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THE DEUX-SÈVRES MONTHLY

Welcome! to Issue 31 of

‘The DeuxSèvres Monthly’ magazine.

I hope you have all enjoyed some quality time with visitors recently. It can be a very busy time, exploring new places and showing your friends and family your favourite haunts. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful region and giving tours to friends only highlights this for me. Well, we are now down to the final stages of preparation for our 2nd Trade Fair / Foire Commerciale. It’s just the last minute jobs to be done now until the big day.....We have more than 65 exhibitors this year, each bringing something a little different to the event. Please do come and see us - Saturday 21st September from 10.30am at the plan d’eau in Secondigny. Don’t forget to bring the ‘Pull-Out’ section in the centre pages for plans of the venue and to see a list of exhibitors. Hope to see some of you there!

à plus, Sarah.

Tel: 05 49 70 26 21 Email: info@thedeuxsevresmonthly.fr website: www.thedeuxsevresmonthly.fr

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

112 European emergency 113 Drugs and alcohol

CONTENTS

What’s On.....................................................................................4 Hobbies,  Clubs  &  Associations.....................................................6 Getting  Out  &  About....................................................................7 Health,  Beauty  &  Fitness............................................................15 Our  Furry  Friends.......................................................................18 The  Great  Outdoors...................................................................20 A-­‐Z  of  the  Communes  in  the  Deux-­‐Sèvres.................................27 Take  a  Break...............................................................................28 French  Life,  Food  &  Drink..........................................................29 Motoring....................................................................................33 Communications........................................................................35 Building  &  Renovation...............................................................37 Business,  Finance  &  Property....................................................42

THIS MONTH’S  ADVERTISERS   79  Renovations.....................................................................................................40 A2B  Food  Services............................................................................................... 30 A  La  Bonne  Vie  (Restaurant)................................................................................ 32 Abattage  Service  (Slaughter  House  -­‐  Poultry).................................................... 29 Ace  Pneus  (Tyre  Supplier  &  Fitter)...................................................................... 34 Affordable  UK  Designs  (Kitchens  &  UPVC  D/Glazing)......................................... 2 AKE  Petits  Travaux  (Builder)................................................................................ 40 Alan  Pearce  (Plumbing  &  Heating)..................................................................... 38 Andrew  Longman  (Plumber)............................................................................... 37 An  English  Nursery  in  France.............................................................................. 21 ARB  French  Property........................................................................................... 45

...continued.

Arbrecadabra.com (Tree  surgery)........................................................................ 20 Bar/Brasserie  Vue  du  Chateau............................................................................ 31 BH  Assurances  /  Allianz....................................................................................... 44 Bijoux  en  Fleurs  (Handmade  jewellery).............................................................. 8 Bill  McEvoy  (Plumber  /  Heating  Engineer).......................................................... 37 Blevins  Franks  Tax  &  Wealth  Management......................................................... 43 Bois  Nature  Energie  (Firewood  &  Fencing)......................................................... 21 British  Mobile  Mechanic  (John  Purchase)........................................................... 34 Café  des  Belles  Fleurs.......................................................................................... 32 Caniclôture  (Hidden  fencing)............................................................................ 18 Chris  Bassett  Construction.................................................................................. 40 Chris  Parsons  (Heating/Electrical/Plumbing)...................................................... 37 Christies  (English  Book  Shop  and  Tea  Room)...................................................... 8 Cleaning  Services  by  Karen.................................................................................. 45 Clean  Sweep  Chimney  Services........................................................................... 40 CSB  Construction................................................................................................. 40 Currencies  Direct  (Money  Transfers)................................................................... 42 Cut  46  (Hair  Salon).............................................................................................. 16 DB  Electricité....................................................................................................... 41 David  Cropper  (Stump  Grinding  &  Jungle  Busting)............................................ 20 David  Watkins  (Chimney  Sweep)........................................................................ 40 DJ  Jeff  (Professional  DJ)....................................................................................... 9 D.J  Maintenance  (Handyman)............................................................................ 41 Domaine  de  l’enchantoir  (Vineyard)................................................................... 8 EcoPower  (Solar  Thermal  Trading  Company)...................................................... 41 Electricien  Anglais  en  France.............................................................................. 41 Franglais  Deliveries............................................................................................. 34 French  Tuition  (Pascale  Terry)............................................................................. 14 Gareth  Llewellyn  (Carpenter/Joiner).................................................................. 41 Garage  Planchet  (Renault  garage)...................................................................... 33 George  Rayner  Computers.................................................................................. 36 Give  the  Dog  a  Comb  (Dog  Grooming)............................................................... 18 Glass  2  France...................................................................................................... 2 Hallmark  Electronique  (Electricians  &  Sat.  Engineers)........................................ 41 Heather’s  Pet  Care  Services................................................................................ 18 Holistic  Therapy  -­‐  Soul  to  Sole............................................................................. 16 Homes  In  France  (Tony  Murdoch)....................................................................... 47 Insink  Plumbing................................................................................................. .. 37 James  Harris  (Plasterer)....................................................................................... 38 John  Snee  Groundworks..................................................................................... 39 Jon  Crocker  Photography..................................................................................... 9 Julia  Hunt  -­‐  Agent  Commercial............................................................................ 45 Keith  Banks  Pool  Services.................................................................................... 37 La  Deuxieme  Chance  (Annie  Sloan  chalk  paint  supplier).................................... 38 Leggett  Immobilier.............................................................................................. 46 Les  Ecuries  du  Saumort  (Horse  Riding  School).................................................... 46 Les  Jardins  St  Laurent  (Bistro)............................................................................. 7 Le  Logis  -­‐  Perfect  Pig  Company........................................................................... 30 Le  Petit  Pillac  (Holiday  Accommodation)............................................................ 45 L’Immobilier  de  l’Autize....................................................................................... 46 Man  For  Hire........................................................................................................ 20 Mark  Sabestini  Renovation  &  Construction........................................................ 39 MB  Plumbing  &  Building  Services....................................................................... 37 Michael  Hobson  (Painter  &  Decorator)............................................................... 38 Michael  William  Hairdressing.............................................................................. 17 ML  Computers..................................................................................................... 36 Motor  Parts  Charente.......................................................................................... 34 Mutuelle  de  Poitiers  Assurances......................................................................... 34 Nathan  Foster  Building  Services.......................................................................... 39 Needa  Hand  Services........................................................................................... 38 Pamela  Irving  (Massage  &  Reflexology).............................................................. 16 Pascale  Matéo  (French  Courses)......................................................................... 14 Philip  Irving  (Mini  Digger  hire)............................................................................. 39 Polar  Express  (Frozen  Foods).............................................................................. 31 Premier  Autos  (Mechanic).................................................................................. 34 Restaurant  des  Canards....................................................................................... 31 Rob  Berry  (Plasterer)........................................................................................... 38 Robert  Walker  Plomberie.................................................................................... 37 Ross  Hendry  (Interface  Consulting  &  Engineering)............................................. 35 Sandy  G  (  Hairdresser)......................................................................................... 17 Sarah  Berry  Online  (Graphics  &  Website  Design)............................................... 36 Satellite  TV  (Nigel  Gubb)...................................................................................... 36 sarl  Down  to  Earth  (Groundwork  &  Construction)............................................. 39 Siddalls  (Financial  Advisors)................................................................................. 44 Simon  Bienz  (Carpenter  /  Joiner)........................................................................ 40 Simon  The  Tiler.................................................................................................... 37 Spectrum  IFA  Group  (Amanda  Johnson)............................................................. 42 Steve  Enderby...................................................................................................... 38 Sue  Burgess  (French  Courses  &  Translation)....................................................... 14 The  English  Mechanic  &  Son  -­‐  Tony  Eyre............................................................ 34 The  Market.......................................................................................................... 8 Total  Renovation  Services  (Michael  Dominey)................................................... 38 Tracey  Bowring  (Hairdressing  &  Nails)................................................................ 17 Vendée  Carriers................................................................................................... 34

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What’s On... September 2013 2nd September  -­‐  Top  Hat  Quiz  &  Curry  at  Limalonges See  www.tophatquizzes.com  for  more  information. 4th  September  -­‐  Top  Hat  Quiz  &  Curry  at  Chef  Boutonne See  www.tophatquizzes.com  for  more  information. 7th  September  -­‐    les  Jardiniers  du  Poitou  5th  Annual  Produce  Show Produce  show  at   Le  Logis  du   Theil,   St  Aubin   le  Cloud,  11am  -­‐  4pm.     Various  Stalls  and  refreshments  available. 7th  September  -­‐  Live  Music  Night At  Café  des  Belles  Fleurs,  Fenioux  with  3  Plus  1,  including   Rock  and   Pop  music.    From  8pm.    See  Advert  on  P.32  for  details. 8th  September  -­‐  Fun  Dog  Show  at  St  Pardoux,  79310.  (See  ad  on  P.8) 11th  September  -­‐  Top  Hat  Quiz  &  Curry  at  Aigre See  www.tophatquizzes.com  for  more  information.   12th  September  -­‐  Top  Hat  Quiz  &  Curry  at  Champniers See  www.tophatquizzes.com  for  more  information.   14th  September  -­‐  Phoenix  Cards  Open  House The  new  Autumn   Range  of  Phoenix  Cards,  gifts  and  accessories.  10%   of  the  sales  to   Cancer  Support  Deux-­‐Sevres.    Refreshments  available.     La  Bodiniere,  79320.  Tel:  05  49  65  04  09 14th  September  –  Segora  Presentation  Evening 5.30pm  at  Chez  Didier,  St   Clémentin.  Prize-­‐winning  short  fiction  and   poetry  from  Segora  writing  competitions  plus  news  of   2014  LitFest.   Followed  by  moules  frites  +  dessert,  10€.  See  article  on  P.13. 15th  September  -­‐  1st  Annual  Dames  de  F.E.R  Foire At   the   Domaine  de  Boisbuchet   from  10.00am  -­‐   6.00pm.  For   further   details  please  see  article  on  P.7) 15th  September  -­‐  Disco  Night At  Café  des   Belles  Fleurs,  Fenioux   with  DJ  Jeff.     Music  from  the  80s   from  8pm.  See  advert  on  P.32  for  details. 21st  September  -­‐  ‘The  DSM’  Anglo-­‐French  Trade  Fair At  La  Salle  Alauna,  79130  SECONDIGNY,  10.30am  -­‐  5.30pm.    With  more   than   65   exhibitors,   fish   and   chips,   live   music,  demonstrations   and   much  more  -­‐   all  at  a  lovely  lakeside  venue.     Come  along  and  enjoy  a   great  day  out. 21st  September  -­‐  Hope  Association  Party  in  the  Park In  aid  of  the  Winky  (blind  kittens)  Fund,  12.00pm  -­‐   12.00am  at  the   Salle  Polyvalente,  16450  St  Laurent   de   Ceris.  For   details  see  P.10  or   call  Verity  Lineham  on  05  45  20  79  31. 22nd  September  -­‐  Open  Afternoon At  Les  Ecuries  de  Saumort,   2pm   -­‐   5pm.    Please  see  advert  on  P19   for  contacts  and  further  information. 27th  September  -­‐  British  Day  in  Supervielle Collège  Jules  Supervielle   are  looking   for  helpers!  For   details  please   see  article  on  P.8. 29th  September  -­‐  Paperback  Jan’s  Big  Book  Fayre At   La   Ferriere-­‐sur-­‐Parthenay,   with   Art   &  Craft   stalls  +  fish  &  chips.   Contact  paperbackjan@gmail.com  for  details  or  see  advert  on  P.5.

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 The  Chaplaincy  of  Christ  the  Good  Shepherd  also  holds  services   on  the   1st  Sunday  of   each  month  at  10.30am  at  The  Little  Stone   Church   in   Chef-­‐Boutonne.     After   each   service   tea   or   coffee   is   served  and  there  is  an  opportunity  to   meet  other  people   in  the   area. Parthenay The  Chaplaincy  of  Christ  the  Good  Shepherd  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

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

What’s Coming Up...

3rd October  -­‐  Harmonics  concert  in  Civray In  the  Salle  D’animations  next  to  Marie.    Doors  open  7.30pm  and  start   time  8.00pm.     Tickets  5€   per   adult,   children   under   12   free.     Price   includes  coupe  d’amitée  and  nibbles.     Tickets  may  be  obtained  at  the   door.    Contact  Dolly  Ait  Boualou  email  sylvie.murray@wanadoo.fr 6th  October  -­‐  Bressuire  Fete  des  Plantes See  article  on  P.7. 6th  October  -­‐  Fete  des  Plantes,  Faymoreau  85240 18-­‐20  October  -­‐  Hope  Book  Sale  at  Clussais-­‐La  Pommeraie At  the  Salle  des  fetes,  10.00am  -­‐  4.00pm. 21st  October  -­‐  Pays  de  Gatine,  Coffee  morning  Viennay The National Holidays, Religious and Feast Days 2013 Friday  1st  November......... All  Saint’s  Day (Toussaint) Monday  11th  November... Armis\ce  Day  (Armis9ce  1918) Wednesday  25th  December. Christmas  Day  (Noël)

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The Thursday  weekly  market  of  La   Mothe   St-­‐Héray  fulfills  all  these  functions.  

1st Sep:     Café  des  Belles  Fleurs,  Fenioux  79160.  2pm  -­‐  4pm 4th  Sep:     Café  Cour  de  Miracle,  Vouvant  85120.  2.30pm  -­‐  4.30pm 5th  Sep:   Brasserie  Vue  du  Chateau,  Bressuire  79300.  10am  -­‐  12pm 5th  Sep:       Bar  le  Palais,  St  Aubin  le  Cloud  79450.  2pm-­‐5pm 6th  Sep:     Bar  de  la  Paix,  Thouars  79100.  12pm  -­‐  2pm 6th  Sep:   Le  Tipsy  Bar,  Coulonges-­‐sur-­‐l’Autize  79160.  4pm  -­‐  6pm 7th  Sep:   Logis  Du  Theil,  nr  St  Aubin  le  Cloud  79450.  11am-­‐4pm 11th  Sep:    Les  Jardins  St  Laurent  Hotel,  Parthenay  79200.  10am-­‐12pm 11th  Sep:    Le  Don  Jon  Bar,  Moncontour  86330.  2pm  -­‐  4pm 12th  Sep:    Pause!  Cafe,  L’Absie  79240.    2pm-­‐  5pm 13th  Sep:    Jan’s  home,  La  Ferrière-­‐en-­‐Parthenay  79390.  11am  -­‐  4pm 14th  Sep:    Cafe  Le  Chauray,  St  Maixent  l’Ecole  79400.  10am  -­‐  1pm   21st  Sep:   DSM  Trade  Fair,  Secondigny  79130  10.30am-­‐5.30pm 21st  Sep:      Le  Relais  des  2  moulins,  Clessé  79350.    4pm  -­‐  6pm 27th  Sep:  Le  P’tit  Bar  Boucard,  Ménigoute  79340.    4pm  -­‐  6pm 29th  Sep:    Jan’s  home,  La  Ferrière-­‐en-­‐Parthenay  79390.  11am  -­‐  5pm For  more  info  contact  Jan  on: 06  08  30  73  29  or  email:  paperbackjan@gmail.com

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

Mr T’s Friterie

Open 6.30

-9pm

With regular venues at:

                           F    oire         16170  (27th  month) • Aulnay    17470    (from  6pm)  •          Rouillac   • St  Hilaire  de  Villefranche  17770 • Gourville  16170                   • St  Jean  d’Angély  17400 • Loulay  17330

In addition   this   summer,  a  novelty.     On   the   1st   Thursday  of   July,   August,   September   and   October,   the   market   will   run   throughout  the   day.  Local   residents  and  residents   of   nearby   villages  and  tourists  can  take  advantage  of  this  opportunity  to   find  products  that  will   delight  the  taste  buds  and  other  small   pleasures.  Do  not  miss  this  opportunity! Information  :  05.49.05.01.41.

