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Tue 29-Dec-09
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Toffeeapple
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Oh lovely, more Newbies, welcome one and all!

I'll try that again!

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dantom
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Sounds like hard work but I am sure it will be well rewarding.

Good luck Tracy and all the best for 2010..Laugh

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Val, and I have lived in the mystery county, Wiltshire for the last 5 years, with hubby Brian, who took very early retirement some years ago. Prior to that in Berkshire and 4 years spent in The Hague, Netherlands.

We have a small-ish walled garden, and we have made the most of it - with espaliers/cordons all the way around. Fruits are conference pears; 3 eating apples; 1 Bramley cooking apple; 1 Victoria plum; 1 greengage; 2 figs; 1 dessert cherry & 1 cooking cherry plus 2 free-standing crab apple trees. Also summer and autumn raspberries; blackcurrants & gooseberries. There is the little square veg patch too - no space is wasted!

We have a house in France, where we have planted 12 fruit trees, and more than 100 raspberry canes, and blackcurrants, and there is an established quince tree - and the little roots that come up around the quince we have re-planted with the other fruit trees, so hopefully we will have plenty of quinces. Each quince weighed over 1 lb and I have made the quince paste (French recipe - pate de coings) for a few years now. It is regularly served in French restaurants, sliced, accompanying the meat or cheeses, which is why I wanted to try it - and now it is in demand from friends and family. I spread it on to a large roasting pan about 1" thick, and cook for some hours very slowly in the oven to dry it, and then leave it till fully dry, when it can be cut into square slabs and wrapped in parchment.

I enjoy cooking, and have had cake stalls raising funds for charity, very successfully, too! (Hubby is a Rotarian - always trying to raise funds!) Of course, my jams, marmalades and chutneys also feature on the stalls.

I also love crafts - especially knitting and crocheting, but also painting. I started a knitting group in October, 1984, when Michael Buerk appeared on John Craven's Newsround, to tell us of the Ethiopian Crisis - this group is still running!

I work in our local primary school as a volunteer (in Year 3; 7-8 yr-olds); and for Christmas, I knitted 24 mini bobble hats (all different) to hang on a line as their Advent Calendar!

Golly, I've rambled on somewhat - sorry about that!

Good luck, Fiona and Danny - with all this hard work, you deserve success - let's hope 2010 is very good to you! Happy New Year

Val

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

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I think it is fascinating and not rambling at all Val. My hubby likes to think he is retired but he can't yet not at the age of 46 he can't, so I keep telling him but he keeps telling me it is my turn now. Still we can enjoy our sabbatical LaughWine

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Hello Val, I don't think you rambled at all.  It's an interesting life that you are leading and I love to read about that.  Don't stop now!

I'll try that again!

Sat 2-Jan-10
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Hey Britespark, I ramble also.  It must be something to do with the water in Wiltshire!

Sat 2-Jan-10
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Hi S.O.L. - I think you're right - it must be the water, or maybe it's just the sort of people we are !!!

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

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brightsprite even! sorry didnt read your name properly!Sorry

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Laugh That's the sort of thing that I do!Embarassed

I'll try that again!

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Hello,

Thankyou to everyone for the warm welcome.

Danny - our forest is mainly softwood, white pine mainly and lots of Balsam Fir. I would like to grow some as Christmas trees, but I have learnt that they need to be sheared, so a long term plan I think. I am also interested in growing medicinal herbs such as Ginseng and Black Cohosh and also Mushrooms on hardwood logs, we have some hardwood, yellow Birch and Red Maple - no sugar maples sadly.

Toffeeapple, I would love to keep you up to date, it is good to find people who are interested. This is the first time that I have joined a forum, which would be the best thread to do this?

I am hoping to start growing some veggies for sale this year and have been invited to attend a farmers market, so am busy scouring seed catalogues at the moment.

Tracy

Tue 5-Jan-10
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Hi Tracy,  sounds like an good project you are planning.  Why not start a new thread with your updates, possibly under the heading 'Growing food, livestock and pets'?

I'll try that again!

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Thankyou Toffeeapple, I will. I will wait until I have something of interest first.

Tracy

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Tease!  Wink

I'll try that again!

Wed 6-Jan-10
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Hi everyone.

I've been reading the blog on and off for ages but only recently discovered this forum. So, a bit about myself: I live in Coventry, have a tiny garden so fruit and veg opportunities are very limited. I try to keep a good supply of herbs going and dabble with various veg each summer. We also keep quail, mainly for eggs but occasionally for meat.

Visit my blog for food, drink, photography and hamsters.

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