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Living On The Wild Side!

13 Mar

Living On The Wild Side!

Many will recognise this beautiful, delicate wild flower, but most folks won’t know very much at all about it. This is Pulmonaria officinalis aka Lungwort (or, Common Lungwort), it’s predominantly an open woodland plant, one of the first to flower in early Spring.

Lungwort is what’s known in horticultural circles as an ‘ancient’ wild flower. Many moons ago, in medieval times, its leaves were used to make a form of ‘medicinal tea’ that was reputed to cure severe chest infections, such as bronchitis. Whether or not it works, I don’t know, but Tom commented that he might test it at some point in the near future, to find out if it will hold his emphysema at bay, Bless him!

Yesterday, as Spring was very much in evidence with wonderfully warm sunshine, singing birds, buzzing bees and sunbathing lizards, two of my menfolk and I enjoyed the hobby that all four of us took up when we first became hobos in France, we went woodland walking!

Sadly, Tom is no longer able to enjoy this pleasurable family quality time, his health has deteriorated very swiftly since we were forced to take to the tent in 2008. But, he remains at our ‘home base’, wherever that might be at the time, and he makes the tea when we arrive back!

We take photos as we walk, mostly of wildlife and other natural topics, and those pics are a great source of pleasure to us all as we drink ‘Tom’s brew’ and look at the pics together!

Life is what we make of it, and the vast swathes of forestry, meadowland, rivers and gorges, mountains and lakes, across France, are inspiring, even for hobos!

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8 responses to “Living On The Wild Side!

  1. merewoman

    March 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

    That’s one thing that nobody can steal from you – the beauty of nature. No no, they can’t take that away from you.

    Beautiful photo, Chrissie.

     
    • hobosinfrance

      March 13, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Thank you. 🙂 Indeed they can’t, Susie! Paul says we will always be able to go for our walks – even if he needs to push Tom and me in a wheelbarrow, lol!! xx

       
  2. Perpetua

    March 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I’m glad spring has arrived for you, Chrissie and that you’re taking advantage of it so enjoyably. I’m only sorry Tom has to stay behind.

     
    • hobosinfrance

      March 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Hi Kathy, we were aware in the UK, before we moved to France in 2007, that Tom has advancing emphysema. But, with appropriate living conditions and medical care, he was fully expected (by our then GP and a Consultant) to live a ‘normal’ active life for about 10 years, before the disease would curtail his lifestyle. In fact, my ‘dicky ticker’ was our biggest concern while we were planning to move here, stairs had presented me with problems for several years, specifically, after I had my first heart attack when I was 41! But, despite relevant documents being presented to the Riom Appeal Court, the Judge ruled that our health issues were ‘not a matter for the Tribunal to consider’ – that judgement wiped out our claim that we would not have purchased the house if we could not have a lift installed in the garage, to take us from ground level to the first floor where we planned to live, leaving the rest of the house for family to occupy. Supporting documents included our architect’s Plans, submitted to the Immo, the notaire, and to our sellers, pre-purchase! EU laws state that it is a human right for us to have accommodation that meets our needs (we were paying for those modifications, not the State of France!) – that was our consideration, proved by our architect’s Plans, but totally ignored by the French judiciary! Tom’s health has deteriorated much more quickly than envisaged before we left the UK, we have no doubt whatever that our living conditions, ie living in the tent, have caused that premature decline. But, we have needed to adapt, so be it, and the pics that we take during our walks are a source of great pleasure for us all, but especially for Tom. 🙂 Yes, spring has arrived, and we look forward very much to the summer, too – getting some warmth into our elderly bones!! Make sure that you enjoy too, Kathy. xx

       
  3. Sue

    March 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Super photo, Chrissie, better than in my big, glossy RHS book!!

     
    • hobosinfrance

      March 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      Lol! Thank you, Sue, that’s the difference between natural and ‘posing’!! 😉 Shhhhh! I’m RHS trained – mind you, all of my RHS tutors are probably long gone by now, it has been so long that I have to check to make sure I’m still using the accepted ‘proper’ names for flora and fauna!! Progress, they call it!! D’oh! 😉 xx

       
  4. Jenn

    March 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Lovely photo, Chrissie, your outlook on life is inspiring xx

     
    • hobosinfrance

      March 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      🙂 Thank you, Jenn, I do hope so – if just one family is helped by the contents of this blog, virtually everything will have been worth while! 🙂 xx

       

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