Re: Three phase - how do I hate it, let me count the ways!

by Creusebear • Sat 05 Jan 2019 16:00

It is careful you must be Master Yoda - this Padwan ain't that smart! I will check the bills on our next visit but I know there is a number 15 on the box - that must mean something? Our neighbours were muttering about the new Linky smart meter but I haven't had a letter about it yet. We do have an o...

Re: Three phase - how do I hate it, let me count the ways!

by Creusebear • Tue 01 Jan 2019 14:01

Thank you for replying so fully! We are on 15amps, so 5 per phase - I'm trying to sound knowledgeable! The electrician positively hissed when I suggested it might be easier to switch to mono and muttered darkly about the many Machiavellian ways the EDF have of parting you with your money. We could u...

Bonne année!

by Creusebear • Tue 01 Jan 2019 13:49

Je vous souhaite une très bonne année 2019, pleine de projets, de rencontres et de belles surprises!

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: Bonne année!
Replies: 1
Views: 57

Re: Mole News

by Creusebear • Wed 26 Dec 2018 18:08

Neighbour used this style of trap. Chose freshest molehills, dug down to expose the tunnel. Set one trap in each direction and pinned them into place with a skewer. Left hole open but stuffed leaves into the passage way to block out the light. Set traps in around 6 holes. Checked daily. Said that ho...

Forum: Gardening, Smallholding and Livestock
Topic: Mole News
Replies: 68
Views: 17841

Re: Seasonal meal!

by Creusebear • Tue 25 Dec 2018 19:09

In the end we went for the evening meal on the 24th. A traditional roast chicken from a local farm (best I have ever tasted!) stuffed with herbs from the garden and plenty of seasoning and garlic, roast potatoes (which I haven't attempted here before - brought some Maris Pipers with us) green beans ...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Seasonal meal!
Replies: 4
Views: 101

Re: Mole News

by Creusebear • Mon 24 Dec 2018 19:28

We've always had a few. Live and let live has always been my stand, and, to the amusement of our neighbour who offered to put down traps for us, I have even stated 'Je suis ami de la taupe!' Arriving for our latest visit, the garden was so pockmarked with molehils it looked like someone had been min...

Forum: Gardening, Smallholding and Livestock
Topic: Mole News
Replies: 68
Views: 17841

Re: Brexit

by Creusebear • Sun 23 Dec 2018 12:22

An opinion on the Irish border aspect from a concerned citizen.

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 6
Views: 153

Seasonal meal!

by Creusebear • Fri 21 Dec 2018 21:15

(No - I'm not using the C word after last time) :? So two questions: 1. Do you have a seasonal/celebratory meal on the 25th or the 24th? 2. What's on the menu? PS Happy Yule! 'The Winter Solstice is the time of ending and beginning, a powerful time — a time to contemplate your immortality. A time to...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Seasonal meal!
Replies: 4
Views: 101

Re: Three phase - how do I hate it, let me count the ways!

by Creusebear • Mon 17 Dec 2018 20:13

Wise words indeed. As they say, it seemed simplest at the time, i.e. it was what was there before and the EDF guy didn't want any extra hassle. Will look into the cost for moving to monophase. Haven't contacted my patient electrician as now the phone/internet is doing some 'in, out, in, out, shake i...

Three phase - how do I hate it, let me count the ways!

by Creusebear • Sun 16 Dec 2018 22:55

I know, I know - I just don't get it. I have had smart people trying to explain it for years and all I hear is 'blah blah blah'. Back in Creuse for the holidays and getting the house warmed up. As well as the fire, I turned on two electric radiators and, for an extra burst before bedtime, an electri...

Re: gilets jaunes

by Creusebear • Sun 16 Dec 2018 14:06

Came down yesterday and despite lots of talk on the news, everything seemed very calm. Lots of cars displaying the 'gilet jaune' on the dashboard and even on some houses! Saw several groups camped out on the roundabouts and had one encounter at a toll station near Montlucon. They wanted our ticket a...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: gilets jaunes
Replies: 8
Views: 184

Re: gilets jaunes

by Creusebear • Mon 03 Dec 2018 23:32

An interesting article Virtdave. I knew the area was very depopulated but had not appreciated the level of real rural poverty. Although the description of Gueret as grim and scattered with burnt out cars seems a little harsh! We are hoping to travel down in a couple of weeks so it will be 'interesti...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: gilets jaunes
Replies: 8
Views: 184

Re: Book Recommendation - La Creuse ... à pied

by Creusebear • Sun 18 Nov 2018 19:08

Great photos Dave, you have a good eye for composition!

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Book Recommendation - La Creuse ... à pied
Replies: 12
Views: 2855

Effraie des clochers

by Creusebear • Fri 19 Oct 2018 18:41

Which is a great name for a Barn owl! I was so pleased to find we had a regular evening visitor. I thought I had detected some signs but was delighted to get a look at him/her last night.

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Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Effraie des clochers
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: Les blagues

by Creusebear • Sun 23 Sep 2018 19:17

Que dit un escargot quand il croise une limace ?
- Oh un naturiste!

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: Les blagues
Replies: 63
Views: 33902

Re: Last Three Letters

by Creusebear • Sat 22 Sep 2018 15:57

Legless

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Last Three Letters
Replies: 1416
Views: 91128

Re: Moulin Noye Reopening?

by Creusebear • Mon 06 Aug 2018 14:10

Flood damage has been repaired however the restaurant seems to have closed in July. Faute de personnel, le chef du Moulin Noyé, près de Guéret, rend son tablier According the chef, Stephane Marchand, he couldn't get the quality of staff necessary to keep up standards and that young people today don'...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Moulin Noye Reopening?
Replies: 1
Views: 252

Re: 80km/h Maximum Speed on Local Roads

by Creusebear • Sun 05 Aug 2018 17:02

Our neighbours are most disgruntled about the new speed limit. But the best example for lack of joined up thinking I have heard so far is from a bus driver. The new lower speed limits mean (obviously) that their route takes longer to complete yet the bus company have refused to change the timetable ...

Forum: Survey Yourselves
Topic: 80km/h Maximum Speed on Local Roads
Replies: 9
Views: 1426

Re: A book about bees

by Creusebear • Sun 05 Aug 2018 12:04

We have some lavender too and it is a magnet for bees, bumblebees, butterflies and the Hummingbird hawk moths as in Dave's photos on the Creuse in Pictures thread (in fact, that could be our lavender!) We also have buddleia and comfrey and are planning to plant more next year.

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: A book about bees
Replies: 2
Views: 394

A book about bees

by Creusebear • Sat 04 Aug 2018 18:07

I love my summers in the Creuse (even tho this one is a little warm!) as it gives me the opportunity to read more in a few weeks than I do for the rest of the year! One surprising book has been 'A Sting in the Tale' by Dave Goulson who has devoted his life to the study of bumblebees. It was absolute...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: A book about bees
Replies: 2
Views: 394
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