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I have been living in rural France for nearly three and a half years, and what a wonderful place to live. Quiet roads, very little crime, no noise, nice bars and cafes, good food and fine wines, lovely people but terrible beer. And the wild life is incredible.

Despite the fact that most men in rural France are hunters, and seem to shoot anything that moves, wild life is all around me. Through my 12 acres runs a little stream, it is a water sanctuary, water boatman, dragonflies, beautiful shimmering blue damselflies skipping from yellow Iris to yellow Iris. In the stream there are eels, fresh water crayfish and little stickleback like fish. On the bank, if one is quite, one can see an otter or two who seem to be quite oblivious to the cows grazing nearby.

Last winter my front garden (grass patch) was visited by pheasants and regularly by a pair of partridge strutting passed my window. One day, despite all my dogs, a big, nearly black, dog fox sat no more than four yards from my house; not a care in the world. I had three stags visit one of my fields and they stayed, calmly eating for hours. So no stress here.

This year since spring there has been a profusion of wild animals, lots of swallows, of course. Colourful 'charms of goldfinches', two pairs are nesting in trees nearby. On the bank of a cornfield a vixen plays with her three cubs as I stand about 30 yards from her. I have a feral cat who visits me every day for food, he now allows me to touch him and he has made friends with my cat and it is a pleasure to see them playing together. I have never seen so many different species of butterflies, I have bought a book in an attempt to recognise them.

Yesterday I picked three giant puff balls, big round mushrooms, I took them to the local bar and the owner made omelettes with them for all his customers, really nice. I have decided to make my small place into a nature reserve and I have posted signs to that effect, not gone down to well with the local hunting fraternity, but not my problem.

Last week I was driving my van and in the near distance I saw a hare sat at the side of the road, I slowed to a stop to take a look at the big boy, he just sat and looked at me then slowly turned and ambled off, I wished him luck and a long life and just as I got out the last of these mental words he turn and looked back at me as if to say thank you. What a wonderful place .

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