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  1. I still have 2 return tickets to La Rochelle via Flybe via Birmingham departing 23rd Sept and returning 30th Sept. If anyone is interested please pm me for further details. Unable to go on this flight because of family illness. (Buyer must pay admin fees) Cost at flybe.com today (29/8/2006) is £240.14.

    thanks

    roseysan

  2. Hi,

    Has anyone used any of thesky tv engineers(?) who advertise in LF magazine for their tv setup in France? I hope to relocate to Pas de Calais next spring and am furiously trying to sort out my budget.[:)]

    If so I would be grateful for any feedback, good or bad. If necessary PM me with your answers.

    thanks

    roseysan 

  3. Hi,

    I am hoping to relocate to Pas de Calais in the near future and wondered if there were any lady golfers in the region that I could meet up with for the occasional game. I have just had my first nine holes on a local course and I loved it![:D] So are you there ladies ( or gents for that matter)[:)]

    roseysan

  4. Hi,

    Good to read your post about Hesdin. I am looking at Hesdin, Fruges, Frevent, Auxi le Chateau and other towns nearby but lots of properties are 'near' Hesdin. Did you use a french immobilier or one based in UK. If you have come across good or bad one(s) can you pm me with their names. Some I have had recommended to me but it would also be advantageous to rule out others who weren't so good. You sound as though you are happy there, I only hope that as a single lady retiring to France I can fit in and integrate into the local area. (Any golf courses close by?) The cafe for French lessons has featured in French Property News once and I can see why you found it useful to make contact with other like minded people. My French is a bit rusty [:(] but with a bit of polishing I could get up to speed hopefully.

    cheers

    roseysan

  5. Hello Marky,

    I, too, am hoping to relocate to the Hesdin area. I have been looking at houses via websites and am coming to Hesdin in 4 weeks time to have a proper look. And if my house sells before then I may be in a position to SERIOUSLY look for one to buy. Checking out websites about the 7 vallees area it looks wonderful and the history and countryside are very appealing. Plus if you should need to get back to the UK (family, friends etc) you are nearer to all the major ports. My only problem is a question asked so many times on this forum, houses I like and can afford are featured on 4,5 or more websites sometimes at vastly different prices. So when I am in Hesdin I think I shall check out the local immobiliers and maybe choose one or two who I can get on with!!

    good luck and we may meet there someday!

    roseysan

  6. I still have 2 return tickets to La Rochelle via Flybe via Birmingham departing 23rd Sept and returning 30th Sept. If anyone is interested please pm me for further details. Unable to go on this flight because of family illness.

    thanks

    roseysan


    NOTE:  This post is already on 'Western France' Forum.
  7. I still have 2 return tickets to La Rochelle via Flybe via Birmingham departing 23rd Sept and returning 30th Sept. If anyone is interested please pm me for further details.

    thanks

    roseysan

  8. Hi,

    Not sure if you can access ebay.co.uk on your pc but 50 verbatim dvd-r discs now selling for £16.69. A bit cheaper than 129 euros I feel. You could always ask about p&p. I have sold things to French customers in the past and the postage is quite good.

    Hope this helps

    roseysan

  9. Hello again cypruslady,

    Glad that you are now actively putting your wheels in motion for your proposed move. My house is also on the market but in the price bracket that mine falls into (it is at the lower end of the market) , it could take some time. But I am resolute that France is where I hope to be in the next 12 months. With regard to your French language tapes, I bought some off e-bay on cd and play them in my car while I drive around. Surprisingly it does work and it is good fun. Only downside is when you walk into Tescos and start talking in French! [:$]

    God luck with your house sale and let us know how you are getting on

    roseysan

  10. Hi Goonz,

    I , too have seen properties that are advertised with more than one agent at differing prices. I wouldn't mind if it were a small amount but two of the properties were advertised at over 20,000 euros more than the 'original' advert. Cassis is right and I would do as she recommends , find the cheaper agent and go for it.

    roseysan

  11. I need a cottage for rent for one week in either late August or, early September to do a spot of house hunting in Pas de Calais (around Hesdin) or Picardy (North). If it could be single story all the better with 2 seperate bedrooms. Not remote, town or village would be great. Please PM me with details.

    Thanks Roseysan

  12. Hi Ian,

    Guess you just had a bad day.[:D]  Because I didn't want to cross a rather high bridge into Nantes airport we came on a circuitous route via the city centre. Yes I am  a bit mad. But needless to say we couldn't find a petrol station and we needed to fill up so there was no room for complaint when we handed the keys back. The tank was obviously two drips short as my credit card was debited with an extra £10 quid on Tuesday!!  Still Normandy was rather lovely but I am on the shuttle next trip to 'view' Pas de Calais later this summer in my own car!![:)]

    roseysan

  13. I don't know if this is a general thing at all airports, but at Nantes airport last weekend we needed to fill up on petrol coming back with a full tank (required) in our hire car. There is a petrol filling facility but it only takes FRENCH credit cards. Beware![8-)] However we and 2 more Brits in the same predicament were lucky enough to befriend a French guy who used his credit card to help us out in exchange for the cash equivalent. How's that for 'entente cordiale'?[:)]

