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Every week you'll find new stories, local and national events, comments, recipes and advice on this page. Click on the Archive button to see previous posts full of interesting information and links.

Meet the Agent: Nico Janssens

Katherine O`Neill // Friday, 07 June 2019

The routes to being a sales agent are many and varied. ‘I moved to France from Belgium in 1996 and, with my parents and siblings started an ostrich farm,’ explains Nico. ‘We sold eggs, feathers, meat, ostrich leather. We did open days and attended markets almost every day.’

After several years Nico decided to try a new career and branched into immobilier. Now, with 11 years experience, he combines selling property from the Eymet office with running ongoing sales for the local team as the liaison between Beaux Villages and the notaires.

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At least I can vote in this one!

Mel Aldous // Thursday, 23 May 2019

European elections are being held in France on Sunday 26th May.

One of the few frustrations of being a local councillor as a British national is having to man the voting office when I don’t have the right to vote! As a British national, if you have registered on the electoral register, you may only vote for your local council or in the European elections.

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The old ones are the best...

Julie Savill // Thursday, 23 May 2019

A deep joy of life in France is vide-grenier and brocante season. What’s the difference? For vide-greniers think car boot sale where individuals bring along the attic finds and cupboard clear-outs and set them out for sale. Brocantes are the rather more upmarket relatives with lots of professional or semi-professional exhibitors selling antiques and collectables. And, of course, the two terms get mixed and muddled along the way and you’ll find a bit of both at many events.

If finding a bargain or hidden treasure makes your heart leap (as it does mine) then you need to get on to the website vide-greniers.org. Put in your département and the date and it’ll show you a listing of all the brocante and vide-greniers coming up.

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Cherry Clafoutis: the perfect Spring tart

Katherine O`Neill // Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Cherries really are a mark of springtime in France. If you're lucky, you can be walking your dog along one of the many chemins and just happen upon a tree with plenty of ripe cherries.

You may even have cherry trees in your garden. Either way, this classic French dessert is a very simple and delicious way to use this seasonal treat.

If you fancy somewhere with cherries on your doorstep, check out these properties.

Recipe from Home Cooking Adventure

Meet the Agent: Sally St Leger

Katherine O`Neill // Monday, 20 May 2019

‘I’ve been in France for around 9 years now and in that time I’ve done two major renovations with my husband.

Our experience of buying each time was poor and I was sure there must be better agents out there and a better experience to be had. So I decided to be part of that better experience and join Beaux Villages as a Sales Consultant.’

Sally has made her latest home in the south of the beautiful Vendée, right on the edge of the green and lovely Marais de Poitevin and she and her husband have realised their personal dream to convert an old barn.

With a background in sales, customer service and training, Sally has her eye firmly on what her clients need. ‘I want to be the local expert, the one who can introduce people to a new village or a different property style, and give people a real feel for the area they might end up calling home.’

Italian week comes to Nérac

Katherine O`Neill // Friday, 17 May 2019

Those of you blessed with living in the beautiful Lot-et-Garonne department might already be aware that the historic town of Nérac is hosting an Italian themed week. 

Run by the Nérac-Mesola twinning committee, the week promises plenty of free activities, concerts and shows. Pictured is the colourful Venetian masks parade that took place earlier this week. 

Expect more to come this weekend!

The event is held to commemorate the end of the Great War and to remember those lost.

Photo: La Depeche

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