News from the farm gate – Winter 2018

 

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This week, we celebrated Angus turning 1. It really is true that they grow up so quickly and time flies. To celebrate this milestone, we took Angus to Twycross Zoo. It was quite a miserable day but that didn’t dampen our spirits. We were able to see most of the animals on display including the monkeys, gibbons, zebras and giraffes. Angus was most taken by the monkeys, probably because they were so noisy and the most active creatures. All the other animals had taken refuge in the warm, which we don’t really blame them, considering how wet and cold it was outside!

On returning from the Zoo, we held a little tea party for Angus with his family and a few neighbours. It was a lovely end to the day and I even managed to find time to make a birthday cake in the shape of a number 1 which I was quite proud of. I think I may have earnt some Mummy points there.

Later on over the weekend, Angus also had a party where all his friends came too. About 15 babies and toddlers turned up for an afternoon session of baby sensory followed by tea and cake. A lady from Hartbeeps turned up to deliver a session of music, bubbles, singing, puppets and entertainment. It really did keep all the children entertained and both Angus and I slept very well that night.

I have some more exciting news to share with you all. I will be having another baby very soon. Things will definitely start to get very busy again come February as the baby is due a few weeks before we start lambing. Thankfully, Andrew has lined up some help on the farm as I know I am going to need an extra pair of hands with a newborn baby and a 15-month toddler.

This Christmas will really be special as Angus will start to be interested in wrapping paper and twinkly lights. It will also be his last Christmas on his own, so we plan to have all the family round for a turkey and beef lunch, and hopefully have some time to relax and reflect.

Leading up to Christmas, I am having a stall at a few Christmas market and fairs locally. I will have our sheepskin rugs for sale as well as some greetings cards and wooden plinths that Andrew has made, which make lovely table displays. Hopefully this will help to promote our produce as well as raise a few pounds to help with Christmas expenses.

Never one to sit still, I like to keep busy, or maybe I am just a little bit crazy. However, around the time that our baby is due, we are hoping to put our Dalmatian bitch into pup. Whilst we are not hoping to have 101 puppies, we know she will make a fantastic mother and it will be a great way for me to spend my maternity leave… (maybe??!) Dalmatians make great family pets, so long as you give them plenty of exercise. They are very clever and loyal dogs, although can be highly strung, hence the need for plenty of space and exercise. You may think it is an unusual choice for a farm dog, however we get the best of both worlds as she gets plenty of exercise outside when Andrew goes off shepherding, is great with children, and is obedient most of the time. Just don’t leave a cake / sausages/ leftover on the kitchen work surfaces as it will be gone!

Well, the year is drawing to a close and it is amazing to look back and see what we have all achieved over the last year. Becoming a Mum and starting a new business has been such a fantastic experience. I feel blessed every day and know I have made the right decisions which has been for the benefit of my family and I. Of course, there have been challenges along the way. However, they also provide learning opportunities and the ability to share your journey with others going through the same.

As we look to 2019, we will add one more person to our family and that will bring another dynamic to our unit, making us feel complete. It will be another year to look forward to and we can look back at 2018 with a happy smile.

 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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