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Bon Weekend! Newsletter from France



Can you believe it’s almost May – where has the year gone? My neighbour says that we are in for a good summer in France. He is not a weather forecaster but a keen gardener and like many in rural France he plants according to the Moon’s phases and studies local animal activity. Anyway, according to him – we’re in for a scorcher, a conclusion that has been reached with the help of bats, ants, owls, toads and snails. Before you get too excited I must tell you, he says the same thing every year and he’s right about half the time!

This year I’ve teamed up with one of my neighbours to grow vegetables. I have the greenhouse, she has the green fingers. We’ve got tomatoes and peppers and all sorts coming up strong already, which is quite early. As long as I can keep my 9 (I know, I know, I said no more cats but it’s so hard to turn them away when they’re hungry) cats from laying on the warm seed trays – I think I’ll have a bumper crop!

Talking of lots of lovely things coming up – check out the latest, terrific features on the website, they’re listed below, there’s tons to entice, lure and tempt you!

And, if you haven’t already enjoyed a great free read of our online magazine The Good Life France – please do with my compliments! Sometimes when things are free, they’re not of great value but that’s not always the case, take love for example – free and wonderful! So please, give the magazine a go, it will always be free for you to subscribe to and download and I will never ever share your details.

With best wishes and hope you have a really bon weekend, bisous from France

Don’t miss these great features:

Painters Day Montreuil: one for your August diary! Once a year artists descend on medieval Montreuil-sur-Mer in northern France, set up their easels and paint the town!

Saint-Ouen Flea Market: apparently this Paris antiques market is  the biggest in the world, and if you’re a vintage fan, you’ll want to va va voom to this one…

A taste of Morzine, Haute-Savoie: Lucy Pitts enjoys a French lesson in the Alps!

Moving to France in your twenties: A young couple explain why they chose to move from the UK to France and how they made sure it was the right choice for them…

Ask the experts – tax questions answered: If you have questions about tax in France, we might well have covered the answer but if we haven’t you can always ask us!

Paris in Spring: the city really is as gorgeous at this time of the year as all the hype implies, check out the picture gallery and if you don’t fall in love with Paris in Springtime I’ll eat my beret! I checked out one of the best ways to tour Paris any time – on a glass top bus with fine wines and gourmet food, Bustronome – oh la la!

Bagatelle Parc: I visited this quirky French theme park in the north and found it’s a great place for waterproof children and patient mums and dads!

Top Chefs in Paris: Peter Jones gets to meet some of the world’s top chefs with restaurants in Paris (jealous – moi?!). We also take a closer look at the legendary Café de Flore

Renovating Property in France: Our expert Jo-Ann Howell advises how you may be able to save money if you’re renovating in France…

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