John B, owner of ‘Esperluettes’, is a lovely, chatty, sociable Scot, with a great sense of humour! Back in Saint Cyprien from a busy and stressful job in Saudi Arabia, he has finally achieved one of his life ambitions…..to own a small Picture Framing, Arts and Crafts Shop.

May is the time when results really begin to show. The pleasure of being in a well-stocked, colourful and fragrant garden is really apparent, and if the weather is warm enough even swimming may be possible for those of us who are hardy enough, although the water will still be about 20 deg.C.

If you wish to display/sell at a vide-grenier, you will normally need to register in advance and show some proof of identity when registering. More information on how to do this from the town hall or tourist office in the commune where the vide-grenier is taking place.

Named after the frosty trio of saints, St Mamert, St Pancrace, and St Servais, whose Saint days are respectively May 10th, 11th, and 12th, the expression ‘Saints de Glace’ describes a sudden return of freezing weather in late spring, which can catch us all unawares, just when we think fthat summer is on its way!

As technology develops we continually investigate ways to improve our service to you. Ex-pats all over the world seek ways to watch their favourite programs; it’s probably all part of being British! And we are here to help you do that.

We’re talking stingers again! Despite being maligned and feared by many, hornets are far less hostile than so-called ‘social’ wasps – at least towards us humans. Some hornet lovers label our native European species ‘gentle giants’. But we also have Asian hornets in the PO. How do they differ and what’s the problem with them? Lesley McLaren explains.

Fiona Sass and Cindy Guilbert have much in common. They both live in the High Vallespir….and they both have a passion for edible and medicinal weeds and wild plants.

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