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  1. Dawn
    2nd September 2023 @ 12:11 pm

    A wonderful snapshot Beth, how idyllic. Amazing sunflowers, and what wonderful grapes!

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    • Beth Haslam
      3rd September 2023 @ 12:51 pm

      Thanks so much, Dawn. We are blessed with a fantastic variety of beautiful crops here. 🙂

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  2. Carolyn
    2nd September 2023 @ 1:29 pm

    Perfect description of the joys of country living. Your photos are splendid. Sadly we have consumed all last year’s wine from our friend’s farm (well, it was delicious). He is currently harvesting and this year we are having a small experiment with white wine (could it be a vinho verde – always hopeful).
    I used to think they combined in East Anglia late at night because the fields are huge but a neighbour assures me it is better for the wheat and barley to be reaped then

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    • Beth Haslam
      3rd September 2023 @ 12:50 pm

      Thanks so much, Carolyn. Aha, in my experience vinho verde is either awful or delicious. I’m sure you’re friend will know what he’s doing – bonne dégustation! Huh, that’s interesting about the East Anglia farmers. Christophe, and many others here are convinced it’s the right time to combine.

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  3. Sally Jane Smith
    2nd September 2023 @ 10:02 pm

    Lovely to see the change of seasons – and that fruit looks so good!

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    • Beth Haslam
      3rd September 2023 @ 12:45 pm

      I do love a temperate climate, Sally. There’s something about freshly-harvested fruit that tastes extra-special. 🙂

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  4. Patti Townley-Covert
    3rd September 2023 @ 7:44 pm

    Fabulous. Your pics make me want to join you, Beth.

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    • Beth Haslam
      8th September 2023 @ 6:12 pm

      Aww, thanks so much, Patti. You would have been very welcome!

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  5. Rebecca
    9th September 2023 @ 7:57 am

    What a wonderfully fertile area of France you live in Beth with such an abundance and variety of crops, cereals, fruits and flowers. Thanks for showing us the changing seasons and how interesting to learn about lunar farming. Those farmers know a thing or two. Super pics, those juicy plums, apples and pears are mouthwatering!

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    • Beth Haslam
      9th September 2023 @ 8:08 am

      Thanks very much, I’m so glad you enjoyed the blog, Rebecca. We are incredibly lucky to live in such a fertile growing area. I find the whole lunar gardening subject very interesting. I have much more to learn about specific phases of the moon and when to plant, but I’m determined to try!

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  6. Pamela Ciaramitaro
    24th September 2023 @ 4:18 am

    your information about lunar farming is fascinating. I learned something new. Thank you for explaining. it makes sense.

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    • Beth Haslam
      2nd October 2023 @ 1:12 pm

      Apologies for the delayed reply, Pam, we have just returned from hols.
      I’m so glad you found the lunar farming information interesting, most of the farmers we know here swear by it.

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  7. Debi Myers
    21st November 2023 @ 10:58 am

    HI Beth, Loved reading your stories- also reference to yoga friends. My husband and I are looking for a home here in France. Some communities in the S here by Arles do not feature yoga studios. Are you a founder of your community? your region looks beautiful – are you in the S of France?

    Thank you Debi Myers

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    • Beth Haslam
      22nd November 2023 @ 12:43 pm

      Hi Debi, I’m so glad you enjoy my stories, thank you. As you’ll have guessed, our lives here are never boring.
      We live in the southwest of France, in a rural area west of Toulouse. It is a beautiful fruit-growing area, which we love. As for the yoga, no I am not a founding member. Our little group (which I’ll introduce you to in my next book) is run by a lovely lady who is training in Toulouse. As a ‘discipline’, yoga is very popular in France. I’m sure, if you ask in the Mairies or at the local sports centre in the areas of your property search, that you’ll soon find classes. Good luck with finding a home, in our experience, life here in France is wonderfully rewarding.

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