Friday, February 6, 2009

Travelling in France

Hello again from Pine Mountain. I think winter is finally arriving. It has been raining and almost snowing for the last couple of days. The temperatures are in the 40's F ( 4 C ) in the day time and 30's F (-1 C ) at night. The snow level is down to 6000 feet ( 1829 meters ).

Squeekers my parrot, and I have been tending our winter garden in the attached
greenhouse. It is nice to be safe and warm at about 70 F (21 C ) while rain storms and wind storms swirl by. Squeekers gets scared when it really starts raining or when thunder roles. He goes and hides in the hollow tree stump that I made for him in the greenhouse. He looks out through the knot holes to see
if the weather has returned to normal. The peanut plants that I planted are growing though I still have to keep them caged in chicken wire mesh to keep Squeekers from trying to pull them up.
The ranch is on the normal winter routine of tending to the farm animals early in the morning before daylight. We have a big breakfast about 0700 then four or five hours in the greenhouse tending the garden. We enjoy lunch about noon then spend four or five hours working on our internet websites, writing, answering email etc.Finally we have dinner about 1800 then read magazines or watch TV until about 2100 then we head off to bed only to start the next day at 0400.

Well enough about ranch life. This week we leave Germany and Austria behind and begin our travels in France.

If you are new to our newsletter here is how it is laid out.

Section 1 Ranch News

Section2 Alternative Energy

Section3 Health and nutrition

Section4 Travel for Less

Section5 Treasure Hunting

Section6 Traveling in France

Section 7 Pine Mountain Evening

Alternative Energy

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Now that the global economy is going into a recession, everyone needs to find ways to conserve and use renewable energy. The Alternative energy store is a place to start. They can help you design a system that will make you energy independent. If you are a person that likes to do things yourself, The Alternative energy store has a library of books and videos to show you how to do things right.

Alternative Energy Handbook

Looking for a way to use alternative energy but you do not want to spend a lot of money. The Alternative Energy Handbook is the answer. There are simple step by step projects complete with illustrations that you can build for pocket change. Go to ==>
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Hydrogen Fuel

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Ethos Fuel Additive

How would you like to improve gas mileage, reduce emissions, and have more power all at the same time. Ethos works by reformulating your gasoline so more air mixes with the fuel vapor. This causes your fuel to burn more completely with less emissions. More power is generated by more complete combustion of the fuel. Ethos is environmentally safe and non toxic. Go to ==>
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Nutrition and Health

These days everyone is concerned about nutrition and health. Most of our food is over processed and has very little nutrient value. Our food looks great but not much more. If we want to stay healthy in today’s world we are forced to take supplements. The question is: What supplements will provide what you need for the least amount of time and money? I believe one of the best supplements out there is called acaiplus. It is a blend of vitamins and minerals plus acai to promote health and long life. They also have vitamins to help improve your long term and short term memory. They a
lso have an energy drink that gives you steady long term energy. To learn more about these products go to ==> Acaiplus . Check out Acaiplus, Feed My Brain, and White Lightning. Here on Pine Mountain we drink Acaiplus every day.

Travel for Less

Travel Secrets
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Travel Writing

How would you like to get paid to go on vacation? Travel to all the destinations that you always wanted to travel to and be treated like a VIP. Travel the world on your timetable. If you can write a simple letter about your travels then you have what it takes to be a travel writer. All you need is a little instruction and you will be on your way to a rewarding career. Go to ====>
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Adventure and Treasure Hunting

Proper Research is the Key

Do you watch movies like Indiana Jones and wish you could do that in real life? Do you like a good mystery and a good adventure? Would you like to use modern methods and tools to find long lost treasure? All this is possible if you learn from the best. Stan Grist, world renown adventurer and treasure hunter has written a course complete with step by step instruction on how to become successful
. Go to ==>Treasure Hunting and check out his course “Creating Wealth Through Adventure”Stan now has a new newsletter that tells about all his latest adventures. You can read it by going to ==> It comes complete with videos.

And now our feature story.

Travelling in France

We left Germany and Austria behind and entered France near the town of Strasbourg in the Alsace region. Strasbourg is a city of 702,500 people and is the second largest port on the Rhine river. The area is a mixture of French and German culture and is an important manufacturing center.

Strasbourg Cathedral

The center of town is actually an island and is the home Strasbourg Cathedral, the fourth tallest church in the world. Other buildings on the Grand lll island are the centuries old churches of St Thomas, St Pierre le Vieux, St Pierre le Jeune, and St Etienne. This whole center of town island was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 1988.

Strasbourg Waterfront

Strasbourg is an ancient town and was first established in Roman times. The town celebrated it's 2000th birthday in 1988. In 1332 more than half the poulation died of a bubonic plague outbreak. In 1518 the dancing plague broke out and 400 people danced constantly for weeks until they died of heart attacks.

Strasbourg is also famous for the Gutenberg printing press which was developed in 1440 by Johannes Gutenberg. Another landmark is the Henry's tower bridge that leads to the island.

In 2000 Islamic terrorists tried to blow up the Strasbourg cathedral but were stopped before they could accomplish their goal.

The city has many parks and museums including the Musee des Beaux Art which has paintings by Goya, Botticelli, Reubens,and other famous painters.

We spent several days marveling at the manificent buildings and fine art exhibits of the city. Finally it was time to head west and enter the rest of France.

Pine Mountain Evening

It is another cold winter evening here on Pine Mountain Ranch.

Squeekers is on his perch munching peanuts. Tonight I am enjoying Mocha Java from This american roast coffee combines rich eithiopian mocha with the sweet taste of coffees from the Java islands. This makes for a complex and unique tasting coffee that goes well with homemade sugar cookies. Squeekers and I have been watching and old TV series called Highlander. My coffee and cookies are now history and my show is over. It has been a long day. I put Squeekers in his cage and turn off the fireplace. It is time for bed. Good night all have a great week. See you next week.