Share your tips for planning and living your trips to France

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: My wife and I would like to plan a one month stay in France.
We are both fluent in French; therefore, it doesn’t matter whether we stay in a big city or in a small village.
In order to avoid serious planning errors, we would like to hear from people who both planned (logistics) and experienced such a stay. At this point, we’ve looked at Untours; however their presence is limited to only two regions of France.

Please, no travel agents. – Paul, no town

REPLY: What a wonderful question for Sun Spots readers! I can’t wait to hear what everyone has to say. Although I haven’t used Untours myself, but I know of travelers who have and have only heard rave reviews.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: We have older patio chairs that need replacement cushions or protective covers. We use them on our screened porch, but we would like them to be water resistant.

The problem we have is that they have a high back that is 28 inches long and 21 inches wide. The seat is 21 inches wide and 21 inches front to back and they are 4 inches thick. Finding replacement cushions is impossible! We hope you may be able to send us to someone who can help us. We love your column every day! – Pam, no town

REPLY: It looks like you need some padding and I have a few in my Rolodex. I can recommend Doreen Gendron at Unique Designs (754-0048) who is also on Facebook and Donna Marie Harrington at Gamache and Lessard Custom Window Treatments. Donna is their in-house upholsterer, but is independent under the trade name Comfy Cushion Upholstery by Donna. You can reach her at 212-6195 or send her an email at [email protected].

Readers, let me know if there is anyone else you have worked with that you would like to recommend for the Rolodex.

Doreen Gendron at Unique Designs (754-0048); and Donna Marie Harrington at Gamache and Lessard Custom Window Treatments. She is their in-house upholsterer, but she is independent under the trade name Comfy Cushion Upholstery by Donna. You can reach her at 212-6195 or send her an email at [email protected].

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Why is my forsythia not blooming well? It is so disappointing. – Mary, no town

REPLY: There are several reasons why a forsythia bush will not bloom. Some older varieties of forsythia will not have these beautiful yellow flowers after a harsh winter or late spring frost because the buds are not strong enough to survive.

The most common reason forsythia does not bloom is incorrect pruning. Flowers are created on one-year-old wood, so if you prune your shrub in the summer or fall or cut it to rigid dimensions, you may have removed the growth that would have produced flowers.

Plus, without six hours of sunlight, you won’t see any forsythia blooms. Finally, too much nitrogen will turn your shrub a full, charming green, but your forsythia will not flower. If your shrub is surrounded by lawn, the nitrogen-rich fertilizer you use on your lawn can hamper forsythia bud production. Adding more phosphorus, like bone meal, can help compensate for this.

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