Back To School He Goes.


It’s only me and him now heading to school in this house the two older farmers are all finished school and college, where does the time go? . Today it was Sid who headed back and into 2nd class. He looked so handsome in his uniform and so grown up it’s nearly heartbreaking, what has happened to the littlest farmer.

We had a great summer, doing loads and having fun which made going back today feel a little less hard because we really made the most of our time off. This is a big year for the littlest farmer it’s his Holy Communion year which also means a busy year but that’s nothing new to us, being busy! .

I still have a few more days till I start in my new school, I am not starting back till the 4th of September and this year I am working afternoon’s which is totally new for me. Since Sid started school I have always worked mornings, coming home nearly the same time as him and then getting nothing done in the afternoons between homework, lunch and dinner making there was never any time. So this year I am home all morning to get as much or as little done as I like while Sid is in school, gone to work for the afternoon and home by 6.10pm to make the dinner and relax for the evening, Sid’s homework and all done before I ever get home. I am hoping this will free me up so much now the farm is starting to speed up and even the horses are getting busier I will have the time to get lots done before I ever go to work or that’s the plan.

So this term is starting off with lots happening and lots of changes which I am really looking forward to ( remind me I said this when I complain about being too busy) , here’s to a new beginnings and a busy school year.

Our Summer Adventures: Week 1 and 2.


Sorry there was no post yesterday but I want to share with you some of our adventures we are having this summer so I will be posting on a Tuesday now instead of a Monday. For the summer Mondays are mine, the farmer and Sids day off so we are trying to head away from  the yard for that day. So last week it was the farmer who decided where we went and we headed to the beautiful city of Kilkenny. This is a beautiful place to visit with so much to see and do. We parked in the car park beside the river which wasn’t expensive, we were parked most of the day. We headed to the shopping centre first and then back down the town to get some lunch. Now being coeliac getting food out when we are away is always a little nerve wracking because you want to get good food and also not limit the farmers as to where they can eat so we tried Langtons, they had a huge choice for us all and there was no problem with me getting gluten free. After lunch we headed to see the castle which just like something out of a fairy tale. You can go on a tour of the castle but we didn’t we just enjoyed the grounds which has a playground, acres of grass to play on and a beautiful rose garden.

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We then headed back to look at the rest of the shops along the streets of Kilkenny and stopped into a little cafe just across from Kytelers Inn for the best scones and tea I have tasted in ages they even have gluten free. We spent the whole day in Kilkenny and enjoyed every minute of it, its a beautiful place and Sid didn’t get bored once.

So yesterday it was my choice and I brought the farmer and Sid to the Irish national stud and Japanese gardens in Kildare. There is free parking at the stud, there are picnic tables in the car park if you didn’t want to buy food when you were there. It cost 29euro for the three of us to entry the stud which isn’t expensive when you see the size and the up keep of the place. We went to see the gardens first and they are so pretty with a stone track to follow and a map to explain each stop on the way.

Sid loved exploring the gardens and looking into all the little tunnels and caves. When we were finished in the garden we headed to the restaurant for our lunch. It was 33euro for the three of us for our lunch and there are lots of gluten free options on the menu.

We ate our lunch out on the terrace and this was our view along with a swan and her baby.

 

After lunch we headed to the best bit or for me anyway, the stud farm. This place is just a horse lovers dream but it is equally beautiful for anyone. On the stud you get to look around all the stable yards, the stallions have air conditioning in their stables!. You get to meet some mares and their foals, see some of the top stallions they have and meet some legends of racing like Hardy Eustace, who we got to rub he is really friendly.

We got to visit the racing museum, see a video of a foal being born in the stud and learn a little about the man who started the stud back in 1900, Colonel William Hall Walker and how he believed the stars sealed the faith of each foal born and that every horse should be able to see the stars from their stable.

There is a playground near the mares and foals and also a fair door trail right around the stud for the kids to follow. Each fairy they find has an important job on the stud and each child gets a map for them to follow. Sid loved this but he did want to take home this foal, she was such a friendly little thing looking for rubs from everyone who went past. This is a great day out for all the family even if you have no interest in horses and its fully accessible to buggies or wheelchairs.

So there are our first two summer adventures, where have you been this summer on your adventures ? would love to hear all about them.

Girls Can’t Do That.


