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Virtually Verdant



Joined: 05 Jul 2014
Posts: 20

PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 14 7:21 am    Post subject: Hello! I’m ‘Virtually Verdant’!  Reply with quote    

Hello! I’m ‘Virtually Verdant’ otherwise known as ‘Steve’ in the real world.

I’m from Warwickshire and I have a life long interest in leaving the rat race and getting back to a more natural way of life. My interests are Permaculture, Deer Management, Working Dogs, Foraging, Pickling and Preserving, Poultry and most recently I have been learning about bees and I will hopefully will be getting my bees and hives next spring.

Thank you.

sean
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 41591
Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 14 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Welcome aboard.

Virtually Verdant



Joined: 05 Jul 2014
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 14 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank You Sean. There's certainly a lot of information on this website. A Facebook friend pointed me in this direction and I'm very glad they did.

gythagirl



Joined: 18 Feb 2010
Posts: 1406
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 14 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi Steve - or VV! - from a very verdant Somerset garden! There is much to instruct, inspire, amuse and annoy on ds

Just beware The Chicken People as I don't see Chickens on your list...yet!

Virtually Verdant



Joined: 05 Jul 2014
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 14 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi Gythagirl,

Ah yes, I put 'Poultry' rather than Chickens because at one time or another I have had Chickens, Ducks, Geese and Quail, but I travel a lot between my home and Dartmoor (my intended home) so I have no time for livestock at the moment....well except the bees I will getting next year, but they can look after themselves. Eventually I hope to get into aquaculture too, but right now my life is all about bees and fruit trees and shrubs.

Thanks for the welcoming message.

Snowball
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 6176
Location: swindon
PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 14 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hello there, come right in and make yourself at home.

Virtually Verdant



Joined: 05 Jul 2014
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 14 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank you Snowball.
It's raining outside and the wife and I are feeling decidedly under the weather, so it's tea, toast and honey and reading through the posts and threads on downsizer.net this morning. Just what the doctor ordered!

Green Rosie



Joined: 13 May 2007
Posts: 10490
Location: Calvados, France
PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 14 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bonjour from slightly soggy France! I'm verdant too - Green Rosie

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
Posts: 8617
Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 14 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

welcome


green is the only colour

Virtually Verdant



Joined: 05 Jul 2014
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 14 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank You Nicky and Green Rosie.

I think I'll fit right in here. The wife and I have just had a nice lunch of dandelion, spinach and nasturtium leaves. Pork pie, cheese and bullace & rowan jelly. Unfortunately I can't claim to have made the pork pie and the cheese but I'm sure if I look hard enough into the threads of this excellent website I'll find out how to do just that.

Little by little the contents of our plate are becoming homegrown and less shop bought, we feel really good about that.

Nell Merionwen



Joined: 02 Jun 2008
Posts: 16298
Location: Beautiful Derbyshire
PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 14 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hello VV!
There are indeed articles on both cheese making and pork pies.

Virtually Verdant



Joined: 05 Jul 2014
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 14 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi Nell,
I'm glad to hear that! I made Indian Cheese once but that's really easy. Now a good Cornish Yarg or a Smoked Cheddar would be an excellent project to undertake.

I'm not too far from Melton Mowbray and Pork Pie is very much a guilty pleasure.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 32591
Location: yes
PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 14 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hello from land de t'tour
im glad you can get your dogs to work mine seem broken after three days running on a beach

Nell Merionwen



Joined: 02 Jun 2008
Posts: 16298
Location: Beautiful Derbyshire
PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 14 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Virtually Verdant wrote:
Hi Nell,
I'm glad to hear that! I made Indian Cheese once but that's really easy. Now a good Cornish Yarg or a Smoked Cheddar would be an excellent project to undertake.

I'm not too far from Melton Mowbray and Pork Pie is very much a guilty pleasure.

Pricey's pork pie

Virtually Verdant



Joined: 05 Jul 2014
Posts: 20

PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 14 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nell Merionwen wrote:
Virtually Verdant wrote:
Hi Nell,
I'm glad to hear that! I made Indian Cheese once but that's really easy. Now a good Cornish Yarg or a Smoked Cheddar would be an excellent project to undertake.

I'm not too far from Melton Mowbray and Pork Pie is very much a guilty pleasure.

Pricey's pork pie


Very pricey, but I'm addicted! I may have to turn to a life of crime to support my habit, 'holding up' farmer's markets to raise the cash for one more 'cold crust' kick! I'd go cold turkey as long as I could have a side portion of green tomato chutney and a slab of Red Leicester.

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