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    Keep One Drop One.

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    Keep One Drop One.

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    Things that pee you off

    My previous comments (in this thread) on this: My views remain exactly the same.
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    How's your day?

    According to Mme it is not specifically the honey which is effective but the 'antibiotiques' it contains which originate from both the lavender flowers and the bees themselves. Bigarade honey has different 'antibiotiques' which should work if the lavender doesn't. Note that this is what she says, it may or may not be true. Another, very widely used remedy for respiratory problems is Cuivre Or Argent (copper, gold silver) in colloidal form. It is available in pharmacies so it seems it does have some conventional validity.
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    How's your day?

    Sorry to learn you don't feel well, nonna. Mme always recommends lavender honey in a hot, strong red wine. Failing that, bigarade honey (which may be available where you live).
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    I have no doubt that German Shepherd dogs can be just as you describe but childhood traumas can be very persistent. I did have a preference for large dogs (hence the golden retrievers) but circumstances and the affection shown to me by a certain small dog twenty-five years ago converted me.
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    How's your day?

    Congratulations to your son, nonna. Must be a good place - the Italians, like the French, are not shy in giving their opinions when it comes to the nice things in life - like food! Regarding my dogs, I have a great aversion to Alsatian dogs ever since one bit me when I was young. I have had golden retrievers in the past (my cousin, who I have mentioned on these pages, was a breeder of them). They are very loyal, loving dogs and I didn’t think that I would be able to become attached to another breed until about twenty-five years ago when some neighbours acquired a Norfolk terrier which became strongly attached to me – and the rest, as they say, is history, I was hooked on that breed. Norfolk’s are loyal and loving but have very different personalities to the other breeds I have been familiar with. Like all terriers, they have an ‘impishness’ about them which I find very endearing. Another thing is that their small size fits well with my ‘less than perfect health’.
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    How's your day?

    nonna, they are rat catchers, a speciality of terriers, even more so of Norfolk terriers (which my two are). As you probably know, at this time of year, rats are a particular menace in the wineries so the dogs go out for a specially good time chasing (and dispatching) the verminous creatures. They do work at other times throughout the year as well, depending on how prolific the rat breeding is.
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    How's your day?

    No, not yet - the owner of the vineyard collects them.
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    How's your day?

    After several weeks of refusing to go out working, my dogs have decided this morning that the time is now right to start again. Why now I have no idea, as far as I can make out it is just as muddy underfoot now as it was when they first refused to go and I can't think of any other reason for their previous reluctance. Anyway, all bodes well for stocking up my cellar as they get paid in wine.
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    How's your day?

    Strange how one remembers the date of their first heart attack. Mine was December 2nd 1999. I was told at the time that I had to stop smoking - I hadn't smoked for very many years and it turned out that the high nicotine levels in my bloodstream were entirely the result of passive smoking. To explain the situation: I had spent the majority of that day at a meeting where there was a huge amount of smoking taking place. This was sufficient to raise my blood nicotine levels to the equivalent of smoking 10 - 15 cigarettes a day. Since then, I have been VERY careful where I socialise but, one heart attack does leave you susceptible to further ones which is why I'm loaded up with all sorts of medication every day. It doesn't prevent another MI occurring though (I had another in 2016).
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    How's your day?

    The idea was really to light dark spaces so that nobody stepped into something they wish they hadn't.
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    How's your day?

    I had a wonderful idea a couple of years ago to have small LED lights with movement detectors dotted around the place so that we would be able to see any obstacles that had been left scattered around by the dogs. Before very long the dogs had learned that moving around made these lamps come on so they seemed to spend half the night chasing around the place -probably having a good laugh to themselves at causing my discomfort. Lamps removed after a few days and consigned to the shed.
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    Enjoying owt on the box lately ?

    I'm not au fait with 'car boots' - the sales I mean are ones specifically set up by TV companies and have nothing to do with real life. There are local street markets, lots of them, but they have a whole range of goods on sale and are not dedicated to the sale of complete junk as these TV company setups are. Usually, the junk in a real street market is only a very minor proportion of the stuff on sale - and that almost always have some virtue. I have bought stuff myself from real street markets and it is usually in a reasonable state but never bought from the UKTV setups. Anyway, I don't think that an interloper like me would fit properly with their schedule! I understand that the junk from these programmes can sell for quite large sums in the UK but that is most likely a setup as well.
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    Enjoying owt on the box lately ?

    Two or three times a year we see notices put up in various town and communes asking for the local populace to volunteer to take part in various 'antiques' programmes for UK television. This usually involves a quite comprehensive TV crew who set up a supposed market in the village or town square (or any convenient bit of land) and the locals can come along and dispose of their unwanted rubbish and junk - which seems to have great appeal for British TV wannabes. This is not a normal French activity, folks. It's made entirely for UK TV. I went to one of these markets in Bar sur Loup a couple of years ago. The stuff on sale was complete and utter tat which would normally have been placed on a bonfire years beforehand but, so-called antiques experts pore over this rubbish almost having orgasms over it offering their expert advice to the hapless contestants. A few weeks after this first disruption to normal life, the whole things is repeated using the same film crew and the same (but rearranged) set but different 'experts' to give continuity to the show.