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  1. Thanks for all the replies, but I can't imagine my notaire here in PdC coming all the way down to the Vendee! However, I'm going to be there myself in 10 days time so maybe I'll get to know of a notaire who can be recommended to me as and when I need one. roseysan Also need to know of any associations/clubs where English speaking people go for a chat etc If anyone knows please let me know.
  2. Hi I am hoping to move from Pas de Calais to the Vendee as soon as my house is sold. Can I use the notaire I have always used here to do the conveyancing for me in the Vendee. Or do I need to get a local one? Thanks roseysan
  3. Hi, I've just been given a 2 year old Samsung TV which appears to have built-in Freeview. However I would like to use it WITHOUT Freeview and use it via an old skybox. Anyone know how or if this could be done. It will only be used in bedroom as my main TV is via satellite using a FREESAT box. thanks roseysan
  4. Are there any social clubs/associations for English speaking people in the Vendee department? I am coming down for  a visit in April with a view to making a permanent move in the future. I am 69 years young, female and would like to make friends with similar people whether they are married, single or whatever. When I first moved to France in 2007 I made lots of contacts via this forum, some of whom I still keep in touch with. I'd like to replicate that in my next move. I would be grateful for any information. I see that the Deux Sevres have their own monthly newspaper, is there such a thing in the Vendee? Thanks Sandra
  5. Hi I have all my insurances with Allianz (car, house, health etc) so it seemed that keeping all my insurances with the same company was the easy thing to do. I pay €21 a month for €3000 of cover. The last funeral I went to in France cost €1700 so on that basis there will be a few bob left for the mourners(?) to have a drink on me!! Sandra
  6. I have also been to 2 very different services. The first was held at a crematorium where the family were allowed to choose their own music. We had Barbra Streisand, Adele and Elton John songs amongst others. Very simple service but that was how the deceased would have liked it to be. The second was a full requium mass in a catholic church with an English guy translating the service for us expats who were present. A very emotional service with the immediate family all having input. Personally as an agnostic I'll go for the 1st option and I've left instructions as to what music I want played!!!! Sandra
  7. Thanks to all of you who responded to my query, all noted and filed for whenever the move takes place. Sandra
  8. Do you automatically have your records transferred when you change your doctor? I am hoping to move departments and wondered what happened when you do in terms of health care. Also I have a mutuelle with Allianz and I presume that can be transferred too?? All comments welcome! Sandra
  9. Thats great, always good to have a company that comes with a recommendation. I've book marked their web page which was very informative. When I moved here I did a lot of the packing myself which saved a lot of time and also labelled boxes so I new what was inside and which room they all needed to go into. Thanks again, you may be hearing from me again!!!! SANDRA
  10. Thank you very much for the information, I've made a note of the company you recommended. Sandra
  11. Anyone done this, moving from one department to another, as I would like to find a removal company that will move me WITHIN France. All removal companies I read about just advertise UK to France or France to UK. Thanks Sandra
  12. Many thanks Angela for your help regarding my move to the Vendee/Deux Sevres region. I am even more excited now and looking forward to my visit in April to see more of the area on a "reccy". Regards Sandra
  13. As someone who has lived in Pas de Calais for almost 10 years, I now want to move to the south west. And I too want to be near a town, as a single person this is imperative. The weather here is very cold in a bad winter as it is at present, minus temperatures still forecast for another week or more. And it isn't very interesting socially for sole residents. Hopefully the Vendee/Deux Sevres will be my home shortly. And as one poster said, I will visit throughout 2017 at different times. Which is exactly what I did before I moved here in 2007.
