Religious or not, there’s no escaping Christmas in France with its many French Christmas Traditions, some of which date back centuries.
Welcome to our articles on life in France section. Here you will find a variety of articles that have previously been published in The Local Buzz magazine, plus some that haven’t.
You will find a range of unbiased editorial pieces on property, pensions, recipes and wine recommendations, together with a host of well-being features from coping with ailments to keeping fit with Zumba, sport, education, archaeology, working with architects, financial planning, home staging, history, language, life-issues, education, legal advice and lots more.
For instance, how important is bi-lingual education? If you found an artefact would you know what to do with it? What’s it like to walk the Camino? How do you start running? What has Duras got to do with a battleship? What’s the knack to catching local fishing?
Written by specialists, each item includes relevant links to help you find out even more about your chosen topic.
Simply click on the subject category of your choice, or read them all. You are sure to find lots of interest in these articles on life in France.
Please also don’t forget to have a look at our blogs pages where you will find even more information relating to this fabulous region.
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Religious or not, there’s no escaping Christmas in France with its many French Christmas Traditions, some of which date back centuries.
The weather is wet, windy and chillier than we are used to, a sure sign that winter is on it’s way which also means that it’s flu jab time for those who are vulnerable. However, we are all at risk from colds, flu (influenza) and, of course, COVID. With so many symptoms being similar, how do we know the difference and what action do we need to take?
There are many reasons why we could be tempted to buzz off and take a day trip or enjoy a weekend away, without ever leaving this part of France. Here are just a few of our “regional attractions”.
Thinking of playing golf? We take a light-hearted look at courses, the basic rules and, of course, the all-important etiquette.
A handy guide to meat cuts here in France
John Cook continues his “whole in one” series on improving your golf with these great insights in “Driving the Ball”.
Many of our pets love the sunshine but that feeling of warmth as they soak in the rays can soon lead to heat stroke and even sunburn if we are not careful. Whether they are guinea pigs, hamsters, fish, birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, donkeys or horses, etc., keeping our animals safe and comfortable in hot weather isn’t always easy but we hope these ideas help.
With the exception of a couple of accents, there’s one word that is shared in both French and English that sums up the learning experience: perseverance. However, “perseverance” doesn’t work alone and there’s a huge range of learning options, regardless of whether you are starting from scratch or wanting to improve your French language skills.
With summer just around the corner, the days are longer, the evenings are heaven and cooking outside on the BBQ is the way to go. These flavourful recipes and ideal wine pairings are great for the family, or for a party when we can all be together again.
TikTok Explained. TikTok came bursting onto the scene in 2018 and since then it has taken social media by storm.
Make your eggs truly eggsceptional! “Eggscellent” ideas for “eggstraordinary” eggs this Easter!
Want to join the Paris 2024 Olympics – here’s how!
As Annabel Jamieson explains, creating great content is one thing – distributing it is another. Content distribution is the key to any successful content marketing strategy. Without distribution, content stagnates. No one sees it.
Annabel Jamieson covers three key mistakes that bloggers make that are stopping their content from reaching their audience.
We found it online, it looked ideal, a fairly attractive (well, it is a shed), anthracite coloured, 3 x 4m metal shed with a nice tall door able to take our ride-on. What could possibly go wrong! A comical reader’s account of their shed build in Tarn et Garonne.
Case studies are an important marketing tool for your business – or case studies that convert are. Here, Annabel Jamieson gives us four key elements to consider when creating your case study to ensure it converts.
Annabel Jamieson shares her years of business growth experience with this insight to creating customer advocates.
Annabel Jamieson shares her years of business-growth experience with us in this article about Instagram and boosting sales.
Finding a partnership for your business can have numerous positive implications. From faster growth and reduced spending to expanding your network and improving your brand credibility. There are a lot of upsides – but only if you pick the right partner.
Whatever size your business, it needs excellent website copy to achieve optimum results. Annabel Jamieson gives us an insight into the improvements that can be made.
There are a wealth of French Government Grants available but what are they for, are you eligible and how do you access them?
Imagine the pomp and ceremony when these three Royal brides, all named Marie, married! Mind you, not everything went to plan, despite the lavish preparations, and marriages were not quite the same in those days…
Sue Adams explains that we can grow herbs whether we have a dedicated herb garden, a single flower bed or simply a city balcony. All we need is fertile ground or a generous plant pot, and sunshine.
Many of our pets love the sunshine but that feeling of warmth as they soak in the rays can soon lead to heat stroke and even sunburn if we are not careful. Whether they are guinea pigs, hamsters, fish, birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, donkeys or horses, etc., keeping our animals safe and comfortable in hot weather isn’t always easy but this article may help
If France has its way, the French baguette will soon be sitting alongside the likes of UNESCO accredited Couscous, Falconry, Transhumance and Turkish coffee, clearly demonstrating its significance to its country.
