitalisation’  carry   no   inheritance   advantages   and  the  value  of  the  policy  on   death  forms  part  of  your   estate. There  are   two   clear   advantages   of   using   these   policies.  Firstly,  for   wealth   tax   purposes,   the   amount   that   is   declared   is   the   initial   investment  amount  (or  the  current  value,  if   lower).  Secondly,  a  “Bon   de  Capitalisation”   can  be  gifted  during  your  lifetime  or  left  on  death,   which  could  be  useful  if  the  aim  is  to  pass  on  a  “family  portfolio”.

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Ask Amanda.

Money Talk...

A question  arose  recently  which  I  would  like   to  share;  “I really don’t understand

This month   I  thought  I  would  let   you  know  about  some  different   products   Currencies  Direct   offer   in   which   you   can   transfer   your   money  as  opposed  to  just  taking  the  rate  that  is  offered  to  you  by   your  bank:

finances & my Husband deals with everything so why shouldn’t I just leave all the decisions and administration to him?” I usually  find  when  talking  to   people  that  there  is  one  partner  in   a   marriage  or  relationship  who  generally  deals  with  all   the  finance.     There  is  nothing  wrong  with  this  and  if  it  works  for  you  then  that’s   fine   for   now.    But  what   happens   when  that   person   is  not   there?     Wouldn’t  it  be  comforting  to  know  that  if  the  worst   happened  you   would  also  be  aware  where  you   stand   financially  and  where  all  the   important  documents  were?    It  would   be  one  less  thing  to  worry   about  during  such  a  traumatic  time. If   you   think   you   would  benefit   from   a  free  financial   health   check   which  includes: •  Explaining  where  you  are  now. •  How  to  reach  your  fiscal  goals.     •   How   to  make  the  most  of  Tax   efficient  savings  and  investments   whilst  living  in  France. •  How  to  successfully  manage  your  inheritance  tax  liability  and,   •   Where   you   would   stand   financially   in   the   event   of   illness   or   death. Please  call  me  on  the  numbers  below  or  contact  me  via  the  “Ask   Amanda”  link  to  make  an  appointment.   For   an  informal   discussion,  I  am  at   the  ‘Open  Door’  in   Civray  the   last  Tuesday  of  every  month  from  10.15  till   12.00  and  also  at  ‘Café   des  Belles  Fleurs’   in  Fenioux  two   Thursday  mornings  each  month.   Feel  free  to  drop  in  and  meet  me  over  a  cup  of  coffee. After  attending   one   of  these   surgeries,  many  people  have  made   a   further  meeting  in   the  comfort  of   their  own  home  to  discuss  their   situation  in  more  detail  and  found  it  very  worthwhile.

by Sue Cook

Spot transaction Ideal   for   the   immediate   purchase   of   currency.   Book   your   rate   online  or  through  your  dealer  over  the  phone.  Once  the  funds  are   received,  the  currency  is  immediately  sent  out  to  your   beneficiary   details  specified  in  your  Contract  Note. Forward  contract Perfect  for   budgeting  for   a  property  purchase,  or  if  the   exchange   rate   is   favourable,   you   can   use   a   Forward   contract   to   buy   the   currency   up   to   a   year   in   advance.     Once   payment   has   been   received   for   the   currency,   the   funds   will   be   sent   out   to   your   beneficiary  account  details  on  the  maturity  date  of  the  contract. Time  option This   contract   is   similar   to   a   Forward   contract,   but   with   more   flexibility.   You   can   buy   the   currency   up   to   a   year   in   advance;   however  unlike  a  Forward  contract  you  will  be  able  draw  down  on   the  funds  whenever  you   need  to   (as  long  as  the  funds  have  been   received).    This  can  be  done  all  at  once  or  bit  by  bit. Regular  transfers These  are  ideal  for  anyone  making  monthly  or  quarterly  payments   out   of   the   UK.  The  payments   could   be  for   a  number   of   reasons;   paying  off   a  mortgage  overseas,  maintenance  fees  on  a  property,   topping   up   an   overseas   account   for   living   funds,   sending   your   salary   home,   whatever   the   case   may   be;   our   Overseas   Regular   Transfer  Plan  (ORTP)  takes  the  hassle  out  of  regular   payments.  We   will  set  you  up  with  a  direct  debit  so   that  your   payments  come  out   of  your   account   on  a  monthly  or   quarterly  basis.    The   exchange   rate  is  booked   with   all  other OTRP  clients  at  10am  on   the  due  date   of  the  ORTP  run  (if  this  date  falls  on   a  weekend   then  the  rate   is   booked  the  Friday  before). These  are  just  some  of  the  ways  to  transfer  money;  I  will   give  more   examples  next  month.  In  the  meantime  do  not  hesitate   to  contact   me  on  the  numbers  below  if  you  have  any  questions.  

