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Sun 30-Jan-11
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Hello everyone, I've been an avid reader of Fiona and Danny's blog/recipes for a while now, but have only just discovered this forum!! (shows how observant I am, lol - well, I am blonde, hehe).  I'm a member of various other forums, so hopefully I can manage to navigate my way round this one, given time, lol.  It all looks very interesting so far, well done.

 

Husband and I moved from the hustle and bustle of a busy Midlands town to a small peaceful village in a very rural area in the West Country 10 months ago, for a complete change of lifestyle - yes, we want the Good Life! (having finally got fed up with the rat race).  Its been a huge learning curve - everything is so different to what we've been used to......there are no shops in the village, for one thing, so no popping out to the corner shop if we run out of milk!! (nearest shop is about 4 or 5 miles away).  We've a large garden and want to grow as much produce as we can - we did manage to make quite a successful start last year, which has spurred us on to greater things this year.  We are fortunate in having a dozen apple trees (3 or 4 varieties, cookers & eaters), a plum, 3 cherries (sour cooking ones, we think) and lots of blackberry bushes.  I did actually make plum vodka and blackberry gin last year, having got inspiration from Fiona - thank you, they turned out to be totally yummy!

 

I love cooking, always have, and am enjoying going back to the sort of old-fashioned home cooking that my mother and grandmother used to do.  I also enjoy looking for food bargains in the shops.....I love Fiona's accounts of Danny's prizes he manages to get from the CFC!!!

 

I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone, reading all your tips and experiences, and becoming an active member of the forum.

 

Thanks, Sue x

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wave Hi Sue and welcome to the Forum.  Everyone is very friendly here and I  know you will enjoy it.

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Welcome indeed wave, the more the merrier cheers

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Morning Sue,
 

A huge welcome to the Forum, I am sure that you will gain plenty of top tips and plenty of useful information from this excellent forum, everyone is very friendly, kind, generous and most helpful.  I'm sure that you will enjoy yourself here and if it's as much as I do you're going to have plenty of fun, inspiration and ideas.

I am fairly new myself but finding my way around the site.

I have found that there's always forum members at the ready to come to your aid, (I've needed plenty!) still do and in any dilemma they will go out of their way to assist in any way possible.

Good Luck to you on your change to the 'good life', that is what I would love and what I aspire to (in my dreams).  You sound as though you have a garden that I would love, complete with mature fruit trees and well established fruit bushes, you'll have a busy time ahead but oh, the pleasure and the rewards of your labours I'm sure will be plentiful.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Odelle. wave 

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Thank you so much for your very warm welcomes.

 

I have a question already (I promise to try not to make a nuisance of myself!! lol) - I'll toddle off to try and find the appropriate place to post it in.

 

Sue x

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Another new member, how lovely - welcome Sue.

I'll try that again!

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Hi Sue, waveand welcome.  I hope you have great fun navigating all the different threads.  There's always so much to catch up on and it can become addictive, so I suggest you start growing things that can look after themselves whilst you are hooked up here.big_laugh  I envy you your fruit trees.  Good luck with you new way of life.

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Thank you TA and Heather.  Fortunately, husband is the one who does the bulk of the growing, so I have plenty of time for browsing on here! (in the interests of much needed research, of course wink).  I've found so much of interest on here already, and am only a fraction of the way through some of the different forums....it's a great site, I'm so glad I found it, thank you all so much. welldone

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laugh   Oh, Sue, I have just read your tag line - my daughter still can't stand celery, and she absolutely knows when I have sneaked some into the soup ..........  big_laugh   big_laugh

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I absolutely can't bear the stuff, raw or cooked, and as for the smell.........flaming_nora

I wasn't much of a veg eater as a child (lasted well into adulthood actually), except for spuds and peas.....tinned, of course.  I'm sure my mother sneaked as much heavily disguised veg into our meals as she could, though if I saw/tasted any hint of it, I refused to eat the rest of the meal (I must have been a right pain!).

It wasn't until husband and I got an allotment a few years ago (at husband's instigation) and started growing our own veg, that I could be persuaded to try other 'foreign' veggies (like carrots, courgettes and tomatoes!! big_laugh).  There are still plenty of veggies that I'm not keen on, but I am getting there.....and home-grown stuff is certainly tons better than supermarket veg.

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Welcome to the mad hatters ball did I say thaT um I mean great forum and blog. I lived in Plymouth for a long time before coming to France. Anyway i hope you like it here mind you they seem to do a lot of eating a making drinks etc.wave

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Just came across your thread, Sue. I am so pleased that you have stuck with us and become an active contributor. Thank you very much. welldone

Having made the Big Brave Move (BBM) to the sticks, have there been occasions when you thought to yourself "what the heck have we done?"

As normal, this thread became a discussion on something from out of left field. In this case - celery big_laugh

I (like all kids, I am sure) hated celery. Then I sort of accepted it on occasions. Now I adore Fenland celery. For some reason we missed it this year. It is only available in Waitrose AFAIK. It is a cut above your bog standard product, which still leaves me sitting on the fence.

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I love it here Danny, thank you....everyone has been so friendly, welcoming and helpful (not to mention a little mad!  Rather like myself.....big_laugh).

 

There have indeed been times when we thought we must have been off our rockers to move from a busy town to such a rural area.  Husband had difficulty getting a permanent job, for one thing - he was doing agency work for several months prior to being offered the job he's in now, which he enjoys, thank goodness.  And in late Nov/Dec we had heavy snow (practically unheard of down here) which lasted for 3 or 4 weeks, during which time buses wouldn't come into the village for about 10 days and nor would the postman......as I don't drive, I felt almost totally cut off from civilisation.  We sometimes have random unexpected power cuts, which can last anything from a couple of minutes to several hours eeek (on a couple of occasions)....we quickly learnt to have a good supply of candles and torches in strategic places.  Even the water pressure has a habit of suddenly dropping occasionally.....usually when I'm in the shower roll_eyesaargh.

But then we spend time in the warm sunshine in our lovely garden, watching the pair of sparrowhawks who are again nesting in one of the large trees at the bottom of the garden near the veg plots.....enjoying the far-reaching country views from our garden across to the Mendips.....relishing the fact that there is absolutely no traffic noise apart from the tractor trundling down the lane to the farm......hearing the cows and sheep (and, ahem, getting used to the associated 'country' smells!!)......seeing foxes and badgers in our garden after dark.....and we know exactly why we moved here and why we wouldn't ever go back to living in a town again.  Living here makes my heart sing heart.

 

Oh, and celery, in any way, shape or form, even Fenland celery (how is that different to the bog standard stuff?  It's still celery!! big_laugh) is and always will be, a big NO NO flaming_nora.

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What a great response!

Thank you very much, Sue. star

You should submit that to Country Living. wink

The very best of good luck to you both. I think you will achieve what you want.ok

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What a lovely post, Sue.

I was brought up in North London, and worked in London until our daughter arrived, and since then I couldn't imagine ever living in those crowded places again.

Six years ago we left Reading, after 23 years there, and Reading had grown enormously. Whenever we return, I just find it too busy and not somewhere I'd like to be any more.

Currently, having swans arriving by the riverbank for their breakfast each morning is a real delight.

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