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Live Life in Creuse

Re: Lac de Lavaud-Gelade and other Swimming

by Ricardo • Mon 24 Feb 2020 00:15

I also enjoy our visits to both Jouillat Plage and Le Bourg d'Hem, however almost opposite the beach at Jouillat and across the lake is Anzeme. Huge beach so that even in the height of summer it never gets too crowded. Plentiful parking together with a beach cafe and waterspouts makes this a favouri...

Forum: Sleepy Hollow
Topic: Lac de Lavaud-Gelade and other Swimming
Replies: 11
Views: 1628

Re: Single Use Plastic

by Ricardo • Mon 13 Jan 2020 18:37

I reuse soap dispensers transforming a bar of soap into liquid soap. Lots of demos on youtube to show how easy it is to do and how save money. Just need hot water and a bit of patience, but one bar of soap can refill a soap dispenser many times. Worth a try.

Forum: Survey Yourselves
Topic: Single Use Plastic
Replies: 3
Views: 1362

Re: Demonstrations and strike action in France

by Ricardo • Sat 14 Dec 2019 21:24

We arrived back on Thursday after a week in La Creuse. There were no problems encountered by us throughout. The tunnel was, if anything, smoother than it has been of late. Travelling through Rouen during rush hour was easy with no hold-ups even though there was marginally more traffic on the road.

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Demonstrations and strike action in France
Replies: 5
Views: 1217

Re: Another Delay

by Ricardo • Wed 30 Oct 2019 21:36

I wouldn't be surprised that at the end of all this we will be left with a 'hung' parliament. Brexit part 2!

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Another Delay
Replies: 5
Views: 1203

Re: Locksmith

by Ricardo • Fri 05 Jul 2019 11:00

Thanks for the suggestions. Done the WD40 several times. I replaced the lock mechanism, but the wind blew the door shut before it was adjusted and now the door has jammed shut. So secure that I cannot open it!

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Locksmith
Replies: 6
Views: 759


by Ricardo • Thu 04 Jul 2019 15:32

Does anyone know how I can access a locksmith in the area just north of Gueret? Have a problem with the front door lock jamming tight.

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Locksmith
Replies: 6
Views: 759

Re: Tax Habitation and Foncier

by Ricardo • Wed 21 Nov 2018 17:20

Can anyone tell me if the rates for Tax Foncier have increased this year? Mine has gone up over 300%. Is there something I am not aware of as my Tax d'habitation is pretty much the same.

Re: Swimming Pool

by Ricardo • Tue 14 Aug 2018 23:12

I've just found the link: Ten reasons not to have a swimming pool

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Swimming Pool
Replies: 6
Views: 2171

Re: Swimming Pool

by Ricardo • Sat 11 Aug 2018 23:13

I also considered a swimming pool this year, but was put in touch with reality by reading an article entitled 'Ten reasons for not having a pool' that I read on an English/French blog. Worth a read for anyone about to embark into the unknown.

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Swimming Pool
Replies: 6
Views: 2171

Moulin Noye Reopening?

by Ricardo • Sat 04 Aug 2018 20:27

Does anyone know when or if the hotel and restaurant at Moulin Noye will reopen after its flood and damage to the terrace. This is one of our favourite eating places and we were extremely disappointed to find it closed up on a recent visit, not having realising that there had been a problem caused b...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Moulin Noye Reopening?
Replies: 1
Views: 673

Re: Auberge du Moulin de Freteix (near Betete)

by Ricardo • Sat 04 Aug 2018 20:16

I am pleased to hear that the restaurant is so good. We haven't been for a few years as it frequently changed hands and, on occasions, has been closed when we turned up for a meal. On this recommendation, we will try again within the next few weeks.

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Auberge du Moulin de Freteix (near Betete)
Replies: 6
Views: 1665

Re: Nutella riots!

by Ricardo • Mon 29 Jan 2018 15:15

You probably mean Marmite Virtdave (not the cooking pot variety)

Forum: Creusois Kitchen
Topic: Nutella riots!
Replies: 4
Views: 1228

Re: New Rubbish and Recycling Bins

by Ricardo • Tue 07 Nov 2017 22:01

We received ours a few weeks ago. Similar to you we have one large recycling bin together with a small rubbish bin. The information, that was left with our neighbour, explained the new system and as far as I have been told the collections will start in January. As we are not permanent residents, I w...

Well water

by Ricardo • Wed 05 Jul 2017 07:28

I have recently uncovered a well situated on my property. On sampling the water I have found it to be clear, but I am uncertain as to the uses it can be put as a consequence of not knowing its chemical and bacterial composition. I know that I can get it tested and that the local testing laboratories...

Forum: Property and Utilities Queries
Topic: Well water
Replies: 1
Views: 418


by Ricardo • Wed 03 May 2017 22:51

I have only just discovered this through a friend so I have just made my application. Have anyone else living in the UK applied for their Vignette yet? How long does it take to arrive after applying on line? I understand that although it applies to pollution hotspots, such as Paris, it is obligatory...

Forum: Taxes, Health, Finance and Employment
Topic: Crit'Air
Replies: 4
Views: 1311

Re: Best time to arrive at Eurotunnel with Pet?

by Ricardo • Thu 23 Feb 2017 13:55

When you enter the terminal the pet passport check-in is on the right before reaching the ticket machines and is well sign posted with a paw print. The building has only been open for couple of years and there is ample parking and more importantly after a long journey -toilets.

Re: Best time to arrive at Eurotunnel with Pet?

by Ricardo • Thu 23 Feb 2017 13:50

There are usually three desks at the terminal at the pet check in and it usually takes just a couple of minutes to check documentation and scan. Even during busy periods it can be straightforward. However, delays occur when people have incorrect documentation and then try to argue their case; all to...

Re: What vaccinations do dogs need for the UK

by Ricardo • Tue 14 Feb 2017 23:29

You must have your vet sign and date the pet passport after administering the worm treatment, between 1 and 5 days before entry into the UK. Make sure the signature is dated and has the time of signing. I have witnessed several panicking pet owners at Calais with incorrect details trying frantically...

Re: Tax Habitation and Foncier

by Ricardo • Fri 09 Dec 2016 18:16

Thanks for this Dave. I realised that it would be difficult to give an exact figure as there are many variables, but at least it tells me that I am in the right range!

Re: Tax Habitation and Foncier

by Ricardo • Tue 06 Dec 2016 21:40

Having completed our renovation in France I have received my updated devis for the Tax d'Habitation. i know that the charges are dependent upon size of property, room numbers etc, but as a holiday home what sort of ball park figure should I expect to have to pay especially as I am not a full time re...