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by carol sheridan
Tue 15 Oct 2013 17:18
Forum: P-O. Weather Forecast
Topic: snow
Replies: 3
Views: 7119

No problem, Kate - our snow has gone anyway!
by carol sheridan
Wed 02 Oct 2013 23:15
Forum: Travel
Topic: Grrr....€45 for one km over limit! Advice, please.
Replies: 15
Views: 5670

Thank you, Russell - I did find the site by googling.
by carol sheridan
Wed 02 Oct 2013 20:46
Forum: Travel
Topic: Grrr....€45 for one km over limit! Advice, please.
Replies: 15
Views: 5670

I soon worked out what happens. Once they receive my reduced payment of €45 (paid within 15 days, on line) they then send me a notice that one point has been deducted. If you have a UK licence and get a speeding fine, they will not ask you to change your licence if it is only one point. There is a l...
by carol sheridan
Tue 01 Oct 2013 15:03
Forum: Travel
Topic: Grrr....€45 for one km over limit! Advice, please.
Replies: 15
Views: 5670

I have had another look at their website and it seems they will send me a further notice after they have received my payment.
by carol sheridan
Tue 01 Oct 2013 14:17
Forum: Travel
Topic: Grrr....€45 for one km over limit! Advice, please.
Replies: 15
Views: 5670

Grrr....€45 for one km over limit! Advice, please.

The approach to Geneva airport off the autoroute has decreasing speed limits very close together. I obviously didn't slow down quickly enough last week, as I was flashed doing 76 in the 70 zone. If I had been doing 75 I would be O.K. as they reduced my speed by 5 km/h. I have paid the fine on line b...
by carol sheridan
Mon 16 Sep 2013 18:48
Forum: Travel
Topic: UK car registered in France
Replies: 5
Views: 4206

I am with Gan too.
by carol sheridan
Sun 15 Sep 2013 12:23
Forum: Travel
Topic: UK car registered in France
Replies: 5
Views: 4206

My car insurance covers me throughout Europe - I have been in my French reg. car to Spain, England, Switzerland, Italy and Germany. It never occurred to me to tell my insurers. When I had a problem in England, I rang the Paris number and they arranged for a nearby garage to come out and fix it.
by carol sheridan
Thu 29 Aug 2013 07:50
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Unwanted telephone calls
Replies: 11
Views: 4366

I don't get many cold callers as I chose not to be in the white pages - if I do get one I just say 'Je ne comprends pas' in my worst accent and they give up. I do get plagued by people wanting the local camp site, which has my number on its website. Even when I explain that it is a mistake and I hav...
by carol sheridan
Sat 13 Jul 2013 08:00
Forum: Travel
Topic: WARNING: Pre-authorised Deposit leaves us skint for a month
Replies: 5
Views: 3099

I usually rent a car when I visit my sister in Manchester and although Enterprise do take my credit card details they have never actually taken the deposit off my card. I bank with Credit Agricole's English Speaking branch in Rodez and when I forgot my monthly limit after booking several long haul f...
by carol sheridan
Thu 04 Jul 2013 11:13
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Holiday house exchange.
Replies: 2
Views: 2157

Thanks, Julie, and I can strongly recommend your lovely apartment! :D
by carol sheridan
Wed 03 Jul 2013 08:24
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Holiday house exchange.
Replies: 2
Views: 2157

Holiday house exchange.

I had a very successful exchange last year with another member who came to stay in my flat while I used one of her holiday lets. I would like to find another exchange 'partner' in the Languedoc area. I live just outside a very small ski resort in the Alps. My flat has one double bedroom, a bathroom,...
by carol sheridan
Sat 29 Jun 2013 08:14
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Grammar Gurus part 2
Replies: 38
Views: 12668

I am a former teacher of English but I try not to be pedantic and to accept that language evolves. I used to teach my pupils the usual mantra - 'Can I?' means 'Am I capable?' and 'May I?' means 'Am I permitted', but I now accept that they are interchangeable. And when asked 'Who is it?' in answer to...
by carol sheridan
Thu 27 Jun 2013 14:43
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Unintended consequences
Replies: 18
Views: 6999

I use Facebook to keep in touch with my family in England, Scotland and New Zealand, and with friends I have made on various forums. I didn't realise you could use it for meeting people, although I have set up two 'private groups', one for my grandchildren and one for friends I have made on a forum ...
by carol sheridan
Sun 09 Jun 2013 07:05
Forum: P-O. Weather Forecast
Topic: Weather today
Replies: 121
Views: 55048

Spring has arrived very late in the Alps, but we have had sunshine all week until last night, when it rained again. There are still patches of snow much lower down than would be normal in June. The ski businesses have had a good season, though, so it is not all bad news. From next Tuesday, I will be...
by carol sheridan
Thu 06 Jun 2013 21:33
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Lost!
Replies: 34
Views: 20249

