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  1. Yes, I do think it an excellent idea, but, sorry, too far for me - we live in far S-W of Lot et Garonne (47). Good luck anyway, hope you have some interest! Liz in 47.
  2. What language would this be in? French or English? And where? Liz (in 47)
  3. Hi Kim, We live 5 km from you (Sainte Maure de Peyriac) and it's b. freezing at the moment -5 this morning. Beautiful sunny, cloudless days (all washing out on line yesterday completely dry!) but of course this means temps plummet at night. We remember (from a previous posting) you said you live on the square so I should think it depends whether you're in the middle or on an end as to whether you're well insulated - an end one might be more vulnerable to all the frost. We've lived here permanently 6 months now and go regularly to Montréal as I'm an insulin-dependent diabetic and our Doc is the wonderfully committed Dr. Bailleul, also on the square. We love the brasserie, also excellent coffee at the bar there. Anyway, good luck with sorting out the heating - we've currently got a plumber almost living with us, installing central heating - hope he gets a move-on!! Liz and Richard.
  4. Me speaking French, according to my physio!! Liz in 47
  5. As a fellow I.D.D., we researched this thoroughly before moving to S-W France 3 months ago. The simple answer is 'yes', BUT you must first ensure entry into the French health system (CPAM) & be given a social security no.,so you need to contact Newcastle to check eligibility for E121/E106 or whatever (see health service questions at top of this forum.) Once you have the appropriate E form (& get it BEFORE you move here), you must then go about getting into the French system - takes about 4 weeks - to get a social security no. When you have found a G.P. to your liking, s/he must write to CPAM telling them your partner is IDD, and then he will get everything to do with diabetes free (not other conditions) as it is one of the 30 long term serious conditions that has the 100% cover. In case of any difficulties, I brought large supplies of insulin from the UK with me - we had to invest in a mini-fridge for the car. We have been absolutely bowled over by the health care we've received here, even though we are out in the sticks. I'd had my annual diabetic check at the hospital just before we left the UK but my French GP here insisted I have full blood tests (4 bottles taken!!) here with her nurse. The results came through the post to me 2 days later, and were 10 times more comprehensive than any done in the U.K. at the hospital. I was ashamed to show her my annual results from home. You will probably also need to take out some kind of top-up insurance for anything else. Before our social security no. came through, we had need of services as I fell & broke my shoulder, so there were x-rays, specialists' fees, follow-ups and now physio. We've had to pay upfront for all of this but it is gradually all being reimbursed. Each person's situation is different though. Hope this helps. Good luck. It really is worth all the hassle to get here and into the system! Liz in 47.
  6. No, no, no Dave! We Brits are not selfish. Cats are part of the family and should be brought as part of our new lives here. We brought our 3 (at great expense - vaccinations, passports, flights here) just 10 weeks ago and they are now so happy with all the lovely sun and home comforts. Although you don't say what happened, might it have happened anyway if you'd remained in the UK? Please try to be positive - I am certain that your dear cat had a wonderful life with you, and no doubt your others will continue to do so. To have given them away prior to leaving the UK would have been heartbreaking for you both. I have never been without cats all my life (now heading for 60, used to work for Cats Protection in UK) and I do know how very, very upsetting it is when one goes. But time is a great healer, and you have definitely done the right thing by bringing them with you. Just try not to blame yourselves for something that might have happened anywhere. We do hope Olive will gradually get over this awful event.   Liz & Richard in 47
  7. Yes, I am also I.D.D. and we're about to move to France. Although not on the same insulin as you mention, I have read through the manufacturer's details enclosed with each type of insulin, also other medication I'm on, and find that it's all made in France; no problem tracking it down then! As was written recently in this section, we are all relocating to the hypochondriacs' capital of the world!!
  8. Out of a matter of interest, and because we are relocating to France early in 2005, I was wondering whether the M.R.S.A. superbug is as rife in France's hospitals as it is in the U.K., and, if so, whether the French are winning the battle more effectively than here in the U.K.?? Lyndford aka Liz (moving to 47)
  9. We are taking on the existing insurance policy of the vendors - just transferring it into our names, as was recommended by the estate agent as it was the cheapest quote around..........we are completing next month and the house will be unoccupied for the remainder of the winter. Fingers crossed that this will be O.K.!
  10. Not sure what heading this comes under but I'll try 'culture' as the others seem even less appropriate. I've been in Social Work most of my life in the U.K. and now, having retired early, I do quite alot of voluntary work eg assisting stroke patients who have lost their speech to start to communicate again; visiting isolated elderly in their own homes etc.etc. We are relocating permanently to S-W France in the spring and I've heard conflicting stories about the (non) availability of voluntary work, with which I'd like to continue. I've looked in 'Pages Jaunes' and can only find the equivalent of V.S.O. (Voluntary Work Overseas) for young people on gap years. Is there anything like eg Age Concern with lunch clubs in the community, or The Stroke Association, over there? Only I don't want to arrive and find I've not got enough to do! My French is fairly fluent. Thanks in advance for any help on this!
  11. Thanks very much for the useful info.,Val and Graham. I agree, there does seem to be a shortage of responses from insulin-dependant diabetics - maybe none have taken the plunge and left these U.K.shores for a better life in France..............
  12. We are relocating to France in 2005 and I am a diabetic, treated by insulin. Here in the U.K. my driving licence has to be renewed every 3 years, with my G.P. confirming that I'm fit to drive etc. each time. Does anyone know what the situation is in France re: driving licences, as I will only have 2 years of my U.K. licence left when we get to France so I won't be able to renew it in the U.K?. Will I have to get a French driving licence? Or might that mean, horror upon horror, taking a French driving test??!! Please advise, anyone who's affected.Thanks alot.
  13. We are hoping to relocate to France next year and, as I am a keen swimmer, going daily to an indoor heated pool which is part of a health/fitness club similar to David Lloyd, I am anxious to find the equivalent in France. So far, no luck. Can anybody help, please? As this will influence the area that we decide on - we would prefer the south-west. Many thanks.
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