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Bells for Alamein
The Bells rang out for Alamein
On a grey November morn,
And tired hearts grew strong again
With life and hope re-born.
The Bells that rang for Alamein
Were wafted to the sky,
And deep within each sacred Fane
Te Deums rose on high.
The Bells rang out for Alamein,
And some on bended knee,
Forgot their grief; forgot their pain,
And gave their praise to Thee.
And in those Bells for Alamein
Loned voices to us spoke.
“Our sacrifice was not in vain”.
“We free’d the Tyrants yoke”.
That Bells should ring for Alamein,
Should give the heedless pause.
And urge us all with might and main
To wage our Holy Cause.
Oh that those Bells for Alamein
Should ever have to cease.
But in our hearts they will remain
The harbinger of Peace.
F.E. Meadows
November 1942
Copyright © 2011 Elizabeth C. Anthony (nče Meadows)
Memories of Peel
Tender memories cluster round thee,
Beautiful, belovéd Peel;
Sweet remembrances surround me,
Softly to my heart they steal.
There in childhood oft O wander’d,
On thy purple headland slopes;
Joyous was the heart that ponder’d,
Brought the soul with boyish hopes.
There with merry schoolmates playing,
Sailing, fishing, bathing, sowing;
Corner stones of manhood laying,
Seeds of health and vigour sowing.
There how often through thy Castle,
Roved I silent and o’erawed;
Pictured gallant knight and vassal,
Stride across thy tilt-yard award.
Round thy rocks and shingly shores,
High upon thy mountain's crest,
Where the wave in cavern roars,
There I climb’d for seabirds’ nest.
There I sought for curious shellfish,
In the dark and rocky pool,
Wonder’d at their shapes so elfish
Fashion’d clear by nature’s tool.
There I’ve heard the strong man’s story,
Of the goblin, fairy, elf,
How he’d seen them in their glory,
On the moorland, hill and delph.
There at evening idly drifting,
On thy blue transparent bay,
Watch’d I oft the gold cloud rifting,
Ere we lost the sun’s last ray.
There I’ve seen thy peaceful billow,
Lashed to fury with the gale;
Toss’d the ship, as bends the willow,
Torn to shreds the dripping sail.
Land where booms the graceful sea pink,
Fragrant with the sea’s salt spray,
Tenderly of thee I will think,
To my last and dying day.
F.E. Meadows (1)
F.E. Meadows
14 February 1903
Copyright © 2011 Elizabeth C. Anthony (nče Meadows)





Pass The Butter .. Please.

This is interesting . .. .

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.

It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow colouring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavourings


DO YOU KNOW.. The difference between margarine and butter?

Read on to the end...gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories.

Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.

Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and

only because they are added!

Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavours of other foods.

Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years .

And now, for Margarine..

Very High in Trans fatty acids.

Triples risk of coronary heart disease .

Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)

Increases the risk of cancers up to five times..

Lowers quality of breast milk.

Decreases immune response.

Decreases insulin response.

And here's the most disturbing fact.... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC... and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT

These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

You can try this yourself:

Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:

  • no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)
  • it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic . Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

Share This With Your Friends.....(If you want to butter them up')!

Chinese Proverb: When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.



The Anglo Afghanistan Wars

Dame Vera Lynn (W.W.II forces sweetheart) has asked the question “Why are we in Afghanistan?” It is indeed a good question as there appears to be good reason for being there. Britain has fought three earlier war against Afghanistan all to protect our Indian empire. The last time I checked the atlas it appears that India is no longer coloured pink and both India and Pakistan are independent countries and are perfectly able to take care of their own borders with Afghanistan. So, why are we there now?

Here is the history lesson. The Anglo Afghanistan Wars:

  • First Anglo-Afghan War 1839 - 1842  - score -Lost
  • Second Anglo-Afghan War 1878 - 1881 - score - Draw
  • Third Ango-Afghan War  1919 - score - Tactical Draw
  • Fourth Anglo/ISAF/NATO-Afghan War - score - Who knows but I doubt that the war can be won even if we are there for decades.



World Economies Through Cows

 Author and origin unknown

FEUDALISM You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.

PURE SOCIALISM You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else’s cows. You have to take care of the cows. The government gives you as much milk as you need.

BUREAUCRATIC SOCIALISM You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else’s cows. They are cared for by ex-chicken farmers who are paid not to milk them. You have to take care of the chickens that the government took for the chicken farmers. The government takes both cows, shoot one milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. You have to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows. In triplicate.

PURE COMMUNISM Your have two cows. Your neighbours help you take care of them, and you all share the milk.

RUSSIAN COMMUNISM Your have two cows. Your neighbours help you take care of them, but the government takes all the milk.

CAMBODIAN COMMUNISM Your have two cows. The government takes both and shoot you.

NAZISM Your have two cows. The government takes both and shoot you.

DICTATORSHIP Your have two cows. The government takes both and drafts you.

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM Your have two cows. Your sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies. The economy grows. Your sell them an d retire.

PURE CAPITALISM Your have two cows. Your neighbour decides who gets the milk.

REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY your have two cows. Your neighbour picks someone to tell you who gets the milk.

SURREALISM Your have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.

AMERICAN CORPORATION Your have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce milk of four cows. Later, you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow has dropped dead.

JAPANESE CORPORATION Your have two cows. Your redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create a clever caw cartoon image called ‘Cowkimon’ and market it world-wide.

GERMAN CORPORATION Your have two cows. You re-engineer them so that they live for 100 years, and milk themselves.

