Oh dear! And I thought it was just a simple question!
Not much evidence of European Union here. But then we've known that for a long time.
I didn't actually ask for opinions or other people's taste in butter. I don't want to eat Anchor just because the label Is familiar, I prefer it 100 fold. But I am willing to try what has been suggested.
And shocking as it may seem, I need carpet for my very slippery wooden stairs to stop my 12 year old dog from constantly falling down them.
And surprisingly I do know how to paint. Have tried many brands in the past and none have been as good as Dulux. However, I am prepared to try the others suggested.
If the Dordogne is economically depressed, maybe it would be an idea for businesses to open a bit more often, smarten up there act, premises, food, choice and service and actually make the customer (who is providing their income) feel valued and respected.
'This is what you get, like it or lump it' attitude is not a progressive or proactive attitude to have, and not in my opinion, one that will take me back.
As for the bread, yes, probably spoilt for choice (oh there's that word again) in Dubai. Bakeries in Dubai makes the best bread and range I have ever had. Even the 'packet' stuff is fresh. The bread here would not pass muster there. I find it very dry, hard and to be honest, boring. But that's my opinion which does not seem to going down well compared to everyone else's opinion. Hey hoe! C'est la vie.
I will definitely look at La Redoute. Fortunately I don't want a tacky pine dresser, so that is a good thing.
For the want of creating another storm in a tea cup, is there an M&S in this neck of the woods? And I'd still love to know where to get good bacon and ham for that matter. The deli counters here don't seem to have any ham joints or any bacon. And please could I just have answers. Would be really appreciated.
I also do appreciate certain aspects of what France has to offer - I wouldn't have moved here otherwise but - yes - my bad, I didn't research that I would be going back 20 years in time and attitude.
As a British Citizen, I don't consider myself an immigrant, but I may be wrong. I am obviously blatantly wrong with many other things I think. But, hey, I like to be different.
Thanks for the few suggestions. They have been helpful and constructive. However, have been rather taken aback with some of the opinions, assumptions and judgements.
Just as one last note - when I was in the UK, don't think it would have gone down too well as a nurse to be polite to a patient one day and a bitch the next day dependent on my moods. Don't think I would have lasted very long. Very much a frontline industry. I'm still a person not a robot, but when at work my job was to do what I was trained and there to do, and my care and delivery of service was not dependent on whether I could be bothered or not or how I was feeling. And I certainly wouldn't have bothered my patients with my woes! And I wouldn't accept a plate of food to be thrown at me in a restaurant because the waitress was having a bad day. I wouldn't accept that in any service/frontline industry.
So, having had the social, economic and political lectures, I will crawl back into my cheap house, eat my bread and dripping and be eternally grateful to have it, and dream of the UK lifestyle that I actually haven't had for nine years whilst continuing to watch my dog fall down the stairs - as long as I conform to what seems to be the majorities views, it's all good. Considering my requests seem so reprehensible to so many, I doubt I will be coming back anytime soon. Shame! I was under the impression that this forum was here to help people and be informative, not to send to them to the gallows if they have a modern, forward thinking, open, slightly different way of thinking. Good day and bonne chance.