Hello from south east Kent

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Hello from south east Kent

Post: # 258214Post Stickweaver »

Hi, I came across your website a few years ago when looking for hedgerow foraging. As I use the excellent information I thought I would join the forums and hopefully be able to give something back - who knows!

I don't have a huge garden but I do live in a rural area with a sheep and cattle farm surrounding the house. I keep chickens (currently 4 plus two bantams) only for eggs as I am strict vegetarian. I spend as much time as I can being outdoors, although my vegetable gardening is rather hit and miss dependent on how busy I have been at work during seed planting time. I love basket weaving and have just made my first basket from my own grown willow. Every bit of space I have is now given over to this lovely plant! I also enjoy learning how to use green woods to make things such as hurdles, brooms and spoons. I practise natural crafts such as dying from plants and spinning using a drop spindle as part of the Anglo-Saxon/Viking re-enactment group to which I belong.

Next on my list to experiment with is country wine making and bee keeping, so I might be needing some advice on these very soon. :sunny:

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Re: Hello from south east Kent

Post: # 258215Post Green Aura »

Welcome to Ish :wave:
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Re: Hello from south east Kent

Post: # 258216Post marshlander »

Hello & welcome :hello2:
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Hi there and welcome to our forum. :wave:

I used to know Lydden quite well back in the sixties when I was involved in motorcycle racing.
Lydden and Brands Hatch were our local tracks. Great times. :iconbiggrin:
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Disclaimer: I almost certainly haven't a clue what I'm talking about.

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Welcome! I am not so far away.

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Hi there and welcome :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 south east Kent

Post: # 258515Post Stickweaver »

Thank you for all the warm welcomes. :wave:

Marshlander - I totally concur with your signature: books, a garden, and I might add a glass of wine (just starting to brew my own!).
Odsox - the circuit is still going strong. My son is in to his cars so he regularly pops over there; just half a mile walk.

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Post: # 258516Post Stickweaver »

southeast-isher wrote:Welcome! I am not so far away.
If we are neighbours let me know!!

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I'm in East Sussex

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Post: # 258527Post MuddyWitch »

Welcome to ISH :flower:

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Post: # 258718Post Millymollymandy »

Hi and welcome! :wave:
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Post: # 258824Post battybird »

Hi and welcome! I am in East Kent not that far from you! Half hour or so! We also have a barn in central Portugal. This site is full of friendly inspiration :wave:
The cockerel makes the noise, the hen produces the goods!! anon

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Hi Battybird! A barn in Portugal - that sounds intriguing. Is it habitable? What is the growing like over there? I have never been to Portugal and imagine it to be sunshine all year round :flower:

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Hi Stickweave
Yes the barn is habitable...now! Been a big project. the growing is good in our area, but we have not been able to grow as we are not over there enough to harvest or water what we plant. The neighbours use quite a bit of our land and give us veg etc when we go over. Got grapes and olives which the neighbours harvest and give us as wine and oil! We did help with their harvest last year as we were around. Weather is hotter in summer, starts spring earlier but still gets very cold at night in Feb, march. Hopefully once OH health is better, we can go out more often and grow our own veg. attach a photo of barn from "other side" of land (where our water source is)
Have an allotment in Uk which keeps us busy.
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The cockerel makes the noise, the hen produces the goods!! anon

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Re: Hello from south east Kent

Post: # 258897Post Stickweaver »

Battybird, what a delightful barn and scene...it looks so romantic! I wish your OH a smooth and swift path to better health.

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