Canal walks and chasing the combine harvester

chasing the combine harvester

We spend a lot of time going out and about.  Well, just outside in general although I do admit that much of the time at home it’s N going out on the farm with his dad rather than me going out with him.  We do spend a bit of time in the garden too.  I also take N to lots of interesting places on day trips or longer visits. But sometimes simpler works just as well as a day out.… Continue Reading “Canal walks and chasing the combine harvester”

Farming and family fun at the first ever BBC Countryfile Live

Days out Countryfle Live - Bubbablueand me

As soon as I spotted the BBC were doing the first Countryfile Live show, and that it was local to us, I knew we would be going.  We’re farmers (well, N tells me I’m not, but I live on a farm and am married to one) and watch Countryfile every week.  As I’m sure most farmers do.  So of course it was an essential day out for us. We were lucky enough to get hold of tickets (blimey, by that… Continue Reading “Farming and family fun at the first ever BBC Countryfile Live”

Living Arrows 2016 week 29 – Penguin on a gator

Living Arrows - Penguin driving a John Deere gator

Last week N was loving his onesie again.  I’ve no idea why, but we were getting packed for camping so he had to try it on to see if it still fit.  It was a lovely one from Marks and Spencer – a little penguin onesie. N then went racing round the garden in his John Deere gator.  He’s really getting a bit big for the gator now but he still loves it.  It made me chuckle seeing a penguin… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2016 week 29 – Penguin on a gator”

My Sunday Photo – silaging

My Sunday photo - waiting and watching the sileaging

It’s silaging time on the farm this week which means late evenings working.  And evenings after school standing and watching the tractors driving in and out of the silage pit, unloading and driving out again while the grass is scooped up and compacted. N loves watching it, and I have to admit I quite like seeing the hustle and bustle too, of them trying to beat the rain.

My Sunday Photo – lamb

gamboling lamb

All of N’s ewes who were pregnant have now lambed and there’s quite a difference in size between them in just a few weeks.  So 9 lambs, all doing well, and the final one is out in the field behind the house. One evening this week we spent ages watching them, and this lamb in particular was keen to play. Unlike all of the larger lambs.  He was quite happy to gambol around on his own while I took photos.… Continue Reading “My Sunday Photo – lamb”

My Sunday Photo – lambing

follow my leader with sheep

It’s getting towards the end of lambing season on our farm (it feels like it’s been going on for ages), and N’s sheep have nearly all lambed. He has 10 sheep, 6 have lambs, 3 are still to lamb and 1 was found not to be pregnant.  So N’s a happy little boy. His sheep and lambs are currently in the paddock behind our garden, so each morning he looks out of the window to check they’re ok. And on… Continue Reading “My Sunday Photo – lambing”

My Sunday Photo – lambing

sheep and lambs on the farm

N’s a proper little farmer at the tender age of 5. He helps on the farm when he gets the chance, and at the moment he’s really excited because it’s lambing time which means his own 10 sheep are due to lamb. So far 5 have been born and all are out in the paddock behind the house and doing well.  Every evening N goes out with his dad to help feed them, and in the mornings he checks that… Continue Reading “My Sunday Photo – lambing”

A first time target shooting – tin can fun

First time learning to target shoot on the farm. A way to show trust, and let him learn about discipline, safety and correct use of a gun.

I’m not a fan of guns, I don’t have an urge to shoot them, but I appreciate that in the countryside they can be invaluable for pest control. Having said that, I have tried shooting a couple of times.  Once when I was a girl guide, I went to a big jamboree when I was about 12, and part of the team games included either archery or shooting.  I didn’t get to try out archery, but I did get to… Continue Reading “A first time target shooting – tin can fun”

Living Arrows 2016 week 7 – discovery

Finding a rusty hinge in the garden - Bubbablue and me Living Arrows

I’ve struggled to get any photos of N this week.  He’s either always in school uniform, not really doing anything interesting before and after school, and then at weekends has been spending time on the farm rather than out and about with me. But my brother popped over on Sunday, and suggested they potter about in the garden.  N loves spending time with him and was so excited to make the discovery of this rusty old hinge that his uncle… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2016 week 7 – discovery”

Questions you always wanted to ask a farmer about cows

Ask a Farmer- Q&As about cows Bubbablue and me

I’d like to say that as a farmer’s wife I know lots about what goes on the farm.  I know some, but I can see N’s knowledge overtaking mine soon. When I first met the OH, and then later when we got married I used to ask all the stupid questions that had probably been going round my mind since I was a little girl.  So if you’ve got some seemingly stupid cow questions (and yes, he did make me… Continue Reading “Questions you always wanted to ask a farmer about cows”