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    JAMIE123
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    HELLO. I HAVE BEEN A MEMBER FOR A WHILE JUST NOT HAD TIME POST ON HERE.SO NOW I HAVE A BIT OF FREE TIME ? I’DE LIKE TO SAY HELLO . WE ARE IN AREA 22  BEEN LIVING HERE FOR 15 YEARS IN FRANCE WE HAVE 3 HORSES 3 DOGS AND 3 CATS . WE ARE LOOKING FOR LIKEMINDES PEOPLE TO CHAT WITH ABOUT LIVING HERE AND THE FAMILY AND PETS THAT YOU HAVE THANK YOU AMANDA :-)

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    #532800
    Admin Paul
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    Hi Amanda,

    It’s good to have you back! That’s quite a collection you have there!

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    #533351
    Robert
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    Good morning, I have just joined the site. We live in 29. My mother has been here since 2017 and I moved over full time earlier this year.

    We have cats, dogs, turkeys, chickens, ducks, geese, guinea fowl and pigs.

    Loving life here and now in the process of building up work to replace my UK job.

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    #533354
    Admin Paul
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    Hi Robert,

    Thanks for joining, and good luck with building up your business!

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    #533518
    John
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    Greetings fellow adopted Bretons.

    My name is John, and just found this site via a link on Facebook.

    53, moved to Brittany in 2007, and settled in quickly.  Dual-national since 2011 (mercifully…). Originally based around Rennes in Bédée and then Pleumeleuc, but in the Mont Saint Michel Bay in Saint Broladre (still within Ille-et-Vilaine) since 2012.  Season-ticket holder with Rennes for my sins since 2007, and language teacher since 2011 (“titulaire” at last, since passing the French competitive exam to obtain teaching qualification in 2018)

    Look forward to getting to know new fellow expats on here in the weeks and months ahead.

    Kenavo :bye:

     

     

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    #533548
    Admin Paul
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    Morning John,

    Thanks for joining! Dual national? Lucky guy!

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    #533732
    Deborah
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    Hello everyone.

    I’ve never been to Brittany but am planning a first trip there for late 2021, or 2022, whichever works out best given the current situation.  I don’t intend to use this delightful community as a travel forum, though.  I am currently nursing a lunatic fantasy of eventually relocating to France (specifically Huelgoat, at the moment), but am well aware of how silly that sounds, given that I have yet to visit.  Thank you all in advance for letting me eavesdrop.  I probably won’t have much to offer in the discussions, but you may be assured I will be lurking so as to find out inside information from people with more knowledge and experience.

     

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    #533741
    Admin Paul
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    Hi Deborah,

    Great to have you as a member, and thanks for joining!

    Best Wishes,

    Paul

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    #533816
    Marty
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    I found this site by accident to be honest. I was on another forum for Brittany for a long time until it got nasty and then went to forum heaven and so I decided I had had enough of reading about stuff that was common sense and mostly not France related plus there was a very nasty man on there under the guise of a bird who always provoked people, had no idea about living in France day to day and was always right when he was usually wrong most of the time. I recognise Roger Wood from the olde days and a few others. Have lived here full time over 26years now, owned the house for over 30years and live in 29 by the sea. I want to keep some annonimity so won’t say much more except that I have experienced more or less everything that life could throw at me here from serious legal matters, death of family member, road accidents, politics and working, children going right through from primary to Masters degrees and working here. I have also just become a first time grandparent but have yet to meet the little man as he lives over a thousand kms away down south. Hope to have some serious but not contentious banter on here with folks and one reason I joined is to let off steam about that useless bunch of UK politicians who are determined to ruin the lives of expats in Europe.

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    #533835
    james ince
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    11th September 2020

    Greetings, new member here my name is James and I am originally from Kent I am 44 years old and currently seeing out this covid crap in finistere, sort of a bit of a prepper , growing lots of veg and some learning some bush-craft skills as well as air rifle shooting.

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    #533932
    Admin Paul
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    Hi Marty,

    Thanks for joining, we sometimes have visitations and reincarnations of “horrible” people, but we try and enforce a zero tolerance to personal attacks. Lively debates and disagreements are more than welcome, but not if it crosses the line into becoming personal. You’re right (in my opinion!) about the UK politicians, they seem intent on making life very difficult and unpleasant as possible for most people. Their  incompetence is staggering!

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    #534099
    John Oliver
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    Greetings to all,

    My first post – I’m an expat who has been living here in France for the last 6 months or so – I was in Sweden for 5 years before this but finally managed to escape (lol) and am now living in Yvelines with my (future) French wife…

    Our goal is to move to Brittany in the next 12 months I suppose – the landlord who owns the farmhouse where we are staying is not exactly wonderful and we think will want us out soon so the plan will probably be to see if its possible to get our cottage near Glomel (Côtes d’Armor department) on the electricity and live-able or to sell it and pool our resources and try for a cheap cottage elsewhere in Brittany – we are looking for a place probably in CÔTES D’ARMOR or FINISTÈRE or MORBIHAN departments.