Local Markets • • Tuesdays: • • • Wednesdays: • Thursdays: • • Fridays: • • Saturdays: • • • • • • Sundays: Mondays:

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

Photo: Lisa Roberts

                                               

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4th Sept The Canteen, Etusson 18H30 - 21H00 6th Sept Bar Tabac, Bouille-Loretz 18H30 - 21H00 7th Sept Bar Vue du Chateau, Bressuire 18H30 - 21H00 8th Sept Fun Dog Show, St Pardoux 12H00 - 14H30 14th Sept Cafe des Sports, L’Absie 18H30 - 22H00 18th Sept The Canteen, Etusson 18H30 - 21H00 19th Sept Bar Tabac, St Martin du Sanzay 18H30 - 21H00 20th Sept Bar Tabac, Genneton 18H30 - 21H00 29th Sept Jan’s Big Book & Craft Fayre 12H00 - 14H30 Tel: 06 04 14 23 94 or visit: www.reelfishandchips.net

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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.

Zumba & Line Dance (bilingual)

Franglais in   Bressuire   Would   you   like   to   improve   your   French   conversational   skills   …  no   matter   how  basic   your   level   is  now  ?   Then   why   not   join   our   friendly,  convivial   group   on   Wednesday   evenings  at  8pm     …  costs  about  16€  per  year   !    New  session  starts   4th   September   at   the   Centre   Socio-­‐Culturel,   Rue   du   Général   Leclerc,  Bressuire  79300.  Phone  Jan  on  05  49  65  60  34  

Contact Caroline  at  www.wingyboots.com  or  call  05  49  74  13  17

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

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

Book Group....meeting 2nd Thursday of the

Now taking  registrations  for   2013/2014   season.  FREE  first   class.     Classes   at   Bressuire;   Salle   de   gym   Coeur   d’O,   and   Breuil-­‐Chausée;  la  Broglienne

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.

Taijiquan (aka  Tai  Chi)  for  Beginners

Tuesday evenings  (8.30pm  -­‐  9.30pm)  in  Bressuire  79300,   starts  10th  Sept  2013. Wednesday  afternoons  (2.30pm  -­‐  4.00pm)  in  Le  Breuil  Barret,   85120  starts  11th  Sept  2013.     For  details,  please  see  www.chentaiji-­‐fr.com  or   phone  Terry  on  05  49  65  60  34.

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

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

Craft Café  Creatif

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

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,  every   2nd   &  4th   Thursday   at  The   Lemon  Tree  in  Sauzé  Vaussais.    More  details  from  Gwen  on   05  49  87  91  79  or  email  gwanshep@gmail.com

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

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

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...

1st Annual   Dames   de   F.E.R.   Foire   &   Domaine   Du   Boisbuchet   Journée   du   Patrimoine Looking  for  something  to  brighten  your   weekend?     Perhaps  you  are   looking  for   local  business   connections,  locally  sourced  gifts  or  even   just   a  great   day   out?    You   can   do   this  and  more  at   the  Dames   de   F.E.R.  foire,  held   on   Sunday  15th   September   2013   from  10.00am  -­‐   6.00pm  at  the  Domaine  de  Boisbuchet,  10km  north  of  Confolens.   On   the  day,  the   Domaine  de  Boisbuchet  will   be  open   to   celebrate   the   yearly  'Journée  du  Patrimoine'   where   historic   buildings  around   France   open   their   doors   to   share   their   secrets   with   the   world.   Originally  a   country   estate,   it   has   been   extensively  renovated   in   recent   times   and   now   hosts   a   range   of   exciting   exhibitions   and   workshops   as  part  of  its  role  as  a  centre  for  design  and  architecture   in  Europe. The  Dames  de  F.E.R.  association  was  created  earlier  in  2013  and  has   quickly  established   itself  as  a  thriving  business  hub  for   local  women   in   rural  Poitou-­‐Charentes.     September's  foire  showcases  the  best  of   rural   enterprise  here   in   the  region.  There  will   be  a   wide  range   of   stalls,  varying   from  hand-­‐crafted   objects   for   the   home   to   culinary   products.    But  it's  not  just  for  grown-­‐ups.    We   hope   your   children   will   also   enjoy   the   bouncy   castle,   face-­‐painting   and   model   aircraft  demonstration.   There  will   also   be  animations   for   children,   shows,  birds  of  prey  exhibitions  and  guided   visits  of  the  Domaine.  Food  and  drink  will  be   available  on  the  day.  Home-­‐made   cakes  will   also  be  served  on  the  banks  of  the  Vienne. Contact   Les   Dames   de   F.E.R.   by   email   at   lesdamesdefer@gmail.com.    Entry  is  free.   For   further  information,  directions  and  the   f u l l   p r o g r a m m e ,   p l e a s e   s e e   www.lesdamesdefer.fr

Fête des Plantes

The Third  Fete  des  Plantes  will   be   held   on   Sunday   6th   October   in   the   grounds   of   the   Chateau   at   Bressuire.     Open   between   9.00am   and   7.00pm.     Entry  Fee  3€   for  adults,   children  are  free. There  will   be  some  50  plant  stalls   with   numerous   other   stalls   selling   garden   ornaments   and   garden  tools. An  added  attraction  this  year  will   be  an  exhibition  of  rare  breeds  of  poultry,   pigeons,   peacocks,   ducks,   geese   plus   silver   dwarf   and   giant   rabbits.    Some  150  pure-­‐bred  poultry  will   be  available  for  sale. Local  producers  will  be  selling  their  honey,  apples,  organic  eggs   and  wine. In   the   chateau   building   there   will   be   exhibitions   of   bonsai,   paintings  in  water  colours  and  insect  houses. Within   the   grounds  of   the   chateau   you   can   see  examples   of   three  different  types  of  gardens  throughout  the  ages;  medieval,   renaissance  and  contemporary. There  will  also  be  a  bar  and  light  refreshments  available.

Contact ‘The  Deux-­‐Sèvres  Monthly’ La  Bartière,  79130,  Secondigny.

Tel: 05  49  70  26  21  ~  Email:  info@thedeuxsevresmonthly.fr or see our website: www.thedeuxsevresmonthly.fr

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British DaY in Supervielle After the  success  of  last  year’s  event   we  are  organizing  a  2nd  British   Day  in  Supervielle  at  Collège  Jules  Supervielle.    On   September   27th   all  the  180  pupils  in  year  7  will  become  “British  pupils”  for  the  day.   They’ll  be  served  an  English  breakfast   first  thing  in  the  morning  and   after  assembly,  they’ll  have  lessons  in  English  in  various  subjects.   At  midday,  they’ll  bring  a  customized  lunch  box   and  enjoy  a  lovely   lunch  on  the  grass  in   the  sunshine  (let’s  be  optimistic!).     A  contest   will   take   place   to   choose   the  best  lunch  box.  You  can   come   in   the   morning   and   share  the  breakfast   with  us   as   well   as   go   into   class   with   the   pupils.     Bring   along   your   picnic   and   eat   with  us  in  open  air  too. After   lunch   the   children   will   have   some   time   to   ask   simple   questions   in   English.     The  contact  they  

had with  British  people  last  year   made  their  day;  that’s  the  reason   why   we   need   you   again,  members   of   the   British   community  in   Deux-­‐Sèvres  to  give  meaning  to  our  teaching! In   the   afternoon   outdoor   activities   such   as   hockey,   rounders,   giant   darts,   sack   race   and   rope   pulling   are   organized  by  the  P.E  teachers. The   day   will   end   with   a   nice   cup  of  tea  with  the  parents.  

If you’re   interested   in   joining   us   for   the   day,   please   contact   Juliette.M-­‐Boya@ac-­‐poitiers.fr.

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Amanda’s Charity  Marathon  Run... Aser   comple\ng   my   first   ‘Race   for   Life’   in   France   last   year,   Sarah   has   very   kindly   given   me   the   opportunity  to   share   an   event  with   you   in  which  I   am  par\cipa\ng  in  November.     It   is   the  Nice-­‐Cannes  relay   Marathon  and   I   am  running   as  part  of   a   team  of  colleagues  who  will  divide  the  42  kilometres  distance.     I   am  in  training  as  we  speak!    

Consequently many   parents   don’t   let   their   children   study  after   dark.     Grades  are  held  back  and  a  chance  to  escape  the  poverty-­‐ trap  is  limited.         GIVEWATTS   is   doing   a   very   simple   but   effective   thing;   providing   high   quality   solar   lamps   that   also   have   a   USB   charger   built   in   for   mobile   phones,  avoiding   the   need   to   walk   for   miles   and   to   pay   to   charge  them! Lamps   are   not   given   to   the   parents,   they   are   provided   with   micro-­‐finance.     The   school   calculates  the  average  a  family  is  spending  on  kerosene.    That   is   the   instalment   amount   they  repay   to   the   school   for   the   lamp,   thus,  there  is  no   extra  cost/or  resistance  barrier  to  overcome  and   the  lamp  immediately  100%  replaces  kerosene.     As  soon  as   that   person   has  finished   paying  they  are   40%  a  week  better  off  and   they  own  the  lamp.

Donʼt forget to mention ʻThe DSMʼ when responding to an advert!

I am  very  proud  to  be  taking  part  and  The  Spectrum-­‐IFA  Group  is   raising  money  for  our  charity  for  2013  GIVEWATTS.org.     There  are  thousands  of  people  living  in   Off-­‐Grid  areas  in  Kenya.   They  are   organised   communities  but   spend   up  to   40%  of  their   income  on   kerosene  to   burn  for  light  which  is  not  only  expensive   but  dangerous,  with  terrible  fumes,  a  high  CO2  impact,  the  risk  of   starting  a  domestic  fire  and  of  burning  a  child.     It  also  gives   off   a   terrible  dull  yellow  light.  

For more  information  please   look  at   our   devoted   web   page  on   our  website  www.spectrum-­‐ifa.com  or  contact  me.

Right:My colleague Chris, Board Member o f G I V E W AT T S Switzerland, who visited Kenya earlier this year.

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A Heart-­‐Warming   Tale   of   Wet   by Patricia Holmes, Vasles. Scouts! It   all   started   one   stormy  July   afternoon   when   five   dripping   wet   young  girl  scouts  (or  'scoots'   as  they  pronounced  it)  arrived  at  our   gate  with   the  odd  request   of   "Bonjour,   can   we   put   our   pizzas  in   your   oven   please?"     OK,  so   this  is   rural   France  and   whereas   one   might  think  twice  in   the  UK   of  letting  five  14   and   15  year  old   girls   loose   on   their   own   to  go   camping,  here  it   appears  to  be  normal   which  is  refreshing. So   of   course   we   ushered   them   in,   relieved   them   of   their   wet   gear   and   made  them  very  welcome  and  there   followed   over   two   and   a   half  hours  of  much  giggling  about  cooking  pizza  (it's  always   good  to  start  with  a  really  hot  oven  girls),  about   how   our   'magical'   kitchen  bin   lid  flips  up  if   you   wave  your   hand   over   it   (there   was   much  waving  of  hands  from  one  of  them),  our   passions  in  life,  our   three  dogs,   and   the   differences   between   the   French   and   English   language   and   culture.     Three   of   them   spoke   English,   one   particularly   well   having   spent   time   in   America,   and   during   our   conversation   later   that   afternoon   they  decided   to   test   my  French   by  firing  questions  at   me  .     The  'question   master'   said   how  much   she  loved  to  listen  to  her  native  language  spoken   with  an   English   accent  (and   there's  me  thinking  how   I'd  give  my  eye  teeth   to   be   able   to   stop  floating   between   sounding  like  something  from  'Allo   'Allo  and  an  English  woman   abroad)  and  I  explained  about  how  we   British   feel   the   same   about   English   with   a   French   accent...........especially   if   it   is   spoken   by   someone   like   Jean   Dujardin  !

The storm   kept   rolling   round   in   circles   and  we  made  it   clear   that   they  could  stay  as   long  as   they   wanted   as   neither   of   us  would   have   wanted   to   hike   up   hill   and   down   dale   carrying  all  our  heavy  kit  in  a  storm  and  for  this   they   were   grateful,   they   were   even   more   grateful  when   we  gave   them   lemonade   and  crisps   left   over   from   the   weekend   BBQ   and   most   important  of  all,  the  French  television  controller! Eventually,   after   a   couple   of   very   pleasurable   hours   or   so   I   suggested  that  they  called  their  scout  leader  to  let  her  know  where   they  were  and  to  ask  if  it  was  permitted  for   us  to  give  them  a  lift  to   their  destination  (and  also  for   her  to  check  us  out  at   the  Mairie  if   she  wished  before  they  got  into  our  car),  they  were  told  that  under   the  circumstances  a  lift  into  Vasles  was  allowed  but  that   they  had   to  hike  the  rest  of  the  way.   Before  they  left  they  asked   if  they  could  do  anything  for   us.............   but   seeing   as   how   the   cars   had   already   been   serviced   and   the   house   renovated............   I   suggested   that   perhaps   they   should   remember   all   the   people   they   had   met   on   their   hike   this   summer   and  that   if  one   day,  wherever   they  were  in   the  world,   a   group  of  dripping  wet   'scoots'  should  arrive  at  their  door  then  they   should  take  them  in,  cook  them  pizza  and  share  a  lovely  afternoon   with  them............they  all  laughed  and  agreed  to  do  so.   They  were   like   a  group   of   shiny  bright   stars  that   wet   afternoon,   really   polite   and   a   real   pleasure   to   meet   and   we'll   never   forget   their  company.

Do you miss going to the Cinema? If the  answer  is  “YES!”  you  will  be  pleased   to  read   that  there  are  cinemas  in  the  area  showing  films   in  English. It’s   difficult   to   have   advance   dates   of   screenings   in   time   for   publication,   but   you   can   ask   to   have   your   name   added   to   the   mailing   lists   so   you   are   kept   up-­‐to-­‐date   of   screenings  throughout  the  winter  months. Send  your  email  to: Parthenay  cinema:    cinema.foyer@gmail.com Melle  cinema:  lemelies.melle@wanadoo.fr La  Chataigneraie  cinema:  stella.freeman@wanadoo.fr

The Hope  Association  will  be  holding  a  Party  in  the   Park  in  aid  of  the  Winky  (blind  kittens)  Fund  on   Saturday  21st  September  2013. 12.00pm  -­‐  12.00am  at  the  Salle  Polyvalente,   16450,  St  Laurent  de  Ceris.     The  renowned  band  Vis-­‐a-­‐Vis  will  be  playing  and  there  will  be  lots   of  stalls,  a  bar,  barbecue  and  entertainment  for  all  ages.  

If you  would  like  a  stall  please  contact  Verity  Lineham  on  05   45  20  79  31.    Entrance  2€  for  grown-­‐ups,  free  for  children.

