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If you're of UK origin, you will remember this as a classic British TV sitcom for the 70's where a couple 'opted out' and started a smallholding in their suburban garden.

I've always 'dabbled' in parts of it - growing veg, rearing ducks & chickens, etc.

Does anyone have any experience - I know 'Crabtree' has mentioned he has made a start with fruit & veg.

I'm thinking of starting off with snails. :rolleyes:

That's as much as I know lol.

Are they just the large, garden snails? I've seen them kept in a box of grass, but not sure if this is to grow them or just clean-up their innards a bit before boiling.........:confused2:
 

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The neighbors had some "pet snails" but I haven't heard anything about them recently. (How long do snails live anyhow?)

Basically, yes, they do seem to be the standard "garden variety" snails. I even know someone in Charente Maritime who just picked the snails off the property (free range?) to serve up for dinner.

The California Department of Agriculture or some such state agency used to have an information available online about how to prepare snails invading your garden as a delicious meal. It involved keeping them in a bucket of corn meal for 24 or 48 hours to clean out their systems before you cook them. I think keeping them in a box of grass is just the regular treatment if you're raising them as "livestock."
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I like to think of myself as Barbara, but I think my neighbours see me more as a Margot! I did look into it many years ago, but the cleaning and processing put me off! Good luck!

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Are we seriously talking about raising snails? Oh...or do you mean to later eat, aw. I thought for a glimmer of a moment French people raise snails just for fun/as pets and was like FRANCE IS AWESOME haha!
 

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Are we seriously talking about raising snails? Oh...or do you mean to later eat, aw. I thought for a glimmer of a moment French people raise snails just for fun/as pets and was like FRANCE IS AWESOME haha!
Thanks everyone. Yes SC, free range grub. ;)

I was surprised to see how many people keep pets here in the city, combined with poodle parlours, big pet sections in the gardenig centres, etc.

I remember in my French evening class back home, when one learner was telling us about her holiday in France, but the difficulty she had in trying to find a pet shop.

'Pet shop?' replied Madame teacher 'In France animals are for eating'. :eek:
 

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If you're of UK origin, you will remember this as a classic British TV sitcom for the 70's where a couple 'opted out' and started a smallholding in their suburban garden. I've always 'dabbled' in parts of it - growing veg, rearing ducks & chickens, etc. Does anyone have any experience - I know 'Crabtree' has mentioned he has made a start with fruit & veg. I'm thinking of starting off with snails. :rolleyes: That's as much as I know lol. Are they just the large, garden snails? I've seen them kept in a box of grass, but not sure if this is to grow them or just clean-up their innards a bit before boiling.........:confused2:
Or you could boil them up, let them then ferment and produce your own " slow gin".

Fletch.
 

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Hello Fletch, Hoping to top-up the diet by catching a few fish. Any notable places/species on the Atlantic coast - Bordeaux-ish area?
Hi Clic Clac. Currently in the UK doing my annual visit to Blighty visiting friends , family and B and Q. All I seem to have done since arriving yesterday iso sit in traffic queues, had forgotten just how horrendous the traffic problems have become in the home counties.

The best place to fish in Bordeaux is at Arcachon in and around the bassin. Sixty square ks of tidal sea water. It is the playground of the well heeled of Bordeaux, a great place to visit at anytime. Lovely town which can be reached direct bybtrain from BDX. In the season be prepared to walk everywhere as the place is gridlocked and all the locals walk or cycle around. The place is famous for the production of seafood and the finest of oysters can be purchased and consumed from the fishermen direct and scoffed at their huts just outside Arcachon. The town sports a huge marina,a Casino , a great Corniche on the waters edge , beautiful houses in the various quarters of the town and a goof ferry service over to Cap Ferret which used to be the haunt of Miss Bardot, The Aga Khan, Roger Vadim and other such French Socialites of the fifties and Sixties.

The fishing is the best in the area. Boats can be chartered for Bass fishing at the entrance of the bassin where the tide rages in out twice a day. Big bass are to be taken. If you can get access to a small boat and do it yourself then good fishing is to be had within the bassin itself amongst the mussel,and oyster beds for Dorade( black and red bream) by free lining lug or rag worm over the bottom.

If you drive around the outside of the bassin to Cap Ferret opposite Arcachon you can get down onto the sand dunes and beach fish for the bass in the tide races. But be warned , it is quite a dangerous place with regards to tides.

To my knowledge there are two tackle shops in Arcachon. Both very friendly, and knowledgeable, from where you can charter a boat with skippers, but as anywhere these days, quite expensive.

Even if you dont fish, I would recommend anyone to visit Arcachon for a good day out or pleasant minibreak. Been there many times and, after St. Sebastian, my favourite place on the Atlantic coast.

As Judith Chalmers said, " The weather here is beautiful, I wish you were too". Fletch.
 

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Thanks Fletch.

Might abandon the snail farm & just live on fish if I can make the move across there. :p

Regards to Blighty. You're probably having traffic problems because they drive on the other side over there. ;)


ps. Is any form of Rod Licence required?
 

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Thanks Fletch. Might abandon the snail farm & just live on fish if I can make the move across there. :p Regards to Blighty. You're probably having traffic problems because they drive on the other side over there. ;) ps. Is any form of Rod Licence required?
As far as I am aware, no licence is needed to fish from rocks and beaches, unlike Spain where you need a coastal licence. Florida also.

The driving bit is a problem as I am alternating between Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia , France and UK, not to mention always looking for a spot out of the sun in which to park the car.

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I started out keeping snails a while back.

Then one day they found a way out and they all ran off. It took me 8 weeks to round them all up and herd them back into their paddock. :(
 

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I started out keeping snails a while back.

Then one day they found a way out and they all ran off. It took me 8 weeks to round them all up and herd them back into their paddock. :(
I wish mine would all run off, there are hundreds of 'em munching their way round my garden. If you would like them, please come and help yourself!
 
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