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  1. My barrel is well disguised 🙂
    3 points
  2. I've had a really nice and fruitful day today. For I start the weather was lovely and sunny; even more important than that was the fact that I got lots of things done AND everybody was so very nice for a change! I started by collecting my new reading glasses. There is the new system here by which the lenses are free, and then you can either choose a small range of free frames, or choose something else to your own taste. In addition the opticians offer a second pair just for Reading, but made to your prescription, for an extra euro, so I got my main pair of bifocals (for the computer screen and the keyboard) PLUS a second pair to carry about with me for when I go and read a newspaper in a cafe for example. As I had chosen my own frames rather than the free ones I had to pay a bit, but for the two glasses it only came to €56. The optician was very helpful, and spent time getting them to fit properly etc. I even had a coffee thrown in ! I came out feeling I had a very nice experience and a good deal. Then I went to buy some new laces for my old pair of boots. There is a good shoe maker near my house, and he went to the bother of finding the best laces, but in addition he took the boots off; thredded them, put them back on me, and tied them in exactly the right place. Again excellent personal service for 5€ I have asked him to re-heel them, and do a small repair, and they will be ready by Saturday. Then to the pharmacy for the top up covid vaccinations (my fifth) where as usual nothing was too much trouble. We what all wearing masks of course, and I commented that is was we couldn't see each other smile, but one of the other customers, a large African lady, said that you can read people smiles in Their Eyes, and we all looked at each other and agreed. I had achieved everything I wanted to do do by 11 o’clock, and I came away feeling really happy with the world.
    3 points
  3. Yes Norman, Great post! Not every day is a bad one........ We have to enjoy the good ones. Good for you. Tony p.s. good to see you back here - the voice of reason 🙂
    3 points
  4. There might be a plaque like that at the restaurant where they keep a table for me each day unless I phone to cancel. The other day we joked that when I am gone they can put up a sign 'This table is at last available' as it is in a rather nice sun-trap position 😀
    2 points
  5. BE NICE TO EACH OTHER, PLEEEZE!
    2 points
  6. For me because after 52 years of marriage I trust my wife, an ex tutor Nurse more than someone in a pharmacy.
    2 points
  7. We always have or jabs administered by our local nurses when possible, as I think they need the small amount they are paid more than the pharmacie does.
    2 points
  8. Indeed, kitchens are said to be the most dangerous room in the house. Many accidents in the home take place in kitchens; you can imagine, cuts, burns, scalds, and even fights and murders, apparently. Fortunately, little chance of that happening chez nous. OH studiously keeps out of the kitchen and I like to be left alone in there to get on with it. Peace reigns in our kitchen🙂
    1 point
  9. Ha! ha! Don't talk about the years passing, Judith because, thinking about all this stuff as I go through the process of changing our insurer, I am now wondering whether, in the 11 years or so before 2033, I shall still be driving? Of course, that is assuming that I shall still be alive? Have this month renewed my passport. Actually, the photos between old and new do not look that different, apart from the hair (rather thinner, shorter, etc). So I should be well content ...blue passport and bendy bananas....what more can I want?😝
    1 point
  10. It's a very good explanation of the difference between demand and consumption, and an illustration of the limitations of the renewables which should really be called the unreliables. We can register for a text alert of an impending power cut here -https://www.monecowatt.fr/inscription-alerte-vigilance-coupure/ Our self-reliance for this winter. Torches and headtorches - ✓ Spare batteries for above ✓ Woodstove serviced ✓ Wood cooking stove serviced ✓ 3x cords kiln dried oak firewood ✓ One cubic metre kindling ✓ Spare propane cylinder for gas cooker ✓ Generator serviced ✓ Generator fuel 50 litres ✓ Toilet rolls maxi pack ✓ We're ready !!
    1 point
  11. A clear well-explained video typical of Le Monde which is my favourite newspaper
    1 point
  12. Just a quick update... I bought an Amazon Firestick Lite (cheapest) and just installed ExpressVPN and all the UK players. Works great and relatively easy, just a couple of extra stages to click through, that's all. Thank you Lehaut
    1 point
  13. Avoiding these payments at your front gate is easy. Don't buy from companies who are not registered with the iOSS scheme. https://taxation-customs.ec.europa.eu/ioss_en Or who don't/won't ship your parcel DDP - (delivery duty paid) https://www.ups.com/us/en/supplychain/insights/knowledge/glossary-term/delivered-duty-paid.page If La Poste try to charge you a "bung" when parcels are shipped using either of the above schemes it's a scam.
