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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:24 am 
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No snow here. What we have is much worse - ice rain. For those not familiar this is rain that falls on surfaces well below zero and immediately freezes - makes driving interesting - always assuming you can clear the 5mm thick layer of ice on the windscreen. I shall be staying at home today.

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It rained in the night and the wind howled. This morning it's fine and dry but still very windy, supposed to be worse tomorrow. It isn't cold fortunately, so no fear of snow or ice.


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It's blowing an absolute hooley here with the wind whistling through any gap it can find. It's gone round to the north so blows straight at us from the sea. It reminds us of the gaps in the front doors so lots of towels down to keep the rain out !
The forecast said it would be worse further south ....


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Certainly pretty soggy here today after a whole day of rain and strong gusty winds. Quick check round shows no immediate damage. Did hear a tree whooshing to the ground late last night, near the river, but can't see it!

The river is the highest it's been for a couple of years, and more rain expected. Oh well, at least if I'm confined to the house, I might actually do some housework! :lol:

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Me too, Bayleaf. It's a good time of year to do the internal work on the house ...


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Beautiful and sunny in Lancashire but -3/4. Better than elsewhere in the U.K. though

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 Post subject: Re: Flash, Bang time again in France
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Another 22mm of rain over night, not the winds though, 9c at the moment.

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 Post subject: Re: Flash, Bang time again in France
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Looks like that its going to be wet all over to day http://vigilance.meteofrance.com

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Windy here. Gusts of 130kms recorded at the local Semaphore!

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Sheesh! It was pretty wild out there last night, but hopefully not quite that wild!

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Correction - 111kms not 130kms

Not as bad a Zeus earlier in the year though!

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It's snowing! I had to put a coat on to walk to work - not sure how long it will stay for though.

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Just very dull and wet here.

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It's been snowing all weekend on and off. The road down to the valley is effectively closed. Hopefully it will improve before the weekend so that we can buy the fresh items for Christmas. If not the freezers are full, so we won't starve.

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Bright and sunny in Bretagne :)
But OH and I have been suffering from a lurgy for several days - very unusual for us as neither of us ever gets a cold :( Must be the bracing sea air :lol:


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Blaze wrote:
Bright and sunny in Bretagne :)
But OH and I have been suffering from a lurgy for several days - very unusual for us as neither of us ever gets a cold :( Must be the bracing sea air :lol:


A lot of it about Blaze, mami came back from the uk, bringing her pa down for his winter stay and yes they both have the dreaded uk colds again third year running, with mami taking to bed seems like the grip as its so bad, problem is here in the depths of the country we don't come into contact with much of these things and when we do it hits hard.
They will probably be in good health when i go down with it.

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I think it's one of the downsides of the activities we do - too many people and .... children (they carry all the bugs it seems :lol: ). Still, it's not a bad time of year to take some enforced rest !


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1 Dead cert cold cure

In a coffee glass, place a large heaped teaspoon of honey, add half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder, the juice of one lemon, or lime, or a tablespoon of vinegar, half fill the glass ,with hot water, stir well and when all the contents is well mixed, down it in one

One fanciful cold cure

Go to bed with 2 bottles of whisky and a candle, light the candle, and start to drink the whisky, when you can see two candles, extinguish the candle, FOR GODS SAKE DONT TRY AND BLOW THE CANDLE OUT

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 Post subject: Re: Flash, Bang time again in France
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:D

I must confess my remedy is somewhere between those two.

Half fill a large glass with lemonade. Add a tablespoon full of honey and half a lemon.

Put in the microwave and heat until very hot. Stir (carefully) and fill the glass with whisk(e)y.


Repeat as necessary.

After 2 or 3 your cold will not be cured, but as sure as hell you won't care anymore.

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A large glass of Jameson's, honey and lemon goes down a treat - and yes, the cold gets forgotten !
Followed by a desert spoonful of cider vinegar ;)


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As a kid down on the farm it was a hot toddy.
Having an uncle in the navy we always had some "real" rum in the house.
A hot toddy for a very bad cold or the flu was a glass of hot milk with a couple of shots of rum in it, go to bed, wrap up well and in no time you will have sweated it out.

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Blaze wrote:
I think it's one of the downsides of the activities we do - too many people and .... children (they carry all the bugs it seems :lol: ). Still, it's not a bad time of year to take some enforced rest !



There's a grippe epidemic in Paris & Ile de France.... and I guess they'll be bringing it with them next week when they invade Bretagne for the holidays.

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There's a grippe epidemic in Paris & Ile de France.... and I guess they'll be bringing it with them next week when they invade Bretagne for the holidays.


Apparently it was bad in Australia this summer - so I guess it is this which has migrated north.