We thought it would be fun to look at the latest gizmos and gadgets to enhance the outdoor experience plus some marinade recipes.
Delicious and pretty, this cold beetroot soup is ideal for vegetarians and great on a hot summer day
If you are thinking of moving to France, are a second home owner or already live here, insurance can be a complex subject. We asked Fabien Pelissier of Fab French Insurance, an English-speaking insurance broker, to shine a light on some of the less obvious aspects.
A sumptuous Strawberry Panna Cotta
Pork loin with ginger and soy sauce, yum yum
Sue Adams takes a look at what effect the moon has on our gardens
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Eye in the Sky Update: As well as checking for non-registered swimming pools, drones are now circling the skies looking for cabins and other structures that are over the “no planning permission required” size. For m ore info go to https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/N319?lang=en
Tree Time: “The trick is to plant them early enough in the winter for the roots to establish themselves before the tree needs to expend energy on growing leaves”
It’s turned very cold suddenly and we are wondering if snow or Christmas is going to arrive first! If you are like us you will be staying in for a while, unless it’s to search for presents and Christmas goodies that is. Why not grab a coffee and take a look at our past Christmas issues at www.thelocalbuzzmag.com/read-online. There are some great ideas for food and home-made decorations, and you will also find a great mulled wine recipe in our articles pages at www.thelocalbuzzmag.com/articles
Wherever you are from in the world, if you speak English and live, work or have an interest in South West France, The Local Buzz is for you!
Looking for a local business or information about our region? You can find English speaking businesses in our regionalised business directory as well as the business advertisements that appear all over our webpages.
Join in with our new Business Insight pages! This is where local experts give us their advice on all things business, health, food and lifestyle. You will find them in the articles section on this website. If you have something you would like to say, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Michel Fredric, owner and chef at Hotel Edward 1er in the traditional bastide town of Monpazier, has a passion for local produce. Here he offers one of his favourite recipes for a soft and meltingly delicious treat.
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Lesley, our editor, was delighted to be asked to be one of three judges at Rose’s Salon de Thé in Eymet last Saturday for the Great Cake-Off in aid of the HeeHaws – for The Love of Donkeys charity.
What has Brexit meant to those who import foods from the UK, what obstacles have they needed to overcome, and what’s the way forward? David Bennion and the team at The Trading Post have spent four years planning for this eventuality and tells of us their struggles and successes.
Andrea Glover, International Financial Adviser at The Spectrum IFA Group, highlights the questions that she is being asked most frequently at the moment by both existing and prospective clients.
: Freshness, fun and local produce take centre stage at Le Restaurant du Château Bellevue, Cazaubon/Barbotan-le-Thermes.
A lot of people worry about injections and here, our blogger Sue Jones, tells us of her Covid vaccination experience.
A delicious White Chocolate, Raspberry and Pistachio Gateau from Emma Gilchrist
We take a look at what Mrs Beeton had to say about spring cleaning – these notes are from the 13th impression of the 1960 version which still refers to the “young housewife” but, by then, the title had changed to Cookery and Household Management. Click here to go to link or read the full article in the Feb to Apr 2021 issue at www.thelocalbuzzmag.com/read-online
After several years of uncertainty, the UK has now fully left the EU and whilst many of us understand exactly what that mean in terms of French residency requirements, the impact on the financial services world is only just starting to unfold.
We asked Andrea Glover, International Financial Adviser at The Spectrum IFA Group, for her thoughts on the matter and to provide guidance to those of us who are affected.
We take the safety of our readers and our distributors very seriously and that was the primary concern when it came to whether or not we printed this latest version. There were other concerns too ….
Revealing the authenticity of the ingredients around which it is built, each dish created by chef Anaïs Teynié at Hôtel de l’Europe in Villeréal brings out the real, fresh flavours.
Now is the perfect time to reassess your garden in terms of the previous year’s successes, your future ambitions and your plans for structural changes – Sue Adams looks at the garden bone structure.
New rules on travel are now in force with travel in and out of France to countries outside of the EU being banned unless there are compelling reasons.
Rules have also been tightened on entry to France from within the EU and Schengen zone, with PCR tests and new forms required for most travellers, including a sworn declaration.
A link to these new forms can be found in this article.
In addition, working from home is strongly encouraged, police are cracking down on curfew breakers, and non-food shopping centres over 20,000 sq m in size are closed.
Meanwhile, details on how to book a vaccination can be found at sante.fr
Keep safe everyone.
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Give yourself a treat and curl up with this good book about love, life and war in south-west France. Following the Letters by Hilary Sunman is our reader offer until 31 January, 2021.