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Combined Services Support Group (CSSG) by Terri Laverick Our singing   group   ‘The   Keynotes’   are   performing   at   a   number   of   events   this   year  including:-­‐

Here we  are  in  the  silly  season  once  more,  lots  of  visitors  and  not   a  lot  to  write  about.    I  wonder   how  real  journalists  manage  at  this   time  of  year.    Perhaps  I  could  recourse  to  gossip,  but   then   again,   maybe  not.

The Deux-­‐Sèvres   Gardening   Club’s   Annual   Produce   Show,   7th   September.     We   will   be   singing   sometime  in  the  afternoon   around   2.30pm  and  would   be  pleased   to  see  you  all.    If  you  do  come   along,  have  a  chat  with  some  of  us   and  find   out   what  a  friendly  group  we  are,  you  might  want   to  join   us.    The  venue  is  at  Chateau  Logis,  Du  Theil    which   is  off   the  D19   outside  of  Parthenay.    

Apart from   a  committee   meeting   to   check  on  our   readiness   for   forthcoming   events,   we   did   very  little   in   August.     One   of   our   team,  and   others   from  local   British   groups,   are  liaising   with   the   Parthenay  Administration  for   the  up-­‐coming  commemoration   of   the  commencement  of  World   War   One   in   2014.     This  is  a  four   year  event  culminating     in   2018  to   coincide   with  the  end  of   that   dreadful  period  of  our  joint  history.

‘The Keynotes’   have   their   own   website   which   can   be   seen   on   www.keynotessingers.fr  for  regular  updates  and  information.  

Our future   events  are   listed  below,  and   any   members  who   are   willing  and  able  to  help   at  these  events  would  be  most  welcome.     September,   as   you   will   note,   is   rather   busy  and   some   of   the   committee  will  be  away  on  holiday,   how  could  they?    I  will   own   up  to  a  few  days  away  but,  as  we  are  going  to  the  brewery  to  find   out  all  about  their  beer,  and  possibly  doing  a  taste  test,  one  could   say  it  is  a  fact  finding  mission,  not  a  holiday!

Margaret Round,   the   Music   Director,   described   the   Keynotes   as   follows:-­‐ “Perhaps   “Choir”   is   not   the   best   way   to   describe   our   ‘group’  because  it   implies  a  certain  amount   of   formality   which  we   forsake  in  the  name  of  ‘Fun’. What   do  we  sing?     -­‐  nothing  too  heavy  or   complicated  so  Gaudete   to  Money,  Money,  Money    covers  it. How  do  we  sing  it?  -­‐   we  try  to  sing  in  multi-­‐part   harmony  when  we   can  and  without  anarchy  when  we  can’t.   How  good   are  we?  -­‐  we  have  no  history  to  speak  of  and  the  singing   experience  of  our  members   is  varied  from  beginner  all  the   way   to   advanced  beginner!    If  you   can  sing  in  tune,  you’re  in  !    If  you  can’t,   then  sing  quietly! Who   do  we  sing   to?  -­‐   ourselves  usually,  though  from  time  to  time   we  inflict  a  little  pain  elsewhere  too! Where  do  we  sing?  -­‐  usually  Secondigny  on  a  Friday  afternoon.   For  more  details  call  02  51  51  38  20  or  email  us  at:   keynotesdeuxsevres@gmail.com.” The   Art   Scene   artists  will   be   putting  on   an  exhibition  during  The   DSM   Trade  Fair   in   Secondigny  where  you   will   be  able  to   see  and   even   buy  some  of  the  many  paintings  that  have  been  completed  by   the   group’s   members.     Weather   permitting   some   of   us   will   be   painting  Plein  Air   around  the  Lake  at   the  venue,  so  why  not  come   along  and  chat  with  our  members  and  perhaps  even  join  in  the  fun. Although   not   part   of   The   Art   Scene   I   will   be   starting   classes   in   ‘Drawing  for  Beginners’  at   the  bar  in  Fenioux   on  the  3rd  Thursday  of   each  month  starting  in  September,  let  me  know  if  you  would  like  to   come  along.

Firstly we  shall   be  at   the   Gardening  Club  Produce   Show   on   7th   September,  at  Le  Logis  du  Theil,  and   any  contributions  towards   the   Tombola   would   be   gratefully   received   by  Pauline   and   John   Tonks,  our  estimable  event  organisers.    The  following  day,  Sunday   8th  September,  we  have  a  brocante  at  the  dog  show,  and   then  on   21st  September  we  shall  be  at   The  DSM  Trade  Fair  in   Secondigny,   again  with  a  Tombola  stall.     One  of   the  highlights   of   the  year   is   our   Tea,  Coffee  and   Cake   stall   at   Paperback  Jan's.     As   usual   we   shall   be  raising  monies  for   SSAFA  France,    please  come  and  get   your  refreshments  from  us,  this   is  a  very  worthy  cause,  the  date   to  remember  is  29th  September. Last   but   by  no  means  least,  our   next   group  meeting  will   be  on   5th   October,   2013   in   the   Café   des   Belles   Fleurs   in   Fenioux,   commencing  with   a  British   style   breakfast   if   required,   followed   by  the  meeting  when   we  are  suitably  fed   and  watered.    Please   could   all   members   try   to   attend   as   it   will   be   our   last   meeting   prior   to  the  ‘BEER  FEST’  on  19th  October,  in  the  Salles  des  Fete  in   Fenery.    You  will  receive  a  reminder  by  email  later. One  final  serious  note,  all  our  events  raise  monies  for  charity,  and   all  proceeds  so   far  have   been   donated   to   SSAFA  France,  as  will   monies   raised  from  the   above  events,  this  is  by  agreement   with   all  our  members.

Don’t forget   our  Calendar   is   still   for  sale   at   the   following   four   venues  and  will  remain  so  for  the  rest  of  the  year:  Restaurant   A  La   Bonne   Vie   at   Le   Beugnon, Café   des   Belles   Fleurs   at   Fenioux, Pause!  Cafe  at  L’Absie  and  Cafe  Cour  du  Miracle  at  Vouvant. So  let  me  have  your  news  and  views  and  if  you  want  to  join  any  or   all  of  our  groups,  send  me  an  email. John  Blair:  johnblair@btopenworld.com

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The Story Behind the Famous Logo.   By Tony Barrett The   image   of   the  ‘Laughing   Cow’   trade  mark  is   familiar   to   most   shoppers   buying  their  soft   cheese  all   over   Europe,   but   how  did  it   come  into  being?    This  article  looks  at  its  origins. To  start   we  must   go   back   to   the   opening   days  of  the   First   World   War.     To   counter   the   German   offensive   in   1914,   600  Paris   taxis   were   requisitioned  to   transport   French   soldiers   to   the   Marne  to   protect   Paris  from  the  enemy  advance,  gaining  fame  thereafter  as   ‘Taxis   de   la   Marne’.  Less   well   known   is   the  fact   that   1000   Paris   motor   buses   and   their   drivers   were   also   requisitioned   to   aid   in   troop   movement,   ammunition   supplies   and   providing   the   army   with  food,  the  latter  being  the  most  important  task.

1914

Benjamin Rabier

It turns   out   that   the  original   laughing   cow   was  thought   up   by   a   well-­‐known  cartoonist   Benjamin   Rabier  when  he  was  serving  as  an   officer   in  B-­‐70  during  World  War   One.  He   painted   a   laughing   cow   on  the  trucks  transporting  the  soldiers'   meat  rations  along  with  the   word   "Wachkyrie",   which   was   supposedly   to   poke   fun   at   the   Germans'  own  supply  trucks  that  were  decorated  with  the  mythical   Walkyries  of  Norse  legend. Said   in   French,  "Wachkyrie"   sounds   like   "Vache   Qui   Rit",   which   seemed  to  amuse  the   French   soldiers,  including   another   member   of  the  unit,  a  young  dairy  farmer  named  Léon  Bel.  

Although not   as  glamorous   as  the   front   line   units,  the  supply   of   fresh   meat   was   crucial   to   the   efficiency  and   morale   of   the   army,   and   for   this   purpose  the   motor   bus   was   particularly   well   suited.     One  bus  could  contain  meat  for  a  whole  regiment,  3  battalions  of   a   thousand  men,  each  bus   could   carry  about   1800  kg  of  meat,  and   this  represents   3600   rations  at   a  rate  of  500g   per   serving.     Over   250   buses   could   effectively   feed   the   twenty   French   army   corps   who  fought  on  the  Western  Front. A motor bus of RVF B 70 displaying the unit’s badge.

After the  war,  Léon  Bel  set  up  a  company  at  Lons-­‐le-­‐Saulnier  in  the   Jura,  to  manufacture  cheese.      But  what  to  use  for  a  company  logo?   He  then  remembered  his  old  unit's  badge,  which  he  thought   would   be   ideal   and   in   1921   he   asked   Benjamin   Rabier,   the   original   Wachkyrie  artist,  to  make  him  a  friendly  cow  that   would  appeal  to   the  public.     Thus   the  Vache  Qui  Rit  was  born  and  it  was  Léon  Bel’s   wife  who  asked  them  to  give  the  cow  earrings!  

One of the Paris motor buses displaying the RVF designation during the war.

The units  were  designated  RVF  (ravitaillement   en  viande  fraiche),.   translating   to  ‘Fuelling   Fresh   Meat.’     RVF  B70,   specialised   in   the   transportation   of   fresh   meat   for   an   infantry   division,   using   7-­‐8   converted   Paris   buses.   It’s   original   purpose   was   to   boost   the   morale  of  the  troops,  and  the  General   Staff   decided  to  give  each   unit   a   specific   emblem   to   be   affixed   to   all   vehicles,   especially   trucks.  To  get  the  best  possible  result,  a  competition  was  launched. Perhaps  it   was  because   their   vehicles   swooped  down,   picked   up   meat  and  carried   it  off  to  distant  parts  that  the  men  of  the  unit  had   toyed  with  adopting  the  nickname  La   Walkyrie,   after   the  maidens   of  Norse  mythology.  

1921

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Reading Whilst Writing All writers  should   read.     We   all   read  what   we   want,  what   we  

love, and  most  writers  I  know   read   their   friends’   books,   but   are   you  reading  your  genre?     Reading  other  books  in   your   genre   lets   you   know   what   current   writing  trends   are   in   your   field,   what’s   popular  with  readers,  and  what  other  writers  are  up   to.     But  more   importantly  it’s  about   staying   current   in  your   profession.     A   by-­‐ product  is  that  you  find  new  reading  pleasures,  discover  new  ideas   and  fresh  insights.   Reading  the  classics  in  your  genre  will  give  you  a  grounding  in   how   it’s  developed.    Historical   fiction  for   many,  ahem,  mature   readers   means   Anya   Seton’s   Katherine,  Jean   Plaidy’s   Tudor,  Plantagenet   and   Borgia   series,   Robert   Graves’s   I   Claudius   or   Nigel   Tranter’s   Master   of  Gray  series.  Now,  Philippa   Gregory,  Simon   Scarrow  and   Elizabeth   Chadwick  are  the  trendsetters  with  more  detailed,  gritty   and   psychological   approaches.   You   have   to   know   where   your   genre’s  been  to  know  where  it  can  go.   As   I   write   alternate   history   thrillers   with   a   Roman   theme,   I   read   a   wide   range   in   Roman   historical,   spy   and   thriller   novels   as  well   as  alternate  history  itself:   William   Boyd,  Lee   Child,  John  Le   Carré,  Diana  Gabaldon  (Outlander   series),   Lindsey   Davies   (Falco),   Simon  Scarrow,  Con   Iggulden,  the   great   Robert   Harris   (Fatherland,   Pompey),  C   J   Sansom   (Dominion   and   the   Shardlake   series),   to   name  a  few.   And   if  you’re   approaching  agents  and  publishers  with  your  work,   they   will   always   want   to   know   if   you   know   how   your   book   compares  to  others  in  your  genre  and  how  your  book  is  different.   But,  if  you  only  read   things  within  your  category  or   genre,  you  run   the  risk  of  developing  writer’s  blinkers.    As  your  best  friend  might   say  if  you  stay  in   and  do   nothing  but   write,  ‘You   need   to   get  out   more.’  So,  if  you  spread  your  reading  time,  what  are  the  benefits? It  will  get  you  thinking  in  new  ways,  even  inspire  you.   In   genre   fiction   such   as   thrillers,   plots   and   characters   tend   to   develop   in   roughly  similar   patterns.  That’s  not  to  say  each   novel   isn’t   unique  in   its   way;   it   is.     But   reading  a  completely  different   author,   such   as   Jane   Austen   or   Isaac   Asimov   can   spark   your   creativity  and  make  your  brain  work  in  a  different  way.   You   can   discover   ways   to   innovate   and   adapt   your   writing.   Reading  outside   your   genre  allows   you   to  compare  what   you’re   reading  to  your  genre.     You  approach   your   genre  from  a  different   angle,   see   new   possibilities,   and   find   ways   to   personalize   your   fiction  that  other  writers  in  the  genre  haven’t  thought  about. You  can  take  a  mental  breather.     As  much  as  I  love  alternate  history,  and   I  love  writing  my  stories,   sometimes   I   feel   inspiration   ebbing   and   need   to   feed   my   brain   with  something  different.

You have  a  mini-­‐adventure.   Reading   something   that’s   new   and   different   for   you   means   embarking  on   a  personal   journey  you’ve  never   taken   before.    In   The  Road  Back  by   Liz  Harris,  I  not  only  revisited  the  1950s  of  my   childhood,   but   learnt   about   Ladakh,   northern   India   as   well   as   reading  a  beautifully  written  love  story.   I  read   non-­‐Roman   historic   fiction,  modern   adventure,   romance,   sci-­‐fi,   fantasy   –  you  name   it  –  and  it  always  refreshes  my   writing   brain. Happy  writing! Alison   will   be   at   the   Anglo-­‐French   Trade   Faire/   Foire   Commerciale   Anglo-­‐Française on   21st   September   2013   at   Secondigny  on  stand  A27.    Come  and  say  hello!

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

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Segora presentation   evening   of   prize-­‐winning   stories  and  poems  at  Chez  Didier,  St  Clémentin,   14th  September Come   and   hear   prize-­‐winning   writers   reading   their   short   stories   and   poetry   in   St   Clémentin   on   Saturday   14th   September,  starting  at  5.30pm.   Jocelyn   and   Gordon   Simms   invite   you   to   a   presentation   evening   for   the   2013   Segora   International   writing   competition.    Winners  of  the  three   sections  –  short   stories,   vignettes  and  poetry  -­‐   will  be  coming  from  Spain,  Holland  and   France  to   read   their   successful   entries.     Prize-­‐winners   from   England  and  Ireland  will  also  attend. John  Hudson,  judge  of  the   poetry  competition,  will  introduce   plans   for   his   installation   for   next   year’s   Litfest.   We   shall   announce  some  of  the  authors  and  sessions   which  will  form   part   of   the   2014   festival,   29th,   30th   and   31st     August  2014. The  readings  take  place  at   Chez  Didier  and  will   be   followed   by   moules,   frites   and   dessert   (10€)   or   choice   of   salad.  Please   reserve   by   emailing   gordon.simms@aliceadsl.fr   or   jocelynsimms@gmail.com  or  Chez  Didier   Tel:  05  49  65  98  81  

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Going Back

by Sue  Burgess

In general,  the   word   rentrée   describes  the   action   of   going   back   (rentrer).   More   particularly,   la   rentrée   is   the   period   at   the   beginning   of   September   that   corresponds  to   the  period  when   everything  starts   up  again  after  the  grandes  vacances  (long  summer   holidays).     And   so  we  can  speak  of  la   rentrée  scolaire  -­‐  going  back  to  school   at  the   start   of   the  new  school  year.    Some  families  are  entitled  to  the  ARS     -­‐  Allocation  de   Rentrée  Scolaire  (back  to   school   allowance).    The   teachers  have   their   Pré-­‐rentrée  (teachers'   day)   before   la   rentrée  des  classes  when  the  children  go  back. La  rentrée  universitaire  happens  three  or  four  weeks   after  la  rentrée  scolaire.   Shops  give   deals   at   this   time  of  year   la  rentrée   des   prix,  especially  on  office  and  bedroom  furniture. La  Rentrée  littéraire  is  the  name  given  to  the  boom  in  publications   of   new  books  of   all   types   that   happens   every   year   between   the   end  of  August   and   the   beginning  of   November. Editors  use   the   free  by  word  of  mouth  and  media  publicity  of  la   rentrée  littéraire   to   push   their   new   editions   and   to   place   their   writers   in   the   limelight   for   one   of   the   literary   prizes.     The   Goncourt   prize   is   probably   the   best   known.     In   2012,   646   works   of   fiction   were   published.     In  2010  and  2011  there  were  654   and   711   new  works   respectively.

