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Would you buy a smallholding?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 13:03
I've seen it happen many times. People buy into their dreams with a bit of land when they retire. The land they have is too much as they grow older, but too little for any neighbouring farmer to rent or take a crop of hay off. They have then added the worry of the land and what to do with it.

As my OH and I get older the upkeep of our big garden in a very rural setting is becoming onerous. We are seriously thinking about moving to where there is a nearby station, shops, bus route and hospital for when we can't drive. Horrible, getting old isn't it?

Would you buy a smallholding?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 10:05
So long as youth is on your side and you never want to take a holiday, go for it.

Do you relish working outside in all weathers? Are you prepared for the hard physical work? Lack of money? And on occasions sheer heartbreak?

Enough is enough.

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 10:00
Mike, I seems to be all about you, and really it isn't. If people are rude to you (when, how?) ignore them.

Might I respectfully suggest you shorten your posts and proof-read them before you submit them and stop reading posts you don't like. And if you insist on reading them, don't take them to heart. The posters only know you on this forum, not in Real Life.

Fragrant tree

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 11:14
Even if you ask seemingly intelligent people how much fat there is in whole milk they will 'guess' a much, much higher percentage than there is.

Even whole milk is of a lower fat percentage than when it leaves the cow because the processors skim off the cream for added-value products.

Fragrant tree

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 21:05
My OH and I were dairy farmers and funnily enough I can pick out dairy farmers not by the smell of s**t but by the smell of hypochlorite and iodine!

Fragrant tree

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 17:01
Ha, ha, ha! I can imagine the reaction if the OP had a word with the farmer, friendly or otherwise. Are we allowed to put certain words on the forum?

Fragrant tree

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 15:28
'Fraid you will have to get used to it. I'm with you Dove. Even enjoy the smell of muck-spreading. Now, pigs and poultry are a different matter......

Storing Bramley Apples

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 17:38
Yes, you can store apples as pulp in Kilner jars.

Yes you can store them sliced in syrup in Kilner jars. Then you can put them straight into pies or crumbles.

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 11:37
I'm all in favour of children! If couples had less or no children (some countries are perilously close to being under-replacement) who is going to do all the work we require, pay tax, invent things, and do all the things we value?

I was particularly struck by a programme about population growth and the statement that the average birth rate in Bangladesh is two children per family.

As a PS, I'm not sure that vast blocks of forestry are such a good thing. They are usually devoid of wildlife and contribute to acidification of the uplands among other disadvantages.

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 01:19
Please take some time to come to West Wales then; you will see so much wildlife and mixed farming. Take a look at the Pembrokeshire Birdblog in the interim.

Crops that go to animal feed do put food on the table, and milk in the fridge, obviously; maybe you only eat vegetables but most people eat meat. And some of us only eat home-produced meat, and then not from supermarkets.

Many farmers are young and ambitious and they would be insulted to think of themselves as victims of the economic situation. And they sell to supermarkets. If the supermarkets sell 70 percent of what we buy, someone must supply them, or everything would have to be imported.

The countryside is in many respects artificial. Farmers planted the hedges and the recently planted trees, and dug out the ponds. We may decry their disappearance, but luckily we have the money and leisure to replace them in our gardens.

Here in Wales farmers have to get permission to remove a hedge if they are in an ecological scheme. Is there nothing like that in Essex? Sadly more damage is wrought by councils mowing verges unnecessarily because local residents complain about grass encroaching. With luck the economic situation will put a stop to that.

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