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  1. [quote user="Martin963"][quote user="Rob Roy"] We used to watch just French TV then got given a cheap freesat box (Fourtec Fourstar) so OH could see UK programmes (mainly sport!) whilst I was back working in the UK. I'm ashamed to say we have continued with this viewing arrangement for several years now. However, at last we are going to update our old TV to a flat screen HD model. Some time ago I think there was something on here about being able to watch both U.K. and French TV; I have done a search but can't find anything so hoping for some easy to understand, non-technical (as far as possible) advice. I would like to have access to at least some French TV, national and local news, weather, some entertainment etc, but I know most of our viewing will be U.K. programmes. If we bought a TV with built-in French TNT what else do we need (another dish for instance)? Is this the best option?   [/quote] I don't think you'll find a TV now that doesn't have TNT integrated into it.    And if it's an HD TV it will get the four free to air TNT HD channels,   provided you are using a transmitter that is transmitting them (transmitting MUX R5 to be exact). You will need to make sure you have an aerial connected for French TNT,   but if you were getting a good picture before the chances are that what you were using will work for TNT too.   Do you know which transmitter you are on? We are tuned in to the Astra satellite,is that what you mean?   Have you entirely lost French TV since digital switchover last year,  or have you got a separate TNT box to go with the old TV? No sorry, I should have explained, the French TV was some years ago and just from a normal ariel, no boxes or dishes involved. You don't need to upgrade your sat box at the moment,  see below. [quote user="Rob Roy"] Can we somehow easily switch between watching French-English channels?  Sorry if these questions seem rather obvious but my husband is a luddite when it comes to this kind of thing; however give him a car to rebuild and watch a craftsman at work![:D] [/quote] Yes,   with your existing satellite box connected via SCART (peritel) you can switch easily between the two sources,   the satellite will probably be called "AV1" or similar on the new TV. If you were to get an HD satellite box you would get a limited number of HD channnels from Britain (BBC 1,  BBC HD,   ITV 1,   ch 4) but unfortunately Sky have got most of the other HD channels in the bag and well sewn up. We would like to get BBC HD so will need a new Freesat box too; we might be able to pick up BBC 4 then as well, which we can't do at present. Obviously the neatest solution is the one outlined above (TV with sat and TNT all in one) but bear in mind that if it goes wrong you might have nothing.......and it might be cheaper to carry on as you are with the satellite if you're basically satisfied  (although it has to be said that flatscreen TVs tend to show up the woefully poor standard definition pictures being put out by most British broadcasters,  including - shamefully - the BBC.   And have a look at channel 5 now - I'm told it's so awful that it's barely watchable.....) We can't get Channel 5 at all anyway, and I'm fed up only seeing half a person sometimes on the edge of the screen! So a new flatscreen is overdue. Thank you for you explanations. [/quote]
  2. We used to watch just French TV then got given a cheap freesat box (Fourtec Fourstar) so OH could see UK programmes (mainly sport!) whilst I was back working in the UK. I'm ashamed to say we have continued with this viewing arrangement for several years now. However, at last we are going to update our old TV to a flat screen HD model. Some time ago I think there was something on here about being able to watch both U.K. and French TV; I have done a search but can't find anything so hoping for some easy to understand, non-technical (as far as possible) advice. I would like to have access to at least some French TV, national and local news, weather, some entertainment etc, but I know most of our viewing will be U.K. programmes. If we update to HD do we need to get a new freesat box i.e. does it also need to be HD compatible? If we bought a TV with built-in French TNT what else do we need (another dish for instance)? Is this the best option? Can we somehow easily switch between watching French-English channels?  Sorry if these questions seem rather obvious but my husband is a luddite when it comes to this kind of thing; however give him a car to rebuild and watch a craftsman at work![:D]
  3. [IMG]http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i312/Bouillaguet/Virtual%20Donkey%20Show/puzzle02.jpg[/IMG]   [IMG]http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i312/Bouillaguet/Virtual%20Donkey%20Show/puzzle.jpg[/IMG]
  4. My brother is going to start a self-build later this year; I'd be interested to know which materials you found to be of a poorer quality. Thanks.
