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.
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.
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?
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...
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...
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?...
by charlie • Thu 08 Mar 2018 22:23
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.
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...
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...
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...
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. ...
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!
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...
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...
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...
by charlie • Fri 21 Apr 2017 17:59
Thanks Suzanne. I remember passing that area while looking for a house 16 years ago. The sight of the Petit Creuse Meeting the Creuse was very impressive. Your description of the walks and the decent restaurant gives us another spot to take our visitors this year. Please give me some idea of the cos...
by charlie • Tue 28 Feb 2017 17:25
For the first ten years we visited every period of school holidays so we were there for parts of the winter. More recently we abandoned the winter trips because we wanted to avoid the cost of heating while we were there. We are very concerned about the interior damp conditions during the five months...