Sunday, 31 May 2020

Sue at Poorpaws says in reply to a donation from Mains Tendues 82

Val says, I do just love what we do. Reply from Sue  at Poorpaws

Val ?!  Wow !!  Are you sure ?  It's a huge donation !  I can hardly believe it.  Thank you so, so much from Danielle and me.  As you will know, not being able to do our book sale earlier in the year was a huge financial disaster for us and food and vet bills were coming out of our pockets.  I'm NOT complaining, for my part it was my decision to keep the 15 dogs who weren't adopted,  and I assume that responsibility.  I know Danielle has been struggling, no-one was going away so no dogs going 'en pension' which is an important part of her income, yet she continued to take in waifs and strays and, thankfully, adoptions have been good.  I will call her later to give her the good news and see who she wants her cheque made out to.

I will get down to see you soon to collect the books - my little shed is sinking under the weight but I'm not turning them away.  We have the idea of doing a two day sale, if possible, in October.

So glad you are happy in your house and that confinement was not too bad.  I have had to be dragged out kicking and screaming after spending a blissful two months gardening and sitting reading in my greenhouse !

I'm sure Danielle joins me in sending much love and so many thanks to you and the wonderful Mains Tendues team.


St. Antonin is open again

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Another donation to animals

After having a stonking week selling on line for Mains Tendues 82, we were delighted to take over 800 euros. People were giving a 2 eurod donation extra and got a new hat from a Caussade hat maker. They were asked how they would like their money to be spent and overall cats and dogs came top.
As we have recently given 1,000 euros to Amis des Animaux, today we will be organising another donation.

The best part comes now
Giving money away
1,000 euros going to Poorpaws who works alongside Mere des bêtes
You indicated from your donations you were animal lovers
Sue Glibbery was unable to organise her spring book sale which raises money to rehome animals and also for Cancer research.
So nice we can support these two rehomers I have known a long time and had friends animals helped over  the years.
Sue Glibbery was going long before many of the current dog charities
Danielle Dickzy who runs Mere des Bêtes is also an Inspector for the Brigitte Bardot foundation.

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Monday, 25 May 2020

Funeral info, one day ,it could be useful

I am often asked things on Tag on line and since Malc died I am asked about funerals, how to organise, who can perform the ceremony and most importantly funeral costs. Tonight receiving the message below reminded me to tell you my experiences which may be helpful.
Malc died in hospital at Albi and we arranged with one of the nursing staff who has the job to help you with onward steps. We had decided he would be cremated in an Albi crematorium. The body was picked up and taken straight there. The funeral has to be arranged with a week unless exceptional circumstances, which certainly puts the pressure on. I did not want a French celebrant to hold the service as ones we had seen before were so impersonable and one kept even getting the name of the deceased wrong.
A friend who was good at public speaking did it for me , he will never be forgotten💕
When we went to organise the funeral you need to make it clear what you want. We had talked it over before Malc died and he wanted the cheapest possible funeral so money could be given to refugees.
The cost of coffins can differ tremendously,they did not have cardboard coffins but you can get them. In the end we went for the cheapest wooden coffin with rope handles and no fancy lined insides, it cost 1,000 euros
The urn we chose was cardboard and cost 30 euros, the ashes were scattered the next day in the countryside where we enjoyed walking.
We had no expense of cars except the body delivery from hospital to crematorium. The final cost was 2, 400 euos but many spend up to 5,000
Tonight when the post below came I thought I would certainly promote this man as the info he sent looked good. 
More info to come.
By the way the charge for advertising on Tag for 3 months is now made payable to Mains Tendues 82

His message

I have started to provide a service  as an English speaking Funeral Celebrant and am keen to ensure that knowledge of this service is made widely known throughout our region and "Tag on-Line seems to me to offer that possibility. I would like to take an advertisement in your publication and I understnd that your charge for this is €35 for three months which is payable to the five charities mentioned on your site. I was not clear how the  payment is made - Do I choose my charity or do you collect all the contribitions and then divide them across the chosen charities?

