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Mental Health Awareness week

As it's Mental Health Awareness week, I just wanted to extend a friendly "Hello" to all. It's good to talk and is often the first step to making things better.


Created By on 14/05/2021

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15th May 2021 22:37:32 (Last activity: 19th May 2021 19:18:37)
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Response from Sally - Silversurfer's Editor made on 15th May 2021 23:27:45
Hi oldwhiskers,

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Response from Freetobeme Original Poster made on 16th May 2021 15:56:31
Hello Old Whiskers,
I'm really sorry for the delay in replying to you, it couldn't be helped. Thank you for your response, I would normally be attending a couple of groups that are aimed specifically at more mature adults who maybe feel isolated, anxious or just want to have a cuppa and a chat. I know from personal experience just how much talking with others can lift your spirits and help you feel you're not alone. It's good to hear that you get out and about walking your dog, they're great companions and will always give you a reason to get some fresh air!
I'm so sorry to hear you lost your wife, but I'm sure you have many treasured memories and talking about her must bring great comfort. Recounting happy times is a really positive way to help get through difficult days.
I am new to this site too, as my groups have not yet restarted, I was only too pleased when my daughter suggested giving this a go and maybe finding some new friends. Perhaps we can chat again, hopefully you will find my reply. Wishing you a good afternoon, take care.
Response from Freetobeme Original Poster made on 17th May 2021 15:32:24
Hi Chris
Thank you for getting back to me, as you can see I tend to 'pop in and out' at the moment as I'm actually recovering from a recent surgery and don't always feel up to it just yet. I'm relatively new to this site too and still navigating my way around. I don't purport to be as wise as you, but recognise that talking to people does indeed open the floodgates. I can open a one to one chat if you'd like to talk more. Take care. Elaine (Freetobeme)
Response from Freetobeme Original Poster made on 17th May 2021 18:20:49
Hello again Chris, "Thank you" for your kind words, glad to hear all's going well after your eye surgery. I'm going to try and open the one to one facility now (my first attempt), all being well I'll catch up with you soon. Have a good evening. Elaine.
Response from Lionel made on 18th May 2021 16:02:00
Hello Chris from another old countryman/farm worker. Whereabouts were you farming? Was it mixed or just arable?
Response from Lionel made on 19th May 2021 16:56:57
Yes, I too preferred stock, but that's some list of spots you were on! I can't beat that although I had thought there'd been a few. Not at all sorry I asked.

What's life been like? That one had me stopped thinking for a while. Well, born West Norfolk village, father in Merchant Navy. Brought up until eight by mother and grand parents (strict Victorians). Father quit the MN when I was eight and shipped us to London (he was a wartime evacuee to Norfolk). Hated it all, just wanted to be back on a farm!

After five years in the London wine trade got a GFW job in North Norfolk. A nice 250 acre mixed farm run by an old boy who taught me all he could. North Yorkshire managing a small pig factory farm. Quit after a year and went to mixed nearby. That was a group of seven spots totalling seven thousand acres owned by one man. Did everything all of the time. Pigs, cattle, arable the lot. Boss was a bit cranky but paid well and on time. Over to Eire and did dairy for two years and went back to the group farms. Stayed there for a few more years and left farming when arthritis set in my knees. Then postman, marriage break up, truck driver working out of Heathrow and so it goes on. After trucking accepted an offer to advise on farming in Moravia, Czech Republic. It was a case of bringing them out of poverty stricken communist methods and into the then twentieth century. Then residential caring of the terminally ill and geriatrics - that's me now! Mercifully now out of the work place and retired in North Suffolk. Re-married twenty years ago - got it right this time, but wife has MS. Live in a quiet little spot with 29 houses/farms in a large parish. Now I just drive around and moan about new farming methods!
Response from Lionel made on 19th May 2021 19:18:37
Take care, mate.

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