Lockdown and Beyond - The "Director's Cut" by Christophe

Christophe GUAY // lundi 25 mai 2020

It was a Monday 16th March at 20h00 when president Macron announced live to the nation that ‘Nous sommes en guerre” (we are at war). This time with an invisible enemy. From the next day at midday we were obliged to close our office doors and sadly cancel

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France's New Anti-Waste Laws

Christophe GUAY // vendredi 21 février 2020



The French government has passed far-reaching laws to try and cut down on waste and boost recycling levels. The laws have now been officially added to the statue books but will be introduced in phases. Here's what is happening and when.
The Loi relative à la lutte contre le gaspillage et à l'économie circulaire (law on the anti-waste and to a circular economy) officially came into force on February 11th, but its changes are introduced gradually to give businesses time to prepare.

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

Christophe GUAY // dimanche 11 août 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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Barry Watton Shares His Monthly Gardening Tips For November

Christophe GUAY // jeudi 8 novembre 2018

Since moving into our new home in Voulême a month or so ago, things have now started coming together and I am ready for business. So it’s the perfect time to start the blog and let you know what my plans are for it.

Gardening in France

I am new to the Vienne department in France and whilst I feel that my horticultural experience and preferred selection of plants will be adapted to suit the conditions here, I still have much to learn about the soil, the weather and landscape vernacular here. I am expecting to have some planting failures as well as successes as I learn more, but I guess that is part and parcel of the fun of gardening.

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New 80 km/h Brought Into Force As Of 1st July 2018

Christophe GUAY // lundi 2 juillet 2018

The government has introduced an 80km/h speed limit on countryside roads in France from July 1st 2018 as part of its of new measures to make the country's roads safer despite opposition to the move.

The reform, which sees the speed limit reduced from 90km/hto 80km/h on all two-lane highways or specifically "on all secondary roads without a central reservation",  until July 1st 2020 as a two-year trial. (See below graphic).


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