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  1. How on earth did my move to the Aquitaine region get turned into getting a Bun in the oven LOL
  2. Hi I know Porspoder very very well 4 kms from that dreadful oil tanker spill in 1978 the Amoco Cadiz. Its is a lovely spot around the coast here, but like said you are tied to weather 90 percent of the time. I cant also beilieve the price of properties in the Poitou charente!!
  3. Hi Thanks for all your replies!! The winters arent really a problem. Its the fact that at 8pm in the summer we cant sit outside due to the wind.
  4. [quote user="idun"]Of my 1300 weeks in a montagne village with wonderful views, the last 300 odd were very very very boring......... I don't think that TQ has been in France 'that' long. I like the bretons, on holiday we always found them the most friendly of anywhere we visited in France. And we had quite a few breton friends where we lived. I can think of far worse places to live. [/quote] I have been visiting france regulary for 13 years and lived here ( not as an englishman in france ) but actually worked intergrated into the community for the last 8. I never said anything about the Bretons , and my wife being one is the truth. Alot people possible have never been to the area where we live hence the lack of English here. all the house look the same and even walking along the coast is a chore with the wind that constantly blows off the atlantic.
  5. You got a Sorry!!!! Blimey that is a first:!! I always say now " cest pas desole ca" and they feel guilty or ask why lol.
  6. Hi John So you would go nearer Angouleme then. To be honest with you, we are fed up with the cold windy summers and the bland area. Ok the coastline is beautiful etc but my wife ( who is french ) has family in the south and has always been drawn to Aquitaine etc.
  7. Thanks for the reply!! We were looking between angouleme and Bordeaux.
  8. Val 2 Hot lol 17 degrees isnt really hot is it but it has been sunny here.........with 30 mph cold winds.
  9. After living in Brittany for 8 years now..............we have made the decision to move to the Aquitaine region!! Is their any areas that we should avoid or is it a case of horses for courses?
  10. Hi My Daughter is having her 10th birthday on the 19th and I have said to the better half that i would, be interested in doing a cake for her....................hmmmmm can anyone help me kindly in what i need to do in order to make a basic cake with a horse theme. I would need too know the ingrediants in french and be told as if I was a 3 year old. But I am willing to listen and be good. lol If anyone wants to help that would be great. Thanks alot Tim
  11. [quote user="Albert the InfoGipsy"][quote user="Tim_Quincaillerie"] Anyway back to the AE route. I have already a friend that is going to be building soon and has asked me if I can work on his house ie carpenty/ placos/ doors windows . How would you play it? Would you get him to pay for the materials and bill him on a daily basis? Any ideas really appreciated!![/quote] If you want to register in the building trades then you need to be able to convince the chambre des metiers that you are qualified or professionally experienced in the trade(s) you want to pursue.This may be easy enough for for you for making windows but house carpentry (roofs, floors ...) and definitely placo would be a bigger problem. The French are much more into specialisation that British builders. As I've said before, if your material costs are fairly small compared to your overheads then it's worth buying them in and including them suitably marked up in your turnover. Remember that there's a different cotisation rate for this. If you are doing something like a fitted kitchen then no way does AE fit with buying the units and selling them on as part of a supply and fit package -- that's where you leave the customer to buy the materials and you just bill your labour. [/quote] Thnaks alot for the info My metier is Charpentier / menuserie and has been so for the last 8 years here being employed as one. Im still no clued up on if it would be betst for me to buy the material or not?
  12. Totally agree VAL!!!!! The best tip to moving to france is to in,tergrate into the society by attending local clubs etc. It will take time but it can and will happen that you will be accepted. Anyway back to the AE route. I have already a friend that is going to be building soon and has asked me if I can work on his house ie carpenty/ placos/ doors windows . How would you play it? Would you get him to pay for the materials and bill him on a daily basis? Any ideas really appreciated!!
  13. Yes life here is pretty dificult at times Not too sure if i would still be here if I hadnt married a french Girl. I need a lifestyle that will pay the bills and that can develop at my own time. I think 2012 /2013 is goig to be a tough time though for all!!
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