 I would be happy to provide advertorial content if you want it and enclose herewith a pdf version of my brochure for you to better understand the service offered. 
I look forward to hearing from you and to joining your band of advertisers.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Save la Place des Moines

Sachez que l'avenir de la Place des Moines devant la Poste de Saint-Antonin est toujours en jeu. Le nouveau conseil municipal a toujours l'intention de détruire les balustrades, de mettre du parking sur la place, etc. La Société des Amis du Vieux Saint Antonin et d'autres continuent de faire campagne contre cela. Veuillez consulter l'historique des contours et les nouveaux plans proposés sur ce lien et nous prêter tout le soutien que vous pouvez contre eux!
Please be aware the future of the Place des Moines in front of the Post Office in Saint Antonin still hangs in the balance. The new conseil municipal still intend to go ahead with destroying the balustrades, putting some parking places into the square etc. The Societé des Amis du Vieux Saint Antonin and others are continuing to campaign against this. Please see the outline history and proposed new plans on this link and lend us any support you can against them!

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Apparently you can walk by the rivers

You can walk by rivers but you cannot stop and sit on benches or have picnics.
Lovely walking along the river banks in Varen this morning.
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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Can we walk by rivers now?

This photo was taken down by the river in Varen of some people having a picnic.
Have I got  it wrong? I thought rivers and river banks were still out of bounds ?
Lovely photo though taken by  Gareth Brown
I will let you know when I find out

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Sunday 10 th of May, storm warning

Tarn et Garonne
A storm is now forecast this afternoon ,this evening and possibly tomorrow
In another department there was thunder, lightening and hailstones as big as golf balls. The friend reporting had seedlings and newly planted plants smashed.
I have just been round the garden covering vunerable plants and moving chairs to safety
Stay safe not only from the virus but from storms ❤️🌺

Friday, 8 May 2020

From the British Embassy in France

The following has been issued by the British Embassy in Paris; 
Covid Update - 8 May
British Embassy Paris·Friday, 8 May 2020·7 minutes

