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Everything posted by Hectorsdad

  1. 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.
  2. He certainly put your camera to good use. Quite unusual shot with the reflection.
  3. “This is also one of the reasons Linky is so unpopular. Some meters have been defective for years, so some bills have been artificially low.” Could you please say what kind of Linky defect would give rise to an error in recorded data which later needs to have a financial remedy. We assume the readings are correct and budget accordingly. The instantaneous readings correspond with what we are using at any moment and the cumulative totals look reasonable. I hope there isn’t a hidden flaw that I have not been aware of leading to a backdated demand for more money. At the moment I am happy with our Linky and access to short and long term accounting. I can see the historical bills, patterns of our consumption and even half hourly usage in terms of kWh and in €. It all seems to be operating correctly but I would be less confident if there were technical flaws in their system. Apart from the accuracy of the primary measuring system in the Linky, what else can happen without it being immediately recognised? I think I will now make copies of all our bills and payments for EDF and add them to the paper file which I had already archived.
  4. We have used MAPPY while in France and it proved valuable when organising a complex route through France and into Spain. It did not ask for any personal information other than my email address and I don’t remember being annoyed by advertising.
  5. You’re welcome T-H. We live in England and have had a secondaire in central France for over 20 years. It continues to be a great success and has been very rewarding, not financially, but through the culture, friends (from UK, French, Dutch, Belgian, German and plenty of others) and neighbours. We live in the countryside in the south of England and the French countryside is also very lovely. I think you should be confident of an exciting life here. Good luck!
  6. T-H, Although we do not live very close to your town/village, we are reasonably familiar with the surrounding area. You have chosen to be near Limoges airport and also that of Poitiers. The A20 autoroute is handy to get to Paris and Toulouse and it even has free sections. The journey to the coast at La Rochelle is quite long at about two and a half hours driving so it makes a very long day out. The whole area is generally rural with a pleasing outlook but is regarded as one of the more affordable parts of France. We live in a similar area and love it. I wish you well with your new house there and have a long, happy adventure in 2023.
  7. Did you post your reply in the wrong thread ab? Looks like a good reply another thread. Sorry if I am mistaken.
  8. Don’t be put off by extreme, negative comments that you may receive. You need to use all the sources of property for sale that are available including standard estate agents. If you know Aquitaine well, you probably have some feel for a particular area that is popular with the angling community. Don’t forget that buying fairly close to an airport, main line station and autoroute would help pick up trade from UK anglers as well as make your lives easier. If you find an established business make sure you look carefully at their recent financial records.
  9. Well, I can see your new post! Let’s hope the problem is fixed. I hadn’t read your new post when it first arrived, only just now.
  10. Nothing special Betise. I just followed the standard process, just like my previous dozen goes over the last week or so.
  11. After a delay of about 30 seconds on my iPad the system seemed to move on and here is the result. At least this is positive and maybe we can get back to posting again.
  12. Hope this new topic post appears. All my others have failed. The text above is left over from a previous attempt. I notice that someone, probably a techie, has posted a test.
  13. Response two minutes ago: Sorry there seems to be a problem Chasing the error comes up with “this page is missing”
  14. Monday morning, 10.45 and still not able to post a new topic. Is this the end of CF?
  15. I notice that your quoted price is given in £ and not €. Is all this about a house in France or UK? maybe I missed that information. I would have expected a price similar to that quoted assuming your rooms are of typical sizes. One of my great regrets is that I chose the cheap, easy option when it came to dealing with our large, lounge floor in France. I should have carried out a full renewal following the scheme you have described. The insulation is vital to a successful result. I think you would be getting good value but it is always advisable to get at least one more quotation.
  16. Thanks for taking the trouble to give a reasonable explanation.
  17. My previous post was in response to a very recent posting regarding the content of this old thread. That posting has now vanished! Therefore, whoever edited the thread, perhaps you can delete all of my posts here as they are now irrelevant. Thank you.
  18. This is quite an old thread. The OP only made two visits and has since vanished. It is a shame that other members take the trouble to give help and advice that is probably never read or acknowledged. I assume he has settled in France near his family and has sorted out his residency status. It was certainly a difficult situation and it would have been helpful to know the process he followed.
  19. This is quite an old thread. The OP only made two visits and has since vanished. It is a shame that other members take the trouble to give help and advice that is probably never read or acknowledged. I assume he has settled in France near his family and has sorted out his residency status. It was certainly a difficult situation and it would have been helpful to know the process he followed.
  20. Thanks NickP for the update. I looked carefully at the Lloyds website and their covid testing. At first sight it was wonderful showing all their branches offering appointments throughout their opening times. I visited our local one, half a mile away, and spoke to the staff. They checked that they actually had the correct tests but added that due to a shortage of pharmacists it was very likely that this store would be closed at the time I wanted. I then went to two other stores and found they were fairly clueless about how it all worked and they could not offer any help. Finally my wife got involved and phoned another store quite close to us and was greeted by a very keen pharmacist who agreed an appointment time that was mutually agreeable and told us not to bother with the online booking system because she would do it all herself. We went today and she tested both of us, put our data in her computer and generated the certificates. This was ten minutes away and took twenty minutes in the pharmacy. With the certificates in our hands I then cancelled the bookings at Boots in Portsmouth, 35 miles away. All seems well for the ferry in the morning. I don’t even feel bad about the reported imminent relaxation in the rules. We will benefit from no tests for our next trip in March.
  21. NickP, I did not know before reading this thread that Lloyds offered COVID testing for travel. Looking on their website I have found test in store LFD tests for £29.99 and test at home for £20 - £25. Please tell me how to get it for free. Maybe it has changed since your good fortune. Lloyds seem to offer tests in all my local pharmacies but Boots are expecting me to complete a 70 mile round trip to Portsmouth to receive their in store test costing £19.99.
  22. This evening there have been announcements that the testing requirements will be reduced from 11 February. I have not read the details but for us (fully vaccinated) we will not need to book and take a C19 day2 test when we return later in the month. Very relieved! There are changes for unvaccinated people who will lose the day 8 test if I heard correctly. I guess the full details will be in print very soon.
  23. Marais, do you have a line connected to your building already or will the work involve a completely new connection from a nearby pole on the roadside? This might affect the timescale offered by Orange(FT). Your main requirement seems to be broadband for internet and particularly for UK TV. Others on this forum may be able to offer advice about the UK TV aspect but although we have Orange broadband we have been unable to receive UK BBC TV because we are in France. We have tried several VPNs without success as the UK companies are constantly blocking their attempts to hide. We rely on a satellite dish for Uk TV though that is dependent on your geographic position in France. We had to replace our 80cm dish with a 100cm diameter one which works very well. We are in central France.
  24. Welcome to the forum and a happy New Year to you.
  25. Exactly why we bought a second home in the depths of rural France 21 years ago and we have enjoyed it immensely. Regardless of the rights and wrongs of M. Macron’s approach to keeping France save we would like to visit our home as soon as the restrictions are reduced.
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