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  1. A friend suggested freezing them for crumbles later on in the winter.  I guess cut them into quarters first. She said they make a lovely crumble, she's French, not a bit of Anglophone in her but I do find it funny how in the last several years the French have got into making crumbles - they're very English AFAIK. I have often seen crumble recipes in french magazines made in the form of a tart with a pastry base and just a light layer of crumble on top.
  2. Suze01

    Garden Sheds

    In the UK!  I don't think your criteria exist in France, they are all very expensive!!
  3. Thirded (I don't think that's actually a real word!). I attended my first Manifestation last year at our local La Poste!
  4. I wouldn't expect a reply to an email.  Best to phone them or if your french isn't up to it then pop in to the Trésor Public.  If you let it slip then you'll get a letter advising that they've referred it to the huissiers.  My son hadn't passed a dinner money bill on to me (that's not your situation I know but an example) and I got the letter saying they're taking action but a quick phone call sorted it all out.
  5. I am a Conseillère Municipal and we have had a few circumstances like yours.  Simply write a letter to the Mairie explaining the circumstances and that you would like to buy the plot.  I would not put any financial offers on the table and let them discuss and decide a figure if they are open to sell as has happened in our commune.
  6. 28° would be my ideal temperature.  Yesterday 'proper' shade temperature we were 32.4° which I find too hot when working (try pushing two pre/toddlers uphill in a double buggy!).  Yesterday's temperatures in south/east England are not like that all the time though, it's just the occasional day.  Here we've had the best summer weather since 2003 - it's been superb all summer with the exception of one sunday in august when it didn't stop raining all day and I was playing mum's taxi at a horse show.  I feel sorry for the people who live in the northen half of the UK, it seems as though it's not stopped raining all 'summer' judging by the weather forecasts.
  7. One of our two boulangeries is closed until tuesday from 2 weeks holiday and the Spar/tabac took his weeks congés the 3rd week of august!
  8. [quote user="Dog"][quote user="Lisleoise"][quote user="Dog"] [quote user="Lisleoise"]I have plenty of bamboo as do my neighbours and it regularly needs thinning/cutting back as it grows over night. Email me (if possible) or PM me. I'm in NW Dordogne in between Riberac and Brantôme. [/quote]   I was flying in Lisle from the bridge by the campsite the other week diving down over the river and buzzing the mill/restaurant. [/quote] Was that in a helicopter?  If it was I remember it well - you woke me from a much needed siesta in my hammock!  You were wearing a red T-shirt with the side door open, you were that close! [/quote] Not guilty - I think it would not be too easy to fly a kite from a helicopter. [/quote] Doh [:$]  Flying...kites [Www]
  9. [quote user="Dog"][quote user="Lisleoise"]I have plenty of bamboo as do my neighbours and it regularly needs thinning/cutting back as it grows over night. Email me (if possible) or PM me. I'm in NW Dordogne in between Riberac and Brantôme. [/quote]   I was flying in Lisle from the bridge by the campsite the other week diving down over the river and buzzing the mill/restaurant. [/quote] Was that in a helicopter?  If it was I remember it well - you woke me from a much needed siesta in my hammock!  You were wearing a red T-shirt with the side door open, you were that close!
  10. I have plenty of bamboo as do my neighbours and it regularly needs thinning/cutting back as it grows over night. Email me (if possible) or PM me. I'm in NW Dordogne in between Riberac and Brantôme.
  11. Choysia (sp?) are lovely.  A rounded bush with glossy leaves and orange smelling flowers.  There are different varieties to suit different heights/leaf shape.  I also love Hebes but the larger leaved ones can be a bit frost tender, in my UK garden I had 27 different Hebes but the choice here in my bit of France is quite limited.
  12. Brantôme (NW Dordogne) would be a nice day out, particularly on a friday as it's market day and it's quite a good market as well as being a beautiful town.
  13. Cresyl is the thing to use as JayJay said. Comes in a rectangular tin from Coop Agricoles/Point Vert/hardware stores etc. 'Cresote' was banned but there is a new version (similar name that I forget just now) that is non-carcinogenic (the problem with old-style cresote).  Cresyl is made with with newer safe product and is the thing to use.  I use it - similar smell to Jeyes - strong hospital smell!
  14. As a registered childminder I charge 4.23€ per hour brut (gross - all cotisations paid) + 2.65€ daily 'entretien'.  This is quite a generous salary compared with other local childminders. Obviously this is not quite the same as an evening babysitting but gives a guide.
  15. Chambre/table d'hôte??  If it's a chambre/table d'hôte then that is what it is.  If they want to cook for themselves them they should book a gite.
  16. [quote user="Baz"]I have a Barracuda which I was left by the previous owners and I use it maybe a couple of times a year. With pools up to about 15x5m, I think the outlay is not worth it as cleaning by hand should not take more than 15 minutes and probably better. In any event the exercise is good. Baz [/quote] We also have a Barracuda left by the previous owners nearly 8 years ago.  It's OK but always misses patches, despite all sorts of adjustments or running it exactly as per the instructions, and I have to run it for a long time in order for it to clean 95% of the pool.  In the time I've had it I have had to replace the valve in the head end (from memory about 80€) and this year I had to replace the rubber 'foot' (not the disc) which cost 50€ including P&P from Australia, half the price compared to France. Like Baz, it's more efficient to manually vacuum and only takes 15 minutes to get a perfectly clean pool with not too much effort, which personally I enjoy doing. Also the Barracuda (genuine one not a version of) recommend leaving the thing in the pool  all the time (it's in the instructions) and not to remove it therefore you have to swim around a hose which also interferes with the skimmer function as it traps surface debris. Each season I start of with the Barracuda but get frustrated and revert to the manual vac.
  17. I suffered terribly for five years from a "slipped disc" until it ruptured and I needed emergency surgery as it had crushed my spinal cord.  My mattress at the time (the disc actually ruptured when I turned over in bed) was a top quality, squillions of springs very expensive etc but was very uncomfortable.  I now have a Bultex (a brand of Latex) mattress and it is very comfortable.  The bed base has adjustable slats to make it softer/harder.  With the old mattress I had to very gingerley turn onto my side and slowly push myself into sitting position in order to get out of bed, now I can get up relatively normally. As for my back generally it's OK as long as I don't stand without moving for too long - I can walk miles but as soon as I stop to chat to someone it seizes up after two minutes. Bultex/Latex mattresses are available from anywhere that sells beds.  I spent several hours trying out the mattresses in the shops - lying down on each bed for several minutes, some people just sit and bouce on the edge [8-)]
  18. Suze01

