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  1. I nurture my cobwebs all year so they are nice and BIG for Christmas. A quick squirt with either silver and gold eh voila! They are also pretty good for putting on wounds.....
  2. Can't be a knocking shop as they only trade in the afternoon by the hour.....   don't they?[:P]
  3. What a bunch of Girlies you are!!!! Spiders DO NOT EAT big people.  Don't worry!  They eat flies so must be encouraged. Now, worms are dangerous.  Did you know that they are small snakes.....?[:P]
  4. I can recommend a charming, small hotel for about the same price (or so I found when I was looking) Eclos de l'Eveche.  You will find a site on google.
  5. Forgive me if I'm wrong, but didn't Redcap move over a couple of years ago?  2005? I seem to remember giving him a route....he is perhaps still lost!!!
  6. Farmers around me are so poor they don't pay tax. Selling a few cordes of wood won't make a lot of difference on their impots form.
  7. This is a complicated subject and it is often better to go and visit the Notaire.  A lot of money is at stake sometimes. However, from January the law is changing and it will become much easier to change the marriage regime to contract universal with no visit to the tribunal.  So says my SIL because as it stands now, 40% for her and 30% each for her two daughters if BIL dies. So children are basically 'in control' and we all know of families where Mum has not enought money and wants to sell up but it is blocked by the children to safe guard their inheritance. The daughters have yet to sign...they could both refuse.  This actually happened to MIL years ago.  Guess which daughter??? We have a donation entre epouses.  My property remains mine as it was purchased before I married OH so it is just for a house we bought together. I will be glad to leave the inheritance laws behind.  I have never known a country for counting their money before the poor parent even dies.  Or even falls ill!
  8. It should be fine if it has lots of booze in it to preserve it. I have a pudding that I made at least four years ago and when I got it out the other day and had a look at it, the top looked a bit dry but yes, I will be cooking it this year.  I will either feed it up with brandy or cut that bit off...
  9. No, I don't think it is that much to re-connect.  We asked only the other day about cutting off our supplies whilst we were away but the current is not actually cut with a man coming and putting a 'seal' on the meter, just switched off and we telephone when we return.  About 15€.  If you get new tenants, they pay! Don't panic, one day they will want utilities and they will get caught.  If you have their address, tell EDF etc. Nice surprise for Christmas[;-)][;-)] I don't know what happened to replying to you.  It was just your message, a big empty space and the post button. Doesn't matter.
  10. The trouble with using wood is that it is bloody hard work. First there is all the cutting and stacking then, and you can bet thousands of pounds on this, even though you have a good supply in the house you can guarantee that when you need some more it will rain torrentially for four or five days...and the wind will have whipped the bâche away so it is all wet. Trust me! There is also the well know fact that if it isn't that cold, the fire will burst into life but if you need a fire before you freeze to death, it won't even smoke! I'm not bitter!  No, no.  Lazy, perhaps!  I like my petrole but is it me or are the bidons getting heavier to lift into a caddy?  Old age I expect.
  11. True what PG says...there may not be a choice. I live in a beautifull village with no mains gas;  an enclosed courtyard garden - no oil tank;  no access for wood and if you think I am carrying cordes of wood all the way through the house...[:'(] We have petrole heaters and I must say they are excellent, especially since we bought the posh ones which you plug in. Only softies have central heating.....[:D]
  12. If it is in their name, you are not responsible.  The utility people will chase them up.  Now they have moved out, they will want electricity, water and telephone for their new abode and they won't get them if they have a big red cross on their name. The utility people may come round and cut off the meters and then you have to pay to be re-connected in your name. This happened to me with an electricty meter when the tenant had not paid.  I would let the utilities know though.  Your tenants could just say that there was an error and their post wasn't forwarded... How did you manage to jigger up the reply service?  Well done!  Even I haven't done that yet[:D][:D]
  13. I agree about checking the dates.  I put my glasses on now to have a look.  I've been 'done' in the past. All chickens going into a battery house are injected to prevent salmonella.  I have done a lot of these injection jobs.  You are more likely to pick it up from one of those family run fresh from the field places I believe.
  14. Well, I'm not very technical. I hope to be around at least for some of the time...! I really ought to ask about it on the other section.  I don't even know how laptops work but I do know that OH had one in the hospital that was sans fil so I am sure it can be done.
  15. Monsters!! I fully intend to have nine months touring and to come back here for summer....can't be doing with tourists[;-)]  No.  We are not selling. Sigh. Italy is going to be first.  I WILL get to see Venice.  I also want to learn how to make proper pasta and risotto.  I have already got my eye on a campsite just across the bay from Venice and I was thinking of a month but perhaps six weeks would be best...what do you think?[6] Thank you for your good wishes.  Much appreciated.
  16. Never, ever, put eggs in the fridge. Butter is out all day too in colder days...in a container, of course...but goes in the fridge in summer if it is very, very hot.      
  17. All you good folk who supported me through OH's illness - you know who you are - everything is going very, very well indeed. Touch wood. The doctors are surprised at the speed of his recovery.  He has hair again!  Still has to have a blood test every month which we will send to Nantes but his last bone marrow test was a big fat zero. He wanted an adventure so we are off to Scotland to rent a place for a few months.  Originally it was to see if he could cope with the winter weather and look for somewhere to buy but we have changed our minds. We are off around Europe in a motor caravan...I had been motor caravanning for years before I came here but it is new for OH. In a very few months we will be in Italy and then...who knows?
  18. Now, now.  Just because you like to float into the UK in style. By the time you have queued for the restaurant, I can be over the water and into the nearest pub[;-)] As for the second post, I seem to have missed a point somewhere...which makes a change![:D]
  19. I have been meaning to correct my post...it is a Moulinex, not a Murphy Richards.  I knew that there was an M somewhere! I have just been down to put it on and my fingers worked quicker than my eyes and it is on the wrong programme.... Going to be one of those days.  I'm not dressed yet...
  20. I like Cora. Not been there for a long while. We are taking some wine over with us next month.  Something sweet to go with the foie gras, and a few bottles of Muscadet.  I shall be buying Australian red from Tesco.  Or Asda.  Or Sainsbury's. I can't wait.....fortnight from now I will be sitting in the pub after spending all the morning reading the Sunday Times and looking forward to spending all afternoon reading the rest.
  21. Mine is a Morphy Richards.  I 'do' my bread on 12.  Leave it in until it is well risen, take it out, knock it back and then mould.  I use Francine bread flour or flour I have brought back with me.  I have bought the Lidl mixes but not tried them yet. I'm into bread cakes at the moment and they are great...www.francine.com has a forum which is good.  Try the petits pains à tomber.  Cooking the bread in a closed pan in the oven works a treat too.
  22. Before, both taxes had to be paid by 15th October.  Then habitation went to 15th November.  They had become so expensive, people couldn't pay both the same month.  It was about this time they started offering monthly payments. A couple of years ago, habitation became due on 15th December, depending where you lived in the town. Never had them as late as January though.  January is the water bill.....[:(][:(][:'(]
  23. The compromis d'achat is signed to say that you will buy the house for X€ and both the buyer and seller sign.  This is when the cooling off period of seven days is applied.  The deposit is paid at this time.  All special instructions and requests are marked on this compromis. The signing of the acte de vente is when you both sign together at the Notaires and there is no cooling off period.  The buyer's cheque will already be in the Notaire's acount and the seller can be paid straight away...I have always been lucky and walked away with the cheque but I know it varies. I don't understand the poster's first post about going to the Notaire and the vendor not turning up.  Was it for a compromis? 
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