A further update for British citizens in France following Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s press conference with ministers on de-confinement yesterday
Deconfinement Summary
The Prime Minister confirmed that a very gradual de-confinement process will begin on Monday 11 May for all of France.  Over the coming weeks, a balance will have to be struck between resuming ‘normal’ life and respecting the health measures which protect us. Further detail will be made public in the coming days. The objective is to be able to live with the virus and learn how to protect ourselves without a vaccine, treatment or collective immunity. Monday 11 May will mark a new phase. Collective responsibility, including by respecting social distancing measures, is even more important in de-confinement.
The de-confinement strategy has been guided by three key indicators in each département: the level of the virus circulating, the strain on hospitals and the capacity for testing. As we previously reported, this has resulted in some parts of the country being designated green, and others red (l'Ile-de-France, les Hauts-de-France, le Grand Est et la Bourgogne-Franche-Comté). However, the epidemic evolves daily and the red and green areas of the map could change. If green départements continue to see a low number of cases over the next three weeks, they will enter a further stage of de-confinement which could see lycées, restaurants, and cafés re-open from 2 June in line with health measures. The less good news is that red départements will adhere to stricter and slower de-confinement measures – parks and gardens will not re-open next week, and collèges will not open from 18 May.
There will be no compulsory confinement for the most vulnerable, such as the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. However, these groups should continue to observe strict prudence, resembling the measures of the last two months, in order to protect themselves and others.
If you have Covid symptoms, act immediately: contact your doctor or call 15. After answering some questions, a test will be made available to you at a lab, hospital, drive-through or at home – you should stay at home to await results. Self-isolate until two days after you recover (between 8-10 days). The cost of the test will be 100% covered by l’Assurance Maladie. If you test positive, you will be taken care of and l’Assurance Maladie will begin an investigation into who you have been in contact with. When self-isolating, stay in one room if you share a home, do not touch others or objects they might touch, air the room frequently, disinfect objects you touch, wash your hands regularly, do not accept visitors unless from doctors, and wear a mask. If you are contacted by l’Assurance Maladie because you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you should self-isolate, take your temperature twice a day, and work from home if possible. After seven days, if you test negative, you will self-isolate for a further sevendays. If self-isolation is not possible at home, you will be directed to a designated hotel.
Visits to retirement homes will be possible but limited as carers progressively return to work. For non Covid-19 illnesses, consult a doctor over the phone, and go to hospital for emergencies. If you are vulnerable, you should always wear a mask outside of home. Consultations are 100% covered by l’Assurance Maladie. Contact the Red Cross if you need help for loneliness (and take a look at our previous post on health and wellbeing).
A strict health protocol has been implemented to re-open schools – you can access this on the education ministry’s website – and classes will be limited to 15 students (or 10 in maternelle). In green départements, on Monday 11 May primaires will re-open, and on 18 May collèges will re-open. On 11 May all elementary school teachers will return to work (or 12 May depending on the size and location of the school); however, students will not all return to school at the same time. Priority will be given to children of key workers, disabled children and children at risk of marginalisation. Parents will be informed this week as to the gradual return of their children’s schools. Four different educational options vary from home schooling to returning to school, depending on the local situation. Between 80-85% of schools will re-open to a little over one million students from 12 May.
The French government wants to achieve a resumption of ‘normal’ services by 2 June, whilst continuing social distancing measures. RATP will increase its services from 30% today to 75% from Monday 11 May. In the Ile-de-France, transport will be limited at rush hours to those with an attestation for essential travel, for example, for childcare, healthcare or work. Some stations will be closed to avoid overcrowding. Travelling on a TGV or on transport in the Ile de France at rush hour without an attestation will result in a fine. Those who can continue to work from home should do so.
To avoid traffic and keep pollution low car-sharing schemes or bicycles are recommended. Transport to other regions will be very limited, with TGV and Intercité services rising from 7% to 20-30% by Monday 11 May and 100% by the end of the month. Train capacity will be limited at 50% and tickets must be booked in advance. Travellers over the age of 11 must wear masks or face a fine of €135. Masks and hand sanitiser will be made available. Floor markings will be put in place to aid social distancing measures, and all means of transport (trains, busses, trams and metros) will be disinfected at least once a day.
Travel & Social
You will be free to travel up to 100km (as the crow flies) from your home, including outside your home département, or to travel more than 100km if your trip remains within your home département, without restriction or attestation. If you are stopped by the police, carrying proof of address, e.g. insurance documents, will suffice. In order to travel more than 100km from home, you will need a new type of online or paper attestation, which you can find on the Interior Ministry website from 11 May. Travelling more than 100km for urgent family or work reasons is permitted, e.g. to help an elderly parent, attend a funeral, for childcare, but travelling to a second home or travelling for leisure would not count. 20,000 police and gendarmes will be checking attestations at stations, tourist locations, and on the roads, and you may be fined €135 if you travel more than 100km without the attestation. If you travel, you will need to carry proof of address. Anyone who has been in confinement away from home, e.g. at a second home, is now allowed to travel home.
Libraries and small museums will re-open from Monday. Cinemas, music venues and indoor sports halls will remain closed. Individual outdoor sport will be permitted. Gatherings will be limited to 10 people, and you must observe social distancing measures. There will be no events of over 5,000 people until September. Beaches and lakes remain closed, unless re-opened by mayors and préféctures if they can guarantee social distancing measures – please check with your local authority in the first instance. A discussion on re-opening places of worship for services will take place at the end of the month.
Border restrictions on arrivals from outside Europe remain in place until further notice, and current measures at the border with neighbouring European countries will remain in place until 15 June. There will be some exceptions, for example for essential schooling,  or for workers, for example seasonal agricultural workers.  Borders will re-open to European countries through joint decisions as the health situation improves.
Business and Working Practices
All business will re-open on Monday 11 May, except for those designed as social spaces such as cafés, bars and restaurants - the date for these will be determined at the end of May. 400,000 businesses will re-open on Monday, from hairdressers to clothes shops and florists to book shops. Large shopping centres of 40,000m² will re-open, except in the Ile-de-France. Factories will re-open. The self-employed and SMEs will continue to have access to solidarity funds until the end of May even if they re-open for business. Social charges for businesses which closed from March, April and May will not be maintained.
Health precautions such as social distancing will be implemented at work. Masks will be made available in shops, mairies, pharmacies, online and at work with VAT at 5.5%. People should continue to work remotely if possible – this is especially crucial in the Ile-de-France. Staggered working hours will be brought in to avoid rush hours. 54 online guides are available for businesses such as hairdressers. A separate guide for apprenticeships will be made available.

