What Farm Mums Want On Mother’s Day

7 Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is coming up next Sunday in Ireland, the UK and a few other countries. The US, of course, has its Mother’s Day in May. For most livestock farmers, having Mother’s Day in March means that it’s the busiest time of the year because even if calves and lambs aren’t being born that weekend, there’s usually lots of them to be cared for. Therefore, time tends to be short in terms of women getting time to relax and for [...]

My Farming & Writing Week: Calves, Calf Hutches & Press Coverage

Going for a ride in a calf barrow in my new red coat

Calf Rearing

The calving season is progressing well and is keeping me busy. I started this post three weeks ago and am only getting back to it now.

The calving season started, as usual, with one cow calving a few days earlier than predicted but he wasn’t on his own for long. As the calving house filled up with more cows, it never ceases to surprise me how much cows will fight when re-introduced to each other. We had them housed in [...]

What To Expect When You’re Calving / Lambing

Feeding a calf her first feed

It’s been a busy fortnight with the calving and I’m presuming that those lambing will experience similar circumstances when it’s full flow! Let me know if these situations are familiar to you or if I’m totally weird!

Tea is Fuel

Maybe it’s our age, maybe it’s the fact that the weather has been cold and blustery, maybe it’s because we are sleep deprived but unless we get tea at regular intervals, our energy levels and productivity take a nosedive! We know things [...]

Book Review: The Real James Herriot

James Herriot biography

James Herriot biographyAlong with millions of others, I’ve loved James Herriot’s series of books. I read them as a teenager many times, my copies are very dogeared! ¬†James Herriot’s books was one of the reasons I wanted to live in Yorkshire but never got there. Maybe we’ll head there for a while when we retire. I reread them again about two years ago, enjoying [...]

Valentine’s Night on the Farm – A Short Story

Gifts for Valentine's Day - never give wellies without jewellery!

Below is a draft of a short story I was writing up for Valentine’s Day ¬†until I ran out of time. I’d planned to read it tonight at the Carlow Writers’ reading night in Carlow Library but between not being able to make it there due to calf feeding and child collecting plus the fact that I needed to halve the word count and just didn’t get time, it hasn’t happened.

I’d love to know what you think of it. I [...]