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Re: Footbridges

by Dave • Wed 08 Jan 2020 11:22

A decent metal bridge over the Châtrains near Malval.

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A solid wooden job right on the edge of Creuse in the amazing place of La forêt d’Epagne.
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Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: Footbridges
Replies: 7
Views: 5440

Re: Castles (or parts thereof) of Creuse

by Dave • Wed 08 Jan 2020 10:44

Chateau de Villemonteix (near Chenerailles). Sometimes open to the public.

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Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: Castles (or parts thereof) of Creuse
Replies: 10
Views: 3175

Espace Emeraude Closure

by Dave • Tue 07 Jan 2020 12:28

I drove though Cressat Gare a few days ago to find that one of my favourite stores was closed - Espace Emeraude. This was such a great place to visit. It had all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff and handy agricultural items and at reasonable prices. The staff were always very helpful and although ...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Espace Emeraude Closure
Replies: 0
Views: 1731

Re: Where in Creuse ... is this?

by Dave • Mon 06 Jan 2020 20:05

I've also just discovered that the old school sign is, or rather was in Saint Fiel. It's since been replaced by a modern illuminated sign a bit further down but thankfully the church, the bus shelter and the drain cover all still exist. Even without the sign it's worth a visit as the church is prett...

Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: Where in Creuse ... is this?
Replies: 13
Views: 3141

Re: Where in Creuse ... is this?

by Dave • Mon 06 Jan 2020 19:30

I've found the location of the second post - it is La chapelle de Champeix in Malleret-Boussac

Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: Where in Creuse ... is this?
Replies: 13
Views: 3141

Single Use Plastic

by Dave • Mon 06 Jan 2020 12:33

France is banning the use of single use plastics starting this year. You can read a nice summary of these changes on France24 . Whilst it might be possible to avoid most plastics, at least in your weekly shop, it does significantly limit your choices. We have cut out a fair bit and try to choose pro...

Forum: Survey Yourselves
Topic: Single Use Plastic
Replies: 3
Views: 3217

Re: Merry Christmas to all PNers!

by Dave • Thu 26 Dec 2019 12:46

Happy holidays to one and all and all the best for the new roaring 20s

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Merry Christmas to all PNers!
Replies: 2
Views: 1206

Re: Last Three Letters

by Dave • Thu 19 Dec 2019 14:24

tesseract

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Last Three Letters
Replies: 1438
Views: 128500

Crozant and Kayaking La Creuse

by Dave • Wed 18 Dec 2019 11:01

crozant-map.jpg Location on Google Maps Crozant is a small and, if I am honest, a largely uninteresting town, in the north-west corner of Creuse on the border with Indre. There are about 450 inhabitants and if you go on a nice sunny weekend in July you’ll meet all of them in the queue at the bakers...

Forum: Sleepy Hollow
Topic: Crozant and Kayaking La Creuse
Replies: 1
Views: 1521

Re: Another Delay

by Dave • Fri 13 Dec 2019 08:14

Well, that's that. I suppose it isn't unexpected and that actually nothing much has changed but things now do seem rather bleak. :(

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Another Delay
Replies: 5
Views: 1899

Re: Demonstrations and strike action in France

by Dave • Sun 08 Dec 2019 11:45

I found this which is a summary of strike action in Creuse for last Friday. It impacts most public services. This shows that 2 to 3 thousand people turned out in Guéret on Friday. Some interesting pictures. If you use Twitter then perhaps follow @FBCreuse (Radio France Bleu Creuse) which seems to gi...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Demonstrations and strike action in France
Replies: 5
Views: 2274

Re: Last Three Letters

by Dave • Fri 06 Dec 2019 09:06

certificate

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Last Three Letters
Replies: 1438
Views: 128500

Re: Grand frère vous surveille!

by Dave • Fri 06 Dec 2019 09:01

TBH I expect all security agencies are using or trialling this sort of technology. It automates a very labour intensive task and helps them track bad guys with a lot less effort. Although of course the problem is they say that as they don't know who all the bad guys are then it's best to track every...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Grand frère vous surveille!
Replies: 1
Views: 1157

Cannabis in a field near you?

by Dave • Wed 20 Nov 2019 12:51

A couple of years ago the president of the community of communes of the Grand Guéret, Eric Correia suggested that farmers in the Creuse to grow cannabis for therapeutic purposes. SBxrnEyNegM I doubt that it'll be grown outside but it could mean a variety of new jobs including some in STEM. This repo...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Cannabis in a field near you?
Replies: 1
Views: 2307

Re: Solar panels in France: a steeplechase

by Dave • Mon 18 Nov 2019 12:29

We are lucky enough to have a large unobstructed south facing roof and I've been thinking of installing both PV and thermal solar panels for a while. I've been largely put off by the complexity of the paperwork (and I'm not even sure if I'd be allowed to install things myself) and also by the enviro...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: Solar panels in France: a steeplechase
Replies: 3
Views: 1406

Les Pierres Jaumâtres

by Dave • Fri 15 Nov 2019 10:33

lpj-map.jpg Location on Google Maps Les Pierres Jaumâtres near Toulx-Sainte-Croix (591m). « They’re awesome! » said a young American girl who was cantering about on them during one of our visits. The view was also awesome, and her shoes, her lunch and for all I know everything she’d ever seen. Cool...

Forum: Sleepy Hollow
Topic: Les Pierres Jaumâtres
Replies: 2
Views: 1135

Re: Main supply: more power or a system of load shedding (délestage)

by Dave • Thu 14 Nov 2019 17:56

We use this system on our set-up. The heating circuits will be switched off when the load is becoming close to maximum to ensure that the rest stay on, switching back when the load is reduced. Since this would be very rare requiring all heaters on full blast, the water heater and something like an e...

Re: Another Delay

by Dave • Wed 30 Oct 2019 19:35

There is now another chance to vote away Brexit, all be it a super slim one, by voting for a party that has said they will stop the whole process and stay in the EU if they win. Honestly I think that it's unlikely these parties will win, even in coalition and they might not even stop it all if they ...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Another Delay
Replies: 5
Views: 1899

Another Delay

by Dave • Mon 28 Oct 2019 18:49

Wow, it's looks like the UK might still be in the EU in 2020 having been granted another extension until the end of January. I guess it's still all pretty grim longer term but with No Deal off the table and another extension in the bag that's not a bad Christmas present anyway. :)

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Another Delay
Replies: 5
Views: 1899

Re: Rugby World Cup 2019

by Dave • Sun 27 Oct 2019 18:08

Yes and Wales are out so Eng vs RSA. Too many kicks in the last game and it's a shame for Wales to go out. Should be a good final.

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Rugby World Cup 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 1527
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