Pont Noir

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Re: Happy St Patrick's Day

by FionaFrance • Thu 17 Mar 2011 08:59

Lovely. We will be raising a glass of the black stuff later and I will be thinking of my family back home in Ireland - and all over the world!

Happy St Patrick's Day Mary - and all on Pont Noir!

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Happy St Patrick's Day
Replies: 2
Views: 1367

Re: Help! Creatures in the roof!

by FionaFrance • Mon 12 Apr 2010 14:39

Hopefully the end of the story. Only a very mild bit of scratching on the last night, which might just have been a passing mouse or something. Won't last long with all that poison up there. And as it happens we were chatting to our neighbour before we left - he's said that if there's a problem next ...

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Help! Creatures in the roof!
Replies: 30
Views: 6986

Re: Help! Creatures in the roof!

by FionaFrance • Thu 08 Apr 2010 22:15

Fabulous. That's next on the 'To do' list. :lol:

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Help! Creatures in the roof!
Replies: 30
Views: 6986

Re: Help! Creatures in the roof!

by FionaFrance • Thu 08 Apr 2010 22:00

As far as I can remember from the book the cat was reluctant to go in the loft :lol: I'm with the cat on this one! Trouble is there isn't a loft as such, just the tiny space under the tiles (the rooms are really the old loft). I can just imagine someone's poor moggie getting wedged under the tiles!...

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Help! Creatures in the roof!
Replies: 30
Views: 6986

Re: Help! Creatures in the roof!

by FionaFrance • Thu 08 Apr 2010 13:42

Latest episode in the saga... the little so-and-so has upped the ante - it has discovered that if it sits on the hatch in the ceiling, it can wee on us!! 8O We have now tried rat poison (thank you for the supply Kate) which we put through the hatch into the tiny space that there is, but that doesn't...

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Help! Creatures in the roof!
Replies: 30
Views: 6986

Re: Help! Creatures in the roof!

by FionaFrance • Tue 06 Apr 2010 10:58

Thanks for the ideas, one and all - I think that the previous owners mentioned pine martens, now that I think of it, and the scrabbling sounds like something bigger than a cute little dormouse. It is mostly nocturnal, though it's had a bit of a run around this morning. We know how it got in - there ...

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Help! Creatures in the roof!
Replies: 30
Views: 6986

Help! Creatures in the roof!

by FionaFrance • Sun 04 Apr 2010 14:08

We're back in the Creuse after a six-month gap to find that we are not alone. Something has set up home in our roof, and our bedrooms are very close to the little bit of roof space that there is - so the sound of something trying to scratch its way into the bedroom through the wall six inches from y...

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Help! Creatures in the roof!
Replies: 30
Views: 6986

Re: Check your pet passports!

by FionaFrance • Tue 08 Sep 2009 12:25

Hmm... just checked Max's (dog) passport and according to the dates on it, his rabies is valid for 3 years! Had a quick look at the Defra site - apparently it can vary for cats and dogs, and they do say the 'valid until' date depends on the vaccine manufacturers' guidelines - so presumably whatever ...

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Check your pet passports!
Replies: 14
Views: 2978

Check your pet passports!

by FionaFrance • Mon 07 Sep 2009 12:52

A cautionary tale: When we were at Eurotunnel Pet Control yesterday there was a couple whose dog was being denied travel back to the UK because the paperwork was not in order. As far as we could tell, the owner was saying that it was simply that the vet had made an error in recording something. Then...

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Check your pet passports!
Replies: 14
Views: 2978

Re: Decorative gravel/slate

by FionaFrance • Wed 05 Aug 2009 09:58

Thanks for the replies. I think I'll probably do both - bring out a couple of small bags of slate for the little areas and then look into the quarry.

Forum: Gardening, Smallholding and Livestock
Topic: Decorative gravel/slate
Replies: 4
Views: 1956

Decorative gravel/slate

by FionaFrance • Tue 21 Jul 2009 14:46

I'm planning to cover some small sections of garden with areas of decorative slate or pretty gravel (with anti-weed lining underneath - ha! - that'll teach those mauvaise herbes that sneak up from nowhere while we're in England). Anyway, the question is whether I'm better off bringing bags of the st...

Forum: Gardening, Smallholding and Livestock
Topic: Decorative gravel/slate
Replies: 4
Views: 1956

Re: Crime free??

by FionaFrance • Wed 20 May 2009 12:33

Just seen a survey this morning (here) which says that Creuse is the safest place to live in France. Yes, there is still crime (of course) and yes, we need to be sensible, but this is good to hear.

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Crime free?
Replies: 19
Views: 5157

Re: Pont Noir Calendar 2009

by FionaFrance • Mon 09 Mar 2009 15:20

I'm surprised that more didn't sell, but I hope it won't stop you doing it again - we're enjoying ours, and the size and layout are good.

Thanks for your efforts
Fiona

Forum: Help Desk and Announcements
Topic: Pont Noir Calendar 2009
Replies: 29
Views: 9316

Re: Pont Noir Calendar 2009 - Available Now

by FionaFrance • Wed 08 Oct 2008 20:24

That's what I thought! Mine just arrived today - lovely!

Forum: Help Desk and Announcements
Topic: Pont Noir Calendar 2009
Replies: 29
Views: 9316

Re: Pont Noir Calendar 2009 - Available Now

by FionaFrance • Tue 16 Sep 2008 18:32

Hurrah! Even better. Cheers Dave :D

Incidentally, are the photos yours? Look forward to seeing it in the flesh, so to speak.

Forum: Help Desk and Announcements
Topic: Pont Noir Calendar 2009
Replies: 29
Views: 9316

Re: Pont Noir Calendar 2009 - Available Now

by FionaFrance • Tue 16 Sep 2008 11:38

This sounds great - thanks, Dave. It will be really useful to have UK and French holidays etc in one place. Mind you - is anyone else as fussy as me about calendar layouts?! I drive my OH mad trying to prise apart those that are shrink-wrapped to see where the weekends are. I like my layout to start...

Forum: Help Desk and Announcements
Topic: Pont Noir Calendar 2009
Replies: 29
Views: 9316

Re: Dentist & Doctor Recommendations Please

by FionaFrance • Thu 04 Sep 2008 10:59

Thanks one and all - this is really useful information to have. On the 'prevention is better than cure' principle, we recently discovered something called 'Plaque Off' - in fact our vet prescribed it for the dog and cat to keep their teeth from getting tartar build-up! It sounded so good I asked if ...

Re: English / French

by FionaFrance • Wed 20 Aug 2008 15:06

Goodness! That's quite a collection. Interestingly, from an editor's point of view, our rule of thumb is that when a word has become naturalised into English, it doesn't have to be italicised - this would apply, for example, to phrases such as en masse and vis-à-vis. I haven't got time to look up al...

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: English / French
Replies: 6
Views: 3971

Re: Our walls are oozing!

by FionaFrance • Wed 30 Jul 2008 18:49

Oh dear! It seems as if our ivy may have been the victim of a miscarriage of justice :lol: Thanks for your thoughts one and all - it's just puzzling that it only occurs on part of one wall, and we generally don't get condensation anywhere else (that we're aware of)- we do have a skylight with a vent...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Our walls are oozing!
Replies: 5
Views: 2783

Our walls are oozing!

by FionaFrance • Mon 28 Jul 2008 10:29

A few months ago, we noticed on arrival at our cottage that there were some weird brown dribbly stains on one internal wall. The only way I can describe it is that it looks like someone has shaken up a can of coke (or beer if you prefer) and sprayed it at the wall! It doesn't appear like damp or eve...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Our walls are oozing!
Replies: 5
Views: 2783
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