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Greetings from Kent
Mon 28-Jul-14
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General Factotem
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Oh where to begin?

I stumbled across this site the other morning whilst looking for ways to possibly dry fruit/veg in a halogen oven.

After a nosey around, I decided I liked the attitude of the site and it's contributors, so if you'll have me, I'll stay smile

Inspired from an early age by the legendary John Seymour, who I had the brief pleasure of meeting once, I've always liked the idea of doing as much as possible on the kitchen table and in the garden.

I ran my own landscape and grounds maintenance company, and a domestic gardening business together for over 20 years, culminating in having a small plant nursery on my 3 acre smallholding, together with pygmy goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, quail, and rabbits. The goats were rescues, and really just pets but I did well selling prepared turkeys and chickens from home, along with eggs and home bottled flavoured vinegars at local markets.

Sadly between Mr Blair and my ex-wife, neither my business nor smallholding survived his reign and my divorce, and I now have an average sized garden, and an equally enthusiastic partner who shares my passions.

In 2007, as an HGV driver, I managed to ruin my back in an accident at work, which required 2 operations to get me mobile, but left me limited in anything physical, so the garden is enough.

Recently, just to add more annoyance, I suffered a stroke. Luckily I have recovered well, but again have had some further limitations put on me.

So what now? Well, I home cure bacon, make sausages, play in the kitchen, and make sure we always have something on the go, together with a well stocked larder.

If I know how to do something, I'm always happy to share that information, but am equally eager to learn new things or alternatives.

At the not-so-old age of 52, I haven't quite decided what direction my new career path will go in, maybe an idea will germinate from here.

Mon 28-Jul-14
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Hello Mark, new and enthusiastic members always welcome wave

(03.57?  You're an early riser....or a night owl!)

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Mon 28-Jul-14
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A very warm welcome Mark, you seem to be of the right calibre, so we'll have you aboard!  The forum is a bit broken at the minute, anything we post won't show up for some time, so don't think we are ignoring you...

I'll try that again!

Mon 28-Jul-14
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Welcome, Mark! it is always great to meet someone new, and to learn all about them. You do sound like one of us already, with so many Strings to your Bow.  We all grow in whatever space we have, and use the produce in different ways. I am disabled, but grow everything in Pots, and Tubs, and I do grow everything. At the moment, am keeping the Neighbours in Cucumbers, They will only see the odd Tomato, as well as eating them, will be making my favourite Chutney. Post again soon, Tina.wave

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wave Hi Mark and welcome to our Forum.  Loved your first post and looking forward to hearing more! 

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Mon 28-Jul-14
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Thank you for the warm welcome.

As for my post at 3.57am. Rising early isn't usually my forte these days. It's more a case of one of my ailments either keeping me awake or waking me up frown but my nocturnal witterings are largely undisturbed smile

Hey ho, another challenge awaits runaway

Mon 28-Jul-14
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pleased you have joined Mark

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Tue 29-Jul-14
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Welcome, Mark.  Look forward to hearing more about your exploits.

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