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Just recently, a visitor to our smallholding, (he popped in to buy some eggs) made the comment that living here seems to be totally different to being in the real world. The chap said that once you walk through our gates, everything is very tranquil and you seem to be about as far away from reality as you can get and still be alive.

After the visitor had gone, I thought about what he had said and realised that in lots of ways, he was correct. When Frank and I retired, we deliberately opted out of the rat race and we have been very fortunate with our lifestyle. Mostly our days are taken up with looking after our web sites, the land and our animals and yes, for the most part, we do enjoy wonderful lives.

We are very aware that not everyone feels the same way about our lifestyle. My sister in law, Sue, a city lass, loathes the countryside. Sue says it is too quiet; smells of manure; not enough shops, clubs, pubs and much too far from London. Each to their own!

Of course, along with most other people, Frank and I have bad days, too. We listen to the news and are horrified by it; at the futility of wars and the waste of precious lives; of politicians who seem incapable of telling the truth and who are for the most part, devoid of any common sense. Can we do anything about any of this? I truly wish we could, but we long ago accepted that we cannot change a darned thing and fretting about things just sends the blood pressure sky high!

These days, my main links to the outside world are through my turkey blog or this newsletter. When I write these, I feel as if I am really chatting to you, just as I would if we were speaking on the telephone. I love prattling on about what we have been up to. When I receive emails back from you, I am so chuffed that out of your busy lives, you have taken the time to respond to me and share your news. This is what friends do, isn't it?

The lambs, all eight of them, arrived on the 19th. June and have settled in very well. Little Lamb was a bit wary when she first saw the newcomers, but it didn't take too long before they were all playing happily together. Little Lamb is now the only female with eight boys, so why wouldn't she be happy!

I was kept busy during June with the turkey eggs hatching - oh, so many gorgeous chickadees. The turkey breeding season is very short (March to June) so the eggs I set in the incubator on 24th. June will probably be the last for this year.

Clare returned home to Plymouth to enable her to keep her hospital appointments and the plaster has been removed from her arm. She is now hoping that the doctors will allow her to return to work very soon. Our Clare is not one for just sitting around being idle!

We have a 'big spender' prize for this month of a book called 'Death and Burials Records for Family Historians'. The book is by Stuart Raymond, and all you have to do to win it is to be the first person to spend over 50 after this newsletter has been sent out.

I received a great email from Peggy, of South Australia, who said that she passes on the newsletter to her friends at a local family history group. Do they all suffer with insomnia, Peggy?

Lyn, from New South Wales, (like Clare, Lyn has a broken arm) having experienced our climate, commiserated with me about our appalling weather. I imagine that you do not get an over abundance of rain in NSW, Lyn!

Elizabeth, Charles and Sue all sent their good wishes to Clare for a speedy recovery. If only I could find a way to prevent Clare being so bored. She is such an active lass, that being unable to do all the things she is used to, is driving her crazy.

Norma, from Australia, sent an email saying that her niece bought a couple of alpacas to keep Brer Fox away from her poultry. I had heard this about alpacas, Norma, but alas, they are very expensive creatures and electric fencing is a lot cheaper!

Doris, from Ohio, says she really enjoys my newsletter with all the chatter about my family and animals. Keep up the flattery, Doris, as I really love it.

I was chuffed to get an email from Sally, who visited my Cornwall Turkeys site Click Here and loved reading my Blog about the turkey poults. Keep visiting the site Sally, as I do enjoy chattering away on it.

Helen, from Memphis, (home of the King) was really upset to hear about Clare. Just as well I couldn't get my hands on the car driver, Helen, as I wouldn't have been responsible for my actions!

My chum Diane, who has just returned from a holiday in Spain (bet you had better weather than us!) was appalled to hear about Clare. There are some very irresponsible drivers around Diane, and it could have been a lot worse.

Okay folks, it is time to get to work and start looking at all the new items we have for you for this month. Today, I have a cup of tea and slice (very small, I promise) of chocolate cake. Have you got your cuppa ready?


New Products & Suppliers

The Rugby Family History Group has released a CD, Newbold upon Avon St Botolph parish registers. This is a very useful CD, folks.

Pete, from the Parish Register Transcription Society, has a new CD available for you called Cocking Parish Registers.

We are delighted to welcome the Wotton under Edge Historical Society to Parish Chest.

My chicken loving chum Jen, from Leicestershire Parish Registers has four new transcriptions for you, Cotesbach, Scalford, Donisthorpe and Groby. You are working well, Jen!

Eileen, from Kabristan Archives, has some new publications for you. Not only that, but Eileen has also reduced the prices of some of her other publications.

William, from Sussex Genealogy, has added five new transcriptions of Sussex parish registers and MIs to his enormous collection.

Brian, from the Bedfordshire Family History Society, let me know about their new book, Bedfordshire Wills 1543-1547. A very useful publication, Brian.

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