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Re: Glenic Donkey Fête 2018

by virtdave • Thu 05 Jul 2018 19:25

thanks for sharing those photos-==I'll try to put the event on my calendar for next year. My daughter is a regular attendee at an analogous fair (for mules) in California....

Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: Glenic Donkey Fête 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 659

Re: A culinary conundrum!

by virtdave • Thu 28 Jun 2018 09:18

rillettes typically contain bits of shredded meat....terrines are prepared and served in a small pottery container.....and pâtés are rather more of a finely ground-up consistency. I like most of all of these, tho some are a bit too authentique for my taste.

Forum: Creusois Kitchen
Topic: A culinary conundrum!
Replies: 2
Views: 1442

Surviving Trump - Maybe

by virtdave • Thu 14 Jun 2018 09:13

You Europeans are relatively fortunate--most of your leaders are fairly sane. This article is not particularly reassuring.

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Surviving Trump - Maybe
Replies: 3
Views: 850

Re: bats

by virtdave • Mon 28 May 2018 09:03

whoops--I wrote the above last night without noticing this issue had been raised a month or two ago.....in any case, it's reassuring that bats have made a bit of a comeback; they were in decline I think a while ago

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: bats
Replies: 2
Views: 470

bats

by virtdave • Sun 27 May 2018 22:52

Several years ago, bats made regular visits at night into our bedroom, but for the past few years they've been quite rare, and always well into the summer. But tonite one showed up, and tho they're not really worrisome, I prefer them elsewhere than inside the house. I did manage to get it into one s...

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: bats
Replies: 2
Views: 470

Re: Brexit: Will you sell up before it is finalised?

by virtdave • Sun 20 May 2018 08:53

None of the options apply precisely to us. We're not Brits, but I do believe that Brexit was (if not engineered) encouraged by the Poutine gang, like the election of Trump in the USA, to weaken Poutine's opposition. For all its many faults, the EU seems to have presided over a very long peace in Eur...

visas

by virtdave • Thu 03 May 2018 19:21

The French (or perhaps the EU) bureaucracy has finally decided to enforce the visa-needed-for-more-than-three-months rule. So we spent a bizarre day at the San Francisco French consulate, and after considerable weird paper-shuffling did get them. And a few days ago I got a link, thanks to my daughte...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: visas
Replies: 4
Views: 1042

Re: A rare sight!

by virtdave • Tue 24 Apr 2018 21:43

I think French law allows the owner of a still ( alembic ) to continue using it until he dies....it cannot be sold or willed to an heir. A broyeur de cru is the machine which grinds stuff up, for instance the stuff one wants to ferment, then distill. We had some brandy produced by what was probably ...

Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: A rare sight!
Replies: 4
Views: 979

Re: Nutella riots!

by virtdave • Sun 28 Jan 2018 13:43

If a Bovril shortage occurs in England, the ensuing riots will make the current ones in France seem quite civilized

Forum: Creusois Kitchen
Topic: Nutella riots!
Replies: 4
Views: 1074

Re: visas

by virtdave • Sun 05 Nov 2017 22:44

Your questions mirror my own, and in the case of the UK it's even trickier, since no one really knows what the rules for UK cititzens will be. I've briefly (3 months in London, 6 months in Edinburgh) lived and worked there--the last time we were there, in East Sussex a few years ago, I was surprised...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: visas
Replies: 5
Views: 1061

visas

by virtdave • Sat 04 Nov 2017 17:20

We have been coming to the Creuse regularly since we bought our place over 30 years ago, and since I retired, about 12 years ago, have been spending just under six months per year there. Though we knew that there was a visa requirement for non-EU citizens for stays longer than three months, our loca...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: visas
Replies: 5
Views: 1061

Re: Foraging, mushrooms, chestnuts et al

by virtdave • Thu 19 Oct 2017 11:45

For an overview, you can look here . It seems that mushroom hunting is ok on communal lands, but not routinely on private property unless you get permission from the owner. If you're interested in a particular commune, a call to the mairie would be a good idea. Also, be cautious about mushrooming on...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Foraging, mushrooms, chestnuts et al
Replies: 1
Views: 478

Re: hornet question

by virtdave • Mon 18 Sep 2017 16:39

Thanks. The hornets I (think I have) knocked off are definitely the European sort. I will suit up (just in case they're not all dead and whack down the nest.

Forum: Gardening, Smallholding and Livestock
Topic: hornet question
Replies: 6
Views: 1138

hornet question

by virtdave • Sun 17 Sep 2017 12:00

A few weeks ago hornets started coming into our house here. They seemed to be attracted to the night light outside the front door, and when we'd open it they zoomed in. At first they were just a bit pesky, but more and more started arriving. I did a little research, and found out a few things: turns...

Forum: Gardening, Smallholding and Livestock
Topic: hornet question
Replies: 6
Views: 1138

Re: Things I love in France and things I don't ... or just don't get

by virtdave • Mon 28 Aug 2017 19:59

We were invited to dinner at some French friends' place, and were proudly served a steaming mess of andouillette. Expressing the appropriate gustatory enthusiasm was socially challenging. Although California has some pretty credible goat cheese, nothing there compares with the variety and excellence...

Excellent concert near Vallière

by virtdave • Thu 24 Aug 2017 17:21

Last Saturday we went to an excellent concert in Fressanges, about 6km SE of Vallière. A talented pianist, and an oboist, played for a couple of hours in a nicely restored barn, converted into a small concert hall. The last concert (of a series of 4) this month will take place tomorrow (Friday) nigh...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Excellent concert near Vallière
Replies: 1
Views: 580

telephone line issues

by virtdave • Thu 24 Aug 2017 17:10

A neighbor of ours, in another hameau of St-Georges-Nigremont, had her telephone line out ...along with everyone else in her hamlet....she'd contacted France Télécom right away, but was without a landline/internet for over two weeks. And a couple of weeks ago, when I went to the fair in Giat, in Puy...

Forum: Technology Troubles
Topic: telephone line issues
Replies: 2
Views: 443

Re: Tax habitation form

by virtdave • Wed 23 Aug 2017 11:28

Your best bet might be to take the forms to the nearest Trésor Publique office and ask for help in person. I found the folks at the one in Aubusson (next to the new swimming pool there) to be quite helpful.

Forum: Property and Utilities Queries
Topic: Tax habitation form
Replies: 4
Views: 687

Re: Weather

by virtdave • Sun 13 Aug 2017 09:47

I think it's all over central France....we did have an inch of needed rain last week, and it may be warm and sunny tomorrow. Meanwhile, in eastern Europe there's an impressive heat wave.

Forum: Weather Centre
Topic: Weather
Replies: 2
Views: 2285

Re: Le quatorze juillet

by virtdave • Thu 13 Jul 2017 14:54

The mayor of our little commune, St-Georges-Nigremont, loves fireworks, and tonite, after a dinner (grillades) there'll be an amusing little display. Aubusson also has one tonite, quite viewable from the gare routière.

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Le quatorze juillet
Replies: 3
Views: 843
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