I just wanted to say how pleased I am to have found this Forum. We moved to France 10 years ago, and are now in our second house having moved in 4 years ago. We live in the Correze Dept (described as gateway to the South West) where we can have summers up to +40 degs C and winters with temperatures down to -20 degs C, so quite a range! Most of the time, though, we have a fairly temperate climate.
I'm attempting to establish a 'country' garden, with a flower garden, a veg plot and a chicken enclosure around the house, which is enclosed by a mixed planted hedge. We also have a field at the back of the house where I have three donkeys. This part is bordered by a road where 6 cherry trees (2 lots of 3 types) and 3 walnut trees have been planted along the boundary.
I hope I haven't bored you all silly by now and will be asking lots of questions, I'm sure! Are there any other French residents on the Forum?