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Old 29th May 2020, 22:29   #171
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I've been over here in France for the last 20 years and here also now and then before that for another 10.

I've found that the French vastly over-value things. Especially cars.

However, after having said that the guy you are dealing with will never get anywhere near what he's asking for his car.

Make him a silly offer and if he says no then just walk away from it after giving him your phone number.

If that car went to a French garage with all those faults that French guy would have to take out a mortgage to pay for it with what French garages charge.----

I've done that silly offer thing with two houses I've purchased over here and in both cases got many thousands of pounds off the asking price.--

£11,000 in one case and £40,000 in the other.
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Congrats!

A very nice place to live.
My grandparents used to live 40 years in Chatelaillon just a few miles North, nor so far from Saint-Jean d'Angély.
At last we have exchanged contracts!! As you can imagine the current situation caused a few issues but we have made it in the end. One advantage for us was that we were able to negotiate the purchase of a second “”house” that was the original Coach House - you can see the old large entrances on either side of the main door where the horse drawn carriages would be put away.

Fantastic that we have managed to get that as well.

A Renault Traffic has been bought and we are servicing/checking it this week, loading it up and my son and DiL travel over to pick up keys on Friday.

I’m tempted but quarantine when you come back does not suit SWMBO and me so just have to wait a bit.

So hopefully we will be there in the Autumn.
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At last we have exchanged contracts!! As you can imagine the current situation caused a few issues but we have made it in the end. One advantage for us was that we were able to negotiate the purchase of a second “”house” that was the original Coach House - you can see the old large entrances on either side of the main door where the horse drawn carriages would be put away.

Fantastic that we have managed to get that as well.

A Renault Traffic has been bought and we are servicing/checking it this week, loading it up and my son and DiL travel over to pick up keys on Friday.

I’m tempted but quarantine when you come back does not suit SWMBO and me so just have to wait a bit.

So hopefully we will be there in the Autumn.
It sounds very interesting.

Any possibility of some pics ??
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It's a £200 car in the UK - but things are rather different over here. He's asking 1k for it, but is only willing to negotiate in front of the car presumably because he doesn't want to upset its feelings .

As much as I'd love another ZTT, if the price can't be negotiated far below his asking price I will
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At last we have exchanged contracts!! As you can imagine the current situation caused a few issues but we have made it in the end. One advantage for us was that we were able to negotiate the purchase of a second “”house” that was the original Coach House - you can see the old large entrances on either side of the main door where the horse drawn carriages would be put away.

Fantastic that we have managed to get that as well.

A Renault Traffic has been bought and we are servicing/checking it this week, loading it up and my son and DiL travel over to pick up keys on Friday.

I’m tempted but quarantine when you come back does not suit SWMBO and me so just have to wait a bit.

So hopefully we will be there in the Autumn.

I'm delighted for you and that happy end!
Anyway I know which brand of cars I would garage in your 'original Coach House' don't you?!
I wish you that that ghastly quarantine will not last as long as the entire summer season.
I've just been part of a rally in the Montagne Noire (Black Mountain) in the South of the Tarn departement but... with the 214 cabby far much at ease in those twisty & winding country roads than the stately V6.
BTW We won two prizes: one for the most distant equipage (no merit TBH) and another because we got the highest score in the quiz we were given with the road book... Don't ask me how we achieved that...
There were many jokes about that naughty 'social distancing': none of us has had any knowledge of somebody caught by the disease here. Only 5 casualties in my departement (Tarn & Garonne) and nearly no patient remaining in the hospitals. It's the end at least at the moment.
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I read yesterday that the number of covid casualties in my department ( 79 ) was zero.----
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I'm delighted for you and that happy end!
Anyway I know which brand of cars I would garage in your 'original Coach House' don't you?!
I wish you that that ghastly quarantine will not last as long as the entire summer season.
I've just been part of a rally in the Montagne Noire (Black Mountain) in the South of the Tarn departement but... with the 214 cabby far much at ease in those twisty & winding country roads than the stately V6.
BTW We won two prizes: one for the most distant equipage (no merit TBH) and another because we got the highest score in the quiz we were given with the road book... Don't ask me how we achieved that...
There were many jokes about that naughty 'social distancing': none of us has had any knowledge of somebody caught by the disease here. Only 5 casualties in my departement (Tarn & Garonne) and nearly no patient remaining in the hospitals. It's the end at least at the moment.
Hi - many thanks for the good wishes!

My son and DiL picked up the keys at the weekend and are enjoying a break sorting out a plan of action.

One interesting thing is behind some old wallpaper they found two pencil drawings of French and a German Soldiers

The German one is more of a cartoon and could possibly be holding a pistol.

I’ve sent pics to Phil and asked him to post them on here.

Any thoughts please let me know.
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Hi - many thanks for the good wishes!

My son and DiL picked up the keys at the weekend and are enjoying a break sorting out a plan of action.

One interesting thing is behind some old wallpaper they found two pencil drawings of French and a German Soldiers

The German one is more of a cartoon and could possibly be holding a pistol.

I’ve sent pics to Phil and asked him to post them on here.

Any thoughts please let me know.
Thanks Clive, I posted them up on Flickr into your album for the dogs, instead of making a new album. I hope that is ok with you.

Here they are, not altered or enhanced by myself. I have called them drawing 1 and drawing 2 to identify the files. If you would like me to darken the cartoon lines, do say



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by Philip Gate Keeper, on Flickr



drawing 2


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Thanks Clive, I posted them up on Flickr into your album for the dogs, instead of making a new album. I hope that is ok with you.

Here they are, not altered or enhanced by myself. I have called them drawing 1 and drawing 2 to identify the files. If you would like me to darken the cartoon lines, do say



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Thanks Phil - very much appreciated.

We would love to find out more about the artist and research when and why they were drawn on the wall.

So looking forward to getting out there and getting started!!
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Thanks Phil - very much appreciated.

We would love to find out more about the artist and research when and why they were drawn on the wall.

So looking forward to getting out there and getting started!!
No problem, Clive. I am happy to help. One avenue you could try is to log into google and do an image search on each drawing by doing a copy and paste of each drawing in the search bar. I could do it, but I suspect you will have more fun yourself.

A drawing I inherited was in colour and it is called "The Awakening of Galitea" a pre-Raphaelite and a nude. The artist was a Frenchman who changed his name as it meant 'pig fat'.

In the year 2000, after I posted it up on the internet doing research, I received a request from a Texan collector in the U.S. who wanted to buy it, but I refused. I inherited it from my Grandmother who had kept it hidden out of sight in the loft. The nudity she said was something one should never see. I never sold it.

Hopefully you will be able to find the artist and the story behind the drawings.
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