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Le martin-pêcheur

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  1. A French friend of ours, who was a submariner, used the following technique to sleep cooler in a submarine with an internal temperature of 40° whilst moored in Africa. (This was a while ago, so no air-con on the boat)

    We tried it last year - and it does work.

    Dousing a towel in cold water, wringing it out and then draping it over yourself will bring your body temperature down.

    With a standard fan blowing towards you, the effect is even better.

  2. Thank you Idun,

    We're currently in the southern part of the Haute-Vienne and wood is fairly cheap and readily available, we use electric radiators when it's not worth lighting a fire, but they are not so cheap to run.

    Looking to move again soon, so looking at various properties, one of which has gaz de ville for everything, and another which is wood burners and electricity. The latter we can easily estimate the running costs, hence my question about gaz de ville.

    Of course convenience can become a factor which has to be weighed up against overall running costs and of course installation/maintenance.

    Could be the wood burner route again methinks.

    Thanks again for your informative post.


  3. Hi,

    Having had houses using log burners and/or electricity for heating for the most part in France, I wondered if anybody has used gaz de ville and has a rough idea of costs as against fuel. We had fuel central heating once and found it to be expensive, would gas be cheaper? Just an estimate would be ideal, as i understand the costs will vary as to usage. I thought I would ask our experts here before trawling through the French sites.

    Many thanks for any information that anyone can provide.

  4. Hi,

    I am not an expert by any means, but if you take a look here:

    https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F17578 and then click Création et changement de porte/fenêtre/toiture, it seems a déclaration préalable may be needed. You can download the form further down the page. Cerfa n° 13703*06.The form comes down in an editable pdf format - much easier to type your requirements than try to write them in the little space allowed on the form.

    It should be the same form that the Mairie will give you, if you need one.

    Hope this helps.

    Kind regards,

  5. Here's one I haven't seen on the thread yet.

    You send an e-mail to a website for whatever reason and the reply............... "Thanks for reaching out to us"

    I am not drowning, falling nor want any form of affection, I simply sent an e-mail asking for information.

    Good thread, thanks.

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