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August 2006

The sunshines........

Cutting_the_hay_001_1 make hay!

M Bertrand turns his hay in the late summer sun. The window of opportunity is about 3 days and the temperature is expected to rise to 29 degrees so he has to act quickly.

Today we have not seen a cloud and tomorrow is expected to be the same.

Direction Departementale de l'Equipment

It looks like the Permis de Construire is going to be delayed slightly because our Architect forgot a document relating to the Fosse Septique. Donna has today dropped this off at the Architects office so that we can get everything sorted out for commencing in the Autumn. The planning department has promised to make the decision before the 16th September should all the paperwork be in order.

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Passenger numbers hit Bank Holiday record for airport

It seems Bergerac continues to be a major destination for travellers coming to France according to an article Liverpool's Daily Post.

Carriers Easy Jet and Ryanair have recently opened up new routes from John Lennon Airport and France has contributed to attracting 70,000 passengers out of the City's airport during the past bank holiday weekend.

Cheap flights and the ease of travelling have meant strong growth in holidays in the Dordogne and Lot et Garonne which are served by Bergerac Airport.

Second home ownership is also on the agenda for travellers who know they can hop on a plane at John Lennon Airport and arrive at Bergerac just two hours later and be in their accommodation in less than half a day.

Mr Meteo

Sunset_1 The weather these last three years has been decidedly iffy during the month of August. Although still pleasantly warm when the sun shines we have had a couple of days when the wind has been from the North and  has it rained!

I had a joke with Ben one of our departing guests last week. He said to me that when he leaves I will be posting about clear blue skies and warm weather. Well, M Meteo is saying that the latter part of this week we can expect clear blue skies and 24-26 degrees.

Joking a side though, the months of September and October are usually glorious and coupled with May are my favourite months.

Click here and hover your mouse over the regions until it says Lot et Garonne

Wallabies can win World Cup, say past winners

Sydney - Australia have uncovered the attacking blueprint needed to overcome a woeful away record and win next year's Rugby World Cup, according to the masterminds of the Wallabies' first World Cup triumph.

Bob Dwyer and Nick Farr-Jones, the coach and captain of the champion 1991 squad in England, believe the Wallabies' fighting loss to the All Blacks last weekend proved they have the capability to claim a third World Cup.

From the IOL website

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Back to School

Fleur_starts_montaut_001 The summer has flown for us here. It seems 5 minutes ago that the schools broke up with Henry and Fleur relaxing into their off duty roles.

But for Fleur that holiday came to an end today and it is the first day at Montaut, the school Henry has just left. She could not wait and was up at 7.00am getting dressed and fed ready for the bus at 7.50am.

Such a difference I seem to remember when I attended Blackmoor School in Whitehill.  I used to dread the end of the holidays.

Although Fleur will have Wednesday's off she still has a long day and overall does more hours of work while at school than she would have done in England.  She will not return until 5.15pm.

One thing that we found interesting this morning when the bus arrived was the attendance

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Belgium shock Spain

Writes Planet Rugby

Belgium beat Spain 18-6, six kicks to two kicks, in the final of the inaugural IV Nations tournament.

The result is a surprise to Spain and a blow to the country's hopes of qualifying for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. This tournament was to have acted as part of the Spanish preparation for their match against Czech Republic and the Spanish side had something of an experimental look about it.

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Rugby World Cup 2007

Keep a beady on the Rugby World Cup official site. As the tournament gets closer the pressure to find accommodation will get harder as a huge influx of fans is expected.

At Jean Blanc we are nicely situated equidistant between both Bordeaux and Toulouse and if you have tickets or intend to apply for tickets and you need a base then bookmark Perigord Vacance or email us here.

I will cover more on the world cup as it gets closer but a year soon passes so plan early. Unfortunately the anti touting rules makes it illegal to transfer tickets or sell them to someone so you need to book and buy directly.

Tickets can be booked here.

If you would like to check on availability with us before booking the accommodation here then call 00 33 (0)553 01 26 14 or email us.

Domaine Rhodes Hautes


Naturally, when visiting France the majority of holiday makers, even if they don't drink would like to see a vineyard and see how wine is made.

Perhaps some tasting too and all over France there are the famous regions from Bordeaux to Champagne from large scale operations to the small family run enterprises with just a few hectares of ground.

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