What a fabulous year we had in 2014! We made some new friends, had lots of adventures, some sadness and ok yes I turned 50! Amazingly enough Kate and I still quite like each other and get on as well as ever 🙂
So what did happen in 2014 ?
We had our best lambing so far, lots of lambs and relatively easy births and we were not as exhausted as usual… all down to Kate’s amazing planning.
We won the Droitwich Food Festival award for the best sausage.
We also met James … now known as Young James, the grandson of friends of ours… and he now works for us on Saturdays in our Farm Shop.
We had some new staff in the lovely form of Karen, who works for us in the shop during the week, keeping us in order and helping produce our great faggots, bacon and sausages.
Oh yes and Kate got on the radio ….. again!
We have also got some butchery help in the form of Alec, a retired butcher, who knows more about meat thean Kate and I could ever hope to, having been in the business for years and years, since he was a Saturday boy. His calm, constant work was the saving grace in our most hectic Christmas ever!
I learnt to link sausages and also ran a stall selling our produce at The Jinney Ring Craft Centre for most of the summer, on Saturdays and Sundays.
And it was great to see so many friends and family there …. the weather was kind to us …. eventually.
Piglets abound … with our pig numbers ever increasing.
oh yes and we added video to the blog 🙂
So that is a quick summary of the good things which far out weigh the tough things we have had to deal with.
What are we dealing with right now ?
Well total exhaustion on Kate’s part, she really could do with sleeping for about a week! I am tired but at least I get to go to work too. Which I love btw!
Also we are awaiting news on our planning application for a permanent dwelling here on the farm. Caravan living is ok and with nearly 4 winters under our belts, we are doing ok. But…. oh to have a decent sized kitchen where we could seat and feed friends in comfort when they come for a meal. To be able to have a bath, and a few more cupboards for clothes….. watch this space!
So that is about it for now… Happy New Year to you all and thankyou for all your support, good wishes, purchases over the last year and join us as we continue to live the dream here at Willow Farm.