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Re: Moving abroad? Learn the lingo!

by TournesolKate • Fri 04 Nov 2011 18:38

If you're clever enough to be able to learn French before you live in France, then well done! I think the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it completely in the country, talk to people, watch TV and read newspapers. I tried CD's DVD's and online courses before I moved here and t...

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: Moving abroad? Learn the lingo!
Replies: 15
Views: 3174

Re: Moving abroad? Learn the lingo!

by TournesolKate • Sun 30 Oct 2011 20:56

I absolutely agree with all of the above. I suppose my original pondering was how tolerant the French in general seem to be to those of us who have little or no knowledge of the language and whether the Brits would be as helpful if situations were reversed. Then I just trailed off on some other stre...

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: Moving abroad? Learn the lingo!
Replies: 15
Views: 3174

Moving abroad? Learn the lingo!

by TournesolKate • Sun 30 Oct 2011 17:46

I was just wondering how many French people that decide to move to England would walk into a bank or an insurance company or some other such business and ask for somebody who spoke French? And what sort of reaction would they get if they did! I'm not trying to pick on anybody, I was just reading thr...

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: Moving abroad? Learn the lingo!
Replies: 15
Views: 3174

Re: Toilet cleaning products suitable for the fosse

by TournesolKate • Tue 18 Oct 2011 16:15

I don't know about those particular products, but if you read the backs of the product containers, they will tell you if they're safe to use with a fosse.

Re: Sharing a smile

by TournesolKate • Sun 11 Sep 2011 08:57

Thank you Creusebear! This has totally brightened up my morning!
I could watch them all day, in fact I might just do that (it's Sunday, it's raining and I have nothing better to do!)
I especially like their version of Psycho Killer and Smells Like Teen Spirit had me laughing out loud! Brilliant.

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Sharing a smile
Replies: 9
Views: 1976

Re: Return of the wolf

by TournesolKate • Wed 07 Sep 2011 15:37

Really interesting article Annik. I absolutely love the Chabrières wolf park at Gueret, it's fascinating (if you like that sort of thing). The first time I went was in early March, last year. It was so cold that the ground was frozen solid and there was a light snow falling, very atmospheric with th...

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Return of the wolf
Replies: 4
Views: 1842

Re: Indian restaurant

by TournesolKate • Sun 04 Sep 2011 15:44

I know there is an Indian restaurant that has recently opened in Gueret. It's somewhere in the town centre, so I guess it's the one you mentioned Anne.

Edmoraz, if you're talking about the building that I think you're talking about, it is in fact a mosque!

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Indian restaurant
Replies: 4
Views: 1407

Re: Designing a kitchen-Help!

by TournesolKate • Sat 27 Aug 2011 17:10

It looks like we're definitely going to go down the second hand route now. Not necessarily because of budget, but because I'm so indecisive (as I said) that I cannot decide what style of kitchen I'd like.
And yes, it's good to be green!
Thank you everyone for all your tips, you've been most helpful.

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Designing a kitchen-Help!
Replies: 15
Views: 4591

Re: Designing a kitchen-Help!

by TournesolKate • Fri 26 Aug 2011 18:50

Actually Lynn, the more I think about it, the more I like that idea!
I quite like mismatched things.
I think we'll take a trip up to Emmaus soon.

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Designing a kitchen-Help!
Replies: 15
Views: 4591

Re: Designing a kitchen-Help!

by TournesolKate • Fri 26 Aug 2011 14:15

Thank you everyone. I've been searching through every website I can think of all day and so far I haven't found a single kitchen that makes me think "yes, that's exactly what I want"! (it would help if I knew what I wanted) Maybe I'll just search though the brocantes and buy lots of separate cupboar...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Designing a kitchen-Help!
Replies: 15
Views: 4591

Re: Designing a kitchen-Help!

by TournesolKate • Thu 25 Aug 2011 21:35

Thanks for all the tips. Annik, we are based in La Creuse, we have no property in England. We do have a small van, but taking enough time off work to go there and back is a problem. I was looking at companies who bring the stuff over for you, but it looks expensive, so I think I'll forget that idea ...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Designing a kitchen-Help!
Replies: 15
Views: 4591

Re: Designing a kitchen-Help!

by TournesolKate • Thu 25 Aug 2011 11:07

Thank you both, that's very helpful.

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Designing a kitchen-Help!
Replies: 15
Views: 4591

Re: URGENT - home needed for 2 GSDs one male one female

by TournesolKate • Thu 25 Aug 2011 09:44

Oh my goodness, how could people be so irresponsible? I can't think of anybody I know who could help. I wish I could help, but I already have 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Best of luck, I really hope they find homes.

Designing a kitchen-Help!

by TournesolKate • Thu 25 Aug 2011 09:35

Hello kind people! We have just signed the final papers and got the keys to our new (old) house! This is us ----> :egypt: :woot: So now comes the hard part, interior design! First of all, we have to covert what is currently the garage into what will be the kitchen, we already have the maçons lined u...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Designing a kitchen-Help!
Replies: 15
Views: 4591

Re: Pont Noir on Twitter (and perhaps Facebook too)

by TournesolKate • Thu 21 Jul 2011 16:07

I use Facebook every day. It's brilliant for keeping touch with friends and family back in Angleterre.
I don't get Twitter at all I'm afraid, I opened an account, tweeted once or twice, got bored and went back to Facebook!

Forum: Survey Yourselves
Topic: Pont Noir and Social Networking
Replies: 14
Views: 3815

Re: Tiles and fences

by TournesolKate • Sat 16 Jul 2011 18:38

Thank you Dave, I will try there. Agree with the hid-e-O-so! Haha!

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Tiles and fences
Replies: 8
Views: 2655

Tiles and fences

by TournesolKate • Sat 16 Jul 2011 10:27

We are going to sign the papers for our new dream house next week :woot:

We need somebody who can put up a DOG PROOF fence around the garden.
It will probably be in September.

Where is a good place to buy wall and floor tiles in or around La Creuse?

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Tiles and fences
Replies: 8
Views: 2655

Ikea Clermont Ferrand

by TournesolKate • Mon 11 Jul 2011 16:21

I heard a rumour a while ago that there was an Ikea being built in Clermont Ferrand. It's not on Ikea's website though. Does anybody know anything about it?

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Ikea Clermont Ferrand
Replies: 5
Views: 2135

Re: Bougainvillea

by TournesolKate • Mon 23 May 2011 16:30

That's what I thought, but Jardiland have got loads of Bougainvillea plants in and I've seen a house with a big one in the front garden on my way to work. Maybe it gets put away in a greenhouse for the winter.

Forum: Gardening, Smallholding and Livestock
Topic: Bougainvillea
Replies: 4
Views: 1821

Bougainvillea

by TournesolKate • Mon 23 May 2011 14:07

Does anybody have any experience of growing Bougainvillea out here? I've wanted one ever since I saw it growing absolutely everywhere in India, it's so beautiful. But the Creuse climate and the Southern Indian climate are a wee bit different and I can't imagine it would survive our harsh winters.

Forum: Gardening, Smallholding and Livestock
Topic: Bougainvillea
Replies: 4
Views: 1821
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