Re: Insert woodburner question

by ihusker • Tue 27 Feb 2018 12:08

My apologies for not replying sooner but, as there were no initial responses, I neglected to check back later. In my case the fireplace was built round the insert when the house was built and was quite efficient in heating as it had two twin speed fans built in which blew the hot air into the living...

Forum: Property and Utilities Queries
Topic: Insert woodburner question
Replies: 6
Views: 1790

Insert woodburner question

by ihusker • Thu 19 Oct 2017 17:39

I need to think about replacing my insert woodburner in the near future as the grate has burned through and now the glass has cracked. It's probably been there since the house was built in the 1960s so it has served it's time. Also I don't know who made it so I can't get spares so it's time for it t...

Forum: Property and Utilities Queries
Topic: Insert woodburner question
Replies: 6
Views: 1790

Re: Site Upgrade

by ihusker • Sat 17 Jun 2017 16:47

I must have tried logging in to Pont Noir over 30 times since the last upgrade without success. Every time, my username and password came up automatically but when I pressed login it went back to the login page again. Once or twice It appeared I was logged in but as soon as I tried to post I got a m...

Forum: Help Desk and Announcements
Topic: Site Upgrade
Replies: 5
Views: 458

Re: How do you change your cash from sterling to euros?

by ihusker • Sat 03 Jun 2017 19:40

I realise that the last post here was about 2 years ago but I think my latest foray into changing cash may be of interest. I have, until recently been using Norwich and Peterborough Building Society as my main current account as they give commission free withdrawals from ATMs. However, the parent co...

Re: Conservatory

by ihusker • Thu 29 Sep 2016 17:08

There is, or used to be, a conservatory company in Gueret on the little roundabout between Carrefour and Mr. Bricolage.

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Conservatory
Replies: 3
Views: 587

Re: Coypu in the Creuse

by ihusker • Wed 13 May 2015 10:20

Ah, glad I wasn't seeing things. That's another tick on the "seen" list.

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Coypu in the Creuse
Replies: 7
Views: 1532

Coypu in the Creuse

by ihusker • Tue 12 May 2015 00:02

This evening, about 5pm I was driving from Peyrat le Chateau to Bourganeuf. About 500 meters from Bourganeuf a large rat like animal slowly trundled across the road in front of me. On reaching home I checked on the internet and I'm sure it was a Coypu. I have read of these being further south in the...

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Coypu in the Creuse
Replies: 7
Views: 1532

Re: car servicing in the Creuse

by ihusker • Wed 26 Nov 2014 01:20

Thanks for your reply Dave. I actually spend 5 months in the UK and 7 months in France so I would have plenty of time in either country to get the work done. I was hoping someone had used the Skoda garage in Gueret and could give feedback on it. One of my main concerns using a garage in France would...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: car servicing in the Creuse
Replies: 2
Views: 984

car servicing in the Creuse

by ihusker • Thu 20 Nov 2014 00:54

Hi all, my car (Skoda Octavia diesel) will need the timing belt changed in the near future and also a service. I'm wondering if it is any cheaper to have the work done in France rather than the UK. Also if anyone has had any dealings with the Skoda garage in Gueret I would be grateful for any feedba...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: car servicing in the Creuse
Replies: 2
Views: 984

Re: Change of vehicle ownership

by ihusker • Wed 23 Jul 2014 14:47

I can also vouch for the prefecture at Gueret. I went there this morning with my very helpful French neighbour in tow to register a small folding caravan I had bought over here. I was a bit concerned because of the problems other people seem to have had but I needn't have worried. I took my passport...

Re: Granite garden table

by ihusker • Mon 09 Jun 2014 15:29

From memory, you go through Ahun, past the Intermarche and take the next turning to the left signposted Masgot and St. Sulpice les Champs. You will pass the lake (Chamberaud) on your right hand side and then the road to the village of Masgot also on your right. You then come to the hamlet of Les Ess...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Granite garden table
Replies: 8
Views: 1201

Re: Granite garden table

by ihusker • Sun 08 Jun 2014 23:31

There is a large stone masons yard not far from Ahun where they make bespoke granite items. I went there a couple of years ago with a neighbour to collect a granite lintel and there were a number of garden tables etc. on display outside. I am in the UK at the moment but am returning next Sunday, so ...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Granite garden table
Replies: 8
Views: 1201

Re: Buildings Insurance: Quote For Making Good

by ihusker • Tue 27 May 2014 16:54

Are you sure you intended posting on Pont Noir? This site covers the Creuse, area 23, and environs. I doubt if anyone here would know of builders good or bad in the north of France. I would have thought you would be more successful with one of the forums covering your area. Best of luck with your se...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Buildings Insurance: Quote For Making Good
Replies: 3
Views: 1196

Re: Opening a bank account

by ihusker • Fri 02 May 2014 18:49

If your French is not too good ( like mine), Britline is the English speaking dept. of Credit Agricole. I opened an account from the UK prior to my house purchase and, by and large, they have been pretty good. They handle all my direct debits for utilities etc. and they charge 55c per month fees. Th...

Re: Changing money for French bank account

by ihusker • Wed 30 Apr 2014 23:21

Last couple of times I've used Halo Financial and found them very good. Very easy to set up and give the business rate quoted on BBC foreign exchange rates to the nearest penny (downwards). No fees.

Re: growing Albyzias in the Creuse

by ihusker • Mon 24 Feb 2014 18:48

Thanks virtdave for the reply and link which is very interesting. Yes this is the one I have and it was my spelling that was wrong. I think I'll try planting them out when I return next month and cover them with fleece before I leave and hope for the best.

growing Albyzias in the Creuse

by ihusker • Sun 23 Feb 2014 16:11

Hi, I wonder if anyone has successfully grown albyzias outdoors in the Creuse. A couple of years ago I was given some seed by a friend in the Correze from her large tree which she has had for a number of years and flowers profusely each year. I kept the seeds in the fridge all winter and planted the...

Re: Rouen diversion

by ihusker • Mon 17 Feb 2014 21:55

I was searching the internet the other day and one report said that the steelwork for the new bridge would be delivered by boat in April, so I doubt if it will be ready for a while yet.

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Rouen diversion
Replies: 10
Views: 1893

Re: Growing Spuds in the Region

by ihusker • Wed 12 Feb 2014 23:42

I'd just like to add that when I planted my spuds a couple of years ago they were planted in a part of the garden which had never been planted before- at least not in the last 20 odd years. I also used tubers from the garden centre so they should have been virus free, but I still got infected. I loo...

Re: Growing Spuds in the Region.

by ihusker • Mon 10 Feb 2014 18:56

I planted some 2 years ago and they were all infested with Colorado beetle which they don't seem to bother about much in France.I tried everything to get rid of them but eventually gave up and the tops were completely eaten away. The following year a few came up with no beetle on them and they were ...