Once the animals are fed, he collects the eggs, using any bucket he can lay his hands on to do so. This one being an empty horse supplement bucket that Jill uses who keeps her horse with us. It’s a job he can do himself and I like the sense of achievement he gets from it. Looks like he does too?
Since we moved to the smallholding, life has changed. We had a vision of the lifestyle we thought it would be. A lot of that has come true which is simply amazing. What we didn’t realise, is how we would change as people, nurturing our new way or life, our values, what’s truly important and what really just doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. We’ve been through some ups and downs as we figure this out, but it’s always worked out. We have a strong family bond and the smallholding is developing that even further.
So I thought I would share a couple of things that made me smile recently.
Ste made crispy cakes with rolo chocolates to finish them off. I’m told the kids helped too 😉 They’ve been taken each day as packed lunch treats.
He’s also started making Sunday lunch for us. I’m seriously jealous of how well these Yorkshire puddings turned out!! He’s got a job for life there.
Ste and I collected nettles from the paddock recently and I made nettle soup! This too is a first and despite my brain thinking otherwise, it was actually ok. True, I wouldn’t choose it over butternut squash soup, but given its health benefits, I’ll happily eat it seasonally.
It had a slight tinge of leek and potato – the recipe was from River Cottage website.
Jack likes to take his bike everywhere he goes on the smallholding. Here he is, a dab hand at carrying a chicken feeder on his handle bars and taking it to get refilled at the feed station.
So even though some days are hard, most days bring a huge happiness to us all. Steven and I both work full time as well as run the smallholding, so we like to make sure we step back and smell the roses every now and then, and enjoy what we’ve built up and how our lives are changing. It’s truly amazing and I welcome every minute of it.