What is a Farmerette ? I suppose a farmerette is any female who helps or farms on their own or with someone else. We farmerettes come in all forms from those who help out when they are needed , those who help out with seasonal events on the farm like calf rearing or lambing and then there are those like me who are farming all year round hail rain or shine.
I was asked maybe a week ago by a friend what do I do all day ? You never have time free for anything ? you cant be that busy sure you are at home all day ? So here it is , what I do most days and the reason I have very little spare time :).
7.00am: I crawl out of bed every morning at this time , during the week the oldest farmers are called and gotten ready for school. Myself and the littlest farmer get our breakfast and at 7.40 am the farmer drops the boys to their bus.
7.50 am: The farmer is back from the bus run and we load up and head to the farm to feed and check all stock , this usually takes about an hour. At the minute the calves are getting fed meal so this means carrying a bucket of meal through the field . It’s the bit I hate , but it is great exercise seeing all the stock each morning.
9.00am: Back home , get some house work done and when I say some it really is very little , a quick cup of coffee and if it’s a Tuesday or Thurs we get a read of the farming papers.
9.30am: Time to head out to muck out with the farmer , sweep the yard and in the stables , feed meal to horses that get it and check everyone is in good form .
11.00am : We normally have another break for a bar of chocolate around this time if the morning allows, then its off to get anything needed from the town or co op for the farm.
12.30pm: This is when I am back inside to start lunch and get some more little bits of house work done.
2.00pm : On a Monday , Wednesday and Friday we use the afternoons to get stuff done on the farm , Tuesday is housework for me and Thursday is lesson day till 9.00pm. On the days we are on the farm it could be any jobs from fencing , moving stock , cleaning up , doing stock e.g sheeps feet , dosing , moving to fresh grass .
4.30 pm : Its back home , bus run to collect the boys and dinner time.
6.00 pm: Its back to the farm to do the evening feed and check everyone is ok for the night and a little more exercise just for good measure :).
7.30pm: It’s the littlest farmers bed time this takes about half and hour to get him to bed and asleep. Then depending on the evening its sit down time , to read , blog or catch up on some TV. I do lessons on a Monday , Tuesday and a Thursday night so my nights off are scarce.
9.00pm: The pet lambs get their night time milk at this time.
10.30 pm: This is the time my bed calls me and then it all starts again the next day.
A farmerettes day is not a handy one but when we do have some free time we really do enjoy having the time off .