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Tue 22-Sep-09
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raenbow
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Reanbow, I live in Northern Portugal in the Minho, formerly North Wales ( not much different!) With Husband- RenewableEnergy Bod, 2 kids, 2 cats 3 ducks and 8 chickens and 2 cockerels! Left the UK after 12 years as Primary Teacher who wanted to jump off the Hamster wheel, and start up new company in Renewables here, I also run ethicalescape.com, ethical travel site, teach English and keep a plot of 300sq. meters in my 'spare' time. Congrats on the forum, hope it all goes well!

Hey Dogduck, know Disley well, my hubs granparents lived ther once many years ago!

Tue 22-Sep-09
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Dideeanna
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Diane, and I took early retirement (VERY early!) and now live near the south coast of Hampshire with my husband Peter. It takes a 5 minute drive to the coast where we have amazing views of the Isle of Wight, Christchurch Harbour and out towards Bournemouth & Poole. It also takes about a 5 minute walk to our allotment and we had to wait patiently for 3 years until the local council gave us our plot. This has been our first season here as allotment owners and can highly recommend it to anyone. The camaraderie is great and there is always someone on hand to give a bit of 'advice'. I came across this site a few months ago while searching for a recipe for chutney and now look forward to logging in each day to see what Fiona and Danny are up to. The advice found here on this site is even better than at the allotment and no Danny, I haven't touched the Port Isaac Sloe Gin yet, but I worry that it won't make it to Christmas. Better make some more - how long do sloes last in the freezer?

Tue 22-Sep-09
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dogduck
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hi rainbow so you been disley then were abouts did there live.

Tue 22-Sep-09
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Toffeeapple
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Toffeeapple. I retired just last week and now have more time to read your blog. I haven't yet decided what I want to be when I grow up but there is still time. I've been reading the blog for some while and occasionally make a comment, I hope I won't make a nuisance of myself now that I am free.

I'll try that again!

Tue 22-Sep-09
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bobbyboy
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is bobby surprise surprise,i m irish and livein dublin.came across the site yesturday while looking for a sloe gin recipe.was out picking blackberries and found lots of sloes also.one day i would love to live the small holder lifestyle.love this site ,made sloe gin and blackberry brandy earlier all the best bobby

Tue 22-Sep-09
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inquisitive_1ady
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Pat and I am based in Cardiff, South Wales. I came across the site recently looking for a recipe for potato cakes (mmm). However I am now addicted ~smiles~

A change of lifestyle means I no longer have to go to work 5 days a week - lucky I am. As such after working all my life I am for the first time a homemaker and brushing up on old skills (cooking) and learning new skills (candle making and soap making) looking forward to the good advice, hints and tips I know will be on this forum. In exchange I will update on challenges, failures (which there will be!) and successes.

Tue 22-Sep-09
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sebbie
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Another Sarah, I found Fionas blog last year when every recipe I searched for led me here. I am married with two primary aged children and an elderly cat. I'm a student radiographer and squeeze in an allotment and cooking with varying degrees of success.

Tue 22-Sep-09
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Jet_fusion
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Hello!

I'm Lois, a 20 year old student from Suffolk. I love baking, cooking, preserving and growing my own fruit and veg, although i'm still learning a lot!

Most of all, and i'm sure everyone would agree, i love sampling the goods once they're ready!

Wed 23-Sep-09
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Andy_T
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Andy - not really a growing person but just here for the food ! Really getting into making bacon, smoking fish, as well as sloe gin, blackberry brandy, even had a go at the lemon gin but have a long wait to see how that will turn out. Been lurking here a while but decided to "come out" and see how the forum takes off. Best of luck with it.

Wed 23-Sep-09
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Michelle from Oregon
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Hi everyone, I'm Michelle and I have a very boring screen name, sorry. As you may have guessed I live in Oregon, USA and have been reading Fiona's blog since Dec. '07 when I was looking for a recipe for mincemeat. I live with my husband Dan, my mother, 4 dogs and 8 cats.(Yes, I know, but cats are just insidious that way, you turn around and there's another one!) I am a hardware store merchandiser by trade, so I know a lot about tools, home repair, building, & painting. I have to travel lots so I live vicariously through all of you who post, since what I really would like to do is stay home, take care of my garden and fruit trees, and maybe be a wife to my husband too.

If you can't be a shining example, be a terrible warning!

Wed 23-Sep-09
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maureenmcn
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Hi Michelle,

I have a brother living in La Grande, Oregon - visited couple years back - what a terrific place to live. People all so friendly and willing to help out. Been trying to get my sister-in-laws recipe for a rather tasty (US style) bottled apple preserve but think it is a well-guarded family secret.

Whereabouts in Oregon are you?

Maureen

Wed 23-Sep-09
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David B

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Hi, I'm David. I came across the website searching for a rosehip jelly recipe, liked the site, saw there was a forum, and since I am a sucker for forums, here I am.

I've been collecting wild food now for a few years, learning all the time, and have started on jams and jellies this year. Better late than never - I'm 60 now:(

A single man since breakup with last girlfriend, living alone, getting better at cooking.

I hope to learn from this forum, and also to contribute anything that I have learnt if questions I can help with arise.

David.

Wed 23-Sep-09
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Ruthdigs
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...Ruth, Exeter UK.
Like many others I came across this blog whilst searching a recipe about 1.5-2 years ago and have been pretty much a daily reader since.
Looking for a new job at the mo as not happy in current one.
Am kept sane by my allotment - half a plot really that I'm in my 2nd season on. I am unable to grow tomatoes with any kind of success but the spuds seem to have done well. 🙂
Made my first ever pot of jam this year - it didn't set properly but was still scrummy on toast.

Wed 23-Sep-09
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veronica
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Veronica, and I live in the south of France. I found this blog about three years ago while looking for something to do with surplus grapes, and have been a faithful follower ever since -- this is my favourite blog bar none, and it's lovely to see both regulars and new people here in the forum.

I'm not a gardener (we do have a borrowed garden but not much time to do anything with it except for the occasional barbie). But I do cook and blog about it -- the rest of the time I develop websites for a living with my partner.

Wed 23-Sep-09
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saraband
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... Sandra. No - it's not Sara despite my username being saraband - but seeing how many Sarahs there are here already perhaps that's just as well. I recently moved from Sussex to a beautiful village in Oxfordshire and now have a large garden and a large greenhouse just begging to be filled with growing things. I'm pleased with my first efforts at tomato growing this summer and my attempts at jams and chutneys; Fiona's recipes are fab! I have big plans - which may be thwarted slightly by the necessity to find a job, but who knows!

It's great to be here at the beginning of the forum 🙂

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