September /   when   school   starts   back   up   /  after   I  get   back  from   vacation. Of  course  la  rentrée  also  has  other   meanings  which  have  nothing   to   do   with   the   month  of  September.     La  rentrée  atmosphérique   refers  to  the  phase  when  a  solid  object  comes  back  into  the  earth's   atmosphere   from   outer   space.   And   une   rentrée   d'argent   is   synonym  for  receiving  money. Vocabulary  /  Vocabulaire  : la  rentrée..................................

beginning of  the  autumn  term,   start  of  the  school  year

une rentrée  d’argent................. a  sum  of  money,  windfall rentrer.......................................

to go  back  to  a  place

rentrer.......................................

to go  home

rentrer......................................

to bring  in

un rentré..................................

a fold  or  a  pleat  (sewing)

bonne rentrée........................... enjoy   your   new   school   term   (year)!

La Rentrée   du   cinéma  was  an   operation   that   took  place  in  France   in  September   between  2004  and   2009.     Reductions   were   offered   for  the  purchase  of  two  places  for  the  same  film.   In   August,   major   sectors   of   France  slow   down   or   close  up   shop   completely.    School   is  out,  the  government   is  in  recess,  and  many   restaurants  and   other   businesses  are   closed  as   well.     La   rentrée   politique  refers  to  the  re-­‐opening  of  parliamentary  business.   “À   la   rentrée!”,   similar   to   “bonnes   vacances!”   (have   a   nice   vacation),   is   a   salutation,   a   way   of   saying   good-­‐bye   and   an   acknowledgement  that  you'll  see  the  other   person  when  you  both   re-­‐enter  the  real  world  after  your  prolonged  vacation. You  can  also  use  à   la  rentrée  as  a  reference  to  that  point  in  time,  to   explain   when   something  will   happen,  as   in   “Je  vais  acheter   une   nouvelle  voiture  à  la  rentrée”   -­‐   I'm  going  to  buy  a  new  car  in  early  

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Summer time  flies  when   you're   having  fun   ...   but   it's  that   time  of   year   again   when   you   have   to   start   thinking  about  reviewing  your   'complémentaire  santé'.     Do  you  have  the  best  cover  in  place  for  what   you  need?    Do  you   understand   what  you   are  covered  for  and  how  the  system  works?     Are  you  using  it  properly  to  make  it  pay  for  you?    Are  you  receiving   your  reimbursements   automatically  into  your  account?     Are  you   getting  the  best  value  for  money?     Are  you  benefitting  from  La  LOI   MADELIN,  income  tax  deductible  -­‐  for  self-­‐employed  people  only?     So  many  questions!  Many  of  us  would  prefer  to  put  off  answering   them  but  it  is  worth  taking  a  little  time  to  explore  it  further...   Are  you  aware  that  even  if  you  are  insured  up  to  100%  this  does  not   necessarily   mean   that   you   are   completely   covered   for   any   eventuality,  and,  that   it  is  possible   to   insure   yourself  for   up  to  as   much  as  500%?     The  system  is  certainly  confusing  for  newcomers,   especially  if   you   have  come   out   of   the   NHS  system   where   100%   cover  really  is  100%  cover! The   percentage  terms  refer   to  the  amount  payable  based   on   the   rate  set   by   the   securité  sociale/régime  de  base.     Lets  take   dental   treatment  as  an  example; A  Crown:  the  'base  de  remboursement'  for  a  crown  (metal  or  ceramic)   is  107,50€.     This  107,50€   is   100%,   it   is   actually  100%   of  what   the   securité  sociale  say   it's   worth   and   the   figure   that   they  base   their   reimbursements  on,  it  is  not  necessarily  representative  of   the  reality,   as  the  average  cost  of  a  ceramic  crown  is  actually  around  500€. The  securité   sociale   will  pay  you  70%  of  the  107,50€  =  75,25€.    If   you  are  insured  up  to  100%  with  your   'top  up'  insurance  then  you   will   receive   the   remaining  32,25€   from   them  totalling  107,50€   =   100%.     It  is  often  necessary  to  insure  yourself  over  and  above  100%   which  allows  for  some,  if  not  all  of  the  difference  to  be  paid.   At  Gan  Assurances  we  offer  a  'top-­‐up'  complémentaire  that   is  easily   adapted  to  your  own  personal   requirements.    The  cover  is  split  into   3  categories;  Hospitalisation,  General   Medical,  Optic  &  Dental.   You   are  free  to   choose   between  5  levels  of  cover   within  each   category,   allowing  you  to  mix  and  match  the  cover  to  suit   you.    We  also  offer   ‘Hospitalisation   only’   cover,   which   suits   most   budgets.     Hospitalisation  is   the  very  minimum  cover  you  should  have.    In   the   event  of  an   emergency  the  very  last  thing  on  your  mind  should   be   worrying  about   how   you   will   pay  for   treatment   for   yourself  or   a   loved  one.   For  further  details,  advice  and  quotations  please  contact   me  at  the   office  by  phone  or  email  Monday  -­‐  Friday.

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What is Reiki?

Pronounced “ray-­‐key”,   meaning   “Universal   Life   Energy”,  Reiki   is   a   spiritual   practice   developed   in   1922  by  Japanese  Buddhist  Mikao   Usui.     It   uses   palm   healing   or   hands   on   healing   as   a   form   of   complementary   medicine   to   relieve   side  effects  and   promote   recovery. The   idea,   in   essence,   is   that   we   live   in   a   world   of   energy   that   nourishes  and  maintains   all  living   things.   When   this   energy   flows   uninterrupted,  there   is  balance  and  harmony  within  and  around   us   and   we   experience   a   sense   of   well-­‐being.     The   aim   of   the   Reiki   practitioner   is   to   transfer   and   channel   this   universal   life   energy   through   the   palms,   which   encourages   self-­‐healing,   balance   and   equilibrium.     Despite  its  spiritual   nature,  Reiki   is  a  holistic   tradition   which   is   not   dependent   on   belief   and   can   be   used   alongside   conventional  or  alternative  treatments,  with  even  hardened  sceptics   reporting  palpable  benefits. What  is  involved  in  Reiki  treatment? Wearing  loose,  comfortable  clothing,  the  recipient  usually  lies  down   on  a  massage  table  and  relaxes.  The  practitioner  proceeds  by  placing   their   hands   in   specific   positions   for   three   to   five   minutes   before   moving  to  the  next  position. Western   practitioners  often   use  a  fixed   set   of  between  12   and   20   hand  positions,  while  traditionalists  use  their  intuition  to  guide  them   as  to  where  treatment  is  needed.     These  positions  provide  coverage   of  the  head,  torso,  knees  and  feet,  with  the  session  lasting  anywhere   from  45-­‐90  minutes,  depending  on  an  individual's  needs. There  is  no  massage  or  manipulation  of  the  body:  Reiki  practitioners   are   not  usually  trained  in  medical  diagnosis  and  will  not  predict  any   specific   outcome   from   treatment.   Anyone   concerned   about   their   symptoms  should  see  a  doctor.   What  does  it  feel  like? Recipients  commonly  describe  feelings  of  warmth  or  tingling  in   the   area   being   treated.   Instantaneous   "cures"   of   specific   health   problems  are  not  normally  experienced.    Feelings  of  relaxation  and   general   well-­‐being  are  the  most  reported  after-­‐effects,  including  by   those  who  felt   no  immediate  sensations  during  the   treatment   itself.     Also  reported  are  deeper  emotional  responses,  indicating  that  shifts   are  taking  place,  allowing  harmony  to  be  restored. Is  it  safe? There  are  no  known  contra-­‐indications  for  Reiki.  It  is  a  non-­‐intrusive   treatment   that  can  be  delivered  in  a  variety  of  settings.     Reiki  is   a   safe  and  soothing  treatment  that  can  be  beneficial  in  the  short  term,   but   can   also  ameliorate   long-­‐standing  conditions,  helping   to   bring   about  comfort,  acceptance  and  a  more  positive  outlook. How  do  I  find  out  more? For   more   detailed   information,  or   to   enjoy  this  relaxing  therapy  in   the  comfort  of  your  own  home,  contact  Suzanne  on   06  02  29  18  46   or  email:  reiki@cole-­‐king.com. With  nearly  20  years   in   the  NHS,  Suzanne  Cole-­‐King   was  a  Nurse   Practitioner   before   moving   to   France   in   2008   to   develop   that   wealth  of   experience  into  a  more  spiritual   and   personal  approach   to  well-­‐being.     Suzanne  is  a   qualified  mobile  Reiki  practitioner  on   the  Deux-­‐Sèvres/Vendée   border  who   is  fully  registered   (Siret   no.   531   992   782   00015)   and   will   soon   start   training   in   the   complementary  therapy  of  Bowen  Technique.

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2013 Beauty Recommendations... Samantha’s Summer Face Masks

Does your  face  feel  dehydrated  after   this   summer's  sun?  Why  not   try  one   of   these   simple   but   effective   home   made  face  masks.

Honey Hydrating  Face  Mask:    The  honey  will  moisten  and  cleanse   your   skin.   Take   one   egg   yolk,   a   tablespoon   of   honey   and   a   tablespoon  of  vegetable  or  olive  oil   and  mix  thoroughly.     I  find  it  is   even  better  if  you  slightly  warm  it. Put  two  layers  onto  your   face  leaving  a  break  of  6  mins  in  between   each  layer  and  then  rinse  off  with  warm  water. Tightening  and  Toning  Face  Mask   -­‐   This  requires  juice  from  half  a   lemon  (strained)  and  1  egg  white. Beat   together   for   three   mins   and   apply   directly   onto   your   face   avoiding   your   eyes   and   relax   for   30   minutes   while   it   works   its   magic! After   any  face  mask  I  always  recommend  applying  a  good  serum   and  moisturiser.

Many people  have  thinning  hair  at  some   point  in   their  lives.    With   a   wide  variety  of  causes   such  as  medications,  male  pattern  baldness,   hormones,  poor  diet,  improper  hair  care  and  illnesses,  thinning  hair   is  a  condition  that  affects  men  and  women  of  all  ages.    While   some   cases   of   thinning  hair   can   be   easily  treated,  others  might   require   medications  or  even   surgery.  Learning  how  to  treat  thinning  hair   is   the  first  step  to  correcting  this  common  problem. Try   to   establish   how  much  hair   you   are  losing   and  which   areas   of   your  scalp   has  lost  the  most.  Then  make  an  appointment  with  your   doctor  to  rule  out  any  health  issues  that  may  contribute  to  hair  loss   and  discuss  any  options  they  may  be  able  to  assist  you  with. Once  all  health  issues  are  ruled  out  seek  advice   from  your   stylist  to   guide  you  with  any  products  that  may  help.    Keep  your  scalp  clean  by   using  a  moisturising  shampoo  and  conditioner,  massaging  your  scalp   with  your  fingertips  to   help  stimulate  your  hair  follicles  several  times   a  week.  Try  taking  a  multi-­‐vitamin  everyday  along  with  a  healthy  diet   including  lean   meats,  fish  and  vegetables.  Vitamins  and   minerals  will   help   nourish   your   hair,   stimulate   growth   and   make   it   shiny   and   strong. I   also   recommend   that   you   have   a   consultation   with   your   stylist   to   find   a   hairstyle  that  can  help  add  volume  and  show   you  different   ways   to  style  you  hair  to  show   thickness.

Samantha's recommended  product  is  Estée  Lauder’s  Advance  Night   Repair  Serum.  

Emma’s Advice on Thinning Hair

Over the   past   few   months   I   have   had   clients   asking   me   about   thinning  hair.     I  have  decided  to  research  this  and  pass  on  some  tips   in  order  for  you  to  seek  the  best  advice.

Charente Hair  &  Make  Up Tel:  05  45  31  56  93  /  06  50  04  37  30   www.charentehairandbridal.com

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Our Furry Friends...

Girole, a  pretty  Levrier/Brittany  Spaniel  cross Girole   is   a   rather   special   lady,   not   very   large   at   10   kilos   and   only  4½  years  old.      She   has  a  timid  nature  and   needs  a  calm  and  quiet   home   life   to   gain   confidence.   Girole  is  not  suited  to   a   family   with   young   c h i l d r e n ,   b u t   s h e   would  enjoy  the  company  of  another  dog,  but  not  a  pack.    This  is   a  very  gentle  animal  who  has  no  aggression  and  needs  a  real  dog   lover   who   has   patience   and   understanding.  Girole   is  currently   being   looked   after   by   Animal   phychologist   and   trainer   Julie   Stansbridge   who   will   be   happy   to   give   advice   to   anyone   interested  in  adopting  her  (Ventouse  16460). Girole   is   micro-­‐chipped   (250269604862770),   neutered,   vaccinated  and  wormed.    There  will  an  adoption  fee.   If   you  think  you  can  give  Girole  a  good  home,  please  call  Isabelle   on   09  77  48  71   43   or   email:   asso.orfee@laposte.net   for   more   information.     www.associamon-­‐orfee.forumacmf.com/f49-­‐english-­‐corner   Please  note  that  if  you  are  interested  in  adopting  any  of  Orfee’s   rescued  dogs,  a   safe  and   secure   garden  with  a  wire   fence   of   a   good  height  is  always  required. We   also   advise   that   your   new   family   pet   has   an   identity   tag   with  your  contact  details  and   we   r e c o m m e n d   I D E N T I T A G   www.identitag.co.uk. Losing   a   pet   can   be   a   heart-­‐breaking   experience,  but   a   simple   tag  can   get  it  returned  home  quickly.   Please  note:  Where  possible  Orfee  Assoc.will  conduct  a  home-­‐visit. Orfee  Association   are  always  looking   for   good  foster   families,  if   you  think  you  could  do  this  valuable  work  please  contact  us  now   for  more  details.  Email:  asso.orfee@laposte.

HOOF (Horse Orientated Open Forum)

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

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

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Phew! What  a  Summer...

We have   plenty   of   kittens   of   all   colours,   ages   and   sex   who   are  looking  for  a  good  home.

