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Wed 14-Jul-10
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Berriow Bill
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Hello all..

My name is Stephen and we live on the edge of Bodmin moor. Been here for three years under a decade and potter like a man possessed!. Among other things I am an artist.. (dont like that word) Have had a stained glass business for many years (lapsing somewhat) and enjoy painting when time dictates which it doesnt seem to for the past few years.

 

I Have foraged for all things wild since an early age and am gravitating towards mass poultry breeding and keeping... I only wanted a goose or two for Christmas and an occaisional quail but oh no!! and the ducks are looking very tasty at the mo!.. Need to finish the latest website  ( fare-n-fowl.co.uk) that a local butcher/very experienced hatcher and good friend and I are attempting and also need to fatten this years small flock of thirty for market..

 

Picked a pound of chanterelles last night and 500grams of bilberries, anyone who picks bilberries knows I may have been there some time!!! And nearly missed out on the cherries on the field if not for a few friendly buzzards..

 

Got some pictures on the website if anyone would like to look  (scsarts.co.uk)...

 

Oh yes... forgot to say.. I have been here on and off for a few years  but kept forgetting to register... well I think I did anyway. Always good to hear like minded people getting back to the soil.

I imagine I shall babble later.

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Stephen

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Stephen

Wed 14-Jul-10
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Wave Stephen, hello and a big welcome to the forum! What a great introduction you've given us.  Stained glass eh?  Such a wonderful art form, did you specialize in anything or were you able to  produce/repair anything that was asked for?

Bilberries!  That brought back memories of my childhood in Wales,  we called them 'wimberries' though I suspect it should have been 'whin'.  I can recall the flavour of them so easily, such a thrill in summer when they were ready for picking.  The last time I picked Chanterelles I was on a Finnish island, being eaten alive by mosquitoes.

Do babble further, we like it when members get involved.  Toffeeapple

 

I'll try that again!

Wed 14-Jul-10
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Thanks for joining in, Stephen, and welcome to our babbling band (no individuals shall be named!). I like your sites and the aims of your fare and fowl site (great name too).

We are always on the lookout for foragers who can teach us a thing or two and you seem to fit the Bill (pun intended). Ok

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Wed 14-Jul-10
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Hi Stephen, it sounds like you should fit right in. I'm still a bit of a novice at foraging - it's hard work but very rewarding. I need to find a local source of bilberries - I wouldn't be surprised if I've seen them many times without recognising them.

I am an amateur quail keeper - we've got a tiny garden so we went for those instead of chickens. We mainly have them for the eggs - there isn't much meat on them and it seems so much effort to raise them to eat, so we only eat any spare ones if we've hatched too many and can't sell them.

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

Wed 14-Jul-10
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We used to have a raptor sanctuary in Saudi and fed any imprinted eagle owls quail. Do you have a centre near you they may be interested. Unfortunatly our last remaining owl will have to go to the Bahraini wild life centre when Jon leaves.

The more people I meet, the more I love my animals!

Wed 14-Jul-10
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Welcome Bill

Keep forgetting about chanterelles but then again we haven't dared venture into the forest here in Latvia yet as we had no insect repellent to hand, but since we have our supplies now we need to go and investigate. Cheers

I used to spend many an hour up on the moors picking bilberries with my family as a kid and my mother and father have sinced moved into an area where the bilberries are almost right outside the door so when my kids were young we always had bilberry crumble at some stage and have the photos to prove it - they are classics Smug

A friend of ours has just got a turkey and ten chicks and they will be just ready in time for Christmas I_am_Hungry, I am really looking forward to it.

Wed 14-Jul-10
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Welcome to the Cottage Smallholder forum, Stephen. I had a quick look at your site - it's very impressive.

Thu 15-Jul-10
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I forgot to say how much I like your site Stephen!  Really beautiful work.

I'll try that again!

Thu 15-Jul-10
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Welcome Stephen, I do love your work ....

Why is it lapsing - not enough clients, or too many other things to do Whistle ?

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Yes I love the art work too, very nice. Cheers

Tue 20-Jul-10
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Thank you for the welcome everyone!... Been busy the last week and there seems to be no time to cram in all the jobs!..

Toffeeaple!...Yes I do all things Stained glass but not copper foil!! only traditional technique for me!!. problem down here is that there isnt the client base. Also everything is done "drecly"

Bobquail...We started with chickens but wish we had started with quail... the eggs are fantastic and the birds are tasty too. We only keep them as a small group just for us and my daughters small shop but trying to promote quail as a table alternative considering the quick turnaround... we shall see if I can actualy spare the time for that!!

 

OOpps must go and sort the child out... hopefully speak to many of you on the forum... ...Its like opening a christmas prezzie when you have a look at all the topics!!

 

Stephen

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Stephen

Tue 20-Jul-10
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Berriow Bill said:

Also everything is done "drecly"


Love it!  big_laugh

I'll try that again!

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Welcome from mutters and jade, i love stained glass i have none but think its well coolwave

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