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  1. Just to update all those who were so helpful - we bought a lovely shiny new LED HD TV on Saturday and I've also ordered a new Humax HD Freesat box via Amazon and coming this week with friends from the UK. In the meantime the TV is working with the old box and OH was delighted with the clarity of the F1 and football! Getting French TV will now be phase 2. Thanks everyone.
  2. The lavender fields each side are awful IMO and just distract from the main use - the postings. Why the whole screen can't be used I just don't understand. I also want to know why there is a huge white gap at the top between the page titles and this reply section, it's really annoying.
  3. Thanks everyone and my apologies for the delay in replying. What with the new forum layout, trying to log on, then compatibility issues I rather lost the will to live the other night! I don't think I explained things very well before - we used to watch French TV with an indoor aeriel and booster box in the gite we rented when we first lived here (10 years ago), then when we bought our first house we needed a satallite dish in order to get a decent picture (still French TV).  Then our son sent us a Sky box he didn't need any more so my husband could watch U.K. TV (same dish) whilst I returned to U.K. to work; the Sky box died, we've since moved house and we have now got just a cheap freesat box with the same satellite dish and receive just U.K. TV. As I understand it, if I get a new French HD TV with built in TNT, that's connected to our present satellite dish, I can receive French TV(TF1/2/3) and by using a new HD  freesat box and (second?) scart lead I can get U.K. TV?  
  4. My husband doesn't do any cooking Coops; but then I don't do plasterboard jointing, rubbing down, plumbing, laying electrics or cutting wood for the fire! Our three sons, on the other hand, are all better cooks than their girlfriends - because I made sure of it [:D]
  5. [quote user="Jako"]More and more TV's are equipped with DVB-T/C and DVB-S2 tuners. So they are capable of receiving both the (French-) terrestrial channels and any satellite channels. Check the manual carefully and you might even be able to tell the TV that the terrestrial tuner is located in France while at the same time the satellite tuner is located in the UK ( thus acting like a freesat box) But you will allways be able to use your old freesat box if you wish, even when it is just SD. [/quote] Thanks - what's "just SD"? (Told you I know nothing!)
  6. [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]
  7. 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]
  8. [: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.
  9. 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!
  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

    potatoes

    [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="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![:)]
  18. [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]
  19. I advertised some kittens for good homes last year and one lady that took one gave me a bottle of poire eau-de-vie as a present in return. As it had only just been distilled she suggested I keep it for a while, but jokily said it made good perfume at the time - it certainly had a strong aroma of pear! We have friends coming round for dinner this week , it must be about time to try it with the after dinner coffee.[:)]
  20. Got it! Thanks everyone for your help, sorry for the grumpy response above, I was not having a good day [:)]
  21. Thanks for the suggestions. I've now got the IE Tab but the bl**dy thing won't let me log on! I give up, life's too short to keep trying to make it work This forum is the only one I've had trouble with, and reading the thread below I wasn't alone.
  22. Yes, excellent, thank you PPP! Since I have W7/IE9 I'm not sure what your point is?
  23. That sounds like milk fed veal, as opposed to veal calves left in the field with their mothers so they suckle and eat grass (like we have here in the Limousin!) The calf's liver I buy in my local SuperU is certainly not pale pink, but is tender and delicious. For years I hated liver but now know it was because my mother overcooked it (although she was a good cook) and I used to do the same. (I also love kidney!)
  24. Can anyone tell me please how to get Windows 7/Google Chrome to recognise this Forum properly? I can't find a compatibility button to use as I had with 'normal' Google. Posting comes up with a box to write in and no smileys (!) and when I use the quote button I get all the gobbledegook instead of the proper box.
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