Hello from deepest darkest Dorset, UK
Hello, and thank you for adding me!
Some of you may have come across me before, in one or other odd corner of the WWW under the name "thriftwizard" which I'm beginning to think is somewhat inappropriate in this company! In no way am I a "real" wizard; I have no magical training whatsoever. The moniker came from a magazine I wrote some articles for on moneysaving, back in the early 2000s; they only printed one of them & spiked the rest, because the idea of NOT spending money was a bit too radical for their advertisers. Never mind; they'd already paid me for the whole series, and given me a nickname I rather liked. However in all humility I feel I should drop the wizard bit now!
I live in a beautiful part of a beautiful but overcrowded country; very near the south coast of England, in the rolling green hills of Dorset but 20 minutes from the beaches, though I'm originally from further south & west. We have a biggish home (by UK standards!) and moderate-sized garden on the outskirts of a little medieval market town, but we still have 3 of our 5 "kids" (now all adults) living with us, thanks to the horrendous increases in property & rental prices. (One of those has a doctorate, is working for his university, & still can't afford a place of his own.) In our garden we grow lots of fruit; apples, quinces, figs, pears, raspberries, gooseberries, red & black-currants, Japanese wineberries, kiwifruits, hazelnuts and lots of herbs. It's not really big enough for many vegetables, as we also keep chickens. So I also have a small "allotment" on the other side of town, a mile away, where I'm currently harvesting potatoes, runner beans, courgette/zucchini, and assorted leaves & beets. I've been interested in permaculture for many years, but have never managed to actually take a course; I just follow the principles, and have advised a number of friends on how to get the best out of their gardens. I'm also into preserving and fermenting, and enjoy cooking food from all sorts of cuisines - mostly!
No time to write more, but very much looking forward to "meeting" you all and exchanging ideas & experiences...