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Posted: 13/08/2013 at 09:38

It sounds like you've found the perfect place, Smokin. It helps to speak a bit of French, too. Talking with the neighbours certainly improved our school French, and with hands and feet and a few mutual aperitifs with lots of Ricard we got on quite well. It was our original plan to retire there too, but as I said, things got a bit too much and retirement was still a long way away. In the meantime we've bought an old house in the country here in Switzerland with a lovely garden which keeps me occupied and hubby enjoys mucking around in his cellar workshop.

I do enjoy your stories of your life in France, keep them coming!


Posted: 12/08/2013 at 19:58

Hi Smokin, I know what you mean about the peace and simple living in France. For several years we had a little cottage near a tiny village in Allier, inbetween Vichy and La Palisse. Unfortunately we found we didn't have enough time to spend there and every time we went everything was overgrown. In the end we sold it to an English couple who were planning to retire there. An interesting fact was that most of the people we knew there disliked Parisiens and insisted that Paris is not France!


Posted: 12/08/2013 at 10:24

Nice story, smokin! My hubby takes our two cats for a walk along the field at the back of our house every evening (without a leash, I might add). The route takes them past the horse paddock, where the horses come to look at them, sometimes the cats walk along the top of the fence. They then continue to the woods, where there is a picnic table. Hubby smokes a ciggie and the cats have a good old sniff around, then it's slowly back home. The whole walk is about 800 meters, cats are dog (cat!) tired afterwards!

Whereabouts in France are you?



Posted: 12/08/2013 at 08:56


Posted: 12/08/2013 at 08:46

Nice to see you back, Andy. Don't work too hard and look after yourself.

Morning all, done some housework (yuk), now off to do some shopping, then mow the grass/weeds, vacuum the car and other bits and bobs.

Have a good day everyone, hope the sun shines for you, or it rains for those who need it.


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 17:12

I call Hubby to haul me up again!


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 17:09

No need to give them away. Charlotte will keep well, just don't wash them and store them cool and dark. My local farmer where I buy mine sells them for months.


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 16:58

FB, how true, how true!


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 11:47

If you're uncertain, copy your original post and paste it in after you've logged in! That way you don't loose it.


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 11:04

Hi Stacy, the Kew site says the following:

"Turkish sage is a hardy species of Phlomis, which can be grown in any good, well-drained soil, in sun or partial shade. It has a long flowering-period, stretching from late spring to early autumn. It does well in sunny borders in British gardens, and is drought tolerant when established. Propagation can be carried out by division of the clumps."

So it sounds like it doesn't really matter whether sun or partial shade. Apparently it does spread underground though.

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