I had a 'flu jab for the first time in living memory - they were free at work - which was supposedly formulated around the strains prevalent down under in the summer. Watch this space.

And for all the ladies reading this, just remember - Man 'flu really exists.

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I had a flu jab this year for the first time so I hope it works !
And don't mention man flu J - a cold is a cold and some men just complain more than others. No sympathy from me when OH whinges about feeling rotten, refuses to take any sort of medication, even paracetamol, and won't go to bed. No temperature = not flu. Anyway, you don't necessarily have a cold when you have flu.

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Had the anti flu j since my "retirememt" :lol: 13 years and counting, never any problem.
Mami however cannot have it as she is hyper elergic to the carrier, being alergic to all shell fish is the reason, doctors have said that the some carriers for the jab is made from shellfish extract.

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Sorry Blaze, but recent research has shown that mens immune systems may work differently to womens and indeed they may suffer illnesses worse as a result!

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Sorry Blaze, but recent research has shown that mens immune systems may work differently to womens and indeed they may suffer illnesses worse as a result!


Exactly - as per my link to the BMJ article on the same above.

Note the BMJ recommendations - "There are benefits to energy conservation when ill. Lying on the couch, not getting out of bed, or receiving assistance with activities of daily living could also be evolutionarily behaviours that protect against predators. Perhaps now is the time for male friendly spaces, equipped with enormous televisions and reclining chairs, to be set up where men can recover from the debilitating effects of man flu in safety and comfort."

I wonder whether Mr Blaze reads this?

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:lol: =)) I've just read that out to Mr Blaze who did at least laugh !!

From the BMJ just before your quote, J :
The concept of man flu, as commonly defined, is potentially unjust. Men may not be exaggerating symptoms but have weaker immune responses to viral respiratory viruses, leading to greater morbidity and mortality than seen in women.
I wouldn't mind if a man just took to his bed and stayed there. But they always seem to be well enough to give a blow by blow account of all the symptoms they are feeling - who's to say they aren't exaggerated for attention and sympathy ?!


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Blaze wrote:
:lol: =)) I've just read that out to Mr Blaze who did at least laugh !!

From the BMJ just before your quote, J :
The concept of man flu, as commonly defined, is potentially unjust. Men may not be exaggerating symptoms but have weaker immune responses to viral respiratory viruses, leading to greater morbidity and mortality than seen in women.
I wouldn't mind if a man just took to his bed and stayed there. But they always seem to be well enough to give a blow by blow account of all the symptoms they are feeling - who's to say they aren't exaggerated for attention and sympathy ?!

You speak for yor om, Blaze, some of us suffer in silence, well almost (-|

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Just received a warning email from orange,
Violent thunderstorms due wednesday and thursday in S.W.

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It's currently gusting up to 124kms here. The sea is incredible but no local flooding thankfully.

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Same here, Scooby - the trees are really being buffeted about. The gusts are around 95kms - fortunately our part of the bay is a little more protected.
The fumiste is coming today to fit the flue for our new wood burner. It'll go up through the barn adjoining the house and will come out of the roof. I've just spoken to him and he said he wouldn't be going up on the roof today ... he did laugh when I told him i couldn't imagine why !!! Tomorrow should be calmer but Friday will be very windy again.


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For the second time in a month we had snow overnight and it's cold!! There was a howling wind overnight too and I mean howling. It woke me at about 2 and I went to see what the hell was going on. I traced it to the kitchen extractor fan a shut the kitchen and lounge doors to shut the noise down. Back to sleep OK.

This morning it was howling well and I wondered how the hell I was going to stop it? I went out to put some more seed and peanuts out for the birds and heard it again, but not from the extractor vent. It was coming from the wirl-line washing line. I had attacked it a few days ago because SWMBO said that the way the lines were they were too close together. So I had unraveled yards and yards of line from the frame and missed out a couple of layers. The now empty holes are acting like a bloody flute! :shock: :shock: and the noise was coming in through the fan hole! So as soon as it dries a bit it's out there to tape those dammed holes up toot-flamin-sweet!

This was the first snow.

https://flic.kr/p/21QTM9s

Very pretty, but better if that snow was about 80 miles away on the mountains like it was in Malves!!

Better than Corse du Sud though :shock: :shock: :shock:

Edit : - OK, why has the photo come up as a url and not come up as a photo ??

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It looks lovely, JJ - and you've got the sun !

If you want to copy it as an image, you have to right click on the photo, click on copy image, then copy it between these [img]photo[/img] which you'll find on the bar above the text box here.

It looks as if you might have right clicked on the photo but then copied the image address instead of just the image. The image address gives you the url.


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We're having a fantastic storm here - hailstones almost horizontal from the NW. And our dog wants me to take her for a walk!
Sorry, no - not even wearing my 'big coat'.


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