We asked the driving experts at Circuit Paul Armagnac in Nogaro, Gers about motorsport here in France. This is what they had to say.
Springing surprises via a professional musical performance can lift any event beyond the norm
Nicola McCabe and Tim based their new business on one of the reasons why they made the move to France in the first place: total relaxation.
We hope you had a lovely Christmas and enjoy the time before the New Year festivities. For ideas on food, exercise, gardening or just a good read, why not take a look at our articles and blogs pages?
A new, deliciously festive take on the traditional feast with pigeon and bubbly wines from Emma (chef) and John (sommelier) Gilchrist
This is likely to be a Christmas and New Year unlike any other and presents an ideal opportunity to relive the parlour games of the past, or bring “new life” to some of our family favourites. As travel restrictions and social distancing rules may alter our festivities this year, we thought it might be fun to take a look at games that can be played in small groups or via a meeting apps such as FaceTime or Zoom!
This is likely to be a Christmas and New Year unlike any other and presents an ideal opportunity to relive the parlour games of the past, or bring “new life” to some of our family favourites. As travel restrictions and social distancing rules may alter our festivities this year, we thought it might be fun to take a look at games that can be played in small groups or via a meeting apps such as FaceTime or Zoom
John Cook continues his “whole in one” series with a look at these specific techniques to improve your golf game. What’s the difference between chipping and pitching? Chip shots are normally played from within 10 yds of the putting surface. Pitch shots are played from approximately 50 yds and closer. He shares his expertise about how to improve both types of shot.
Emma (chef) and John (sommelier) take us out to sea with this fish feast awash with great white wines
A wander around one of our fabulous cities makes for a great day out, especially if you are a lover of architecture and history.
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Name these famous F1 drivers – one of them is a real Knight of the road!
Showcasing local products from the Lot, Le Balandre restaurant at the centuries-old, family-run Terminus Hotel in Cahors offers stunningly delicious cuisine such as this Lobster and Beetroot Salad. Mixing traditional and original creations with the finest ingredients, Chef Alexandre Marre prepares his food without artificial additives or superfluous ingredients, allowing the true flavours to be savoured.
Here are some top tips from our working from home article that will be appearing in our next issue.
If it looks like this may be a more permanent scenario for you, the upcoming article provides ideas and suggestions about how to make working from home really work well for you.
The curfew starts today and with it comes a NEW ATTESTATION FORM. You can find a link by clicking here.
We asked three experts how we can keep positive during this difficult time and they had some really good suggestions. You can see what they had to say in our Well Being feature in the Dec/Jan issue – just click read online.
We will come through this – let’s make the most of it and look forward to a new year.
For a quick guide about the new rules from 15 December see 15 December The New Rules in the Advice section of our Articles pages.
Sue Adams has lived in SW France for 15 years. Turning her garden into a veritable haven of produce, colour and scents. She knows how to create and maintain beautiful, productive gardens, regardless of the season.
We have all been through a pretty difficult period and now it’s time to do something different! What better than a themed event for friends, family and neighbours.*
These pretty towns and villages are definitely worth a visit with their fabulous architecture and scenery. Make more of SW France. Enjoy!
The prices are low, the houses are beautiful: what’s not to like about the idea of doing up an old French farmhouse and making it the home of your dreams?
Many have trod this path. Most end up with the renovation dream intact. For some it quickly turns into a terrifying nightmare.
As we make the first tentative steps in coming out of “lockdown” it is heartening to see that so many people are still taking the threat of COVID-19 seriously. These birds specialised in DIY and, having spied the garden furniture, decided it needed a make-over which they duly carried out. 10 out of 10 for effort, 1 out of 10 for style.
Whether you live or work here or are considering a move to France, French insurance is one of those must have’s in terms of contract and knowledge. We asked Léna Eaton of Agence Generali for a straightforward overview.
Thierry Pszonka, Maître Cuisinier de France, has 30 years experience working with the finest chefs and food in France. His Stuffed Zucchini Flowers are a prime example of his work as head chef and owner at Les Sens Restaurant in Puylaroque, Tarn et Garonne. He prides himself on creating exquisite fusion food that combines local ingredients with an imaginative approach to both flavours and plate appeal.
John Cook continues his “whole in one” series with this first tee tip.
Emma (chef) and John (sommelier) Gilchrist bring us some delicious ideas for apéro treats for summer and reminds us to support our local vineyards. For those who like to kick the lunch off with a cocktail, John also brings us some super ideas to keep us cool.
As chef and owner at Chateaux Cuisine, Alicia Watson is dedicated to providing an unforgettable private dining experience for any occasion. Here she gives us her recipe for a delicious Dark Chocolate and Pistachio Tart with Salted Caramel Sauce
We asked William Gardner, manager at Eden Auto Renault in Tonneins for an insight into buying or selling a car in France.
