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January 21st, 2018, 6:08 pm #321

You have the right attitude, and you give your beard the right amount of care (which is not too much). Kudos!

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January 22nd, 2018, 10:08 pm #322

Stevie t wrote: What an adventurous soul you are, no really, it sounds fantastic to do things like that, takes me back to my scouting days baking bread dough on sticks around the camp fire!
The Forest of Dean sounds like a fabulous place to trek, never been there but hiked up Snowdonia a few years back & still do the South Downs from Eastbourne in the better weather.
But your beard sir, looks great in natural light, brings out the colour perfectly. Enjoy your ramblings.

Stevie
Stevie, you are very kind, sir. Thanks for the support and encouragement. :) It sounds like you are quite the adventurer yourself! I'd like to climb Snowdonia one day, I know a few who have and they loved it. I'm also familiar with the South Downs through work, another beautiful area. We're rather spoilt locally with the Cotswolds and Somerset and Devon being very close, but crossing the bridge to the F.o.D. really is like entering another world haha. I'm very fond of the place. I was also a scout, all the way up until 12 or so, and my Mum was the Cub Scout leader for a few years when enthusiastic kid numbers were high, and volunteers very low. Always been an outdoorsy guy, and always up for exploring new areas, up and down the country. :) Will keep rambling on beard in tow! 

All the best to you mate, until next time. Cheers!
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January 22nd, 2018, 10:13 pm #323

WizzoTheRat wrote: Cheers Nuvverbeer. Bristol Rovers popped up on my feed and I had to check it out due to my addiction to football. Beard is looking great, and I think you could absolutely pull of the warrior look that Sinclair has. The weather doesn’t afford me the chance to go hiking right now but your pictures are making me envious. Keep it up brother


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Wizzo, you forever have my respect for knowing the mighty Rovers haha. They're very much a lower league side, but its all action and stories. 'The Pirates' battle on. Haha. Kudos to you, sir. I'm really happy to hear that you reckon I could edge it up to warrior level. It'll take some going, but i'm willing to put in the time to grow a longer and denser beard. All the more to trek with! :) Will keep growing and posting bro, stay bearded. All the best, cheers!
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January 22nd, 2018, 10:17 pm #324

smedstad wrote: What a cool update. Fantastic pics!! I wouldn't mind hiking through forests with bacon wandering about ;)

Beard looks great too :)
Haha! Thank you very much, sir. They say it's handy to have an easy breakfast to hand when you're camping, but I do find myself admiring the boar a little too much to find them visually tasty. Bacon from the butchers will do me fine for now! A freezer-full backup option though haha. Cheers for the kind words and support, sir. All the best. Cheers!
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January 22nd, 2018, 10:20 pm #325

AmericanExtraMutt wrote: You have the right attitude, and you give your beard the right amount of care (which is not too much). Kudos!

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Thank you very much for the kind words and advice AEM, I do aim to keep maintenance on the low side but a good amount of conditioning. Aiming for stragglers only when trimming. All seems to be helping taking it pretty easy. Cheers, sir! All the best. 
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January 22nd, 2018, 10:57 pm #326

Hey sir:
I didn't realize that you did an update.  I always look for you.  I had a retreat Saturday that lasted all day, and Sunday is my big day.  I came home out of it.  I didn't do much online.  But look how happy the face with that fiery red beard.  The expression gives it all away....pure joy.  Your beard is very handsome.  I love the length you are getting.  And I love being out also.

The wilderness is wild.  You were looking for wild boar, and if they are like the feral hogs we have here, they can be a very formidable opponent.  They have been known to charge when hungry, or they feel threatened.  They can really rip you or a dog apart.  Here they are can be hunted without a license, because they root out farmland and carry disease.  Landowners want them gone.  I have never gotten one.  My son-in-law has, however, and they are good eating if they are sows or young ones.  Did you go to photo them?  or can you hunt them?  (I have become spoiled and I like birds, rabbits and small game.)  I grew up poor in the west, and we got venison and antelope a lot.  I prefer something a little tamer now.  hahahahaha.  Like beef, pork or chicken.

For me, the joy is being out, and being away.  It is me and the dog, and the quietness. 

