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Thu 4-Nov-10
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Hi, been using this site for  couple of months on and off now and just realised there was this introduction page..

My name is Jan and I'm lucky enough to have been made redundant after 28 years in an office/management job adn now have a very small gardening/girl friday operation.

I love foraging and being resourceful with stuff and for years have made small quantities of Jams and chutneys, but now I have more time, I make enough to sell at little village fetes and craft fairs (along with a bit of home made jewellery and home made cakes and buns.)

Always busy, never like to sit still for too long (long time dead and all that). I have a partner who plays a lot of golf, he has 2 sons, 1 grandchild and another due any day now. We have a dog, a cat, 3 fish, 12 chickens and 5 horses. - so plenty to keep me busy.

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Blumming heck, haven't we been chatting for a while?? confused  Seriously though, Janet, I know how it feels to be told that you don't need to turn up for work and, when you've thought about it, it turns out to be a GOOD thing.  I'd like to see some of your work, is that possible?  Oh, and the chickens please¦I've always been a sucker for chickens.

I'll try that again!

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Hello officiallywave. Would indeed be good to see your work, my Mum and Dad started out with a jewellery stall many years ago and built up quite a business out of it and now they are just about thinking of retiring from the shop cheers

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okay Girls, next time I dig it all out of the cupboard under the stairs for my next stall, I'll take a few pictures and attempt to post them up. I think my next one is a week on sunday... the chickens are all a bit sruffy at the moment as they have taken the shorter days as a trigger to moult - feathers everywhere, even our lovely big maran cockerell has lost all his beautiful tail plumage - how do I add a picture.

By the way Toffeeapple, yes I've been on and off the site for a few months, so we've probably talked before, but now the nights are drawing in, I have more time to play.

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Hello Janet, and welcome.wave  I'd love to hear more about your venture into stall-holding at village fetes etc.  I've only recently started to make jams and jellies etc in quantity, and so far most are destined for my own pantry or earmarked as Christmas presents.  However, I'd love to get to the stage of selling a few here and there, on a small scale, so I'd love to hear how you get on in your own endeavours.  Photos are always welcome here.  ok

Gone crazy. Back soon.

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I'll let you all know how the one goes next weekend, but I did a few last autumn and things went very well, all the traditionals such as strawb jam, marmalade (I make a pink grapefruit one), mango chutney and pickled onions were popular, but the other thing was hot chutneys.

 I make a hot mango one, a fiery bengal, and chilli jam. I do cakes/traybakes/brownies and muffins and they always sell well, but it's a lot of effort close to the event for the cakes and I think I sell everything too cheap. However provided it pays for me to continue to make more, then I'm happy.

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