    Clothes line

    Leroy Merlin have rotary clothes lines too.
  19. Your wife (or indeed you) could register as a childminder in your own home.  Not everyone's cup of tea but it will give you a steady income albeit a small one!  I've been an Assistante Maternelle for over five years now and I have more demands than I have places available, it's certainly a job in demand (and sometimes demanding) throughout France.
  20. Epreuve Elite Nationale classe 2.12.1 .  Four days starting today.  Check out this website for the details of the routes etc.
  21. Sorry to the OP for highjacking the thread, but how does the situation work in reverse?  A farmer (who happens to be a council colleague) has offered me his field in front of our to keep our pony on.  Would we have the same rights as if it was the other way around? To the OP, a gift for his son would be a great idea.
  22. It comes off the base of the trunk.  It doesn't have a stalk or filaments - it's a very dense solid mass.  The outside is light in colour but cut in half it has concentric cirlces and is darker brown. I was looking through my regional fungus book that has over 400 photographed entries and the only thing that comes close is the Enteridium Lycoperdon.  I have now dug around the base of the tree and there are no HF rhizomes.
  23. Thank you for that (I think [8-)]  !). The tree was noticeably fewer leaved over the last couple of years compared to it's neigbours (same trees).  It has also produced a lot more fruits (sycamore whirlygig thingies) over this period.  It doesn't sound good really.  On the other forum someone suggested Honey Fungus but I've now looked at dozens of different photos from a Google search and they don't look the same at all.  I'm going to dig around the base of the tree just to make sure that there aren't any of the black rhizomes of HF and put down some fungicide. For now the trunk is quite sound and as my hammock is on it I will not fell the tree for the time being.
  24. I have several mature variegated maple trees lining my driveway and this year one of them has died back.  At the base of the tree there were some fungi which I cut off, as well as pollarding all the dead unsightly branches.  The fungi are growing back.  Can someone ID them for me and is there anything I can do to kill them off and the spores that must be in the ground?  I'm hoping that the tree will recover next spring, I certainly do not want to fell it or have to uproot it (it supports one end of my hammock!!!). [img]http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/Lisleoise/CIMG4839.jpg[/img] [img]http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/Lisleoise/CIMG4838.jpg[/img] [img]http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g127/Lisleoise/CIMG4840.jpg[/img] Thanks.
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