I sure hope that you are doing well.  You are looking great.
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January 23rd, 2018, 2:12 am #327

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January 23rd, 2018, 8:06 pm #328

beardedfather wrote: Hey sir:
I didn't realize that you did an update.  I always look for you.  I had a retreat Saturday that lasted all day, and Sunday is my big day.  I came home out of it.  I didn't do much online.  But look how happy the face with that fiery red beard.  The expression gives it all away....pure joy.  Your beard is very handsome.  I love the length you are getting.  And I love being out also.

The wilderness is wild.  You were looking for wild boar, and if they are like the feral hogs we have here, they can be a very formidable opponent.  They have been known to charge when hungry, or they feel threatened.  They can really rip you or a dog apart.  Here they are can be hunted without a license, because they root out farmland and carry disease.  Landowners want them gone.  I have never gotten one.  My son-in-law has, however, and they are good eating if they are sows or young ones.  Did you go to photo them?  or can you hunt them?  (I have become spoiled and I like birds, rabbits and small game.)  I grew up poor in the west, and we got venison and antelope a lot.  I prefer something a little tamer now.  hahahahaha.  Like beef, pork or chicken.

For me, the joy is being out, and being away.  It is me and the dog, and the quietness. 

I sure hope that you are doing well.  You are looking great.
Let me know what's up.
Tom
Hey there Tom, many thanks for the great messages, sir. You are never far away and your comments are invariably weekly highlights, every time :) thank you for being you.

I must admit, I was thoroughly enjoying myself as is immediately noticeable in the pictures haha! The photos are a stones throw from 'my spot' -  the perfect little camp site in the forest. Yes, I've unofficially declared it my own kingdom haha. A happy hairy face and a very nice time spent outdoors. It's the first time that I was back at this particularly forest, my favourite one, since I was at perhaps 3 weeks of bearding, so it was a nice way to return - all hairy, wild-looking and ready for anything! The beard did everything I expected it to, and even kept the rain off - excellent.

I'm not taken aback at all that you enjoy the great outdoors and all it has to offer, my friend. You are adventurous as they come! Someone at home with nature. I concur with your appreciation of the quietness - it is refreshing like nothing else. There were no dogs, fires or hunting on this trip, i'm afraid. I was out tracking the boars, exploring the forest, looking for a new campsite and taking a few photos - no hunting in mind but I guess you could say I was "play fighting" like kittens do - just practising for the big day by doing my tracking. Haha. 

I did get invaded by a family of wild boar one time out at 'my spot', that was a year ago maybe, it was terrifying because they woke me up at 5am to grunts and shrieking sounds (like the man-eating pigs on the film Hannibal) as I lay in my sleeping bag. I was alone and completely disorientated. I managed to jump out of my wooden shelter banging an axe and a frying pan together yelling "bacon is here!" and all 4 or 5 of them got the hell out of there. I was kind of asking of it, as i wanted to see them, and camped right next to a stream, but luckily I didn't come unstuck. You're absolutely right, their tusks are like razors and they charge, and charge, and charge until the perceived threat stops moving. Ferocious. They can really move too, at almost 30mph up or down hill, so I don't fancy my chances! Haha!

It's a strange situation with the wild boars of the Forest of Dean. As with most other large mammals (bears, wolves, etc.), we managed to hunt them to extinction in around the 13th Century (*slow clap*), the boar included. The F.o.D. was one of the king's favourite hunting spots, and though i'm disappointed at their lack of conservation-mindedness, I can't fault his good taste haha. In the 1990's, there were a series of boar escapes in this forest (often deliberate) from specialist boar meat farms (European variety boars, the same as we would have had in the UK) and they re-entered their natural environment and absolutely thrived there. The numbers jumped from perhaps 30 in the 1990's to around 1,000+ today (it's roughly a 45 square mile forest, so reasonable but not breathtakingly large). A few similar "accidental" re-introductions have happened elsewhere in the UK, but F.o.D. is the most remarked place for boars. 

