by Goose • Mon 19 Nov 2012 19:27
Alain was our neighbour and very good friend for the seven years that we lived in Creuse. His first welcome to us was a knock on our door about three days after we'd arrived, with his words "I 'eard your engine" and that was our invitation to join his Classic Car club with our V8 MGB Roadster. Withi...
by Goose • Tue 24 Jan 2012 00:59
It wasn't your intention but you have given me the push to continue to go to Maltese lessons!!! We lived in Creuse for seven years and I had managed to speak French reasonably well by the end of that time. We have now lived in Malta for fifteen months. In late October I started attending the local c...
by Goose • Sun 18 Sep 2011 20:34
I wonder if it's allowed as pontnoir is for people in Creuse but perhaps Dave won't mind if I give a quick reply as I still look at pontnoir and my heart is still in Creuse. I am enjoying living in Malta and yes, it is very different, though the Maltese are quite similar to the French in many ways. ...
by Goose • Thu 15 Sep 2011 15:49
Another great article. I enjoyed it very much. We found the same - our neighbours were amazingly accepting of us right from the start and so very kind with their produce. I think it was initially because we had such a lot of work to do in those early days and often in that January's pouring rain we'...
by Goose • Thu 15 Sep 2011 15:29
Annik, This is such a true picture of how things were (are!). It brought tears to my eyes and made me "home-sick" (once again). My roots are still buried deep in Creuse.
by Goose • Wed 06 Jul 2011 15:49
We no longer live in France (we've lived in Malta since 2010) but saw your question on our occasional peek into Pont Noir. A vehicle used to be able to be registered as a vehicle de collection once it was over 25 years old but they moved the goalpost in 2009 and it is now 30 years of age for registr...
by Goose • Tue 24 May 2011 21:10
Loved this article, Annik. Made me smile and remember our neighbours' chickens who fairly frequently escaped into our garden and headed for our veggie plot. We and they just ran round 'til we caught them and squeezed them back through their fence.
Thank you, Goose, xx
by Goose • Mon 14 Mar 2011 21:11
Yes, we like it here. I do miss some aspects of our life in Creuse but it was the right move for us. Sometimes it's very different and sometimes it's very similar but in any case, it's our latest adventure!
by Goose • Sun 13 Mar 2011 09:01
The optician in the main square opposite the fountain in Guéret spoke English and also a young man in the optician shop within the Carrefour complex in Guéret also spoke English. This too was some time ago - perhaps three years. Sorry, don't remember the names of either shop.
by Goose • Sat 12 Mar 2011 08:42
Thank you for your best wishes, Dave.
I certainly do keep popping in and out of Pont Noir to see what's happening as Creuse was a large part of my life and is still in my heart!
by Goose • Wed 02 Feb 2011 09:57
We advertised our house on three internet websites, (two of which we had to pay a smallish fee up front and the other we agreed via a "gentleman's agreement" to pay if it sold via that site). We also put the house with two local agents and told them that we had advertised on those sites and said we ...
by Goose • Mon 17 Jan 2011 21:04
Reading this took me back to our own fires in our Creusois home and the changes we felt we needed to make. We loved the open fire in the living room but I always felt slightly worried when we took our dog out for his walk in the winter afternoons and left a lovely fire burning, even though it was be...
by Goose • Thu 13 Jan 2011 17:55
It grows amazingly well. It covered the back of our little cottage and the back of our kitchen wall and we planted different types each side of our two pergolas and it grew so well it met in the middle at the top. It is glorious. Choose one that has a delicious scent and it will deight you all sprin...
by Goose • Wed 12 Jan 2011 08:29
I can second this recommendation from Annik. Mlle Fabienne PORTE runs Le Scottage and we took our dog there many times when we lived in Creuse. She adores the animals and looks after them very well.
by Goose • Sun 19 Dec 2010 17:22
La Poste at Jarnages is (was, anyway !!) run by two very nice and helpful ladies. You might try there next time? They were very happy to spend helpful time seeing to our many posted items. Incidentally, I have previously found the chap at Ahun post office pretty helpful so perhaps he was having a ba...
by Goose • Fri 17 Dec 2010 23:01
Thanks, Michelle. Yes, it's a very nice place to live - though very different from Creuse in many ways yet pretty similar in others. We too have been hit by the wave of cold weather that has hit Europe because we have had a cold north wind and daytime temperatures that haven't risen above +14C for a...
by Goose • Fri 17 Dec 2010 22:53
Thanks Anne for those very nice comments. Yes, we do sometimes feel very lucky with the various adventures that we've had! We are continuing to explore the island and have bought another classic car to carry on with our tradition of having a summer fun car and to give Terry something to tinker with ...
by Goose • Tue 23 Nov 2010 00:43
Hi Mike, Thanks for your comments. We've been here in Malta now for six weeks (my how time flies!) and have sorted lots of things out including our ID cards and our medical acceptance into the Maltese system. Have joined the library (just down the road) and we wander into town some mornings - becaus...