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Community => Introduce yourself => Topic started by: Sharnoak on March 20, 2012, 10:15:11 pm

Title: Intro from Oz
Post by: Sharnoak on March 20, 2012, 10:15:11 pm
Hi all,

I am an expat Brit living in Oz-my sentence so far has been 24 1/2 years (no, they don't do parole here!!) and after a spell living in the tropics I have moved back to Victoria (down south) and bought a 22 acre property in a rural area approx 1 1/2 hrs from Melbourne. The tribe of animals so far includes 3 miniature Highlands, 6 sheep (including one Finn ram), 2 suri alpacas, 2 cachmere goats and recently 2 black piglets. All a bit of a learning curve, so I shall no doubt pop into the forum regularly for advice!
Cheers,
Susie
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: doganjo on March 20, 2012, 10:26:35 pm
Wow, welcome Susie - you are a long way away from me in Central Scotland.  Look aboot ye on the members map and see if there's anyone else close.  Great selection of animals there, quite jealous, I used to have 22 acres too, but only have one since I moved down here - so only ducks and chickens now, apart from the dogs and cat.  What part of the UK did you originate from?
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: Polished Arrow on March 20, 2012, 10:42:43 pm
Hi there  :)

Nice to not be the only newbie wearing L plates!
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: aliceinwonderland on March 21, 2012, 12:37:24 am
Hi and welcome from a fellow Victorian!
Which direction out from Melbourne are you? I grew up in the Macedon ranges and am planning to move back as soon as I have enough money to buy a nice little farmhouse, but in the mean time I'm (almost) satisfying the need to move back and start a farm by reading all I can (including the Accidental Smallholder Forum!) and keeping an eye on the classifieds (and my bank account). If you ever need help on the farm just let me know - I'd love to get some more hands-on experience and it sounds like you have a lovely smallholding!
Once again, welcome to the forum and welcome back to Victoria!
Alice
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: Sharnoak on March 21, 2012, 12:56:18 am
Thanks for the welcome Annie,Anais and Alice! I'm originally from Herts in the UK- grew up almost on a farm (over the road), and have fond childhood memories of raising orphaned piglets-and they all survived!

Alice, I'm just outside of Daylesford in Blampied-surrounded by fields (or paddocks as they are called here!) and no traffic noise :) You are more than welcome to visit-I'm still feeling my way and there is a lot to do. There is quite a bit of woodland on the property, which is great but much of it is infested with broom-a really invasive PITA! Hoping that the piglets will do their bit to help clear it once they are bigger-they are only about 9 weeks old at the moment.
Forgot to mention the assorted chooks, guinea fowl and ducks-and how could I forget my 2 lovely Briards?!
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: lill on March 21, 2012, 07:13:35 am
Welcome to the forum Susie, look forward to your postings  :wave: :wave:
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: Bert on March 21, 2012, 07:26:45 am
Hi from the Isle of Mull :wave:
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: Rosemary on March 21, 2012, 08:09:55 am
Hello and welcome from Carnoustie  :wave:

Are your miniature Highlands cattle or ponies?  :cow: :horse:
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on March 21, 2012, 02:11:47 pm
Hi and welcome from Shropshire.  I have family in Oz (don'tmost of us?) two cousins in WA, round the Perth area, and one in NT.
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: Bangbang on March 21, 2012, 09:05:34 pm
Hi!  :wave:

Big welcome from sunny Aberdeenshire...!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: deepinthewoods on March 21, 2012, 09:08:08 pm
hi from cornwall :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: Sharnoak on March 21, 2012, 09:13:19 pm
Hello and welcome from Carnoustie  :wave:

Are your miniature Highlands cattle or ponies?  :cow: :horse:

Cattle,Rosemary. The cow is called Narla (she came with the name), her calf is Brooce (well Bruce really, but the long 'o' sound is mandatory isn't it?!) and the young steer is Wallace (which has become Wally Woo Moo)-the commital papers are on the kitchen table ::)
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: Big Light on March 21, 2012, 09:17:42 pm
Welcome,
the world's a big place and different things have different meanings ( I assume you are not named after the following)

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Sharn (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Sharn)

 ;D

enjoy the forum!

Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: Sharnoak on March 21, 2012, 09:29:18 pm
Welcome,
the world's a big place and different things have different meanings ( I assume you are not named after the following)

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Sharn (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Sharn)

 ;D

enjoy the forum!

Excellent! I especially like the first one-since I am surrounded by it in many shapes and forms it is rather appropriate! Have also put an explanation of the name under 'what does your username mean' thread :)
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: Big Light on March 21, 2012, 10:09:36 pm
Cheers !
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: SallyintNorth on March 22, 2012, 02:13:07 am
Welcome from north Cumbria in England  :wave:  also with family in Oz (as MGWM says, most of us do!)

Looking forward to hearing how you get on  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: Sylvia on March 22, 2012, 01:24:07 pm
Hello, I have a brother in Melbourne (Lilydale) and visited a couple of years ago. I was amazed at what was grown with sparse rainfall and the produce at Victoria market has to be seen to be believed! However, 4 weeks was enough for me, too big, too foreign, too far from home :)
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: chairmanphil on March 22, 2012, 07:57:16 pm
hi there  :wave: my lady is from Brisbane, she keeps telling me how cold it is here lol!  :D
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: Sharnoak on March 22, 2012, 09:04:46 pm
Hello, I have a brother in Melbourne (Lilydale) and visited a couple of years ago. I was amazed at what was grown with sparse rainfall and the produce at Victoria market has to be seen to be believed! However, 4 weeks was enough for me, too big, too foreign, too far from home :)

Oh you wouldn't say sparse rainfall at he moment! There have been record floods, and parts of Victoria and NSW have been declared disaster areas. You must have visited during the drought Sylvia, which has now officially been declared over. Big? Oh HUGE ;) Have driven almost the length of the east coast a couple of times, Cairns to Victoria-3380kms in 3 days. Rather tiring really!
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: Mel on March 23, 2012, 06:44:05 pm
Hello from Northants,we wish you well (http://www.accidentalsmallholder.net/forum/Smileys/default/grin.gif) (http://www.accidentalsmallholder.net/forum/Smileys/default/wave2.gif)
Title: Re: Intro from Oz
Post by: Ina on March 24, 2012, 08:31:58 am
Hi from Aberdeenshire - I'm still quite new here myself...

Your posts are bringing back memories of a wonderful 8 months back in 1984/85, when I was in Victoria on an agricultural exchange... (Yes, I am that old - frightening!)