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Re: Drawn to compare GB/FR

by The_Melting_Snowman • Tue 20 Mar 2012 11:27

For retitred people, I think France has the edge. For those of working age I don't think there's much in it. Of course it will depend on what part of the UK you came from. Living in the SE would be a fate worse than death for me. Surprising the number of people who do return to the UK though, partic...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Drawn to compare GB/FR
Replies: 15
Views: 2826

Re: How do the French polish their acres of wooden floorboar

by The_Melting_Snowman • Thu 05 May 2011 13:59

We have a Karcher electric polisher with removable (and hence washable) pads. I get 5 litres traffic wax at trade price.

I think the polisher was about £100 in the UK.

Re: Is there still a need for registered builders in La Creu

by The_Melting_Snowman • Thu 05 May 2011 13:56

Impossible to tell until you've tested the water. You have got to try and generate French customers to create stability in your income. We've come across a number of UK builders over the last 20 years and we only employ French trades now having nearly had our fingers burned twice. This is of course ...

Re: French equivalent of AA ,RAC ,Greenflag

by The_Melting_Snowman • Mon 28 Feb 2011 13:11

I've yet to better Quotelinedirect. They do a policy underwritten by one of the big companies that gives UK cover and most of Europe for £59 a year.

Look at the small print though, most policies only let you go abroad for a certain number of days a year and no more than a certain number each visit.

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: French equivalent of AA, RAC and Greenflag
Replies: 4
Views: 2404

Re: Anyone know a VW (camper) mechanic or garage?

by The_Melting_Snowman • Tue 22 Feb 2011 13:15

Best to sell the van and buy a more powerful one as standard spec. Modifications are riddled with problems. About 15 years ago I looked at upgrading a car back in UK, insurance companies were very touchy about it even back then. I suspect things are only worse now. Insurance company wouldn't even qu...

Re: :: A dish served lukewarm

by The_Melting_Snowman • Tue 02 Mar 2010 14:12

"Unfortunately in law there is a clause that people are innocent until proved guilty."

I think you probably mean 'fortunately'.

"A downpayment of at least €10,000 was required by MyLimousin to start renovations."

That fact would have caused me to run a mile.

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: A dish served lukewarm
Replies: 16
Views: 4471

Pound falling again

by The_Melting_Snowman • Thu 24 Sep 2009 13:43

I see today that you need 90p to buy one euro. With the BoE continuing with its daft policy of Quantitative Easing, I can only see this getting worse. A number of financial experts are predicting parity by December. For us as holidaymakers this is bad enough but for permanent expats dependant on Ste...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Pound falling again
Replies: 8
Views: 2564

Re: Car repairs

by The_Melting_Snowman • Fri 20 Feb 2009 10:29

Dealer rates tend to be lower than UK as land / property is cheaper.

I wonder what has gone wrong with the Scenic...

We had a 2004 Megane diesel. We don't have it anymore. You can fill in the gap in between... :evil:

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Car repairs
Replies: 8
Views: 2224

Re: Has the falling Pound changed your plans this year?

by The_Melting_Snowman • Mon 05 Jan 2009 13:52

"but if it doesn't sort itself out soon holidays in France are going to look pretty expensive - and that's going to hit our region hard. " Couldn't agree more although I would say that holidays are already beginning to look expensive. And I also agree that the Creuse will get hit hard because altho...

Re: Rapido UK vs La Vie

by The_Melting_Snowman • Tue 22 Apr 2008 14:16

The problem is the relaxed laid-back French lifestyle is ultimately unsustainable. Sarkozy knows that, the problem is whether he will be politically able to implement the changes that will inevitably be painful. My guess is he won't. You only need to look at France's public accounts to see that some...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Rapido UK vs La Vie
Replies: 8
Views: 1953

Re: Has the falling Pound changed your plans this year?

by The_Melting_Snowman • Mon 21 Apr 2008 14:06

As a holiday maker only I can't see our plans changing. We've been here before anyway. I remember the 12 Francs to the pound days, then after Sterling was forced out of the ERM in Sept '92 at one point we weren't even quite getting 7 Francs - although it soon recovered some lost ground. Our bills wi...

Re: How much does one need to survive?

by The_Melting_Snowman • Thu 06 Dec 2007 13:56

Don't rely on the gite to provide anything more than a bit of extra pin money. The gite concept really has run its course. I have known people who have thought that they can make a living out of it and by having a few chickens scratching around and live on thin air. It may be romantic but it won't h...

Re: Britons to lose French healthcare

by The_Melting_Snowman • Tue 04 Sep 2007 13:52

Sounds fair enough to me. The french looking after their own. Shame the same doesn't happen in the UK.

Re: Best Translation Software ?

by The_Melting_Snowman • Mon 20 Aug 2007 07:58

"anyone got any good tips for learning excluding living here." Get a satellite and watch french TV in UK. A good set will cost you about £300 with no ongoing monthly charges. I have a good setup, watch french TV most nights. Documentaries, News, even Soaps (everyday people with everyday problems) al...

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: Best Translation Software ?
Replies: 5
Views: 2286

Re: Sign our petition please - not a round robin but a genui

by The_Melting_Snowman • Thu 16 Aug 2007 13:43

Why "shame on the 40,000 who signed the petition"? surely they, like me, are the ones supporting this planning application and the move towards helping the service personnel and their families?

I meant those who objected to the proposal.

Re: Sign our petition please - not a round robin but a genui

by The_Melting_Snowman • Fri 03 Aug 2007 12:56

At least common sense has prevailed in this case.

Shame on the 40,000 people who signed the petition. Shame on you.

Re: Carrying - Roof Racks ?

by The_Melting_Snowman • Tue 31 Jul 2007 13:17

You need to check the rating of both the rack and the mounting points on the car. On my Renault I think the manual states 80kg.

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Carrying - Roof Racks ?
Replies: 5
Views: 2019

Re: Treating woodworm

by The_Melting_Snowman • Thu 12 Jul 2007 16:03

Thanks again for these replies. I will begin work on this job in October.

I use a low pressure spray and always wear a respirator (28 day disposable type from Screwfix, only £10), disposable gloves etc.


Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Treating woodworm
Replies: 6
Views: 3713

Re: Treating woodworm

by The_Melting_Snowman • Wed 11 Jul 2007 17:03

Thanks for the info. I shall go and buy a drum of the stuff next time I'm there.

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Treating woodworm
Replies: 6
Views: 3713

Treating woodworm

by The_Melting_Snowman • Wed 11 Jul 2007 13:39

Hello, I am thinking of treating the beams in our farmhouse. We did it about 18 years ago but I noticed recently some new infestation in one of the older beams that might have got missed. So I thought I would do them all again. Can anyone recommend a chemical to use? I saw in the Aubusson Bricolage ...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Treating woodworm
Replies: 6
Views: 3713