It's certainly  had  its  ups  and  downs  as  far  as  we're  concerned  here  at   Nos  Amis  Les  Animaux  85480  (NALA). Some   of   the  downs  were   predictable:  the  annual   holiday   rush  to   abandon  animals  before  going  on  holiday  and  the  kittens  abandoned   when  their  owners  finally  realise  that  they  can't  even  be  given  away.     It's   probably   less   than   1%   of   owners   who   are   (ir)responsible   for   doing   this   but   that   adds   up   to  tens   of   thousands  of  animals  in   a   relatively   short   period   which   overwhelms   the   facilities   for   saving   them.    Not   only  do  they  have  to   cope  with   the  number  of  animals   coming   in,  but   the  number   of   adoptions  tails  off,  as   many  people   don't  want  a  new  pet  when  they're  contemplating  their  holidays. A  new   one  on  us  was  a   spate  of  mayors   organising   campaigns   of   capture   and   euthanasia   of   stray   cats   in   the   Charente-­‐Maritime.   Luckily   we   had   already   looked   at   the   legal   position   when   one   occurred   in   the   Vendée,   so   were   able   to   give   advice   in   the   other   cases.  This  led  to  the  mayors  reviewing  the  situation  and  cooperating   with   people   to   find   a   more   sustainable   solution.   The   cats   are   sterilised  and  identified  and  then  released.    An  association  keeps  an   eye   on   them  to   make  sure  that   they  stay  healthy   and  well  looked   after.  Just   systematically   killing   them  doesn't   work   as   it   creates   a   vacuum  which   is  soon   filled   with   new  unsterilised   cats   that   fight,   caterwaul,  spray  and  produce  kittens. ‘Le  Bon  Coin’  also  became  a  cause  for  concern:  they  began  to  refuse   adverts   from   associations   for   the   protection   of   animals   that   complied   with  the  French   rules,  whilst  allowing  many  from  people   that   didn't.   The   Brigitte   Bardot   Foundation   and   the   SPA   have   separately  had   meetings  with   them  about   this  but  to  no  avail.  We're   trying  a  different  approach:  we've  written   not   only  to  them  but  also   the  Managing  Director  of  the  company  in  Norway  that  owns  them. We've  had  to  deal  with   a   number   of  injured  or  sick  stray  cats  that   mayors   refused   to   help,   even   though   they   are   required   to   do   so   under   French  law.     These  are  a  significant  drain  on  our  resources,  as   often  the   help  required   is  simply  money  to  pay  for   the   treatment.     The  positive   side  is  that  through   this  we've  met   a  large  number   of   people  who  do  have  their  hearts  in  the  right  place. Another  “up”  was  creating  good  relations  with  the  legal   department   of   ‘Trente   Millions   d'Amis’   who   heard   of   our   intervention   in   a   mayor's  campaign  of  capture  and  euthanasia.    As  a  result,  they  put   some  money   towards   treating   the   cats   that   we   saved:  something   that  we're  very  grateful  for. We   are   also   grateful   to   those   people   who   organise   events   and   donate  the  profits  to  NALA.     They  run  stalls  at  vide  greniers,  organise   coffee  mornings,  afternoon   teas,  plant   sales  and  a  monthly  pub  quiz   (see  listings  for  details).  Thanks  also  go  to   the  participants  who  turn   out  to  drink  beer,  eat  fish  and  chips  and  battle  their  wits.    We  salute   your  sacrifice! We   could   do   with   some   more   human-­‐scale   help:   donations   of   food,  equipment  and  money,  volunteers  for   events,  foster  families   and  people  to  adopt  our  very  lovely,  deserving  cats  and  kittens.     If   you   can   help   please   contact   us:   Tel   07   70   31   54   59   Email:nala85480@hotmail.com,   www.nosamislesanimaux.com     We're  also   most  terribly  modern   and  up-­‐to-­‐date  and  can  be  found   as  Nala  Bournezeau  on  Facebook. Stop   press   16/08/2013:   Urgent   appeal.   A   local   vet   has   had   to   amputate  the  leg  of  a  cat   that  was  caught   in  a  trap  for  several  days.   The  bill  is  just  over  €240.  Any  donations  would  be  most  welcome.

Igor

Ivory

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

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

Phoenix Associamon,   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.

APPEAL

Kittens, kittens,  kittens

It's kitten  time  again.    Hope  has  a  whole   host  of  beautiful  furry,  purry  kittens,  all   colours,  all  ages   -­‐   wanting  to  come  and   live   with  you.     Please  go  to  our   website   if  you  want  to  give  a  kitten  or  cat  a  good   home.   www.hopeassoc.org/category/cats-­‐for-­‐adoption Please  have  your   cat  or  kitten  sterilised,  chipped  and  vaccinated  as   soon  as  possible.   The   Hope   Book   Sale   will   be   held   on   18/19/20   October   at   Clussais-­‐La  Pommeraie   at   the  Salle   des  fetes,  10.00am-­‐4.00pm.     If   you   have   any   books,   DVDs,   CDs,   bric-­‐a-­‐brac   and   pre-­‐loved   clothes  in   good   condition,  or  if   you   would   like  to   volunteer  to   help,   please   go   to   our   website   to   use   our   contact   form   and   someone  will  be  in  touch  for  collection  very  soon.   For   more  dogs  and  particularly   kittens  for   adoption,  please  go  to   www.hopeassoc.org  

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The Great Outdoors... by Simon Tee

This month,   I’m   talking   terminal  tackle  (or  end  tackle)   -­‐  what  you  put  on  the  end  of  your  rod. Differing  your   end   tackle   allows   you   to   position   your   bait   in   different   ways.     When   fishing   for   roach   and   rudd,  they   tend   to   be   in   the   upper   part   of   the  water,  you   put   the   split   shot   just   below   the   float   so   that   the   hookbait   sinks  slowly  through  the  water.     When  targeting  bigger  fish  on  the   bottom,   you   put   most   of  the   shot  nearer  to  the   hookbait,  it   then   powers   through   the   water   and   gets   to   the   bottom   quicker   in   readiness  for  the  bigger  fish.    

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Bonne Pêche

Don’t just  use  a  normal  lead   when  fishing  on  the  bottom,  use  open   ended  feeders  for   groundbait,  so  when  you  cast   in  and  it  hits  the   water  it  pushes  it   all  out   around   your   hookbait;  or   closed   maggot   feeders  that   let  them  wriggle  out  slowly.    You   don’t  even  need  to   have  a  maggot  on  the  hook,  try  something  different  like  maize  or   luncheon  meat. Don’t  think  you   have   to   match   your   hook  to  the   fish,  particularly   when   carp   fishing.       You   need  to  choose   a  hook  that  will   match   your   bait.     For   instance,  when  using  maize   use   a  size  8  hook,  for   16mm  boilie  use  a  size  6  hook. Don’t   get   too   complicated,  keep   things   simple.     When   I   started   fishing,  40  years  ago,  the  equipment  was  very  different  to  the  array   of  products  on  the  market  today  –  but   the  simplicity  of  putting  bait   on  a  hook  with  a  float   or  lead  and  putting  it  in  the  water  has  never   changed. Hot,  hot,  hot! You   may   have   found   that   fishing   over   the   last   month   has   been   slow.    Sadly,  high  pressure  and   baking  hot  sun  don’t  make  for  good   fishing  conditions.     The  carp  are  very  much  like  us  and  bask  in  the   sun,  losing  their  appetite.     On  our   lakes  we  went   from  an   angler   catching  over  250  lb  of  carp  in  one  week,  to  the  next   week’s  angler   only  catching  7  carp  in  total  –  but  he  did  leave  with  a  great  suntan! It   reminds  me   of   last   summer   when   my   cousin   and  I  decided  to   ‘bivvy  up’  for  the  night  on  our  big  lake.    After   a  night  cap  we  settled   down   to   sleep   with   our   3   rods   on   buzzers.     At   2am   I   had   a   screaming   run   and   jumped   off   my   bedchair   to   exit   the   bivvy,   forgetting  that  I  had  a  small  up-­‐stand  of  material  across  the  door.     I   tripped  over   it  and  went  head  first   into   the  lake.     My   buzzer   was   still  screaming.    I  managed  to  grab   the   rod  and   land  and   unhook   the  fish  whilst   still   in  the  water!     I   was  just  about  to  climb   out   of   the  water  when  a  second  buzzer  screamed,  so  I  did  the  same  and   landed  a  second  carp!     Sadly,   I   don’t   have   photographic   evidence   as   my   cousin   slept   soundly  through  the  whole  thing.    I  was  certainly  thankful  for   the   warmer   water  temperature  and  as  you  can  imagine,  the  bivvy  has   since  been  replaced.  

Bonne pêche, Simon

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

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THE AMATEUR GARDENER

Our French   neighbour   has  harvested   all   his   cauliflowers  now,  but   cabbages  are   still  increasing  in  size   and  he  has  recently  planted  his   leeks.

Well, we've  finally  had   the  hot,  sunny  weather   we   have  all   been   waiting   for   and   hopefully   your   potager   has   lived   up   to   expectations.     For   us   this   has   been   our   first   year   in   the   new   vegetable  garden  since  we  moved  to  this  house.     We  only  planted   potatoes,   broadbeans,   beetroot,   broccoli,   pumpkins   and   squash   because   that   was  all   we  had   time   to   do.     Tomatoes  and   lettuce   were  planted  in  odd  spaces  in  the  flower  beds  closer  to  the  house.    

Our tomatoes  are   doing   well   in   the   flower   garden   but   they  are   more   difficult   to   pick   because   I   don't   want   to   damage   nearby   flowers.

by Vanda Lawrence

The broad   beans  did  well   and  have  been  picked  and  frozen.    We  are   half-­‐way  through  lifting  the  potatoes  (Rosabelle  and  Charlotte)  and   will  store  them  in   potato  sacks  in  the  cave.    The  beetroots  are  ready   and   can   be   picked   and   cooked   as   we   need   them,   as   with   the   broccoli. The   pumpkins  and  squash   have  exceeded  expectations;     they  were   a   failure   in   our   last   garden   but   here,   whether   it's   down   to   the   weather   conditions,   soil   or   situation   I   don't   know,   but   we   have   some  smashing  specimens  out   there  ripening  in   the  sun.     I  have   slipped   a  tile   or   piece  of  wood   underneath  each   of   them   to   stop   them  rotting  away  where  they  are  sitting  on  the  damp  soil.     When  I   separate   them   from   the   parent   plant   I   have   been   advised   to   sterilize  the  knife  in  boiling  water  first  because  pumpkin  are   prone   to   disease   (oidium).     For   the   same  reason   don't   put  the  finished   pumpkin  plant  onto  the  compost  heap  -­‐   it's  safer  to  burn  it  on  the   bonfire.

Fruit trees  are  heavy  with  fruit  now;  pears,  plums,  apples  etc   etc.     This  is  the  really  busy  time,   picking  and  storing  fruit,  bottling,  jam   and  chutney  making,  wine  making,  freezing,  trying  new  recipes     ...     anything  and  everything  so  that  the  produce  does  not  go  to  waste. There   is   hardly   time   to   think   about   the   flower   garden   and   shrubbery,   but   as   temperatures   drop   and   we   get   a   few   more   showers  it  will  be  the  ideal  time  to  lift  and  divide  perennials,  move   any   shrubs   or   plant   new   ones   and   interplant   with   spring   bulbs.     Keep  some  envelopes   and  a  pencil   in   your   pocket   so  you  can  pick   off   ripe   seed   heads   from  your   favourite   flowers  as  you   pass   by.     Write   the   name   on   the   envelope   straight   away   so   there   is   no   danger   of   forgetting   which   is   which   when   you   have   built   up   a   collection. Hedges  need   their  final  trim-­‐up  of  the  year   and  if,  like  me,  you  plan   some   archways  with  climbing  plants   to   separate  different   sections   of  the  garden,  now  is  the   time  to  start.     If  you  only  manage  to  get   the  arches  up  before  the  weather   turns  at  least  you  will  be  ready  to   buy  your  climbers  and  plant  them  early  next  spring. My  husband  has   started  giving   the  fish  in  our  pond  an  extra  scoop   of  food  each  day.     They  will  always  eat  as  much  as   you  care  to  give   them,   but   a   little   extra   now   will   help   them   through   the   winter.     Also,  if  you  have   trees  near  your  pond  cover  it  with  netting  before   the   leaves  start  dropping.    I  know,  I  know,  we  don't   want  to  think   about   autumn   yet   but   it   is   coming  so   we  might   as   well   prepare   ourselves  ....    see you next month.  

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THE DEUX-SÈVRES MONTHLY We lost  a  plum  tree  in  the  storm  a  few  weeks  ago,  thankfully  it   was   old   and   not   very   productive.   During   the   same   storm   we   had   a   chicken  drop  dead.    We  think  it  was  a   heart   attack   as  it   happened   straight  after  a  very  loud  clap  of  thunder. The   polytunnel   has   been   very  productive   so   far   and   we  are   now   looking   to   plant   potatoes   and   other   vegetables   for   a   treat   at   Christmas.     Yes  I  know  it’s  a  long  way  off  but  the  year   is  moving  very   quickly  -­‐  must  be  my  age!    Even  now  with  Christmas  still  four   months   away  we  have  nearly  sold  out  of  turkeys.

Life on the Farm...

by Peter  &  Jenny  Sebborn.

Well, what   a  month  it’s  been.    Lots  of  things  going  on,  some  planned   and  others  definitely  not! New   arrivals   have   come   in   the   shape   of   Guinea   fowl   chicks.   Some   were   hatched   in  the  incubator  and  the  rest   were  hatched   courtesy  of   a   broody   Bantam  hen.    It   still   amazes   me   that   a   chicken   can   talk   to   a   Guinea   fowl   and   it’s   great   to   watch   the   surrogate   mum     teaching   the   youngsters   to   scratch   around.     We   have   also   hatched  some  meat  bird  chicks  from  our  very  own  parent   stock.  The   cockerel  is  a  big  lad  -­‐  I  weighed  him  just  out  of  interest   and  he  tipped   the  scales  at  7.5  kilos.  We  had  smaller  turkeys  last  Christmas. It  is  now  tupping  time,  that  is  putting  the  ram  in  with  the  ewes  ready   for   the   next  batch  of   lambs.    Unfortunately  the  ewes  couldn’t  wait   and  it  appears  they  formed  a  reverse   escape  committee  and  broke   into  the  ram’s  pen.     It’s  not  a  disaster  but   it  does  leave  the  lambing   schedule  a  bit  vague!     We  have  also  tried  to  put  a  raddle  harness  on   the  ram  to  see  who  he  has  with  but  he  is  not   happy  wearing  it  and   has  managed  to  get  it  off   twice  now.  When   the  ram  was  freed  jenny   managed  to  get  him  in   a  pen  (  I  was  in  the  UK  at  the  time)  and  was   tying   the   fence  up   to  keep  him   in   when   he  head  butted  her   arm.   Luckily  nothing  broken  but  a  bruise  to  show  off  for  over  a  week.