They are not a protected species here technically, farmers shoot them often, and gamekeepers are tasked with keeping numbers in control (for the same reasons as you stated), but they are protected by default by most hunting rules. You can shoot on land that you have permission to shoot on (probably the hardest obstacle), so many forests here are therefore legally out-of-bounds for most people. I'm sure you'll be aware of how restrictive UK firearm laws are (handguns are entirely banned since 1990's, unless police or licenced sports-shooter). However, it is possible to get licenses here for shotguns, low-mid calibre hunting and sports rifles, my colleague has a license and takes his shotguns out shooting for pheasants and similar - very cool, i'd love to go one day. Currently not a license holder, due mainly to finances and I also rent (making it hard to meet the home storage regulations), but one day I'd like to. I know plenty of enough farmers who wouldn't mind if I went out on their land, particularly if there's some cash or quarry for them. 

As for the delights of the "real world" (though I forever question whether it really, really is the "real" world, because it's soul-destroying and nowhere near as much fun), i'm due to send off my first new job application this week. So i'm getting into gear, so to speak, and getting the ball rolling. Each passing week since Christmas has been good for my beard in many ways, and I can kind of join the dots together for what to expect for the next 3-4 weeks (days away from 6 months by then). I'll call it as I see it, and stop by here to gather thoughts before any further steps. 

Thanks again for the thoughts and words, Tom. Will be catching you soon! Keep well and hope all is bright and right your end. All the best, until next time, cheers!
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January 24th, 2018, 2:00 am #329

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beardedfather wrote: Hey sir:
I didn't realize that you did an update.  I always look for you.  I had a retreat Saturday that lasted all day, and Sunday is my big day.  I came home out of it.  I didn't do much online.  But look how happy the face with that fiery red beard.  The expression gives it all away....pure joy.  Your beard is very handsome.  I love the length you are getting.  And I love being out also.

The wilderness is wild.  You were looking for wild boar, and if they are like the feral hogs we have here, they can be a very formidable opponent.  They have been known to charge when hungry, or they feel threatened.  They can really rip you or a dog apart.  Here they are can be hunted without a license, because they root out farmland and carry disease.  Landowners want them gone.  I have never gotten one.  My son-in-law has, however, and they are good eating if they are sows or young ones.  Did you go to photo them?  or can you hunt them?  (I have become spoiled and I like birds, rabbits and small game.)  I grew up poor in the west, and we got venison and antelope a lot.  I prefer something a little tamer now.  hahahahaha.  Like beef, pork or chicken.

For me, the joy is being out, and being away.  It is me and the dog, and the quietness. 

I sure hope that you are doing well.  You are looking great.
Let me know what's up.
Tom
Hey there Tom, many thanks for the great messages, sir. You are never far away and your comments are invariably weekly highlights, every time :) thank you for being you.

I must admit, I was thoroughly enjoying myself as is immediately noticeable in the pictures haha! The photos are a stones throw from 'my spot' -  the perfect little camp site in the forest. Yes, I've unofficially declared it my own kingdom haha. A happy hairy face and a very nice time spent outdoors. It's the first time that I was back at this particularly forest, my favourite one, since I was at perhaps 3 weeks of bearding, so it was a nice way to return - all hairy, wild-looking and ready for anything! The beard did everything I expected it to, and even kept the rain off - excellent.

I'm not taken aback at all that you enjoy the great outdoors and all it has to offer, my friend. You are adventurous as they come! Someone at home with nature. I concur with your appreciation of the quietness - it is refreshing like nothing else. There were no dogs, fires or hunting on this trip, i'm afraid. I was out tracking the boars, exploring the forest, looking for a new campsite and taking a few photos - no hunting in mind but I guess you could say I was "play fighting" like kittens do - just practising for the big day by doing my tracking. Haha. 

I did get invaded by a family of wild boar one time out at 'my spot', that was a year ago maybe, it was terrifying because they woke me up at 5am to grunts and shrieking sounds (like the man-eating pigs on the film Hannibal) as I lay in my sleeping bag. I was alone and completely disorientated. I managed to jump out of my wooden shelter banging an axe and a frying pan together yelling "bacon is here!" and all 4 or 5 of them got the hell out of there. I was kind of asking of it, as i wanted to see them, and camped right next to a stream, but luckily I didn't come unstuck. You're absolutely right, their tusks are like razors and they charge, and charge, and charge until the perceived threat stops moving. Ferocious. They can really move too, at almost 30mph up or down hill, so I don't fancy my chances! Haha!

