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  1. I have been glued to the TV all morning. What an incredible achievement and I pray that they all get safely out of the prison they hve been trapped in for so long.  Such brave men !!

  2. She comes under a different Commune so not sure if the ban applies to her village. Yes, I have suggested to her that she should contact her maire but she lives on her own and her French is not too good.   I am sure someone  may be able to help  with the language barrier

  3. Recently we had a leaflet from our Maire stating that garden bonfires were not allowed...or words to that effect. A friend of  mine, who lives in another village and comes under another Maire, has an English neighbour who is an absolute pest with his bonfires. Summer or winter he lights them and ignores any polite exchange with our friend about consideration. Is there any hard fast rules regarding bonfires or does it vary from village to village. There really is no need to have bonfires as all the Decheteries have sections for garden waste and use it for recyling for compost. This man is an absolute pest and my friend suffers from Asthma and has to keep all windows and doors closed as the smell and smoke is so bad.

  4. Just braised Jumeau and it was so tender and edible..Yea  !!!  Found some beef that we can actually eat.

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    Sprout tops

    I just love all the winter veggies but most of all it is the dark greens especially Kale. My OH likes white cabbage but I will definitely be on the look out for Curly Kale this winter. Yes, I may be brave enought oask for some Sprout tops and tell them it is a quaint English custom to eat them..lol.

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    Sprout tops

    Just wondered why the French do not eat Sprout Tops as we do in UK. Also, I have never seen dark Greens or Kale over here. Unfortunately my Sprouts did not come to much this year but driving around I see lots of healthy plants with delicious tops but have been told they just get thrown away or fed to animals so don't want to look like a heathen and ask for some.

  7. Thank you for all the replies and they are very helpful. I suppose one answer would be to take a cool box to UK and stock up there but not always practical. I also used to use Skirt in UK so may ask for that at the Boucherie section of my Intermarche or SuperU.  Looking forward to a  nice stew now the weather is cooling down but hate it when the meat is tough.

  8. What is the best cut for making beef stew. I have tried several over the past four years and still find it quite tough unless cooked in my slow cooker for hours.

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    Tax Office

    Thank you for the phone number and I will give them a call in the morning.

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    Tax Office

    The document  we need is for registering the car and it is called the Quittus Fiscal Certificate and we have to present certain documents to obtain it. Thank you very much for replying.

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    Tax Office

    Has the Tax Office in St Maxient L' Ecole in Dept 79 closed down ?   We need to collect  a form and this is our nearest office but have heard it has closed. If yes, where is the nearest one to that one as it is quite urgent for us to get the form we need.

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    Soya Milk

    Thank you all so much. It should be quite easy now for me to stock up on some for little Max.

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    Soya Milk

    Thank you for your swift reply.   I will have a look around when I go shopping this week. The baby has an intolerance to ordinary milk and the Specialist has advised Soya which is working well.

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    Soya Milk

    I have family visiting soon and the baby can only have Soya Milk.  Can I buy it here and if yes where and what is it called here.

  15. Checked on 'pieceonline-pro' site for my peugeot 407sw and price for xenon headlight assemblies at 1036euros for both is far better than the 1800euros I have already been quoted. Before I buy have you used this site and could you advise if it is a trustworthy and reputable site?

  16. We have stopped the little blighters coming in from front and rear of house but still finding them in our hall and some of our bedrooms. We are wondering if they are being carried in on our shoes and clothing after being in the garden.  We have a very effective powder but hesitant to use in inside the house as we have two dogs.

  17. Yes, its me again and I hope not to upset Norman again talking about Fish and Chips  BUT  we now have an English Cafe in our nearest town, Lezat dept 79. All Day English Breakfast on tap and it is GOOD . So, if you are near Lezay try it now and again. Yes, it is used by French people as well who rave about the breakfast.  They also sell Salads, homemade cakes, cards, wrapping paper.

  18. That is good to know. Also many other UK stores deliver over here as well,   M&S,  Next , Littlwoodseurope, Thorntons.  What I do is google the store I am interested in and then check if they deliver here and it is surprising how many do.

  19. Thank you Jimmy

    I will show OH when he gets his head out of the drum as he dropped a screw into the drum[:)]  

  20. The brushes have gone on our washing machine so does anyone know where I can get them. It is an English machine but hopefully that will not be a problem. I live close to all large stores like Leroy Merlin and Castorama if that is any help.

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    We put the Onions in and a couple of shoots popping through already. Thanks for the replies.

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    car crash

    Thanks for the replies. I will probably have to get it checked out by my GP as it is so dibilitating and I hate being inactive. I am finding it difficult to do my gardening and also I am spending nights walking around the house as I cannot sleep properly. Ironically, this afternoon I met a friend and we were talking about aches and pains and she is going back to UK for yet another operation on her neck and back due to a car accident many years ago and her symptons developed a long time after the accident. I will probably get it checked out if it does not improve soon.   I know trauma can bring on Artritis in damaged areas so maybe it is that. Poor old me and i mean OLD me..[:)]

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    car crash

    We had a car crash in very late December in UK  ( not our fault )  I felt fine although very shook up after the accident but for the last five weeks or more I have been suffering with a very bad neck, shoulder and lower back.pain. Probably not related in any way  as I did hear that any symptoms would mainifest almost immediately.  Has anyone had similar symptoms after a car crash and will it go away on its own. My neck is so painful it stops me from sleeping properly and I find it difficult to turn my head at times. Probably old age  lol[:)]

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    I bought a bag of onions to plant last October/November but I have only just been able to start turning over the veggie plot. Should I plant these or should I buy a new bag due to different types for times of the year. Also, Can I assume it is too late to plant Garlic ?  We were away for a lot longer at Xmas due to a car crash in UK so all my digging and planting went out of the window.

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    Thank you for that. It does not bother me as I will shop on Saturday but friends of ours are travelling from Roscoff to Vienne on Monday.   I will now ask if they need anything and I can pick it up for them.

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