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  1. Thank you pomme, that link is very helpful and leads on to other explanations. Just need to remember to lift the habitation invoice.[:D]
  2. We own in the Auvergne and haven't been able to get there since last July and our next trip, whenever it might happen, will be under post-Brexit rules.  We have had the under noted web pages pointed out and appears to apply to 'tourists'. Bit of a catch 22 if it applies to second home owners? Anybody come across this?https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F2191?lang=en
  3. Hmmm, looks like it's going to have to be flash banding, I can live with the look. Many thanks for the help and suggestions.[:)]
  4. Everything is solid, nothing moving at all.  It's what I would roughly describe as haunching (as you would set in a chimney pot) along the length of the roof tiles.  Don't know if the twice it's been done when it's been too warm and dried out too quickly or the mix has been wrong but it needs doing again and just looking for a point in the right direction as to what best to use. 
  5. The joint between the stone wall of the barn and the tiles on the new(ish) lean-to covered patio has zinc flashing and our builder had to replace the fillet of mortar that covers the joint between the tiles and the flashing after about a year. [:(] This has now also cracked and split, starting to break up along the length of it.  Easier to try and fix it ourselves. Wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to what might be best to use to make it a bit more durable - lime based? cement based?[8-)]
  6. [quote user="donkeybee"]........ the estate agent who was very helpful.............. [/quote] Our estate agent was also very helpful.  On site he explained that although the fosse was old we had around 3 years to have it replaced to meet current standards - turns out there was no fosse and never had been.  I suppose the upside was that we didn't have expense of having an old one removed.  He also 'forgot' to mention that our plans to fit velux windows would require not just the consent of the mairie but also Batiment de France (likened to a council planning officer having a bad day coupled with a pedantic historic monuments authority). Yes, immobliers are 'helpful' [6]
  7. Irrespective of any price differences etc, found  benefits by using the Tunnel, having used various ferries and Tunnel quite a lot. Firstly the time saving and maybe more importantly on the train you don't have petulant, grumpy kids throwing the door open and putting dents and scrapes in your bodywork then mummy/daddy getting aggressive because you take them to task, plus no rucksacks, bags etc getting scraped along the length of the car. And what about coming off the ferry to the the exasperation of 30-40 motor cycles driving round everyone to selfishly clog up the passport controls.  Seems the majority are just totally averse to queuing like the rest of us[:@]. No doubt that will upset motor cycling forum members.
  8. We use this place regularly. Takes us just over an hour after we emrge from the tunnel.  Its clean, gates are closed at night and there are plenty places around to eat. Breakfast is also reasonable. http://www.liberty-hotel-bruay.com/
  9. Ryanair announced this with all their usual fanfares (never a mention when they pull a service such as Edinburgh/Limoges) but it was about 3 days before it appeared on their website.  Might give it a try in the Spring, although it's about an hour or so further away than Lyon for us the attraction is using Millau.
  10. Loxam (http://www.loxam-access.com/reseau) have  depots in Perigeux and Limoges.
  11. [quote user="idun"]........., undercooked lamb and cats.       [/quote] We have always had cats but whilst undercooked lamb (just on the pink side of 'done') is delicious, undercooked, nah, don't go there[6] THIS IS SAID TONGUE IN CHEEK LEST ANYONE, PARTICULARLY CAT OWNERS/LOVERS, TAKE EXCEPTION.
  12. Problem resolved - managed to contact the company that installed it.  Engineer arrived, cover off, poke and prod, quick phone call, screwdriver on the end of the shaft of the pump, couple of turns - sorted, hot water.  Best bit - no problem, no charge [:D]
  13. Just had a call from my brother at the house in France. Everything been shut down since mid June and on trying to run the boiler has encountered a problem.  Power and gas are present but although the boiler is running, the hot tap is running cold.  Temperature of the water in the boiler shows 100C and rising. H e shut it off at this point in case some permanent damage occurred. Error code STB shows on the control panel. [8-)] All was working properly when we last left. Has anyone come across this before?   Boiler was installed around 3 years ago and used 2-3 weeks at a time around 4 times a year.
  14. Thanks for the offer Clair, I just kept it simple without going in to any detail other than name, time and place and saying a big 'thank you'.
  15. [quote user="Clair"][quote user="Sydney and Huggy"]Our Sapeur-Pompiers at Souvigny appear to be part-timers as most days when we pass their depot there's no cars outside and the place is closed...[/quote] Are these them? If so, I would address the letter to their to their Chef de Centre (Major PARILLAUD Alain) and send it to to the Centre de Secours Pompiers, 03210 Souvigny. [/quote] Yep, that's them.  I see a couple of them that were there for us.  I'll get a note sent off to the Major.  Thank you all for your help.
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