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Just spent two weeks at a friend’s moulin in the heart of France. What a wonderful surprise, the water mill was beautiful and there was about 9 acres of land with it. We spent the whole time nature watching and saw more wildlife than we have ever seen in the raw before. Red squirrells, golden oriels, herons, pine martins in the roof, kingfishers, kestrels nesting high up in the mill wall and the most beautiful butterflies in the meadow, (have you ever seen a white admiral?) There were walnut groves, fig trees and various plants and trees that we have never seen before. Even the wild flowers are different from ours in the uk. The French all seem to have their own veggie patch which puts my allotment to shame. Mind you their soil is red and rich and anything seems to grow in it. Back to reality – but my cucumbers have gone mad – 5 ready to pick and they are delicious, runner beans and beautiful peas, round courgettes and new potatoes – yummy and the tomatoes are almost ready to eat – I have tried some! Roll on the next holiday.

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What an idyllic way to spend a short break, so much to see and unusual too. I've only spent a couple of days in France but I got the impression that they live slower than us lol

6 Jul, 2010


We certainly weren't expecting such beauty.

6 Jul, 2010


It sounds a wonderful place. A watermill should be interesting to see.

7 Jul, 2010


Thanks for showing the photo. It looks so peaceful. I find old places like that very interesting.

8 Jul, 2010


Looks like a beautiful spot. I wish we had the 'rich red soil' they have in that part of France as where we live we've got heavy limy clay! Still, it's good to have a challenge.
We live in an old watermill too, but unfortunately a dam was built twenty years ago just above the house and so there's no longer any mill stream, mill wheel or buildings. Still beautiful though, and we like the same approach to gardening as you, with a little bit of a jungle... I call it organised chaos!

12 Aug, 2010


What a lovely peaceful place it look and France I love its such a lovely country I personally have always found the people lovely and polite over there and welcoming when I went in the 80s hope enjoy

10 Jul, 2011

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