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  1. Hello, remember me? Just thought I would say Hi from sunny France, where we relocated to almost 4 years ago now. The renovations at La Ferme Sauvage are still ongoing - we spent 2 years in a caravan but now have the luxury of a proper bedroom, running water.....................and soon we will be cracking out The Cube & chickening ourselves up once more, I hope. It is Fox central here, so we will have to build a Fort Knox pen to keep the little sods out, as well as making it wild Boar proof...should be interesting While he builds, I crochet....a new skill that has helped my anxiety & general wellbeing an awful lot. I was asked to post a photo of a blanket I made for our new bedroom, so here you go. I know a few of you follow us & our adventures in The Dordogne on Facebook (Hi Christian!) , & it anyone else is interested in what we are up to, here is a link to our Blog page there. https://www.facebook.com/fermesauvage/ A bientot, Sarah x
  2. How lovely to hear from you all Soapdragon, we were back in Henley a couple of weeks ago, just for a flying visit as sadly I lost my Dad, but we were amazed at the changes to Henley. So much new construction & building going on everywhere. I don't know how the roads & car parks will cope with all the extra people & cars. Building is going well. We are living in one huge, completed room, which is our living, kitchen & dining area, but for the moment is our bedroom too. We should be in the new bedroom in a matter of weeks though - it is our spare room long term, but we will use it as a bedroom until the master bedroom is completed. That'll be some months away as first we have to rebuild a barn that was hit by lightening & turn it into Gites to give us some income, mainly so the French government won't chuck us out come Brexit. It is all rather worrying - we have no income but are living on our savings, however they have specified a minimum wage in order to continue living here. To be honest I wouldn't mind if we had to come back, as I miss my daughters horribly & France, although gorgeous & quiet, is not the easiest place to live. Anyhow, we shall see I will try & keep you updated. S x
  3. Hi, remember me? The former moderator who escaped to France, buying a huge Dordogne farmhouse with 17 acres that we have been renovating for the past 3 years? Well, I am finally able to get hens again - I can't tell you how excited I am by this prospect, & am happily looking forward to dusting off my orange Cube. I have a good friend in the next town who breeds Marans & Welsummers, and will certainly be getting some hens from her, as well as some from the local market :-) Still in contact via Facebook with many good friends from my time on the forums, & I am happy to see so many familiar names here still Our Facebook Blog is here, if you are interested. https://www.facebook.com/fermesauvage/
  4. Cinnamon

