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Live Life in Creuse

Re: baking

by maryr • Sat 28 Mar 2009 16:45

Haven't seen ground rice but semolina is very similar and can be used as a substitute in baking. Semolina is readily available in most supermarkets - in Intermarche it's on a shelf near the couscous/rice.

Forum: Creusois Kitchen
Topic: Where to find Ground Rice?
Replies: 12
Views: 6684

Re: Where do you live in La Creuse?

by maryr • Sun 15 Mar 2009 22:31

Hi rachie Our abode is the Auberge des Pecheurs in La Celle Dunoise about 15 minutes from Dun le Palestel - I shop there every week. When you are here in April call in if you are passing and no doubt you will meet with a few more "ex-pats" with a wealth of experience of life in the Cruese! Safe trav...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: Where do you live in Creuse?
Replies: 145
Views: 73681

This made me laugh out loud

by maryr • Tue 17 Feb 2009 13:43

Girls...... I'm sure you will agree with this and boys.... you need to know, but it is funny! When you have to visit a public toilet, you usually find a line of women, so you smile politely and take your place. Once it's your turn, you check for feet under the cubicle doors. Every cubicle is occupie...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: This made me laugh out loud
Replies: 2
Views: 1212

school photographs

by maryr • Thu 12 Feb 2009 00:48

SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHS This is brilliant I couldn't believe it, check it out. This Website is amazing. They actually have photographs of almost every School in the World. Unless you went to School when cameras weren't invented, you will find a photo of yourself or at least your classmates. Click on the ...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: school photographs
Replies: 4
Views: 1535

40 Tips for a Better Life in 2009:

by maryr • Thu 15 Jan 2009 15:32

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant. 2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. 3. Buy a DVD and tape your late night shows and get more sleep. 4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My purpose i...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: 40 Tips for a Better Life in 2009:
Replies: 2
Views: 1077

Re: attaching images

by maryr • Wed 22 Oct 2008 19:54

Thanks for your prompt action re images. You do work fast!

Forum: Help Desk and Announcements
Topic: attaching images
Replies: 2
Views: 1782

attaching images

by maryr • Wed 22 Oct 2008 19:17

I added an image to my posting in "What's on in 23" and notice that the image is only shown in the post if you are logged on - I checked the small ads and it's the same - images only showing if you are logged on. I never noticed this before - is there a problem?

Forum: Help Desk and Announcements
Topic: attaching images
Replies: 2
Views: 1782

Vegetable Dishes

by maryr • Sat 18 Oct 2008 01:18

Here's my contribution - We serve this in our restaurant and it is very popular. This is a Limousin dish. Pate de Pomme de Terre 2 x ready rolled puffed pastry (Pâte Feuilletée) 7 large cooked potatoes, peeled and sliced 1 onion, chopped and sautéed in oil and butter 300ml Crème Fraîche 100ml cream ...

Forum: Creusois Kitchen
Topic: Vegetable Dishes
Replies: 5
Views: 2411

Re: DIY superstores on the web?

by maryr • Fri 22 Aug 2008 15:41

Most of the larger stores like Brico & Leroy Merlin have very large detailed catalogues of their products - I think you can only pick them up in their stores. The other stores send out brochures on their promotions regularly. Had this site on file for Leyroy Merlin - hope it is of some help to you. ...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Re: DIY superstores on the web?
Replies: 4
Views: 1769

Re: Good news

by maryr • Tue 12 Aug 2008 00:02

Had this on file re alignment of satelite dish it may be useful to Howfeness - "Sky and all the UK channels are at 28.2 degrees East of South. You'll also need the dish tilted a few degrees up from vertical and the LNB (the thing on the end which connects to the cable) twisted about 5 degrees clockw...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Good news
Replies: 33
Views: 6783

Re: Horse flies

by maryr • Wed 06 Aug 2008 00:52

Tiger balm repels mosquitos but I don't know if it will work for horse flies. Last week I got bitten by a small black fly and the area became badly swollen - I put tiger balm on it and the next day the swelling had decreased. I assume tiger balm is available in France.

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Horse flies
Replies: 33
Views: 12032

Re: Dog tick treatments

by maryr • Thu 31 Jul 2008 23:56

We always gave our dog in Ireland garlic as it stoped him getting fleas. We just crushed the garlic clove and mixed it into his food and he never seemed to notice. It works well for the fleas so perhaps it would work for the ticks. If humans take garlic it is supposed to stop mosquitos from biting!

Forum: My Pets and Other Animals
Topic: Dog tick treatments
Replies: 9
Views: 2599

Re: Some "Deep!" Thoughts?

by maryr • Sat 28 Jun 2008 23:37

Don't know if this qualifies as "deep thoughts" but it's worth contemplating on! Once upon a time there was a non-conforming sparrow who decided not to fly south for the winter. However, soon the weather turned so cold that he reluctantly started to fly south. In a short time ice began to form on hi...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Some "Deep!" Thoughts?
Replies: 8
Views: 2357

Re: My Father

by maryr • Thu 26 Jun 2008 21:42

My condolences to you on the death of your father. Both my parents anniversaries were last Tuesday - mum 6years and dad 2years and still both sadly missed by the family. It was great that you were able to spend time with him before he died - that will be a great consolation for you in the coming wee...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: My Father
Replies: 4
Views: 1370

To amuse you on rainy days!

by maryr • Tue 17 Jun 2008 01:16

The Joys of Parenthood Leaving Home A father passing by his son's bedroom, was astonished to see the bed was nicely made, and everything was picked up. Then, he saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow. It was addressed, 'Dad.' With the worst premonition, he opened the envelope and rea...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: To amuse you on rainy days!
Replies: 3
Views: 1301

Re: Ruined clothing

by maryr • Sat 14 Jun 2008 16:25

If the marks are not too big try colouring them in with a black permanent marker. You may have to try a couple of different brands as they can vary in tone - try it on a non-obvious mark first. Put a bit of salt in the water when was the garment. Sure it's worth a try - have used it when I got bleac...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Ruined clothing
Replies: 2
Views: 1194

Re: Removing 200yrs of grime from oak beams.

by maryr • Sun 08 Jun 2008 15:04

Nothing for it but elbow grease I'm afraid unless you want to go the sandblasting route which I belive is a very dirty job. However instead of the scotch pad get a good hard scrubbing brush, a bucket of hot soapy water - use washing up liquid and add a good dash of vinegar(buy the cheapest white vin...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Removing 200yrs of grime from oak beams.
Replies: 7
Views: 3330

Re: New to Creuse

by maryr • Sun 25 May 2008 18:53

Visit the beautiful village on La Celle Dunoise (10k from Dun le Palestel). Drop into the Auberge in the centre of the village and meet the locals - you'll learn a lot about the area!

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: New to Creuse
Replies: 6
Views: 2142

Re: vegetarian meat

by maryr • Sun 25 May 2008 18:45

I haven't been able to locate tofu or Quorn - you could always ask your friend to bring some with them. My son is vegetarian and does not eat fish so I'm always trying out new recipes - here are a few I use Make a vegetarian cottage pie or lasagne but use lentils instead of mince beef. (tinned lenti...

Forum: Creusois Kitchen
Topic: vegetarian meat
Replies: 8
Views: 4456

I'm in the 98%!

by maryr • Wed 21 May 2008 16:05

At the end of this message, you are asked a question. Answer it immediately. Don't stop and think about it. Just say the first thing that pops into your mind. This is a fun 'test'... AND kind of spooky at the same time! Give it a try, then e-mail it around and you'll see how many people you know fal...

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: I'm in the 98%!
Replies: 18
Views: 3296