Re: Effraie des clochers

by virtdave • Fri 19 Oct 2018 22:25

great photo.....I know we have owls in our barn, I've heard them and seen quite a few pellets.....but haven't ever actually seen one here.

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Effraie des clochers
Replies: 2
Views: 24

Re: Last Three Letters

by virtdave • Wed 03 Oct 2018 17:44

misanthrope

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Last Three Letters
Replies: 1416
Views: 90038

Re: Last Three Letters

by virtdave • Wed 26 Sep 2018 11:58

ostentatious

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Last Three Letters
Replies: 1416
Views: 90038

Re: Last Three Letters

by virtdave • Sun 16 Sep 2018 21:34

canoogle

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Last Three Letters
Replies: 1416
Views: 90038

Re: 80km/h Maximum Speed on Local Roads

by virtdave • Wed 08 Aug 2018 12:50

There are certainly some roads where an 80kph (or even, like the road in front our our house) a 20kph limit would be reasonable. The law could have (and should have) just suggested lower speed limits, and let people who actually use the roads, as represented by, for instance, local mayors, decide wh...

Forum: Survey Yourselves
Topic: 80km/h Maximum Speed on Local Roads
Replies: 9
Views: 1270

Re: 80km/h Maximum Speed on Local Roads

by virtdave • Wed 08 Aug 2018 09:39

The relation between excessive speed and severity of damage from road accidents is clear. It has been extensively studied. I spent my professional career in a trauma center, and saw personally the damages. However, lowering the speed limit universally is pretty silly, and imho represents the kind of...

Forum: Survey Yourselves
Topic: 80km/h Maximum Speed on Local Roads
Replies: 9
Views: 1270

Re: Swimming Pool

by virtdave • Tue 07 Aug 2018 21:36

We considered putting one in, but RobertArthur's comments are very spot-on. Also, if we get a cold winter, freezing can wreak havoc on anything with even a bit of dampness left. During the recent canicule , we've used an inexpensive plastic pool in our pasture--a few examples here . Not very elegant...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Swimming Pool
Replies: 6
Views: 770

Re: A book about bees

by virtdave • Sun 05 Aug 2018 09:34

Bumblebees seem particularly attracted to lavender, which grows easily here. I seem to recall that some aeronautical engineer once published a paper proving that it was physically impossible for a bumblebee to fly. I've noticed that this year there are rather more foraging honeybees and bumblebees t...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: A book about bees
Replies: 2
Views: 329

Re: 80km/h Maximum Speed on Local Roads

by virtdave • Mon 30 Jul 2018 23:28

It's pretty clear that this new speed limit is as bogus as the (never enforced, but still on-the-books) law that every vehicle must have 2 (two!) alcotest gadgets in one's glove box. The administration in Creuse has reportedly informed the central authorities that they bloody well will not pay for t...

Forum: Survey Yourselves
Topic: 80km/h Maximum Speed on Local Roads
Replies: 9
Views: 1270

Re: Glenic Donkey Fête 2018

by virtdave • Thu 05 Jul 2018 19:25

thanks for sharing those photos-==I'll try to put the event on my calendar for next year. My daughter is a regular attendee at an analogous fair (for mules) in California....

Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: Glenic Donkey Fête 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 290

Re: A culinary conundrum!

by virtdave • Thu 28 Jun 2018 09:18

rillettes typically contain bits of shredded meat....terrines are prepared and served in a small pottery container.....and pâtés are rather more of a finely ground-up consistency. I like most of all of these, tho some are a bit too authentique for my taste.

Forum: Creusois Kitchen
Topic: A culinary conundrum!
Replies: 2
Views: 886

Surviving Trump - Maybe

by virtdave • Thu 14 Jun 2018 09:13

You Europeans are relatively fortunate--most of your leaders are fairly sane. This article is not particularly reassuring.

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Surviving Trump - Maybe
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: bats

by virtdave • Mon 28 May 2018 09:03

whoops--I wrote the above last night without noticing this issue had been raised a month or two ago.....in any case, it's reassuring that bats have made a bit of a comeback; they were in decline I think a while ago

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: bats
Replies: 2
Views: 190

bats

by virtdave • Sun 27 May 2018 22:52

Several years ago, bats made regular visits at night into our bedroom, but for the past few years they've been quite rare, and always well into the summer. But tonite one showed up, and tho they're not really worrisome, I prefer them elsewhere than inside the house. I did manage to get it into one s...

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: bats
Replies: 2
Views: 190

Re: Brexit: Will you sell up before it is finalised?

by virtdave • Sun 20 May 2018 08:53

None of the options apply precisely to us. We're not Brits, but I do believe that Brexit was (if not engineered) encouraged by the Poutine gang, like the election of Trump in the USA, to weaken Poutine's opposition. For all its many faults, the EU seems to have presided over a very long peace in Eur...

visas

by virtdave • Thu 03 May 2018 19:21

The French (or perhaps the EU) bureaucracy has finally decided to enforce the visa-needed-for-more-than-three-months rule. So we spent a bizarre day at the San Francisco French consulate, and after considerable weird paper-shuffling did get them. And a few days ago I got a link, thanks to my daughte...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: visas
Replies: 1
Views: 215

Re: A rare sight!

by virtdave • Tue 24 Apr 2018 21:43

I think French law allows the owner of a still ( alembic ) to continue using it until he dies....it cannot be sold or willed to an heir. A broyeur de cru is the machine which grinds stuff up, for instance the stuff one wants to ferment, then distill. We had some brandy produced by what was probably ...

Forum: Creuse in Pictures
Topic: A rare sight!
Replies: 4
Views: 486

Re: Nutella riots!

by virtdave • Sun 28 Jan 2018 13:43

If a Bovril shortage occurs in England, the ensuing riots will make the current ones in France seem quite civilized

Forum: Creusois Kitchen
Topic: Nutella riots!
Replies: 4
Views: 525

Re: Restaurant recommendations for lunch

by virtdave • Fri 08 Dec 2017 18:33

So, where'd you go, and how was it?

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Restaurant recommendations for lunch
Replies: 11
Views: 561

Re: Restaurant recommendations for lunch

by virtdave • Mon 04 Dec 2017 17:25

It's been a few years since we ate at the Hotel Restaurant du Thaurion, in St-Hilaire-le-Chateau, but it was quite good then and not far from Pontarion. La Terrade, in Aubusson was very nice a few months ago.

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Restaurant recommendations for lunch
Replies: 11
Views: 561
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