    Trish

    One for members of the forum who have been here for a while. If you remember Trish, I am sorry to say that she passed away recently after a short fight against an illness. I had kept in touch with her on Facebook,as had a few other 'older' members. Lovely lady & a prolific poster here when the forum was at its height. I thought some might like to know about this very sad news
  5. I have one, have had it for years - bought it because it is pretty, no other reason. I can't say I have noticed any effects it might have, other than to cast a nice glow in the room it is in.
  6. Oh yes, the bleachy stains of doom I think I just like a fresh new look every so often really, although I do find that the elastic goes in the corners of fitted sheets after a while. I do NOT do white, not with a builder husband!
  7. Goodness I buy new towels, pillows & sheets about once every 2 years. In my defence, the pets use the old ones. I cannot bear thin towels or bobbly, faded sheets. I am thinking of investing in some Devon Duvets wool filled pillows to match our fantastic Duvets, as you can remove & launder the filling, letting it dry in the sun ...... living in a sunnier country now, this really appeals.
  8. Nope! Nearest is a 8 min drive away, down a very steep hill (IE, not walk upable ) I actually REALLY enjoy the seclusion
  9. We sold my little Panda before we went & bout an almost new LHD T5 van, which the husband LOVES but I hate, & refuse to drive. It is huge, imho, & although it is very useful for picking up materials & pulling the big trailer, it is no good for me popping to the shops. I struggle getting into it too, due to a hip problem. In consequence I have not driven for 15 months! I don't miss it - the French are appalling drivers of the 'shut your eyes,put your foot down & hope' variety Maybe I will get a little runaround at some point, but there is no rush. Is there another way to load photos on here now???
  10. Do you use Instagram? I might put a few photos on there if so Look for cinnamonbaysarah
  11. Boooo - it's not on Netflix France We watched Midnight in Paris instead - lovely movie.
  12. Quick update from the beautiful & sunny Dordogne valley. We have only gone & moved into the house! I would post photos but Photobucket is no more (for me anyway) So, photos on the blog page here - lots of the new kitchen.....work is now carrying on so that we have a shower before long - we are using the caravan as a shower block at the moment https://www.facebook.com/fermesauvage/
  13. Ikea sell doors on their own, with soft close hinges. Brian has just fitted ours & he says it is the best engineered kitchen he has ever fitted - it is certainly solid feeling & very smooth. We went for the Bodbyn in Ivory, & bought hammered copper handles from a fab place called K"Ooops, word censored!"bles & Bobbles. There are photos on our Facebook Blog page, La Ferme Sauvage, if anyone is interested
  14. Get one! Just been sat in front of ours for the second time since we moved here a year or so ago - bliss! Photos here. https://www.facebook.com/fermesauvage/
  15. Hi Clare, There is a website for weekday only rentals called Monday to Friday, if my memory serves. I know you have something sorted, but they might have a forum or something?
  16. Can I just say, we were in the double glazing business for 35 odd years until last year when we upped & moved to France. We had a small firm, just my Husband doing the measuring & fitting. This is hogwash - he is stringing you along. Double glazed units are made in 4 weeks, often much less...even is he has placed an order with his supplier, he will not have paid them any money yet, & they will NOT have made them yet. Payment is generally upon collection, not on order, although I guess it depends on his relationship with his supplier. No business will have had the units made now for a February fit! He has acted in a totally unprofessional way & you should demand your money back. If he refuses, send him a letter by recorded delivery cancelling your order & asking for your deposit back within 10 days or you will go to small claims. If you do not get it back, go to small claims....you will win. Alternatively you could ask for delivery of the windows, seeing as how they have been paid for... We never took deposits - it was easier that way. So yes, occasionally life does get in the way & customers get delayed or let down, but it was rare that this happened. At the VERY least ask to see his receipt from his supplier for your order. I hope this is of some help. Feel free to pm me if you like.
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    Liar

    I wish I had watched this rather than Rellik! At least it looks like you can follow the plot without having to think TOO much! And yes, he is lovely...
  18. Oh my Goodness...not the thing to watch after a couple of glasses of red! Despite the lovely Patterson Joseph being in it we gave up in the end. Too much thinking for a monday night....................
  19. We were in the double glazing business for 30 odd years in the UK, until last year when we sold up & moved to France. We would NEVER give a date, even a rough one, until the final measuring had been done, because units can take a few weeks to make. 6 weeks in some cases, & if they are busy. But then again we didn't take a deposit at all, unless if was for an especially large job, & then we took it at measure-up time. Did you get other quotes? Maybe a gentle mutter about having your deposit returned due to breach of contract (I take it you have a contract?) might speed things along a bit???
  20. There was a moving company near me called Maidenhead Removals. Their lorries always made me chuckle. There was also a building firm called Bodgit & Leggit. I don't think they lasted long!
  21. Simple Minds or Kasabian for me Or Aztec Camera.....I adore them.
  22. I used to have my Brows done at John Lewis (highly recommended for professionalism) when I was in the land of the living. Yes....it did hurt, & my brow area was really red afterwards, so take sunglasses with you. The results are really worth it though - I can never get such a sharp line as those girls!
  23. We get them a lot here - they absolutely LOVED my Lavender plants this year. I tried to take a photo, but they are fast movers. We had 7 on one plant at one count - truly fabulous! The wildlife is just fascinating here. We have Natterjack toads, Swallowtailed butterflies, Deer, Lizards & Golden Oreils in the garden all the time. There are Boar too, but they stay in the woods. Never seen so many beautiful & fascinating butterflies & insects too. The Hummingbird Moths have an endless fascination for me
  24. They sell a fabulous thing here called a Dapi Stick - a little tube of oily stuff that you put on bites, & I swear the itch just goes. It is available online. I am also a big fan of Avons skin so soft, which is proven to keep the little gits at bay! Can you put mozzie screens up on your windows, or have a net around the bed maybe? Both are common practice here obviously. Do you have cats? It could be fleas maybe, unless you have seen the Mozzies of course.
  25. Maybe she will get a cute male assistant? Hope so - might entice me to start watching it again!

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