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  1. Once went to view a house renovated by a guy who had made his curtain poles from dismantling old wooden stepladders and using the two long pieces to hang his curtains from. They were old and rustic looking and looked great.
  2. A few moons ago I did the season in Courcheval 1850 and we were told to make cakes with oil rather than butter and to use yoghurt to aid rising. The altitude did affect cakes though I could never bear to use vegetable oil so just made three layer cakes instead. Eggs took longer to boil as I recall and there were other adjustments we were told to make (think we had a little handbook). As I recall we had to make adjustments to scone recipes too.
  3. How funny to see this thread as I was only yesterday trying to find out what had happened to the peanut butter variety. I can't stand the original Kit Kat either and was thrilled when the peanut butter version came out. Have you tried the Reese's peanut butter range? There's a bar, peanut butter and chocolate cups, smartie type peanut butter pieces with a crisp candy shell etc. All of them delicious if you like that sort of thing (disgustingly fattening and probably full to bursting with trans fats and other devilish ingredients) but, once in a while, absolutely gorgeous.
  4. Counted 20 red kites flying south yesterday morning. Never seen so many...
  5. Just heard them passing over Hautefort.... Haunting sound....
  6. A remarkable man. Achieved so much in a relatively short time. A great loss.
  7. Sound advice Julia. Pleased that it worked for you and that you now enjoy some peace!
  8. Hi Steve Have been wondering where you had gone! Sorry to hear that you have decided to leave but, seems you have made the right choice when taking into account all your 'local' factors. I hope that you managed to enjoy your last holiday, notwithstanding the dog incident. Funnily enough, exactly the same thing happened to me before I had a hedge put in, but the boundary in question was nowhere near as long as yours and we were planning to do it anyhow. I wish you luck in selling and hope that your next venture has a more successful outcome.
  9. NickP, did like your 'whip round' comment. I'm sure there is quite a large collection building up over here too.
  10. Simon Not only are you a fool, which, in itself is not your fault, not everyone is fortunate enough to be blessed with intelligence. No, I'm afraid your greatest crime now is that you have become tedious, and you have become a wonderful exponent of the characteristic. I wish you and your neighbours a lovely life and give great thanks that you don't live any where near me..
  11. Is he a real person then? Surely not. I've read some garbage in my time, but never have I laughed so loudly as at his postings. No. He's not real. Nhs simply can't be.
  12. Hi Steve What you describe sounds awful, it would drive me absolutely crazy. And to have your land used by all and sundry when you are not there?, worse still. I completely agree that you have made as much effort with your neighbours as you should have to. Other than putting gates in as you are planning there is little you can do IMHO. Fencing 6 acres would be insanely expensive and would probably spoil your land. Is there any way you can secure a smaller area of garden/courtyard around your house without spoiling views and landscaping? I wish you luck and the hope that they will eventually get sick of bothering you!
  13. I too would be very interested to hear if anyone out there has found a floor tile paint which works?
  14. Their bravery was awe inspiring. RR I read of Nancy Wake's passing with admiration for her war time achievements and I too wish I could be at your talk, Evianers. If you ever publish it, I am sure there would be a few wanting to read it?
  15. Hhhmm. Thanks for the replies and good tip re the app. This telescope sits on a fixed metal base and is electric. I remember it being set to track various planets/constellations etc. The base weighs a ton and the scope is too large for me to risk trying to put it together. There are lots of lenses and other stuff with it. I struggle to lift the trunk which holds it. I was hoping someone on the forum might have had something similar and might happen to reside up the road!! Rather naive of me I know!
  16. Wasn't sure where to post this, but here goes. I've inherited a Celestron 8 telescope which dates from the mid 70's. It's a pretty sizeable thing and I haven't a clue how to set it up or use it properly. The night skies in rural France are perfect for star gazing so I'm keen to get it going. Are there any enthusiasts out there who would know how to use one of these?? Any advice/help would be gratefully received.
  17. For me as an avid reader and music aficionado, Wuthering Heights was the most perfectly appropriate musical interpretation of a piece of fiction. I had read (and loved) the book and, when the song was released, was in awe of the talent which wrote such a remarkable musical accompaniment. I still listen to it regularly. IMHO Amy Winehouse had a wonderful and original voice whichmhas inspired a host of inferior imitators. Her interpretation and phrasing of her music was as remarkable as Sinatra's. Addiction is a disease as much as any other, it is a tragedy when anyone succumbs to it. And, as for the 'is she worthy of all the press attention?' question, well, we unfortunately live in the age of celebrity culture where faith of any kind has been replaced by the God of fame, but that is not Amy's fault. May she rest in peace as may all those whose lives have been cruelly cut short whether by addiction, disease, war, famine or violence. Hereby endeth the lesson with apologies for strange typos etc. It is late -early? And I'm too lazy to turn the brightness up....
  18. Surely if you found him a nice, comfy barrel he could be prized away?????
  19. Take your very best friend.. Normy!!
  20. Emily, it's worth you asking about the Internet, mine works fine even though it apparently shouldn't. How much does expat cost you for your phone calls if you don't mind me asking? And, does anyone else rent their live box? I chose to on the advice of friends as they had had several blow up or malfunction, but this is costing 3 euros a month.
  21. So, today I find out that on paper I should not be able to use the Internet phone or broadband with any consistency as my 512kb is too slow. Ok, occasionally the phone cuts off mid sentence, but very rarely, and I can't remember losing internet access whilst using the computer at all. I am told that only FT/orange will provide t'internet to me because of my slow speed. Am also told that I can't have t'internet without a landline. When I have girded my loins I will try to move to the next stage. Phew, it's hot here in 24 today.....
  22. Last month I thought I'd got it sorted. One hour on the phone and I was just about to go for a 48 euro all in landline only (you can get rid of the Internet phone as all your international calls will be bolted onto your landline madam). When she suddenly said 'eau no, you can't 'ave eet, you are too slow'...
  23. Thanks Jane and Danny Am paying more than that currently. When I last phoned them they didn't give me anything similar to what you have mentioned and told me that because my speed was only 512 I couldn't have anything cheaper. Then the next phone call tells me something else and every other phone subsequent phone call something else entirely. If I could do without them I'd happily live without. Will try to calm down and try once more tomorrow!
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