Shortlisted For 2014 Blog Awards.

Morning everyone  , I am back here twice in the one week something must be going to happen 🙂 . Well it did we made the shortlist again this year in the Blog Awards Ireland in the Great Outdoors category and I am delighted  . I am a little disappointed my vlog didn’t make the shortlist for the video category but its only a baby still and looking at those great vlogs that did get through I really need to up my subscribers !!! .

This little blog has been very good to me over the last few years and has made the shortlist each year but only for you guys that read it and to those who nominated it we wouldn’t be shortlisted at all so a huge THANK YOU to you all 🙂

So here is a video of my Great outdoors that I see everyday and if anyone wants to help with my subscriber count hit the little red subscribe button , I will love you forever :))

A Night Out At Awards.

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When R finished in secondary school last June we knew he would have an awards night in January . It’s a night when all the students who left last year get to meet up and celebrate getting good result in the summer in their exams.
The parents council organise it each year and this year it was in a local hotel. A few weeks before R didn’t want to go but later decided he would , so we all went except L and the littlest farmer.
So tickets were bought ,suits cleaned and last thing Saturday night before we went I decided what I would wear .

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As part of the awards night there is a dinner included which all I can say was really good. We were half expecting it to be a little rough around the edges but we couldn’t fault the meal in any way. The school even organised for the Canadian Ambassador and his wife to attend and hand out the awards to all the students. After the meal the awards started , first everyone received a cert to say they sat their Leaving Cert. When all students had received their certs the awards for achievements over the year were awarded. R was hoping to get an award for engineering as he had gotten a great result in it .
They were going down through all the students who were to get awards and then R was called out for engineering , we were delighted for him. Those who received an awards were given beautiful trophies and a school medal . R shared the engineering trophy with another student but because he had gotten two other awards as well R is able to keep the trophy for the year .
Saturday night was a very proud parent moment :).

Another Year Over.

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So we have just about finished another busy and sometimes eventful year on our farm. This year seems to have just flown by in the blink of an eye. Christmas is over and tomorrow is New Years Eve, where does it go ? . I hope everyone had a good Christmas and Santa came to everyone ? It was a nice peaceful Christmas here once we had our busy Christmas eve over us. We had a surprise arrival on Christmas eve , a lovely pedigree ram lamb , we knew she was due to lamb but didn’t think it would happen that day.

Since we started farming three nearly four years ago now each year we seem to get through so much stuff each year but maybe it just seems like that because we started with nothing so I guess even one more sheep is an improvement :). This year we had twenty bull calves again and we got them out to grass really early in the spring and it made a huge difference to their growth during the year. We had twenty big bulls to go to the factory as well , these big guys are the only stock on the farm I hate having anything to do with , they are just so big and rowdy when you are in the shed with them. We had one big bull get sick with us when he pigged out on his meal , so I christened him Norman and he is still with us but only for a few more days then he to will be gone to bull heaven.

The girls were good to us this year they gave us good lambs and everyone of them tried hard to be good mothers which made our job at lambing time so much easier. We started lambing in March and this year myself and the farmer worked hard with long hours but it was I have to say really enjoyable . Out of all our stock the horses come first but the sheep are nearly as nice I think. We increased our sheep numbers this year and joined our first discussion group . I love going to the group meetings because you learn so much from listening to other farmers talking about what worked and didn’t work for them. We learned this year at lambing time what a ‘ringed womb’ was as we had two ewes like that , I had never heard of it before. The spring was hard on the lambs because it was cold and wet when they went out and even though we didn’t loose any to the weather we did loose four to foxes . We sorted the fox problem but it was very hard going over to see them in the morning and finding bits of half eaten lambs around the field. At the minute we hope all our girls are in lamb again and we will be scanning them in the next week or so and we will know then how many new arrivals we will have in March.

My babies were working away all year with lessons and pony camp these are my total passion. I only managed one outing with my mad mare before she went in foal and she will be due to have it in May , I can see myself sleeping in the stable with her when the time gets close she is the best horse I have ever had or ridden. We also had a new arrival in the shape of Ted a very cute sheep dog pup and as I type the farmers are putting up a new sheep shed so the girls will have a little comfort while they lamb.

We have had a busy year as a family as well . The littlest farmer started playschool five days a week in September and while he hated it when he was doing the three days he loves doing the five days. The middle little farmer started transition year , which he is loving . He is doing everything from home economics to wood work and they are even going on a trip to Barcelona in May. The eldest little farmer started college in Waterford doing Ag science and while he hates leaving home on a Sunday evening he is loving his course. The farmer is now the only full time farmer in the house since September because I went back Montessori teaching in the mornings so now my farming time is limited to just the afternoons and this time of the year there isn’t much farming to do in the afternoons. Earlier in the year I was nominated for a Women in Ag award and I was delighted to make the last nine in it and the blog was nominated for a Blog award . Since September I have found it hard to fit everything in and my blog has been neglected as has my twitter and instagram accounts which I plan on changing in the New Year.

So what is the plan for the year ahead ? well I hope we are all happy and healthy . I hope we have luck with our farm and that the farmers continue to get on well in school. I have some plans for this blog and possibly another one and one or two more things I want to do this year coming but more about these in tomorrows post :).

So that’s us everyday life on an Irish family farm , how was your year ?

I made a video clip on Flipagram with some photos from our year hope you enjoy .

 

 

Blog Awards Ireland 2013.