Glass fusion workshops – workshops to look into: it’s crystal clear that you won’t “glaze over” in these workshops!
It’s that time of year when property tax comes to the fore. If you own a property in France you could be eligible for two taxes each year in the form of Taxe Foncières and Taxe d’habitation.
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Fabrice Rodot is head chef and co-owner, with his partner Victoria Calvert, at L’Atelier in Issigeac, Dordogne. Serving home-cooked, gourmet food since 2017, the restaurant specialises in local, seasonal, fresh French cuisine.
The coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on our daily lives and finances. For many readers there is also an impact on their pension and investment funds due to extreme volatility in the financial markets and global economic disruption.
It’s not always easy to know who to turn to for help with French issues but one company has taken a fresh approach to providing just that.
The exceptional circumstances caused by the pandemic in recent weeks has seriously affected WASPI women (Women Against State Pension Inequality) but the campaign is not going away.
Each week we add historical notes and samples of music from French musicians and composers
We are pleased to help spread the word about a luxury wedding give-away being organised by Best Events Co. for healthcare workers around the world.
“Don’t give up on your cycling – cycle indoors!” That’s the advice of Jase Alexander, experienced club cyclist.
What effect will the COVID-19 pandemic have on the property market going forward? It’s way too early to tell, but Joanna Leggett tells us how agents and Notaires are having to think on their feet and also shares her thoughts on some long term changes.
Gardening up to date, freezer full, looking for something to do to fill the odd day of rain when touring our fabulous region is not as easy? Here are a few boredom busters you might like to try!
Sally Dilks, Associate Solicitor specialising in French Law at Buckles Solicitors, answers a question on French Inheritance Tax
According to many physical therapists a combination of aerobics, stretching, strengthening and balancing exercises form the core of a good exercise programme.
Katie Gardner is a fully qualified CBT Counsellor and answers a question concerning marriage
A tongue-in-cheek look at the arrival of Spring from the Editor
The rolling countryside, beautiful valleys, Atlantic coast, lush forests, signed trails and glorious lakes mean that our region is heaven for horses and their riders.
Some useful words and phrases that are specifically relevant to the features in our March and April 2020 issue. On y va!
Discovering Pretty Villages with our Seven Wonders of the Region series
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What is there not to like about Merlot? It’s soft, juicy, plummy, spicy and generally yummy says John Gilchrist, a former UK Sommelier of the Year and winner of th eMondavi award for the best wine list in the world.
Fresh flavours and a traditional stew make this meal a treat for any occasion, especially Easter
Weddings for all! What could be more wonderful? A beautiful venue, delicious food and wine, and the love of your life, right here in South West France.
Sue Sargeant guides us on the gardening jobs to think about in early spring
Sue Sargeant explains that wildlife in the garden has not always been viewed as being particularly welcome but, today, attitudes are definitely changing.
A tongue-in-cheek look at bringing lighter moments to wintry days by the editor
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A reader asks for help with a building issue. Bright Avocats provides an answer
Katie Gardner answers a question about feeling low, overwhelmed and anxious
As temperatures drop, the risk of falling ill rises. Here we look at how to beat colds and flu.
Guy Sheridan, manager at GoodTurn Cycles in Eymet, explains what eBikes are all about.
There is something special about a cold, crisp sunny day and a walk around a wonderful village or town. Here we continue our guide to the Seven Wonders of the region. Happy days!
Planning a new build, renovation or extension? There are many, many good artisans in this area but, as with any trade, there is always the odd bad apple
Jean-Paul Tossens, Chef de Cuisine at Le Monastère de Saint-Mont in Gers, loves reinterpreting local products with a touch of modernity.
John Gilchrist is a former UK Sommelier of the Year and winner of the Mondavi award for the best wine list in the world. Here he gives us some ideas for winter wines from Gascony.
Now in her 13th year, Marlène teaches at Le Gargantua cookery school. Here she gives us some heart-warming food recipes for lovers of food and romance.
Sustainable, green, eco-friendly. They don’t all mean the same but they do add up to the same thing: looking after our environment.
Tony Delvalle and Andrea Glover are International Financial Advisers at The Spectrum IFA Group. We asked them what are the current top three ‘hot topics’ with clients, particularly affecting retirees.
Having experienced the joy of singing in ancient churches during a week’s holiday in France herself, Anke de Bruijn has developed a holiday retreat business with song at its core in the Lot
Themed gîtes are becoming more and more popular but Maison de Lunel, which has been in the making for two and a half years, has taken it to a whole new level.
Andy Wigley, Director at Ammonite Design, explains why glass fencing is definitely worth a look.
Caroline and Pascal Alix of Restaurant Caro & Co in Bazas, Gironde, are true lovers of cuisine, bringing a delicious element of surprise to their menu with fresh, seasonal, organic and local ingredients.