  5. I have e-mailed you MBK, I'd be happy to post for you. I don't know how accurate it is but have read that donkeys can hear up to 11 miles! As desert animals they need to know what's coming from some way away, those long ears are useful for that!
  6. [:D][:D][:D] We are in France ( Correze, in the Limousin). We also saw a coypu crossing the field when the snow was around about three weeks ago; I don't know if it was lost but the next day it was still around, but one field over, and my 18 mth old dog found it and didn't know what to make of it! She barked at it, ran round it but eventually left it alone and the next day it had disappeared.
  7. We had about a dozen red kite flying around a week or so ago, it was a lovely sight. There is also a hen harrier who regularly skimes the field opposite our living room window as well as the usual buzzards. It's better than sitting in a bird hide, and more comfortable!
  8. Luckily all our cats sleep outside, but the younger of our two dogs can tell the time and starts whining at the bottom of the stairs at 8.15 am. If the donkeys don't hear the door open (said dog and I going for a walk) by 8.40 am they start - three braying donkeys just can't be ignored[:-))] They are then content to wait until we get back, just as long as they know I'm up!
  9. Congratulations! What a wonderful suprise, and what a time waster you'll find little Puzzle [:D] My donkey had a foal nearly 3 years ago and it is so much fun having your own baby to enjoy and train from the word go. If you have a Gamm Vert or Point Vert near you they both keep horse feed. When you get the vet out to check mother and baby they should know what paperwork you need. Good luck and looking forward to photos.
  10. Danny has got a beautiful head. Are they British or French bred?
  11. And he was the baby! I'll have to confess that this picture was taken a few years ago; Billy, the one in the chair, died soon after this picture from a twisted gut at the age of 12 months, which was an awful shock, whilst the black one, Jet, had to be put to sleep due to arthritis in his back end (he was 14). We still have Teddy (on the left) who's been joined by Freya, a very lively young lady now 18 months, who's half black lab and half Gordon setter.  
  12. During the recent snow my donkeys had a visitor every morning when I gave them breakfast - [IMG]http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i312/Bouillaguet/The%20Donkeys/DSCF4448.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i312/Bouillaguet/The%20Donkeys/DSCF4447-1.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i312/Bouillaguet/The%20Donkeys/DSCF4439.jpg[/IMG]  
  13. Whilst they are both lovely, I'm afraid you are both wrong [;-)] [IMG]http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i312/Bouillaguet/2007_09150001.jpg[/IMG]
  14. Thanks for that link Racerbear02, it looks an interesting site.[:)]
  15. Rob Roy

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    [quote user="NickP"] [quote user="bourrut"]Thanks for link,They look just the job Malcolm.[/quote] So the secret is out, 3P's name is really Malcolm, not very trendy for an Argentinian well wisher is it ? [:D] [/quote] [:D] I think Malcolm is the OP's name, if I'm reading the posts correctly?
