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  1. At £80 a year for a couple of free breakfasts and double the cost of LD lines even with their discounted fare .....is it now worth it ?....I get the impression BF think they are doing us all a big favour offering this ... and  we should be grateful ....they are not doing me one ...I will not renew .
  2. Yes there is another side to taking on rescue dogs ..........my sons.is a rescued ridge back cross they found had a "thing " about sheep ....ran one into a river and drowned it .......after my son had spoken to the farmer  he discovered  not only was this the finest sheep in the flock it was expecting quads and was a sure thing to win the champion of champion show that was pending....so a fat cheque was parted with .....The dog now has a pal ....a rescue lab that I am told cowers when sombody reaches into a kitchen cupboard  so appears she has suffered a beating in her past.......he is now hoping ths one hasnt got a "thing " about sheep as well ... he surrounded by them  and they are bound to be champion stock .....
  3. Brittany Ferries letter this morning ....".We hope you enjoyed the travel discounts of the past 12 months ....your membership is due ....£80 please and we dont take cash or cheques....renew with a debit or credit card on this 0870 number its the only form of payment accepted and we will no longer be sending acknowlegements after you renew "............   oh...thats all rignt then !
  4. Both ....In the UK mostly  .. I live near a school and each day lots of mums drive up to the school using their mobiles and are no doubt telling their kids they are just arriving and to get themselves outside the gate ..........I noticed  its dads collecting or dropping off kids that are wearing the bluetooth headsets....  mums must have access to them.....but dont seem to like using them .....

  5. You just need a field under the watchful eye of an adjacent house holder with a  barbed wire fence round to deter people  and a trench   you cant  drive out  over so that  only access is via a metal 5 bar gate that is well security chained and padlocked ..You can even get contact alarms for the gates ............there must be hundreds of places close to the airports that fit the bill.......could be any easy retirement income for the right property owner who gets the permissons to use the ground as a car park .

  6. The store room / tool shed attached to my place has a corrugated sheet roof that looks like asbestos  but it is covered with tiles to match the rest of the house roof...Our Notaire told us we had NO asbestos so I assume its the type of sheet previously mentioned .....I am leaving well alone .....perhaps if you are worried about fibres there is some coating that can be painted over it ...if so ...I am sure we will find out here  what to use !
  7. The wearing of Bluetooth headsets.....is this just a bloke thing ? ..... I have yet to see a woman in her car wearing one ...they would rather risk a huge fine and points on the licence and continue using their mobiles while driving  it seems ......What have you got against them girls ?......... are you waiting for pink sparkling ones to come on the market  ?....At  less than £10 a time.... I would think looks mattered little.when you consider the cost of getting caught making a call .   
  8. Sounds like there is soon to be an "Off Airport Parking "  business opportunity for sombody with a field near the airport  that people could taxi themselves to and from .....or pay a charge to pick up and deliver their cars to and from the terminial  to meet flights .  I am 34 klm from La Rochelle Airport and Easyjet are now flying there from Bristol ....the thought of getting an old  car has crossed my mind  but not happy about just leaving it parked up for weeks at a time .I like the thought of some security .....I pay to leave a caravan in a compound .....I would pay to leave a car near the airport in a compound too .   
  9. Walk up the beach from Bournemouth round the head to Mudeford spit ...there  it will cost you over £100.000 for a beach hut ....you get a big shed for your money that a decent blow and  a good sized wave will have in Christchurch harbour for you in no time ....oh yes and if you want to go to the loo...you use the public block sand filled and stinking as your hut has no running water or power !
  10. Sid ..........Thank you for posting that AGF will cover you.........I am with Generali a big company and they did not want to know .....also a broker was not able to find anybody to cover my van  ....I got the impression they thought I was likely to stop at the road side to brew up and step out of the van into the passing traffic as they made an issue of the door .. as I posted earlier I think some companies just dont want look at UK made vans .... glad you have got it all sorted out... hope you enjoy your times out in the Clubman
  11. I looked at Auto Trader on line to check out the prices of left hand drive cars offered in the UK.....there are obviously loads with links to traders web pages who deal in such vehicles  all lined up on their  forecourts ...........I later looked on Ebay for left hand drive cars .....and up popped the same vehicles as offered by the dealers .....so they are not all cut and shuts and of dubious history on E .bay
  12. One of the things as a newcomer to having a home in France I find strange is whenever I employ sombody to do work for me ....if  I should mention I have had so and so  done or put in ....the first question I am asked is "Who did you get to do it ? " the next question will be "Where did you buy the materials "  this questioning I find most off putting ...as I get the feeling that people automatically think that being Brittish I am going to ship a gang of blokes over in a truck load of stuff from B&Q or Jewsons . The agent I bought the house from was one for example who questioned me and only seemed satisfied with my answer when I  obviously knew the name of the plumber in the village ......my house in Dorset will need some new fencing soon and I am planning to get a local company to do it .....I bet I am not asked who I got to do the work or where the panels were made !