  14. I hope to be moving to the Deux Sevres/Vendee area later this year, or when I sell my house in Pas de Calais! I am a single young 69 year old lady who wants a change of area. I would like to ask some of you if you can recommend towns that would suit someone on their own. And with an active social scene for ex-pats. I aim to visit sometime in April to have a look round but people who already live there can possibly give me some help before then. And about snakes...............do you see that many as I have a huge phobia of reptiles. Thanks Sandra
  15. I am hoping to move to another department later this year. Do I have to do anything about my car except for (maybe) changing to a local insurer? Sandra
  16. sclarke2208

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    Hi , I have just bought a dog cage to transport my cat to France, more room to move about and room for a litter tray should it be needed. A firm called 'Canine Kennels' based near Crewe in Cheshire manufacture them in all different sizes.They fold down after use too. Thinks the website  is www.caninekennels.co.uk or use Google. My 24" one was just under £20. roseysan
  17. Hi, I have just been to an AXA branch to get my RHD Citroen Xsara insured. At first he couldn't find the model (1.4i Forte) on his list and quoted me €450. Needles to say I wasn't interested, so I asked him to look again and lo and behold it came down to €350 which is about the same as I pay in the UK. I may yet shop around to see if that can be bettered as I have always done in the UK. roseysan
  18. Thanks so much Martin , that answers all my questions in one fell swoop. Now I'll start on another forum re: car insurance. On second thoughts I'll do that tomorrow[:D] roseysan
  19. Hi, I shall be resident in France from 3rd September and I have just been thinking about what type of phones I shall need. I am used to DECT portable phones in the UK and would like to carry that on in France. However, reading this forum it seems that a lot has been said about having a phone that is not portable in case things go wrong i.e. storms and power cuts etc. What I really need to know is, do I have to get a specific type of phone for use with my PC so that I can make calls via the internet. And do I need to have my PC on all the time to receive calls that way, also is it normal to have more than one telephone socket in a French house or would I need FT to add more (just one in bedroom). Any info gratefully accepted. roseysan
  20. Patrick, Thanks for that info, I shall certainly give it a try. And , yes it would be a great learning curve to brush up on my French even if it is only swearing at a bad shot[:@] roseysan
  21. Hi, I am moving to Pas de Calais in 4 weeks time and wondered if there were any golfers on the forum in that area. I am a comparitive novice to the game, having only played 3 nine hole games. But I love the idea of improving. I am a single 60 year old lady who would love to keep up the sport in France. Anybody willing to take a chance? roseysan
  22. Hi, I used Oneroam when I was looking for property in May and found it so complicated that I reverted to my UK mobile. Oneroam cost twice as much to set up than my UK mobile so I have ditched the idea of using it again. roseysan
  23. I wish you well Kim, I sign my contract (acte de vente) on my 60th birthday on the 22nd August. Can't think of a better present to myself.[:D]  You never know we may meet up some day........... roseysan
  24. As someone who is moving to the area around Hesdin in 4 weeks time, I have to say that reports calling it dirty are a bit of an insult. I have spent 3 seperate weeks there in the last 8 months dealing with 4 or 5 different agents, all of whom were superb. Sadly I couldn't buy off all of them. The restaurants are great, the market day is brilliant and the people are friendly. Yes Montreuil is nicer but you pay for it, as you do anywhere within 5 miles of the sea. I have no regrets as to where I chose, 4 miles from Hesdin, large village with all facilities and a 4 bed detached with 2 garages and a quarter acre garden all for £100k. [:D]And I am within easy reach of Montreuil, St. Pol, Abbeville, the coast and motorways. I can get back to the UK in just under 2 hours if necessary. Roseysan
  25. Hi, Can anyone on this forum confirm that all I need to do before I come over is to get my cat , a) michochipped and  b) rabies vaccinated. I wrote to Defra and they say that is all I need to get a Pet Passport for PERMANENTLY coming to France. However, my vets are insisting that she has a blood test even though I have shown them the reply from Defra stating that it is not required for ENTRY into France. Interestingly, there are several posts on this subject where the animal hadn't even been checked on exiting the UK!! I do wish this ( and other subjects ) could be made simpler.[8-)] roseysan  
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