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by Mariacristina
Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Another year and another thank you.
Replies: 4
Views: 2043

Another year and another thank you.

Another year has raced by and Christmas is here again. I would like to wish everyone a happy Christmas and a productive 2017. I must also say thank you for all the useful advice and information that is shared here . . . for the friendships that I have made via this forum . . .and once again especial...
by Mariacristina
Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Good reads over Xmas
Replies: 19
Views: 5466

Re: Good reads over Xmas

I'd recommend any of Jean Auel's books . . . the last one I read - The People of the Painted Caves - was partly researched in Spain. The Whisperer by Donati Carrisi is an intriguing thriller. Any of Simon Barnes bird books are a great read even if you think you are not into birds particularly. The A...
by Mariacristina
Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Campo Steve
Replies: 53
Views: 17931

Re: Campo Steve

We all miss Steve. Best wishes for him and the family. He is a well liked and well respected member of our "family" on this forum.
by Mariacristina
Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:16 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: log burner
Replies: 20
Views: 3204

Re: log burner

I use a paint scraper . . the type you can put new blades in when necessary. I think I've gone through about three blades in 10 years. I know someone who tried to clean the glass on her woodstove with a damp cloth and the glass cracked. I burn olive wood and keep the fire ticking over 24 hours a day...
by Mariacristina
Sun Oct 09, 2016 7:45 am
Forum: Health, Beauty, Fitness & Sport
Topic: Have You Tried This ????
Replies: 29
Views: 8760

Re: Have You Tried This ????

Gordon and Pam . . very interested to read this . . I shall look out for flax seeds . . no idea where I can buy turmeric pills . . . any suggestions Pam? . . and now you have both become health gurus I would really be grateful for any recommendations for combating wrinkles, arthritis, aches and pain...
by Mariacristina
Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: What to bring with you.....
Replies: 36
Views: 16869

Re: What to bring with you.....

. . . . a good translation dictionary . . . Michel Thomas' CDs for learning Spanish . . . and, as gerry says, patience. It's Spain. not Britain; they do things differently here( if they get round to doing them at all!)
by Mariacristina
Sat Aug 13, 2016 7:47 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Lovely and cool!
Replies: 14
Views: 3824

Re: Lovely and cool!

It is still blazing hot up here in the mountains. Village fiesta started last night so four nights of all-night music. Sleeping is not an option! Think I'll need to go and lie in the village fountain to have my siesta.
by Mariacristina
Sat Aug 13, 2016 7:41 am
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: El Torcal Antequera
Replies: 14
Views: 3239

Re: El Torcal Antequera

El Torcal is spectacularly beautiful with great walks and great views. Lots of feral mountain goats about, so nimble that they seem to fly from rock to rock. The rock formations themselves will fire your imagination . . . the stuff that fairy tales are made of. The restaurant (cafeteria?) is pretty ...
by Mariacristina
Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:16 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Cockroaches
Replies: 9
Views: 2686

Re: Cockroaches

Many thanks for all the helpful replies. I will pass them all on . . . and suggest that my friend joins the forum. :thumbup:
by Mariacristina
Sun Aug 07, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Parcel to UK
Replies: 5
Views: 2339

Re: Parcel to UK

Pharos are great for getting parcels from the UK. I didn't know that there was a similar reciprocal service via UPS. Thank you for the information.
by Mariacristina
Sun Aug 07, 2016 2:50 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Cockroaches
Replies: 9
Views: 2686

Cockroaches

Fortunately not my own problem but a friend of mine who lives in an old village house has a problem with cockroaches.

Can anyone suggest ways of getting rid of them please?
by Mariacristina
Sat Aug 06, 2016 1:09 am
Forum: Gardens & Gardening
Topic: Flies
Replies: 9
Views: 7183

Re: Flies

I have never used anything other than olive oil . . . and it has always been re-cycled olive oil. My chemistry is limited to an O Level about a hundred years ago but I would have thought that a vegetable oil of a similar density would work equally well. I don't have any other oil to experiment with ...
by Mariacristina
Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Campo Steve
Replies: 53
Views: 17931

Re: Campo Steve

So very sorry to hear about this but hopefully the improvement will continue. I hope he knows how much he is valued here. Best wishes for him and his family. Please keep us informed.
by Mariacristina
Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:13 pm
Forum: Gardens & Gardening
Topic: Flies
Replies: 9
Views: 7183

Re: Flies

I use the olive oil / washing up liquid/ water mix for spraying my orange trees and it gets rid of all the bugs that take up residence in them. Works for aphids too. I save oil I have cooked with and filter it through kitchen paper. The most important ingredient is GARLIC. I keep all the trimmings a...
by Mariacristina
Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:18 am
Forum: Computers, Internet, Telephony, TV & Electronics
Topic: Enrique . . . need you advice . . . again!
Replies: 6
Views: 1179

Re: Enrique . . . need you advice . . . again!

Make a back up . . . . . how? I'm a computer dimwit as Enrique knows to his cost. He has mounted his white charger and galloped to my rescue on more than one occasion . . . .and has refrained from battering me to death for my stupidity. I'm quite bright about some things . . . alas . . . technology ...
by Mariacristina
Sun Jun 05, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: Computers, Internet, Telephony, TV & Electronics
Topic: Enrique . . . need you advice . . . again!
Replies: 6
Views: 1179

Re: Enrique . . . need you advice . . . again!

Computer is working fine . . . I was concerned that support for Windows 7 would be cut if they are giving a deadline to install Windows 10. It sounded a bit ominous. Everything is working well after the last time you sorted it for me . . . including the writing app that you installed. I am actually ...
by Mariacristina
Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Computers, Internet, Telephony, TV & Electronics
Topic: Enrique . . . need you advice . . . again!
Replies: 6
Views: 1179

Enrique . . . need you advice . . . again!

I keep getting pop-ups on my computer telling me that I should upgrade to Windows 10 from my current Windows 7. I am now being warned that I must upgrade before July 29th or will have to pay (amount unspecified) to do so. Visitors to my house have twice kindly (!) installed Windows 10 on my computer...
by Mariacristina
Wed May 04, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Computers, Internet, Telephony, TV & Electronics
Topic: WINDOWS 7
Replies: 18
Views: 1537

Re: WINDOWS 7

I haven't got anything really useful to say except that I foolishly let someone install Windows 10 on my computer and couldn't do anything with it. In the end Enrique came along on his galloping white charger and sorted it all out for me . . . and didn't even make me feel like a fool for being such ...
by Mariacristina
Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: mowser
Replies: 36
Views: 9290

Re: mowser

I have only just picked up on this post. I am so very sorry . . . . such a nice man, funny and helpful. He will be missed.
by Mariacristina
Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: Gardens & Gardening
Topic: Amaranth seeds
Replies: 5
Views: 3346

Re: Amaranth seeds

I planted some Amaranth seeds last Autumn. Absolutely nothing happened! I will try again next month as maybe Springtime sowing will be more effective. I was advised to gently rub the seeds with fine sandpaper before planting so I shall try a few in one pot like that and a few in another pot to see i...