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: 18806

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: 632

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: 426

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: 764

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: 764

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: 3195

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: 865

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: 34276

Re: Last Three Letters

by Creusebear • Sat 22 Sep 2018 15:57

Legless

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Last Three Letters
Replies: 1416
Views: 92823

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: 352

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: 1791

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: 579

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: 579

Re: Auberge du Moulin de Freteix (near Betete)

by Creusebear • Wed 25 Jul 2018 11:09

Thanks for the recommendation Suzanne. It looks lovely! We will definitely be trying it out.

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Auberge du Moulin de Freteix (near Betete)
Replies: 6
Views: 1186

Re: 80km/h Maximum Speed on Local Roads

by Creusebear • Sun 01 Jul 2018 15:57

A very timely reminder as we are coming over soon and I had forgotten! I hope it does reduce fatalities, but is the main cause of road deaths speed, senility or inebriation? And don't get me started on the 'sans permis'!

Forum: Survey Yourselves
Topic: 80km/h Maximum Speed on Local Roads
Replies: 9
Views: 1791

A culinary conundrum!

by Creusebear • Tue 26 Jun 2018 23:49

I have been pondering this for a while but can't decide on a definitive definition of the difference between ....
Rillettes ... Pate... and .. Terrine
Any ideas?

Forum: Creusois Kitchen
Topic: A culinary conundrum!
Replies: 2
Views: 1135

A rose by any other name ...

by Creusebear • Sat 23 Jun 2018 11:24

Schoolboy error: Macron reprimands teen for using nickname I have been having the usual 'the trouble with kids these days is ...' chat with some colleagues ( a hazard of the industry, I'm afraid) and the subject of appropriacy of language came up. I have a pet theory that as children move in smalle...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: A rose by any other name ...
Replies: 1
Views: 561

Re: Tutoring (English)

by Creusebear • Sun 20 May 2018 16:25

So, plenty of experience in the trenches then! :-D I have the CELTA and taught in a language school overseas for a few years but never in France so I don't have any first hand advice to offer. However, I do not think mainstream French schools will recognise the qualification - they tend to require F...

Forum: Taxes, Health, Finance and Employment
Topic: Tutoring (English)
Replies: 4
Views: 1053
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