My Farming Week: Backwards Calf, Runaway Cow & A Calf Barrow

Feeding newborn calf

I once heard a farm wife say how getting away from the farm was never worth it. There was always some saga or something wrong when she returned, making her wonder why on earth she had bothered to try and have a nice day out.

Highlights and a Backwards Calf don’t mix well

That came to my mind on Friday. Apart from the fact that my hair was in dire need of a cut, I had planned a day out where I’d [...]

My Farming Week: Sometimes it’s good to say No

Farmers Wife keeping all the plates in the air

I’m making some changes to my life for 2017.

Nothing too drastic – I’m not planning in running a marathon or even 5k. I’m too realistic to know that I’m not going to lose lots of weight.

But I am going to say “No” more often. Because after all, by saying “No” to something, I’m saying “Yes” to something else.

Farmers Wife keeping all the plates in the air[...]

Farmologies 1-5

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There are certain things that are common in farming households all over the world or perhaps some of them are isolated to Irish farms? Anyone else find these things happen to them?

#1. If a farm wife ever wants to summon her husband, all she has to do is sit down for a cup of tea and a slice of cake. He is bound to arrive in to the kitchen within ten minutes and say “Is this what you’ve been doing [...]

One Girl and Her Pup

One girl and her pup bringing in the cows

We bought a new pup a couple of months ago. Sam, our hardworking collie, will soon be ten years old and apart from thinking that he probably needs a rest, we’re very conscious that we would be lost without a good dog. Put it this way, I’d need to improve on my fitness! Indeed, when we see him next to an exuberant pup, it really brings home that he’s worked hard his whole life and is starting to slow up [...]

What To Expect When Transferring Farm To A Company & Dealing With Mental Burnout

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I’m stressed – I’m usually a very matter of fact and relaxed person.We tend to put minor disasters behind us. As long as the four of us are healthy and happy, most stresses rolls off me like water off a duck’s back.

I’m mentally burnt out – I’ve just discovered that’s what it is called when you’re overworked and stressed to the extent that these symptoms are showing.  I’m sleeping more than usual, I went for a nap on Sunday instead [...]