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Post by Guest on 3rd August 2010, 9:24 am

Hello Everyone,
I'm a writer living in the Welsh Marches. We have 1/4 acre of land that we've been cultivating biodyamically for over 10 years, before that we worked out wee city garden in South London the BD way for another 10 years. I eat local, organic meat and dairy, grow most of our own veg and fruit but haven't got to olive oil, lemons and bananas yet - despite Bob Flowerdew.


The place is in the middle of nowhere, nearest road/neighbour 1/2 mile away, so wonderfully peaceful. There's a mass of wildlife, sufficiently sustainable to be worth our local sparrowhawk hunting here, which she does regularly. There are hedgehogs, foxex, stoats, weasels, rabbits, hares, the occasional badger, fallow deer, and lots of wee things like long tailed fieldmice, shrews, voles. On the birds side we have peregrines, ravens, jackdaws and the rest of the corvid family, and a goodly crop of songbirds.

There's me, Hubby Paul and two gorgeous cats - Isolde & Olwen, who do NOT catch the birds.

We're pretty green but always looking for new ways of doing things if they're better than what we've got.

Looking fwd to meeting you all,
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Post by Sparhawk on 3rd August 2010, 9:45 am



Hi there Elen, & there was me watching about a dozen or so assorted various blackbirds, sparrows etc terrorising my garden & thinking how nice it was to see them after my 10 year battle with next door neighbours catsss...

Your description of the wildlife sounds idylic, I hope as well as writing you do photoing...

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Post by Guest on 3rd August 2010, 11:01 am


Cats are very trainable ... it's the owners who aren't!

I scruff the youngsters on their first arrival with a bird, take the bird away so there's no reward, and give a severe ear-wigging while scruffing them onto the floor, it usualkly takes a couple of minutes so they don't forget. We've never had more trouble after that. Now I only have to cough heavily if I see either go down into a crouch and they immediately sit up, put a leg in the air and wash their arse ... with a "Wott Moi ???!!!" expression.

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Post by chickenofthewoods on 3rd August 2010, 11:08 am

Hi Elen, welcome to the forum.
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Post by Adrian on 3rd August 2010, 11:17 am

Good Morning Ellen and

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Post by polgara on 3rd August 2010, 11:19 am

Welcome from me. Look forward to meeting you round & about.

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Post by Guest on 3rd August 2010, 12:55 pm

Hello from France. Glad you have found some space in blighty. Which county are you in?

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Post by Dandelion on 3rd August 2010, 1:08 pm

That's what I was going to ask - we may be nearish?
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Post by Guest on 3rd August 2010, 2:23 pm

About a 1/2 hour from you Dandelion. I'm off the Hay road.

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Post by Guest on 3rd August 2010, 2:25 pm

Zoe, I'm on the borders of Hereford and Wales - the Twilight Lands, and close to the Wye.

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Post by Lizbuff13 on 3rd August 2010, 4:21 pm

Welcome Elen,

Hellooooooo..... from the Pacific Northwest of Oregon, USA. This is a wonderful forum and it seems like you have found the perfect place to hang out with this group. Your little spot on the earth sounds loverly!

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Post by Aberlemno on 3rd August 2010, 4:38 pm

I'd better say hello from Carmarthenshire, now we've chatted over on another thread! May be moving your way (but a bit higher in the Marches), if all goes to plan . . .

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Post by Compostwoman on 3rd August 2010, 5:48 pm

Hi there! Nice to see you in here, glad you could join us

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Post by MrsC on 3rd August 2010, 5:49 pm

Hello there Elen and welcome to the forum from a slightly drizzly St Albans!

Make sure you pop into the tea room to join us for a cuppa! tea

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Post by Guest on 3rd August 2010, 6:27 pm

Well it's great to meet you all
I've got a couple of e-friends in Oregan, Lizbuff, now a 3rd.
Aberlemno, I'd better get moving and come down if you're coming up.
Mrs C, I'm on my way to the tea and bringing chocolate
Compostwoman, it looks like you got me and 2 other women for the hen course, will e separately later.

Am off for that cuppa and got to do the blog for the Ogham at P&P or I'll be late

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Post by Compostwoman on 3rd August 2010, 6:28 pm

Ok, Elen, will wait for email

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Post by Jaded Green on 3rd August 2010, 6:36 pm

Hallo - welcome
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