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  • 2nd November 2023 at 2:52 pm #592960

    In the aftermath of last nights storm, having spent the morning helping neighbours with their storm related issues we have now driven into town.

    Overall there is devastation everywhere, literally hundreds of trees down, 5 or more a mile that are on the roads. Sadly most of the casualty trees are the really old Oaks and Beeches. Most seem to have snapped or split but a few have been uprooted.

    All of our neighbours have lost big trees, one of which took down two telegraph poles, another neighbour has a tree down across her house. She has also lost the roof of her hanger that was only repaired a fortnight ago.

    Be warned there are an awful lot of boughs and branches that are hanging suspended in other trees, these will be coming down with a bang sometime soon. They are hanging above the roads and paths, they are difficult to see and are very dangerous.

    I do hope that Jamie was parked up somewhere safe, hopefully in a cave or tunnel.

    Casino has lost half its roof and the power from the filling station.

    I just looked at the Roscoff webcam and there are boats capsized on their moorings in Roscoff old town’s inner harbour.

    We are still without power or mobile signal.

    Take care everyone.



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    2nd November 2023 at 3:04 pm #592961

    So sorry…nature has a way .

    3rd November 2023 at 7:18 am #592973

    We got away with it quite lightly compared to some, we lost a few fences, part of the tractor shed, lot of trees down, some outside stuff smashed but all in all not to bad, I really feel for those that suffered far worse

    Still no power and our big generator went down (long story) managed to connect a small genny got some lights on and the heating, topped freezers up, so no losses there, luckily we have the Starlink for internet and communication.

    Power still not restored however they estimate by Sunday priority being given to higher populated areas and those with services that depend on power and rightly so

    Hope all other members are ok and getting by

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    3rd November 2023 at 7:35 am #592974

    Thinking of you all, it was pretty rough here in Sussex, flooding and some damage but nothing like you have had there, I hope you all stayed safe with no personal injury and the damage suffered is  not too catastrophic.

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    3rd November 2023 at 9:46 am #592975

    According to the news, the initial cost of the clean up in Brittany is 450 million. The damage is so bad that Monsieur Macron is visiting this afternoon.

    Can he handle a chainsaw?

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    3rd November 2023 at 10:21 am #592978

    Feel very sorry for you guys down in Brittany – it must have been awful and not a little scary.

    Up here in Seine Maritime it did get a bit bumpy and things started rattling a bit. We’ve got a few large branches to clear up but, luckily, nothing fell on the house.

    Bon Courage and steady with the chainsaw!

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    3rd November 2023 at 3:00 pm #592981

    Just got our power back after 37 hours phew!!! Hope everyone else gets theirs back to normal soon.

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    3rd November 2023 at 6:43 pm #592985

    Macron has promised to declare a natural disaster…as they did after the hurricane….it makes insurance claims  much simpler.

    so sorry you’ve had such a tough time.


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    3rd November 2023 at 6:45 pm #592986

    Ours has been on and off all day, we have lent our generator to a neighbour for his house and farm.

    We have a huge Beech tree uprooted which is being held up by the heavy powerlines, Enedis are coming out within the next 60 hours day or night.

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    3rd November 2023 at 6:49 pm #592988

    We’re happy we didn’t have to try our generator…somehow I doubt it would have worked…but now we will sort it out …for the future.

    The beech tree is doing a magnificent ´job….holding up the power line…

    3rd November 2023 at 7:20 pm #592989

    Yeehaa, we’re back in the land of the living.

    Oh cac…..just as I was typing that, everything went out again.

    This page is open, so I will continue to type and hope everything comes back on.

    Our story.

    02:20 am the night the storm hit. We’re in bed hearing trees crashing down all round the house.

    power went off, awaited for daylight to arrive.

    Several large trees down across the road leading to our place. Still aren’t able to exit in the world at large unless we drive down a 1 kilometer long çhemin.

    Hearing that the folk in Ploerdut and Langoelan don’t even have running water. Pumping Station up there went offline.

    No fuel avaliable locally because card machines weren’t working. Mrs G chanced the pig track and made  it to Pontivy, but horrendous ques for fuel there.

    No Internet connection available to anywhere in this area.

    No damage to our place, though I hope I saved my 2 freezers full of beef by using the genny sparingly.

    Power back on……bullox……off again.

    Will hit the send button when it rights itself…….in 321

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    3rd November 2023 at 10:01 pm #592990

    Im sure you’ll all be up and running faster than we were after the big Christmas hurricane….we lost everything in the freezer…insured happily…we were without electricity for 6 days….we were in the pays d’auge at the time …really plein compagne…only cows to talk to ..roads blocked by trees…it was amazing how people pulled together..neighbours helping each other…I see that repeating itself  in your posts.

    human nature!…need brings out the best in us.

    one thing I found…candles are beautiful for the first couple of days…after that they are a b….nuisance.


    4th November 2023 at 6:24 am #592991

    Power and water still off here, been out with tractor and chain saw and some other local folk clearing fallen trees from across the roads was nice to muck in,  even my very poor French did not have any negatives, great feeling of comradery

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    4th November 2023 at 6:57 am #592993

    Having lent out our generator last night we immediately had a power cut.

    We sat by the wood burner with a little light from candles in the barrel stave candle holders that Gleaner made.

    Mme B suddenly announced that Off grid and Romantic are the same thing.

    4th November 2023 at 10:20 am #592995

    Luck’s in, Bonjour!

    4th November 2023 at 10:44 am #592996

    Can’t find her in the dark.

    4th November 2023 at 1:45 pm #592997

    I’ll have you know that Gleaners candle holders give off the perfect amount of light.

    4th November 2023 at 3:28 pm #592998

    But it’s windy….

    4th November 2023 at 9:56 pm #593001

    Back in the land of the living again :good:   Power just came back on. It went off sometime Thursday morning I think although it was flashing and cutting in and out much earlier Wednesday night, I went to bed about 21,00 because I thought a lot of things could be damaged with the on and off that was happening. Next morning there didn’t seem to be too much damage locally so I was expecting re-connection within a few hours being unaware of the overall picture. Internet was down and phone so no information available, shops closed so no papers and I don’t have a battery radio so I was completely in the dark. It wasn’t until I managed to get a paper this morning that I realised how serious things were. I think there will be many people suddenly aware how over dependant we have become on electricity and the internet. My friend has all electric shutters so has been in the dark for four days, I have an electric shutter on my back door so I haven’t been able to use it, not a particular problem unless you are in the middle of training a 12 week old puppy to use that means of exit. So glad I haven’t got an electric car :yes: My new green pellet boiler not functioning because it needs electricity to ignite it and pump the water round. Nearly everything in my freezer has to be thrown away, insured? I don’t know, they will probably say it is and act of God? I will say I am not a Christian :unsure:

    In the rush to turn us into a cashless society, do card readers work with no internet and no electricity? ATM’s? I remember when you had a wage packet with real money or a bank transfer so you could draw out what you needed and buy what you needed with cash. Is life better now? Have we made life easier or just more unnecessarily complicated?

    4th November 2023 at 10:44 pm #593002

    Your insurance will cover your freezer loss…take photos and jot down the prices …

    i actually peeled off any meat labels..prices…estimate anything that doesn’t have a price…im not saying lie but don’t underestimate as they will reduce your final figure!

    it’s a natural disaster so the insurance experts will be easier.

    yes…pellet stoves are all very well but they don’t work without electricity.

    we have friends who run a large scale business in Caen…selling pellet stoves….they also have wood burners installed in their own home….for just such emergencies.

    hope it gets back to normal very soon for all.

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