    I know zero about French geography at this point in time so I had to check with the boss just then ;)

    Trying to think – what else? As I said I came to France to be with my future wife about 6 months ago – maybe 7 now – before that 5 years in Sweden – on my British passport as a temporary resident there – then of course Brexit has now hit as we all know.

    I’m here in France on my Irish passport but this week myself and my partner will be doing the PACS thing with Monsieur Le Maire in the village and we are hoping to marry next year.

    I grew up in Australia and spent quite a few years in South America (Argentina) also – I think thats maybe an okay intro message without making it as long as ”War and Peace” :)

    Thanks for having me and hoping I can make some contacts and friendships and so on here – because I really don’t know anyone here in France apart from my partner and she doesn’t really know anyone much in Brittany either because she has lived most of her adult life either in Paris or here in Yvelines…

    John :)

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    #534121
    Admin Paul
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    Hey John,

    That’s quite a bit of history! Thank you for joining, please post as much as you want if you need information on any topic, our members have years of experience with life here, and will only be too happy to share with you.

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    #534128
    John Oliver
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    Many thanks for that Paul,

    Yes – it would be nice to feel that myself and my lady are not going to be ”total strangers” when we do finally make the transition from here (Yvelines) to Brittany – that is the plan for the next 12 months – we have a cottage there already but no electricity and to be totally honest I think getting it hooked up and everything else – we are going to be better of selling and putting our money together to buy a small cottage there that already has all the basics – water, electric, toilet, shower etc and then spend the years ahead doing whatever bits and bobs we need to do to make it the way we need it to be…

    Right now though have only been here for 6 or 7 months and half of that was lockdown so yes, its taking time to get things organized at even a basic level :)

    Tomorrow we should be able to get the PACS done here in the village where we are – so that is one more thing done – later on down the track (next year) will be the civil wedding and we can always do our pagan handfasting either here or when we get to Brittany itself :)

    John.

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    #534228
    Admin Paul
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    Hey John,

    The pagan handfasting is a pagan “wedding’? Great idea,when I remarried in 2002 we settled on a registry office, looking back we should have done something like a handfasting, which has more meaning for me than the sterile crap at a registry office!

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    #534229
    Marty
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    My son and DIL are planning a non religious batism for their baby next summer hoping by then covid will have diminished enough for family to attend. Like me, neither have time for nor believe in religion so its really a naming ceremony which will mean a lot more than a load of old mumbo jumbo religious stuff and being smoked to death by that dangly thing. A nice spot in the mountains will need to be found for it so we can picnic afterwards.

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    #534360
    John Oliver
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    It sounds very much like myself and Pascale (my partner) are going to fit in with the expat community in Brittany then :)

    We’re both pagans and we very much ”do our own thing” – our biggest problem right now though is a limited budget and working out what to do – we have a cottage there which is not connected to the electricity and which I feel we going to spend a fortune on to do this – and its also quite small…

    I know we can sell it and that with that and the little bit of money I got from selling my farmhouse in Sweden we’ll have enough for larger cottage or farmhouse in Brittany somewhere – we just need to have the right contacts I suppose and people looking out for us there…

    Here in La Hauteville (Yvelines) its lovely but super overpriced and for the rich (i.e. not for us lol) – if we can get a cottage or place that is a bit bigger and ideally IN the forest or certainly outside any hamlet or village rather than in the middle of it – and if the basics of roof, water, electricity are okay and we can live in it while we gradually do it up over time – I think that will suit us just fine…

    We are hoping to grow our own veggies and tobacco and maybe a few animals and are both hardcore on the organic food and homeopathy/ayurvedic medicines as opposed to western medicine…

    Anyway – HAVE to figure out if there is some way you can get email notifications when someone replies here because otherwise I will miss out and won’t know – hoping to network with like minded souls and make some friends in advance of the big move…

    We know our rather nasty landlord will probably want to turf us out sometime in the months or year ahead and really we need to have a place there ready for us to move into that HAS electricity and all the basics that we need…

    John.