It's a strange situation with the wild boars of the Forest of Dean. As with most other large mammals (bears, wolves, etc.), we managed to hunt them to extinction in around the 13th Century (*slow clap*), the boar included. The F.o.D. was one of the king's favourite hunting spots, and though i'm disappointed at their lack of conservation-mindedness, I can't fault his good taste haha. In the 1990's, there were a series of boar escapes in this forest (often deliberate) from specialist boar meat farms (European variety boars, the same as we would have had in the UK) and they re-entered their natural environment and absolutely thrived there. The numbers jumped from perhaps 30 in the 1990's to around 1,000+ today (it's roughly a 45 square mile forest, so reasonable but not breathtakingly large). A few similar "accidental" re-introductions have happened elsewhere in the UK, but F.o.D. is the most remarked place for boars. 

They are not a protected species here technically, farmers shoot them often, and gamekeepers are tasked with keeping numbers in control (for the same reasons as you stated), but they are protected by default by most hunting rules. You can shoot on land that you have permission to shoot on (probably the hardest obstacle), so many forests here are therefore legally out-of-bounds for most people. I'm sure you'll be aware of how restrictive UK firearm laws are (handguns are entirely banned since 1990's, unless police or licenced sports-shooter). However, it is possible to get licenses here for shotguns, low-mid calibre hunting and sports rifles, my colleague has a license and takes his shotguns out shooting for pheasants and similar - very cool, i'd love to go one day. Currently not a license holder, due mainly to finances and I also rent (making it hard to meet the home storage regulations), but one day I'd like to. I know plenty of enough farmers who wouldn't mind if I went out on their land, particularly if there's some cash or quarry for them. 

As for the delights of the "real world" (though I forever question whether it really, really is the "real" world, because it's soul-destroying and nowhere near as much fun), i'm due to send off my first new job application this week. So i'm getting into gear, so to speak, and getting the ball rolling. Each passing week since Christmas has been good for my beard in many ways, and I can kind of join the dots together for what to expect for the next 3-4 weeks (days away from 6 months by then). I'll call it as I see it, and stop by here to gather thoughts before any further steps. 

Thanks again for the thoughts and words, Tom. Will be catching you soon! Keep well and hope all is bright and right your end. All the best, until next time, cheers!
Adam:
You would be so fun to take out shooting.  Practice is always fun.  I have several pieces.  I would be embarrassed to tell you.  For big game I have a 7 mm mag, and have gotten elk, deer and pronghorn antelope.  I also have a 30-06 from WWII.  I have a 12 gauge double barrel shot gun.  It kicks like a mule.  I also have a single shot 20 gauge shot gun.  Both for birds, and have hunted pheasants, grouse, ducks and geese.  Here in Texas, we have loads of dove and quail  My Daisy dog (English Setter) is so birdy.  She loves dove.  I think she is small for pheasant.  If one is not totally dead, it would really humiliate her.  They have talons.  And I have a Marlin bolt action .22.  I use shot in it to get ground squirrels that make boroughs in my vineyard.  I hate them for the damage I do.  Last year, I got 14 of them.  I get rabbits with the .22 also.  I don't have any handguns.  I also have an air pellet gun.  More than anything, I enjoy target practicing.  It would be fun taking you target practicing.   

I don't hunt if I don't eat it.  I would not take a life without a purpose.  That is wasteful.  Did I tell you that in high school, I was on the rifle team, a competing team .with other high schools.  I was a sharpshooter.  I just keep my pieces in the closet out of sight, and my ammo in another place.

Will talk more later, my bearded friend.  Take care of the awesome beard.  You got lots of outings to take it on.
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January 28th, 2018, 3:05 pm #330

Greeting gentlemen, 

I hope all is well with you and the beards!

Having gone for a haircut the other day, I decided to focus a little bit on the goatee area (until today largely untouched) and follow the same kind light-trim routine I had used for the sides a few weeks back. As the straight out of bed and into the bathroom (and post-neck shave, brush beard downward) photos show, the sides still have that continuation/sweep towards the chin at the very bottom of the beard - the length is still somewhat uniform there, just as I had trimmed and hoped for a few week back. I'm still pleased with my previous trim, as slight and conservative as it was, and wanted to use it to bring the front/goatee area into check this time to complement the previous trim. 