Travelling more than 100 kms

You can get the certificate on the website.  For moving more than 100kms 
For example I had an inqury for going to an appointment from St.Antonin area to Toulouse, I felt your appointment letter would be enough to show but for belt and braces this document may be best to have

Latest update

Thanks to the Connexion once again. Latest update from President Macron

Lockdown measures will be eased in France from Monday May 11 as hoped, the prime minster has announced.

The rules explained today are largely as previously announced, though with new details – for example to travel more than 100km leaving your own department, you will need a new kind of attestation form indicating that it is for an urgent work or family reason.

 As expected, France has been divided into green (good) or red (bad) areas depending on factors including numbers of new cases of people testing postive for Covid-19, how well the hospitals are coping, and availability of testing.

Areas classed as red are Ile-de-France, Grand Est, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Hauts-de-France.

In green areas, parks and gardens may reopen and collèges (early age secondary schools) may reopen from May 18.

In red areas collèges will remain closed this month, however in all areas primary schools will reopen in May, in most cases from Monday, though parents can choose whether or not to keep children at home in distance learning.

For the most part however the same rules will apply everywhere.

Beaches and lakes and water sports centres will remain closed, unless prefects decide otherwise. 

There will also be a need for particular vigilance in Mayotte and Ile-de-France, the prime minister said, as Covid-19 cases are increasing in the former while in the latter they are not reducing as quickly as had been hoped.

The situation will be reevaluated at the end of May in hopes of further relaxation of rules from June 2.

There will be no obligatory confinement for ‘at risk’ groups, and no more attestation forms for ordinary trips outside the home.

However those who know they are likely to be more vulnerable due to advanced age or chronic health conditions should nonetheless continue as far as possible to maintain similar measures to during the confinement period or for example they should use masks if having occasional visitors.

Anyone experiencing likely symptoms such as a persistent dry cough, breathing difficulties or loss of taste or smell should contact their GP, a duty doctor or call 15 (Samu). You may be asked to take a free test in a hospital, test lab, in a drive-through service or at home. If you test positive your doctor will also alert the Assurance Maladie, who will make enquiries as to who you have had recent contact with.

These people will be contacted if necessary will be asked to self-isolate (and will be able to obtain free masks at pharmacies) and if will have the option of isolation away from home such as in a hotel room if it is difficult at home.

They will be asked to take sick leave from work if they cannot work from home.

They will be tested seven days after their last contact with the infected person, but even if testing negative will be asked to observe one more week of isolation so as to be sure.

A free number on 0800 130 000 remains in place if you have questions related to the epidemic and what you need to do.

With regard to struggling small businesses, the fonds de solidarité help will be renewed for May and employers’ social charges will be cancelled from March to May for all sectors that were forced to close.

Some 70 guides to work sectors will be available from the end of the week on the Work Ministry’s website, as well as a national framework on matters like physical distance at work. Homeworking is still recommended where possible.

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Spanish Flu, there are similarities

And people stayed at home
And read books
And listened
And they rested
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
More deeply
Someone meditated, someone prayed
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed.
And in the absence of people who
Lived in ignorant ways
Dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
The earth also began to heal
And when the danger ended and
People found themselves
They grieved for the dead
And made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of living
And completely healed the earth
Pandemic, 1919
Photo taken during Spanish flu

Friday, 1 May 2020

The first of May

White rabbits
Wishing you all to be safe and well,and making the most of each precious day we have.