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Mon 30-Jan-12
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kenny
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hello everyone my name is kenny,i live on the west coast of scotland, i am a  crofter(smallholder),i have pigs, geese, ducks,hens, all rare breed.i also have 5 newfoundlands,1 basset hound, 3 cats, 5 rabbits,14 guinea pigs,plus oh.

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Hi Kenny- sounds a very interesting croft that you have!

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Mon 30-Jan-12
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Wow Kenny, that's a lot of mouths to feed!  Welcome, we look forward to hearing more about you and your way of life wave

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Mon 30-Jan-12
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Are many of those creatures edible?

Welcome, by the way, please tell us what  your day entails...

I'll try that again!

Tue 31-Jan-12
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Welcome to the madhouse. Lots of friendly and knowledgeable people here. I am sure you will be a valuable member. Your lifestyle sounds very interesting but hard work!

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Tue 31-Jan-12
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Hi Kenny,

Welcome to the forum. I'm looking forward to hearing about your experiences with all those animals up there. Were your family always crofters or are you a newcomer to the life?

 

"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."

from Les Miserables

Tue 31-Jan-12
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Ooh , sounds idyllic Kenny, however I suppose it's quite bleak at this time of year?

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Hi all,so lets start at the begining,i was brought up on a croft on skye left there 9 years old but returned every school holiday until i was 16.(next bit in brief) apprenticeship,uni,worked all over gb,europe,africa,met first wife(another story)many years later met oh,we have been together for 19 years,she keeps telling me she wishes we met when i was in my 20s and she would have sorted me out(i was not very nice in my 20s) but as i keep telling her this is and was illegal as she was still at school,i am 10 years older than her.i lost my mother in 2002 and it took 4 years to sort out (no will),then i lost my aunt in 2006 she left me this croft and my oh said i was getting to old for my normal work and why were we paying a morgage when the croft was free and clear so here we are.we have allways shown poultry and have had an interest in rare breeds so now we keep saddleback pigs,kune kune pigs dewlap toulouse geese,american buff geese,tufted ducks,magpie ducks,saxony ducks,pekin ducks,call ducks,orpington hens, japanese hens, silkie hens,pekin hens seabright hens, rosecomb hens,netherland dwarf rabbits,guinea pigs.(sorry i said brief, don't get oh started)

p.s. lots more just can't remember them all at the moment.

Tue 31-Jan-12
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Cripes, a lot to digest there Kenny, bear with me while I toddle off and try to make sense of the creatures you have.

I'll try that again!

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Hi Kenny, only on here quickly at the moment but I will be back - oh yes I will be back whistle. I'm actually a student with the Scottish University of the Highlands and Islands but I do my course online as I live in Latvia. One of my tutors is a crofter too on the Isle of Lews.wave

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Another Orpington owner, what color? Mine are Buff and I know someone with the chocolate variety!

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Thu 2-Feb-12
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hi,i'm back to answer some of your questions,(oh's orders) and to fill in the missing years.i was brought up on the isle of skye moved to glasgow finished school started work married divorced,moved to balloch(loch lomond)met oh moved to argyll in 1996 lived on loch fyne (strachur)2002 i was told my mother was terminaly ill so moved closer to her (north ayrshire) spent the next four years sorting out the fallout of no will.having sorted out everything we had planed to move to france,we have allways loved france since i first took oh there in 1996,we had made plans to go to france to look at property's when we go the news my aunt was in hospital and not expected to survive she passed away on the same date as my mother had,so after the funeral we went to france as planed and then we got the call telling me my aunt had not left a will so the nightmare began again so we cancelled our plans for france, a year later the house and croft were mine.this is when oh said it was silly paying mortgage when we had this house free and clear so here we are,we sell saddleback weaners for meat the kune kune are pedigree so not really for meat,geese ducks hens all rare breeds so get sold at sales,will continue story later.

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interesting potted history so far Kenny - keep it up. I'd love to have more livestock (we only have hens and horses) but they are rather tying.

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I know what you mean about animals being tying. Just wondering how we manage a trip to Australia at some stage to see our daughter again and get our alpacas and cats looked after at the same time.cheers

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I would also love more livestock trouble is they would all be pets as I could never take them to an abattoir. I know of an expat who has a cow he rescued when she was being loaded onto the lorry because she was barren. He paid for her and she lives happily in his field!

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