As the 'finished' frontal view (should) show, the front now blends a little more seamlessly into the sides, and follows the continuation line from outer jaw to centre chin, without the inch or so wide (faster growing) outer goatee areas being a little jagged/sticking out. As before, I took a slightly whimsical amount off the target areas - 4 or 5 small snips in total - and left the rest be. I think from this point onward, I will continue this infrequent and staggered trim approach to the outer edges of the beard, giving the front 2 weeks grace to allow it to have a slightly longer length than the sides (it's still playing catch up with the sides, but is pretty much there now).  

As we near the end of January, and I sit on the 22 week marker, I have about 4 weeks to go until 6 months. Now that I am a little more au fait with short beard maintenance (at Christmas I was clueless), I am quite happy to see the 5 or 6 month growth point as a good anchor or 'baseline' that I could reasonably maintain without too much beard worry. Taking it beyond 6 months of growth (towards 4 inches length), which I am certainly not writing off, would be a beard undertaking that I never expected to be in a position to consider. I will try and approach the 6 month mark with optimism but also a sense of reflection and achievement. I appreciate that I have a lot of beard years in front of me, and wonder whether maintaining/consolidating what I have for a few months (after hitting 6 months) would be a shrewd investment of time. That is, before looking to take it to the next level and growing on from there. Just brainstorming, and I may well change my tune when I get there, haha. Food for thought, anyway.

Thanks again for the fantastic support gentlemen. You are a credit to yourselves and a delight. Will shoot back next time with whatever bearded situation throws itself my way! All the best, until next time, cheers!
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beardedfather wrote: Hey sir:
I didn't realize that you did an update.  I always look for you.  I had a retreat Saturday that lasted all day, and Sunday is my big day.  I came home out of it.  I didn't do much online.  But look how happy the face with that fiery red beard.  The expression gives it all away....pure joy.  Your beard is very handsome.  I love the length you are getting.  And I love being out also.

The wilderness is wild.  You were looking for wild boar, and if they are like the feral hogs we have here, they can be a very formidable opponent.  They have been known to charge when hungry, or they feel threatened.  They can really rip you or a dog apart.  Here they are can be hunted without a license, because they root out farmland and carry disease.  Landowners want them gone.  I have never gotten one.  My son-in-law has, however, and they are good eating if they are sows or young ones.  Did you go to photo them?  or can you hunt them?  (I have become spoiled and I like birds, rabbits and small game.)  I grew up poor in the west, and we got venison and antelope a lot.  I prefer something a little tamer now.  hahahahaha.  Like beef, pork or chicken.

For me, the joy is being out, and being away.  It is me and the dog, and the quietness. 

I sure hope that you are doing well.  You are looking great.
Let me know what's up.
Tom
Hey there Tom, many thanks for the great messages, sir. You are never far away and your comments are invariably weekly highlights, every time :) thank you for being you.

I must admit, I was thoroughly enjoying myself as is immediately noticeable in the pictures haha! The photos are a stones throw from 'my spot' -  the perfect little camp site in the forest. Yes, I've unofficially declared it my own kingdom haha. A happy hairy face and a very nice time spent outdoors. It's the first time that I was back at this particularly forest, my favourite one, since I was at perhaps 3 weeks of bearding, so it was a nice way to return - all hairy, wild-looking and ready for anything! The beard did everything I expected it to, and even kept the rain off - excellent.

I'm not taken aback at all that you enjoy the great outdoors and all it has to offer, my friend. You are adventurous as they come! Someone at home with nature. I concur with your appreciation of the quietness - it is refreshing like nothing else. There were no dogs, fires or hunting on this trip, i'm afraid. I was out tracking the boars, exploring the forest, looking for a new campsite and taking a few photos - no hunting in mind but I guess you could say I was "play fighting" like kittens do - just practising for the big day by doing my tracking. Haha. 

