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Old 26-09-14, 07:00 PM   #1
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Filled up at Morrisons Penrith on Tuesday morning - 133.9p per litre. Refilled in Dieppe on Wednesday - 1.279 per litre - about 103.1p per litre - oh joy!

Until this morning - local supermarket diesel is 1.234 per litre - 99.49p per litre - less than a quid a pop - yippee.

Of course, had I bought my currency this week instead of being well prepared (first time for everything ...), I would have obtained an even better exchange rate and would have been looking at about 96p per litre: thumb:

On a full tank, I saved about 18 but then Mrs Marchie spotted a new lamp for the lounge today Only another 3 tankfuls and I'll be back to breakeven

On the downside, tomorrow is the start of me plastering and painting the new bathroom so no chance of burning some cheap diesel this weekend ...
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Hi Marchie, had a look at your pics of the house, looks fantastic!
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Hi Marchie, had a look at your pics of the house, looks fantastic!
Hi Moo

Thanks - there's still a long way to go - we're 2 weeks into the 5th year of what was supposed to be a 6 months project

The photos are of the new utility area and bathroom in what the estate agents described as "the barn". When we bought the house in September 2010, we removed over 30 trailer loads of rubbish (highlight was a pack of long life milk from 2006 - stretched the definition of 'long life' a wee bit) to the local recycling centre!

There was a toilet in the barn - we had no need of a Glade Air Freshener like we had in Scotland - largely because there was so much damp in the barn, there was a live fern growing through the surrounding earth and clay tile floor

When we finish the project, we will have the external walls and roof of the house plus the external walls of the barn left from the original structure - everything else will have been demolished and/or burned.

Not bad for a house that the estate agent described as "nothing to do - other than to unpack your cases ..."
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Quick update - to prove that there is no such thing as a free lunch ...

Diesel prices continue to tumble in France - local supermarket selling at €1.129 (about 90.3p per litre!) BUT the UK & France are similar sized populations and have similar standards of living so the overall taxation must be about the same for each country. So, one low tax item must be offset by a higher tax counterpart ...

I have to take blood thinning tablets following my health problems in mid-July and receive these in Scotland under the free prescription scheme under the NHS. I rather stupidly miscalculated the number of tablets I would need for my latest trip to France ...

The good news - the local pharmacy was able to provide the tablets without a prescription or confirmation from my GP. The bad news - a pack of tablets cost me €71 (say 54 or a tad short of 2 a pop!).

Good job I shall be able to discontinue using the tablets in January - when I found out the price, I thought I was going to have a cardiac arrest!
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Ouch - thats expensive... I would have skipped the tabs and bought some Aspirin instead.....

I am on said tablets for the rest of my life, and I managed to persuade the doc to increase the prescription quantity, so I get about 12 packs of tablets for one prescription cost...

Diesel down to 1.21 per litre down the road from me....
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Ouch - thats expensive... I would have skipped the tabs and bought some Aspirin instead.....

I am on said tablets for the rest of my life, and I managed to persuade the doc to increase the prescription quantity, so I get about 12 packs of tablets for one prescription cost...

Diesel down to 1.21 per litre down the road from me....
So, with diesel in France about 30 per litre cheaper than UK and a refill of about 60 litres, that's 18 per tankful saving. 3 x refills and I've recouped the cost of my tablets ...
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Try buying hay fever tablets in France, there can be no such thing as a poor pharmacist in France, considering the French are the pill popper giants of Europe.
You can't buy any pharmaceutical items (read Aspirin, Paracetomol etc.) from supermarkets, you have to go to a pharmacy.

French Estate Agents do have an endearing way of describing properties. When we were looking back in 2004, a fitted kitchen had a sink in one corner, the toilet was likely as not that little shed at the end of the garden.

And I do understand the frustration of how long things can take. We bought in 2005 and are only now getting to the point where things are comfortable. Though I was forced to take a long break for health reasons and we don't live there.

We use the Dieppe ferry normally, partly because they give a 20% discount to old codgers like me. Though rumour has it that it may not be around much longer as it currently gets a subsidy from the French department, and they say they can't afford it any more.

Of course petrol is more expensive there too.
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Try buying hay fever tablets in France, there can be no such thing as a poor pharmacist in France, considering the French are the pill popper giants of Europe.
You can't buy any pharmaceutical items (read Aspirin, Paracetomol etc.) from supermarkets, you have to go to a pharmacy.

French Estate Agents do have an endearing way of describing properties. When we were looking back in 2004, a fitted kitchen had a sink in one corner, the toilet was likely as not that little shed at the end of the garden.

And I do understand the frustration of how long things can take. We bought in 2005 and are only now getting to the point where things are comfortable. Though I was forced to take a long break for health reasons and we don't live there.

We use the Dieppe ferry normally, partly because they give a 20% discount to old codgers like me. Though rumour has it that it may not be around much longer as it currently gets a subsidy from the French department, and they say they can't afford it any more.

Of course petrol is more expensive there too.
I waiting for diesel to get more expensive given that the EU Stasi have decreed that diesel isn't the low polluting saviour that it was

You are absolutely right about pharmacies though....same in Belgium, Germany and many other countries
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Try buying hay fever tablets in France, there can be no such thing as a poor pharmacist in France, considering the French are the pill popper giants of Europe.
You can't buy any pharmaceutical items (read Aspirin, Paracetomol etc.) from supermarkets, you have to go to a pharmacy.

French Estate Agents do have an endearing way of describing properties. When we were looking back in 2004, a fitted kitchen had a sink in one corner, the toilet was likely as not that little shed at the end of the garden.

And I do understand the frustration of how long things can take. We bought in 2005 and are only now getting to the point where things are comfortable. Though I was forced to take a long break for health reasons and we don't live there.

We use the Dieppe ferry normally, partly because they give a 20% discount to old codgers like me. Though rumour has it that it may not be around much longer as it currently gets a subsidy from the French department, and they say they can't afford it any more.

Of course petrol is more expensive there too.
We too use the Dieppe ferry - leave Scotland about 2pm, get the 11pm crossing that arrives at 4am local time, and, with a 3 hours 'doze break', push on to arrive at our hovel 24-26 hours after departure. The 20% discount makes the crossing very cost effective.

I had to buy hay fever tablets in France in 2011 and was told by the pharmacist that I must report to a Doctor if the problem did not clear up in 7 days. On our next visit, I arrived with half a dozen boxes of tablets courtesy of the local Asda "2 for the price of 1" hay fever tablets special offer

We don't live in France (though we do hope to do so eventually). We spend 5-6 months each year, usually split between 2 stays. This is just about long enough to get any contractors to quote and carry out work (plumbing/electrics takes forever to get contractors to carry out work - hope that they will arrive this coming week only 9 weeks after I asked for the quote ...), leaving me the rest of the time up to my oxters in plasterboard et al.

We are making progress slowly but "It'll take as long as it takes" has become the order of the day - at least we have a properly installed toilet and shower now so life is a little more civilised.
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Most of our work has been done by myself, we got a local roofer in to replace the roof and put Velux windows in. Far cheaper than in the UK. We have found that in general Brits living and working there are more expensive than their French counterparts.
Our place in in northern Mayenne, so quiet you can hear a conversation the other side of the village - well that's what they told me when I hit my thumb with a hammer.
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