Pont Noir

Live Life in Creuse

Re: C.P.A.M

by thewrights • Fri 12 Oct 2012 12:09

It's the office in Rue Marcel Brunet where they deal with all the paperwork side of things . . . the other office is as far as I know a kind of clinic - we've been there for our "health MOT" - more clinical than administrative.
Hope that helps :o)

Forum: Taxes, Health, Finance and Employment
Topic: CPAM
Replies: 6
Views: 3109

Re: Estate Agent required

by thewrights • Mon 26 Mar 2012 20:29

Ian Marchment, who used to work for Acctrim in Gueret, and now works for Jovimmo, was very helpful to us when we sold our house recently. His email is jovimmo.im23@orange.fr

best wishes,

Forum: Property and Utilities Queries
Topic: Estate Agent required
Replies: 7
Views: 2295

Re: Brocantes in the Creuse

by thewrights • Tue 13 Mar 2012 16:00

As well as the Troc de l'Ile shops in Montluçon and in Limoges, we found Trocadore in Limoges very good too.


Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Brocantes in the Creuse
Replies: 13
Views: 3576

Re: How Did You Find Pont Noir?

by thewrights • Mon 06 Feb 2012 23:11

It's hard to remember . . . Pont Noir has been a part of my life for so long now! But I'm fairly sure I must have stumbled across it when Googling . . .

Forum: Survey Yourselves
Topic: How Did You Find Pont Noir?
Replies: 4
Views: 2320

Re: Question re registering with a doctor

by thewrights • Sun 05 Feb 2012 12:45

Hi! I have an on-going medical condition, and before we could get onto the french healthcare system fully, I had to see a doctor on several occasions - though these were all "emergencies". There was no problem at all seeing a doctor in this situation - I just rang 0555 41 82 02, which is a central s...

Re: What is your favourite season to be in the Creuse?

by thewrights • Wed 25 Jan 2012 21:44

I do love all the seasons here - even the winter!! - because I love to watch the changes in nature all year round . . . hard to choose my favourite, but I've plumped for Spring, just because I love the fresh green newness of it all . .


Re: Chenerailles - New French/English integration associatio

by thewrights • Mon 09 Jan 2012 17:27

Re Klondyke's question of an English/French Association near Bourganeuf. . . There is an organisation called AGORA - based in Bourganeuf, which arranges all types of community based activity, including helping non-french speakers integrate. For example they run a weekly French language course (atten...

Re: The Lavender Run

by thewrights • Wed 30 Nov 2011 01:11

A lovely article, thank you, Creusebear!

Your hamlet sounds so like ours . . . such a mix of personalities, all very kindly and welcoming - but unfortunately also very elderly! It is a worry, thinking about how these special places will have changed in the next 10 - 20 years . . . .

Forum: Heures Creuses
Topic: The Lavender Run
Replies: 8
Views: 1411

Re: Telephone wiring and internet: more speed

by thewrights • Thu 06 Oct 2011 15:46

Yes, thanks Robert for that. Excellent info. I'm off on a capacitor hunt too!

Forum: Technology Troubles
Topic: Telephone wiring and internet: more speed
Replies: 3
Views: 4089

Re: Beware of this phone number - 020 8099 7526

by thewrights • Sun 02 Oct 2011 23:11

Thanks Annik! We'll be on our guard . . .

PS I'm glad I'm not the only one who has to listen to the answerphone several times to figure out the number!

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Beware of this phone number - 020 8099 7526
Replies: 2
Views: 1582

Re: telephones out?

by thewrights • Sat 03 Sep 2011 18:10

We saw the same, Annik . . . though it seemed to move around us rather than pass over us. The lightning was both to the front and the back of the house simultaneously, and as you say, every few seconds. We just unplugged everything (especially the livebox!) and enjoyed the spectacle. No damage aroun...

Forum: Technology Troubles
Topic: Telephones Out?
Replies: 5
Views: 2141

Re: Tax of teachers pension

by thewrights • Tue 16 Aug 2011 18:12

Hi Leigh, Lestroisours is right - because it is viewed as a government pension, it is taxed in the UK. Therefore, when completing my french tax return each year, I enter my teachers pension details on the red form (showing income from abroad), and then the figure is carried forward onto the blue for...

Forum: Taxes, Health, Finance and Employment
Topic: Tax of teachers pension
Replies: 3
Views: 1706

Re: Broody hen

by thewrights • Sat 06 Aug 2011 19:47

I think that the main things to do are 1) to keep the hen away from the nesting box 2) to keep her as cool as possible, especially her chest and underside. If you don't have a separate broody coop, maybe you could make some sort of enclosure so that she can see the other hens but can't get to the ne...

Forum: Gardening, Smallholding and Livestock
Topic: Broody hen
Replies: 6
Views: 2338

Re: Selling property

by thewrights • Tue 26 Jul 2011 19:52

Well done on selling your house! And like Dave, gald to hear that you will be back! :egypt: We are about to put our house on the market too - My main question for the moment would be: which did you find was the most successful way of marketing your property - through one or more agents or privately?...

Forum: Property and Utilities Queries
Topic: Selling property
Replies: 3
Views: 2140

Re: multi-word translations

by thewrights • Sat 18 Jun 2011 18:10

One other site I find useful is wordreference.com where, once you look up a word, there is a list of that word used in many contexts and phrases, and access to a forum of linguists who help with tricky translations if a particular phrase doesn't appear in the list.

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: multi-word translations
Replies: 2
Views: 1343

Re: Anyone suffering from curry withdrawal symptoms?

by thewrights • Sat 18 Jun 2011 12:57

oldbill just beat me to it - Rafi's mixes are excellent. We used to live close to one of her shops in the UK so got to know her well. The mixes make fantastic curries!

Re: Help! Cutworms eating the lettuces

by thewrights • Sat 28 May 2011 18:00

We had the same thing happen to our lettuces a couple of years ago . . . we lost several lettuces, then began digging around them every morning and caught 4 - 5 cutworms. After that, no further problems!! I'll keep my fingers crossed that your infestation is much the same as ours was! best wishes, M...

Re: Geoportail Update

by thewrights • Wed 25 May 2011 20:57

Yes . . . thanks very much for posting this, Dave. Geoportail is better for us than Google Earth anyway - but now it's fantastic to be able to see the house and land as it is now rather than as it was way before we arrived. I think it was last summer, judging by our neighbour's potager! And I can't ...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Geoportail Update
Replies: 7
Views: 1959

Re: Lawn feed and weed?

by thewrights • Fri 06 May 2011 14:05

Good luck with that . . . round here at the moment you'd think that dandelions were being grown as a crop!! White, fluffy fields as far as the eye can see! :)

Forum: Gardening, Smallholding and Livestock
Topic: Lawn feed and weed?
Replies: 6
Views: 2742

Re: Hellebores

by thewrights • Sun 10 Apr 2011 15:40

Yes, totally agree with piglet, though we're only at 500m high. Hellebores seem to love it here, despite the cold winters!

Forum: Gardening, Smallholding and Livestock
Topic: Hellebores
Replies: 3
Views: 1774