This time  of  year  in  the  hot  weather  we  like  to  give  the  pigs  a  shower   but  when  we   went   to  turn  on   the  hose  we  realised   it   hadn’t   been   turned  off  from  the  morning  when  we  topped  up   the   drinkers.  The   result   was   the   pigs   had   their   own   pool   which   they   thoroughly   enjoyed.....although  we  had  to  draw  the  line   at  their   request  for   a   couple  of  sun  loungers! The   two   male   goat   kids   are   behaving   like   a   couple   of   naughty     teenagers  whose   hormones   have   just  kicked   in.  They  have  started   head  butting  anyone  who  goes  into  the  field  and  have  become  real   Houdinis,   escaping   from  their   field.     On   more   than  one  occasion     Jenny  has  ended   up  wearing  the  bucket  of   water  she  was  carrying   through  their  field. On  a  lighter   note  to  finish,  I  am  sure  a  lot  of  us  remember  Benny  Hill   and  some  of  the  chase  scenes  he   used   to  have  set  to  music.  Well,   Jenny  re-­‐enacted  one  just  the  other  day.    It  was  a  sunny  day  and  one   of  the   young   rabbits   escaped  from  the  pen.  This  attracted   the  cat   who   thought   it   a  good   idea  to  chase   it.  The   commotion   attracted   Wallis  our  young  dog  who   swiftly   joined  in  chasing   the  cat.  Finally   Jenny  arrived  on   the  scene  wearing  flip-­‐flops   and  joined   in   chasing   the  dog,  who   was   chasing  the  cat  who  was  chasing  the  rabbit.     The   only  thing  missing   was   the   music   and  the  obligatory  scantily  clad   female.    All  ended  well   with  the  rabbit   taking  refuge  behind  a   low   wall  which   gave  Jenny  the  chance  to  catch  the  relevant  parties  and   restore  peace. Finally  the  master  bedroom  renovations  were  finished  with  a  day  to   spare  for  the  arrival  of  family  from  the  UK  to  celebrate  Jenny’s  mum   Rose’s   90th  birthday.     We  had   a   great   party  and   cooked   a  whole   sheep  in  the  ground.    All  in  all  a  good  month   but  hopefully  we  shall   have  a  quieter  one  next  month.   Until  then....

Jenny planted  over  thirty  squash  and   courgette   plants  earlier  in   the   year  and  we  now  have  a  mountain  of  huge  vegetables  to  store  for   the  winter   or   to  feed  to  the  pigs.     She  planted  some  pink  banana  too   which  have  turned  out  huge.    We  haven’t   tried  one  yet  and  will  let   you   know  what  they  are   like!    The   cucumber   crop   has  also   been   plentiful  and  all  our  visitors  get  a  free  cucumber  or  two  to  take  away.  

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

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2nd ANGLO-FRENCH TRADE FAIR 2013 After such  a  successful   event   last   year,   we   have   worked   tirelessly   to   make   sure   this   year’s   event   will   be   even   bigger   and   better!     We   have   more   than   65   stands   with   a   vast   range   of   products,   produce   and   services   on   offer. Tra n s l a t o rs   w i l l   b e   ava i l a b l e   throughout   the   day  to   help  with  any   language   difficulties   between   visitor   and   exhibitor   -­‐   just   wave   a   flag   or   grab   a   badge-­‐wearer   for   some   assistance! The  event   location  is   fabulous.  Over-­‐looking  the   lake   at  lac   des  Effres,  Secondigny,  the  salle  Alauna  21  is  perfectly   sited   for   other   alternative   activities   such   as   picnicking,   fishing,   walking,  cycling  and  also  offers  a   children’s  play  area.     It’s  situated   just  off   the   D748   Niort-­‐Bressuire   road....look  out   for  banners  and   signs.

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Stand Nos.  ~  Exterior  Exhibitors: CATERING:

Mister T’s  Friterie Crêpe  O  beurre 13.    CSSG  Group 14.    MoniqueGerber-­‐Maher 15.    Irving  Location 16.    Domaine  des  Vignes  Hautes 17.    An  English  Nursery  in  France 18.    Caniclôture 19.    Cym  Cards 20.    Sarl  Bois  Nature  Energie 21.    Loulesbelles 22.    Fosse  France  Solutions 22a.  Le  Forgeron 23.    Pamela  Jayne  Photography  &  RobSmith-­‐IT 23a.  Gousses  de  saveurs 24.    Le  Logis/The  Perfect  Pig  Company 25.    La  Deuxieme  Chance 25a.  Domaine  de  l’Enchantoir 25b.  Motor  Parts  Charente 70.      Suzanne  Cole-­‐King 71.      A2B  Food  Services

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PLAN OF the INTERIOR ‘The Art Scene’ Art Exhibition 69

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26. Paperback  Jan 27.  Alison  Morton  Author 28.  Pamela  Irving 29.  Brasserie  du  marais  poitevin 30.  Nathan  Foster  Building    Services   31.  Les  Ceramiques  de  Linda   32.  LeonieLynne.com 33.  MKR  Menuiserie 34.  Kelly  &  Sue’s  Pampering    Events 35.  Blevins  Franks 36.  Kathy  Gousseau 37.  SDIS  79 38.  English  Spoken  Directory 39.  Les  Bons  Voisins 40.  Sarl  Ecopower 41.  Leggett  Immobilier 42.  Affordable  UK  Designs 43.  Sue  Burgess 44.  Satellite  TV  /  JMH 45.  Plasma  Decoration 46.  Hervo  Aluminium 47.  VMP 49.  Arbrecadabra 50.  David  Watkins 51.  Currencies  Direct 52.  The  Spectrum  IFA  Group 53.    Cognac  Guy  Bonnaud 54.  Evelyne  Mallet 55.  Michel  Derosier   56.    Bijoux  Jewellery 57.    Margaret  Simmons  Cards 58.    Pays  de  Gatine

59.  Phoenix  Cards 60.    Interface  Consul\ng  &              Engineering 61.    Neal’s  Yard 62.    Traducteurs  Assermentés 63.    Photcreativity 64.    GAN  Assurances 65.    Simon  the  Tiler 66.    Polar  Express 67.    Sabestini  Renovation                &  Construction 68.    Simon  Bienz 69.  Fabienne  Roy 72.  Rob  Berry  &  Andy  Melling

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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 COULON Coulon  is  a  very  popular   and  very  beautiful  tourist  spot.  This  small   market  town  is  the  capital  of  the  ‘Venise  Verte’  (the  western  part  of   the   Marais   Poitevin)   also   known   as   ‘the   wet   marshes’   (‘marais   mouillé’)  as  opposed  to  the  ‘dry  marshes’  (‘marais  desséché’)  and  is   listed  as  one  of  the  most  beautiful  villages  of  France.

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A VOIR  /  MUST  SEE • Place   de   la   Coutume   -­‐   The   Maison   du   Marais   Poitevin:   The   former   residence   of   tax   c o l l e c t o rs   fo r   t h e   ‘d ro i t   coutumier’  (tax  on  merchandise)   which   is   where  the  name  of  ‘La   Maison   de   La   Coutume’   came   from.    The  officials  took  taxes  for   merchandise   transported   along   the  Sèvre  Niortaise  river.  The  taxes  were  used  to  upkeep  the  water   ways.  This  tax   was  put  into  place   in  the  XIVth  century  and   added   to  another  tax  ‘le  rivage’  which  had  to  be  paid  in  all  the  small  ports   and  harbours  of  the  different  villages  of  the   marshes.     Today  this   building   houses   a   museum   full   of   information   about   life  in   the   marshes.     • The  Church  of   the  Holy   Trinity  (Sainte-­‐Trinité):    Founded  in  830   by  the   monks  of   Charroux,  the   church  has   been   rebuilt   several   times.   It   was   partly   restored   in   the   XVth   century   after   the   Hundred  Years  War   and  the  bell   tower   was  burnt  down  in  1569.     At   the   time   of   the   revocation   of   the   Edict   of   Nantes,   158   protestants  renounced  their  faith  in  it   and  others  took  refuge  in   the  marshes  or  emigrated.  During  the  revolution,  the  church  was   used  as   a  barn  for   storing  hay.    The  Church  was  partly  rebuilt  in   the  XIXth  century.    There   is  a  painted   funeral   ribbon  that   dates   from  the  XVIIIth  century  and  a  tower  for  the  staircase.   • The  alleyways  and  narrow  streets.

Situated on  the  edge   of   the  Picton  Gulf,  the  Gallic   Roman  colonial   domain  was  worked  by  ‘coloni’  (free  agricultural  labourers  (i.e.  they   were   not   slaves))   although   they   were   tied   to   the  land.     History   shows   us   that   Coulon   was   known   as  Colunus   in   869,   Colongia  in   944,  and  then  Colums  in  1154. Archeological   research   has   discovered   a   cemetery   and   Gallic   Roman  sarcophagus,  a  neolithic   village,  and  a  funeral   cart   dating   from  the   bronze  age.    Lately,  a  Gallic  farm  has  been  discovered   at   the  lieu-­‐dit  Les  Grands  Champs. Because  of  its  ideal  situation  between  Niort  and  the  Ocean,  Coulon   was  a   very  busy  port   from  the   Middle  Ages  until  the  19th  century.   The   river   traffic   and   the   exchange   of   merchandise   ensured   the   development   of  the  market  town.     In  the  19th  century,  the  original   branch  of  the  river  was  dug  out  to   give  the  current  configuration  of   the   town.     This   branch   of   the   river   which   meandered   up   to   the   church,  was  called  the  Dyve.     Because  it  was  dug  out  in  the   19th   century,   the   river   was   diverted   away   from   the   town.   So   that   farmers  could  still   have  a  direct   access  to  the  river,  the  inhabitants   dug  out  ditches,  but  later  for   hygiene  reasons,  these  ditches  were   replaced   by  alleyways   and   narrow   streets  and   new   houses  were   built  right  up   to  the  water's  edge.    The  ‘Maison  du  Marais  Poitevin’   museum,   on   the   banks   of   the   river,   helps   you   understand   and   discover  the  life  and  traditions  of  the  marshes.   Coulon  is  an  ideal   starting  point  for  discovering  the  wet  marshes  on   foot,  by  flat   rowing  boat   or  punt,  on  bicycle  or  on  the   little  tourist   train.  

• Louis Tardy  quay  which  dates  from  the  XIXth  century. • The  food  canning  factory  in  the  old  dairy. • The  house  with   the  blue  shutters:  the  house  is  only  accessible   by  rowing  boat  across  the  river   but   can  be  seen  from  the  road.     It   appears  on  postcards  and   souvenirs  and  is  a  popular   subject   for   tourists  to  photograph.     The  house  is  in   fact  lived   in.    The  same   family  have  lived  here  for  four  generations  and  get  nothing  from   the  sales  of  all  the  photos  of  their  house. • The  locks  at  La  Sotterie 54  km  of  the  Sèvre   Niortaise  river  are  navigable.     The  river  flows   into  the  Atlantic  in  Aiguillon  Bay.     The  waterways  of  the  marshes   are   organised   around   this   river.     Until   the   railway   took   over,   loaded   ships   sailed   up   to   Marans   (Charente   Maritime).     The   longboats  and  barges  then   took   over   and  sailed  on  up   to  Niort   through   nine  locks.  The  existing  locks  were   built   between  1862   and  1873.  The  lock  of  La  Sotterie  was  restored  in  2006.

   

The last   census  in   the   market   town   showed   2211   inhabitants  in   Coulon.

   

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

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Take a Break... DSM Easy  Crossword Across: 8.   Of  a  slope,  set  at  a  high  angle  (5) 9.   The  same  throughout  in  structure  or     composition  (7) 10.   Removes   the   triggering   device     from  (7) 11.   Very  hot  pepper  (5) 12.   A   d e v i c e   t h a t   f i n e l y   c u t s     documents  to  prevent   the  wrong     people  reading  (8) 13.   Look  at  with  amorous  intentions  (4) 15.  Not  pretty  (4) 17.   A   small   booklet   usually   having   a     paper  cover  (8) 21.   Slept  lightly  (5) 22.   Dependent  on  another  for     support  (7) 24  .  A  person  who  rows  (7) 25.   Shine  brightly  like  a  star  (5) DSM  Toughie  Crossword Across: 1.   Spoke  out  pompously;  like  the  church     leader?  (12) 7.   Ties  up  the  rest  for  a  change  (7) 9.   Put   money   needed   to  get  by   on   the     side  for  unfriendly  bridge  guardian  (5) 10.   Man   from   Casablanca   has  no  time     for  sleight  of  hand  (4) 11.   Muck   up   in   street   results   in   extra     being  paid  (8) 12.   Move   to   take   refuge   in   a   board     game  (6) 14.   This   is   as   I   describe   vehicle   for     words  with  the  audience  (6) 17.   Hold  back  when  there’s  rain  around     disturbing  rest  (8) 19.   We   go   before   the   queen   to   identify     maker  of  joints  (4) 22.   Part  of  flower  initially  seen  in  our  very     unusual  leaf  exhibition  (5) 23.   Ultimately,   sailors   force   poets’     organisation  to  lower  castle  door  (7) 24.   Bizarrely,  Len  must  train  to  be   of  some     assistance  in  getting  things  done  (12)

Quiz-tastic!

Down: 1. Second  hand  (4) 2.   Young  cow  (6) 3.   A  part  of  a  broadcast  serial  (7) 4.   Chase  down  (6) 5.   Popular   dance   music   of   the   late     1970s  (5) 6.   Fist  fighting  (6) 7.   Close  in  time;  about  to  occur  (8) 12.   An  air  force  unit  (8) 14.   An  expression  of  regret  having  caused     trouble  for  someone  (7) 16.   Long-­‐bodied   reptile  with   two   pairs   of     legs  (6) 18.   Face  to  face  (6) 19.   A  person   who  rules,  guides  or   inspires     (6) 20.   Swelling  from  excessive  watery  fluid  in     cells  or    tissues  (5) 23.   A  burial  place  of  a  corpse  (4) Down: 1.   LP  exchange  means  quaint  father   comes     out  of  the  future  (5) 2.   Kind  of  signs  held  up  by  hypno]c     escapologist?  (7) 3. Notion   of   leaderless   side   getting   top     mark  (4) 4.   Cars  set  up  for  Windsor  e.g.  (7) 5.   Summon   first   lady   to   include     confirmation  of  agreement(5) 6.   Uses  overhead   materials  to   carry   out     attack?  (6) 8.   One   reason   you   might   embrace   the     producers  of  technology  (4) 12.   An   element   of   good   French   after     motorist’s  body  is  up-­‐ended  (6) 13.   Rat’s  leg   stew   turns  out   to   be   a   really     big  thing  compared  to  the  rest  (7) 15.   A  drop  left   when  exchange  in  A  and  E     affects  musical  accompaniment  (7) 16.   Weak   mouthpiece,  but  many  are  taken     in  (4) 18.   Reject   left   when   vessel  goes  against  the     odds  (5) 20.   Learn  in  an  unusual  way  about  the  organ  (5) 21.   Maori’s   legend   involving   a   little   piece     of  land  (4)

With thanks  to  M.Morris

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

1) Where  is  Karl  Marx  buried? 2)  At  the  time  of  his  death,  what  was  Giacomo  Casanova’s  job? 3)   Who   organised   the   first   continental   holiday  tour   in   1855,   he   called  it  ‘ The  Grand  Circular  Tour’? 4)   To   be   called   ‘vintage’,   for   how   many   years   must   port   be   matured?

9)   Who  played  Cruella  Deville  in  the  non-­‐animated  version  of   ‘101   Dalmations’  in  1996? 10)  Who  was  Conservative  P.M.  when  Edward  VIII  abdicated? 11)    How  many  pieces  does  each  player  have  in  Backgammon?   12)   In   the   nursery   rhyme   “Yankee   Doodle”,   what   is   the   horse’s   name?

5) In  which  American  state  is  the  Grand  Canyon? 7)  Which   political   office  did   Winston   Churchill   hold  during  World   War  1?