I did get invaded by a family of wild boar one time out at 'my spot', that was a year ago maybe, it was terrifying because they woke me up at 5am to grunts and shrieking sounds (like the man-eating pigs on the film Hannibal) as I lay in my sleeping bag. I was alone and completely disorientated. I managed to jump out of my wooden shelter banging an axe and a frying pan together yelling "bacon is here!" and all 4 or 5 of them got the hell out of there. I was kind of asking of it, as i wanted to see them, and camped right next to a stream, but luckily I didn't come unstuck. You're absolutely right, their tusks are like razors and they charge, and charge, and charge until the perceived threat stops moving. Ferocious. They can really move too, at almost 30mph up or down hill, so I don't fancy my chances! Haha!

It's a strange situation with the wild boars of the Forest of Dean. As with most other large mammals (bears, wolves, etc.), we managed to hunt them to extinction in around the 13th Century (*slow clap*), the boar included. The F.o.D. was one of the king's favourite hunting spots, and though i'm disappointed at their lack of conservation-mindedness, I can't fault his good taste haha. In the 1990's, there were a series of boar escapes in this forest (often deliberate) from specialist boar meat farms (European variety boars, the same as we would have had in the UK) and they re-entered their natural environment and absolutely thrived there. The numbers jumped from perhaps 30 in the 1990's to around 1,000+ today (it's roughly a 45 square mile forest, so reasonable but not breathtakingly large). A few similar "accidental" re-introductions have happened elsewhere in the UK, but F.o.D. is the most remarked place for boars. 

They are not a protected species here technically, farmers shoot them often, and gamekeepers are tasked with keeping numbers in control (for the same reasons as you stated), but they are protected by default by most hunting rules. You can shoot on land that you have permission to shoot on (probably the hardest obstacle), so many forests here are therefore legally out-of-bounds for most people. I'm sure you'll be aware of how restrictive UK firearm laws are (handguns are entirely banned since 1990's, unless police or licenced sports-shooter). However, it is possible to get licenses here for shotguns, low-mid calibre hunting and sports rifles, my colleague has a license and takes his shotguns out shooting for pheasants and similar - very cool, i'd love to go one day. Currently not a license holder, due mainly to finances and I also rent (making it hard to meet the home storage regulations), but one day I'd like to. I know plenty of enough farmers who wouldn't mind if I went out on their land, particularly if there's some cash or quarry for them. 

As for the delights of the "real world" (though I forever question whether it really, really is the "real" world, because it's soul-destroying and nowhere near as much fun), i'm due to send off my first new job application this week. So i'm getting into gear, so to speak, and getting the ball rolling. Each passing week since Christmas has been good for my beard in many ways, and I can kind of join the dots together for what to expect for the next 3-4 weeks (days away from 6 months by then). I'll call it as I see it, and stop by here to gather thoughts before any further steps. 

Thanks again for the thoughts and words, Tom. Will be catching you soon! Keep well and hope all is bright and right your end. All the best, until next time, cheers!
Adam:
You would be so fun to take out shooting.  Practice is always fun.  I have several pieces.  I would be embarrassed to tell you.  For big game I have a 7 mm mag, and have gotten elk, deer and pronghorn antelope.  I also have a 30-06 from WWII.  I have a 12 gauge double barrel shot gun.  It kicks like a mule.  I also have a single shot 20 gauge shot gun.  Both for birds, and have hunted pheasants, grouse, ducks and geese.  Here in Texas, we have loads of dove and quail  My Daisy dog (English Setter) is so birdy.  She loves dove.  I think she is small for pheasant.  If one is not totally dead, it would really humiliate her.  They have talons.  And I have a Marlin bolt action .22.  I use shot in it to get ground squirrels that make boroughs in my vineyard.  I hate them for the damage I do.  Last year, I got 14 of them.  I get rabbits with the .22 also.  I don't have any handguns.  I also have an air pellet gun.  More than anything, I enjoy target practicing.  It would be fun taking you target practicing.   

I don't hunt if I don't eat it.  I would not take a life without a purpose.  That is wasteful.  Did I tell you that in high school, I was on the rifle team, a competing team .with other high schools.  I was a sharpshooter.  I just keep my pieces in the closet out of sight, and my ammo in another place.

Will talk more later, my bearded friend.  Take care of the awesome beard.  You got lots of outings to take it on.
Tom
Hey there Tom,

Thanks again for the superb words and entertaining message last week. Always a pleasure to read, sir! 

