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Thu 7-Jan-10
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Rae Mond
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Greetings!Laugh

My name is Rae and I've been loitering for a few months now, observing you all from my base in sunny Cardiff Bay. At least today it's sunny, also icy and a bit snowy.

Like most I found thes ite through the wonder of google, and a quest for blackberry and apple jam. I used to "help" my mother make this when I was small and living in a village outside Bristol and when I found a hedgerow groaning with blackberries near my house I felt something had to be done about it.

I was already quite into baking, and having resurrected my interest in preserving a whole host of other forgoten crafty leanings have resurfaced, and I'm now all about the crochet, cross stitch, sewing of varied other sorts, painting, home made booze (my other half is dubious about the concept of marrow rum but I'm sure he'll be won over when I finally make some) and I even occasionaly cook the odd savoury dish.

I plan to finally do something with my garden this year, after having a remarkably uninspiring lawn for two years that I mostly ignored. Possibly something involving vegetables, but I commit to nothing.

I have a cat called 'Nny who is an evil genius and the aforementioned other half who is called Sam. I am 24 and currently employed as a sort of civil servant, but if I told you more I may have to kill you.

I am also what is frequently known as a Goth, but please don't hold this against me. I smile and wear colours and don't in anyway think I'm undead or a satanist. But I am quite into body modification and tattoos.

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Thu 7-Jan-10
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Welcome Rae Mond - you sound just like me - cooking, crochet, painting, etc - enjoy the site - I am becoming addicted - can you tell?

I have crocheted or knitted about 25 bags, hoping to sell, but they're still sitting in a box waiting for an opportunity ...... what sort of things do you crochet?

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

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

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

Thu 7-Jan-10
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Rae Mond
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blankets mostly, my friends seem to like them. at the moment am slowly working through one which was supposed to be a christmas present, the recipient has requested that it be big enough to cover a double bed and go down to the floor, and not made of smaller squares stitched together.

so at the moment it's taking just over an hour to complete a row and i reckon i've still got about 20 rows to go. Keeps me busy though, and warm, with it spread over my lap while i'm working.

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Thu 7-Jan-10
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Welcome Rae!  You seem to be a busy little body, good luck with turning your lawn into a veg patch.

I'll try that again!

Thu 7-Jan-10
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Rae you reminded me of the year I was pregnant with my first child and I was cold as we only had a small gas fire and no central heating (this was in the 80s Surprised) but I knitted a jumper for my hubby for Christmas and like you my knitting kept me warm. Tea

Thu 7-Jan-10
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Hi

I thought perhaps seeing as I am beginning to be hooked on this forum that it was time to tell you all a bit about myself.

 I live on the west coast of Scotland on the Kyles of Bute, in the grounds of a big victorian house.  It is very beautiful and isolated.  I live with my three dogs - two black labs and a brainless but wonderful big brown hairy thing.  I retired as Head Teacher of the local school (23pupils) in June last year and although I miss the kids it was the right time to go.

 I don't have a real garden, but have bought a poly tunnel which I love and I grow veggies in all sorts of containers.  This month I am having three raised beds made, so hopefully I will get lots of advice from you all on growing veg all year round. I am also trying to create a wildflower area to attract butterflies and bees.

I have 10 hens and two cockerels,and 6 khaki campbell ducks two of which are drakes.  I love looking after them and all the wild birds around my house.  I also have a few red squirrels which come daily to the nut feeder.

I am a grandmother to three beautiful girls - two in Fife and one in India ( whom I hope to visit later this year)

I really enjoy my life and adore this site.  I feel I am making new friends every day. 

Like a few others my resolution is to try to lose weight and try to exercise much much more!!!!!

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Thu 7-Jan-10
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Your location sounds idyllic, Danast. What a great description. Thank you.

Judging by the volume of livestock in your care, I think you may not need very much additional exercise. Smile

Where in India does your granddaughter live?

