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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: 8638

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: 8638

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: 50

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: 1884

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: 412

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: 430

Re: Firewood needed

by charlie • Mon 21 Oct 2019 16:02

Just to conclude, my search for logs was successful in the end. Our grass cutting gardener helped contact a local young farmer who was prepared to sell us two steres for 100 euro including delivery. He is based about 2km away and delivered the logs loaded in the front shovel of his tractor. It took ...

Forum: Small Ads
Topic: Firewood needed
Replies: 9
Views: 1272

Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

by charlie • Mon 21 Oct 2019 15:56

It is quite exhausting "playing" all those matches. Even my wife has joined me to watch most games. Even the one-sided matches have been worth watching. I think the correct semi-final teams have emerged. France just threw it away with their usual lack of sportsmanship, even if it was by only one pla...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Rugby World Cup 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 430

Re: Firewood needed

by charlie • Mon 02 Sep 2019 23:29

Thanks for the offer but I have some old corrugated iron sheets in my cave waiting to be useful. I reclaimed them from an old shed that I demolished several years ago. I'm not sure my wife will accept them as they may detract from her beautiful garden! I could even store logs in the cave, on palets ...

Forum: Small Ads
Topic: Firewood needed
Replies: 9
Views: 1272

Re: Secheresse creuse 2019!!

by charlie • Wed 28 Aug 2019 13:17

Back in sunny Surrey for a while. South East is as usual getting the best of the "heatwave" reaching 33 degrees in London. Friends here say that it has been hot at times though nothing like last year. The garden is green and our plants have clearly had plenty of rain to keep them going. Last weekend...

Forum: Weather Centre
Topic: Secheresse creuse 2019!!
Replies: 4
Views: 2499

Re: Firewood needed

by charlie • Wed 28 Aug 2019 12:59

Good advice! Regarding the 10 steres, perhaps I should be more flexible and get a load in. Our usual log stores just hold two steres in total so what should I do with the other eight? I have, this summer, managed to repair the large workshop which has enough space if I re-organise my junk areas. The...

Forum: Small Ads
Topic: Firewood needed
Replies: 9
Views: 1272

Re: Firewood needed

by charlie • Tue 27 Aug 2019 19:55

Thanks for the info FB. I don't think he will be able to help because we only buy two steres at a time. We use 50cm logs so that would have been good though 10 steres is too much.
Thanks again. Alistair

Forum: Small Ads
Topic: Firewood needed
Replies: 9
Views: 1272

Firewood needed

by charlie • Sat 17 Aug 2019 17:59

We have finally run out of logs for our wood burner. Our usual suppliers have both retired and we are looking to buy two steres of seasoned logs, 50cms long, delivered to Pouligny Notre Dame.
Does anyone know of a supplier who could be interested?

Forum: Small Ads
Topic: Firewood needed
Replies: 9
Views: 1272

Re: Secheresse creuse 2019!!

by charlie • Sat 17 Aug 2019 17:54

We have been here for six weeks from the beginning of July. Generally it has been hot and dry with periods of very high temperatures. Our garden and surrounding area is showing the signs of drought but we have had a few heavy rain days to save most of the plants. Friends in the Creuse say there is a...

Forum: Weather Centre
Topic: Secheresse creuse 2019!!
Replies: 4
Views: 2499

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: 1384

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: 1447

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: 777

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: 777

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: 780