Blimey! You are plenty stocked up for armageddon, at least by British standards haha. I did not know that you shot competitively, but that must have given you an eye for it, all the better for keeping your vinyards free of critters. I'll probably grab an air rifle this year and get my practising in, Since we're not allowed to have as much fun over here with big boys toys, we'll just have to throw crumpets and hot tea for target practice, or pub furniture when dacorum exits left stage. Haha. I am told by my colleague that guns are rather like guitars, or tattoos or fishing gadgets, once you have one - it's far too easy to find space for a couple more. Haha. Am I right in thinking the 30-06 is the WW2 Infantry Springfield type rifle? Very cool, if so.   

It sounds like you eat very well, when you fancy going hunting for some game. Excellent! One of my mates is cooking up a pheasant in the week, shot by a colleague who has more than he could eat. If there are any top-shelf recepies you and your wife like to do, i'd be glad to pass it on to him. We tend to roast most birds over here, or make stews or cassaroule-type dishes, nothing too fancy. Your dog sounds adorable, by the way, excellent coats English Setters - they are mischevious things that are full of beans, but they are also made-for-purpose gun dogs. Great choice!

Hope all is well, my friend, you must be in the midst of your busy day! Look forward to catching up when you find a spare few moments sometime. All the best and cheers!
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January 29th, 2018, 11:04 am #332

It's great that you have arrived at a point where you can do minor maintenance on your own beard.  I don't let anyone except my barber trim my beard (including myself!).  You've done a good job - it's looking very good.

It's interesting to read your words about where you're going to go with your beard.  I'm not sure if it's just this post, but you seem to be a pretty reflective guy.  When I was first growing out my beard I certainly did lots of analysis - always thinking thinking thinking.  

When you get to the 6-month mark, if you feel like maintaining that length - I'd say that would be a good plan.  IF you feel like letting it grow at that point - also a good plan.  Your beard is strong enough and flexible enough that you can really explore any length that you want.  Grow it out - trim it back - these are all good options, and I expect that you will try them all and enjoy them, over time.
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January 29th, 2018, 3:53 pm #333

You came from a long way man. You got a very nice established beard.
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January 29th, 2018, 7:33 pm #334

gato wrote: It's great that you have arrived at a point where you can do minor maintenance on your own beard.  I don't let anyone except my barber trim my beard (including myself!).  You've done a good job - it's looking very good.

It's interesting to read your words about where you're going to go with your beard.  I'm not sure if it's just this post, but you seem to be a pretty reflective guy.  When I was first growing out my beard I certainly did lots of analysis - always thinking thinking thinking.  

When you get to the 6-month mark, if you feel like maintaining that length - I'd say that would be a good plan.  IF you feel like letting it grow at that point - also a good plan.  Your beard is strong enough and flexible enough that you can really explore any length that you want.  Grow it out - trim it back - these are all good options, and I expect that you will try them all and enjoy them, over time.
Thank you very much for the kind and thought provoking words, sir. You have hit the nail on the head, it's a case of waiting and seeing how it feels when I get there, but no harm at all reflecting on the journey thus far and what the future holds. :) It's fair to say that I am quite a reflective and introverted kind of guy, a blessing and a curse you could say, haha.

I am happy to hear that you have that faith in your barber, they must be sterling. It certainly shows, your beard is terrific! I am too hesitant to put my beard in the hands of barbers, nothing personal, of course. I just feel that they will never understand how the beard got to where it is, how it grows and what it looks like underneath the fuzz in the short moments before they begin. It would be too easy for them to be deceived by the current appearance and go in too hard, as they often used to when I grew sideburns (that benefited from 4-5 weeks growth). 

I wouldn't be surprised if I decided to do a longer beard 'loading' phase after 6 months, where I max out what I have on my face (to a larger or lesser degree) until it outgrows my head, and then I need to aim south. I think a few extra weeks to let the moustache get itself to a suitable level, the underbeard to get bushy and the front to gain a dominant length may well spell the time to grow on to a long beard. We shall see! You are right, though, about having the time and opportunities to try out different things - I am delighted and humbled, too.  

