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army cows

I just love Freecycle as you really never know who you're going to meet. I've just had the most delightful ex-colonel come to pick up a printer. He was in the army as a vet and told me the tale of how the British army ended up giving the Sultan of Oman 70 Jersey cows and a batch of soldiers to look after them....isn't that the most priceless picture, squaddies (who were all good farmers' boys) milking cows in the desert?
He said it was not at all what he expected when he joined up - had thought it would be all tracker dogs and regimental horses, not cows.
Has anyone else found a job turned out to be something quite different than what you were expecting?

Posted at 6th Nov 2008 - 02:01PM   Posted by Exmoorjane   army cows Comments: 10

Milla's Avatar why does this remind me of that book whose title I'm not going to remember, something like Pobby and Dingwell. By Ben someone, supposedly picked as one of the Granta best young novelists purely on the strength of this one novella and never done anything since.
We tend to get dull freecyclers who wear car coats and act as if they're doing us a favour taking away an all but brand new double pushchair.

Posted by: Milla on 6th Nov 2008 at 03:22PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Well, I had one of those too earlier - wouldn't meet the eye and had a sullen uncouth youth with her to cart away the small filing cabinet....but she barely stayed long enough for Asbo to pee up her leg.

btw, forgot the squaddies were SAS!

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 6th Nov 2008 at 03:29PM

Note to self...must explore Freecycle.........ArrowArrow

Posted by: @themill on 6th Nov 2008 at 03:45PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar I love it. But find it best for getting rid of unwanted stuff. My one foray into getting soemthing for myself brought me a veritable antique of a Kenwood Chef whose electrics made me feel slightly fizzy. But also just like the characters - and what people will take.
So far the only thing I haven't unburdened myself of is eight very old (but not in a vintage nice way) radiators.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 6th Nov 2008 at 05:14PM

KittyB's Avatar As a close personal friend of Sultan Qaboos I find this very interesting. (No, not really, I just spent some time in Oman as a teenager and loved it and want to live there still)

Posted by: KittyB on 6th Nov 2008 at 07:59PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Really Kitty? Now that's something I never knew about you. What did you like about it? I confess I am totally ignorant.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 6th Nov 2008 at 10:13PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Makes note to join Freecycle - I know Wizzard knows something about it . . . I think there is a Freecycle thing on the village web site.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 6th Nov 2008 at 10:45PM

Pipany's Avatar I never manage to get anything from our freescycle as there are so many people who use it.

Posted by: Pipany on 7th Nov 2008 at 08:09AM

Exmoorjane's Avatar I never manage to get anything either but I love the way people help one another out. You could always try posting up what you need, Pip....that seems to work really well round here. WW, you really should join up - it's a great scheme and I just love the people it throws up. My old midwife got in touch with me the other day - she didn't want my TV/DVD cabinet (in fact, no-one does!) but she just took the chance to get back in touch.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 7th Nov 2008 at 09:37AM

Milla's Avatar be warned that you;re normally expected to offer things before you can put up wanted. Probably because it gets abused, like all things, sigh, and car-booters come and take the best things. Ours isn't so good now it's got bigger, and is Cheltenham (previously it was a Glos one) - picky lot the Cheltonians.

Posted by: Milla on 7th Nov 2008 at 11:56AM

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