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Re: a view from the USA...well, from California

by lestroisours • Wed 07 Nov 2012 07:13

A good result - Religious furvour would have been disastrous. When in the states, I met up with a fellow radio ham in a fast food chain restaurant for lunch. He insisted on saying a "few words" before we ate. A bit presumptuous, if I might say. It gave me the shivers to be frank. One does not have t...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: a view from the USA...well, from California
Replies: 9
Views: 1640

Re: Speed Cameras in the Creuse

by lestroisours • Thu 18 Oct 2012 08:20

There have been several instances of Limousin Tractors PV'd for speeding in the big cities, so false number plates abound. I am also suprised by the appearance of several sections of single roads with speed limits in only one direction, which in the UK doesn't occur. Le Puy La Croix enroute to Bourg...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Speed Cameras in the Creuse
Replies: 6
Views: 2187

Re: New Law 01.07.2012 - Breathalyser

by lestroisours • Fri 12 Oct 2012 17:06

That's another failure of the system. The law makers do not consider the constraints of manufacture. It can easily reach 50C inside a vehicle, that why we never leave children and dogs inside. Just as well you only have to produce them and not necessarily use them, the alcotests I mean!

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: New Breathalyser Law
Replies: 30
Views: 8259

Re: Poultry feed

by lestroisours • Fri 12 Oct 2012 17:02

Your local Gamm Vert should have it. We buy our rabbit food in bulk there at 6€ for 25 kgs

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Poultry feed
Replies: 1
Views: 1355

Re: New Law 01.07.2012 - Breathalyser

by lestroisours • Thu 11 Oct 2012 15:11

Heh Heh! Due to the difficulties of obtaining the relevant devices, the enforcement will now not commence until March 1 2013. We wait with baited breath(alysers).

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: New Breathalyser Law
Replies: 30
Views: 8259

Re: Bed bugs

by lestroisours • Mon 01 Oct 2012 08:10

I think its fleas too! We had a similar problem this year, with fleas being rampant. Despite combing the cats every night, we always missed one or two, so we got a can of household flea killer and sprayed everything. That took care of the problem. The product kills even hatching larvae from deposite...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Bed bugs
Replies: 23
Views: 3180

Re: Decaf tea

by lestroisours • Tue 25 Sep 2012 19:37

I have a rather strange reaction to decaffinated coffee, that creates a chemical imbalance in my cerebral cortex, causing my blood pressure to fall and I sweat despite a feeling of a chill, like "someone walking over my grave", a sensation of dejà vu if you will. Even a coffee cake made with it has ...

Forum: Creusois Kitchen
Topic: Decaf tea
Replies: 8
Views: 1883

Re: Mouse traps

by lestroisours • Mon 24 Sep 2012 13:49

There's the sticky trap option, where they get stuck by their feet. You just have the dealt o cut round their feet on the paper and let them go.

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Mouse traps
Replies: 3
Views: 1543

Re: sneaky French addon

by lestroisours • Fri 07 Sep 2012 07:37

I have never used the installtion CD's instead prefering to install the protocols for the ISP myself. In receiving updates from adobe and the like I never enable the "free tools" as they cause more trouble. I have never used a purchased virus killer as they are parasitic and slow down the computers,...

Forum: Technology Troubles
Topic: sneaky French addon
Replies: 10
Views: 5448

Re: Do you have an interest on Astronomy ?

by lestroisours • Thu 06 Sep 2012 08:03

Recently, the Astronomical society at Les Loups de Chabrières ceased. There was an astronomical walk recently in Royère in the south west, but I had guests at the time and did not attend. However one of the guests brought his 4" Newtonian reflector and set it up in our garden with great views. I hav...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Do you have an interest on Astronomy ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1729

Re: Dentist & Doctor Recommendations Please

by lestroisours • Thu 30 Aug 2012 07:33

Let's face it, no one likes any dentist. I found Dr. Langston very competent, although chatty. To be recommended. Our local GP Doctor Etilé is also very thorough, sending Anne and myself to specialists as required. Anne has had some surgery in 2011 and is now 100%, well what's left works 100% anyway...

Re: The holidays are over

by lestroisours • Tue 28 Aug 2012 12:36

'twas hot, wasn't it, and despite the early morning rain shower it is still warm today. Still very busy round Vassiviere, but after the weekend it will go eerily quiet. Very quiet in our little hamlet without neighbours. And we're off to the the sun in September ourselves, when it will be a little q...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: The holidays are over
Replies: 1
Views: 1181

Re: lakes and swimming

by lestroisours • Sat 25 Aug 2012 22:24

I'm told that Lavaud Gelade can be treacherous if one is not careful as parts of the former valley in which is lies was a bit ravinous in places, so the depth can suddenly change from gentle slope to very deep. Take care here.

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: lakes and swimming
Replies: 4
Views: 1594

Re: S56FEC

by lestroisours • Sat 25 Aug 2012 14:15

I have not got close enough to check the insurance vignette, but even if it's current, the vehicle is not road legal unless it complies fully with the law. In France of course it's the vehicle that is insured not the driver. Named drivers reduce the malus. As the car is shown exported from the UK in...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: S56FEC
Replies: 2
Views: 1130


by lestroisours • Thu 23 Aug 2012 07:46

It's Time! In fact it was time long ago! GREEN VAUXHALL S56FEC has been shown exported from the UK long ago according the .gov site, and is still driving around south west Creuse with NO CT and NO FRENCH PLATE, with only the insurance vignette in the window, and has been for the last four years at l...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: S56FEC
Replies: 2
Views: 1130

Re: Carte vitale

by lestroisours • Thu 16 Aug 2012 08:24

We pay "Cotisations" €139 each month, re-calculated each year based on our tax declaration. But we have never had to pay for our carte vitale. Our circumstances are different, as we were resident before the November 2007 deadline. But we were on a an E106 for one year first. Then we paid the cotisat...

Forum: Taxes, Health, Finance and Employment
Topic: Carte vitale
Replies: 3
Views: 1952

Re: organizing rabies injection for dog

by lestroisours • Tue 14 Aug 2012 08:30

First of all check the post - "Latest announcement from DEFRA", to verify the pets can travel in the first place.

Frank Labarre and his practise partner Monsieur Leloux in Bourganeuf both speak english. They are one practise of two vets in the same stretch of road just after the roundabout.

Re: Rose diseases

by lestroisours • Fri 10 Aug 2012 22:28

It seems that you may have a soil disease. Vigourously cut back the rose to the recommended lengths. Dig up the rootstock and place it in a bucket of water for the next phase, to remove and replace the soil, with a good quality top soil and soil conditioner. Replant the root stock with rose feed, an...

Forum: Gardening, Smallholding and Livestock
Topic: Rose diseases
Replies: 1
Views: 1629

Re: Building a chimney

by lestroisours • Mon 06 Aug 2012 22:39

The post before yours gives the name of one type of terracotta product (Boisseaux Alvéolés). Search on googe.fr for "conduits chiminée brique" and you can get the products you seek.

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Building a chimney
Replies: 8
Views: 2941

Re: Cabine de douche

by lestroisours • Wed 01 Aug 2012 11:19

The alternative is a connector with a compression fitting adapting to 40ml pipe. Don't be tempted to downsize to 32 mm as the outflow would not be sufficient. There are several types, Compression to compression, or Compression to bare pipe. I would suggest Compression to compression, as the bare pip...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Cabine de douche
Replies: 2
Views: 1201