I have just purchased a property near ploermel (56) and now have to get down to the work of renovation. I would like to go and see the Marie to find out what planning permission etc I would need. Does anyone know if you can just turn up at his office or do you need to make an appointment? I am returning to France in the Autumn but would like to sort this out before I leave. Also where could i find out about getting childern registered for a school, Do you have to be living/working their firsts or can this be sorted out before hand?
Hi everyone, Just in case no-one else heard it, they said on BBC radio news this morning that Windows is going to be subect to attack by a worm which could be nasty. Also a friend rang me from the U.K. to say run my Norton Anti Virus there and then. Sounds as if it is a nasty one - haven't some people got better things to do? Cheers, Pam
As the last really dry summer of 1976 caused a lot of structural damage to stone properties in Brittany, with the shrinkage of the clay underneath, I am interested to know if anyone has any new subsidence cracks this year? Also, if you have a well, how deep is it and how much water do you have left? at what depth? and where are you? Thank you for satisfying my curiosity ! regards,Les
We have an old farmhouse with a number of outbuildings. I wish to put some velux windows into the main house roof afetr I have repaired it– what level of planning permission do I need? If I wish to put a single storey utility building (less than 20m2 ) attach to my main house what level of planning & building regulations are needed? Also I have an agricultural building, I wish again to install velux windows into the roof and use part of it for domestic use. What are the likely costs & pitfalls? Can anyone help or point me in the right direction? Adrian
Hi Having just moved to Brittany, I have tried to load up AOL 7.0 but seem to be unable to get connected. Does anyone know if you have to delete AOL 6.0 first before trying the AOL 7.0? Feel lost without free use of the internet, if anyone has any other suggestions for other usage I would be grateful for any ideas. Thanks
I work in the Emirates (will be here for another few years) and am looking for semi-autonomous retirement homes/residences in Brittany for my parents. They are now in their early eighties, live by themselves in the Herault and unfortunately, although they love France, they do not speak much French. I am looking for homes that may accept anglophones and wonder if anyone could possibly give me some leads. Thanking you.
Hello everybody out there...... I am looking for some large tables preferrably round ones which can seat 8 people. Condition is not a concern as they will be covered by large table cloth just as long as they do not collapse. Does anyone know where I can either hire this sort of thing or possibly buy at a really good price. I need 3 of theses plus the chairs to go with them. thanks for any help
When I moved to France, we still had the good old franc and, at the time, an exchange of about ten to one. Simply put, lop off a zero and you had pounds, easy therefore to see if something was value or not. Since the Euro arrived, I have tried to view the price in Euros only and get used to it . . . . . however . . . . Everything looks expensive to me, because it looks like pounds but more so !! Food and essentials, I dont look anymore, but for "extras" or sale bargains I need to know that something really is cheaper. I actually find, that since the Euro I buy less because nothing looks "a bargain" any more . . . . . . . what do you think? my best regards,Bob
Okay, we've finally bought the house and have spent a lovely week en Bretagne without the kids. Ah, I remember what it was like before kids.... Unfortunately, now we are back to reality and I (oh, lucky, lucky me) am travelling back to Brittany with the kids next week. The kids are very excited because it will be their first trip to the new house and it has stairs!!! (We live in a bungalow here in the UK.) So here is the first in a continuing series of questions. 1) Please can someone tell me what the deal is on garbage collection. I went to the Mairie's office and I think I will be getting a poubelle which is fine and dandy (it should be in front of my gate when we return next week) but I am not sure they are bringing it to me or I have to pick it up and if I have to pick it up from where? 2) Still on the garbage question...when we arrived we had a few things to bring and also to buy which has left us with some rather bulky garbage - boxes, etc. I understand there is some sort of Saturday a.m. arrangement but I'm not sure of the whereabouts or the details so any help here would be appreciated. Also, the garden has become overgrown and we will need to cart the grass away as it has been too dry to burn (it's almost like being back in Canada) so where do we take it? 3) I am going to have my 4 (yes 4) horrible children with me and they are already cross because I'm not bringing their bikes. I need to know where I might be able to buy 4 second hand (very cheap) bikes for kids aged 12, 9, 7 and 6. I don't actually want them to have bikes initially since they aren't used to busy roads and drivers who drive on the left. I thought I could get away with scooters to start with and work my way up but kids are crafty these days so I don't think it would work for long. 4) The next thing of course, is are there english-language dvd's available? If so, from where or how much or can you rent them or any info really? 5) Finally, (I think), I am bringing my computer with me (internet ready of course) but need to know about the computer leads and an internet connection lead (where you plug it into the phone jack and link your computer to it). Do they have these in France and if so, what are they called. My learning curve is dramatically rising. My French has improved amazingly and I have to say, I was totally chuffed when an older French gentleman said in French that my French was 'very good for an Anglaise'. I hope my kids pick it up quickly 'cause it's no fun being the only one in the family that speaks French. Thanks for all your help.
This is for my sister who is seriously thinking of moving to France, not to where I am in the South, but possibly Brittany or Loire. She has a twelve year old daughter and I wondered if anybody could give me their personal experience of uprooting a near teenager, the problems, the surprises, etc. etc. I have my own opinions, but would be glad to pass any other views on to her to give her some food for thought. Thanks in advance!
why, in France, is it up to the Prefect to decide when shops can have their sales? surely that's a straightforward commercial decision for the shopkeeper to make and none of the govt's business? seriously confused - and I really would like an answer if you've got one. I'm not just whingeing :)
Last week I posted a message that we were looking for an accountant. Bob replied to my message and gave the an address to contact. I immediately wrote and email to ask for an appointment and when they didn't reply to that I gave them a call and asked the receptionist for an appointment. She told me she would pass on the message and someone would contact me. Up till now no-one has. This has happened to us before (not with the same company) and we waited and waited but no reply. Can I asume they do not want our business and look have to look elswehere? Maybe we're spoiled being used to American customer service and courtesy. My experience up till now has been that companies love to make money and have you as a client. This kind of ignoring the customer is new to me and I wonder what to do. So what would you do? -- Tink (22)
My double garage door is in a terminal state. The roof over it is only supported by timber and has sagged badly! I cannot find ready made lintels anywhere round here (29530) or on the net. I don't fancy this "on site" casting that tends to be the norm around here, the lintel needs to be 2.5 meters long. Any ideas?
I have some correspondance with a certain Mr. R. ( Ronny ? ) S.Renshaw , concerning a 1934 Standard Avon soft top convertible which was almost completely restored apart from the brakes and other minor details ( to a classic car enthusiast anyway ! ) dating from August 1998 . We spoke on the telephone concerning this vehicule , but we unexpectedly went to sea and when we got back , Renshaw had gone !! I was keen to purchase this car at the time , and would still like to do so , ( even if it's for sale covered in chicken droppings with mice living in the leather upholstery !! ) as I have never seen it on the market either through the Standard Motor Club or other specialised organisations. If anyone can help , his address was 11 Rue de Genets , 56390 , Grandchamp , Brittany , at the time of writing to each other , and later , he was last heard of at St.Adrien , 56310 , Quistinic . Lunch is on me for anyone who can assist ! stg
Hi, I know that the US law states that it is permitted to import a 3 months supply of medications for personal use. Does any of you know the law in Europe/Framce about this subject? I need medications that are not available in France and I would like to import them but wonder what the law says about this and if they will be held by customs. Any help is appreciated. -- Tink (22)