Well, I promised you two posts from the land of the eternal rain (and cowpats the size of Basingstoke) and here is the second (I’ve got a feeling I’ll be heading south for tomorrow’s review – it’s getting a little bit nippy up here!)
So, without further ado, I’d like to present…. At Home in Brittany!
At Home in Brittany is Tony and Anne’s blog. This is what they have to say about themselves… “In 2002, retiring early from our respective careers, we moved to Brittany to pursue the lifelong dream of living in France. For many years we had enjoyed holidays in various regions of France, but the beauty of Brittany, the variety of terrain and the friendly nature of the inhabitants made it an easy choice for the next phase of our life.”
You can read more about what prompted their move and how they went about it on their About Page.
Now, this blog contains an awful lot of useful information about living in Brittany (and, I guess, the rest of France.)
So that’s where we’ll start…
The really useful bits….
Now, you won’t get far without some electricity.
And the electrical systems in France are different to those in the UK.
To find out more, take a peek at Domestic Electricity in France.
It explains everything apart from… “Why the electricity always goes off half way through watching (online) Spurs losing at football again?”
I never could work that one out?
I hope that none of you ever have car problems but, if you do, you’ll be glad if you’ve read Getting The Car Repaired in France first.
You should also take heed of Tony’s sage advice… “…if you intend to stay in France buy a French Car or a good Bicycle.”
I guess I must have met Tony in a previous existence as I’ve got both.
Assuming that you’ve got electricity and you’re not busy hitchhiking back from the local garage, you may be interested in Internet Shopping in France.
I’m guessing that Tony has got working electricity (not sure about his car?) because he has written a very comprehensive article on just that subject.
The Gardening bits….
If gardening is your thing then why not take a look at Pottering in the Garden.
I have to admit that I’m not much of a gardener but I do like a little snooze in a comfy chairs whilst watching the Girlie do all the pottering for me!
Any anyway, as Anne says… “Colour in the garden is not difficult to achieve when you live in Brittany.”
Sometimes you even get help with the gardening from the local population; so I’m not sure why Tony asks Who dug that hole!
Apart from the usual Problems in the Gardens of Brittany (which Mrs A Taste of Garlic would probably say are probably all caused by Mr A Taste of Garlic who is sat snoozing in the chair whilst she does all the work), it’s soon time to be Gathering in the Harvest.
Out and about in Brittany….
Now, everyone who is everyone knows that Brittany is the most beautiful place on earth (even if it does rain all the time and have cowpats the size of Basingstoke!) and Tony and Anne have certainly found some of the prettier bits to talk about…
And if that isn’t enough, they also guide us round something far more modern (for Brittany, anyway) – Le Yaudet, A Roman Fort.
Tourists and other immigrants….
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love Breton music but I do admit that it might be an acquired taste?
Especially those slightly out of tune bagpipes!
Moving swiftly on before I get lynched by the locals…..
A lot has been written about The English Tourist in Brittany and most of the pertinent points (from a Gite Owner’s point of view) are summed up with that post.
Mind you, there are also difficulties for people wishing to move to Brittany.
America to Brittany – The Challenges explain these is great detail and is a worthwhile read for anyone who is thinking about jacking in the job, selling up and moving to The Land of Cowpats the size of Basingstroke.
So, summing up….
I can’t praise At Home in Brittany enough. Not only does it tell you something about the most beautiful place in the world, it is also full of vital information….
Like how to deal with The Bureaucratic Nightmare that is France.
There’s even an article In Praise of “Le Vélo”
Just don’t eat them unless they’ve been properly cooked first!
And me? Well, I’m going to have a sit down and perform an in-depth study of “Passing Through” the Toilets of Brittany.
This is exactly the sort of post I love!
The Mother in Law story has made my day!
All the best