Joanna Leggett from Leggett Immobilier sums up the current and future market position, especially now that we have a broad idea of the direction that Brexit is taking.
A tongue-in-cheek look at Christmas from the editor
Sarah Bright Thomas is an Avocat Associé and Partner at Bright Avocats. Here she answers a question about Wills.
Katie Gardner answers a question about Christmas pressure
There’s no better way to meet new people and feel part of the community than joining a social group. Here are just a few of the English-speaking groups offering activities in our region!
Mental health – just two words that encompass a whole range of conditions which require tolerance, support and understanding. Here we look at dementia as well as RTT, a different path to mental freedom.
Indoor table sports are an ideal way to keep fit and out of the rain and wind, especially that winter is here.
Entertaining can be costly at this time of year so here are a few inexpensive ideas for some festive fun and sparkle.
Our French language tutor Jules has prepared some useful words and phrases relevant to the features in the November/December 2019 issue. On-y-va.
Will Baker is the Chef de Cuisine at Walnut Bistro in Eymet, Dordogne. Taking his experience from around the world, he focuses on a seasonal and fresh offering.
John Gilchrist is a former UK Sommelier of the Year and winner of the Mondavi award for the best wine list in the world. He gives us his pick of wines for Christmas. “Around this time of year, because I am “the wine guy”, I am often asked what to drink at Christmas.”
Three dishes that show off the less well-known side of the Gers kitchen
Sue Sargeant explains that most fungal, bacterial and viral plant diseases are spread naturally by wind, rain, insects, small animals and even our own intervention in the garden.
A summer garden is made in late autumn/early winter and your plant heroes deserve some extra TLC in these next few months. By Sue Sargeant
Squash and Lawn Bowls. From one end of the velocity scale to another? Maybe, but both squash and bowls require dexterity, determination and practice
Sally Dilks, Associate at Buckles Solicitors LLP, explains why Estate planning for your French assets need not be taxing.
Katie Gardner answers your questions about a lack of confidence and road rage
Cobwebs and spiders, ghouls and ghosts plus all that fake blood and gore! Yes it’s coming up to Halloween and we can’t wait!
We asked Amanda Garnham, Educator for Armagnac at the BNIA (Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac) to explain this ancient Gascony tradition.
As an Architecte Bilingue en Aquitaine, Justine Joseph highlights what you can expect when using the services of an architect.
We know this is a rich archaeological area with many historical sites dating back to Roman times and much, much earlier but, if you are lucky enough to find an artefact, who should be informed and who does it belong to? That was the question we put to Rosey Burton and Frank Martin, two archaeologists who are renovating a collection of farm ruins in north Dordogne.
Sometimes it’s the location, sometimes it’s the product and sometimes it’s the commitment of the owners that makes a business different and successful. In this instance it’s all three.
You really don’t have to travel very far at all to find outstanding architecture, relics and views in our part of the world. Here are another Seven Wonders of the Region.
Interesting, delicious, new ideas for vegan food including a chocolate mousse and vegan “ricotta” cigars, from Natalie Lunch at Le Cheval Blanc in St Antonin.
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Although it’s nearly game season we still have beautiful fresh fruit, salads and flat fish, especially Halibut (Flétan) and Turbot which are at their best. The much anticipated scallop season is about to start so John Gilchrist is not ready to give up on white wines just yet. He looks for bigger body and texture, round, soft fruit, less acidity, a little punchier and maybe aromatic. Here is his selection of Lot White Wines for autumn
John and Sim are the latest owners of the historic Hostellerie de Goujounac. With over two decades of experience in high-end restaurants, hotels and private yachts between them, they are well equipped to welcome guests into this charming establishment. Fresh, seasonal ingredients inspire the menu, with an emphasis on using local produce to create unusual dishes from scratch. Here they include some bright food with zesty flavours.
Hedgehogs will eat slugs, song thrushes eat snails. Sue Sargeant gives us some ideas about how to minimise the effects of pests in the garden in this short article about avoiding garden pests
Sue Sargeant talks about cutting back for growth in the garden. As the weather starts to cool and the sun’s rays are less intense, we can enjoy the last few days of summer sunshine whilst preparing for the 2020 gardening year.
Sue Sargent is a regular contributor to The Local Buzz magazine and gives us her own take on the perfect compost recipe
Andrea Glover has come a long way since her younger days as part of a mining family in the north of England. Today, she works alongside Tony Delvalle at The Spectrum IFA Group in Eymet and is offering independent advice to clients of all ages and backgrounds.