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It’s blog awards time again , last year it was a great night out. Last year this little blog was lucky enough to get shortlisted but that’s as far as it got. Now is the time for everyone to nominate their favourite Irish blogs. So any blogs you love to read they are looking for your vote now.

If you would like to nominate any blogs go to www.blogawardsireland.com and fill out the nominate form and pick which category you think the blog comes under. We all had a great night last year and are looking forward to going again this October.

If you are feeling really generous and would like to nominate my little blog just click on the nominate button now on the right side of the blog , go to personal and lifestyle categories and add it in .

So get nominating and let all us bloggers have another great night out :).

My Farming Week.

Some how my time seems to scarcer now than when we were in the middle of lambing, the days are just flying by. All the days are running in together , I can hardly remember what I did yesterday :).

Sheep:

On Monday we spent the afternoon doing sheep , the whole family together . It was a full production line of dosing , feet , injecting and shearing. The week before I got a new dosing gun for the sheep the one we had was ages old and I wasn’t able to either squeeze it or push it open again. The new one is so easy to use one squeeze in and sheep dosed and it fills back up instantly by itself. All ewes and lambs got a cydectin dose for worms, this dose should do the lambs for the whole time they are on the farm.We also bought an injector for the heptavac p which made injecting the lambs much easier this year rather than filling a syringe all the time. We have two ewes that the crows pecked their ewes and we were a little worried they might not cope in the flock. When they were moved on Monday to be sheared they did bump into things a little but today when the farmer moved them to fresh grass they got on much better so fingers crossed. The creep feeder hasn’t gone in with the lambs just yet they have lots of grass ahead on them still so we are holding off for another weeks or so.

Calves and Bulls.

The calves are on grass now for a week and have had a mix of weather from sun, rain and wind with the worst of the rain and wind in the last few days but they all seem to be doing fine outside. They started on a field with lots of leafy grass and meal twice a day and today they were moved to a fresh field with more leafy grass. We want to try and keep the best grass for the calves with the bulls coming along behind them. They aren’t eating it down to far that is the job for the older bulls. Feeding the calves twice a day has been a great way for us to have a good look at them, if one is a little slow to come for their food or maybe not eating the meal at all can be a sign that maybe they are not feeling the best or they just ate to much grass :). The older bulls that are out on grass are moving on Monday to the field the younger calves were in , they are doing well out and still getting meal twice a day as well. The ten bulls that we kept in are just starting now to go up onto ad lib meal which they will be on now for about eighty days and then they are off to the factory.

Horses.

The horses have the most regular routine out of all the stock but they are also the most work. The farmer has been doing most of the mucking out this week as most mornings I seem to have been sent off to do things like banking , shopping , co op run for sheep meal and dropping my Mam shopping. This week was the first time I can say I was completely up staged by a horse and I am raging I don’t have a photo to show you how pretty this horse is. A photographer came to take my photo for the Women and Agriculture awards and because she doesn’t often get a chance to photograph horses she decided for some of mine it would be with them. We have two very pretty mares , blue wasn’t in the yard so we couldn’t use her but Ava was and she really did play up the attention. She posed like a pro , ears pricked doing her best to look pretty and made sure the most photos were taken of her :).Even when I was standing beside her she kept putting her head across in front of mine , I was completely up staged by a horse , a very pretty horse.

When I see it written down I can see where all the time goes its no wonder I am getting none of my growing book pile done . On the up side I am heading to Kilkenny on Sunday for a Farmerette’s tweet up , I am so looking forward to meet some of the farmerette’s I tweet . I am really looking forward to having a girls lunch and a chat with new friends , I will fill you in on all the gossip on Monday or if you want keep an eye on my twitter feed on Sunday afternoon you will be able to join in the chat with us .

Have a great weekend everyone :).

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Short Listed For The Women And Agriculture Awards 2013.

Over a month ago now I found out I was nominated for the Irish Country Living Women and Agriculture Awards 2013 sponsored by FBD. I was sure I didn’t fit under any of the three categories for the awards so I put it out of my head as I didn’t think I would hear any more about them. When you see the three winners from 2011 , where was I going trying to join them.

Then on Monday I found out that I had made the short list , to say I was very, very excited and honoured is an understatement . I couldn’t wait to tell everyone but because everyone’s post arrives at different times I had to wait till last night to break all the news at the same time.

I was told on Monday the three judges would be with me on Wednesday at lunch time , that’s when the nerves hit a little.The cleaning started Tuesday and everything that didn’t move was cleaned. I don’t know why I felt I had to clean the house they are Agriculture Awards 🙂 I worried about what I would get asked, I worried I wouldn’t be able to answer some of the questions , I worried being new to farming I wouldn’t have enough experience but you know what I worried about nothing.All stock was told to be on their best behaviour , everything was swept and tidied and then I waited from the judges to arrive. The three judges were lovely , we had tea and home made cake and chatted for over two hours about everything. We went to the farm ,looked at the fields and yard , horses and sheep, bulls and calves and then they were gone to meet the next short listed farmer .

So now to wait and see if I make it to the final , it would be a huge achievement for me to get that far but to get to the short list is even a HUGE achievement . The awards are every two years with the winners getting 3000 euro and runners up getting 1500 euro , it is a great showcase for Women in Agriculture. The winners of the three categories get to represent Ireland in the EU Innovation Awards for Women farmers 2014 , can you imagine how much tweeting I would do from there ??:).

For now all I can do is dream and if the dream doesn’t happen I am very PROUD the have been short listed.