As always,  assuming  you  have  12   correct  answers,  each  answer  or   part   of  an  answer  has  a  connection.  Award  yourself  an   extra   point   if  you  can  spot  it.  Copyright  RJS  2013.

8) In   terms   of   weight   and   average   wingspan,   which   is   Britain’s   biggest  resident  bird?

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

6) Freetown  is  the  capital  of  which  African  Country?

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

by Jacqueline  Brown.

The summer  months  in  France  are   always   a   great   time   for   browsing   the   special   producers’   markets   that   you   find   popping   up   in   addition   to   the   regular   weekly   ones.   The   best   we   have   visited   this   year   was   the   traditional   floating   market   held   in   Le   Vanneau   in   the   Marais   Poitevin   on   the   last   Saturday  morning   in   July.   In   addition   to   the   land-­‐based   stalls   selling   everything   from   handmade   soaps   and   linen   clothes   to   saucisson  and  fresh  fruit   and  vegetables,  there  were  also  stalls  on   the  water   in   the   traditional   barques.     It   was  the  busiest  we  have   seen  the  Marais   Poitevin,  which  is  one  of   our   favourite   places  to   spend   a  day  with  the  bikes   and   a   picnic,  but  it   was   such   a  good   morning  out   it  was  worth  sharing  what  is  usually  a  quiet  area  with   the  crowds. We  came   away  with  the   bike  panniers  bulging  with  saucisson  and   goats  cheese,  including  a   very  strong   extra  mature  goats  cheese   that   was   delicious  on   homemade  pizza.     The   local   brewery  also   had   a  stall,  however  buying  bottles   of   beer   with   the  bikes  wasn’t   practical.     A   quick   chat   with   the   vendor   confirmed   that   the   brewery  shop   in   Coulon   would   be   open  all   day   so   we  could  buy   some  beer  when  we  got   back  to  the  car,  no  problem.    We  peddled,   picnicked   and   peddled   some   more,  arrived   back   at   the   car   and   then  walked  over  to  sample  the  delights  of  a  locally  produced  beer.   However,   the   brewery   was   closed   and   we   were   a   little   disappointed.   The   problem   seemed   to   be   one   of   a   cultural   translation  as  my  question   ‘are  you  open  all  day?’  meaning  ‘all  day’   was  answered  with  a  ‘yes’  meaning  ‘all   day,  but   obviously  not   at   lunchtime’.     Never  mind,  it   will   be   something   to   look  forward  to   next  time  we  are  in  the  area. I  like  the  French   way  of  taking  their  time  over  lunch  and  making  it   an   event  rather   than  a   chore,  even  if  for   us  it   will  always   be  our   smaller  meal  of  the  day.    Ed  has  had   school  meals  in  France  for  the   last  nine  years  and  has  tried  a  much  wider  variety  of  food   than  he   would  have   done   without   them.   To   begin   with   when   he   was  in   Maternelle   and   a   fussier   eater,   I   only   gave   him   a   snack   in   the   evenings   to   encourage   him   to   eat   more   at   school.   Now   he   is   almost   un-­‐fill-­‐up-­‐able   and  pretty  much   eats   what   he  is  given,  he   also  manages  a  meal  with  us  in  the  evenings  too.    I  do  sometimes   wonder   how   he   copes   during  the   summer   holidays   without   his   school  lunch,  as  I  don’t  serve  him  two  main  meals  a  day.     Now  La   Rentrée  is  upon  us  again  I’m  sure  he  will  be  glad  to  be  back  in  the   canteen   tucking  into  his  three  courses  and  chatting  to  his   mates.   They  do   seem  to  get  a  good   mix   of  seasonal  foods  and   although   sometimes  certain   things   are  referred   to   as   ‘disgusting’   at   other   times  seconds  are  gratefully  shared  around  the  table.     Bon  Appétit

For recipes  please  email  me  at  frenchvillagediaries@gmail.com   or  visit  www.frenchvillagediaries.com  

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Who says there's no such thing as a Perfect Pig? We believe   there  is   and  here  at   Le  Logis   we  have  been  perfecting   our   herd   of   pedigree   rare   breed   pigs   since   2009,   and   are   now   producing  unbeatable  pork  and  charcuterie  -­‐  such  as  smoked  hams,   bacon  and  sausage. Our   top   selling   pork   comes   from   our   Berkshire   pigs,   a   heritage   breed  famous  for  their   taste  -­‐   sweet,  tender,  rich  and  juicy  not  like   modern  pork  you  find  in  the  supermarket. Mrs   Beeton   described   it   as   "the   most   esteemed   of   our   English   domestic   breeds".   Our   Berkshires   have   plenty   of   lean   meat,   succulent  joints  and  are  full  of   quality  thanks  to  being  raised  free-­‐ range  outdoors  and  in  family  groups. In   August's  ‘Observer  Food  Monthly’  Berkshire  pork  received  rave   reviews:  "rare   breed   pork   tastes  better,  with  a  fuller   flavour   than   commercially  produced  pork,  and   the   qualities  of  the  Berkshire   are   renowned".     The  pork  is  highly  prized   by  food  lovers   in  Australia,   USA  and  Japan  where  it   is  known  as  Kurobuta  pork  or   ‘The   Black   Pork’,  which  must  be  one  hundred  per  cent  pure  bred  Berkshire. Our   Berkshire   herd   at   Le   Logis   will   be   further   strengthened   this   Autumn   by   the  arrival   of   an   exceptional   prize-­‐winning   Berkshire   boar   “Choller  Namatjira”  -­‐  a  Berkshire  Champion  of  Champions.  We   are  planning  to   show  him  at  the  Salon  International  de  l’Agriculture   in   Paris   next   February   along   with   one   of   our   pedigree   Berkshire  sows  bred  here  in  France.

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Only One Careful Owner Reconditioned wine bottles

by John  Sherwin.

Are you   a   fan   of   those   ‘makeover’  programmes   on   TV,  where  a  dreary,  nondescript,  drooping  dahlia  of  a   housewife  is  poked  and  preened  into  an  exotic,  sultry   bloom?     Easy  to  take  the  mick,  but  I  find  the  whole   process  quite  heartwarming.    For  me,  the  lady  is  not   being   plastered   over   but   rather   being   allowed   to   bring  her   inner  beauty  to  the  fore.    The  difference  isn’t  in  the  frocks   or   the   shoes  or  the  slap  -­‐   it’s  in  the  happy  eyes.    She’s   saying  this  is   the  real  me. Without   bending   the   analogy   to   breaking   point,   or   getting   too   anthropomorphic,  wine  bottles  can  get  run  down  and   dowdy  too:   the   aristocrat-­‐to-­‐bag-­‐lady   syndrome,   for   I   am   talking   of   the   aristocracy  of  wine   -­‐  the  Bordeaux  classified   growths  and  the  like  -­‐   not  your   everyday  supermarket  bottle.    This   presupposes  that  you   have  some  expensive  bottles  which  you  have  studiously  laid   down   and   hope,  one   day,  to   enjoy  with   friends  and   family,  or   sell   for   a   profit.     But   in   what   way   do   bottles   become   a   shadow   of   their   former  glory,  and  why  does  it  matter  to  do  something  about  it? There  are  three  main  areas   where  the   blue-­‐blooded   bottle  might   go  off  the  rails:  label,  cork,  level.     Damage  to  the  label  might  range   from  a  little  nick  to  a  full-­‐blown  tear,  from  peeling  away  to  mottling   due  to   excessive  humidity.     Why  does   such  damage  matter?     Well,   to  the   extent  that  it   has  no  impact  on  the  contents  of  the  bottle,  it   doesn’t   matter   a   bit.    But   should  you   want   to  sell   such   a  bottle,   even   with   just   a   nick   to   the  label,  expect   10   to   15%  less   than   a   bottle  with  a  pristine  label  at  auction.    If  you’re  bringing  a  bottle  or   two  out  for  friends,  you   might  think  the  wear   and  tear  add   a  touch   of  the  louche,  of  history,  of   ‘a  life  well   lived’,  rather   like   trundling   out  a  great-­‐uncle  with  a  monocle  who  once  met  Churchill.    Well,  if   that’s  your  bag,  fine.     Or  you  might   think  that  rolling  back  the  years   so  the  bottle  looked   like  new   would  be  better  -­‐   like  dropping  your   great-­‐uncle  in  at  Specsavers  on  the  way  to  buying  him  a  new  suit. Even  the  best  of  corks  only  lasts  for   about  25  years.    If  not  replaced,   the   old   cork   will   continue   to   degrade,   letting   in   more   oxygen,   slowly  turning  the  wine   to   vinegar.    Unlike  the  label,  this  is  not   a   matter   of  aesthetics,  rather  of  necessity.     The  level  of  the   wine  is   a   connected  issue.    This  ‘ullage’  (or   ‘the  angels’   share’  in  French)   is   the   wine   lost   through   evaporation.     This   is   natural.     A   certain   amount  is  acceptable;  too  much  is,  well,  too  much,  and  the  bottle   needs   to   be   topped   up   to   avoid   over-­‐oxidation   and   the  wine  to   vinegar  scenario.    Recorking  and  topping  up  (if  necessary)  would  go   hand  in  hand. The  place  to  have   any  or   all   of  these   things  done  is  at   the  chateau   itself.  The  annoying  thing  is,  some   offer   the  service,  others   don’t.   You  will  have  to   phone  to  find  out.    Or  even  better,  skype,  wearing   your  best  frock  and  happy  eyes.

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... Turning Japanese

by Helen  Tait-­‐Wright

You could  say  we  are  a  little  late  to  the  party,  but   recently  our  fleet   has   been   swelled   by  a  small   Japanese  model,  the  most   successful   sports  car  of  all  time. On   a   recent   trip   to   England   I   stopped   off   to   have   the   Audi   A6   serviced,  and  borrowed  an  MX5  from  our  friendly  mechanic   in   order   to  do  a  couple  of  chores  while  I  was  waiting......and  I  loved  it!     I  have   driven   an   MX5  before  on  the  track  at   Snetterton   when   I  was   trying   out  for  the  Formula  Woman  race  series,  but  never  on  the  road.  

wrong person  -­‐  I  just  drive  them!    Although  I  would  say  it  sticks  to  the   road  like  s**t  to  a  blanket!    And  driving  it  always  brings  a  smile  to  my   face!!!” But  you  can  buy  into  the  MX5  phenomenon  with  the  Mk1  and  early   Mk2  models  at  relatively  small  cost.    The   Mk1  has  cult/approaching   classic  status,  and  is  generally  regarded  as  being  the  most  fun.  These   models  are  easily  distinguished  by  the  pop-­‐up  headlights,  something   I   hankered   after   for   years!   The   Mk2   gives   you   a  slightly   less  raw   driving  experience,  a  more  modern  appearance  inside  and  out,  and   the  added  reassurance  of  airbags  and  ABS  on  every  model.

I loved   the   nippy-­‐ness  (no  pun  intended),  the   rear   wheel  drive,   the   short   gear   change,   and   just   the   feeling   of   fun!   Despite   having   a   relatively  modest  engine  size,  (our   car   is  1.8ltr,  128bhp  and   in  fact  I   can’t   remember  when  I  last  had   a  car  with  an  engine  that  small)   the   MX5  feels  fast,  as  it  is  so  low  to   the  ground;  plenty  of  thrills  at  legal   speeds!    

Don’t be  worried  about   purchasing  an  older   car   -­‐  not   only  does  it   give  more  smiles  per  Pound/Euro   than  practically  anything  else   on   the   market,  the   humble   MX5   is   the   only   car   to   appear   twice   in   Warranty   Direct’s   top   15   most   reliable   cars   ever.   Mechanical   problems  tend   to   be  easy  and  inexpensive  to  fix,  and  parts  are  easily   available   from   www.mx5parts.co.uk   who   deliver   throughout   Europe.  

It's hard  to  believe  almost  a  full  quarter  century  has  passed  since  the   Mazda  MX5  first  appeared  on  our  roads.

So if   you   like   the   idea,  don’t   think  about   it   too   much   -­‐   just   buy   one  ........  I  did  and  it’s  great!

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Mazda’s formula   for   its   little   car   was   practical   and   affordable   simplicity,  which  was  fun  and   had  a  boot  big  enough  for   a  couple  of   reasonably  sized  bags.    Back  in  1989  when  it  was  launched,  it  filled   a   market  gap  left  by  the  demise  of  the  British  sports  cars  such  as   the   Lotus   Elan   and   MG  Midget.     For  further   appeal   to  the  UK   market   which   is   particularly   fond   of   open   top   motoring,   they   made   it   convertible.   Although   we   haven’t  tested   ours  in   inclement  weather   yet,  I  am  assured  that   the  MX5   works  perfectly  well   in   winter   too,   and  the  hood  is  watertight.   The  MX5  achieved   Guinness  world  record  status  in  2000,  when   the   531,890th  car  was  built,  and  a  couple  of  years  ago  the  tally  passed   900,000.    Now  on  its  third  regeneration,  the  MX5  is  still  going  strong. My  sister  owns  the  Mk3  version.  I  asked  her  what  she  thought  of  her   car   .......  Her   reply;     “Me   review  the  car?  -­‐   you   are  talking   to   the  

Contact Helen  at:  helen@stodel.org.

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Communications... Understanding, Using and Extended WiFi at home by Ross  Hendry Modern   internet   services   provided   by   your   Internet  Service  Provider  (ISP)  give  you  a  WiFi   router,  this   router   whether   it   be   a  Livebox,   Neuf  box  or  something  similar,  permits   you  to   connect  your  PCs  to  the   internet.     Most  of  my   Clients   have  a   desktop  PC  that   they  choose  to   site  next  to  their  router  and   connect  from  the  desktop   PC  to  the  router   using   a  cable  (known   as  an   Ethernet   or   network   cable).     On  the  latest   Livebox   or   Neuf   box  there  are  4  sockets   that   will  accept  these  cables.  However  the  router  also  has  the  capability   of   connecting  to  devices  such   as  laptops,  smart   telephones,   iPods,   Smart   TVs  and  tablets  (iPad  etc)  via  WiFi.  You  may  also  use  a  WiFi   adapter   via   a   USB   socket   on   your   desktop   PC   to   enable   you   to   reposition   your   desktop   or   tower   PC   wherever   you   like   in   your   home  and  still  have  an  internet  connection  without  the  cable! I  am   often   told   when   clients   enquire  about   WiFi   connections   for   their   homes,  that   the   mobile   telephone   signals   in   their   area  are   poor  and  that  they  do   not  think  that  they  can  get  WiFi.    The  fact  is   that  the  WiFi  that  you  use  in  your  home  is  generated  by  the  router   (the  Livebox  ,  Neuf  box   or   other  device  provided  by  your  ISP).    You   can   choose   to   have  it   switched   on   or   off   without   affecting  your   wired   connection.  If   you   have   a   WiFi   enabled   laptop   or   mobile   telephone,   you   can   use   this   simultaneously   with   the   Wired   connection,   in   fact   you   may   use   several   of   these   devices   simultaneously. The   normal  range  of  WiFi   is   around  100  metres,  although  this   is   severely  reduced  when  the  WiFi   signal   has  to  go  through  walls  and   other  obstacles.    The  more  obstacles,  or  the   denser   the  obstacles   (thick  walls  or  metal  walls)  the  smaller  the  range.     In  fact  where  you   position  the  router   can   have  a  dramatic  effect   on  the   range  it  can   provide.  The  best   position  for  the  router   depends  on  the  layout   of   your  property  and  of  course  where  you  want  to  use  the  WiFi.     You  should  think  of  the  WiFi  signal   like   the  ripples  in   a   pond  when   you   drop   in   a   stone.   Where   the   stone   enters   the   water   is   the   position  of  the  WiFi  router  and  the  ripples  that   extend  are  the  WiFi   signals.    This  analogy  also   helps  to  explain  the  drop  off  of  the  WiFi   signal.  The  further   away  from  where  the  stone   enters  the  water,   the  weaker   the  ripples  are,  until   they  eventually  disappear.     This   means   that   the   further   away  from   the  router   your   device  is   the   weaker   the   signal   to   your   device   will   be,   this   will   mean   either   slower   internet   speed   or   possibly   the   signal   will   disconnect   periodically.

