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by Alice Abbott
Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Twins
Replies: 9
Views: 2208

Re: Twins

Here's the funny bit! When they came home from school I asked Pia and Luca to ask Geneva about her trip to the creche. This is the conversation... Pia "Did you have a lovely day?" Geneva "Yeah!" Luca "Where did you go?" Geneva "Inna car to see Lally" (the lady who runs the creche is named Sally...) ...
by Alice Abbott
Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:35 am
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Twins
Replies: 9
Views: 2208

Re: Twins

OK, next instalment. I took them both this morning. Vivi dashed in as normal, ignoring me totally once she was through the door. I told Geneva we would go home and make some cakes and then come back when it was time for Vivi to come home. As soon as I got her strapped in the car and took off she scr...
by Alice Abbott
Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:31 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Twins
Replies: 9
Views: 2208

Twins

We have two of these strange beings. One is placid and easy going, the other is vaguely hyper, into mischief and usually a complete pain. I think you can probably see from the photo which one is which, despite them being identical. They are now a year and a half old and have begun "socialising" at a...
by Alice Abbott
Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:21 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What is this in my strawberry wine?
Replies: 2
Views: 1077

Re: What is this in my strawberry wine?

Thanks for that reassurance. I will try siphoning and hope for the best! As you say, the pectin will be useful for when we have the next glut of strawberries and I make jam. The wine dregs should make it tasty too...
by Alice Abbott
Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:28 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What is this in my strawberry wine?
Replies: 2
Views: 1077

What is this in my strawberry wine?

Last summer we brewed a lot of strawberry wine. It's never got beyond the brewing bottles but has been racked and is as clear as a bell. It also tastes lovely. BUT each and every bottle (we don't have many demijohns so use 5 litre flagon type bottles which just happen to take a cork and then we airl...
by Alice Abbott
Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:20 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Weather
Replies: 29
Views: 2977

Weather

What's yours like this week? I know it's been pretty good in the UK but it was high 70s here in the Charente Maritime yesterday and likely to be more today. We've set up the paddling pool for the twins - who are happily splashing about (along with Morris Lurcher, who loves water). The polytunnel is ...
by Alice Abbott
Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:58 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Leprechauns, Fairies and other little people
Replies: 37
Views: 3138

Re: Leprechauns, Fairies and other little people

My mother-in-law (from Waterford) absolutely believes in all these things. Sometimes she almost convinces me too...
by Alice Abbott
Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Great day out, new stuff and didn't spend anything!
Replies: 5
Views: 832

Great day out, new stuff and didn't spend anything!

We went to a reasonably nearby "vide grenier" today and introduced a new concept - selling without actually using money! This is what we did: We packed up all sorts of things for our stall. This included: - potted-up herbs, beans, cabbages, peas & tomatoes we have spare (I've been growing too much o...
by Alice Abbott
Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:03 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: At last - January 7th has arrived!
Replies: 3
Views: 611

At last - January 7th has arrived!

... and peace reigns in the Abbott household. Eve is probably wreaking havoc aboard an Air France flight from Paris CDG to Los Angeles at this very moment! We had an "interesting" visit. We had the benefit of her opinion on everything from the workings of the fosse septique (of which she had never h...
by Alice Abbott
Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:44 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: spoilt or not spoilt??
Replies: 10
Views: 1149

Re: spoilt or not spoilt??

More later on the trials and tribulations of Xmas with my Mom, she is about to leave so I'm feeling pretty frivolous today... In the meantime this is what our brood had for Xmas. Pia and Luca certainly didn't expect more and had a lovely time. Our Christmas decorations were home-made and our enterta...
by Alice Abbott
Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:20 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Moms!
Replies: 9
Views: 1228

Moms!

Mine is driving me crazy. She is here for a 3 week visit and in the two days since she has arrived she has created absolute mayhem. Thank goodness she has now taken herself off "to the Mall" for the afternoon. The main problem is that she will insist upon this "compare and contrast" thing with the t...
by Alice Abbott
Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:52 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: News from France...
Replies: 8
Views: 1206

Re: News from France...

The book is a "work in progress" - about half done. Knowing at what point to stop is going to be a problem! I have lots of time to work on it though. In the early days when I had to wash everything by hand and haul water in with buckets etc I seemed to be running to keep in one place. I've not yet g...
by Alice Abbott
Sat Oct 08, 2011 3:08 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: News from France...
Replies: 8
Views: 1206

News from France...

I know, it's been nearly a year since I last logged in. I can't possibly cram what we have been up to into one post so suffice it to say... House Done, all three floors. We have showers, baths, electricity and water. Bliss! It took some doing and of course we are broke. We are still managing to live...
by Alice Abbott
Sun Jan 16, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Toxic overload in todays society!
Replies: 29
Views: 2717

Re: Toxic overload in todays society!

Thanks for the pm , Mrs H. I'll see if I can type out or even scan some of the info and pm it back to you. In the meantime I spoke to my MIL this morning who had somewhat similar problems (she is in Waterford). She now takes something called Bimuno which can be bought online and finds it a huge help...
by Alice Abbott
Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:14 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Toxic overload in todays society!
Replies: 29
Views: 2717

Re: Toxic overload in todays society!

Mrs H I have a huge book called Healing with Whole Foods - Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition by Paul Pitchford. It's from the US so I'm not sure if its something you will have seen. It has several paragraphs on IBS, nausea and vomiting which are hard to summarize. It doesn't seem to mention n...