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  1. So, we've discussed it and we're thinking of taking the niece and nephew to France for a week. I'm trying to match this criteria: somewhere near a lake or with a bit of culture that will suit the adults in the party, but also somewhere that we can do easy day trips by train and maybe take the kids to a theme park or something. Does such a place exist?
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    Recommendations for France?

    It shouldn't be too bad. Even if we go by cab in traffic it's only taken us 30 minutes before. On the way back we have nearly 2 hours, so I'm happier with that.
  3. Hello, Does anyone know: do the new style Glugs still fit the Mark 1 style runs? I need to get another drinker for the girls to make sure they definitely have enough while we're away. TY, Andy
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    New style Glugs Q.

    I did try them with one before, but they seemed to make a dreadful mess when they had one? Thanks. I quite like their new trough-like look. Maybe I'll order one now.
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    Take one whole free range chicken

    No, no - I'm not offended. It's not up to me to tell other people what they eat. T'was just a joke.
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    Take one whole free range chicken

    It's ok. I'm not one of those veggies who judges. And I've only been veggie for 2 years myself; I was no stranger to KFC either.
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    Recommendations for France?

    We have an hour and a half change over in Paris. Unfortunately we've got to get from Gare du Nord to Gare du Lyon in that time. I have a plan, though. Basically, I just drink until I don't care and just hope by the time I arrive in Montpellier that there are still 2 children with us.
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    Take one whole free range chicken

    I'm a vegetarian, so I'll just watch my chickens play in the garden while they sing "We like being alive!" over and over. lol
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    Recommendations for France?

    I'm not even sure they have the attention span to make it folder to folder. lol I cannot impress enough how easily distracted these children are. Taking them to a vineyard and giving them a glass or two might shut them up, though.
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    hybrid hens lifespan?

    Ours are about 3 years now, so truthfully I'm expecting them to start popping off shortly. I'd always read that 3.5 - 4 years was pretty average. I think anything over 5 and they become a village elder.
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    Recommendations for France?

    Annnnnd, it's official: we're all booked in for Montpellier in July. YAY! If you know how to keep a 5 year old boy and an 8 year old girl contented for 8 hours of travel, now is your time to shine. lol
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    Recommendations for France?

    I don't know if you've done Tuscany, but there are some really nice little towns in that area: Montecatini, Figueres, Girona, Lucca.
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    Heritage Breeds (TM)!?

    Well, the picture on the box looks like what I can a Bluebelle hen, which so far as I am aware is a hybrid based on an Orpington - but maybe someone can correct me? I've never heard of a 'Royal' Legbar, but it could be a hybrid strain they have created themselves. It mentions they are based on an Araucana, which is a heritage breed, so far as I am aware. It sounds like it is just marketing waffle which is loosely based on some truth.
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    Recommendations for France?

    Heidelberg is really nice. And I quite like Mainz too.
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    Recommendations for France?

    We've just had to inform our Brexit-voting family (the people coming with us) that they need to get new passports and may have to fill out the visa-waiver forms and pay fees etc. They seemed most surprised that leaving meant we couldn't just do what we did before. 🤦‍♂️ Oh, well... C'est la vie. Hopefully all the EU countries will sign up to the new scheme and we won't need various documents to move between them! Have you been round Germany? A lot of the 'old' cities are nice. I love Berlin but it is obviously quite 'new' in terms of buildings etc., as it was virtually obliterated during the war. A friend lives in Luxembourg and she loves it there. Not sure what there is to do, though. I also love Croatia - it's beautiful!
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    Recommendations for France?

    I used to do some event organisation where I used to work. The biggest I did was a team building for 60, which involved bringing people over to the UK from Essen, and from our London office to Swindon; the team building event, and a meal after. I was a wreck after that - bordering on alcoholic. lol So far we have 5 adults and 2 kids coming. Which includes the MiL... which I am soooo pleased about. lol The ferry seems like a good idea, but my partner and his brother's wife both get really sea-sick, and our nephew doesn't like boats that much; he's not a big fan of the water unless he can see the bottom. That being said, the BiL is scared of trains... but overall, it's probably just easier to give him a valium and manage everyone else.
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    Recommendations for France?

    It's an overnight one and there are 2 people in our party who are not keen on being on a ferry that long. I think we'll be going from Paris via TGV.
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    Recommendations for France?

    I think we've picked a destination as St. Malo. Now I just have to figure out how to get there and back with 5 adults, 2 children!!
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    Central Amsterdam

    I recommend the House of Bols too. It's where they make all the gins and spirits. The museum is pretty dull, but you get 2 free cocktails and 5 shots for the cost of the ticket, so it's worth it just for that. lol
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    Central Amsterdam

    If you like Thai food, Birds Thai Restaurant is nice.
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    Recommendations for France?

    Okay, so we've narrowed it down to being somewhere we can get to directly from from Paris - and ideally not more than a couple of hours, as I think the kids would start to lose their minds after that. Any ideas?
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    The Recipe Thread

    Well, as there are a few of us who seem to enjoy cooking and sharing recipes, I thought I'd start this little thread. I suppose it could get a little messy, sorry about that. Maybe one of the Mods/Admin team could at least make it a sticky post, even if it can't be a sub-section somewhere? I thought I'd start with one of my own recipes: Spinach and Paneer Curry (never really sure what constitutes 'portion size', but I would say this makes two extra large portions, or 3 - 4 smaller portions) Ingredients 1 tablespoon ghee (or vegetable oil) 200g Paneer (or more if you fancy) 500g Natural yogurt 6 Tomatoes (medium sized) 250g Spinach 1” piece of ginger 2 large garlic cloves 6 Cardamom pods 1 white onion (medium sized) 1.5 tablespoons of curry powder (you can use medium or hot if you like it spicy - but it's intended to be a mild, but aromatic dish) 2 teaspoons cumin powder 2 teaspoons turmeric 2 teaspoons garam masala 1 teaspoon coriander powder 1 teaspoon sea salt Preparation You’ll find cooking easier if you do the following prep work first: Put the yogurt into a bowl and mix in all the spices and salt. This will help prevent any clumps of dried spice in the final curry. Cut the tomatoes in half and scoop out the seeds and pulp, leaving only the flesh. If you want to, you can 'caramelise' the tomatoes by baking them in a tray in the oven for 10 minutes until they start to blacken... this just gives them a slightly sweeter flavour, but isn't really necessary if you don't have time - or just can't be bothered. Peel the garlic and the ginger and chop the onion. In a food blender, along with the tomatoes, puree them all together and set aside in a bowl. Blanche the spinach with hot water and then puree the leaves in a food blender and set aside. 'Fry' the paneer in a tablespoon of vegetable oil until slightly browned on both sides. Once browned, dice the paneer into roughly 1cm squared cubes and set aside. Method 1. In a large wok or saucepan, add the ghee over a low heat, and add the cardamom pods to the melted oil. Once these have turned slightly brown and the oil has infused with the flavour, take the pods out and bin them. 2. Add the paneer, and the onion/tomato/ginger/garlic puree simmer on a medium – high heat for 5 minutes - or until it starts to dry out and thicken slightly. 3. Add the spinach and continue to cook for another 2 – 3 minutes. 4. Lastly, add the yogurt/spice mix and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. 5. Serve up with some rice.
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    Recommendations for France?

    Thanks GS. I'll Google that one and see what it sounds like!
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    Recommendations for France?

    Well thanks for those nightmares. lol

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