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January 2018 on the farm…

3rd February 2018

January…a month that instills fear into even the most positive of people. It’s always a tough one isn’t it, the post Christmas slump where you’ve over indulged and feel you need to change every aspect of your life to try to be a better person as the new year begins(!). Farming wise, for us, January is always a bit of a tricky one. Grass is scarce and its usually pretty wet, and my god this January has it rained! We’ve…

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My online Agricultural College…

28th January 2018

Oh Hi! It’s my first blog in a little while…first of 2018 in fact – better make it good…no pressure then! So I’m going to be a bit serious in this one. I want to talk a bit about the internet today – and how ruddy lucky we all are that in order to find out things, we don’t have to go and root around in a dusty old encyclopedia or load up a CDROM of Encarter 96′ we simply…

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Common misconceptions about what it means to be a farmer…

18th October 2017

Upon telling people ‘I’m a farmer’ I’m often met with a quizzical expression. This could be down to the fact that, lately it’s usually when I’ve been at a wedding sat next to someone I don’t know, and I’m scrubbed up, made up and dressed up (no mud/straw in my hair… etc). The expression is usually followed by, ‘Oh really…you don’t look like a farmer…’ (whatever that means…what in everyones mind DOES a typical ‘farmer’ look like?! Flat cap? Chewing…

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Farming Fashion Lifestyle

The Toggi A/W Collection Part 1

28th September 2017

At the end of August, along with some other bloggers, I got a chance to visit Toggi HQ and preview the upcoming A/W Collection. It felt slightly unusual to be looking forward to Christmas in August, but I embraced the festive feels and came away from the day feeling so excited to don some cosy coats and scarves and hats. Not to mention how ruddy LOVELY all of the Toggi team were. We were taken through the new collection by…

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What we’ve been up to on the farm lately…

26th September 2017

So…its been a while since I posted about what we’ve been getting up to on the farm. To be honest between the relief of getting the first year of lambing over with and planning a wedding through to actually getting married I haven’t managed to steal enough time to dedicate to the blog, so I have decided to cram what we’ve been up to on the farm into one large blog post extravaganza. Then it’ll be back to monthly farm…

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Why you need the Toggi ‘Luella’ wax jacket in your life…

12th September 2017

So there are just items of clothing, things that you buy and instantly know that you’re going to wear ALL the time. This jacket is one of those things (Click here for link). I flipping love it. The fit, the colour, the material, and the fact that it is WATERPROOF aaaaand warm. The lining is also gorgeous too. Whenever I wear this jacket, I always get compliments. I think its because its a different colour to most wax jackets on…

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Our first year Lambing at Cocking Hill Farm

14th May 2017

Wow, where to begin. On the 1st of April we had our first lambs. A triplet (they always tend to drop earlier than the twins or the singles!), we weren’t actually expecting any until the 6th/7th but as we moved them into their lambing paddocks, they had fresh grass and the sun was shining and I think they just thought, yup – I’m ready to have my babies now. And they did, we had the triplet go on the 1st…

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March on the farm…

3rd April 2017

March has definitely been our busiest month to date since we took on Cocking Hill farm back in September. All of the times before farming where I said that I was exhausted/busy, I was wrong, I didn’t truely know what those words mean’t until now! Our average days are 6.30am-9pm at the moment – especially since the clocks have gone forwards and there is more light in the evening. Tea and coffee intake is up to about 9 cups a day…

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Ten things I’ve learnt since farming…

5th March 2017

Nothing can prepare you… As I have gone from spending 70% of my day sitting down at a desk to running up hills after sheep it is only enviable that I have felt extreme levels of tiredness. Over the last few months I have been known to fall asleep anywhere and everywhere (most recently in the passenger seat of the tractor…). I have also been partial to an 8pm bed time! However, that being said, its a really nice type…

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February on the farm

21st February 2017

Twins? single? triplets? (…..quads?) scanning the ewes, first year at Cocking Hill! We’ve been very busy this February. Grass is scarce and typically always a hard month for farming. There is some positive news though…we’ve scanned our ewes, and it went really well! We scanned at an average of 183% (…the boys did their job!), with a great twinning rate and hardly any triplets of quads. For us, as we lamb everything outdoors, it is crucial that we don’t have…

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January on the farm…

1st January 2017

First things first; It has been FREEZING on the farm. Like, the kind of freezing where I have worried that my fingers may actually drop off! All sense of pride within the fashion stakes have gone out of the window and every morning Andy laughs and asks me ‘Come on then, how many layers have you got on today then?!’ ‘Six…usually the answer is six’. Traditionally January would be a quieter time for most sheep farmers in the UK (if…

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