Monday, 12 December 2016

A fused glass artist in Evran

Louise Waterman has just moved to Evran. She spends most of her time designing and making bespoke pictures but also a range of smaller gift items such as coasters and tealight holders.
You can buy directly from her.
For more information please visit this web site here.

If you are staying in our gite in Evran, as she is only 200 m away, she will be happy to show you her workshop. 

Monday, 14 November 2016

Panto time! Robin Hood playing near Dinan

Come and enjoy the play! 
Played by local amateurs in Evran, 10 min from Dinan. 
Robin Hood, Robin des Bois

The Churchfitters in Evran

The Churchfitters playing live in Evran!
Followed by a Fest Noz.

8 euros per ticket
10 euros on the day.
Please book by email

Evran is 10 min from Dinan.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Plant sale near Dinan

A plant sale (Vide Jardin) is on for the second time in Evran on Saturday 24h September 2016 from 9 am, near the market square.

You will find plants, bulbs, shrubs, seeds, gardening tools etc at a great price. It is like a car boot sale but you will only find gardening things there.

Evran is 10 min South of Dinan in Brittany, France.
If you are interested to book a stall, please contact me, it is free to take part.
The normal market is on at the same time. Fruits, vegs, fish, meat, cheese, eggs, etc can be found.  

Food and drinks can be found too.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Petrol available near Dinan

For tourists wondering if they will find petrol in Brittany, I can confirm everything seems back to normal in and around Dinan.
There is no limit so you can have a full tank of petrol without problem.

There is no shortage of petrol... 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

French Income tax returns

If your income is over 40,000 euros you must do your French income tax return online this year.
Income tax returns are in the post, you should receive yours soon.
You can already do yours online as from today.
Follow this link:

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Open National in Dinan

The pool table (billard anglais) competition took place in Dinan last weekend. 

The team from La Roche Sur Yon stayed in our gite in Evran.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Rate watch for currency exchange

When buying a house in France, it is important to get the best exchange rate. When I transfer money myself I use a ‘Rate Watch’. I tell them what rate I want and I get notified when the exchange rate I am interested in becomes available. If the rate arrives, you are under no obligation to actually trade. It is free to set up.

 See this link for more information.


Tuesday, 23 February 2016

International Festival of the Young Fashion Designers of Dinan

For the first time, Dinan will host the International Festival of the Young Fashion Designers on  15, 16 and 17 April 2016. I will write more about this festival when the press releases more information!

Après une première édition à Saint-Malo, vingt autres à Dinard, c'est à Dinan que le festival international des jeunes créateurs soufflera ses 22 bougies, en avril 2016.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Learn to prune roses in a chateau in Brittany

Learn to prune roses at Château de la Ballue in Brittany on 3rd Marsh 2016.
80 euros per person lunch included.

For more information and to book please follow this link here.

See original image

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Another online scam

I have just received this email:


Le paiement de votre commande pour un compte PREMlUM a été accepté (référence 1917516 - MP). Ceci est d'ores et déjà visible sur votre compte. Pour rappel le montant total est de 158 euros via 2 paiements de 79 euros. Le premier paiement a été validé. Le prochain interviendra dans 3 mois. Ce compte premium est un compte semestriel. Il sera donc reconduit automatiquement tous les 6 mois. Vous pouvez arrêter à tout moment votre compte par simple demande.

Concernant la possibilité de souscrire à des services optionnels, je vous invite à contacter notre numéro afin de demander un code vous donnant la possibilité à des services en 0ption.

Par téléphone :
Service 2,99 € / appel
+ prix appel
Ouvert du lundi au Samedi de 09h00 à 21h00.

Nous nous tenons à votre entière disposition pour répondre à vos demandes,

Caroline Morin
Conseillère pour vos accès en ligne 

You think it is a refund, but it is not. If you ever get an email asking you to call a 089 number, just delete it. It is a scam (arnaque en ligne)
The call is going to cost you a lot of money!

Monday, 15 February 2016

Music festival this Saturday near Dinan

Several bands are playing live this Saturday in St André des Eaux:
Cupif Band
DJ Krooger
€7 per person.
St André des Eaux is 10 min South of Dinan, in Brittany. 

Dinner and dance organised by the Pompiers


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

TNT channels becoming HD on 5th April 2016

TNT is going digital on 5th April 2016 in France.
What will change:
If you live in France and watch TNT channels though your modem then there won’t be any changes for you.
If you receive the TNT channels using cable or satellite, you might have to buy a ‘decodeur’.
If you use an aerial, the aerial must be HD compatible.
Your TV also must be of course HD compatible.

It looks like the sales of TV will increase from beginning of April in France! 

The Group Heat Wave in concert near Evran

Centre Le Page in Le Quiou near Dinan in Brittany will be hosting their first Soirée with the amazing six-piece soul/funk (James Brown etc) band from Brittany ‘HEAT WAVE’ at a great price of 12,50€ with dinner and dessert and obviously dancing included. 

To book please contact:
Centre Le Page, 19 Place de l'Eglise, 22630 Le Quiou, France +33 (0)2 96 80 31 13

Le Labo in Dinan

If you are a keen musician and if you are looking for a place to rehearse and record a CD Le Labo in Dinan is the place for you.
Free concerts are also given on a regular basis.

See this site for more information here.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Online scam for gite owners

I have received another enquiry for my gite in Evran today but this one is a scam. 
I can tell this is a scam:
See the wording:

 I want to make a reservation in your facility for Eight (6) of our newly ordained priest from Macedonia, they will be visiting your country for a seven (7) days religious program in the month of March / April 2016.

Arrival Date :..............30th March, 2016
Departure Date:.........5th  April, 2016

Number of guest: (6)
Number of rooms: (3)

Please, kindly confirm availability of the requested rooms and get back to me with total cost, so we can pay a deposit in advance for the rooms to be reserved for them, am waiting for your swift email response. ASAP.  

They never mention the word 'gite' but 'facility' or 'accommodation' instead.
They always ask for a 'cost' rather than a 'price'.  

Be very careful and ignore the email. 

Eating frogs’ legs

I know some of you will be disgusted but we do eat frogs’legs in France. Actually in my family we tend to eat out around Christmas time and I always pick this dish.
People say the taste and texture of frog meat is between chicken and fish. Well, you need to try this dish yourself to find out. 

The frogs legs are cooked in butter, garlic and parsley.
I have put the photo of what the dish looks like when you get it and what my plate looked like when I finished! 

You eat the frogs’legs with your fingers. No need to use your knife and fork!
Try this dish if you visit Lyon in France, the capital of gastronomy…