If you think that Sunday afternoon is the ideal time for mowing the lawn or doing a bit of DIY, you haven’t read your local community magazine! It is clearly stated that noisy work that will disturb the peace of the neighbourhood is forbidden, not just on Sunday afternoons. No noise is permitted at any time on Sunday and only allowed between 8.30 and 12 on Saturday mornings and from 2pm until 4pm on Saturday afternoons! On weekdays the noise must stop at lunchtimes, but you can continue until 7.30 in the evening! The ban covers lawnmowers, chainsaw, drills and something I did not recognise – ‘les raboteuses’.When I looked online for pictures, I saw monstrous sawing tables that would make light work of the biggest planks of wood. No wonder, they were included in the list!

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