  13. Shortly after buying my house  I  approached my neighbor to ask how he felt about  me reducing the height of a long line of my connifers on our  boundry  along the side of his orchard / veggi patch  I wanted to discuss it as I felt that they may  screen  his fruit trees and protect them from winds and wanted to know how he felt aout it ....The answer I got was " 2 metres and we do it today ! ". We agreed 2 meters the normal height  would be good for both of us ...What I was not expecting was  the  " We do it today " and  5 o clock  was the appointed hour.  I found him  set up on his side with a scaffold platform and a huge chain saw .....in no time at all 30 plus connifers that were about 20 foot high were down to 6 ....they were then cut up.... his trailer hitched onto the back of my car and over the next couple of days and many trips to the dechetterie  disposed of ........as has been mentioned .....a good bottle of malt  was well recieved .....Another one of our neighbors I had never spoken to stopped on passing and approached my wife and told her he wished to thank her for all the work we had done on the house .....I suppose because it had looked neglected for years and was now looking so clean and bright like the others in the road ..nice of him I thought ....

  14. What do you mean by fly paper ?........ the brown sticky mess covered  strip that you pull out of a tube and hang up ...if so havent seen one in use  for years...or the parrot shaped card impregnated with what used to be DDT that I also havent seen for years ..... We have the blue light fry them if they go through the grill killer but not much good for flies more a mozzy getter ......I could do with a good sticky fly paper .....
  15. Your local water company will publish any restrictions that come in force  also backed up by notices issued by your commune . In my case in August where there is a huge demand on water as its  an  area with lots of tourists . ..last year you could not even use water for the garden between certain hours of the day....In the square in La Tranche for example there is an electronic  sign that warns when the restriction comes into force so everybody is made aware .. you will probable find any restriction with be well known about locally .
  16. Just one of the thousands of vehicles that appear to have "accidently " ended up with the wrong registration plates on UK roads that is now causing police chiefs to ask for a a new method of vehicle identification.........speed camera and congestion charge  introduction and the need to hang onto your licence these days  anything to do with this .......no...of course not ....

  17. As Sunday Driver said ....your Doctor will do what he wants to do to help you over the period you are away...he should be  helpful  as ....I think you will find that with the number of people today who go "overseas " for months at a time your Doctor will be well used to the request for more than one months supply of your medication ... There will be a   "Review is due on....... "  date on your prescription. You can if the review date is while you plan to be in France  request that it be brought forward  or put back .  If you are ticking along fine on your  repeat medication and with little or no history of problems over a long period of time you should get a review just before you go then a date for one when you plan to get back ....I have gone longer than 6 months between mine ....as you know you can get sombody to sign for your tablets if you cant get to the chemist ...then ..into a jiffy bag  you have pre addressed and stamped up and into the post box .

  18. If this is any help  a word with your doctor  may get you 2 or 3 months  supply of your pills in one go...my doctor when he knows I will be in France  over 28days will do this.....I have also had a member of the family get my tablets and post out to me . 
  19. I do not rent out my house ....the only people who have used it apart from us is our son and his family and our daughter and hers ....and we have not charged them.....the garden has  been worked on and plants bought and put in by them and that is a contribution I feel....but ... what about not so close relatives  who may ask to use it for a holiday by the sea ......I am a big softy who would probably just give them a set of keys .....what do you do in similar circumstances  ?
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