Archive for the ‘Normandy lifestyle’ Category

Broadband wherever you live no matter how rural!

Having persevered for years with slow internet via a dial-up service because of living in an area of rural Mayenne with no broadband ADSL available through the phone line, I have recently upgraded to a satellite provider which has completely changed my life! Often the case in rural areas throughout France and the UK the […]

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Working in France – The AutoEntrepreneur system explained

Autoentrepreneur Changes 2013 Many of us when we move to France will want to work in some shape or form. The simplest method of registering for a sole trader type business is through the autoentrepreneur scheme, which was started in January 2009 by Nicolas Sarkozy’s government as a means of simplifying the registration and admin […]

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An idiot’s guide to re-registering a car in France – part 3

An idiot’s guide to re-registering a car in France – part 3 By Rebecca Larkin Now, you must bring all original documents as copies will not be accepted and you have checked when the prefecture is open in advance. Information on opening time for departments 50, 14, 61, 53 and 35 are as follows: Department […]

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An idiot’s guide to re-registering a car in France – part 2

An idiot’s guide to re-registering a car in France – part 2 By Rebecca Larkin Here’s goes, we are now getting down to the nitty gritty. You have exported your car with the DVLA or your country of origin, you have your French insurance, temporary or otherwise and you want to get the all-important French […]

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An idiot’s guide to re-registering a car in France – part 1

An idiot’s guide to re-registering a car in France – part 1 By Rebecca Larkin Many of us move to France and bring vehicles.  Re-registering vehicles is not that complicated as long as you have the right bits of paper.  So, why bother?  Well, when you leave the UK, you should export your car.  There […]

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Get ready, the mushroom season is upon us!

For the next two months or longer, the ground beneath our feet will be active as fungus digests the dead leaves and plant material and in the process enriches the soil and feeds the tree roots. Mushrooms (mycologists rarely use the word ‘toadstool’) are the visible fruit of fungi which pop up above the surface […]

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25th Normandy Horse Show in St Lo.

 What better reasons then to come and enjoy this year’s 25th edition of the NHS (not to be confused with the National Health Service) I mean the Normandy Horse Show in St Lo. Held 04 -12 Aug 2012. The highlights of the Normandie Horse Show are show jumping competitions, Parades, driving and showing classes as well […]

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French cinema

Whether  you live in France all year round or you have a holiday home in France– don’t miss out on French cinema. French films are a refreshing change from the Hollywood blockbusters and are my first choice every day. Out at the moment is  « Intouchables » with François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny – […]

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Ikea arrives in Lower Normandy – Caen

With France running third in the list of countries which have Ikea’s, behind Germany and America, it was only a matter of time before Lower Normandy got an Ikea store, of its’ own. After all, Brittany and Higher Normandy both have them. So for all of us with Property in Normandy, or those looking to […]

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11 – 11 – 11 – 11 Armistice Day

In 1918 the Armistice between Germany and the Allies came into force. At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month. The Story Behind the Remembrance Poppy Moina Bell Michael, was so moved by Colonel John McRae’s poem “In Flanders Field”. That in 1920 the Poppy was proclaimed as the United States’ […]

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