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pet companions

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 22:51

Crikey, that's a lot. Tigger (the late) had an xray and scan for his cancer a couple of years ago and about a months worth of cortisone. The French vet charged about £200. When my old horse had 3 sorts of tick transmitted diseases at the same time the vet came every day for 10 days, 30 mins journey, to give him IV injections the total bill was just over £800. She had said it would be expensive and when I said I didn't mind, I just wanted him cured she said many French people would have had him put down so she didn't charge for any of her travelling.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 18:35

I'm just cooking supper, but that would make a great pud!

Has poured today. Done housework.

Heat mats

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 17:45

Mine had a thermostat, but it didn't seem to work properly. As soon as you put the end of the wire with the heat detector into the compost it turned itself off, so I don't bother with it. But I think it's the thermostat that makes it much more expensive so if you can find a cheap one without thermostat that's safe then I'd go for that.

These people have them https://www.greenhousepeople.co.uk/categories/accessories/heat-mats/ 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 17:04

It's poured here, no gardening.

Stuff in the Loft

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 16:59

I think it also has to do with my children's father dying when they were still quite young. They inherited a share of the house under the French inheritance laws. It's too big for me and isolated and I would like to sell it before I'm too old to cope but 2 of them won't hear of it, which means my hands are tied.

Absolutely nowt to do with gardening

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 14:29

When my father died the tax people, solicitor and accountant wanted his last 7 years bank statements.

I'm like Pete, I have years and years of bank statements. They are in files on the top of the bookshelves in the study, which is a large room.

In France there are some papers that you have to keep for 30 years, but I can't remember which they are. Better be safe than sorry!

Heat mats

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 14:23

I bought a heat mat a few years ago. My shelves are wooden and I put a sheet of solid polycarbonate under the heat mat. Polystyrene is inflammable so that would bother me. It's been brilliant. If I sow seeds in trays I put a clear cover over them and it's like using a heated propagator. But I have 3 of those already so I use it more for putting potted up seedlings onto, uncovered. Gives them a gentle warmth underneath and they don't get frosted.

I bought mine online, but, sorry, I can't remember who from.

Removing Moss

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 14:15

You could apply Ferrous Sulphate for killing moss in lawns. The moss will go black then it will be easier to rake. Looks awful at first but will green up. After I did it I scattered grass seed mixed with compost over the lawn. Looked much better in the end.


Stuff in the Loft

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 14:04

I haven't been in the loft for years, it's not very easy to get into and the light bulb has gone. I think all that is in it are clothes and shoes that belonged to husband No 1 who died in 1998 aged 53 and I couldn't bear to get rid of them.

Kitty, my 4 children are between 41 and 33 years old, left home ages ago, have their own houses and families but they still have their bedrooms here filled with their stuff and half the landing cupboards.  I once threw away some of my daughter's old childhood worn out clothes as I wanted some cupboard space on the landing to put towels. She was furious.

pet companions

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 13:50

Gosh, Cosmos has grown, he's a proper cat now.

I don't have pet insurance either in France. Insurance is very expensive here and vets are reasonable.

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