Your support is really appreciated, Gato and it's an honour to have your vote of confidence. Cheers to the beards and to you, sir! Until next time, all the best.
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January 29th, 2018, 8:04 pm #335

MBurro wrote: You came from a long way man. You got a very nice established beard.
Cheers for the kind words and support man! It has been quite a journey, but 5 months or so of not shaving has liberating in many ways. Now I have a beard, I've become quite protective over it, which is a stark contrast to stubble, which was always treated as temporary, and something that would always end up in the sink. No more. This thing is staying, in whatever capacity, it stays. Haha. All the best dude, cheers again! 
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January 29th, 2018, 8:10 pm #336

Nuvverbeer wrote:
MBurro wrote: You came from a long way man. You got a very nice established beard.
Cheers for the kind words and support man! It has been quite a journey, but 5 months or so of not shaving has liberating in many ways. Now I have a beard, I've become quite protective over it, which is a stark contrast to stubble, which was always treated as temporary, and something that would always end up in the sink. No more. This thing is staying, in whatever capacity, it stays. Haha. All the best dude, cheers again! 
That's the same spirit that I have.  I first grew my beard at 21 for 9 months on a bet, without trimming.  I became protective over mine also.  I have protected mine for 38 years this last August.  This thing is staying on me also, but yours is fiery red and looking great.  What a great beard you got, sir.
Grow on.
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January 29th, 2018, 11:12 pm #337

Took me awhile to catch back up on your journey haha but I read them all and the beard just keeps getting better man! It suits you very well.

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January 30th, 2018, 8:19 pm #338

beardedfather wrote:
Nuvverbeer wrote:
MBurro wrote: You came from a long way man. You got a very nice established beard.
Cheers for the kind words and support man! It has been quite a journey, but 5 months or so of not shaving has liberating in many ways. Now I have a beard, I've become quite protective over it, which is a stark contrast to stubble, which was always treated as temporary, and something that would always end up in the sink. No more. This thing is staying, in whatever capacity, it stays. Haha. All the best dude, cheers again! 
That's the same spirit that I have.  I first grew my beard at 21 for 9 months on a bet, without trimming.  I became protective over mine also.  I have protected mine for 38 years this last August.  This thing is staying on me also, but yours is fiery red and looking great.  What a great beard you got, sir.
Grow on.
Tom
Tom, you are very kind, sir. I am appreciating the fiery beard as much as ever. It's very much a part of me, it just took a short while to know and properly understand it, as with most new things. It looks pretty fiery in reflections, but in a raw sort of way, which I reckon is pretty cool. 

Wow! Haha! That is quite a beard marathon you have got going there, my friend. You have long been in the spirit of things. I can only begin to imagine how many birthdays some of those hairs have had from new growth to bottom beard rocker, or even ones that were shed and are all the back again! Perhaps I have misunderstood how that works completely (?), but if that's basically right, it's a nice sentiment I think. Growing on and keeping it bearded! All the best! Cheers!
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January 31st, 2018, 1:49 pm #339

That's a very well thought out trim. Looks like you know what's going to look good for the shape of your face.
With the longer face a shorter goatee in my opinion is the way to go, all about proportion.
When I grew my beard to 5'' it swamped my small face, I looked like ''Uncle Albert from fools & horses''!! so it had to go!
Keep proportion in mind, you're looking spot on at present.

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January 31st, 2018, 10:17 pm #340

Stevie t wrote: That's a very well thought out trim. Looks like you know what's going to look good for the shape of your face.
With the longer face a shorter goatee in my opinion is the way to go, all about proportion.
When I grew my beard to 5'' it swamped my small face, I looked like ''Uncle Albert from fools & horses''!! so it had to go!
Keep proportion in mind, you're looking spot on at present.

Stevie
Hahaha! Stevie, you had me in stitches with the Uncle Albert reference, very good. I had completely forgotten how much of a beard icon and advocate Uncle Albert actually was! I'll never forget again. 

I absolutely agree with your take on weighting the beard against the face shape. It's not something I had paid much attention to until now, if i'm to be honest, as my focus was on sheer growth, as expected really. Now that the beard is beginning to form up and create some defined shape, I've been more aware of it, and want as flattering a shape as I can manage really. It's no good looking like an upturned carrot, after all. Haha. I'll aim for balance.

Thanks very much for the helpful advice, my friend. Cheers and all the best!
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