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A Little Drop of Cognac - Poitou-Charentes

poitou charentes  A Little Drop of Cognac   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceA Little Drop of Cognac is Graham Downie’s blog. Graham is a property professional with over 20 years experience with Savills & Chesterton and who has lived in Cognac since 2003.

Although many of the posts are to do with buying and selling property, this really is a personal blog as entries such as…  French Schooling,  Thumbs up for a French Christmas and Felicity Kendall eat your heart out will attest.

However, Graham does offer plenty of free advice on property matters on this blog and these articles are interesting, even to me (and I’m not looking to buy any time soon.)

The other posts cover such diverse matters as… How not to earn a living, Living in France, the reality and Now, that’s what I call a party!




Graham seems to define his life by the great sporting moments that occur.

If I did that every year would be the same…. 1978 – Spurs almost get relegated, don’t win anything. 1979 – Spurs almost get relegated, don’t win anything. 1980 – Spurs do get relegated, still don’t win anything! etc. etc.

Thus, my life tends to be defined by the music I’ve heard (1976 – Elton John and Kiki Dee, Don’t go breaking my heart – 1977 The Sex Pistols etc. etc.)

It’s nice to see that Graham also looks back at great music – see this post on Never mind the Buzzcocks!

Over all, this is an interesting blog by a family man who is earning a living in a difficult business in France.  He seems to be having a good time – perhaps the proof of that is in… No Pimms required?

Oh, before I leave you, I should mention that Graham has recently won an award for his blog – The Primelocation  property blog award for Best Blog!

Now, If that’s not a good reason to rush over and take a look at A Little Drop of Cognac, I don’t know what is?

Oops, almost forgot….  Graham has a wicked sense of humour.  Take a look at this post, shamelessly nicked from  A Little Drop of Cognac……

The following is the transcript of a radio conversation between a US naval ship and Canadian authorities off the Eastern Canadian coast.

Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.

Canadians: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: This is the Captain of a US navy ship. I say again, divert your course.

Canadians: No, I say again, you divert your course.

Americans: This is the Aircraft Carrier USS Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States Atlantic Fleet. We are accompanied by three Destroyers, three Cruisers, and numerous support vessels. I demand that you change your course 15 degrees North, that’s one five degrees North, or counter-measures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call!”

All the best

poitou charentes  A Little Drop of Cognac   because we all love reading blogs about life in France

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