Will Baker is the Chef de Cuisine at Walnut Bistro in Eymet and gives us his recipe for Pan cooked Foie Gras with Apple Mustard Slaw and Apple Purée
John Gilchrist is a former UK Sommelier of the Year and winner of the Mondavi award for the best wine list in the world. He gives us his recipe for a delicious Mulled Wine
We bring you the official WASPI update from mid October, 2019. It explains how WASPI fight on.
Gregory Caminow tells us of the fate of four abandoned kittens and how a cat rescue organisation saved their lives
A tongue in cheek look at ….. Jet spraying from the editor. From dull winter hues to bright and shiny, ready for summer
Cycling the roads of SW France is something that Jase Alexander, experienced club cyclist, knows a lot about.
Women’s football has never had a higher profile, with the recent Women’s World Cup, held in France this summer, being the biggest ever.
Wherever, whenever and however you swim, it’s great exercise, great fun and can seriously lift your spirits
Here we explore how to meditate and how to use stones to bring tranquillity and peace into our lives.
This time Katie answers questions about friendship and joining charitable organisations
Moving is one of the most stressful things you can do in life, yet most of us will choose to do it several times. Moving overseas or within a foreign country can be even more traumatic, creating frustration and even more stress.
SW France Home Staging is by Sarah Day, Owner at Maisons et Manoirs. She explains why home staging is important and how the French and English differ in approach.
Our French language tutor Jules, has prepared some useful words and phrases relevant to the features in the July/August 2019 issue. On-y-va!
There are thousands of gîte businesses in this part of France so how do you stand out from the crowd?
Some of these villages may be more hidden away than others. Wherever they are, they are well worth a visit and reveal moments in history as well as incredible sights.
A risotto with a difference: Chateau Rigaud Beetroot Arancini, a colourful, fresh tasting dish for enjoying in the summer sun from Nick Street-Brown.
John Gilchrist is a former UK Sommelier of the Year and winner of the Mondavi award for the best wine list in the world. Here he looks at wines from SW France for punchy BBQ flavours.
Who doesn’t love a BBQ, especially with inspirational, fresh-tasting food like this from Le 1500 in Saussignac
Living with SW France Nature by Sue Sargeant: It’s no surprise that those who are keen gardeners like Sue also love wildlife. Here she highlights how gardens and wildlife (including pests) can live in harmony to create a perfect place where plants thrive and pests survive.
Coping with the weather, especially the heat in summer, is one of the things that makes gardening really interesting and very rewarding. Sue Sargeant tells us how to keep blooming through summer.
Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings is from Natalie Lynch, the chef at Le Cheval Blanc in St Antonin.
SW France – creating global citizens highlights why the changes and upheaval in recent years mean that developing understanding and tolerance is more vital than ever. How can we prepare today’s children for what is to come, and give them the best chance to live a good life in the world of tomorrow?
Having a Ball in SW France takes a look at tennis, pétanque and golf to help you keep your eye on the ball when it comes to fitness and fun.
This time Katie answers queries from people who are facing Struggles in SW France with weight and self-esteem
Whether it‘s a sprained wrist, a broken leg, a long term ailment or worse, coping with illness is never easy, especially when in a foreign language. The great news is that there is a lot of help out there!https://www.thelocalbuzzmag.com/wp-admin/post-new.php?post_type=articles#
We asked Mark Jansen, owner of Jansen Property Services, to share his experiences and offer some tips for maximising those profits.
If you think of French music what springs to mind? The accordion, café, Charles Aznavour and Edith Piaf? Or perhaps Troubadours, Baroque or Bizet? Today there are more opportunities to experience music of all genres than ever before, especially live music.
French Buzz Words: Our French language student, Béa (pronounced Bey-ya), has prepared some useful words and phrases relevant to the features in the May/June 2019 issue. On-y-va!
Caves, rivers, medieval streets, churches and monuments, our region has them all. Here are some suggestions for making the most of this fascinating area.
A ‘ship that sailed the globe’ and ‘Duras wines’ may not immediately seem to be linked but a major reconstruction is about to set underway that will revisit history in more ways than one.
Asparagus with smoked salmon and beetroot caviar from Bas Holten at the Chateau Les Merles combines a fresh approach to flavour with a modern twist
There are not many things better than sitting in the sun with some good food, great friends and a drink or two. We entertain a lot whether it’s Apéro with friends, with our holidaying guests or during our cookery school, always beginning with fizz or wine cocktails
Eating outside is one of the great joys of life here in France. Mayana Elbaz gives us her take on a Garden Fresh Quiche, Roast Lamb with Mint Pesto and an Apricot Clafoutis
Power of attorney arrangements allow an individual’s financial and health affairs to be looked after by someone else, the attorney, if they lose mental capacity in the future. Tony Delvalle of The Spectrum IFA Group explains how they can help to relieve stress at the most difficult of times.
A Potager is one of those “must-haves” in a French garden and is a traditional part of life in rural France.
