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Sharing France with you

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.

Don't mind if I do

Daisy Gordon // Tuesday, 27 August 2019

We always made sloe gin in the UK. I love furtling around a hedge gathering these tiny wild plums and then transforming them into something rich and fruity to enjoy at Christmas after a bright but cold walk.

Sloe season comes early here. In England the wisdom is to leave them on the blackthorn bushes until the first frost nips and softens them. Here they are ready late August and if you leave it a little too long they shrivel to nothing before you know it. A wander around our boundary last night confirmed that it is time to get this year’s production underway.

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Create French Style

Julie Savill // Thursday, 22 August 2019

All the fun and the flair.

What says French style to you? The chateau look with panelled walls? The painted house with upcycled furniture? The rustic cottage filled with brocante finds? Julie Savill talks you through giving your home a little oh la la.

Something odd happened to me. When I lived in England, I had a lot of free-standing furniture in the kitchen, I would find accessories on trips to France (or in our local antiques shop) and we had a modern meets rustic look going on. Friends would come round and remark on how French our home looked.

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I’m moving to the Pyrénées-Orientales and going back to school

Caroline Oliver // Sunday, 18 August 2019

After 13 wonderful years in the Dordogne, I am off on a new adventure for Beaux Villages Immobilier to the Pyrénées-Orientales area of Southern France.

The Pyrénées-Orientales is a French department in the south of the country, right at the corner where France meets Spain on the Mediterranean. Why there? Well, I can hear the sandy beaches, the rocky coast, the big city of Perpignan and the mountains calling.

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Buy now? Buy later?

Julie Savill // Friday, 16 August 2019

The Property Guides company has issued some great advice for those who have their heart set on a place in France.  Here's how to deal with a fluctuating exchange rate.

What’s happened to the pound!? Well, we know why the pound has weakened, the more important question is what we should do about it! Spanish home owner and property writer Richard Way explains why buyers shouldn’t wait for the pound to recover, but how to protect themselves from future losses.

Has the weak pound dampened your enthusiasm to buy abroad? Has it perhaps made you re-consider whether to do it at all? Here are seven reasons you shouldn’t let the exchange rate put you off realising your dream of overseas home-ownership.

You may wait a long time
After the global financial crisis the pound fell from being worth over 2.10 US dollars. It never recovered. After the Brexit referendum the pound fell around 20% from being worth near €1.50. It has never recovered. Today’s exchange rates could potentially settle in for years to come. While there is uncertainty surrounding Brexit, analysts believe there is little chance the exchange rate will swing back in favour of the pound. And even after the UK’s scheduled departure from the EU at the end of October, who can say if or when it will begin to recover against the euro and dollar?

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The 5G race is on!

Mel Aldous // Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Fast forward.

We come to France for a slower pace of life but we still like our internet to be super-speedy! Things are starting to move on that front as the country starts to gear up for 5G.

Procedures have officially been launched for allocating 5G frequencies to telecom operators, hoping for a first commercial roll-out in a few major French cities by the end of 2020 and coverage of two thirds of the population by 2026.

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Beach Life in the Country!

Nicky Charles // Friday, 09 August 2019

Go on and take a dip!

Coast or country? If that’s a choice that you just can’t make, we might just have a solution. Ditch the seaside scene in favour of lakeside life.

Did you know that there are many supervised swimming lakes with white sandy beaches and plenty of activities to entertain the kids all over the south west of France. More often than not, they are not overcrowded and have ample parking too.

Locally to us in the Tarn-et-Garonne and Lot we are fortunate to have Montcuq Lake, Montaigu Plage and Rikiki at Fauroux as well as a full-on beach on the river Lot at Cahors complete with coconut umbrellas, beach bar and sun loungers!!!

To see some of our properties in easy reach of the above mentioned natural swimming spots please take a look here.

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