Hello from Wales

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Hello from Wales

Post: # 217206Post Zech
Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:44 pm

Hello everyone!
I've been lurking here a while, picking up tips and learning interesting things, and think it's about time I signed up, introduced myself and joined in. You lot seem like a bunch of people I'd like to hang out with :iconbiggrin:

OK, here goes: I'm Rachel and I've been dreaming of living a more self-sufficient lifestyle for some time, but recently my husband Ian and I both quit our jobs, upped sticks and moved to Wales. He now works freelance from home, but while his part of the deal is to earn some money, mine is to reduce how much we spend by growing and making as much of what we need as I can.

It's two months now since we moved and we've only just got the internet (can you imagine - two months without the internet!) so our lifestyle just got a bit more electricity-hungry as we get back online. In general, though, I'm trying to cut down on electricity usage as much as possible - if there's a low-tech way of doing it, I'll try that first.

We have about a third of an acre, some of which has already been well cultivated as a cottage garden. The idea is to grow lots of fruit and veg, but not to keep animals, except maybe bees, which don't mind being left alone if you go away for a week or so. Since it's not the best time of year for planting, I've been concentrating on the 'making' side of things - lots of baking, a bit of home brew, and sweets and smellies for Christmas presents.

That's probably enough for now. I expect you'll be hearing more from me before long.

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Re: Hello from Wales

Post: # 217207Post Milims
Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:44 pm

Hi there and welcome - love the puss cat! :wave:
Let us be lovely
And let us be kind
Let us be silly and free
It won't make us famous
It won't make us rich
But damn it how happy we'll be!
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Re: Hello from Wales

Post: # 217210Post Shirleymouse
Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:50 pm

Hello! Sounds like you're living the dream!! Hard work but ultimately rewarding :icon_smile:

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Re: Hello from Wales

Post: # 217212Post Green Aura
Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:01 pm

Hi Rachel, welcome to Ish :wave:
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Re: Hello from Wales

Post: # 217225Post spider8
Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:53 pm

Hello and welcome Rachel and hope all goes well for you :wave:
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Re: Hello from Wales

Post: # 217234Post solarwind
Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:54 pm

Greetings Rachel, and croeso from up the road.

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Re: Hello from Wales

Post: # 217236Post pelmetman
Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:38 pm

Hi Rachel and welcome from us :wave:
Kind Regards
Pelmetman Dave
Pelmetlady Sue
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Re: Hello from Wales

Post: # 217245Post MuddyWitch
Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:09 pm

Welcome to ISH :flower:

We have just over a third of an acre here & have been nearly self-sufficient in veg, as well as having an orchard (1 eating apple tree, 1 cooker & two plums), a poly tunnel, a small copse, as well as a 'normal' garden for the kids, so you should be able to fulfil your side of the deal once the ice-age is over. Good Luck

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Re: Hello from Wales

Post: # 217284Post old tree man
Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:36 pm

Hello :wave: :flower:
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Re: Hello from Wales

Post: # 217302Post thegoodlife4me
Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:37 pm

Hi rachel,
welcome to ish.. im new here myself but sofar it seems like a great and friendly site... The best of luck on here and with your new life style im sure you wont regreat it...

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Re: Hello from Wales

Post: # 217392Post Zech
Sat Dec 18, 2010 2:35 pm

Thanks for the lovely welcome, everyone :iconbiggrin:
We are indeed living the dream, though it remains to be seen whether we can make it work. It's encouraging to hear from MuddyWitch (great name, btw. Made me wish I'd thought of it first!) that what we're aiming for is possible.

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Re: Hello from Wales

Post: # 217425Post Millymollymandy
Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:37 am

Hi and welcome! :wave:
boboff wrote:Oh and just for MMM, :hugish: (thanks)
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Re: Hello from Wales

Post: # 217427Post 123sologne
Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:09 am

Hello and welcome! :wave:
And good luck with the new life. It just sounds great! :iconbiggrin:

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