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Rabbit farming – from small seeds a beginning. PT 1
Sat 4-Sep-10
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Budo1

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     So back from a refreshing break and thought I™d throw my head into this task set before me. I guess I™d better introduce myself a little more first. I was born in Welsh countryside, of a mining / farming family. My grandfather had a 75 acre hill farm adjacent to my Great Grandmothers farm which was approx 130 acres. Both of which raised sheep as the main stay but also held a small dairy herd of approx 15- 20. And then the usual goat, chickens the odd pig and so on.

    At an early age and due to father™s career in armed forces I moved to the bright lights of the city of Portsmouth, and would be many years before my permanent return.  Fondest childhood memories are of holidays back home where we could barely cast our bags through the door of the old village shop owned by the grandparents and run up the mountain to the farms¦ the distinctive odour of the milking sheds and fields the sound of the brook babbling away in the background¦ a heady sensory over load and today sets off nostalgic daydreams of days gone by and teenage camping trips fresh eggs and bacon in the pan, tickling trout in the brook and long dreamy days in the field.

    As a teenager began to work the fields on farms in Hampshire; flower picking in the freezing days of early march, potato picking, stone picking. Working in the sheds packing produce for market, the back breaking work of fruit picking- all to easy to have your  ˜5 a day™ then lol. And always my favourite time was hay baling, dusty¦ hard work, back breaking on times, palms full of blisters but such a joy and accomplishment and wholesomely satisfying when

completed.

And so on¦.. this helped me pay my way through college and my career as a sports therapist  ˜ cough™ yes I know a complete tangent lol. And several years of high security and body guard, marriage, a child etc and a small illness and fortunately only a brief health scare which caused us to make the full decision to sell up and move back home and begin the plans and dreams of down sizing that I had talked late into the night over the occasional glass of home made wine ; p with my wife, spinning honey soaked romantic ideals of ˜The good life™  healthy living, space to breath and raise beautiful children¦ muck and muscle and women with Laura Ashley dresses¦™ love peace and bananas baby™. He he he.

The career taking a turn and continuing with the coaching but working in Police jails paid its toll and has struck us ever forward to a

few years ago¦¦.

Sat 4-Sep-10
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Lovely story, don't stop now!

I grew up in Wales too, in a mining area so everything always seemed to be covered in coal dust, but I had the freedom of being able to roam the mountains and valleys and my childhood still seems to have been magical.

I'll try that again!

Sat 4-Sep-10
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You know that was one thing about the vallys.. the river run grey / black the mountains and cloths were dirty... and now... the Vallys are green and lush air is clean, trout ,salmon and greyling swim the rivers.

Sat 4-Sep-10
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Love it, Rob. Thanks a million for kicking it off.

So many elements of your early countryside experiences ring loud bells with me. Being able to roam far and wide through fields, woods and tiddler-filled-streams was idyllic, looking back on it. Saving the hay and all that good stuff (which, I confess, I hated because I was a bookish type with my head in the clouds most of the time). But the freedom was great. I was Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest a lot of the time, complete with makeshift bow and arrow.

Never knowingly underfed

Sat 4-Sep-10
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Danny, and weren't those days great? All ya needed was a pocket knife and some cat gut !

We used to fashion dutch arrows from the straightest fern and play tribes. i'd spend days making  a 'bivvy' and sneaking out to sleep in it. Collecting sloes, blackberries and elder berries and mashing them up to get the juice and pouring lemonade in... hmmmmm

  Funny my 13 yr old and his friend, my 5 yr old and i did exactly this yesterday. Crashing through the ferns up the mountain, making dens.. special missions...Bit high tech now we had a set of short wave radios and were on army missions and finnished up juicing 2 bags of blackberries and making big lemoade and blackberry drink. medicine

Sat 4-Sep-10
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That sounds like fun Rob.  I always had bows and arrows too.

I'll try that again!

Sun 5-Sep-10
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I loved making dens and days spent on my godmother's farm in the Lakes. Your tales Rob brought back memoriescheers

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