Photo shows the rippling effect of WiFi in a home

The stone  in  the  water   analogy  is  a  2  dimensional  concept,  in  fact   the  signal   from  your   router   extends  in   a  360   degree  sphere  from   the  router,  so   placing  the  router   higher   off   the   ground   helps   the   signal   to   go   further,   even   more   important   if   you   have   a   two   or   three  storey  home.  In  the   case  of  a  three   storey  home  the  router   should   be  on  the  middle  floor  not   the  top  or  ground  floor  for   the   best  coverage. There  are  other  factors   that  affect   the  range  of   WiFi,  for  example   other   wireless   devices   nearby   such   as   WiFi   telephones   (like   a   cordless  telephone  used  in  your  home)  or  a  digital  sender,  used  for   sending  your  TV  signal   from  room  to  room  around  your  home.  The   digital   WiFi   signal   is   exceedingly   high   frequency   and   microwave   ovens   use   similar   frequencies   and   so   they   too   have   a   negative   effect  on  the  range.    All  of  these  will  have  an  adverse  effect  on  your   WiFi   range   as   will   the   close   proximity   of   other   WiFi   routers   to   yours,  this  is  more  likely  if  you   live  in   a  town  close   to  other  homes   or  businesses  with  WiFi. Fortunately  all  of  these  restrictions  may  be  overcome  using  various   methods   and   in   the   next   couple   of   months   I   will   detail   how   to   overcome  these  issues.    In  particular  I  will  look  at  three  methods  of   extending  the   range;  using   wireless   methods,   using  your   home’s   main  electricity  circuit   and  using  additional   Ethernet  cabling   and   a   WiFi  access  point. Ross   Hendry   is   the   proprietor   of  Interface   Consulting  and  Engineering,   who   has   over   42   years   experience   in   Communications,   Computer   Technology   and   Direct   Marketing.   (See   advert   below   for   more   information).

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“I would like to speak to a financial adviser about my finances but do not feel I have enough money to warrant talking to one?”

There are   many   people   who   feel   like   this   which   is  why  I  give   people  the  opportunity   to   meet   me   in  person  for  an   informal   chat   over   a   coffee   at   the   Open   Door   in   Civray   (last   Tuesday  in   each   month)  or  Thursday  mornings  at  Café  des  Belles  Fleurs  in  Fenioux. I  aim   to   give  people  the   chance  to   ask  questions  relating  to  their   financial  position,  changes  in   tax  and  inheritance  laws  or  their   own   personal   circumstances   since   their   last   review.   These   informal   surgeries  allow  us  to   quickly  see  whether  you  would  benefit  from  a   free  consultation  in  the  comfort  of  your  own  home. During  September  and  October  I  will  also  be  at  the  following  events: • The  DSM  Trade  Fair  on  Saturday  21st  September  from  10.30  am   until   17.30   where  you  can   have   a   chat   and   enter   a  Free  Prize   draw  to  win  a  hamper. • Le  Tour  de  Finance  event  on  October  4th  in  La  Salle  des  Caleches   at  the  Bouvet  –  Ladubay  Wine  House  near  Saumur. Event  format • 10:30  Welcome  coffee  and  pastry  platter • 11:00  Forum  commences  (various  presenters  will  give  15  minute   presentations).  To  keep  the  topics  varied,  only  one  company  will   represent   a  specialist   area  i.e.  investments,  pensions,   currency   transfer  etc • 12:30  A   light   luncheon   buffet   accompanied   by   local   wine   and   soft  beverages  will  be  served  allowing  delegates  to  network  with   other  delegates  and  the  speakers,  followed  by • an   optional   tour   of   the   caves   of   Bouvet-­‐Ladubay   and   a   wine   tasting! If   it   has  been  some   time  since   your   last  financial   review,  perhaps   you  would  like  to  attend  one  of  these  events?     To   register  for   this   seminar  please  contact   me  or  e-­‐mail  seminars@spectrum-­‐ifa.com   or  letourdefinance@currenciesdirect.com. You  can  also  telephone  Pippa  Maile  at  Currencies  Direct   on  +33  (0) 6  72  09  64  95. 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

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by Philip Ryan

Will the  PMI  data  boost  Sterling?

Sterling is  running  alongside  the  Yen  as  top  performer   this  month,  as   the  barrage  of  improved  British  data  since   late  May  continues.  The   latest  UK   PMI  Services  report  for   July  rose  to  its  highest   level   since   December   2006,   at   60.2   vs   57.4   expected.     The   data   follows   improved   July   PMI   Construction   and   Manufacturing   reports,   and   supports  what  has  been  a  stream  of  improved  PMI  surveys  starting   in  May.     But   as  much  as   the  British   Pound   has  benefited   recently   particularly  against   the  US  Dollar,  will   this   be  the  case   against   the   Euro?   As   per  the  Bank   of   England   latest   policy  meeting,  Governor   Mark   Carney  made  clear   that   details  on  the  central  bank’s  new  “forward   guidance”  policy  would  be  set   forth  alongside  the  relevant  Quarterly   Inflation   Report.   In   the   July   meeting,   forward   guidance   was   announced  to  reflect   the  BoE’s  commitment   to   hold  rates  pointed   towards  zero  for   the  next  several  years.  The  response  in  Sterling  was   quite  negative  indeed;  we  are  biased  towards  a  negative  reaction  to   the  pound.     Governor   Carney   has   recommended   that   a   nominal   GDP   target   could  work,  and  at  the  current  rate   of  growth,  it’s  no  stretch  of   the   imagination  to  think  that  a  growth  benchmark  would   be   set  higher   say,  four   consecutive  quarters  of  growth  exceeding  +2%;  or   growth   achieving  +3%,  etc.     Irrespective  –  the  UK  economy  will  fall   short  of   whatever   benchmarks   are  established   at   the   present   time,  which   will  deflate  some  of  the  optimism  behind  the  pound.   Over  to  Europe,  Mario  Draghi  has  emphasised  that  the  ECB   will  keep   interest   rates   low   “for   an   extended   period”.     Questions   in   his   monthly   press   conference   about   quite   what   “extended   period”   meant  were  belted  away  by  Mr  Draghi  with  his  usual  coolness.    The   Euro   strength   then,  seems   to   be   stemming   from   European   PMI   figures  which  apart  from  France,  showed  expansion   across  the  euro   zone.     Month   end  flows  also  contributed   to  the  Euro  rise  especially   against   Sterling.   Italian   GDP   for   Q2   was   reported   better   than   expected,  which  was  the  first  GDP  release  of  the  three  major  Euro-­‐ zone   economies-­‐   Italy,  France  and   Germany.  The   Italian   economy   contracted  0.2%   over   the  quarter,  beating   expectations   for   a  0.4%   contraction  and  better  than  the  0.6%  contraction  reported  for  Q1.   In   my   opinion   I   think   Sterling   will   recover   against   the   Euro   as   economic   data   looks   firm   in   the   U.K   and   Europe   still   has   many   difficulties  as  we  are  all   aware.  I  remain  bullish  on  Sterling/Euro  and   feel  this   should   be  closer  to   1.20   and  while  I  don’t   feel  we  will   see   that   soon  I   still   think   that  the  Pound  will  claw   a  little  back  in   the   short  term.  

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Potential Changes to Assurance Vie By Brad Warden, Partner, Blevins Franks Assurance Vie contracts are a popular savings vehicle in France. They offer significant tax benefits, especially the longer you hold them. A government commissioned report recommends adapting Assurance Vie to benefit the economy. The government is considering the report while drafting the 2014 Finance Bill.

Current Tax Advantages

Income and gains accumulated within the Assurance Vie are tax free and only the growth element of withdrawals is taxed. French approved Assurance Vie policyholders can choose to have their withdrawals taxed at the scale rates of income tax or special fixed rates. After eight years, the first €4,600 (€9,200 for couples) of growth is tax free and the tax rate is 7.5%. This applies to income tax, but not to social charges.

Changes Recommended in the Report

• Extend the number of years a policy needs to be held to obtain the tax free allowances and 7.5% rate, from 8 years to 10 or 12 years. • Remove the fixed tax rate option in the first four years. • Date supplementary payments (tops ups) to the policy, so the tax treatment of withdrawals will be based on the date payments are made to the policy. • Reduce the tax free exemption for succession tax to €100,000.

What Will Happen?

We cannot know which of these recommendations will be adopted, if any. The general view is that any changes will not be retroactive, though this cannot be guaranteed. Assurance Vie will continue to enjoy favourable tax treatment, even if all the proposed changes are accepted. However, you should consider establishing or adding monies to a contract now, to take advantage of the exceptionally favourable current tax regime. Summarised tax information is based upon our understanding of current laws and practices which may change. Individuals should take personalised advice.

This tax treatment is based on when the contract was established. Where a policy is established when the life assured is under age 70, there is a succession tax exemption of €152,500 per beneficiary. Tax is payable at 20% up to €902,838 and any excess up to 25%.

To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website www.blevinsfranks.com

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Changes to  Property  Capital  Gains   by David Hardy Taxation  Planned President   Hollande   and   his   government   have   recently   announced   their  intention   to   include  further  reforms  to  the  taxation  of  property   capital   gains  in   the  2014  Finance  Bill,  due   to   be   presented   to   the   French  parliament  in  September  2013.

Amendment Act.  The  government   has  indicated  it  will  “review”   the   operation  and  impact  of  this  supplementary  tax  but  it   remains  to   be   seen  how  finance  ministers   will  reconcile   their   desire   to  expand   the   residential  property  market   with   their  competing  desire   to  optimise   tax  revenues  to  reduce  the  ongoing  public  sector  deficit!

The reforms   are   designed   to   help   alleviate   the   national   housing   shortage   in   France   by   encouraging   the   release   of   investment   properties  onto  the  main  residential  market. The   measures   will   affect   both   French   resident   and   non-­‐resident   owners  of  French  second  homes.    Capital  gains  made  on  the  sale  of  a   primary  residence  by  a   French-­‐resident   owner   will   not   be  affected   because  the  main  residence  exemption  will  continue  to  apply. On  1st  February  2012  the  previous  government   introduced  a  scale  of   “taper   relief”   reduction   applied   to   gains   in   accordance   with   the   length  of  property  ownership.    The  effect  of  this  was  that  100%  gain   relief  was  given  after  30  years  ownership. This  scale  was  introduced  to  replace  the  scale  which  provided  for  full   relief   after  15  years  of   ownership,  however,  President   Hollande  has   described   this  extension   as  excessive  and  now  proposes  to   reduce   the  length  of  ownership  to  qualify  for   100%   relief  to  22  years.      The   22-­‐year  scale  is,  in   fact,  a  re-­‐introduction   of  an   old  scale  and  if   the   measure  follows  the  same  formula  as  the  old  scale  then  there  will   be   relief  at  5%  per  annum  after  the  first  2  years  of  ownership.   Interestingly,  the  President  is  hopeful  of  formulating  the  proposal  in   such  a  way  that  it  can  actually  come  into  force  with  effect  from   the   1st   September   2013,  in   advance   of   parliamentary  approval   of   the   Finance  Bill.   The  government  is  also  proposing  an   additional  20%  reduction,  for   a   limited  period,  on  capital  gains  arising  on  sales  of  second  homes  and   investment   properties.     Full   details   of   this   measure   and   the  time   period  for  its  application  will  be  set  out  in  the  2014  Finance  Bill.     Commentators   have   remarked   that   this   additional   “incentive”   to   encourage  the  release  of  second  homes  and  investment  properties   onto   the   general  residential   market  is  somewhat  at   odds  with   the   capital   gains  “surtax”  of  up  to  6%,  on  gains  exceeding  €50,000,  after   taper  relief,  which  was  introduced  at  the  start  of  2013  by  the  Finance  

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

Tel: 05  56  34  75  51  ~  bordeaux.office@siddalls.net ~ www.siddalls.fr

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Bucking the Trend

by Trevor  Leggett,  Chief  Executive

So why did Poitou Charentes buck the trend and see an increase in British buyers last year? If you  read  the   last   edition  of  ‘The  Deux-­‐Sèvres  Monthly’  you  will   know   that   the   latest   research   from   BNP   Paribas   International   Buyers   "Investing  &   Living  Abroad"   was  published   recently.      It   is   the  5th  year  the  research  has  been  undertaken  and  it  offers  a  close   up  view  on  just  who  is  buying  in  the  Poitou  Charentes  region. Many   agents   claim   that   UK   buyers   have   disappeared   from   the   market,   particularly   in   the   Deux-­‐Sèvres,   but   the   BNP   Paribas   research  contradicted  this. Interestingly,  while  sales  of  French  property  to  international  buyers   fell   in   every  other   region   of   France   they   actually  rose   by  4%   in   Poitou-­‐Charentes  with  an  average  purchase  price  of  €145,000. Buyers  from  the  UK  lead  the  way  and  made  up  78%  of  the  market,   followed   by   Belgium   (13%),   Holland   (5%)   and   Germany   (4%).     Indeed  it's  clear   that   the  Poitou-­‐Charentes  is  proving  popular   with   British  buyers  as  they  saw  their  market  share  increase  from  70%  to   78%. The   reasons   for   this  are  not   documented   in   the   research   but   it   could   be   down   to   the   temperate   climate   we   enjoy   in   western   France,   with   UK   buyers   being   tempted   to   relocate   to   warmer   climes  or  simply  to  look  for  an  affordable  holiday  home  in  the  sun.     The   UK   as   a  whole  receives  an   average   of   around  1,490  hours   a   year  of  sunshine  while  our  nearest  weather  station  (in  La  Rochelle)   reports   that   in   2012   we  saw   2,230   hours.     This   is   a  substantial   difference  and   one   that   our  local  agents   in  the  Deux-­‐Sèvres  report   is  often   quoted  as   one  of  the  reasons   our   clients   give   for   buying   here.

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Access to  wonderful  beaches  will  also  play  a  part  as   will  the  pretty   landscape  and  plentiful  stock  of  well  priced  houses  in  the  region. Similarly  the  Poitou-­‐Charentes  is  easily  accessible  from  the  UK  with   a  small   but   established   ex-­‐pat   community  and  a  great  reputation   for  being  a   “friendly”   region  of   France.     La  Rochelle,  Poitiers  and   Nantes   all   have   busy  airports   and,  of   course,   the   A10   and   A83   motorways  give  easy  access  to  the  ferry  ports  while  the   TGV  from   Poitiers  takes  you  directly  into  the  heart  of  London. The   good   news   for   us   in   the   Deux-­‐Sèvres   is   that   the   research   highlighted   that   “quality  of   life”,  “climate”   and  “gastronomy”   are   the  three  main  factors  behind   a  property  purchase  in   France  -­‐   all   areas  that  our  beautiful  department  excels  in!

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

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