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  1. Hello plod, thanks for your reply. Yes, the greenery has has died back, and yes I have way overestimated the amount of seed potatoes I planted, so storage will be an issue. I didn't realise we are already into August now, so I suppose digging a month earlier than I would have in the UK would not be unusual, as we now live some 350 miles further south than we were in the UK, the last time I grew potatoes. If anyone has any tips on storage, I would be most interested to hear them.
  2. Having not grown potatoes in England for a few years, I am a bit rusty how you look after them. I always thought the main crop potatoes were dug up in September, (that is what my gardening book says anyway), if you want to store them. I was informed by my French neighbour that the French dig their potatoes now, and put them in their caves for storage. So to all you ex-pat spud growers out there when do you dig yours? Now or September? Also I think I have read somewhere that you sprinkle a magic power on the potatoes, to stop them sprouting, can anybody tell me what this powder is called please. Now it is back to the garden to do battle with all those pesky mauvaises herbes.  
  3. Well I am now in a position to answer my own question, and if my wife checked her e-mails on a daily basis I would not have had to ask the question in the first place. [Www] After reading her e-mail from CPAM, it explained that as we are due to travel outside France in less than a month's time, they have issued us with paper certificates that are valid in Europe for 3 months, we will be issued with our cards within the next 30 days, which will be valid for 12 months from the date the certificates were issued. The moral of this story is, if your wife applies for CEAM cards get her to check her e-mails on a daily basis. [I] Thank you to everybody who tried to unravel our mystery.
  4. After reading this thread, I understand why this morning we received two CEAM certificates through the post as opposed to EHIC cards, but I am still confused regarding the status of the certificates. We have been issued paper certificates, can we expect CEAM cards to follow, or are they only issued in paper form? Also on the certificates under the Informations relatives à la carte section the expiry date reads 06/07/10, which would be 12 months from the issue date, but under the section Péiode de validité du certificat is states Du: 07/07/09 Au: 06/10/09, only giving us three months cover. Confused[8-)]
  5. After 5 e-mails, two of them threatening BFD with everything I could think of, the package finally arrived today, 5 weeks after placing my order, and true to form moonraker, 10 of the 11 cans were dented, again not due to the way they were packed. Not only that, one of the items ordered was not in the box, even though it had been crossed off on the check list. I only received a reply to the last e-mail I sent them, informing them that I intended to telephone Bristol Trading Standards within the next 24 hours. This did provoke a response, and I was fed the excuse that my original package had been damaged and so they were sending a replacement. Quite funny that as the status showing on their website for my order, still showed processing right up until my last e-mail. To my mind this is a very poorly run company, that are not interested in repeat orders, only trying to rip people off in any way that they can. I would again advise anybody thinking of placing an order with British Food Direct to treat this company with extreme caution.
  6. Thanks Tandem_Pilot, I have slapped myself on the wrist for not reading the link before posting, although I did read the one about copyright before posting. Anyway I have now mastered how to use Photobucket, and have proudly posted my image on the forum. Thanks once again.
  7. Totally baffled now, I have been trying to post an image on the forum, of my leaky boiler in another thread on the House Renovations section, but to be honest I have no idea how to do so. I have registered on a website called Dropshots.com, and have managed to upload my image onto their website, but how on earth do I now incorporate the image into my post on this site please. Any help in this matter would  be gratefully received, from this aging computer using dinosaur. [8-)]
  8. That's interesting moonraker, it would seem this company is a shambles, and one to be steered clear of in the future, customer service does not seem to be their strong point. So I guess if my order finally shows up, I can look forward to my bread flour and tea bags being covered in baked beans and Patak's madras curry sauce! I will give them until the middle of next week, although I have already sent my threatening e-mail, to contact Bristol Trading Standards, and then take things from there. For future reference, do you consider British Corner Shop to be reliable and actually deliver the goods ordered?
  9. Thanks for the replies. Clair please do not worry about mentioning this company, it only goes to show that it is 'buyer beware' when dealing with an Internet based company, at least you know you can trust deal old Amazon to supply the goods, if ordering through them. Regarding how we paid, it was with a Nationwide debit card I am afraid, so no comeback there, we closed our only credit card account when we left the UK, and no Roger I did not order any wine! Today I have sent a 'final warning' e-mail, I am not touching the mobile phone number, as I guess they have probably got it wrigged for something like £5 a minute or some such amount, informing them that if things are not sorted by the close of business today, then I will be contacting Bristol Trading Standards, The Police and Watchdog, so hopefully out of one these establishments I can at least stop them ripping-off anybody else in the future.    
  10. Has anybody out there recently placed an order with British Food Direct? I asked the question as we placed an order with the company over 3 weeks ago, and to date have not received our order, although the money has been debited from my wife's account. We have e-mailed the company 3 times now, and have had no replies to our e-mails. Looking at their website it says they are having trouble with their landline number, and to use either the mobile number provided or e-mail them. I have done a search on the forum, and I see other people have had trouble with this company back in January, it's a pity I did not do the search before placing our order. Can't help smelling a rat here, very convenient that their landline is not working at the moment, and with them blatantly ignoring e-mails things do not look good. So I would urge all other forum members to treat this company with extreme caution at the moment, if contemplating placing an order with them. I suppose I will have to put my 'Mr Nasty' hat on, and send off a letter threatening them with everything I can think of, probably from the police to the guillotine!
  11. Just like to say, what a brilliant system here in France, sure enough blood tests results arrived in the post this morning, fantastic.
  12. Wow, that was quick Clair/SD many thanks, and I must say the French system sounds pretty slick, when it comes to dealing with their test results. Benjamin, the doc did mention they were both fasting tests, but thanks for mentioning it, I guess that will mean I have to stay off the red wine until we come home. Only joking, honest, I don't start until at least 9am [blink]  
  13. Many thanks for all the witty replies. We are now the proud owners of two pots, which are primed and ready for action. The nice lady at the pharmacy advised us they are called 'flacons', so next time I need to make a donation, I will know where to aim. The only trouble is we have to be at the blood extraction office tomorrow morning at 7am [:-))], it only opens 2 mornings a week in the village, and runs from 7-8.30am. Not totally related to this thread, but rather than start another, can anybody advise about blood tests and x-rays. More precisely where do the blood test results go, are they sent to our doctor, ourselves or do we have to go back and pick them up personally? Also with x-rays, will I have to wait for them to be processed, or do I go back at a later date and pick them up?
  14. How can I put this politely? Both myself and my wife visited our doc this morning, and have both been sent for blood tests, when we got home we noticed on both our printouts, that the doc is calling for an urine sample test as well. In the UK you would be given a pot at the surgery to do the business in, so to speak, but what happens here in France? Do we just supply our own container, or should we maybe ask at the pharmacy for a UK sized pot, to do the deadly deed in? Feedback from anyone who has had to pee in a pot in the past greatly received!    
  15. Grecian