    1 point
  14. I decided to accept the professional advice of the Pharmacist, so have waited the three weeks, but I have no information as to why that should be the case. As to the Pharmacy/Nurse issue I can understand the sentiments of those who wish to support their local Nurse. It may well be one of those things that differs between town and country living since my 'own' Nurse (in fact a team of three) prefer me NOT to ask them for such things as vaccination or blood tests since they have so much demand from other patients with serious problems. They have looked after me between them for 25 years including excellent help with such things as stoma care but it is difficult for them to visit as they have to find a place to park (and regularly receive parking fines, which seems very unfair) and don't much like leaving their car unattended in our dodgy back streets, so while they would be there if I really needed them they like it if I make the effort to go to the lab on my scooter for the blood tests, and to the pharmacy for vaccines. I can see that this might be very different in rural areas
    1 point
  15. Well done, Lehaut! I have decided that I will not buy from Leclerc online ever again. Used to Amazon, I felt confident in buying an iron centrale vapeur on offer online with Leclerc, without so much as thinking that the customer service would be inferior to Amazon's. Had no end of problems with the sending. The offer included delivery to your nearest Leclerc, so I put down for delivery address the Leclerc 6 km from my home. But the iron was delivered to a branch 40 km away. I was damned if I was going to do a special trip to collect an iron. After many protests, the iron did get delivered to my local branch, the one I had chosen for delivery. But, when I wanted to return the iron, I was told I couldn't simply take it to the shop. I was to send it, at my own expense, back to Leclerc online. You'd appreciate that an iron is a heavy object and I was nervous about the cost of postage. Also I had just left hospital unable to use my arms and had arranged an aide domicile. I bought the iron specifically to make the task of ironing easier and so I conceded that the easiest option was just to keep it. All in all, not a happy experience for me.
    1 point
  16. Chemists obviously have differing views regarding intervals between flu and Covid Jabs. My Chemist did both within seconds, one in each arm!! Not even a mention of a waiting period. I haven't suffered any ill effects whatsoever and can't really see why anyone should. No one has explained why there should be a gap between the two. Patently if you are going to suffer a reaction from one, or both, then it will happen regardless as to a time span. As for the person giving the jab, well; let's face it a child could do it!
    1 point
  17. Reply to your last question, Norman. I have had "my" nurse for a number of years now. She did all the necessary home stuff for me through my years of treatment for cancer. Always put herself out and always ready to help in a practical way (such as getting an earlier appointment with the specialist when necessary) and that is even during the periods when I didn't need any nursing interventions. She likes coming to us and be kept au courant with my various treatments and outcomes. So, it's both convenient to have her do the jabs and I also think that the (small) amounts she gets paid are of help to her.
    1 point
  18. They are a little harder to pedal, as the riding position is different and they are heavier, ours being about 30kg each. Not much weight to tie down compared with a motorcycle, so the 2.5cm webbing strap at the rear, 3 good quality bungees and the bar at the front are quite adequate. The strap goes through the spokes and over each of the rear axle mounts rather than over the axle. This is to avoid any risk of distorting the axle and the expensive differential gear by passing the strap over the axle itself. I have seen loads damaged by over tightening securing devices. The main problem for most people who have ridden bicycles for years is resisting the instinct to lean when steering, while pushing on the handlebars When riding a bicycle, as one leans into corners the centrifugal force acting on the front wheel makes it turn into the corner, so one unconsciously corrects this by pushing the handlebars in the opposite direction to the corner, The result of doing this on a trike is that it goes in circles while the rider leans outwards, as seen in the video above. How NOT to tie down a bike:
    1 point
  19. We both had several falls from our bicycles, and after OH broke her ankle and I badly cut my leg we both gave up. As we need exercise and have problems walking we bought two rather expensive Pfautec tricycles,and sold our five bicycles to help defray the cost.We then discovered how difficult it is for people used to bicycles to return to tricycles, which were no problem with when they were kids. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSBaoOQv9A0 If it doesn't follow on from the previous video, you might enjoy this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE85x9VCdz8 We rarely rode our bikes on the roads here, as there are plenty of tracks in the garrigue, but they are too narrow and rough for trikes. We have tried riding them on quiet lanes here, but it is nerve-wracking to be on such a wide machine when cars pass, especially when one hasn't really mastered the riding technique. There are no cycle paths on the roads and the footpaths are impossible because of high kerbs with no lowered access even for invalid transport, and are obstructed with posts and street furniture. The trikes can quite quickly be dismantled into two sections, but even then are too big to both fit into our station wagon, so I have bought a motorcycle trailer and added channels for the rear wheels so that it could carry one of the trikes. We are now set to go by road to reach Voies vertes in France or Vias Verdes in Spain.
    1 point
  20. I find the information given by members valuable and interesting and recognise the vast experience held by members and their good will in explaining how the system works. After 22 years I am still learning. However, it is a great shame that the OP has asked a rather deep question and, as is often the case, has disappeared from the forum without acknowledging any of the effort made in answering and developing the topic.
    1 point
  21. The point was that by doing it themselves there was no insurance as there would have been if they had been professionals, so they had to pay for the repairs. The work they had done was certainly within the last 10 years yes.
    1 point
  22. Bought a bag of individually wrapped chocolates but no visits this year. Mind you, it was raining heavily and the wind blowing lustily. Fortunately, I had the foresight to buy chocolates that I liked eating. So now have a nice big bag of TREATS to look forward to after a nice big mug of tea after lunch each day for the forseeable future!😄
    1 point
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