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Live Life in Creuse

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: 44
Views: 6390

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: 44
Views: 6390

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: 44
Views: 6390

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: 605

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: 605

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: 44
Views: 6390

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: 44
Views: 6390

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: 44
Views: 6390

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: 44
Views: 6390

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: 44
Views: 6390

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: 44
Views: 6390

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: 44
Views: 6390

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: 44
Views: 6390

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: 2825

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: 9536

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: 9536

Re: Merry Christmas to all PNers!

by charlie • Thu 26 Dec 2019 19:48

Happy Christmas to you all. We are in Uk for the winter and had a very good 25th; sunshine, calm but cold. Today is windy, wet and cold so dog walking was speedy both ends of the day. I keep a close watch on the Meteo and think the Creuse is having much better weather at the moment so enjoy it! Alis...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Merry Christmas to all PNers!
Replies: 2
Views: 1209

Re: Shrub ID help

by charlie • Sun 17 Nov 2019 20:55

Only just noticed this topic. The answer corresponds to one from our friendly garden expert when we showed her the unknown shrub in our garden in Surrey. You are right about it being beautiful.
Alistair

Forum: Gardening, Smallholding and Livestock
Topic: Shrub ID help
Replies: 4
Views: 2512

Re: Les Pierres Jaumâtres

by charlie • Sun 17 Nov 2019 20:41

We were told about this site a few years ago as a place worth visiting with our dog. He and we love it and it is included in our special trips for ourselves and visitors. The big ones are quite difficult for me to lift on my own! We usually visit the chateau at Bousac on the same trip with lunch in ...

Forum: Sleepy Hollow
Topic: Les Pierres Jaumâtres
Replies: 2
Views: 1141

Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

by charlie • Sat 26 Oct 2019 18:38

So it is England in the final. I am not sure who they prefer to meet next Saturday. Wales and SA are always a threat. The media are annoying me by constantly saying this is England's first final since 2007 or twelve years. I don't think they know there have only been two finals during that time. Eng...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Rugby World Cup 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 1533
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