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Posted: 26/08/2013 at 08:09

I think one of the good sides to a lot of things here involving cars/bikes etc is that you hardly are ever asked to pay,

And over the lunch time 12-2pm  your not as the norm expectd to pay anything, this is si people use the local small main street eating places, brocantes are the same "free parking" hospitals in the largest town here Geuret Free parking,

So to leave early to get to these brocantes is a good idea because 'Parking is normaly arranged "free" and you get the pick of whats for sale,

Just to see the verious people and the way some dress, the children being children is nice to see And here we dont have a theft problem from cars etc.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 15:20

And traffic.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 14:00

Well this thread is for general chit chat and i thought i'd explain what the french idea of a car boot sale is all about or as the french call them "Brocante"

Now i think i should start by saying that the french consider anything old as an antigue & worth a small fortune.

The first one i went to 11 years ago i parked my english number plated car right on the edge of the start of this street full of stalls, the day was hot, the smell in the air was of fast food and some smelly french people (some really do pong to high heaven)

As we walked into the street this french woman stall holder spotted both us & the english number plate, "she was holding this cast iron frying pan and telling me it was very very old and worth a fortune as she lifted it above her head showing off the under arm thick black hair that reminded me of a couple of dead cats,

the pan   it was old "dirty and still had the fat in it".

You can get some real good buys in these street markets such as kitchen pans of the more modern sort and full dinner service crockery, these really are good buys as the more modern house wife dosn't use such well made item not even to colled dust while on display.

But when it comes to glass wear ive seen so many that are really filthy dirty

(the stall holder must be having a joke if they think anyone would want to buy them)

Ash trays by the hundreds inspite of the french still today smoking like walking chimney pots.

You'll see young children trying to sell their toys all laid out on a blanket for you to inspect, (future millionairs in the making)

Today i bought two things (1) an outside metal hanging light complete with bulb for 2 eur's it really is a bargain and after i got it home & in the workshop cleaned it up and tested it !!

im very pleased to say it all works and now just needs mounting over the front door,

(2) was a double bladed dutch hoe for 1 euro, again just needs a shaft and its ready for work.

You can tell by walking around these markets whats not worth buying new by the items being repeated throughout for sale,

ie a lot of cheap and nasty strimmers being one of the not to buys.

bulb planters etc, I must have seen six tred-mills today all going for bargain prices.

And so many toasty sandwich makers,

Plastic statues of that little boy having a pee, (Who buys these things to start with?)

I enjoy the odd weekend "brocante" and my favourit stall's are the rusty box ones,

box after box of tools etc i find you'll always see a bargain hiding in these box's

And home made tools from a by gone age, 'I wonder who made them & if they're still alive today?

Well as the rain started and the stall holders covered their wares with non-see through covers it was time to start home through the verious unseen hamlets and the little lost in time villages,

So quiet, so peacefull Just the odd dog lifting its head up from its long relaxed rest to let you know he was still alive and kicking,

A nice day off for the time being from the garden.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 13:16

Another danger is trying to use the likes of spades/forks etc that dont fit your size

ie a shaft on such tools that are to small can cause aches and pain due to over stretching,

Try new tools in the places you buy them before buying you can get verious sized shafts.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 24/08/2013 at 21:32

Mummy mummy I hate my sisters gutts !!


Well push them to the side and eat the peas instead.



Posted: 24/08/2013 at 17:09


Have you ever nearly poked your eye out due to canes supporting flowers etc in the garden?

I buy tennis balls punch a hole in them and stick them on the end of the canes,

the balls last for years and really do a good job, it's amazing how quick you gather up enough to do the job of protecting your one and only eye supply,

Just think what it would be like to loose an eye through a silly mistake such as a cane not being covered,

I know so many dangers in the garden and i'd like to help others with my ideas what about you joining in and telling the world and his dog about your safe way of gardening ? (Please)

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 24/08/2013 at 17:01

Mummy Mummy can i lick the pan?


No pull the chain like everyone else!!


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 06:03


A very simple and cost effective way is to do what ive done,

I also have a 50 odd foot path leading from the pool down to the car parking area

like you i have lawn on both sides but our path has a bend in it,

What i did was to edge the lawn all the way down both sides and then fit wooden edging to keep the lawn edges firm and supported, (i later planted box along both sides of the lawn)

Having secured the sides with the wooden edges i then got old roof slates(i used the terroctta ones but you can use slate or gravel) the tiles i got from the builders yard used & broken "given away"

but any roofer will be only to pleased for you to have them as both the terroctta & used broken slate are waste and have tobe taken away.

By using a cement mixer (just break the tiles into small pieces and but them dry into the mixer and leave to turn around for 10 mins at a time the tile /slate comes out with no sharp edges,

You've already got your base layed,

Once layed down onto your path you have a path that moves as you walk on it and so weeds dont tend to grow but any weeds the birds drop can be sorted with a weed killer once a year,

Ive had my path for 3 years now and very few weeds to deal with.

The path looks warm and really country looking and the good thing is its a very hard wearing,

And a path you can push a wheelbarrow over in the winter without slipping,

It'll out last your life span and wont wear out,

It's not got that concrete look.

A bit of work but well worth it.


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 23:01

Glad it brought a smile to your face,

Life should be 90% smiles

New house, new garden, total newbie

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 22:59

Avery good answer from borderbabe2

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