Easter Holidays, Big birthdays and a hint of spring!

No blog for the last couple of weeks as we trialled a new approach to school holidays where we do the essentials in the business to keep the wheels turning while spending as much time with the mini farmers as possible. The juggle between farm, family and meat business is a constant challenge but none more so than in the holidays.

But let’s just say that the first week of the Easter holidays didn’t quite go to plan for us this year. We were all really rather poorly with whatever plague is currently doing the rounds in Cornwall. Although Charlie and Flora did of course muster energy for a small easter egg hunt. Thankfully we are all now back on fine fettle!!

Last week Will had a very big birthday where he turned the big 4-0!! I’m not sure how it is possible to be married to someone who is forty but I couldn’t be prouder to be. We celebrated his birthday with our lovely team who threw him a surprise lunch break party, we had meals with family and blew the cobwebs away with two nights near a very windy Salcombe.

Dare we say that Spring has finally sprung, as I type I am sat in my van with the window down while Flora is at her dance lesson and it is definitely feeling very springy. With any luck we have seen the back of the rain!

Things have been busy on the farm with calving. We are now just waiting for the last few cows to calve before our heifers start calving in a couple of weeks time. Heifers are females who haven’t yet had a calf. As first time mums it can all come as a bit of a shock to the system (I seem to remember feeling the same!) so they need an extra eye keeping on them. Luckily Shorthorn cattle are very naturally maternal so we rarely have problems with cows and calves bonding.

We have now moved the majority of the cows and calves out across the road to the fields where they will graze their way in rotation across the whole farm until late autumn. Nothing beats seeing calves tails up and bombing around the fields getting up to mischief in the sunshine.

We finished the easter holidays off with a super fun family day at Flambards, Helston. We nearly had a full family fall out on the Go Kart circuit, Charlie was so mad with me as Will and Flora and frankly the rest of the drivers lapped us, apparently I drive like a sloth!!! Charlie was obsessed with a rollercoaster called ‘The Hornet’ we lost count how many times he went on. While Flora was super brave and rode the log flume but preferred the carousel where she made friends with a horse called Jade, picked because she matched her cardigan. If you are in Cornwall with children I would recommend a day at Flambards, the indoor victorian street exhibit is brilliant. https://www.flambards.co.uk/

Today they were back to school and normal service can resume!