A tongue-in-cheek look at leaping into spring from our editor.
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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.
You have been to your lesson and now you need to practice. Fancy a chat, in French? Here’s where you can do just that with like-minded people!
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.