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post #1 of 15 Old 09-16-2020, 03:53 AM Thread Starter
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Amazing neighbours!!

So I just had to tell someone who would understand just how much this means...

We have 10 acres & currently 4 horses. But it's dry land, lacking much topsoil & was overgrazed & covered in weeds for years before we moved in. So my horses are off the most of it, for most of the time, while I spread hay(old hay for mulch/compost & seeds), eradicate weeds, let it rest & regenerate, and I've been buying hay for them.

So, couple years ago, I was stoked when the neighbour offered me the use of a 2 acre paddock that hadn't been grazed for many years! Give the horses a bit of fresh tucker and give their track a bit of a rest, and save me some hay money - which has got exxy. He told me just to use it as if it were mine, put the horses there whenever I liked. But, for the sake of courtesy I've always given him a quick call to ask, before each time I've put them there.

So yesterday I texted him, but he didn't reply till this morn when I got 'Oh no! I'm so very sorry, I feel awful but I've extended my chicken paddock so you can't put them in there any more. I'm really so, so sorry(as if it was my land he was using). Oh well, I thought. Then another text hot on the heels of the first... Look, sorry I'm such an idiot and I should have thought of this in the first place - you can have the top paddock & to make it up to you, I'll help you if any fencing needs doing.

His top paddock is FIFTEEN ACRES!! Ungrazed for about 15 years, since he got rid of his cattle. Not a skerrick of rye grass anywhere - it's all 'low GI' native pasture. I am just blown away by his generosity! I have been out there fencing for half the day, as there were indeed some... dubious areas. First time I've traipsed around the place and it's even better than it looks from the road. I finished fencing just as he came down the road home from work.... and apologised for not being there to help me! Feeling the love! Feeling very thankful to have such a wonderful neighbour! Feeling rich!
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-16-2020, 04:39 AM
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❤️❤️ I do understand you like your neighbour! Wish you all the best!
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post #3 of 15 Old 09-16-2020, 06:20 AM
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Hope you deliver him a crate of wine at Christmas!
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post #4 of 15 Old 09-16-2020, 06:55 AM
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Hope you deliver him a crate of wine at Christmas!

What a wonderful gift
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Yeah, absolutely something - I was thinking a slab of Coopers(good Aussie beer) would go down better with him tho, but thought I'd do a 'mix & match' with some wine too, cos he is married - I just have only met her briefly, twice since we've lived here, so have no idea what she likes. And I'm getting some more lambies to fatten up, so thought supplying him with some meat would go down well too.
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SCORE! 15 acres of pasture - awesome!!! I'm thinking this neighbor deserves an expensive bottle of something.
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post #7 of 15 Old 09-16-2020, 09:07 AM
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What a wonderful person. There are still good people in the world. Congratulations.
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post #8 of 15 Old 09-16-2020, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Ok who wants to suggest - what are some good options for grog.... Not a scotch drinker myself but have it on good authority Tallisker or Clyneleish. If gin there's an amazing local distillery...
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post #9 of 15 Old 09-16-2020, 10:03 AM
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That is awesome!! My neighbors (well they are my hay supplier that live a few miles away) own the ginormous piece of land I have permission to ride on....they are planning on fencing it off so their horses and cows dont have access to our road (dirt road)....that leaves a huge section, probably 20-30 acres left ungrazed, he told me I was more than welcome to let my horses graze there whenever I wanted as well.

It seems nice/good people are few and far between anymore, but there are still amazing people out there! So awesome your neighbor is one of them!
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post #10 of 15 Old 09-16-2020, 10:33 AM
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We need more people like him in the world!

I'm not a whisky drinker either. It'll depend on his tastes. I'm told that Clynelish (sweet), Lagavulin (smoky), Tallisker (spicy) are good.

Perhaps Clynelish is appropriate given that it means 'green pastures'!

My ex-neighbour gave me an entire stable block for nothing. It was a huge stone built building that was large enough to be converted into three luxury houses when I moved. It must have run in his family, as a work colleague told me that, back in the 1960s, a neighbour had given him a six acre field and stables for nothing so that his daughter could get a pony. It turned out to be my ex-neighbour's dad.

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