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: 7
Views: 73

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: 150

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: 7
Views: 73

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: 7
Views: 73

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: 7
Views: 73

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: 150

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: 745

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: 855

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: 487

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: 487

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: 5
Views: 458

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: 1761

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: 1269

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: 1269

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: 555

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: 854

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: 822

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: 10517

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: 10517
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