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  1. Here (just South of Niort) it's been lovely - 3rd day in a row with blue skies, lovely sun, and hot, hot, hot.  The kids were in the inflatable pool after school yesterday, through until after 6pm, and it looks like they'll be in it again today.  
  2. Afy, I'm not a frequent poster, but I recall reading of your problems over the past year - sorry to see you're leaving France, but I hope you find happiness wherever you're heading.
  3. It's not all doom and gloom.  We contacted a local builder to quote for a few odd jobs around the house, he came, tackled one there and then and prepared a quote for us.  It arrived a week later than planned, but all looked good, so we contacted him and asked how he wanted to proceed.   He simply said, I'll be round next week to start (no signature required, no deposit).  Ok, so he didn't turn up a few times, but he did fit us in here and there when he could.  Only waiting for one part to fix the roller shutter and he'll be back to install that and finish off a window sill.  No a cent has exchanged hands yet, and all in all he's completed all the jobs within 4 weeks, worked like a man posssessed and cleaned up after every job.  All that's left is the invoice and to see how much it may have drifted from the original quote as there were a few changes along the way.  
  4.   We've renewed two recently and have one more to go next month - for both applications we simply took a digital photo, then made sure it corresponded to the guidelines given and printed it on photographic paper.  No problems with either of them.
  5. You're not alone Benjamin - thanks suninfrance - I had no idea.  We've had two cars and a motorbike on the road in France for the past 2 years and have never signed any of the insurance certificates. [:$] Will take care of it this afternoon.
  6. Videfleur, so sorry to hear about the accident, it must be a terrible shock for you, hopefully this morning will give you the strength to carry out what needs to be done.   Tony - thanks for such an informative post, it's something I hope I never have to be involved in, but this is one to print off and keep, just in case, god forbid. [:(]
  7. I'm with you on that Tresco.  Although it has it's downside if you've an entire family staying with you and they are eating you out of house and home, and snacking on that very special pud you'd bought for after dinnner - or worse still, devouring your very special stash of expensive chocolate that you keep for REALLY bad moments! However, to all our guests we do the first drink, show them where everything is and expect them to get up and help themselves thereafter.  It may be their holiday, but I don't want to be waiting on people hand and foot all the time.
  8.   A great thread.  We don't have gites, CdH, or B&B, but do have a spare double room for visitors, and our kids bedrooms can be made up to twins to accommodate friends and family.  Consequently we have vistors for almost 50% of the summer. Last year we were in rental and there wasn't alot of work to do - but this year there'll be plenty of work to go round.... Chopping wood for next winter, cutting the grass, weeding the veggie patch, flower borders, tiling the new patio, installing the new kitchen, tiling, painting, wallpapering - the list goes on! [;-)]  Any visitors be warned [6]
  9. [blink]  just over 65,000 with my maiden name!  and, no - my father isn't french!
  10. I find the worst pelican crossings are at crossroads, where you think the traffic has stopped, just to be faced with traffic coming from the alterative directions attempting a left/right turn. [blink]
  11. [quote user="Dick Smith"] What is important is that the photographer is comfortable with the camera, and that has to be an intuitive reaction to holding and handling all the possible candidates. It can be pretty safely assumed that most cameras today take pictures which are technically acceptable - next step is to check reviews just in case. Then price levels, remembering that there are always secondhand Nikon and Canon lenses to be had in good condition. Then - it is down to the photographer and their eye, trained by looking at the work of good or great photographers and reading about composition and cropping. Always remember the Bert Hardy principle... [/quote]   Couldn't agree more, I learnt with a Canon EOS and hopefully will get back to using the more modern digital version very soon.
  12. Thank you all for the additional information, my heart says Canon EOS Digital and knowing that I just may be able to use a lens from my old Canon is an absolute bonus.  I think I'll take the old lens with me while I shop!
  13.     Ouch!  Just found one. I think it'll have to wait for a while. http://www.withandwithoutwires.com/portable-inflatable-spa.html  
  14.   Wow, I like the sound of that!  Where was it?  Any idea of the costs?
  15.     Thank you x 3! Lots of information to dig through now, look forward to choosing, buying and getting snapping.
  16. [:$]  Sorry.   However, I've tried search - and it doesn't seem to be working - I entered "Which camera", pressed search and it brings up a new window, everytime I enter the same search option into this new window and ask it to search the whole forum, it comes back to the same blank window [:(].  I've also looked through the 4 pages of the photography section and can't find it. Can anyone direct me to the thread.  Pleeeease.
  17.   Not sure if this has been posted before elsewhere, but having seen so many wonderful photo's - I've got to ask, "Which camera do you use, what are it's good points and what are it's bad points?" Approx. 15 years ago, I got one of the first Canon EOS cameras for a photography course and loved it.  It took me another 12 years to be convinced that I should change to digital and I've never looked back - currently using an almost 4 year old Olympus Camedia C-720. I hinted that I'd like the modern digital version of the Canon EOS, and now the OH says I can have one if I want [:-))] Is there anyone out there using one, or anyone who can point to something better?  
  18.   Ooooh thanks for the offers - although I'd have loved him we were only ever in a postion to offer a temporary foster home if needed (as Christine knows). We'll still take the wine if it's on offer [Www]
  19.   He really is gorgeous!!!! Think I may have to ply the OH with a few glasses of wine this evening ;)
  20.   Thanks, I'll stoke up the fire for his return on Friday and break the news by handing him the axe.  Back to square one!   Guess we're stuck with the awful panel doors until he learns how to make a proper internal door [:'(]
  21. Heli, It varies from one school to another.  My children are both in primary school and go to school on Wednesday morning, but not afternoon, whereas a friend the same age as my daughter goes to another school, but does not go at all on a Wednesday.  Some children, at other schools attend on a Saturday morning!  The bad news though... the days are longer, my 5 year old gets on the bus at 8:30 and comes home at 5pm! Good news though - I have yet to see a school with school uniform.
  22. Hi, I'm doing a pick up at Poitiers tomorrow evening.  I can take a look to see what the note says if you want.  
  23.   J.R. - you are correct that these are intended for internal use only - just as seen on old cottages, etc.  The one which we want to begin with will be leading into the kitchen.  Chris - you're right in your prognosis that it's an attempt at something without the skill or knowledge to do it, but we've seen similar doors for sale at the local Castorama for several times the price of the material - our labour is free.  HOWEVER, on his first attempt he has glued the panels together - is this only good for firewood, or (as it's for internal use) could it be ok? Confession - It was my who said, "Absolutely NO, it won't work!" - but the stubborn OH went for it anyway.  I guess he was right [:$]
  24. Chris, I (we) need your help to solve an argument, and having discussed it at length we decided to put it to you and your decision is final. The background: We visited a friend who had beautiful, rustic, solid wood doors in a farmhouse in the UK.  The situation: We loved them and would like them, but the moths in the wallet say otherwise. The argument: One of us says forget it. One of us says we can make some. The proposed solution: To make a panelled door out of pine floor boards.  Fix a 'Z' frame by some method. Buy a door frame and hang it with nice wrought gate fixings/hinges, etc. Your decision: Can this work? Will the weight of the door be a problem? Or should we be sticking with the doors which we have and buy a new matching one for gap we're about to create? Hopefully I've presented this unbiased, and you can make the decision.  I know which side I am on, but will go with your decision even if it's not mine. Over to you!
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