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La Reserve ~ A New Daily Grocery Market



In the Montreuil area, there’s news of a new grocery market open daily at La Reserve, Campigneulles-Les-Petites.  In addition to the grocery market, open mornings, Monday to Sunday, there’s an additional covered market open on Friday mornings where fish, meat, cheese, boulangerie and other stalls are promised.13620729_311070479237123_2869723838002569339_n





Fabulous modern chateau style house ~ price now reduced

The "White House" at Conchil Le Temple - For Sale

The British owners of the superb modern chateau-style “White House” at Conchil Le Temple are preparing to sell in order to retire to another part of France.  They have recently announced a price reduction from €769,000 to €720,000 (around £600,000)

The house, which sits in its own 2.5 acre wooded grounds, has 6-8 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 2 shower rooms, as well as a Grand Salon of 80 sq.m., a large formal dining room, a smaller private dining room, a library, a study/office, a gym,  laundry room, wine cellar, and an integral garage for up to 6 cars!

The former staff apartment, in part of the west wing of the White House, is currently being used as an independent one-bedroom holiday apartment, to provide the present owners with an annual income of over 10,000 euros, but these rooms could be used equally well as a granny flat, self contained student accommodation, or even as professional office/consulting room space.

Only ten minutes from the fabulous beaches at Berck and Fort Mahon, the White House is also conveniently situated for travel to London, Paris and Brussels .  It can be reached by car in less than one hour from the Channel Tunnel, and less than two hours from Paris Charles De Gaulle airport.

More detailed information can be found on the White House website

Living in France

Montreuil Christmas Crafts Market – the very place for the nicest gifts

We went to the Christmas craft market in Montreuil last Sunday and were most impressed, both by the variety and the quality of the handcrafted goods on sale.

Colourful and delicately-formed glass objets

Among our purchases were a nicely presented pot of home-made chutney, a very attractive and practical hand-made kitchen apron, a delicious Lemon Drizzle Cake a pot of something for skin-care (I think), and a couple of pieces of beautifully crafted objets made with tremendous skill and artistry in glass.

The range of jewellery, decorated household and personal items created by the talented glassworker we met at the fair would solve anyone’s Christmas gift problems.  How about a bookmark in brightly coloured swirls of glass, a pretty cheese knife or handsome salad server set with exotically coloured glass handles, or some exquisite hand-crafted jewellery, guaranteed unique? – something in the range is bound to charm even your most ungrateful, anti-Christmas, Uncle or Auntie Scrooge.

Salad servers - the perfect gift!

The young artist who makes these beautiful glass pieces goes by the fabulously Italian name of Paola Boccanfuso, appropriate enough, since she uses rods and beads of Murano glass for her creations.  But her workshop isn’t far away in Italy, it’s in Montreuil, and you can call in during normal afternoon shopping hours, every week Wednesday to Saturday, to browse her shelves and trays of goodies.

Here are the details:

Paola Boccanfuso, L’échoppe No 11, 11 rue du Clape-en-Bas, 62170 Montreuil s/ Mer.

If you’re lucky, Paola might be exhibiting at this weekend’s Christmas Market in Montreuil, or at one of the other Christmas Markets in the region during the next week or so.

If you can’t visit her workshop or find her at a Christmas market, you can always look up her delightfully quirky website where you can order online.

December Events – Frogsiders recommends…

December is so often taken up with sending cards, gift shopping, hanging decorations and preparing for family feasts, that it’s often difficult to get out and do anything more entertaining. Frogsiders comes to the rescue with a few really interesting ideas for December outings.

The Franco-British Christmas Craft Market at Montreuil (already featured in an earlier post, but worth a reminder now. This weekend Sturday and Sunday 4/5 December (afternoons only)

Open Studio at the workshop of Scottish artists Alice Johnston and James Buchanan Johnston. Also already featured here, also in Montreuil this weekend Sunday 5 December 15h00 to 19h00

For tennis fans and all sports lovers, the 17th Le Touquet International Women’s Open Tennis Tournament takes place all next week Monday 6 December to Sunday 11 December at the Le Touquet Tennis Club. See the stars of the future (Amelie Mauresmo and Justine Henin were successful here on their way to stardom) including two contestants who are already ranked in the world’s top 50. Tickets from only 3€. Telephone 03 21 05 02 97

Ice Sculpture Demonstration at St Pol sur Ternoise.  Free!

A free demonstration by Philippe Gondrand, the champion ice-sculptor of France, at St Pol sur Ternoise, Square Warstein, December 11 at 14h00

Fancy something a bit more tropical?  Latin Singer, Dany Brillant stops off for one night, Saturday 18 December, on his “Salsa Tour” to give a concert at the Palais de Congres, Place de l’Hermitage, Le Touquet. Tickets from 36€ Telephone 03 21 06 72 00.

Traditional Winter Fair at Hesdin December 4 to December 12. A traditional event in the town dating back to the 17th Century. The programme includes a winter market on Saturday December 4, and an indoor Christmas Market in the Salle De Manege on the 11 and 12 December from 10h00 to 19h00. Enjoy also, all week, the traditional pork offal and “tripes” dishes which most of the restaurants in the town will be serving as part of the festival.

During December the villages and towns of the Seven Valleys region hold many events – too many to list here, but you can get the full programme by clicking here