Re: Mystery Word....

by cmchsmjm • Wed 23 Jan 2019 18:38

Thanks Dave,
now that you have explained it I hear it as "pecab' and 'becap"...Doh!
As you say, a positive (and useful) filler word :-D

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: Mystery Word....
Replies: 2
Views: 78

Mystery Word....

by cmchsmjm • Tue 22 Jan 2019 22:58

"Becab" (or something similar)...I have heard this word used a lot a lot in France, can anyone tell me what it means?

Here is AlexFrenchGuyCooking saying it on one of his recent YouTube posts:



...when he meets the boulanger (11:59)

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: Mystery Word....
Replies: 2
Views: 78

Swimming Pool

by cmchsmjm • Mon 06 Aug 2018 09:34

Hello all, what are your views regarding the value of installing a pool (above or in-ground) at a holiday home? We currently spend 6 weeks during the Summer at our home and various additional weeks throughout the year. We trying to decide if a pool would be a good investment or potentially money dow...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Swimming Pool
Replies: 6
Views: 927

Foraging, mushrooms, chestnuts et al

by cmchsmjm • Thu 19 Oct 2017 08:29

Hello good people, beyond the bounds of our hamlet, what are the rules/laws with regards to foraging for mushrooms and other delicious goodies? My brother and I have just returned from 5 days at the house and had an amazing time gathering (and eating) 11 species of edible mushrooms, walnuts and ches...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Foraging, mushrooms, chestnuts et al
Replies: 1
Views: 238

Re: How often do you visit your home?

by cmchsmjm • Wed 22 Feb 2017 08:51

Thanks virtdave, very interesting.
I will pick up a few of the moisture traps when I next visit the house.
A lover of gadgets and tech, I am also drawn to the solar vent

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: How often do you visit your home?
Replies: 4
Views: 669

How often do you visit your home?

by cmchsmjm • Tue 21 Feb 2017 14:25

As the title suggests I am curious to know how often people visit there holiday homes. Outside of Christmas and the Summer hols, we are trying not to leave the place empty for more than 3 months at a time. The longest our house has been empty is 8 months and it definitely felt damp and musty as a re...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: How often do you visit your home?
Replies: 4
Views: 669

Herb Garden

by cmchsmjm • Mon 29 Aug 2016 18:50

I would like to create a herb garden but I do not have a green thumb, finger or toe!!

My main concern is not being around to water any plant/herbs I plant. Any advice?

There is a large cast iron tub at the front of our house. Could this be utilised as a starter?

Forum: Gardening, Smallholding and Livestock
Topic: Herb Garden
Replies: 3
Views: 517

Re: notre hameau miniature

by cmchsmjm • Tue 16 Aug 2016 18:35

Thanks, yes, technology indeed

Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: notre hameau miniature
Replies: 4
Views: 1201

notre hameau miniature

by cmchsmjm • Tue 16 Aug 2016 18:22

A quick sunset shot taken with my drone on my birthday.
I love this little part of France

Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: notre hameau miniature
Replies: 4
Views: 1201

Re: Internet, telephone, tv combos...

by cmchsmjm • Sat 13 Aug 2016 11:44

Thanks for all the advise good people. We went with a package from Bouygues. The engineer arrived early on the appointed day, installed the line with out a fuss and a couple of days later we went live :) I had to pop back to the UK due to work commitments but by all accounts internet access is prett...

Forum: Technology Troubles
Topic: Internet, telephone, tv combos...
Replies: 9
Views: 604

Re: Internet, telephone, tv combos...

by cmchsmjm • Wed 03 Aug 2016 13:45

David J, thanks for the info....fingers crossed we can sort something out. Will try this afternoon...

Forum: Technology Troubles
Topic: Internet, telephone, tv combos...
Replies: 9
Views: 604

Re: Internet, telephone, tv combos...

by cmchsmjm • Wed 03 Aug 2016 09:38

Thank you so much for the detailed reply.
A few of our close neighbors have Internet services. Not The fastest but that doesn't concern us too much.
I will check out the things you suggested....

Forum: Technology Troubles
Topic: Internet, telephone, tv combos...
Replies: 9
Views: 604

Internet, telephone, tv combos...

by cmchsmjm • Wed 03 Aug 2016 08:30

Hello all, We are interested (desperate) to have Internet access and tv at our house and have seen some great deals in town. As in the UK, do we need to have a telephone line installed before we can apply for the Internet combos or is this all part of the deal? We have a telephone line going into th...

Forum: Technology Troubles
Topic: Internet, telephone, tv combos...
Replies: 9
Views: 604

Re: Cost of an Oak tree

by cmchsmjm • Sat 30 Jul 2016 10:55

He would chop, prep, season then build. Most of his furniture and structural work is done this way. All very clever and way beyond my skill set!!!!

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Cost of an Oak tree
Replies: 5
Views: 881

Re: Cost of an Oak tree

by cmchsmjm • Sun 10 Jul 2016 10:13

Wow! Thanks RobertArthur...I'll try to catch him when he's in a good mood (to be fair, he's always in a good mood!)...fingers crossed

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Cost of an Oak tree
Replies: 5
Views: 881

Cost of an Oak tree

by cmchsmjm • Sat 09 Jul 2016 17:54

Hello good people, my brother would like to make a porch for our house and has suggested asking our neighbour (farmer, owns 65 hectares of woodland and grazing land) if he would sell us an oak tree! My furniture making brother would then do the necessaries with the said tree and turn it into a lovel...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Cost of an Oak tree
Replies: 5
Views: 881

Re: SPANC inspection

by cmchsmjm • Tue 13 Oct 2015 20:08

Well, we've been 'SPANC'd Wasn't as bad as I thought, the inspector was lovely and pleasant. It did, however, take her about 30 minutes to find the septic tank as I didn't have a clue where it was! Although it wasn't up to code we don't have to replace it unless we sell the house as we bought our ba...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: SPANC inspection
Replies: 11
Views: 1958

Re: SPANC inspection

by cmchsmjm • Fri 21 Aug 2015 13:20

I will most likely try and get the inspector over when I am at the house for a week in Sept/Oct and see what happens. We can't ignore that fact that we need a new fosse to keep in line with current regs but as the fine is (relatively) small we will probably pay that until we are in a position to pro...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: SPANC inspection
Replies: 11
Views: 1958

Re: SPANC inspection

by cmchsmjm • Thu 20 Aug 2015 21:53

Interesting Robjelves...thanks.I may have to chance a fine to give me some financial breathing room as there are more (from my perspective) pressing things to spend money on at the house.

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: SPANC inspection
Replies: 11
Views: 1958

Re: SPANC inspection

by cmchsmjm • Thu 20 Aug 2015 21:17

Thanks for the advice rictel and freezerbill. I was wondering what would happen if I couldn't make it back before the December deadline...might be worth telling them I won't be back until next year and see what happens!

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: SPANC inspection
Replies: 11
Views: 1958
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