You are quite right - I am a member of Gransnet and there are so many grandparents who are estranged from their children, and often denied contact with their grandchildren. Sometimes when a couple split up, the children are used as ammunition to 'punish' the other partner and the grandparents suffer...
by carol sheridan
Thu 06 Jun 2013 18:44
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Lost!
Replies: 34
Views: 20249

Thank you - I do enjoy life, in spite of my great concern for my younger daughter who became addicted to codeine after a botched operation and now suffers from paranoid delusions. She thinks I have stolen from her (in fact, I lost about £30,000 when I sold my little house in Aude and lent her all th...
by carol sheridan
Thu 06 Jun 2013 14:31
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Lost!
Replies: 34
Views: 20249

I am a mere 72 and I feel fitter than I have since I was 22. ( I stopped skating when I got pregnant and did no real exercise until I discovered the joys of mountain walking when I retired to France.) I have had a three hour walk this morning, up to the summit of the ski slopes - not another soul to...
by carol sheridan
Thu 06 Jun 2013 07:43
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Lost!
Replies: 34
Views: 20249

No, I got distracted by spending six weeks in New Zealand and I have been sticking to the local mountains, which I know well. My daughter insists that I will need one in NZ, and she and her husband have their own. I am spending another seven weeks there this Winter (their summer, I'm not daft!) and ...
by carol sheridan
Thu 25 Apr 2013 16:36
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Maiden names in France
Replies: 30
Views: 11251

Ah, so *.....* doesn't put a word in italics on this site!
by carol sheridan
Thu 25 Apr 2013 16:35
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Maiden names in France
Replies: 30
Views: 11251

Well, let's put it another way, Helen. Why *should* a woman take her husband's name on marriage?
by carol sheridan
Wed 24 Apr 2013 08:00
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Maiden names in France
Replies: 30
Views: 11251

Sheridan is neither my maiden name or my married name - I chose it after my divorce and have a deed to prove it. I have taken to leaving out my married name on French forms as it only confuses them, so I just put my maiden name and my current name. I have my paper trail ready, including my change of...
by carol sheridan
Sat 20 Apr 2013 16:36
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: scam
Replies: 5
Views: 2973

I got an email from Paypal last week to say they had detected suspicious activity. They sent me copies of the despatch notices, and the delivery address was my daughter's house in England, where I have not lived for nearly three years. I emailed the seller and he told me the buyer had been hassling ...
by carol sheridan
Thu 11 Apr 2013 10:41
Forum: Travel
Topic: British photo card driving licence
Replies: 37
Views: 11733

My mairie directed me to the sous-prefecture - so I presume they were not able to deal with the exchange. I have no intention of hiring a car for the foreseeable future as my next overseas trip is to Egypt and I wouldn't dream of driving there!
by carol sheridan
Mon 08 Apr 2013 08:02
Forum: Travel
Topic: British photo card driving licence
Replies: 37
Views: 11733

I decided to change to a French licence as I will be 73 in September and would have to renew my UK licence yet again. The lady at my mairie gave me the correct form 'Demande de Delivrance de Permis de Counduire' and photocopied my passport and both parts of my UK licence. I got my photo taken in a b...
by carol sheridan
Wed 03 Apr 2013 17:08
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: UK mobile phone
Replies: 9
Views: 3731

I went to the Orange shop in Thonon les Bains this morning and for 9.90 euros they gave me a new number and a mobicarte with 5 euros credit. I also tried to exchange my driving licence for a French licence, as I will need to renew my UK licence again in September when I am 73. I went first to my Mai...
by carol sheridan
Tue 02 Apr 2013 12:12
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: UK mobile phone
Replies: 9
Views: 3731

Thanks, Martyn, that is very helpful.
by carol sheridan
Mon 01 Apr 2013 07:18
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: UK mobile phone
Replies: 9
Views: 3731

Thank you - I have never needed a password to use my old UK Nokia mobile. I have kept the UK number and I buy credit from Virgin mobile by using my credit card to top up. I will take both phones to the nearest mobile phone shop, in Cluses, and if they can't make the French mobile work, I will buy a ...
by carol sheridan
Sun 31 Mar 2013 18:59
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: UK mobile phone
Replies: 9
Views: 3731

I swapped the sim cards but the French phone is now telling me the sim is locked! I can get a new battery for the old Nokie for about £10 plus postage, from the UK, but there is a shop that unlocks sims, etc. in Cluses, so I will take both phone to them and see if they can give me one that works.
by carol sheridan
Sun 31 Mar 2013 14:10
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: UK mobile phone
Replies: 9
Views: 3731

I knew I would get some good ideas here - I will try swapping the SIM
Many thanks.
by carol sheridan
Sun 31 Mar 2013 08:02
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: UK mobile phone
Replies: 9
Views: 3731

UK mobile phone

I have been using an old-style Nokia (a cast-off from one of the grandchildren) with Virgin UK , and I can top up my credit using my credit card. I have been keeping the battery topped up, and I am now told (by clever-clogs daughter) that I should not have been doing that, as I am now finding it imp...