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    #534366
    Marty
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    There are very cheap properties to be found in central Bretagne but be warned they will cost and arm and a leg to make good especially as most old places have no damp courses, insulation and drainage facilities for which you are obliged to comply with the current regs on regarding sewage and drainage and can work out expensive. OH renovated dozens of these properties in the 90’s and 00’s for clients in the back of beyond and it was not cheap for them. A lot depends on what lifestyle you want and whether you are able to rough it not forgetting it can get very damp and cold in winter here with high winds. That saying, many have turned what were damp cold hovels with dirt floors into some very nice properties but there is no future in doing this as a business as you can never recoup what was invested. My friend sold his breton longère which he bought same time as us in 89 for just under €65k last summer within a week. He got knocked down a fair bit because the septic tank did not conform, there was no insulation, old single paned windows and an outside bathroom but that is currently all being transformed into a new habitation. If its land you want, then central is the region to look.

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    #534385
    John Oliver
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    Around that sort of price would be just about right for us Marty – and we are not looking for ”luxury” at all – if we need to we can rough it and the main thing really is that there is still a bit of land with the house/cottage/whatever and that basics like electricity and water are on/connected…

    That plus knowing the roof and walls are keeping the water out and that we can survive there and gradually start to do things up bit by bit – that is what we are looking for I think :)

    My place in Sweden was an 1840 farmhouse with an acre of land – the basic structure was solid and even though the electrical was from the 1930s and 1940s everything still worked…

    If we can get something like this where you are talking about I think we would be very happy indeed :)

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    #534407
    Admin Paul
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    Good luck with the project John

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    #540769
    Zombie
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    Hi from the Crozon Peninsula
    In our 3rd year here after a few year gap in UK previously been in Deux Sevres, Vendee and Dordogne.
    Petrol head, small time web developer, property freak, motorhomer.
    Tried rural isolation, rural and village now coastal for 3 years, longest we have gone without considering moving on although this rain isn’t helping

     

     

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    #541043
    Jamie
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    More of a re-hello from me as have not been around Brittany much over the last few years as have been busy fixing up france’s dry stone walls over in Burgundy and down in the Aveyron and Tarn area’s as well as other jobs in the southwest to southeast.

    Many on here know me already and for those who do not I am a welsh hippy-nomad who has been living the nomadic dream in France for around twenty years living in vans and yurts. I am equally passionate about nature and rugby and own a lovely little woodland near brec’h in the morbihan where I visit a couple of times a year to give the place a nice tidy up and put aside kindling to give away to the people who need it the most.

    Am a landscape gardener by trade but have for a lot of years been specialising in dry stone and it is lovely to be part of preserving some of the old france for people to enjoy for many years to come. I have recently come back up from Aveyron where I have been happily working for the ex wales rugby manager :-)

    I am also known for having the disorder of being hyper positive and believe that everything can be achieved and that we can live our dreams if we try hard enough to create them. There will be hurdles and they will teach us along the way.

    Just enjoying a couple of months holiday in Brittany before going back down to the south west again and am much enjoying being back and visiting favourite places whilst that bit of freedom is available. If a lockdown come again then plenty to be getting on with in my woods in a safe environment :-)

    I hope that you have all kept well and have found some fun and happiness amongst the complications of 2020 and I wish you all a wonderful new year full of love,hope and happiness.

    Love and light to old friends and new.

    Jamie xxxxxx

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    #541196
    Admin Paul
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    Hi Jamie and Lee

    Thanks for joining, and re-joining! Stay well and safe guys, look forward to hearing from you,

    Paul

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    #541337
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    Bonjour à toutes et à tous, I’ve just been approved!

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    #541440
    Admin Paul
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    Hello Nemo!!

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    #543285
    Stephen Barnes
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    Hi Everyone. Just joined from ‘the other side’. We have a cottage in Finistere (29) that we bought in 2007 & have been renovating over the years. It is a holiday home near to chateauneuf du fou. Having motorhomed & cycle toured over many areas of France we kept coming back to Brittany & took the plunge 13 years ago & yes we have gone through just about everything you can imagine in a renovation. Great support from UK people in area but most especially from the locals in our village who have been so helpful. We love walking & are still finding new corners of Finistere to explore. Hopefully will be over more often when this terrible Covid situation subsides. Look forward to posts etc on the site.

    Steve.

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    #543369
    Admin Paul
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    Hi Steve, welcome, and thanks for joining!

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    #545368
    Anonymous
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    Hello, thank you for accepting me as a member. Like many others I seem to have found this site by accident.

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    #545503
    Admin Paul
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    Morning Lyvet,

    Glad you found the site, and thanks for joining!

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    #545929
    Cordelia Cale-Doucet
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    Hello Folks,

    I just joined and am looking forward to reading your comments about Brittany.  I live in New Orleans, Louisiana.  I am planning to go to a crepe course in Rennes in late May and then travel about a little bit.  I am an English teacher for people who don’t speak English which I really enjoy.

    Thanks again for accepting my membership app.

    All the best,

    Cordelia

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