Pont Noir

Live Life in Creuse

Re: Pont Noir Closure

by charlie • Fri 07 Aug 2020 18:26

Before the forum closes, I think you should consolidate your collecttion of stories and thoughts and, after careful editing, offer them to a suitable publishing house. They could easily be the basis of a successful small book.
Good luck in the future!
Alistair

Forum: Help Desk and Announcements
Topic: Pont Noir Closure
Replies: 10
Views: 731

Re: Pont Noir Closure

by charlie • Thu 30 Jul 2020 14:16

First I would like to thank you for running pointnoir in such a thoughtful and pleasant manner. I joined in 2004 and have been a regular visitor even though my contributions have been sporadic. It is clear that interest has waned, as with several other forums and many of those have closed. Many than...

Forum: Help Desk and Announcements
Topic: Pont Noir Closure
Replies: 10
Views: 731

Re: Useful Websites for Creuse

by charlie • Sat 25 Jul 2020 20:06

Good to see this list bumped up by our new member to remind us of your excellent efforts. I tested a few links and they are still active. Maybe room for more links to be added.
Alistair

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Useful Websites for Creuse
Replies: 9
Views: 8638

Re: The C word!

by charlie • Thu 16 Jul 2020 22:23

Our three weeks is over and we returned to UK on our usual BF ferry. Life in France is running smoothly with masks in the supermarkets and the restaurants. Most people abide by the rules but there are always a few who appear to be living in a parallel universe. It was wonderful to get working and re...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: The C word!
Replies: 47
Views: 7275

Re: The C word!

by charlie • Tue 30 Jun 2020 20:04

We arrived a week ago and have stayed at home except for dog walking and one shopping trip. Our grass cutting man dropped in to check we were alright followed by our French farmer's wife who was delighted to see us. The drive down from the tunnel was uneventful though I wasted half an hour by gettin...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: The C word!
Replies: 47
Views: 7275

Re: The C word!

by charlie • Mon 15 Jun 2020 09:03

just looking at Eurotunnel. at the moment until 15th june they are offering a no questions asked refund and prices are good at the moment. We are going to book for july 6th for 3 weeks and hope we can go then, if not we can rearrange or cancel and get refund so seems a good deal worth considering. ...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: The C word!
Replies: 47
Views: 7275

Re: The C word!

by charlie • Sat 13 Jun 2020 19:33

I just heard from a friend who has a place in France. Last week he was, astonishingly, able to fly from the USA to CDG, take a train from the Gare Montparnasse to Bordeaux, and another train to get to his house in Corrèze. Took him only 19 hours. To clear customs, all he had to do was basically ren...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: The C word!
Replies: 47
Views: 7275

Re: Walking to Saint Fiel

by charlie • Wed 03 Jun 2020 18:35

The Glenic speed camera is no more !!
My only speeding fine was for 56kph in the 50 limit zone near to the "dead and taped up" camera. I was caught by a hidden police, mobile unit, maybe just a man behind a wall. I paid!
Alistair

Forum: Sleepy Hollow
Topic: Walking to Saint Fiel
Replies: 7
Views: 770

Re: Walking to Saint Fiel

by charlie • Mon 25 May 2020 23:52

Thanks for the detailed description. I would like to try it when we finally get back to France. In my mind Glenic has always been associated with the speed camera on the Gueret side.
Those wooden steps look challenging!
Alistair

Forum: Sleepy Hollow
Topic: Walking to Saint Fiel
Replies: 7
Views: 770

Re: The C word!

by charlie • Fri 15 May 2020 19:42

Anthony, we don't know anyone who has made the trip from UK to their second homes in France. Our plan is to wait until both countries have firm, settled procedures that would guarantee passage in both directions when we choose. At the moment we have one return ferry booking from France with BF at th...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: The C word!
Replies: 47
Views: 7275

Re: The C word!

by charlie • Wed 06 May 2020 20:38

That is really sad news for you! Very sorry. It seems that second home owners will still be prevented from travelling into France from UK. I hope that there are further changes to the restrictions very soon. One of our friends who live in France hinted that we could travel down from Holland (or mayb...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: The C word!
Replies: 47
Views: 7275

Re: The C word!

by charlie • Thu 09 Apr 2020 18:37

Hotel du Lac sounds like a great idea! We have not been there but have made trips to Argentomagus and Gargilesse and walked the dog near the dam at the North end of the lake. Let's hope we will be able to travel to France before the end of the summer. I keep rebooking our ferry deeper into the year....

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: The C word!
Replies: 47
Views: 7275

Re: The C word!

by charlie • Mon 06 Apr 2020 20:21

David, that is a very sad situation and it puts our problems into perspective. Don't give up hope; most of us have experienced unemployment for short periods and come out of it and survived. Keep an open mind about future employment. I hope your current job remains open and some money keeps coming i...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: The C word!
Replies: 47
Views: 7275

Re: The C word!

by charlie • Tue 24 Mar 2020 19:59

We received an email from our grass cutting neighbour in France asking if we were well and if we were coming to France. He is always helpful and reliable. My wife sent back the inevitable reply that we can not travel France from the UK to France and could he look after the grass while we are absent....

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: The C word!
Replies: 47
Views: 7275

Re: The C word!

by charlie • Mon 16 Mar 2020 20:23

We have heard today that there are two cases of C in Gueret. Is this confirmed? Also, Brittany Ferries have made sweeping changes in their crossings. The main ones left are Portsmouth -Caen which is our route but we are definitely postponing our trip. Now we must contact our grass cutting French nei...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: The C word!
Replies: 47
Views: 7275

Re: The C word!

by charlie • Sun 15 Mar 2020 20:22

It is very likely that our next visit, planned to start on 24th March, will be postponed. We can't afford to get stuck in France and miss a family wedding. Even the wedding has only a slim chance of happening in early April. We are supposed to be "self isolating" due to our ages and although we are ...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: The C word!
Replies: 47
Views: 7275

Re: The C word!

by charlie • Thu 05 Mar 2020 20:42

We are coming out in a few weeks time as well and are wondering about the general state of affairs in the region. Is it a talking point? Are there any precautions being taken that may affect our normal, easy going life style such as shopping and restaurants? We are also concerned about the ferries, ...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: The C word!
Replies: 47
Views: 7275

Re: Numerous Properties For Sale

by charlie • Tue 18 Feb 2020 19:34

Every time we revisit our house, just in Indre, we notice the large number of houses for sale and also empty houses showing no for sale signs. During our twenty years there we have seen perfectly good houses, in excellent order, suddenly become empty and start a gradual process of degeneration . The...

Forum: Property and Utilities Queries
Topic: Numerous Properties For Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 2925

Re: French Electrics - FAQ

by charlie • Sun 29 Dec 2019 18:05

I hoped that was the case. It certainly applies in the UK as you know and in both cases I am in favour of increased safety and convenience. We leave our French house through the winter running central heating and the fridge continuously so it is vulnerable to any faults on all the circuits. I will c...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: French Electrics - FAQ
Replies: 6
Views: 9678

Re: French Electrics - FAQ

by charlie • Sun 29 Dec 2019 16:14

Thank you RA for this last post regarding three phase updates. Looking at the circuit you provided in the link, it is a very sensible and logical system. We have an existing arrangement, installed by a French electrician, that has a single, three phase DD. We only have one device (electric oven) tha...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: French Electrics - FAQ
Replies: 6
Views: 9678
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