what a plesant day you've had Don I wish people would stop and talk more In my home town it would take the best part of the day to walk down to the shops and back 

and the shops where only 800 yards away........I miss the good old days of people stopping you in the street just for a chat asking if mum dad where ok and this and that 




  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    Thats how it should be image 

    I am lucky. I live in a small market town and walk a lot. Takes me all morning to do my shopping because of the chats and invariably I come back via someones house for a coffee. Brought up in the countryside, used to play in the road as kids as so few vehicles around.

  • Addict same here I miss it. 

    Market town's are great.  

  • I agree don 

    we have a small village near us and every year all the villagers clear and plant things in their village green it's so nice to see if your their at the right time.



  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,092

    I live in France too. Recently we had a big hail storm and the man at the Mairie rang to ask if my roof was OK and did I need any help. Luckily the house is fine, but some houses around here have had badly damaged rooves. When we had a hurricane the local farmers came and cleared my 1km long drive of fallen trees in a couple of days. If there is a power cut someone rings or calls round to see if I'm all right. I live in a clearing in the forest 4kms by road to the village, but they don't forget me. When there is an event in the village I get sent an email.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,092

    Hello again Smokin Donkey, you did know I live in France, I've said so several times. Do you remember this?-


    "Smokin Donkey, your story starts a bit like mine. My husband worked really long hours in London. We lived in the country, long commute as well. He had always wanted to move to France one day, but he started getting chest pains so we sold up and came to north Dordogne in1985. The children were still small. He bought a business here, but there was far less hassle and we lived on less. Chest pains went and he was happy. But in 98 he died of a heart attack. But I think living here made him happy and kept him alive longer.

    My old farmhouse has no near neighbours and was empty for 6 years. Surrounded by woodland and fields with wild flowers. I made a garden and it's full of birds and wildlife"

    You gave me a nice encouraging answer.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,092

    I was lucky as about 12 years after he died I met a nice English man living in France whose wife had died some years before. So now we are both in France, so are my 4 children and 6 grandchildren. But I also love England and I still miss it. But I was lucky and lived in the country in England, also in an old farmhouse with a garden.

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