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  1. Coops I'm glad everything is going according to plan.  With an Itchy Feet Tour on the horizon (and Margaret definitely off it) it looks as if 2012 will be better than 2011. Keep strong for the next two chemos and the op.  Jen
  2. Val your bravery and courage is outstanding and I admire you enormously. And how wonderful that your husband's last gift was of a better life for other people.  As a mother I know you will be consoling and caring for your children but remember to care for yourself, too.

    You are in my thoughts.  Jen

  3. Like L'Affricaine, my best meal ever was at Christmas about four years ago.  Feeling rather flush (for once) I used Chef Simon's recipe for chapon  http://chefsimon.com/chapon-farci-2.html and everything was working well until the power went down - well it always does on Christmas Day - so we finished the cooking of the chapon and everything else in the chimney. The chimney is huge and I'm used to cooking agneau a la ficelle or an entrecote in it but a chapon plus the veggies was a different story altogether.  More by luck than judgement, the chapon was absolutely the best I have ever eaten and cooked to perfection (can't say the same for the veggies) and when I looked at the recipe recently, thinking I might well cook a chapon again for the new year, I had written in capitals on the page I had printed.... DON'T DRINK WHEN YOU COOK!!!!  So if my chapon was a success it was all down to the amount of Method Champenoise I had consumed when the power went down. 

    If anyone feels like trying the recipe, remortgage your house and hide the bottles[:-))]

  4. [quote user="idun"]

    French friends also put a liberal sprinkling of it in a Pot au Feu as they serve, almost exciting food, croquing a bit of salt and it eclats .......... could just eat that NOW


    So do I, Idun, especially when the PaF is cold and served en salade with some petit freres and good mustard. I could just eat that NOW too, but must make do with a bowl of chilli[:(]

  5. I love salt, too. I've never calculated how much I use but I'm sure it's too much.  My favourite way of having salt is in butter with grains of sel de guerande on fresh bread. My son did tell me that Marmite on bread already covered with butter and sel de guerande was perhaps over kill[:-))] While my folie is salt, I'm happy to say that I probaly only buy two kilos of sugar a year.
  6. Rose this must be very difficult for you and even more difficult for your friend.You ask whether anyone of the forum has faced this situation before and I can say that I have.  It was last year just as I began my Camino with Sweets and it gnawed away for several weeks until I got back home.  I tried writing letters but somehow everything came out upside down and back to front and I didn't see how my feeble attempt at sympathy could have any effect and it's difficult to be upbeat when you know there is no hope.  In the end I telephoned and let my friend talk. She talked about her family, her illness and was selfless enough to ask after my life; in fact, she wanted to talk and I was happy that I had lifted the phone which was harder than lifting a pen but was so much more worthwhile. We spoke when she was in the hospital just six days before she died and she was so happy to be able to talk openly about her fears and worries and not having to put on a 'front' as she had to do with everyone who visited her. The 800k which separated us helped her unload a lot of baggage and I felt humbled by the experience.

    I guess that if you feel writing is the best way to be in touch, then writing the sort of letter you would like to receive if it were you who were ill is probably a good starting point. It's not a happy moment for you and I know how difficul it must be. Courage, Rose, I know you will find the right words.

  7. [quote user="Louise"]

     I would have said that the roses were ours as well but my boyfriend has just informed me that he dug them up when he weeded !!! I knew he had cut them back but didnt know he had taken them out, I can always plant some more I guess[/quote]

    Well as Catalpa and I said, Pierre de Ronsard would be a wonderful choice[:D]  http://www.rose-gardening-made-easy.com/pierre-de-ronsard-rose.html

  8. 'Maison des Beaux Reves' Louise and with the somptueux beds you are going to buy it shouldn't be difficult! Or how about 'Clos' something or other?  'Chambre d'hotes des Quatre Saisons' has a lovely ring to it, too. Do you know what is under the rendering of your house - cut stones or moellons?

    Sweets, the Freixenet was accompanied by a sort of Eton Mess pud made with raspberries and creme fraiche and my hopeless mereingues. Tasted ok but looked...... a mess!

  9. [quote user="cooperlola"][quote user="Jay"] I need some concrete laying.
    [/quote]That's not the kind of laying he specialises in, but I'll ask him.[/quote]

    You may be losing your hair, but you certainly aren't losing your sense of humour!!!

  10. [quote user="Louise"]Hi Catalpa, We think the shutters are going to have to be grey...to fit in with the rules of the church. did you open the link to the pictures ? Impressionists is a thought :-) As for the legal side... I have that covered (I think) as the house is in my name only... might look at a PAC at a later date.[/quote]

    Louise, there is grey..... and then there is grey.  I have just painted all my shutters and doors with the colour 'Pigeon' which is on ther Farrow and Ball grey page.  It goes brilliantly with the climbing rose 'Pierre de Ronsard' on the front of the house.  As an aside, I know Farrow and Ball paint is expensive but it is 'eco' and painting with it is like using cream. I'm nearly a pensioner[:-))] but painting my shutters (and there are lots of them) has been a real pleasure.  The tough part was sanding and preparing them.

    Good luck with your project and keep posting pictures of your progress.

  11. A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost.  He reduced altitude and spotted a woman tending to the flowers in her garden.  He descended a bit more and shouted,

    'Excuse me, can you help me?  I promised a friend that I would meet him an hour ago but I don't know where I am.'

    The woman below replied, 'You're in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground.  You're between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.

    'You must be an Accountant,' said the balloonist.

    'I am,' replied the woman. 'How did you know?'

    'Well' answered the balloonist, 'everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is, I'm still lost.  Frankly, you've not been much help at all.  If anything, you have delayed my journey.'

    The woman below responded, 'You must be in Management.'

    'I am', replied the balloonist, 'but how did you know?'

    'Well', said the woman, 'you don't know where you are, or where you're going.  You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air.  You made a promise of which you have no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems.  The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow it's now become my fault!'

  12. I'm really sorry to hear of your troubles, Poppy and I wish I could do something to help. I can only hope your neighbours are able to help with shopping but it must be a miserable time for you both.  Just follow the advice given  by other posts because they know what they are talking about.  Look after yourselves.
  13. What a relief, Coops.  Not only for your treatment but for your compensation.  You've had a c**p few years and it can only get better so you had better start planning next year's tour in your porker[:D]
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