    Sky card

    Life really sucks sometimes doesn't it Pads, you just get your Westcountry TV set up, only to find the local news has now been amalgamated with Bristol.[blink]
  16. Grecian

    Sky card

    Hello Pads, certainly not an expert on this matter, but we moved from Yorkshire to France last September, so obviously Yorkshire was our last postcode. When we set up our box in France, initially we were still receiving Yorkshire TV, after about 2 weeks our signal automatically changed to Westcountry. I can only assume the fact that we now have our Sky card registered at a Devon address, the signal you receive must be linked to your postcode. The only way in which I know to receive Westcountry TV is by adding Westcountry TV to your extra channels. To do this, is as follows:  With your digibox turned on, press the Services button on your remote, (it is near the top). Select number 4 (System set-up), and then 4 again (Add channels). You will then need to add info in the appropriate fields for Westcountry: Frequency: 10.832 Polarisation: H Symbol Rate: 22.0 FEC: 5/6 Then select Find Channels, the channels should appear after a few seconds. Use the yellow button on your remote to place a tick against the channels you want to store. When finished selecting the channels you want, press Select. The channels are then stored. You can view the channels stored by pressing the Services button, then 6 (Other Channels), use the arrow key to move to the channel required, and press Select. Hope the above is of some use, and will work if you try it. It worked for me when we moved from Devon to Yorkshire, and I was able to watch the highlights of Exeter City FC getting beating every week on Westcountry TV!      
  17. Thanks to everybody for the fantastic responses. Just to bring the situation up-to-date, we visited our local CPAM office again this afternoon, it was the same grumpy bloke behind the desk who was there when we last visited, but he must have had an extra glass of red wine with his lunch, as today he was very cheerful. We explained the attestation had the wrong address number on it, so he just photocopied our original, and wrote the correct address number on the copy, and informed us a new attestation will be issued. He explained that the CV's would be sent out later, and showed us how to fill out our medecin traitant forms, all in all a good afternoon's work. Just to try and shed some light on the 100% issue, my wife's E121 is IB based, and on the attestation it definitely states she is covered 100% for sauf médicaments and 35% for vignettes bleues, myself who is 'piggy-backing' is just the usual 70%. Hope this info will help you Tony. BAF, regarding my response to your reply, I thought your response came over rather rude and patronizing, implying I should be up to speed with all things French after only 4 months of residency. I will apologise regarding my weird reference in my response, as I think this probably also came over as rude, and as I don't regard myself as a rude person I fully retract that remark. Now for the tax form... [:-))]
  18. Well, I will ignore the response from Boiling a frog, as obviously he/she is either very rude, or just a bit weird, and needs to get out more. At this point I would like to thank anybody who took the trouble to answer my query with constructive responses. If I am permitted to ask some more 'thick' questions, then I would like to continue with this thread. This morning we received our attestion, although it was delivered to next door, as CPAM put the wrong number in the address. We went along to our local CPAM office, but there were about 20 people waiting, so we will try again tomorrow. What happens now regarding obtaining our CV's? When we first went to our local CPAM office we offered our passport photos, but he said later. At this stage nobody has any photographs of us, to put on our CV's. Can we expect to receive another form to fill in for our CV's, and then enclose the photos with that form. Or has something gone badly wrong? Also, could somebody shed some light on how we fill out our medecin traitant form please, we have had it filled out and stamped by our doc (on the same day as we discussed my wife's ALD incidentally), it is just the bit we have to fill in I am not too sure about. We have only received one attestion with both our names on it, so on the medecin traitant form where it reads: L'assuré(e) do we enter my wife's name, and then where it says: Le bénéficiaire do I enter my name? Or do we both have to fill out a medecin traitant form, if that is the case then I am totally confused who's name goes where.
  19. I will try and explain the situation as clearly as I can. We moved to France in the middle of September 2008, wife has a very long list of ailments I am afraid, which we knew could give us a problem in France, in more ways than one, but we are here. Having been here just over 4 months now, we still have not received our attestations, let alone our CV's. We have a new French doctor who is very nice, but because of no attestations we are unable to register with him, a real vicious circle. Amongst all her ailments, my wife is an insulin controlled diabetic, and recently got a prescription from our GP for various bits to keep her going. On the prescription he listed the various items into two categories: Prescriptions relatives au traitement de l'affection de longue durée reconnue (Affection exonéante) and Prescriptions sans rappot avec l'affection de longue durée (Maladies intercurrentes). If I understand it correctly, the first one is signifying that the drugs prescribed should qualify for an ALD exemption. Having taken the prescription to the local pharmacy we were somewhere taken aback, when the lady behind the counter asked for 309 euros, fair enough I thought we would be reimbursed 100% for most of the prescription, so not a problem. I am finally getting to my questions, on the feuille de soins the reimbursement is only showing 65% for the items dispensed from the first part of the prescription. So have I misunderstood the bit about the ALD on the prescription?  Has the lady in the pharmacy made a mistake when keying in the reimbursement percentage? Or is it down to the fact we do not have our CV's and are not registered with our doctor, we will only get reimbursed 65% when we finally receive our CV's and present the feuille de soins to CPAM? I really hope somebody can understand the above!
  20. Grecian

