lil hodgins

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sounds good, i will have a look later
here we are into figs, apples, bits n bobs around the garden, toms/cucumbers n peppers, i have dug these up and popped them in the greenhouse when the nights started getting cooler, a couple have been going a couple of years, even with neglect, pears and grapes are finished, just, sweet chestnuts are in, . heading to the pyrenees this weekend to collect some wild walnuts. yes dry here too, but the fruit trees are fine.
2 years ago
cool here today , really for the first time, a long hot dry summer and running into autumn....lit the fire last night for the first time...how is life in angers?
2 years ago
Hi olga, how is life going in the mountains ? enjoying this lovely autumn ? hi to everyone else, sorry i have been offline for a long time!
2 years ago
Welcome back Olga and i am so sorry to hear about your son...i hope he is doing ok..what a shock it must of been to you....good thoughts going your way....
Been offline here which stil hasnt been resolved so trying to type on my phone! Younger eyes needed!
Thats a good permie garden surviving on its own...good design...we too were very mild but 2016 has been very wet so far...
3 years ago
back online again, how are you, corrie and olga getting on ? enjoying these wonderful temps.
3 years ago
that sounds a great garden olga ! yes i a m in france but heading off tomorrow as well for awhile, hope you have a great trip and the weather is kind to you. looking forward to hearing about the garden some other time ...
yes >Lorenzo it would be great to have a more active french permie group ! how are things in italy ?
3 years ago
Hi olga, yes i know the barronnies, lovely area.....very rural and beautiful, we have done wild camping down there a few times, we are on the lookout for an old barn/very cheap house with some land, so we get around ! isn't that funny about garlic ! so what do you grow down there ? are you up high ? you must be looking forward to the autumn colours down there ..
3 years ago
Hi Rus, that is the question where to settle? it's not easy one when you come to a country the size of france. weather for me is a huge issue, that will dictate a lot of what and when you can sow food. Too high and you have snow from december to april, get inone of those windy areas, e.g le mistral as one example and it will drive you nuts......Too far north and you might as well stay in britian or ireland without the language hassle. luckily you have the intenet and you can do a lot of research, going by average temps. really doesn't mean much, if you get it all in 1 or 2downpours and zilch then for the rest of the year....i like growing peaches, grapes etc. so i am south of bordeaux, they grow easily, literally wherever you stick them. climate change is noticeable here in france since i have come and some places get floods, very strong winds, heavy dumps of snow etc. the alps get a lot of tourists, do you like that?, i spend time down in the pyrenees and some valleys get very busy , pollution is an issue in some parts of france, so i am sure there is a map on that somewhere. good luck and feel free to ask any questions !
3 years ago
Hi Rus and welcome to france ...i am over in the south west , though i have been to Besancon years ago...youwill be up high there ? hope everything works out for you !
3 years ago
Hi Olga, welcome, though i am not often on here, more a lurker i suppose !
your place sounds lovely, a dream for me and hopefully i will get there next year ...i have been in france a long time, but hope to end up in the pyrenees. is there anything you find you can't grow at that altitude? the pyrenees are an amazing place, i am regularly down in the vallée des gaves, where are you settled ? though i have been here a long time i have never met any other permies, maybe we could get a casual group going down here in the south west?!
3 years ago