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  2. I think my last message here got "moderated", however as I have no connection with the event below (other than as a visitor)I hope I can post again.

    Any fans of local bands may like to visit St Astier (Dordogne) on the evening of 24 July 2004, as this is the local festival attracting bands from all over SW France - mostly very good, some truly terrible, and all part of the fun. To go with the music the centre of town becomes one big BBQ/bar. A good evening out and highly recommended.

    By the way, anyone know where the Felibree is being held this year?

    Giles
  3. That's interesting. Recently back from France but never got to the Auchan store in Perigueux, owing to accompaying friend who had to be fed a daily diet of ancient architecture and got tetchy on shopping trips. What would be the position regarding obtaining a certificate of compliance if one buys from a superstore, I wonder? Were they just selling fencing, or were there gates as well?

    Giles
  4. That's interesting. Recently back from France but never got to the Auchan store in Perigueux, owing to accompaying friend who had to be fed a daily diet of ancient architecture and got tetchy on shopping trips. What would be the position regarding obtaining a certificate of compliance if one buys from a superstore, I wonder? Were they just selling fencing, or were there gates as well?

    Giles
  5. Fans of village bands may like to know the annual Bandas night at St Astier (Dordogne) is Saturday 24th July this year. A recommended evening out if you happen to be in the area - the bands come in from all over S.W. France and the centre of town becomes a giant BBQ and bar while the bands go through their paces around the streets and on the official stage in the square.

    Giles
  6. We had a very nice and rather expensive table lamp broken once. The guests went and bought a replacement at the local Ivan Tout (anyone knowing this household chain-store will know that it is not exactly a direct replacement, tastewise, of something from John Lewis, for instance!)

    At the time I was stuck with their purchase - they had flown in from S.Africa, so a LARGE table lamp would not have made good hand-baggage for them. Should I have made a fuss? Dunno. (They were not actually the easiest of visitors, but this was one of the more annoying features of their stay). I think the lesson learned is that table lamps are best considered inherently unstable, and unbreakable wire ones may be a better bet than ceramic ones.

    Giles

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  8. Apparently, according to a pool fencing contractor we spoke to recently, ponds and ornamental pools merely have to have a No Swimming notice. A visit to a park in Perigueux during the last ten days revealed several of these signs (red letters on white background) around a fountain and pool. I've no idea if there are any "norms" for these signs, though I should'nt be surprised if there are. Perhaps someone else can advise.

    Giles
  9. Just back from a visit to our house to meet a fence installer (for the local importer of Safer Pools); no mention was made of any upcoming changes in the norms, just a request for 100% of the purchase price on placing the order for a fence that does not go where we'd like it to run, because of the regs. Apparently a child could climb up some of our prickly and wobbly shrubbery to launch itself over the fence....ah, well.

    Seriously, I suppose we shall have to provide safety instructions in the "house book" and possibly pictorial advice on artificial respiration (Does anyone know where these could be obtained - English version?) A Lifebelt would also be sensible, but at what stage can one expect parents to look out for their offspring?

    There is a grey area in all this confusion. If your season's guests do not arrive until the school holidays, what is the status of the house in the mean time. If it counts as private, then no fence is required, at least until paying guests arrive, which gives a little leeway for installation. Also, what is the status of a house where personal friends (ie not memebers of one's immediate family) may be in (shared) residence. Does this make it necessary to comply? Looks like lawyers as well as pool contrcators will make a packet out of this mess.

    Giles
  10. Just back from a visit to our house to meet a fence installer (for the local importer of Safer Pools); no mention was made of any upcoming changes in the norms, just a request for 100% of the purchase price on placing the order for a fence that does not go where we'd like it to run, because of the regs. Apparently a child could climb up some of our prickly and wobbly shrubbery to launch itself over the fence....ah, well.

    Seriously, I suppose we shall have to provide safety instructions in the "house book" and possibly pictorial advice on artificial respiration (Does anyone know where these could be obtained - English version?) A Lifebelt would also be sensible, but at what stage can one expect parents to look out for their offspring?

    There is a grey area in all this confusion. If your season's guests do not arrive until the school holidays, what is the status of the house in the mean time. If it counts as private, then no fence is required, at least until paying guests arrive, which gives a little leeway for installation. Also, what is the status of a house where personal friends (ie not memebers of one's immediate family) may be in (shared) residence. Does this make it necessary to comply? Looks like lawyers as well as pool contrcators will make a packet out of this mess.

    Giles
  11. Aaaaaaghhhhhhh! Just when I thought things were settled and had got used to the idea of parting with over 2500 Euros for an approved fence....now the goal-posts are to be moved??????

    A tongue in cheek solution occurs to me. If your pool does not comply, why not just put up a No Swimming notice (as you now have to do with a garden pond, stream etc,) then ignore people who take no notice of the instruction. Would this be a legal cover? I bet not!

    Giles
  12. Aaaaaaghhhhhhh! Just when I thought things were settled and had got used to the idea of parting with over 2500 Euros for an approved fence....now the goal-posts are to be moved??????

    A tongue in cheek solution occurs to me. If your pool does not comply, why not just put up a No Swimming notice (as you now have to do with a garden pond, stream etc,) then ignore people who take no notice of the instruction. Would this be a legal cover? I bet not!

    Giles
  13. ...>"Is upfront payment standard?" When did you book? If less than 8 weeks before the start of your tenancy a full payment would not be uncommon for a holiday booking; most agencies would insisit on this. You might have been able to negotiate fortnightly payments on a longer stay, but for a one month I suspect you'd be looking to pay in one lump almost anywhere.
    It might depend on whether you are getting an off-season reduced rate for the month, (assuming it is a low season booking) or paying the full weekly amount.

    ....> "we don't know these people." It works both ways, too! if you failed to turn up the owner might have lost other bookings, and certainly the first week.

    .....>100 deposit. This seems quite normal if it is a refundable deposit against breakages. Make sure you are given an inventory and go through it with the owner/agent when you move in.

    Giles
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