    Beef Insulin

    Thanks Helen for your reply. Alas, Wockhard was the company she was getting her beef insulin from in the UK, and are not licensed in France. She has seen our new doctor over here, who has prescribed the human insulin, but he didn't make too much about switching her onto human insulin, and there was no offer of a referal to see a diabetologue. If she encounters big problems with the new insulin, obviously we will have to go back and see him. I appreciate your comment about the 'old' insulin giving problems, so hopefully the newer versions have been improved. Mrs G has read about insulin pumps, but at this moment in time is not very keen on the idea. If it works for you then all well and good. Just as a general question, how do you find the diabetic care in France? When we lived in East Yorkshire for 5 years Mrs G's care was pretty good, but when we moved to West Yorkshire for 12 months, it was pretty poor, with only referrals to the diabetic nurse. Hopefully things are better in France.    
  21. Grecian

    Beef Insulin

    Thanks again Âme for the reply, and thank you for taking the trouble of looking out the information. We will bear in mind what you have posted, if things don't work out on the human insulin. It seems quite feasible that she would be allowed treatment, or in this instance a prescription through the E112 route. If things get that bad I guess we will have to take a flight back to the UK, and try and get maybe 6 or 12 months supply whilst we are there. Once again thanks for your trouble. I have no idea why my last reply came out in blue!  
  22. Grecian

    Beef Insulin

    Thanks Âme for the reply. I looked at the NHS site regarding the E112, it seems that it is for anybody living in the UK who wants to go abroad for a specific treatment, the UK will then pay of an element of the treatment depending on the cost of it, in the other Europen country. Not sure if it would work the other way round. We will just have to see how things go when Mrs G starts to inject herself with the human insulin.
  23. Grecian

    Beef Insulin

    Having visited our doctor this morning, it is not possible to be prescribed beef insulin in France, as no company in France is licensed to do so. So any diabetic who is on beef insulin, thinking of moving to France from the UK, just be aware of the situation. We have now got to hope that the human insulin prescribed for my wife this morning, will not react with her in the same way as it did some 6 or 7 years ago, when she was first put on human insulin. The only other option open to us if it does react with her badly, is to send her prescription back to the UK, and pay privately for all her insulin. Hopefully we will not have to do this.
  24. Grecian

    Beef Insulin

    Can any insulin controlled diabetics living in France, please advise if it is possible to get beef insulin prescribed in France. Mrs Grecian brought with her a stockpile of beef insulin from the UK, but alas she has almost now run out. After e-mailing the company that supplied her beef insulin in the UK, she has been advised that the company is not licensed in France. When she was put on human insulin when it first came out in the UK, it proved disastrous, with her losing all signals of any impending hypos, her then GP put her back on beef insulin, and after a while she got her warning signals back again. Any help in this matter will be most gratefully received.    
  25. Grecian


    Thank you for your replies. The drug in question is not a controlled drug, and was freely put on repeat prescription in the UK. At the moment we are not registered with the doctor, as we are still awating our attestations from CPAM, then hopefully our CV's. Would anybody know if it is still possible to have 'traitment pour 6 mois' written on the prescription from a doctor, without being registered with him? We will be going back to the doctor, and try and get at least 1 month's supply of the pills sorted out in the interim.  
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