ITALIAN CORPORATION You have two cows, but you don't know where they are. You decide to have lunch.

RUSSIAN CORPORATION Your have two cows. You count then and learn you have five. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have two. You stop counting and open another bottle of vodka.

SWISS CORPORATION You have 5,000 cows. None of them belong to you. You charge to owners for storing them.

CHINESE CORPORATION Your have two cows. Your have 300 people milking them. You claim that you have full employment, and high productivity. You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.

INDIAN CORPORATION Your have two cows. You worship the,

BRITISH CORPORATION Your have two cows. Both are mad.

IRAQ CORPORATION Everyone thinks that you have a lot of cows. You tell them that you have none. No-one believes you, so that they bomb and invade your country. You still have no cows, but at least now you are part of a Democracy...

AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION You have two cows. The one on the left look very attractive...

NEW ZEALAND CORPORATION You have two cows. Business seem pretty good. You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate.

BANK BAILOUT You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using a Letter of Credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exception for five, the milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island company secretly owner by the majority shareholder who sells the rights of all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with the option on one more. You sell one cow to buy a new president for the United States, leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet is provided with the release. The public buys your bull.




This I Believe - Hockey is the Cure for what Ails America

By Joe Scatchell - 3/2/07

Failing test scores, ill-behaved day care children, gangs, drug use, the list goes on of the ills facing our country. We look for quick answers that many times end up creating new issues and the circle of problems grows wider in an ever-spiraling pattern. So how do we stop the momentum and hope to reverse its damage?

Play Hockey.

I know that most of you are calling up images of stick swinging, lights out punches and bench clearing brawls. You've been fed a lie. That those things occur is a fact. That they occur so rarely to have painted an entirely incorrect picture of the sport is also a fact.Thousands of games are played each week all around the world now and you can probably name 3 or 4 incidents of outlandish behaviour, total.

Here's the truth. If you want society to be civil, its citizens polite, humble and respectful of one another get everyone involved in hockey. Hockey is above all else a family commitment that instils the values that our society holds dearest; that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, hard work has its reward, but most important, respect for others.

For the uninitiated, hockey starts at 6, both in age of player and time of morning practices! Moms and Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas, Aunts and Uncles load up the player and equipment and it's off to the rink. Many times the rides to and from the rink are lengthy giving parents and guardians and the children quality time to do the unusual; talk to one another. The conversations are not always deep or life altering but that they happen at all is becoming rarer. How did you sleep? Did you like that cereal? No, I never heard of "Take it Back Sunday", is it a song or a group?" It's all good because you are establishing lines of communication that may be used for much more important matters some day.

At the rink, you get to watch your child learn. The early progress is breathtaking. Remember how you marvelled when they learned to walk? Use a fork? How many chances to you get to see something as wonderful? Try skating sometime to see how difficult it is for yourself. It's likely that in a short time, your child will be better at something than you are. Talk about a no lie dose of self-respect!

Teams often play in tournaments that take place over several days and far enough from home to require over night stays. Whole families attend these events providing yet another opportunity to do something that is vanishing from our American landscape; the family road trip. Again, conversation, whole discussions even, stops for meals and potty breaks, arguments over who is touching who and all the other things that those fortunate enough to have taken these trips in our youth, still remember fondly many years later.Siblings look forward to hanging with all the other siblings, the hotel pool, knee hockey in the halls, and yes, the excitement of the games themselves.

Coaches are more than hockey fanatics; they are coaches of life. Players are correctly taught that hockey is a team sport. Everyone on the team contributes. Most teams keep playing time evenly distributed among the players in all but the most competitive situations to instil this fact. Parents are encouraged to bring school and home issues to the coach so that both the parents and the Coach are consistent. For example, it’s not at all unusual for Johnny not to play if he isn't doing well in school or disobeying at home.

Hockey can be dangerous. Sharp blades, hard sticks and the speed of play demand that players maintain control and respect for themselves and their competitors. Players are taught to "play the body" and not go and "hurt 'em". Indeed, the intention of checking is to separate the puck from the player; take the puck not the player out.

The game's traditions reinforce the basic tenets of a civil society. Before each game, kids as young as 8 years old and already placed in leadership roles as Captains, introduce themselves to the opposing Coaches and Officials and shake their hands. The rules of the game support the development of leadership by allowing only the Captains, not the Coaches, to talk to the officials about game calls. When a player scores, all his team-mates join in the celebration. The players who assisted on the goal get the same point the scorer received. Showboating does not occur in hockey. At the end of every game, all players and Coaches line up and shake hands. The same occurs at every level and even at the end of the NHL season.

Lest you think my arguments are specious, I offer these observations. Look at the other professional major American sports and compare them to professional hockey. Most of the players in the NHL and supporting professional leagues have lived away from their families and with host families at some point. Most of us would not think of taking a strange teenager into our home. If you speak to just about any host family, they will tell

you that the kid came in with all of the attributes I speak of. They were polite, respectful, humble and thankful for the hospitality shown. Lifelong relationships were made. You don't see professional hockey players being named in bar room shootings or taking steroids or other illegal drugs. Listen to the player interviews. Universally, they deflect any praise to their team mates and coaches. If they have a bad game or they're in a slump, they talk about needing to work harder and blame only themselves. When they receive awards, they start by thanking their parents and talk about those long car rides to rinks early in the morning. They are humble, thankful.

These same things happen at every hockey banquet I've had the honour of attending. I was privileged to spend as much time as I did with my daughter and 2 sons and have been paid back many times over for those cold mornings when I see them working at something hard, being polite, humble and respectful.

Thank you hockey