Pont Noir

Live Life in Creuse

Re: Off-peak electricity: cheaper?

by Dave • Thu 23 Jan 2020 09:30

We tried both Tempo (which was way too complex and didn't really save us money) and heures creuses which wasn't that bad, but we couldn't move enough stuff to the cheap window to make the extra tariff work. Both might work for you if you can move your life around to take advantage of cheap days and ...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: Off-peak electricity: cheaper?
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Lac de Lavaud-Gelade and other Swimming

by Dave • Wed 22 Jan 2020 16:33

lvg-map.jpg Location on Google Maps Lac de Lavaud-Gelade is a man-made lake formed by a dam on the river Thaurion. It’s a large but mostly unspoilt place. It’s one of my favourite spots in Creuse and is great for swimming, walking or just chilling out on late summer evenings. Unlike the nearby Lac ...

Forum: Sleepy Hollow
Topic: Lac de Lavaud-Gelade and other Swimming
Replies: 0
Views: 34

Re: Les blagues

by Dave • Tue 21 Jan 2020 13:02

Pourquoi les Martiens ne renversent-ils jamais de café sur la table?

Parce qu'ils ont des soucoupes! 😁

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: Les blagues
Replies: 65
Views: 36260

Cancer Support

by Dave • Thu 16 Jan 2020 12:41

I came across this organisation that covers Creuse but isn't actually based here so doesn't have a entry in our Directory but could nevertheless be very helpful: Cancer Support Haute-Vienne - supporting English speakers touched by cancer in departments 19, 23, 36 and 87 Helpline: 0800 240 200 https:...

Forum: Taxes, Health, Finance and Employment
Topic: Cancer Support
Replies: 0
Views: 16

Re: Changes To Pont Noir

by Dave • Thu 16 Jan 2020 12:31

There are now over 200 entries in the Directory. If your favourite eatery, tradesman or other business isn't listed then you can let me know by filling in the Submit New Directory Entry form.

Forum: Help Desk and Announcements
Topic: Changes To Pont Noir
Replies: 13
Views: 4808

Numerous Properties For Sale

by Dave • Wed 15 Jan 2020 17:56

I've started to notice a lot a of properties for sale in almost every town I visit in Creuse. Even just driving though on the main road I often see 3 or 4 for sale in most places. This definitely seems like it is increasing, especially in the northern half of the department. I picked up a copy of th...

Re: New electricity meters

by Dave • Wed 08 Jan 2020 11:25

We got our new Linky in December. It only took 10 minutes to change over and it's worked fine since, but I have to say that from my POV it seems no better or more helpful than the previous one.

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Forum: French Electrics
Topic: New electricity meters
Replies: 35
Views: 11912

Re: Footbridges

by Dave • Wed 08 Jan 2020 11:22

A decent metal bridge over the Châtrains near Malval.

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A solid wooden job right on the edge of Creuse in the amazing place of La forêt d’Epagne.
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Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: Footbridges
Replies: 7
Views: 1946

Re: Castles (or parts thereof) of Creuse

by Dave • Wed 08 Jan 2020 10:44

Chateau de Villemonteix (near Chenerailles). Sometimes open to the public.

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Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: Castles (or parts thereof) of Creuse
Replies: 10
Views: 1711

Espace Emeraude Closure

by Dave • Tue 07 Jan 2020 12:28

I drove though Cressat Gare a few days ago to find that one of my favourite stores was closed - Espace Emeraude. This was such a great place to visit. It had all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff and handy agricultural items and at reasonable prices. The staff were always very helpful and although ...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Espace Emeraude Closure
Replies: 0
Views: 35

Re: Where in Creuse ... is this?

by Dave • Mon 06 Jan 2020 20:05

I've also just discovered that the old school sign is, or rather was in Saint Fiel. It's since been replaced by a modern illuminated sign a bit further down but thankfully the church, the bus shelter and the drain cover all still exist. Even without the sign it's worth a visit as the church is prett...

Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: Where in Creuse ... is this?
Replies: 13
Views: 1989

Re: Where in Creuse ... is this?

by Dave • Mon 06 Jan 2020 19:30

I've found the location of the second post - it is La chapelle de Champeix in Malleret-Boussac

Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: Where in Creuse ... is this?
Replies: 13
Views: 1989

Single Use Plastic

by Dave • Mon 06 Jan 2020 12:33

France is banning the use of single use plastics starting this year. You can read a nice summary of these changes on France24 . Whilst it might be possible to avoid most plastics, at least in your weekly shop, it does significantly limit your choices. We have cut out a fair bit and try to choose pro...

Forum: Survey Yourselves
Topic: Single Use Plastic
Replies: 3
Views: 61

Re: Merry Christmas to all PNers!

by Dave • Thu 26 Dec 2019 12:46

Happy holidays to one and all and all the best for the new roaring 20s

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Merry Christmas to all PNers!
Replies: 2
Views: 50

Re: Last Three Letters

by Dave • Thu 19 Dec 2019 14:24

tesseract

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Last Three Letters
Replies: 1436
Views: 109209

Crozant and Kayaking La Creuse

by Dave • Wed 18 Dec 2019 11:01

crozant-map.jpg Location on Google Maps Crozant is a small and, if I am honest, a largely uninteresting town, in the north-west corner of Creuse on the border with Indre. There are about 450 inhabitants and if you go on a nice sunny weekend in July you’ll meet all of them in the queue at the bakers...

Forum: Sleepy Hollow
Topic: Crozant and Kayaking La Creuse
Replies: 1
Views: 950

Re: Another Delay

by Dave • Fri 13 Dec 2019 08:14

Well, that's that. I suppose it isn't unexpected and that actually nothing much has changed but things now do seem rather bleak. :(

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Another Delay
Replies: 5
Views: 665

Re: Demonstrations and strike action in France

by Dave • Sun 08 Dec 2019 11:45

I found this which is a summary of strike action in Creuse for last Friday. It impacts most public services. This shows that 2 to 3 thousand people turned out in Guéret on Friday. Some interesting pictures. If you use Twitter then perhaps follow @FBCreuse (Radio France Bleu Creuse) which seems to gi...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Demonstrations and strike action in France
Replies: 5
Views: 577

Re: Last Three Letters

by Dave • Fri 06 Dec 2019 09:06

certificate

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Last Three Letters
Replies: 1436
Views: 109209

Re: Grand frère vous surveille!

by Dave • Fri 06 Dec 2019 09:01

TBH I expect all security agencies are using or trialling this sort of technology. It automates a very labour intensive task and helps them track bad guys with a lot less effort. Although of course the problem is they say that as they don't know who all the bad guys are then it's best to track every...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Grand frère vous surveille!
Replies: 1
Views: 373
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