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  1. Hi all, We were married last year in France. I am pretty sure I want to keep my maiden name and add my hubbies, hyphenating them. I understand in France you "legally" keep your maiden name always and just use your husbands name if wished but I would like to officially change to this if possible as this is what our young son's name will change to also. What do I need to do to make this change formal? Many thanks M
  2. Thanks, yes I am an obsessive worrier and stickler to rules - I worry that all our hard work could be lost if we ever did something wrong without realising etc! Many thanks
  3. Quillan thats helpful. Can you really not offer a choice even between meat or fish main course? And how you do eat with the guests if you are serving them - ie what if they come in at different times? How stringent is that rule? Thanks
  4. Hi, if you have a chambre d'hotes and you want to serve meals using your own produce (including meat, eggs, veg etc) can you do this? I am just pondering if we would be better to become a "ferme auberge" or whether its poss to do B&B on a smallish scale but still be able to serve your own food produced by you. Does anyone do this and what do you have to comply to? Many thanks in advance.
  5. Thats interesting that they are not allowed to fire across a public chemin - the shot falling on our land was from the man who was standing in an adjacent field, with a chemin between the two fields, and was about 100m into our land from where he was standing - so therefore he clearly fired from where he was, across the lane and over into our land. Thanks.
  6. Oh dear, my other half has just had a similar incident to Chris - he was out feeding the animals and he got a load of shot raining down on him - luckily it has lost its oomf but, as he said, if he had been just a few yards further on and happened to look up it could have gone in his eye and caused damage ...... anyway, this is the 3rd time we have had shot rain on us on our land and also every year we have ewes with damaged legs which we are sure is from running away from hunters dogs - one year a ewe died after having her throat ripped out, again more than likely hunters dogs.  All our hedges have great big chunks bashed down in them which we have to repair - we have even put a gate on one its so big - our sheep escaped into the road recently.  Our land is sort of longish in shape - our house is at the far end, then  our farm complex spreads west from the house, the last of the outbuildings being 100m from the house.  We have measured the distance that the hunters tend to frequent on our land and it is over 150m from the house, but only 50m from the last outbuilding and also only 50m from where we keep our poultry and rabbits and therefore we are always around there ...... Anyway I am rambling, but we have kept quiet and never said a word since we bought the place 6 years ago, not wanting to appear as English coming in and upsetting things and not understanding the local ways, but to be honest we feel now that they are showing us disrespect and we have never even had as much as one rabbit left on our doorstep as a thanks .... So, back to the shot incident, my other half flipped and stormed over to the man with the gun and went balistic - he totally lost his temper and, believe me, when he goes, he goes ..... so now we know they now we dont like it!   We are going to go up to the Chasse head and explain that they must stay further away from our buildings.  We have a 4yr old son and my mentally handicapped brother lives with us - we are not prepared to put their lives at risk. Just didnt want it to get to this.
  7. Hi there - yes please would be interested depending on what type stone it is - I have sent you a pm - are you able to send me a photo? Thanks very much Mandy
  8. Hi there, we need some old stone, preferably granite, slabs/flagstones for our house.  We have 1 small building and 1 largish building so even if you have just a small quantity it could do the small one. If anyone has any lurking about please let us know and we could come and have a look.  Prepared to pay a decent price for them, just not what the materiaux anciens people want! Thanks  
  9.   Hi folks, We are now starting to plan our renovation. We cannot decide how best to format our accommodation to provide rental income. We have a bit of a blank canvas and therefore several possibilities. We either renovate our main house plus an attached annex which could provide an additional 3 beds plus kitchen/living area - thought we may be able to do this so that the two could be let to a large group. Or we leave our house for a few years and renovate the longere which could be split into 3 x 2 bed cottages or 2 x larger cottages. Can anyone impart pearls of wisdom as to what is the most popular size of gite (2 bed/3 bed/larger group??) - and whether a mixture of gites and chambres d'hotes is wise? Thanks so much Slacko
  10. Any answers that were given (which were not actually answers, just repetition of what we already know in that France is strongly regulated re business activities) were also accompanied by the suggestion that I wanted to come over here and set up something without going through the relevant authorities and how cross it made people bladdy bladdy blah and how people are sick of it la lalala ....and I have taken great exception to that   ... perfectly normal response I would say if you feel your reputation is being questioned.
