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Can anyone help with some advice about one of our dogs.One of them keeps getting a swelling on one of his front paws. It has happened 4-5 times in the last year.

Fri, 08/14/2009 - 09:32

I have just planted some Kiwis. I know about male/ female plants and have planted a male between two females. I was building a support when my neighbour (the farmer from whom we bought our land) decided to help, as ever!

Tue, 05/19/2009 - 11:40

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Wed, 12/30/2009 - 16:15

  Hello Sandra We came over to live in North Calabria, just over a year ago, from Yorkshire and drove over with our two dogs.  We used Eurotunnel and did not have any problems at all.  There are ample hotels which will take dogs on route. Drop us a pm if you would like any further information. Best of luck Sue & Pete    

Thu, 10/22/2009 - 12:25

I saw the same details and was very interested but a little more digging revealed an item saying it was an East European outfit and that they didn't have a plane under 18 years old. Before I book I think I will check further as to whether this is true. I wouldn't like to fly in a Sopwith Camel, at least until the weather gets warmer.

Fri, 10/02/2009 - 11:02

I agree with latoca, Owners Direct are excellent.

Fri, 10/02/2009 - 10:55

Giulia I have sent you a personal message as we have a lot of information to exchange!

Answer to: Electric adaptor
Sun, 09/27/2009 - 11:11

Before we came to Italy we bought a large pack of Italian to English adaptors from Ebay, they were very cheap and have worked well. There are some on ebay at the moment on this link Hope that helps

Answer to: English Sky ??
Sun, 09/27/2009 - 10:56

We get SKY HD in Calabria through a 80CM dish pointing at Astra 2. We were told that it was impossible but got the coordinates, gave them to our local guy who laughed and said he'd have a go, now we get everything but BBC and  ITV2,3, etc.If you want BBC here you need a dish the size of the Denby Dale Pie (for you Yorkshire folk out there) so we have learnt to live without it. Get two dishes though and keep one for Italian TV, its a great way to learn the language if you choose wisely. There are full details on Insat on the web

Answer to: concrete floors
Tue, 09/08/2009 - 11:51

Sorry, I should have said before, try a dilution of 10:1 to start and see if it seals ok. If you use too strong a mix it can be quite tacky and you will sound like a cartoon character when you walk across the floor, if you have a paddle which you can put into a drill that would be a good way of mixing in a bucket as well (if you are lazy like me that is).

Answer to: concrete floors
Mon, 09/07/2009 - 13:21

There are 3 types of concrete sealant I have used in the past, one is water based and covers concrete quickly and easily and prevents the sort of "dusting" you get when you walk on an untreated floor. This has no ill effects on tiling.I have also used a very diluted PVA bond, diluted 5-10:1, this is a cheap way of doing it, won't last more than a few months but helps provide better adhesion for your tiles anyway.Then there is the paint you use on a garage floor. The most expensive option and probably not the best for tile adhesion.You should not really put tile adhesive straight onto a concrete floor anyway, it is better to seal it first as the tile adhesive will stick to the concrete better. If you don't seal it the tiles are more likely to rise as the top layer of the concrete is where the water has evaporated from and is less solid and prone to "dusting"If you are tiling within the next 4-6 months I'd do it with PVA which is available in most Bricos 

Mon, 09/07/2009 - 13:11

To find out what radiator size you need for a room try the below link and work out the BTU for each room. I suspect that if you get one of the fan radiators that are so common in Italy, you may be able to get away with a smaller BTU rating. If your room is damp, as well as cold, however, you will need to think about a dehumidifier as Gromit says or you may just be moving a condensation problem around the house. The fan radiators are very effective for heat output but I would consider the idea of a small vented woodburner if you can.

Mon, 08/31/2009 - 18:58

What I took exception to was you confining narrow mindedness to "Small Town Italy," have you never been to Yorkshire. I think you miss the point. If you try and join a community without respecting the way they live you will fail, if you want to assert your own identity its rather silly to so in defiance of local behaviour patterns from day 1. You said that you managed to overcome this, well done, but you seem to have allowed it to leave you with a great deal of bitterness because everyone didn't accept you immediately. Do you have the right to expect that anywhere and why should they welcome you with open arms until you have proven yourself a little. And, because I am married you feel I can't possibly comment as I can't appreciate your position, I wasn't born married though and felt the alienation of moving to London as a single man when 18 years old and then Yorkshire three years later. What I didn't do was assume everyone there was narrow minded and insular.Trying to fit in does not mean subdueing your nature at all, its a question of respect, surely and trying to see things from other peoples points of viewsBy the way, we live in a rural town of 2,000 people with its own gay bar, gay visitors and the only people the locals seem prejudiced against from the outset are those foreigners who come here, won't bother with the language and don't try to integrate. I find myself rather like that.