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Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
Posts: 6501
Location: Dordogne
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 19 9:58 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Doing the book has been great. Therapeutic and hard work, but the editing was the worst. Id love to do a serious book on apples, orchards and cidermaking, but would also include French so I need to do some research.
France is great - no regrets - it was a good move for us. We are 'in the system' now with Carte Vitale's and health insurance which isnt as much as we feared, and its top notch.
As we still dont know whats happening with Brexit we cant get a residency card as our department has spat the dummy as there are over 20,000 Brits applying in just our department. But our maire says they wont fling us out.

Our gite bookings have taken a hit because of Brexit - people are frightened to book in Europe we think, although we have other Europeans booking so it may be a lean year.

Right now today, we are working in the woods, removing leaning trees and strimming paths clear. We've already seen our red squirrels and the deer have been running past the living room window in the evening, so all well.
Bonkbuster - Ill need a different publisher or self publish (my current publisher wont print anything like that), but havnt started this yet.

The book is hopefully going to do well, and if folk will share it - that would be great.


Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33977
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 19 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not surprised to see bookings are down. Whatever happens, and whatever you think of Brexit, it's causing uncertainty right now. Today, people don't know how easy travel will be over the next few months, how much the pound will be worth, and for some, if they'll have a job or business. I remain hopeful the uncertainty about some of these things will be resolved shortly, and bookings pick up.

As for a n-d-p.... Hm.

Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
Posts: 6501
Location: Dordogne
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 19 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Over here, the French just dont understand why we are determined to leave as to most people the uncertainty both financial and security wise is a major threat. They are mystified. BUT, I have to say that we have been told in the village not to worry, that they wont fling us out.

Sadly, on some FB pages there are more than a few Brits living in France whose attitude to Brexit and frankly towards the EU and the French is appallingly rude (and they LIVE here!).

We have some bookings from Belgian and German guests in high summer and a lot of repeat bookers from last summer, so I wont be rich, but we wont be bankrupt.
And the weather is fab right now. 22 degrees, blue sky, we are varnishing the shutters today and I have a wash hung out.

Ty Gwyn



Joined: 22 Sep 2010
Posts: 4192
Location: Lampeter
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 19 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Presume you don`t have the French yellow vest protests in your area then Lorraine,seems the army is out this weekend after the last riot with orders to shoot aggressive protestors.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 35003
Location: yes
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 19 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
Over here, the French just dont understand why we are determined to leave as to most people the uncertainty both financial and security wise is a major threat. They are mystified. BUT, I have to say that we have been told in the village not to worry, that they wont fling us out.

Sadly, on some FB pages there are more than a few Brits living in France whose attitude to Brexit and frankly towards the EU and the French is appallingly rude (and they LIVE here!).

We have some bookings from Belgian and German guests in high summer and a lot of repeat bookers from last summer, so I wont be rich, but we wont be bankrupt.
And the weather is fab right now. 22 degrees, blue sky, we are varnishing the shutters today and I have a wash hung out.


good ,

and very rude , les Français aimeraient-ils les échanger contre des plus gentils?

and good

Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
Posts: 6501
Location: Dordogne
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 19 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ty Gwyn, we have had them for the last few months. They tend to congregate at roundabouts although one weekend they blocked the entrances to the main supermarkets etc.
Most of them are ok, they delay you a bit, but its all good humoured. We keep (like most French) a yellow high viz vest on the dashboard and they wave you through.
We are aware that there have been deaths and huge damage done in Paris, but the French love to protest, and soon it will be the Air traffic controllers again....
You just accept it and get on with it.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 35003
Location: yes
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 19 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the ones we have here seem to be small numbers of angry gammon , a few footie types, some street fash totally a few to a few dozen led by old hand political fash activists.

afaik the french ones are not exclusively far right or demanding their unicorn now.
imho although they might well have a similar origin ( bring in the usual suspects ) the manifestation is rather different as the french ones have quite a variety of grievances and the EU isn't the major one of them and the UK ones are very narrow minded in their complaints which are traitors to brexit and no unicorns ( with a strong undertone of racism and xenophobia plus assorted personal charms ).

Ty Gwyn



Joined: 22 Sep 2010
Posts: 4192
Location: Lampeter
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 19 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It seems Macron is their biggest grievance and what he stands for.

mousjoos



Joined: 05 Jun 2006
Posts: 1983
Location: VERY Sunny SW France
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 19 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It goes back further than Macron

Ty Gwyn



Joined: 22 Sep 2010
Posts: 4192
Location: Lampeter
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 19 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mousjoos wrote:
It goes back further than Macron


Could you elaborate on that and the issue`s as over here it seems its Macron and his Tory policies are the problem.

mousjoos



Joined: 05 Jun 2006
Posts: 1983
Location: VERY Sunny SW France
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 19 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

How long have you got?

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7902
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 19 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Could go back as far as Louis XVI....

mousjoos



Joined: 05 Jun 2006
Posts: 1983
Location: VERY Sunny SW France
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 19 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Most folks here work for the SMIC which is a sort of minimum wage...that's most manual jobs, shop assisstants etc, who are mostly "unqualified".

The main grievance for example with the Gilets Jaunes (not to be confused with the nutjob Yellow Vests in UK) was/is the rising cost of living / subsisting, compared to wages of the majority of workers.

Coluche famously joked about the "end of the month" being the 4th (or 5th...whatever)...that is to say that payday being the 1st (if you're lucky,) by the 4th, your money's gone.

Many French believe the real culprit to be the introduction of the Euro; at which point, prices increased almost overnight, by all accounts.
These same people experienced a better standard of living then, than now.

Macron's part appears to be that he is making life "easier" for the rich, & even harder for the poor.

It's a long & reasonably uncomplicated subject...but I'm not sure the internet is big enough to accommodate a post giving full details.

Ty Gwyn



Joined: 22 Sep 2010
Posts: 4192
Location: Lampeter
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 19 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That is the way I have read it,and I agree they are nut jobs over here,

What happened in last weekends protests,did the army retaliate against protestors?

mousjoos



Joined: 05 Jun 2006
Posts: 1983
Location: VERY Sunny SW France
PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 19 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A week or so ago, a news presenter admitted for the first time that the GJ's had been infiltrated by extremists, of both the left & the right.
Weeks earlier, a spokesperson for the police authority said that they "recognised" certain known activists...but just let them carry on smashing stuff, presumably to undermine the otherwise peaceful protests; & to influence public opinion away from the GJ's.

Unfortunately, it's escalated & folks are losing patience.
In the last few days, they've started to implicate the GJ's in the rise of road deaths, due to damaged speed cameras...ths is of course, utter bollocks as they stated in the same news report that people were still using their phones whilst driving, & that the certain of the roads were accidents blackspots.

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