G'day my name's Glenn,

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G'day my name's Glenn,

Postby glenn » Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:41 am

G'day my name's Glenn, I'm 57, retired and at present, I'm living in Brisbane. I hope to be moving into the country in the not too far distant future.

I did a cheese making course in November last year. I have only made Quark and some fresh acid (Chabecou type) cheese since the course. It all went well, my family and friends raved about it. I have the starters etc and will make some of the other ones we made on the course....Camembert, Ricotta and Fetta to start with.

cheers

Glenn

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Re: G'day my name's Glenn,

Postby rdtj04 » Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:29 pm

Hi Glenn,

Welcome to the forum. It is nice isn't it when you make something yourself and others appreciate it. Gives you a boost. Well done. Where are you wanting to move to? Do you grow your own vegies at the moment? Do you have animals? Sorry for the questions. Like to learn as much as possible. Chat soon.
Cheers

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Re: G'day my name's Glenn,

Postby minnie » Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:15 am

Hi Glen,

Welcome over here... of course we've talked on the cheesemaking topics.

I just loved the cheesemaking course (I did the same one) and found it gives a really good basis for understanding and learning so much more than you can get from the kits that a prolific, especially from the US. The Rikki Carroll kits that are being sold now will have to really escalate in price soon with the dollar moving downward I guess.

I was orginally from Sydney and did my move from city to country in 1997, best thing I ever did it was life changing... met my DH and we started our own business 10 years ago now. We scrape along financially but are happy with our lifestyle choices and I love having not to go into the office each day, working for someone else... I was destined to work for me as I liked to work flexible hours and at my pace.

Our food since moving out of town and being half an hour from 'any' junk and evaluating what's in our food (don't have MSG or bad additives) has certainly seen our food get more flavour and I think healthier (although this month gee whiz, showed doesn't matter how well you eat and live you can still get sick). Preserving our food and making our dairy products has been not only fulfulling but the taste is superior to the shop bought product that's for sure.

What sort of acreage are you looking for and have you lived on the land before?
:D
Vicki

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Re: G'day my name's Glenn,

Postby Shadowgirlau » Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:35 pm

Echo -ing from over here to say Hi as well, sounds like you are heading towards a life altering change in the future.
Best of luck and look forward to hearing all about it, warts an all :lol:

Hooroo,
Kathleen
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
- John Lennon

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Re: G'day my name's Glenn,

Postby Hayhay » Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:00 pm

Hello Glen! I've just signed up to the site too. I also started making cheese last year...made quarg for the first time on monday!

What are you planning to do with a move to the country? We're in semi-rural vic on only 1/3 acre but big enough for all our own fruit and vegies.....though sadly not enough space for a cow or goat to provide the milk for my cheeses?

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Re: G'day my name's Glenn,

Postby glenn » Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:34 pm

Hi Damaris,

Thanks for you email. I intend to move to somewhere between say Warwick and Tamworth and over to the coast. Have grown vegies and raised chooks before.

My grandparents, uncles and aunties on my mothers side were dairy farmers. They had Jersey and AIS cattle. My auntie and uncle were the biggest supplier the local factory and were milking 350+ cows at one stage. Another ran a quite successful Jersey stud for many years.

cheers

Glenn

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Re: G'day my name's Glenn,

Postby glenn » Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:43 pm

Hi Vicki,

Thanks for your email. Just want 15 or so acres to run a few cows, make some cheese and fatten a few calves to sell. Yes, I have in the country before.


cheers

Glenn

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Re: G'day my name's Glenn,

Postby glenn » Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:04 pm

Hi hayhay,

Thanks for you email. As I retired from work, there is no longer a need to live in Brisbane any more. A move to the country is something i've always wanted to do, so I'm going to do it. Life's too short to be stuck in someplace where you don't want to be. This life is not a rehearsal .We only get one crack at this, so make the most of it.

This was made more apparent to me late last year when I was involved in a traffic accident in NZ. The car was written off and we should have been killed, but came out with only one very small cut on the back of my head. Makes one think about one's life and how's it going.


cheers

Glenn

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Re: G'day my name's Glenn,

Postby minnie » Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:29 am

Hi Glenn,

It's interesting how life gives us some epiphany to get us back on track of what's important.

Sounds a good plan, what sort of cattle were you thinking of? As you'd realise most of us here with cattle (not Paul) have dexters (some came via the dexter forum). I saw a neighbours new AIS bulls he's looking to put over brahman X cows, they were good looking fellows.

Ah retirement, I hope to do that one day so I've got time for everything else :lol:

:D
Vicki

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Re: G'day my name's Glenn,

Postby Hayhay » Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:08 pm

Ah Glenn your dream sounds wonderful, and yes how important is it to live our dreams rather than be stuck somewhere you don't want or need to be. And how amazing life becomes when we realise its preciousness.

I hope you find a lovely country property and thoroughly enjoy your cows!

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Re: G'day my name's Glenn,

Postby Shadowgirlau » Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:19 pm

Ah retirement, I hope to do that one day so I've got time for everything else


Vicki I hate to burst your bubble :lol: however in retirement we have been so busy that we now wonder where we found the time to actually go to work. ;)

Kathleen
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- John Lennon

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Re: G'day my name's Glenn,

Postby minnie » Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:04 pm

Thanks Kathleen,

Just when there was hope on the horizon :lol:

Back to the drawing board.
:P
Vicki

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Re: G'day my name's Glenn,

Postby driversrun » Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:25 pm

hi glenn - I too am fairly new to the forum - welcome - I have been a bit tied up as we have just done our dream and moved to some acerage. But the move was huge and yes I have dexters too and that has been a learning curve. Will write apost soon and catch you all up on what I have been doing.

My mum and dad just recently retired too and you are right they are more busy than ever - I cant believe how busy they are - makes you wonder how we fit in work really. :lol:

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Re: G'day my name's Glenn,

Postby glenn » Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:16 pm

Update
I have now moved to Manilla NSW, 42 km north of Tamworth. Have brought a 90 yr old house on 2 acres. Have 5 goats ....one kidded last friday and a 7mth old heifer calf. Hope to make some cheese tomorrow with the milk from the goat.

Glenn

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Re: G'day my name's Glenn,

Postby minnie » Sat Sep 19, 2009 8:03 am

Hi Glenn,

Congratulations on you 'tree change' and 'kidding'... bet you don't know yourself these days. ;)

We went down the New England to Tamworth the other day to pick up our new little bull. It was interesting to see how many sheep there were and all the cattle seemed to be hereford and angus with the exception of a herd of highlanders. We seem to have so many brahman in our region or brahman cross it was very noticeable for us.

Personally eating wise, I don't think the brahman, even if crossed, is good eating. Give me angus any day, although once we have our dexter I may say dexter and then angus. ;)

Nice to hear from you.

Vicki

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Re: G'day my name's Glenn,

Postby Hayhay » Sat Sep 19, 2009 8:02 pm

Great to hear your update. Let us know how the cheese goes!

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Re: G'day my name's Glenn,

Postby keni » Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:03 pm

Hi Glenn,
I'm looking forward to hearing how the Goats' milk cheese turns out.
I have been trying to source some here in Brissie.
It's a good thing you now live a long way from me or I may have been forced to visit in the dead of night with a bucket and milking stool.... :lol: :lol:
No just "kidding"...sorry about that.

Ken.


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