Nick Street-Brown is Head Chef at Château Rigaud and has given us this fabulous recipe for Lamb rack, spiced aubergine, oven roasted tomato, goat cheese and crispy chickpeas
A tongue-in-cheek look at leaping into spring from our editor.
Jenny Michell and Keith Pantlin describe themselves as a pair of ageing but energetic Australians and have been walking around different parts of France for nearly 20 years. Randonnées can encompass relatively short walks or major routes of several hundred kilometres.
Linda Lewis is a National Coach for the International Nordic Walking Federation (INWA) and tells us a little more about the sport.
Jase Alexander, experienced club cyclist, helps us to extend our bike rides with a bit of fun, training and improved motivation
Katie Gardner is a fully-Qualified CBT Counsellor and 10-year expat based on the border of 47/24. She’s here to answer your questions
Health improvements can be achieved by a host of treatments. Here are three different methods that will ease aches and pains.
Adrian Lithgow, Director, Agence Eleonor, Issigeac explains why, if the past two years have taught us anything, it is that the predictions by experts are often not as accurate as they would like to think. That includes Brexit!
We asked experienced beekeepers to give us some tips about how to establish a hive and look after the bees. Jonathan and Anna Beaussire are based in Lot et Garonne and have been keeping bees since 2013.
Our French language student has prepared some useful words and phrases. On-y-va!
Why not take advantage of the warmer, brighter days and visit some of the pretty villages in our region. These are sure to put a spring in your step.
Car rental with no problems? Two good to be true? Not in this case. As part of our Entrepreneur series, we look at what makes Buggs Car Hire so successful
Using local, seasonal produce, Claude-Emmanuel Robin from the Michelin Starred L’Allée des Vignes at Cajarc, creates a delicious, gastronomic treat
Former UK Sommelier of the Year and winner of the Mondavi award for the best wine list in the world, John Gilchrist brings us powerful wines for complex food flavours
Philippe Birckel of Restaurant de Bastard in Lectoure suggests a delicious new take on a local favourite: Cannelloni of duck confit with a mushroom and red wine sauce and cheese crisps
Yvonne Drolshagen of Aquitaine Lifestyle Solutions gives us an insight into saving tax with charitable donations.
Our beloved bees are back in our gardens!
There’s a definite Buzz in the air as spring is springing up all around us. This is a perfect time of year in the garden. I just love seeing what has survived over winter and enjoying the fresh air.
Innovative creations and pure flavours represent the original style of Dutch Chef, Bas Holten, at the Château Les Merles. This recipe is sure to bring a smile.
It’s a new year which means that I am going to be consumed by SAD, not Seasonal Affective Disorder, but Serious Attempts (at) Dieting.
Organised by the UICC, a membership organisation dedicated to Fighting Cancer Together, World Cancer Day heralds the start of a 3-year call-to-action. Its aim is to encourage everyone to act now and make a personal commitment to reduce the impact of cancer on themselves, the people they love and to help others across the globe.
The colder weather often brings stiffer limbs or a more sedentary lifestyle in front of the fire. So we thought we would take a look at three ways to keep the joints moving and the mind relaxed, irrespective of age.
Julie Savill, Marketing Director at Beaux Villages Immobilier gives us flavour of what being an Immobilier involves.
Wouter Koziolek of www.lotexperience.com is a keen fisherman and tells us how to “get a bite”.
We have all struggled with the wrong tools – here are some handy tips on which garden tool is the right one.
More than a few of us will have acquired a lovely piece of land here in France and attempted to fill it with all those shrubs and plants we had back “home”, only to be left with a box of labels and very few plants.
What better way to further integrate into the French way of life than join them in dancing!
Pretty churches, historical monuments, walking trails and fabulous restaurants. This area of South West France has hidden treasures where you least expect to find them.
Alan Stewart is a private chef with a passion for seasonal, locally-inspired food. We asked him for his suggestion for a tasty dessert.
The winter months of January and February bring us red hot wood burners and a yearning for hearty, warming stews and slowly roasted meals.
If you are thinking you are too old to learn French or it’s too hard, maybe it is time to think again. Whether it’s just a few words or an entire conversation, speaking French will definitely change your life.
This lady has lots of friends and family around her but she cannot get over the trauma of losing her partner
Chocolate Moelleux, a delicious dessert from the Michelin Starred l’Allée des Vignes restaurant
A tongue-in cheek look at the build up to Christmas from our editor
We asked three experts to explain how Massage, Shiatsu and Reiki can help to relieve stress and ease the pressure that can be felt over busy periods.
Although this question relates to stress at Christmas, we can all experience stress at any family gathering.
