Hi all, i am new to this list. We are spending 6 weeks in Burgundy on holiday. I am looking to buy knitting wool. Can anyone tell me a good wool shop please. Also, is there an equivalent to 8 ply? I am staying in Nuite Saint Georges and there is a little craft shop here but the variety is very limited and I could not see any plis on the wools. Anywhere within driving distance is OK as we are out and about every day. Hope someone can help me.
Hi, I am looking for someone to go view 2 properties for me in La Charite sur Loire, Dept. 58. I need someone to take photos and give me an overall impression of the property condition and the area in which they are located. Does anyone know someone I could hire? Thanks!
Hi - are there any homeowners out there with any experience with short term renting out their property/room/flat via AirBnBIt seems a useful way to capitalize on a maybe underused asset, a sort of informal Gite or B+B arrangement.We would welcome advice on special insurance and any official permissions that may be required - as UK registered residents we would declare income in UK.Many thanks for your thoughts and Bonne Rentrée Piers
Were noticing the wasps are more aggressive than usual round our way. Lots of people getting stung. I found a wasps nest in an old mole hole in the lawn - hundreds of the buggers in there and very nasty ones too. I thought sod the hose pipe ban and left it down there for a couple of hours then finished them off with a wasp aerosol spray. Check your lawns as they would do well in Syria those wasps. Oh and Fenistil drops for those that get caught.
Hello All, We live in an old water mill with a lot of river, a mill race, sluice gates and so on. It had been horribly neglected when we bought it and we have spent 7 years renovating house, land and river but the process is slow. Yesterday we had a visit from...er...oh, somebody official... to look at our mill race and sluice gates. The main sluice gate is in a dreadful state because we haven't got to it yet and the official chap said we have two choices: remove it all - sluice gates, mill race, pretty little stream that runs through the garden etc. work which would be paid for by the Prefecture or keep it all and be obliged to renovate it entirely at our own expense. Naturally the latter is our preference but we are not allowed to do the work ourselves, rather we must do it strictly within official chap's guidelines and use a recommended company at mahoosive cost. Does anyone know whether a grant is available for such work? Since the mill race is 12th century I'm wondering whether there is an historical association or an equivalent of The National Trust who might help. I'd be most grateful for any suggestions.
So often we see posts from members facing problems with difficult neighbours, here is one that bucks the trend. Sunday I heard a lot of shouting in the garden and raced outside (well more of a speedy amble) to see two hunting dogs chasing my sheep around the field. Now of course the sheep could do with the excercise but they are in their twilight years so not up for some Usain Bolt style dashes, so I had to chase the dogs up and down until I eventually caught them by the scruff and tied them up. All hunting dogs have collars with a mobile number on so I called not expecting much, but got a very nice chap who apologised profusely, asked about the sheep well being, mentioned he had insurance in case of any damage, and was round in 30 mins, insisting on checking the sheep, removing the dogs and promising to return with something stronger than rainwater. I was very impressed. Maybe my reputation precedes me but I prefer to think they are just decent guys doing what farmers do on sundays.
Hello All, There are a lot of comments on the forum about unwanted telemarketing calls but I'm not sure if that is our problem. We are on Liste Rouge and subscribe to Stop Secret. However, in the last fortnight we have received several calls a day from a number starting with our local area code. Stop Secret won't work because the number is not masked, although there is no name displayed. The calls are always silent. I have tried calling the number back but only get a message from Orange telling me the number is 'not attributed.' I have searched Orange's web site [and it is rubbish!] and tried to contact them via email to ask for advice. Amazingly there is no way of emailing Orange without selecting a 'problem' from a proscribed list and malicious or nuisance calls are not on the list. I tried phoning the helpline but had the same difficulty because there was no corresponding number to press for nuisance calls to advance me to the next stage, nor even a 'wait and you will be connected to a real living person' option. Does anyone know how I can report this to Orange, or even if it is worth my while?
Hi, Just about to move into our Burgundy house for the winter and need to order wood for my two medium sized wood burners. Does anyone have a rough estimate as to how many 'cords' I need to order to see me through the winter? One burner will be in use daily and the other a couple times a week. I don't mind ordering too much but I want to make sure I order enough. Thanks in advance for any helpful advice.