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Bonjour from France
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Green Rosie
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WaveHi there.   I live in France with my other half and 2 boys on a smallholding in Calvados.  I love cooking and am currently trying to complete 52 new recipes in 2010.  We moved to France to live a more simple greener life although I seem to be busier than I ever was in the UK.  Should be feeding animals now rather than chatting on here but thought I'd spend 5 minutes to say hello.

Tue 11-May-10
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Hi there from another anglaise in France!
Wow you sound very busy! We live on the outskirts of Toulouse and have a large ish potager and I love to make jam, chutnies and curds amongst many things, to sell to colleagues at work and to neighbours

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Bonjour Green Rosie, et un chaleureux accueil ! Big_Hug

You'll enjoy this forum, it is friendly, informative and fun, but beware, it can be addictive !!! Big_Laugh

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A big welcome to you Green Rosie!  Wine  Good to have you with us, as BS says, it is rather addictive here.

I'll try that again!

Tue 11-May-10
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Welcome, Rosie, and thank you very much for joining in and for telling us a little about yourself and your lifestyle in Calvados.

Really lookong forward to reading about each of your 52 new recipe challenges, warts and all !! Ok

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Thanks for the welcome everyone.  Not sure how much I'll post - we have a gite that has to be finished by July for our first guests and we have A LOT to do before then.  Plus there are the animals, the garden, the boys ..........

The 52 recipes are listed on my blog -  http://www.eco-gites.blogspot.com .  One day I might even add the actual recipe details.

Bonjour Shelley - I bet you are a bot warmer than us down there in ToulouseWink.  I too make loads of stuff from the garden and foraging expecitions and sell it plus eggs and veg to friends and neighbours.

Right - off to check on the sheep and see if Rammy has tried to bash the gate down againSurprised

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Hello from freezing cold Argyll ( I am waving really )

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Wed 12-May-10
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believe me it really isnt much warmer here in toulouse at the mo!!  I am looking into formalising my jam etc sales so I do the local markets (you have to be a business here)

Wed 12-May-10
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Well, I will tell you one little known fact

10 degrees here feels like it is bleeding freezing. What a cold day it has been Confused

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Thu 13-May-10
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Oooh - more hellos .... waves backWave

Brrrrrr - we have had a north wind blowing and like you Danny, 10 degrees felt MUCH colder.  We had 2 degrees of frost last night but it is warming up now and there is no windLaugh.

Shelley - do you sell a lot of jams etc?  I had toyed with the idea of having a table at the market along with the other small traders for my preserves andn excess produce, but nothing regular.  Is that what you were thinking about?  I'd be interested to know what you have to do and whether it is worthwhile.

Thu 13-May-10
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so far I have contacted the Chambre de Métiers re setting up as a business; hopefully they will let me know any food hygiene issues. 

To sell at our market you have to be a business, but then it costs only 1 euro a week for a 2m space, as supposed to 10 euros at a car boot!

I currently sell jams to neighbours etc at 5euros a jar (this means I make little profit on somethings and loads on others. )  I also sell ketchup, gherkins, chutneies, sauces and drinks plus any extra plants etc I might have.  Currently it si just a little pocket money, but I reckon I could make a reasonable profit eventually.

I will keep you posted re what the process is; I imagine I will become an auto entrepreneur, but I really need to know the food hygiene stds!

Thu 13-May-10
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Rite !!! thats it stop it now!!! Winki am trying to lose the 42 stone i gained last time i came to France Embarassed. Imainly blame the bakers ,if they baked proper bread with bleached white flower and lots of chemicals i wouldn't scour the markets for your goodies fo plaster over it ,(purely for research HONEST)but they dont and you cant blame a weak willed bloke for doin what weak willed blokes will do when ladies with come hither eyes and gingham toped jars just lure you to sample there wears , you know we cant resist , and you just do it to tease us ,the trouble is it works DAM IT Dohso ime off to find the last jar of cherry jam from the nice lady in Boulogne, i know its in the pantry somewhere and it might go off if i don't put it on some toast I_am_Hungry.

 BY BY nice ladies keep on jamin ,MOS xx

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Oh dear, Mos is getting into this forum already!  Big_Laugh

I'll try that again!

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rather get into a jar of their jam Winkooooooooow ive found the cherry jar and ime just in time to stop it goin offLaugh, MOS xx

sit down with a cupa and the urge will subside

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