The attached is from a local newspaper.
We are very lucky to live even in the north-east corner of this English county.
I still reckon that Dorset is better though, having lived there for what is now, surprisingly, less than half my life.
Thinking back, where have I lived?
Devon: a couple of weeks.
Dorset: thirty years.
Berkshire: thirteen years.
Hampshire: twentyfive years.
But I have been lucky enough to visit in my working and re-enactment life France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Slovenia, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, Turkey, Bulgaria, Rumania, Hungary, and possibly other European countries that I have missed from the list. In several of the capital cities my wife Chrissy and I have spent significant anniversary weekends, tacked onto my business trips and courtesy of Air Miles earned on those trips.
in addition to my visits to the above countries I have found additional friends in Russia, Finland, the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), the U.S.A and elsewhere through business and hobby. I have been very lucky to have been granted the opportunities.
In retirement I visited Vancouver Island, Canada, where my Dad was posted in the RAF from 1941 to 1944.
If money were no object, where would I choose to live now?
For the climate, knowledge of the language and lifestyle: Italy.
For the scenery and people: Canada
For the best of England: Devon, Dorset or the Lake District.
For my comfort zone: where I live now.