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at/to a very old age: My grandmother lived to a ripe old age.My uncle was still driving a car at the ripe old age of 89.
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'If you are lucky and you don't get any diseases like cancer, you get a chance to live to a ripe old age, but you hasten the process if you don't use the body,' he said.
January 26, 1915: People were living to a ripe old age in Huddersfield with the deaths reported in the Examiner of 97-year-old Hannah Cooper, of Woodhouse Hill, and William Sykes, the oldest person in Linthwaite, who died aged 95.
With 50 years of experience in the garden of the house he has lived in throughout that time, set in three-quarters of an acre in West Sussex, he now shares some of his horticultural experiences in his latest book, Growing to a Ripe Old Age.
Growing to a Ripe Old Age, by Edward Enfield, is published by Summersdale, price pounds 9.99.
With 50 years of gardening experience under his belt in the garden of the house he has lived in throughout that time, set in three-quarters of an acre in West Sussex, he now shares some of his horticultural experiences in his latest book, Growing To A Ripe Old Age.
I know some people will say he's much too old and might not live long enough to see his family grow up, but he could live to a ripe old age, which I hope he does.
CHILL OUT: Foreigners live to a ripe old age with relaxed daily routines
"Even if I live to a ripe old age I want to help someone.
A GOOD sex life and bulging bank account are among the secrets of living to a ripe old age.
Australia is the best place for couples to live to a ripe old age. The female life expectancy in 1993 was 80.9, only bettered by France at 81.1.
Despite the great physical strength of trees-and the complex defensive tricks they employ to survive to a ripe old age in one place-it is a fact of life that all trees must someday die.
He may live to a ripe old age but, to put it mildly, Mr Roden hasn't exactly got time on his side has he?