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Virtually Verdant

Hello! I’m ‘Virtually Verdant’!

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

Welcome aboard. Very Happy
Virtually Verdant

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. Very Happy
gythagirl

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

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

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. Very Happy
Snowball

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

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! Very Happy
Green Rosie

Bonjour from slightly soggy France! I'm verdant too - Green Rosie Wink Very Happy
Nicky Colour it green

welcome Smile


green is the only colour Smile
Virtually Verdant

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. Very Happy
Nell Merionwen

Hello VV! hello2
There are indeed articles on both cheese making and pork pies. Very Happy
Virtually Verdant

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. Very Happy
dpack

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 Laughing
Nell Merionwen

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. Very Happy

Pricey's pork pie Very Happy
Virtually Verdant

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. Very Happy

Pricey's pork pie Very Happy

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. Very Happy
Pilsbury

Pricey is a downsizer member and if you click on the blue link it will take you to his recipe and method for his pork pie in the relevent section of downsizer. Virtually Verdant

Lol! Thanks for pointing that out to me Pilsbury. Tut I thought Nell meant 'pricey meaning expensive' I'm a bit of a thicky on computers and didn't realise it was a link. Embarassed Virtually Verdant

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 Laughing

Hi dpack,
Yes I had that problem a couple of months ago. My two Labs running and swimming over most of Dartmoor and the sea just off Wembury.

When they are not running and swimming like a pair of loonies they are deer tracking dogs, silently moving through the forests and fields trailing the deer's scent so that I can bag some venison. The dog's nose is better than my aged eyes. Cool
Virtually Verdant

Wow Pricey's Pork Pie looks great. Reminds me of the old film 'Great Expectations' when Pip stole the massive pork pie out of his sister's pantry and gave it to Magwitch. Proper pork pies! 12Bore

Hi Steve, welcome in to DS! hello2 Virtually Verdant

Hi 12Bore.
I'm really enjoying myself already. Very Happy I've looked at pork pies and cheese making and I'm now looking for advice on making a British National Beehive.
mousjoos

Hi from a very hot & humid Midi region

Lots of rain, lots of sun makes everything very green here
Virtually Verdant

Hi Mousjoos,

France! Lovely. I've only travelled North France and Belgium, but the food and the lifestyle is inspiring.
DorsetScott

Greetings from Dorset.

Also, thanks a bunch for giving me a cheese craving!
NorthernMonkeyGirl

Aye up from t'north. Speaking of cheese, I've just munched on some gjetost that I found (well, bought!) - an unexpected jewel in a slightly rubbish small town Laughing mousjoos

Hi Mousjoos,

France! Lovely. I've only travelled North France and Belgium, but the food and the lifestyle is inspiring.

Very true, but if you're expecting inspirational cuisine don't come south

It's duck, duck, duck with duck, Cassoulet...usually with bits of duck, & the worst charcuterie in the civilised world

Apart from that, the food's ace, but you can't get a decent curry anywhere outside of Toulouse

That's why we have a garden & grow our own chooks
gz

Welcome from The Pirate and myself in South West Scotland Cool
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