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Re: bimbeloteries

I think she meant to say a "bigorneau".Smile [:)]

When I stopped in etretat for a few days I went everyday at lowtide to collect them.

There is a secret tunnel, tunnel des rois, which accesses a a rocky cliff face to the east of the seaside resort.

Access forbidden...if you know what I mean.

http://wallace.morkitu.org/photo.php?photo=1000&start=0

http://wallace.morkitu.org/thumbnail.php?album=44

http://tice27.ac-rouen.fr/webmuseum/reponses/reponse_mai2007/damville.pdf

not far from le havre...worth a visit


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I'm glad we've now moved on to things to do with nature.

After my recent experience with getting rid of mice, we were talking at my French class about what fouine, paresseux, etc were in English.

Now, I'd always thought that loir is a dormouse but the teacher said that loirs were black and white in colour.  Well, even I know that dormice are not black and white but a sort of brownIdea [I]

I brought up the saying "dormir comme un loir"  because I thought that dormice slept a lot.

Grr.....in no time at all, people were talking about sloths (paresseux, I suppose) and stone martens and pine martens and goodness knows what other savage beasts that could enter houses, sleep under the roof tiles, dance on your ceilings, etc.

One thing was, I thought paresseux (se) just meant lazy and had no idea it could be an animal as well.  No jokes about lazy people sleeping through the winter like hibernating animals and not getting up till midday, please!

If anybody knows what the differences are about between these loirs and fouines and anything else that are small, sauvage, furry and destructive, I'd be quite interested to know.

Except, I DO know the difference between a weasel and a stoat because I learnt that at school:

A weasel is weasily wecognised but a stoat is stoatally different....


N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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Re: bimbeloteries

And talking of animals, tomorrow sunday the 15th is a very very special day. The two pandas will be arriving at Roissy in a very very special Panda Express from where they will go in a very very special convoi accompanied by the Republican Guards on their motos.

The convoi will head to a very very special village called St Aignan for a civic reception, before continuing to Beauval.

If you ever get any where near St Aignan then visit Beauval, one of the top zoos in the world; it really is very very exceptional.

http://www.zoobeauval.com/zoo/les_pandas_arrivent/


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Re: bimbeloteries

Un loir is a dormouse, Sweet; here's a link to a sweet picture of a loir: http://ecologie.nature.free.fr/pages/mammiferes/loir.htm

Sort of greyish here - and those eyes!

I hadn't heard of paresseux - but it must be sloth; sloth is paresse.




Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.


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Re: bimbeloteries

The loir is edible, Sweets, and was a delicacy in Roman times and later, and is still so in some small parts of Italy, I believe.

They are delightful little creatures which will chatter and squeak at you if you manage to shine a torch on them when they are climbing your outside walls to go to their beds.


Too thick for a PhD!
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Re: bimbeloteries

And PAA+nda landing imminent.

Oh! St Aignan is in the département de loir & cher; named after the river and the enormous population of loirs; the tastiest loirs come from thereabouts.

Reminder: the president of frAA+nce and cAA+rlita will make a stAA+te visit to the pAA+ndas on 27th janvier.

http://www.itele.fr/video/deux-pandas-en-route-vers-la-france


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Re: bimbeloteries

Loirs, pandas, now I feel like an expert and only need the Readers Digest to confirm my mastery of these things!

But, what about fouines, what are those?


N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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I think it's the one that's weasily wecognised.  Smile [:)]


Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.


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