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  1. I know this is a difficult subject, but I think it is an important one, as many people may be unaware that the cause of death is not disclosed on the certificate. My husband had a tumour removed from his kidney 11/06/2007 and sadly it was found to be not only cancerous, but also very aggressive, and he died some 20 weeks later 29/10/2007 aged 55 and I was 53. The U.K. government have not questioned the death, and I am in receipt of widow's bereavement allowance until 28/10/2008. His former employers (he was a policeman)  have not queried this and I am recieving a reduced pension. Other organisations have also accepted the certificate and have no problems with dealing with any monies that may be due to me. I am having problems with a 'neutral' european insurance company who, unless I can convince them otherwise, are insisting that I return to the hospital where he died and obtain a hand written, authenticated letter  giving cause of death. This means that once again I am having to ask friends for  help (and it is freely given) in a very distressing situation. It will open many painful memories for them and me.  The same company has also asked for the names and addresses of 2 non family members who attended the cremation. I understand that this company are well known for this way of dealing with  claims. For me, at the moment, I am not dependant on the money, but for some people it could have a huge impact. It's hard enough losing your husband, without having to deal with the insensitivity of a large internatioal company. It would appear that I should have asked for the letter giving cause of death when he died.!! Maybe it would be an idea for the forum administraters to have a section dealing with bereavement. I have freely given all the information I have learnt to friends etc, but France is a huge place. Whilst there may be small differences from one department to another, I would be willing to share our experience, if it would help someone else. Don't be sad for me. We were so lucky that we were able to realise our dream, even if it was for a short time. Not many people are able to say that.  
  2. How about rhubarb and raspberries? When we lived in the U.K. it made a good combination for jam. The homemade wine wasn't too bad either.
  3. Aren't you a lucky chap!! Yet again it's raining here.  Tell me, was God/or any other Deity,  male or female? You (not to be taken personally) have a lot to answer for.
  4. I've had a similar problem in Brittany, and have had to resort to 'shopping channels' in the past. The French have a differant approach to sending cards, hence the problem with sourcing basic materials. I've now learnt to 'think outside the box' and it's surprising how inventive you can be. My best buy so far has been 144 paper roses intended for bridal favours for 1.65. I now swap ideas etc  with friends and family, usually to their advantage..  There are also one or two craft suppliers available by post. The trick is to make the most of having to pay  P&P. I know now what to do with the yards of 'french' knitting that I did as a child, and it's also surprising what you can do with pom-poms (thinks;I must get a life). Bon chance
  5. I hate anyone touching my feet, especially my toes. The only useful purpose they serve is to stop you falling over.
  6. I've always believed that what goes on 'behind closed doors ' should always remain there. Unless you were privy to all conversations how can you pass judgement? To do so is a tad naive. My cup (as an optomistic ) was always half full. The O/H as a pessimist was half empty. Who do you believe? Am I cynical ?
  7. Cat, You have my full admiration. Go for it. When we were in the U.K. the O.H. was a traffic officer and was very often the first to arrive at the scene. He always said that he went into 'auto-pilot' because he had to keep a cool head, until ambulance/fire crews arrived. They would take over and he would help in any way neded by them. The reality of what he had seen was best dealt with by talking it over with others who had been there . A sort of early self help group. Sadly we have had to use the local pompiers for two 'blue light' runs, and the women were an integral part of the team. They had to help stretcher him downstairs. I never knew our stairs were so well made. It was also fascinating to watch, because they all had their specialised roles. Once he had been assessed any equipment not necessary was packed away, and the problem was dealt with. I'm sure you will have plenty of support and training. Just checked the calender and we have 4 female pompiers. Best of luck
  8. I think he's made Bread and Butter pudding. Much nicer if you substitute half the milk with Baileys or something similar. The bread pudding my mum used to make was more of a slab and it certainly filled you up. [geek]
  9. Not good the[+o(] next day, but never mind http://uk.youtube.com/results?search_query=red+red+wine&search_type= Still more practise needed.
  10. Many thanks for the help and advice. So sorry Pierre ZFP but once (if) I sell here the strimmer has already got a new home. Buckdendave: I still think that even with a lighter petrol strimmer, I will still have the same difficulty. I have problems 'firing' up the lawnmower                        as well.I don't have enough upper body strength. Tracteurtom: Thanks for the tips. As a complete 'numpty' about anything mechanical (computers included) I think I may have to call a few                      favours in. The good news is that I can use the tractor for most things. All I have to do is turn a key.[:)] Just as well my cup is always half full and not half empty, and I can still laugh at the mistakes I make.  
  11. Nope. Couldn't get it to work. I obviously need more practise.
  12. Cold and wet in Brittany. This makes me feel warm anyway. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=y04kUI1mrVc Hope this works.
  13. The male is a domesticated animal which, if treated with firmness, can be trained to do most things.                                                               Jilly Cooper [blink]
  14. Does anyone have any experience of using electric strimmers. I need something that is 'man' enough to cope with the edges of my field which is just under 4,000 sq. mtrs. I've got more than enough cable, from caravanning days, to reach the far end, so that will not be a problem.   At the moment I've got a petrol one (Stihl FS 80)  but I don't have enough strength in my arms to fire it up. It also too heavy for me. Many Thanks.
  15. C'mon boys! Ronnie Peterson won the 1974 Monaco Grand Prix. He drove for Lotus Ford. He sadly died at Monza 11/09/1978. My O/H became disenchanted with F.1. in the mid 'naughties'. Last year we had a great agreement. He would watch the first few laps, fall asleep, and I would wake him to watch the last 2-3. Every one was happy.(?) Can we talk about something else? What was the worst meal you've ever had and why?. We used to go to a pub in Devon and had a pretty good idea of what we would have. Unfortuantly it had changed hands. I had to order mixed meat salad and was very disappointed that  the meat was pre-packed. we paid the bill, left and would not reccomend it to anyone. Over to you. .
  16. Bit of a disaster really. Our holiday company went bust 36 hours before we got married in 1974. So instead of a fortnight in Ibiza we spent the first week in Brixham, and the second week replacing the car engine which had blown up. Too much travelling between Plymouth and Bath, before the A38 was completed.  I'm still surprised I actually made it down the aisle. My head dress was lost, my dad rushed into hospital, the car blew up, and the honeymoon was differant. All that in a week  At least it didn't rain. C'est la vie
  17. Wow! Your description of afternoon teas brought back many memories of cream teas on Dartmoor. Huge fresh baked scones, loads of clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam.  There were huge debates as to which you put on your scone first. I don't think it was ever resolved. Me? Definately cream first. Happy days.
  18. 'You must always look after your extremities! To have an extra appendage is not good. It may make you even more deaf. Remember that salt water... '
  19. 'You can take the girl out of the countryside, but you can't take the countryside out of the girl.' For those who despair at my 'comfy ' clothes.
  20. "Talk accompanies work: work does not accompany talk. There is a differance." No wonder I was in trouble at school and when I worked. I always got the two mixed up. Happy days.    
  21. Well I've ben going through some bits and pieces that I found in the attic and  haven't found that edition yet. Mind you I've not seen his truncheon and handcuffs for some time either. I wonder where he hid them?
  22. Can recommend pineau (ice cold) and pistachios- Never failed to work
  23. Wow! Now I'm really scared. My computer is my lifeline to the rest of the world. Luckily my other half installed  'firefox' (what ever that means) and I've had no problems at all. My knowledge of all things mechanical is legendary. I knew a man who fixed things for me but.....
  24. Who could forget those immortal words " The lady's not for turning"  M. Thatcher. P.M.
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