Re: Bringing Paint from the UK

by Les Meuniers • Sun 05 Feb 2017 12:50

unfortunately I do know that eurostar say no. I didn't ask, it's just in the flammables etc. small print. Also our removal men refused politely but firmly to carry any paint in their van which was going on a ferry. (Modern uk emulsions also have a spirit based stuff in them.) if anyone knows for a f...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Bringing Paint from the UK
Replies: 4
Views: 562

Bringing Paint from the UK

by Les Meuniers • Fri 03 Feb 2017 16:36

On what form of cross channel transport is it legal to carry paint from the UK?

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Bringing Paint from the UK
Replies: 4
Views: 562

Re: Carpet

by Les Meuniers • Tue 24 Jan 2017 17:20

good luck. Did you know that there is now an Ikea at clermont ferrand and will be one at orleans next year? I have also been told that the place called Alinea on the big shopping estate off the A20 at the (north) Limoges airport junction is a sort of imitation Ikea. Website available. Lots of nice r...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Carpet
Replies: 5
Views: 670

Re: Passport photo

by Les Meuniers • Wed 11 Jan 2017 12:40

I owe Siptea an apology, we did our UK passport forms with photobooth pics and mine was ok but his came back rejected so we tried again (same booth) and they accepted the second batch thank goodness. By the way when we did the forms it was a new online procedure and it was awful, I hope enough peopl...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Passport photo
Replies: 14
Views: 1170

Re: TPN

by Les Meuniers • Wed 11 Jan 2017 11:50

thankyou very much but they do seem to be cold canvassing since I really don't think we fit the criteria. Did this lot get marked as private by me by accident or by some (kind) body else to protect our financial privacy? if so thanks but other people might need to know that they could get a very off...

Forum: Property and Utilities Queries
Topic: TPN
Replies: 3
Views: 452

TPN

by Les Meuniers • Mon 09 Jan 2017 21:53

does anyone know anything about the above sender of a letter assuring us that we fulfill the conditions necessary for lower electricity bills and is it unreasonably British of me to view this offer with suspicion?

Forum: Property and Utilities Queries
Topic: TPN
Replies: 3
Views: 452

Re: Creusois December break around the 25th

by Les Meuniers • Sat 24 Dec 2016 12:02

Happy Christmas to all readers and thanks for Pont Noir companionship and help this year.
Hope 2017 is better for all of us!

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Creusois December break around the 25th
Replies: 13
Views: 2340

Re: Creusois Christmas

by Les Meuniers • Sun 04 Dec 2016 23:15

um. at the risk of sounding a bit prissy about this can we remind you whose birthday Christmas is?
there is an international carol service advertised at Boussac church, this Friday I think. Is there a recognition signal for Pont Noir people?

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Creusois December break around the 25th
Replies: 13
Views: 2340

Water Bill

by Les Meuniers • Mon 28 Nov 2016 23:17

first water bill, the cost is ok but why are we paying an environmental pollution levy? WE HAVE A FOSSE!!!! This is a common FAQ on the only site that I could find to tell me, which seemed to be saying that we all live here so we must all share the problems, new law. Anybody out there tried to argue...

Forum: Property and Utilities Queries
Topic: Water Bill
Replies: 4
Views: 1343

Re: What livestock can you see?

by Les Meuniers • Thu 17 Nov 2016 16:50

some years ago an immobilier in the Lot told us, more or less, that we didn’t want to go and live in the Creuse because it contained more trees than people. The fact that we are here proves something. I figured out from the statistics for the new region that actually we have about one third of a hec...

Forum: Survey Yourselves
Topic: What livestock can you see?
Replies: 3
Views: 1053

Re: armistice day poppy

by Les Meuniers • Mon 07 Nov 2016 12:57

thankyou very much for the prompt reply. Fortunately having left it so late to worry absolves me from needing to worry about the cost of those quite gorgeous online pins

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: armistice day poppy
Replies: 3
Views: 733

armistice day poppy

by Les Meuniers • Sun 06 Nov 2016 22:08

how do I get one? can I get one? please??

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: armistice day poppy
Replies: 3
Views: 733

Re: Cleaning old floorboards

by Les Meuniers • Sat 08 Oct 2016 16:58

male half of les meuniers says go and hire a belt sander (ponceuse à bande) AND observe the rules about masks/breathing apparatus/whatever. depending on your budget and the area of the floor do not bother buying a cheap one. many years of living with a man who believes in the most professional tool ...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Cleaning old floorboards
Replies: 2
Views: 1371

Re: Passport photo

by Les Meuniers • Thu 29 Sep 2016 21:30

it is my honest impression that if you sit a bit forward in a French, eg the big Carrefour at Gueret, photo booth you will be able to get it right. take a tape measure with you! it is only 5 euros (coins). yes I have looked at your requirements and I am wondering why if you are willing to make it to...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Passport photo
Replies: 14
Views: 1170

Re: French news media

by Les Meuniers • Sun 11 Sep 2016 22:24

La Montagne has three interesting virtues; 1 I've been buying it for nine months and I still haven't worked out what its politics are; 2 its vocabulary is reach for the dictionary level; 3 its meteo is seriously accurate
I should probably add, in my humble opinion ....

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: French news media
Replies: 5
Views: 923

Re: blocking annoying phonecalls

by Les Meuniers • Wed 03 Aug 2016 17:20

I find je regrette je ne comprends pas in my best brit accent works a treat to get me taken off lists....they just hang up and don't call again

Forum: Technology Troubles
Topic: blocking annoying phonecalls
Replies: 8
Views: 1650

Re: Internet, telephone, tv combos...

by Les Meuniers • Wed 03 Aug 2016 16:58

I am open to correction but I think only Orange can supply the landlines here so packages from anyone else are dearer. They can restore an old line but with a new number. Orange in main square Gueret is ok in our experience and has (some very) competent English speakers available. We made a beginner...

Forum: Technology Troubles
Topic: Internet, telephone, tv combos...
Replies: 9
Views: 838

Re: Tiles and fences

by Les Meuniers • Wed 06 Jul 2016 14:33

floor tiles. Leroy Merlin have a serious range, prices anything from 10 to 50+ euros/metre carre. There is a range called after places anywhere from tuscany to blackpool. But they are now selling off the England tiles - matt pale yellow and only 7mm. thick- at euros 3.99 sq metre. I don't know wheth...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Tiles and fences
Replies: 8
Views: 2249

Re: kids clubs

by Les Meuniers • Tue 21 Jun 2016 17:16

I did read something on a Limoges website about a Limoges set of forestry workshops for the young, sorry can't remember any more, but it proves they exist.

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: kids clubs
Replies: 3
Views: 739

Re: Recommended Electrician/Chimney sweep/plumber?

by Les Meuniers • Sat 28 May 2016 12:55

a warning story – in our attic there is a small north skylight by the chimney which our insulation expert proposed to abolish as cold and useless. There was also an ancient oak ladder less than 30cm wide which we thought a brocante might like sometime. The sweep came today, and you can guess the res...

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