  11. Frankly I am furious that my original question has brought about threats of reporting people to the authorities and other such ridiculously out of context comments ..... it is verging on defamation and actually rather worrying. No more from me .......
  12. Oh dear, what has happened to these forums ..... there used to be a sense of community and people bouncing questions off each other whilst they mutually learned how to settle into their new lives ..... I fear that somewhere along the way that has been lost.  I shan't waste my time any more ... I will just continue to do as I normally do and work hard to make an honest living in a country  that I am still learning about ... I shall just have to look elsewhere for the answers  .... Perhaps this forum should be divided into two sections .... those who are new and have lots of untired questions to ask and those that have been around for a while and who know everything ......
  13. This is exactly the angle I am coming from Smiley (not, as it seems from Charlotte3's comments - she seems to think I am intending to come over here as an immigrant and work on the black "flouting the law".  I am actually a fully registered consultant here in France doing very well for myself thank you). Its a hypothetical question. For example, if you were as you say an architect, or engineer or any other person with a level of speciality in your trade.  I believe professional indemnity insurance will cover such a person to work in their home country and in any EU country up to a period of, say, 12 months.    If anyone has any definitive answer to this question please let us know but if not I will drop the subject - its not that important anyway - was just curious and certainly was no need for anyone to get on their soapboxes about.
  14. You see all the time in the UK so and so company (Polish, or Ukranian, or whatever) has come over and won a contract to build x y z building .... there must be some sort of international arrangement under which to take on temporary contracts that run a limited period?
  15. Ah thats a shame.  If its a large quantity we would need to order it through our Jersey business (I have checked with my other half and he has only a couple of cans left - this stuff sells like hotcakes!) - this would probably take about 10 days, he could bring it over to France when he next comes (probably in 2 weeks time) and then depending on where you are I could deliver to your artisan. All this would take probably 3 weeks being realistic.  Best option I can offer at this time, until I start stocking it from here direct. What a shame - it really is THE product to use on solid wood floors, nothing else compares. Mandy
  16. Ive just checked, I only have one 2.5l tin of OSMO Polyx Oil (used to be called Hard Wax Oil) in Clear Satin. If you are not in a hurry I could get it brought over from Jersey for you - depends when you need it. Let me know if you want me to find out how much it is. Mandy
  17. ... for example, say, a UK roofing contractor .... if he has an offer of working on a house in France ... how do you legally do it?  Can you just trot over, bring a couple of labourers, and off you go?  Invoice the client, who presumably would be English (say its their holiday home) and so they can write you a UK cheque to pay your invoice. I know a lot of people do it and just wonder how - just cant be that simple?! What about insurance?  Would your UK professional indemnity insurance cover you? Anyone done this or know about it? Thanks Abbaye
  18. Hi, my other half sells OSMO products through his business in Jersey ... I have set up my own business now in France and I may well stock them soon ... however on saying that we have some OSMO surplus sat in our barn - I can have a look if you like to see what we have. What exactly are you looking for? Mandy
  19. Hi Will, no I dont have a number yet - its taken a long time to set up this business.  I am from Jersey and told them that I would no longer need coverage under their social sec as from 1 April - that date being the date my business is activated from.
  20. Hi I have set up a new business here (start day 1 April 07), and an classed I have been informed as a Profession Liberale.  My "caisse" is the RSI in Paris due to Profession Liberale status.  Anyone else been through this process?  I am concerned that I have not received a social security no or carte vitale yet but have been told it can take up to 3 months.  My worry is what should happen if I have to go to hspital in an emergency - I will not have a soc security number etc. Thanks. Slacko
  21. Thanks both - actually the Hotel Celtique is somewhere I found whilst searching which I thought looked like a great place to stay - and with somewhere for a massage too! Perfect.  Thanks again - ooh I can just taste the fruits de mer! Slacko
  22. Hi can anyone recommend a nice hotel to spend a weekend with our 4 year old son in tow - therefore must have indoor pool for this time of year.  Have tried Centerparcs but they are full. No more than 3 hours from St Malo - less if poss.  Whats Carnac like?  Also needs to be in walking distance of restaurants. Thanks Slakco
  23. Im sure it was here i saw recently a post about someone who used an online only bank and the rates were great. Pls let me know if it was you. I have searched and cant find anything. Thanks Slacko
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