The Arrival of Autumn - October Update

fiona // Monday, 07 October 2019

The Arrival of Autumn

Whilst the sun still pokes his head out now and again, it is truly starting to feel Autumnal in our little part of France, don’t you think?

The rain has brought back the gorgeous green to the surrounding fields, the trees are slowly but surely starting to change colour ready to put on their best fiery display, and the wildlife is getting ready for winter.

As for us, the wood has been ordered and log burners are being lit once again, salads are being replaced by gorgeous comfort food and our homes being prepared for winter after another glorious Summer season.

There is something truly special about the change of seasons, and the Autumn light in the Charente, Vienne and Deux Sevres countryside is truly magical!

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Brexit: France to launch new website for British people to apply for carte de séjour

Christophe GUAY // Wednesday, 11 September 2019


France will launch a new online platform in October so Britons can apply for their carte de séjour residency permits, the French PM has announced. However campaigners fear the new system may still struggle to cope with the demand.

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End Of The Summer Holidays

Christophe GUAY // Sunday, 01 September 2019



Other than the occasional (and very welcome) cooler day, a typically hot August is now behind us. Ruffec has been as busy as ever during the holiday season, though with the new school term looming and folk heading back to work, the town is returning to normal.

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A Night At The Opera....... (Poitou-Charentes Style)

Christophe GUAY // Sunday, 11 August 2019

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Saturday 10th August, on a cooler summer’s evening, saw the 20th annual opera presentation at the Gallo-Roman site at Sanxay in the Vienne department. A magnificent setting for a major performance by the “Orchestra & Choir of Soirées Lyriques de Sanxay” of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aïda”.

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A Bird's-Eye View Of Verteuil-Sur-Charente

Christophe GUAY // Sunday, 16 June 2019

As a gift of sympathy for now being half a century in age my family offered me a flight from Angoulême over the beautiful village of Verteuil-Sur-Charente where I happen to live.
Making our way down the N10 to Angoulême Aeronautic club we were met by Laurent Sayettat our pilot for the morning with over 400 hours of flying experience.                                                                 64216389 10157285481197612 2360373799494352896 n 64346314 10157285483172612 6291778917116149760 n

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