  16. I was stroger willed yesterday than you, Sweet, our Super U had some at 4.95€ - I just managed to walk past them! One of my favorite French climbers is Pierre de Ronsard: [IMG]http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i312/Bouillaguet/Garden%20and%20Nature/RosePierredeRonsard.jpg[/IMG] This is hubby's favorite, but I've lost the name. It was planted nearly 3 years ago in quite poor soil and seems to thrive on neglect, although I often throw the coffe grounds down by it and dead head it during the summer so it keeps flowering: [IMG]http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i312/Bouillaguet/Garden%20and%20Nature/RosearchandTeddy.jpg[/IMG]  
  17. [quote user="Alex H"][quote user="Bill"]don't you end up with lines ?  [/quote] No - and even amateurs can do it [IMG]http://i648.photobucket.com/albums/uu210/alexh01/smile-1-1.jpg[/IMG] [/quote] As long as you rub down the joints really well you shouldn't have any problems. My husband insists on two thinner coats of jointing rubbed down between coats rather than one too thick coat; but then he was a panel beater and can see an uneven surface a mile away! We also found that using the undercoat paint for plasterboard you get over here (the cheapest 10L one you can find) is excellent as a base before your top coat. It's sucked up by the plasterboard and looks rubbish as you apply it but once dry you suddenly find you have a decent base for your top coat.  Re the stone walls - like many others on here we've had exposed stone walls without any adverse effects, so I don't understand why you shouldn't have them; the most important thing is that the chaux is in excellent condition, re-pointing is well worthwhile if you have any doubts about it at all. If the plaster is not letting the stone breath could that be causinng your damp problem?
  18. Donkeys also love brambles, mine can't get enough of them. [:)] If you can't find a goat owner locally you might find a donkey owner who will help you out - with the added bonus of manure for the future![;-)]
  19. Thanks to both of you - I think you are right BM, I should go to the Mairie - it's what I'd probably suggest to someone else as well![Www]
  20. Could someone tell me, or point me in the direction of the necessary information, on the requirements of how far away from your neighbour's land boundary you can build a house. My brother will be building his own place on part of our field; the boundary separates our field and our neighbour's field with no other buildings in the vacinity. We thought the limit was 3 metres fron the boundary but my brother thought that there was a minimum (50%?) relating to the height of the roof. I have tried to find the answer but obviously looking in the wrong place, or Googling the wrong question[8-)]
  21. [quote user="idun"][quote user="Rob Roy"][quote user="sweet 17"] [/quote]   When I can find large tins of corned beef here I still do it,using just one, for the two of us. [/quote]   Corned Beef in France, I have wasted far too much money on the dreadful, nay degueulasse stuff. The food I bought for the cat looked nicer, smelt nicer, wouldn't know about the taste. I just wouldn't if I were you. [/quote] I found Frey Bentos so I was happy with that![:)]
  22. Regarding bathroom goods we've bought several of their budget range of shower trays, shower doors, washbasins and toilets as well as floor and wall tiles (for en-suites in our previous chambre d'hote) and have found all of it to be of good quality. I can't comment on their artisans as my husband fitted the items himself.
  23. [quote user="sweet 17"] Corned beef....that always brings back memories of Saturdays!  Why?  Because my first husband had this Welsh grandmother who must have been at least a hundred years old (well, she looked like a hundred) and she was "very CAREFUL" with the corned beef. Saturdays were always spent at my in-laws after shopping and the old lady would prepare her Saturday Special! [:)] She'd cut up a tin of corned beef (only always the one tin, mind) and she'd cook it in a casserole type dish with sliced onions and sliced potatoes with some sort of stock (I suspect it was an Oxo cube)! That was it!  Supposed to feed 6 people! Still, I loved the dish and I'd always try to get a bit more meat on my plate if I could wangle it! Then, after we moved away from St Albans, where they lived, to the West Country, I'd try to re-create that dish and I'd think, oh, this would be sooo lovely because I'm going to put in a WHOLE tin of corned beef for just the two of us and that's got to be the ultimate pleasure! But, would you believe it, it NEVER ever tasted as good as when Mam cooked it and it wasn't the same having great big, broken up pieces of corned beef instead of the little scraps that you had to hunt all through the pot for![:'(] We're just contrary, us human beings......[I] [/quote]   'Panakilty'! It was a recipe I got from 'Home & Freezer Digest' (anyone remember those in the 70's?) and I often did it for the family, using two large tins.[:)] When I can find large tins of corned beef here I still do it,using just one, for the two of us. I cooked one of my comfort foods tonight - toad-in-the-hole, using Irish sausages brought over from Dublin by friends at Christmas; just the thing for a cold, wet, foggy night!.[:D]
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