We asked Ashleigh Swift, an 18-year old rugby player and referee to highlight how the women’s game is progressing here in SW France
Tom Smith, a Scotland International Rugby Union Player who also represented the British and Irish Lions and has been a rugby coach, lives in our region. He gave us this insight into rugby in this area of France.
Some people may think that fishing in winter is strange but we know different…. Whatever the season though, this article will help to get you started.
Dealing with legal issues, bureaucracy and finance is difficult at the best of times, regardless of how good your French is
Looking after the winter garden is all about thinking about the future, preparing for the months ahead.
Honey can be used in all sorts of ways and is a particularly good ingredient for parties!
A look at game, hearty reds and a chocolate torte
A dinner designed for Valentine’s Day but, hey, it could be Valentine’s every weekend!
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François BALARD has sent us a report on the commemoration ceremony at St Méard de Gurçon, 11 November 1918 (French and English language)
A tongue-in-cheek- look at the autumn leaf clearing operation by our editor
Colin Leigh-Higgott of Blevins Franks says that understanding the options and tax implications for different types of pensions is key.
The work of jewellery artisan, Charles Duret in Domme, is timeless, unique and utterly divine.
Katie Gardner answers a question for someone who finds that their 6 o’clock curfew on the first drink of the day is becoming earlier?
The calm, zen-like atmosphere that is synonymous with spas is created by much more than soothing music, soft lighting and warm fluffy towels, it is all about focusing on one thing – you.
Some useful words and phrases relevant to the features in the September/October 2018 issue of The Local Buzz. On-y-va!
We asked Trevor Leggett, Chairman of Leggett Immobilier, to tell us what’s happening with the property market in our region. What he had to say was enlightening.
Written by John Cook, Level 5 and European tour coach, past English Amateur Champion, past European Tour Player, past England under 18 National Coach, past Thailand National Coach, and Managing Director of mygolfclub.org.uk, one of the largest golf memberships in the World.
Following on from the last article where we talked about choosing your bike and obtaining a good fit, here Jase Alexander, an experienced club cyclist, looks at your cycling apparel and accessories.
Autumn is an essential time of year for honeybees. The worker bees are out collecting nectar for long hours to ensure enough supplies to feed and maintain their colony through the winter months.
Sue Sargeant looks at how we can be preparing our garden for the cooler months to come during the Autumn.
Honey adds a sweet, velvety touch to all kinds of foods. Here are some ideas to make the most of this delicious, natural ingredient.
Emma (chef) and John (sommelier) Gilchrist are passionate about food and drink and run Les Caulins, a gîte and cookery school in SW France. This time they take a look at fish and wine.
We take a look at some of the intriguing sights that can be found in villages and towns within our seven departments. There is so much to explore.
Some do, some don’t – but should we? We asked Rudolf de Lang, a pool technician with 25 years experience and a specialist in electronic leak detection, to explain the benefits.
It’s hot, it’s back breaking and it’s exhausting so why do thousands of people rush to help at the Vendange every year?
A tongue-in-cheek last word from our editor – this time about night markets.
Photographer Jeff Ross looks at how technology has moved on and how to get the best out of your mobile phone camera.
We take a look at honey and its benefits; a 100% natural liquid gold!
Katie Gardener is a fully qualified CBT Counsellor and answers a question about coping with a change to the pace of life
Whether you are feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed or in absolute despair, talking to someone who you do not know, in English, can be a great help.
We asked Jerry Green, a partner at Clé Rouge in Duras, to give us the essential guide to buying a property and enjoying your life in France.
Tips for creating a little ambiance in the night garden
Sue Gardner looks at summer; a time when friends and family enjoy your garden and, hopefully, you too will have time to relax and reap the rewards of your hard work.
John Cook, professional golfer, is well qualified on the subject of golf. Here he looks at the game as a whole.
We asked Jase Alexander, a keen club cyclist, for tips on how to literally “get on our bikes” and enjoy the sport. Bicycles come in all shapes and sizes, as do their riders.
Useful words and phrases relevant to the features in the July/August 2018 issue of The Local Buzz
Honey is a fabulously natural, healthy ingredient. Here are some of our favourite recipes
Emma (chef) and John (sommelier) Gilchrist live in Lot et Garonne and run a gite and cookery school, Les Caulins. Here is their take on summer BBQ ideas and the perfect wines to match.
Some of the prettiest villages may be hidden away but they are well worth finding. Full of history, intrigue and even secrets, we thought we would search out seven villages and broaden all our horizons.
Summer is the time for cooling down and enjoying being in and around water. Luckily, here in France there is no shortage of wonderful leisure lakes for all the family.
Artisanale by nature, Maison Guinguet in Duras is world famous for its wide range of chocolates and innovative use of nuts andfruit to make different flavours and textures.
Healthy and nutritious, oysters are as much a part of life here in France as red wine, cheese and baguettes.