Children certainly keep you on your toes. I should have expected that really. All of last year I moaned that I never saw N at weekends. That he always wanted to be out on the farm. And often we’d have tears if I suggested he should be coming out somewhere with me because he wanted to stay behind. But since the Christmas holidays, that seems to have changed. He’s turned into a home body. Last year, it felt like he… Continue Reading “Staying in vs going out on the farm”
Every winter I grimace when I hear or read the news telling us ‘it’s going to be the worst winter weather this year’. And every year I hope for no snow. Snow days are all very well when you don’t have to go anywhere, but when you live in rural areas, my heart sinks. And yes, we in the UK don’t have snow like elsewhere in the world. But we aren’t used to dealing with it, so we like to… Continue Reading “Enjoying snow day activities”
Shoot season has started. N loves spending time being a gamekeeper – he goes out with his dad on the quad bike at the weekends to feed the pheasants. And then when there’s a shoot, he goes after swimming to join the others and do some beating. His shooting jacket was a handmedown from his cousin last year. I reckon he’s got this year and next to wear it unless he has a huge growth spurt. This year they had… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2017 week 45 – gamekeeper”
Parenting advice seems to say to avoid negotiating with kids. I’m not sure I agree. We have a lot of negotiations in our house. Ever since N has grasped the fact that he might be able to get something following a discussion, there’s not much he asks for where he doesn’t back it up. He doesn’t always get his own way, but teaching children to negotiate and argue their cause is a pretty valuable skill for them to learn. I… Continue Reading “Negotiating with kids – for sheep”
Being on a farm means there’s lots of animals around. N is certainly learning how to care for them, everything about them, and an appreciation of them. But most of the animals are livestock rather than pets. Even the dogs are working dogs (well, apart from the old or gun shy ones). But get new puppies on the farm, and it’s like having a pet for the short time before they start training and the OH gets stroppy that we’re… Continue Reading “Making friends and growing up with puppies”
This week has been bliss in our corner of the UK. The sunny warmth has arrived, meaning after school and work we’ve been spending time outside, relaxing in the garden. I say relaxing but it’s not really because N has been keen to do some gardening. But we’ve definitely been enjoying the sunshine and warmth, which is still in the 20 degrees Cs at 7pm. It certainly feels like summer. I’m not a gardener at all. My wall has a… Continue Reading “Enjoying garden relaxation”
We’re rapidly approaching Summer, but it’s still spring like on the farm with new babies appearing by the day. Both cattle and sheep are dragging out the usual lambing and calving season. Usually lambing for our farm is March, with calving mainly from the end of January to early March. Obviously the timings were a bit off this year, especially as there were a couple of calves born way back in September! Lambing Sheepwise, N’s 10 pregnant ewes were some… Continue Reading “Newborn animals on the farm”
This week’s My Sunday Photo is the first day this year we’ve properly spent out in the garden. It’s still too water logged on the grass really, but we got the kite out for some kite flying. Of course, as soon as we got it unfurled, the wind died down and N got bored trying. So while he went off and cut the grass (with scissors), I enjoyed some relaxation and kite flying. Taking me back to my childhood.