Welcome to the madhouse. Lots of friendly and knowledgeable people here. I am sure you will be a valuable member. Your lifestyle sounds very interesting but hard work!
Hi all,so lets start at the begining,i was brought up on a croft on skye left there 9 years old but returned every school holiday until i was 16.(next bit in brief) apprenticeship,uni,worked all over gb,europe,africa,met first wife(another story)many years later met oh,we have been together for 19 years,she keeps telling me she wishes we met when i was in my 20s and she would have sorted me out(i was not very nice in my 20s) but as i keep telling her this is and was illegal as she was still at school,i am 10 years older than her.i lost my mother in 2002 and it took 4 years to sort out (no will),then i lost my aunt in 2006 she left me this croft and my oh said i was getting to old for my normal work and why were we paying a morgage when the croft was free and clear so here we are.we have allways shown poultry and have had an interest in rare breeds so now we keep saddleback pigs,kune kune pigs dewlap toulouse geese,american buff geese,tufted ducks,magpie ducks,saxony ducks,pekin ducks,call ducks,orpington hens, japanese hens, silkie hens,pekin hens seabright hens, rosecomb hens,netherland dwarf rabbits,guinea pigs.(sorry i said brief, don't get oh started)
p.s. lots more just can't remember them all at the moment.
Hi Kenny, only on here quickly at the moment but I will be back - oh yes I will be back . I'm actually a student with the Scottish University of the Highlands and Islands but I do my course online as I live in Latvia. One of my tutors is a crofter too on the Isle of Lews.
Another Orpington owner, what color? Mine are Buff and I know someone with the chocolate variety!
hi,i'm back to answer some of your questions,(oh's orders) and to fill in the missing years.i was brought up on the isle of skye moved to glasgow finished school started work married divorced,moved to balloch(loch lomond)met oh moved to argyll in 1996 lived on loch fyne (strachur)2002 i was told my mother was terminaly ill so moved closer to her (north ayrshire) spent the next four years sorting out the fallout of no will.having sorted out everything we had planed to move to france,we have allways loved france since i first took oh there in 1996,we had made plans to go to france to look at property's when we go the news my aunt was in hospital and not expected to survive she passed away on the same date as my mother had,so after the funeral we went to france as planed and then we got the call telling me my aunt had not left a will so the nightmare began again so we cancelled our plans for france, a year later the house and croft were mine.this is when oh said it was silly paying mortgage when we had this house free and clear so here we are,we sell saddleback weaners for meat the kune kune are pedigree so not really for meat,geese ducks hens all rare breeds so get sold at sales,will continue story later.
I know what you mean about animals being tying. Just wondering how we manage a trip to Australia at some stage to see our daughter again and get our alpacas and cats looked after at the same time.
I would also love more livestock trouble is they would all be pets as I could never take them to an abattoir. I know of an expat who has a cow he rescued when she was being loaded onto the lorry because she was barren. He paid for her and she lives happily in his field!
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