I bet that your gardening enterprise will gradually spread from just a single polytunnel. That's what happened to us. It started with a small flat pack greenhouse in an unused corner of the garden. Now Fiona is saving up for a small rotovator! Next thing you know it will be several Gloucester Old Spot pigs, a few Cheviot sheep and a small donkey and cart to move everything around on our one third of an acre Whistle

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Fri 8-Jan-10
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My family in India live in Pune which is three hours south of Mumbai. My son went out about five years ago and has married an Indian girl and they have  Skye who is two.   I've been to India twice and it really is a country of contrasts.  It is both both beautiful and ugly, kind and unkind, the air can be fragrant and pungent. I think if you are not doing package tours you see the real India.  However I fell in love with the country and am looking forward to going back.  On my next trip I hope to go south to Kerala, via Goa which I visited last time.  Oh and did I mention the food? - real variety and different flavours from the different regions and so cheap to eat out.  I love it all.

My polytunnel is not so small - 20 x 10.  I have used it for two years mainly for tomatoes which are my favourite food in the world.  However I lost all my plants last year to what I think was blight - very quick death.  I was almost crying.  But I have looked for advice from this site to help me this coming season.  I also grew sweet corn, cucumbers, peppers and courgettes indoors.  Oh this is making me wish it was time to start!!!  As a fairly inexperienced grower I shall be asking lots of questions

I really want to get pigs but I don't think the folks who own the estate will let me, but I am working on it!

Danuta

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Fri 8-Jan-10
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Your poly-tunnel is certainly huge, we are in the process ( a very long process) of having a wooden one built by a local joiner and ours will be 18 x 6 metres which looks huge as it will take our little tractor too. I am probably about level with you as far as Northern climes concerned but a few hundred miles away in Latvia so I am hoping that the poly-tunnel will prove useful, once it gets built.

I would like pigs eventually but have been told that I will have to be careful as we also have wild boar on our land and so could have problems of them getting in and mating with the domesticated pigs and producing angry little piglets. Angry

Fri 8-Jan-10
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Not so big Joanna .  Sorry I was talking feet not metres, a huge difference.  Have you read about putting your tunnel on a slight slope facing south.  Seemingly you can emulate  a more southerly position.  Google it as I am not explaining it very well, but it does work and worth looking into.  I must admit to smiling at the angry little pigletsSmile

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Fri 8-Jan-10
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Whoops! Got that a bit wrong. The position of our tunnel was dictated by gradient and the fact we wanted it out of sight, we tried setting out the plot one way and found the gradient far too much, so we had to turn it by 90 degrees. We will add another one next year and this one will be built in the summer Steam. This is as far as mine has got http://thejourneytosomewhere.blogspot.com/2009/11/.....sings.html, you will have to scroll down a bit, well it does have a bit more done but still no plastic yet. It is now also about a foot deep in snow, at least all the way around. Doh

Fri 8-Jan-10
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Wow that really is going to be huge.  Good luck with it.  It will be a fantastic  producer of food. I shall follow your blog with interest.  Thankfully we don't see many moose out on the roads here, although the deer are an absolute menace.  Do you see many of them?

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Fri 8-Jan-10
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Well done, Joanna and Danuta, for posting your photos as your avatars. It really does make everything far more interesting and personal.

Crikey Mikey, Joanna, that s a proper commercial poly tunnel. It reminds me of my uncle's enterprise 20 years ago in County Wexford. He was one of the first commercial growers of mushrooms in pretty simple black polythene tunnels. Most of his produce was exported to the UK. He was the kind of guy (like my dad) who wanted everybody in the local community to benefit from new thinking, government grants, education and a bit of enterprise. They were both school teachers - I wonder if that was a common factor?

Hydroponics fascinates me - a first cousin of the poly tunnel.. Time to open a new thread, methinks.

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Sat 9-Jan-10
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Yes Danast we see lots of deer, nearly run a few of them over, and we have seen a few out on the land. There are also quite a few that visit our garden near our apartment, at the moment we only see the trails but as the winter wears on then we see more in the evening hunting for fallen apples. We have also seen wild boar late one night on the way home from the airport, and we see evidence of them all over our land and in fact they are the things that are a real nuisance as they know how to turn over a piece of land and then that ends up growing ground elder. Welcome to my website Cool

Thought I had better sort out the avatar since I post so much Danny. I guess I must be going to follow in your Uncle and Father's footsteps then as part of the reason for my studies is to help the locals make the most of what they have, and land is an asset that many Latvians have. Cheers

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Good on you, Joanna. Ok

Giving is so satisfying.

When my dad died, his funeral cortege arrvied at the church a quarter of a mile away, before its end had left our house. That was a lot of mourners in a small rural village. People do appreciate genuine giving.

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