    roseysan

  14. Hello cypruslady,

    I too am contemplating moving alone to France. I have just returned from Normandy where I went to sus out if I would like the area. Several things come to mind when I read your post. I have an 86yr old Mum here in UK who I may need to pop over several times to check on, so I need to be near ports (dont like flying). Normandy area where we stayed was wonderful but too far from ports and too long crossings but beautiful nevertheless. Never saw a gendarme all week, could count on one hand how many traffic lights we went through(!!) and the Normandy people were a delight [:)]helping where necessary with words etc that we got wrong. Lots of space and the countryside was a delight. Lawns manicured to within an inch of their life and you got a wonderful sense of pride in their country from the French. Something sadly lacking these days in the UK. Quite a few Brits about some of whom we met and were welcomed by.  I am now planning a trip to see Pas de Calsi in the North as the accessibility to ports/chunnel are closer.

    Good Luck and I am sure you will find what you are looking for, France seems to have all that you require,

    roseysan[:D]

  15. Hi,

     I have two return tickets to la Rochelle via Flybe from Birmingham Saturday Sept 23rd  and return Sat Sept 30th. Unable to use because of a medical problem with my 85 yr old companion resulting in 'don't fly'  advice from GP.[:(] Any one interested please pm me and I will send details. (Current price for these tickets for 2 people is £225.00. Source = Flybe.com a.m. Monday 8/5/06).

    roseysan

  16. Hello Sue,

    Thanks for the invite next Wednesday, I look forward to meeting you. Will phone you beforehand to make arrangements and many thanks for the invitation![:D]

    roseysan

  17. I am visiting Normandy (Domfront area) next week 13th-20th May with a view to a permanent move in the next 6-12 months. I wondered if anyone has the time to meet up with me for an informal chat about moving to this area and any pitfalls there may be for a 58 year old lady on her own. Ideally tips about Estate agents and possible recommendations of same. Health service pointers, bringing a UK car etc. I know there are forums covering these items but I find some of them quite confusing and feel that someone who has actually done this would be able to help me. I would like a place in or on outskirts of a town where I could hopefully integrate into the local community. My French is not too bad (verb conjugation could be better) and I can usually get by. Look forward to hearing from someone soon!

    thanks  roseysan[:D]

  18. Lovely post, Gastines. I know there are unscrupulous traders here in the UK but I would say that the fairs I have done are 95% mums & dads selling their offsprings clothes and toys and yes, there are dealers selling plants and flowersand other stuff but mostly seasonal. But do I ever see a policeman? Hardly ever, trading standards officers are common enough but they are there for a very different reason to the french gendarmes. As you say, to take note of all people who turn up would be almost unenforceable. However, I shall give it a go and certainly for browsing, just enjoy and like you a visit to another town/village is always welcome.

    roseysan

  19. I think that a couple of vide-greniers a year will be the path follow! It is just something I enjoy doing here in UK, having a periodic clear out and off loading stuff at boot fairs. Thanks for all your comments everyone. I look forward to being a french resident in the not so distant future.[:D]

    roseysan

  20. I find that amazing really. As I would look upon it as getting rid of unwanted items not actually 'buying to sell' as a trader. Can you imagine the response at the 100's of boot fairs in the UK, most of which are 'empty the loft and de-clutter' sellers. But thanks anyway, maybe there will be a lesser type of sale i.e. flea markets perhaps or are they all classed the same by the French?

    roseysan

  21. As someone who enjoys table top sales and car boot sales in UK, and having read that everything you seem to make money from in France is taxable(!!!) is there any chance that I could sell stuff at vide-greniers and brocantes without having to worry that someone is standing behind me[6] to check what I am selling!!

    roseysan[:D]

  22. Hi,

    Not sure if this is the right place to post this but here goes and if I get ticked off, I apologise. I have two return tickets to la Rochelle via Flybe from Birmingham Saturday Sept 23rd  and return Sat Sept 30th. Unable to use because of a medical problem with my companion resulting in a 'don't fly' directive from GP. Any one interested please pm me and I will send details.

     

     

  23. Jeez I am so sorry Ian, didn't read your post correctly. I am in Stoke-on-trent, Staffordshire.

    Sandra

  24. Ian,

    probably North. Still to choose between Pas de Calais, Somme and Seine Maritime because of their proximity to ports.

    Thanks

    Sandra

  25. I wonder if any one reading this can PM me with names of solicitors who can be recommended: removals who can be recommended: estate agents who are OK.  I have read so many posts where people have been disappointed with the so-called 'help' they have received from professionals as mentioned above that I don't want to in the same boat. I am a great believer in recommendations frm people who have had good service. (Areas to be considered would be Pas de Calais, Somme, Seine Maritime for estate agents).

    thanks

    roseysan

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