Amanda Johnson,  The  Spectrum  IFA  Group.  Tel:  05  49  98  97  46 Email:  amanda.johnson@spectrum-­‐ifa.com or “Ask Amanda” at finance@thedeuxsevresmonthly.fr Page 37


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Property Prices across the Deux-Sèvres by Trevor  Leggett,  Chief  Executive It’s   always   difficult   when   clients   ask  us  how  property  prices   are   faring  –  either  nationally  or  in   a  department  like  the  Deux-­‐Sèvres.     It’s   not   like  the   UK  where  you   can  go   online   and   see  how  much   houses  in  your  street  have  sold   for  at  the  click  of  the  mouse.     Nor   do   we   have   research   and   property   indices   reports   coming   out   every  month  from  national  bodies,  banks  and  the  major  agents. There  are  a   paucity  of  statistics  in  France  and   we  mainly  need  to   rely  on  the  Notaires  de  France  for   property  statistics.     These  can  be   misleading  at  a  micro   level  but  at   least  they  do  give  some  kind  of   benchmark. So  we  thought  that  this  month  we  would  give  you  an  update   as  to   what   they   are   saying.     The   average   property   price   in   France   (excluding  Paris)   is   €163,800,  the   average   in   Poitou-­‐Charentes   is   €145,000  and   the  average  in   the  Deux-­‐Sèvres   is  €120,000.     You   probably  know  that  prices  here  are  below  the  national  average  but   it’s  interesting  to  see  that  they  are  75%  of   prices  nationally….and   don’t  forget  that  includes  Paris! If   you   are   interested   in   regional   variations   then   you   may  like  to   know  that  the  Charente-­‐Maritime  has  the  highest  average  price   at   €180,000,  followed  by  the  Vienne  at   €132,900,  with  the  Charente   having  the  lowest  prices  at  €114,700. Of   course   prices   vary   greatly   even   within   a   department.     The   statistics   for   the   Deux-­‐Sèvres   show   prices   around   three   areas   -­‐   Niort,  Bressuire  and  Parthenay.     There’s  a  huge  variation  with  the   area   in   and   around   Niort   having  an   average   price   of   €132,000,   followed  by  Bressuire  at  €100,000  and  Parthenay  at  €86,800. If  you   are   interested   in  what  the  Notaires  have  to  say  about   price   movement   then   here’s   the   stats   for  the  last  five  years  in  the  Deux-­‐ Sèvres: • • • • •

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2007/8 =  -­‐  0.8% 2008/9  =  -­‐  3.0% 2009/10  =  +  0.7% 2010/11  =  +  3.8% 2011/12  =  -­‐  5.8%

You can   see   that   there   were   no   great   movements   either   up   or   down  which  reflects  the  fact  that  we  live  in  one  of  the  more  stable   areas  of  France  without   the  dramatic  highs  and  lows  of  say  Paris  or   the  Cote  D’Azur.     There’s  little  doubt  that   the  figures  for  2012/13   will  show  another  single  digit  fall  in  prices  but  the  really  important   figure  will  be  the  number  of  transactions  (sales)  across  the  region. It’s  probably  best  not   to  read  too   much   into  any  of  the  above  –  if   you  really  want  to  know  what’s  going  on   in  the  market  then  speak   to   an   experienced   local   agent   who   can   tell   you   which   types   of   property   are   moving  and   what   they  are   selling  for   compared   to   asking  price.    You  can’t  beat  local  knowledge!      

Leggett Immobilier  is  one  of  the  leading  estate  agents  in  France.   You  can  access  all  their  local  property  listings  and  articles  at www.frenchestateagents.com/poitou-­‐charentes-­‐property.

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The Deux-Sevres Monthly, June 2013  

English language magazine for the French department of Deux-Sèvres (79).