Re: 2 Great places to eat we've tried this Easter trip

by charlie • Sat 20 Apr 2019 19:39

Thanks for the information Suzanne. We visit the cinema in Gueret so may manage a dual trip to try the restaurant North of Gueret.
Alistair

Re: Speeding fines and points

by charlie • Sun 14 Apr 2019 11:33

After nearly 20 years driving in France I have just received my first speeding fine. The day, time and probably the speed recorded are correct. The fine, which I have paid, was 90 euros. No points are mentioned. The place was at Glenic where there is a fixed camera in the 50 kph zone. I always slow ...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Speeding fines and points
Replies: 9
Views: 616

Re: Travelling after Brexit

by charlie • Tue 19 Feb 2019 19:34

Thanks for the timely reminder about all those things that may be needed. Our first trip to France this year has been brought forward a month with a return to UK before the 29th March. This is mainly due to taking our dog as usual and avoiding any chance of him being detained in France.
Alistair

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Travelling after Brexit
Replies: 8
Views: 773

Re: Late Cranes

by charlie • Tue 22 Jan 2019 17:51

Thank you for the information which certainly gives us a good chance of seeing them going in the opposite direction to our usual sightings. I hope they follow the same route, right over our house.
Alistair

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Late Cranes
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Re: Late Cranes

by charlie • Fri 18 Jan 2019 13:49

We were in France this year from the middle of October to the middle of November so we were lucky enough to go to see early and late groups. We are going back for most of March (avoiding 29th) and wondered if the cranes would be returning then. Does anyone know when they usually fly North?
Alistair

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Late Cranes
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Re: Creuse in 1959

by charlie • Fri 18 Jan 2019 13:41

Thanks Dave, I enjoyed watching it with the sound very low. I failed to spot familiar places but the overall character is clear. In many as I prefer our present comfortable life style but in part that is because we still have so much beautiful countryside all around us. Happy New Year to you all, Al...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Creuse in 1959
Replies: 4
Views: 371

Re: Swimming Pool

by charlie • Thu 16 Aug 2018 17:27

I bothered to read that article and found that it coincides with my thoughts from 17 years ago. I rejected the pool idea for very similar reasons including lack of funds. The author has had all the first hand experience and expresses the reasons against a pool very lucidly. Even so, I have seen some...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Swimming Pool
Replies: 6
Views: 1676

Re: Auberge du Moulin de Freteix (near Betete)

by charlie • Wed 08 Aug 2018 22:21

Thanks for the information about evening meals. We will start with lunch.

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Auberge du Moulin de Freteix (near Betete)
Replies: 6
Views: 1186

Re: Auberge du Moulin de Freteix (near Betete)

by charlie • Sun 29 Jul 2018 18:06

From your description it sounds like the restaurant we visited about 12 to 15 years ago. It was run by a family and it was a very lovely experience for us and our friends. We were told later that it had closed so we are very pleased it is still operating. Do you know if it is open for evening meals?...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Auberge du Moulin de Freteix (near Betete)
Replies: 6
Views: 1186

Re: Loofahs!

by charlie • Thu 08 Mar 2018 22:23

Sorry, no.
When I was very young we used them in the bath. We three brothers decided that they definitely came from the deep oceans because they looked like skeletons.
Hope someone gives a more positive answer.

Alistair

Forum: Gardening, Smallholding and Livestock
Topic: Loofahs!
Replies: 2
Views: 524

Re: Poisson Rouge

by charlie • Wed 10 Jan 2018 18:48

That is an excellent outcome. Your pond must be an ideal environment for them. Happy fish! It reminds me of my first pond when I was ten. There was a population explosion in the first year but fish are self regulating (canibals) so it settled down quickly. I am attracted by your kind suggestion that...

Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: Poisson Rouge
Replies: 3
Views: 830

Re: Happy New Year

by charlie • Mon 01 Jan 2018 20:59

Thank you Dave and a happy New Year to you and all other PN members. We are forever telling people of the joys of the area.
Alistair

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Happy New Year
Replies: 3
Views: 771

Re: New electricity meters

by charlie • Sat 30 Dec 2017 19:32

There is a long story about the choice of three phase for our house related in the main to our position at a remote site. Here is the short version! The original supply was single phase which dropped from 230V to 180V under a modest load which EDF agreed was out of spec and their cables needed a ful...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: New electricity meters
Replies: 31
Views: 10392

Re: New electricity meters

by charlie • Fri 29 Dec 2017 23:47

Our new Linky has already forced me to upgrade from 6kVA to 9kVA on our three phase system. Previously we got away with a 2kVA kettle and 1.5 kVA (wired as 3 phase) running together. After the Linky was installed I needed to reset the system after the inevitable 0.5kVA overload detection. That's abo...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: New electricity meters
Replies: 31
Views: 10392

Re: Devinettes et blagues de Noel

by charlie • Fri 29 Dec 2017 23:30

Even with the answers I am lost with a few. An interesting interlude from turkey, turkey and curried turkey. All the Malibu has gone and only six bottles of Saumur sparkling wine are left. We have watched all sorts of University Challenge during the last two weeks including repeats from 2015, 2016. ...

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: Devinettes et blagues de Noel
Replies: 4
Views: 827

Re: Roof tiles

by charlie • Fri 18 Aug 2017 21:32

Thanks both of you for the information. I will try to follow it up. I have found some that were superficially the right ones but on close inspection there were significant differences. All very frustrating!
Alistair

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Roof tiles
Replies: 7
Views: 946

Roof tiles

by charlie • Fri 11 Aug 2017 16:20

I have decided to replace several roof tiles on my workshop but I have been unsuccessful locating a source of new or secondhand tiles that match the originals. I hope someone can direct me to a good supplier. The tiles are stamped with "Perrusson Ecuisse S&L". My neighbour has a large stack of simil...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Roof tiles
Replies: 7
Views: 946

Re: Cinema in Gueret

by charlie • Wed 26 Jul 2017 22:24

..... and this week we went again to see Dunkirk. Good film but no Oscar winning performances and it seemed to be low on boat count.

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Cinema in Gueret
Replies: 2
Views: 338

Cinema in Gueret

by charlie • Tue 18 Jul 2017 20:22

We had an unexpected invitation from our English neighbour to visit the cinema in Gueret last night to see an English language film about the last Viceroy in India. It had been recommended by her niece living in Paris. If you are in need of a language boost you would be rewarded by a good quality fi...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Cinema in Gueret
Replies: 2
Views: 338

Re: Restaurant and walk at Fresselines (23450)

by charlie • Wed 21 Jun 2017 17:19

We managed to take our guests to Fresselines on Tuesday 6th June and had a really lovely time there. The walk to the confluence was as you described and we were all very happy, especially our dog who raced in and out of the river at great speed. The significance of the date is that the restaurant bo...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Restaurant and walk at Fresselines (23450)
Replies: 8
Views: 893
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