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Sat 8-Oct-11
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Lyndsay
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First post so I hope I have done it correctly! I kept bumping into this site some how over the last year so I thought I would join! I try to recycle, and do my bit as they say but feel I should do more! I think this site will help me to achieve this with small steps so I dont get overwhelmed!

I am 50 years old and I am a freelance HGV driver so hours/work is erratic to say the least. I have grown herbs before but this year they were neglected and so was the garden and court yard. We even have an allotment but that just gets mowed when so much could be done (baby steps!) We live on a private shooting estate surrounded by farm land and woods we are truly blessed to live in such a lovely place.

My boyfriend does not have green fingers and niether do I but I love cooking and several years ago had a dabble at fruit wines and made chutneys and bath oils. In general I love to cook when I am not to tired! Life is a compromise and I need to wind down from the driving and I am looking at alternative solutions and I have been able to work in an office so if things continue it will mean I can put more into carrying out what I learn here.

Wanting to make small changes for my health and the environment, having fun discovering how to achieve this and passing it on to other people.

Sat 8-Oct-11
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Sooliz
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Welcome, Lyndsay.  This forum and Fiona's blog has more than enough info to keep you going, and the members are extremely helpful and friendly, they've helped me out no end.  So if you want to know anything, don't be afraid to ask. 

Husband and I moved to the country (a small village in a very rural area of Somerset) last year, after being townies all (well, nearly all in my case) our lives and you're so right, baby steps it is at first.  But we soon learn, with the help of our friends on here and a great deal of experimentation and trial and error!

Fiona and Danny have recently taken on an allotment, if you haven't already, have a look at her blog as she gives a lot of info about it.

Oh, and my husband has been an HGV driver for more than 20 years, it's a hard, lonely, stressful and frustrating job with very long hours at times (although the job he has now is much easier and he likes it).  He was freelance for a while and it's not easy.

Anyway, enjoy the forum, I know I do!

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wave Hi Lyndsey,

Welcome to the forum..... I'm glad you decided to join us. It is fun here with people from all over the world, all bringing their own expertise to help others. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do. laugh

 

Nadine /aka Hattie

 

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

from Les Miserables

Sat 8-Oct-11
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Lyndsay
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Thanks  sooliz and hattie for making me welcome, and glad you understand the life of a trucker because so many people are not aware of what the life is like and dont understand the complexities of driving hours and not being able to have a social life and when you do get your two days off or 1 day everyother week your too tired to do anything!! Those days are gone for me now as  the driving work is not there anymore so its forcing me to look for other jobs which may not pay well but make me HAPPY!kiss  This site will be a great opportunity to help save money and help the environment etc and could of course give me the knowledge/skills to start a cottage industry with expert help for free, so what an amazing site.x

Wanting to make small changes for my health and the environment, having fun discovering how to achieve this and passing it on to other people.

Sat 8-Oct-11
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Hello Lyndsay and welcome! wave You'll find a wealth of information and silliness here.  I do admire truck drivers, it is such a hard job.  I hope you'll find something else to work at which gives you more time at home.

I'll try that again!

Sun 9-Oct-11
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Welcome Lyndsay wave. I have been watching a film called Back to Eden, that talks about how to make gardening easier with wood mulch. Not sure if you will be turned off or not by the biblical references liberally sprinkled in the film, but the underlying principles are certainly exciting, especially if you live on an estate surrounded by woods. cheers

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Crikey, Lyndsay - do you live near Newmarket? So do we.

Sorry but I have not been on the forum for a while for various reasons and so I missed your intro.

Drop us a line if you ever get back on here.

Never knowingly underfed

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welcome Lyndsay

nearest I was to your job was as a national account manager covering the whole UK. I wasted many hours in jams on M1, M25 etc. I love my simple life and have found this site inspiring as I am sure you willbig_hug

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