Where do kids learn/hear this? I would love to know because in this day and age there is very little if anything a woman cant do. In this house its very equal, I would be expected to be able to do just about anything the farmers can do, there is never a moment when they would say you are a woman you won’t be able to do that. When there is talk of machinery I would be included the same as anyone else in the house and when something breaks it would be explained to me in as much detail as anyone else.

When we are doing any work on the farm there has never been a time when the littlest farmer has ever heard anyone say you cant do that work, drive that digger, catch those sheep, feed those calves or do that paperwork and yet he is fully convinced a girl as he says can’t do these jobs!.

A week after he was born I was back teaching horse riding and he was and has been with me everyday there is lessons since, any work that I have to do on the farm he has always been with me and has always seen me work the same as the rest of the farmers  which is why I just don’t understand where he is getting this idea from. He is positive a girl can’t be a farmer, cant drive any machines, cant milk cows but we can do any work with the horses!. We are getting a farm office in the next month or so and on Sunday Sid informed us that it was going to just be for the farmers (boys) and not for me to use, when the farmer asked him why I couldn’t use it he said I wouldn’t know how to do the paperwork and he knows and sees that  I am the only one who does it at the moment.

So I asked him why he thinks a woman couldn’t do all the above and his response was because your a girl. So I asked him where he was hearing all of this and he said in school which makes me sad. I am sad that when he is in school this is how women are being talked about, that this is the view young boys have of women when a lot in the school come from a farming background and even though he sees everyday that the woman in his life can and does do the same jobs as the men in his life what he hears in school is out weighing what he sees in his day to day.

I am hoping that as he grows he will change his views on what any woman can do, that what he sees will out weigh what his friends or anyone else says and maybe he will educate them. I want all my boys to see that we are equal and the two older boys are really good that way so I hope Sid will grow up to be the same.

How do you deal with things like this? 

 

 

Plans For The Summer.


The count down is on, only three weeks left till myself and Sid are off from school for the summer, eight weeks of being at home all of us together. I try to make plans of some things to do over the summer because if I didn’t the summer weeks would slip by in a blur of farming and horses and housework so having a plan helps us leave the yard an odd day. So here is some of what we want to try do this summer: 

  • Go most days to the International Dublin Horse Show.
  • Climb two locals hills/ mountain.
  • Read at least 3 books over the 8 weeks.
  • Go swimming in the sea.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go to the cinema.
  • Have fun.

What plans have you for your summer? 

Our Fun Family Holiday.


2017 has been one of the most stressful years on us and a break was needed. Due to different reasons a short break was all we could go on so myself, the farmer and Sid all headed off on Monday morning for our two nights and three days away from all the madness.

Our first stop on Monday was Dublin Zoo. This is a great day out for anyone with so much to see. We loved the baby Rhino he was such a cutie. It’s amazing to see these animals so close. After the zoo we headed to have a look around Liffey valley shopping centre and then on to our hotel which was The Castleknock Hotel and Country Club.

Sid has an obsession with all things Titanic so we decided we would head to Belfast and The Titanic museum on Tuesday. This is an amazing centre, when you see it from start to finish and hear real survivors tell their stories it gives you goose bumps.

Sid loved it he was actually there and even dressed up as one of the crew.

And yesterday for our last day we headed back towards home and we went to Powerscourt House and Gardens and to Powerscourt waterfall. This is a beautiful place and you can get right up beside the waterfall. There is also a great playground that caters for all ages from the very young right up to teenagers. 

So here are some of the details, The Zoo is great and you could spend all day there, you can bring a picnic in if you want it was nearly €50 for the three of us.  Liffey valley is not Coeliac friendly for food. We stayed in The Castleknock Hotel and Country Club,it’s located close to Dublin, it’s not expensive, its child friendly and the food is good. It possibly wasn’t as well kept or organised as the last time we were there but they are in the middle of extending it so we will give them a break as every other time we have stayed it’s been so good. Belfast was 2 hrs from our hotel and the Titanic was amazing, very easy to get to, good parking, good food but would really suit kids from 10yrs up but Sid did love it. We also went to W5 which is a kids science museum right across from the Titanic centre, that was really good. Powerscourt House and Gardens was €10 per adult to see the gardens we didn’t go but if you love gardens then do go. You can still go around the house, shops and get food without having to pay. For families the waterfall wins hands down ! Kids have a great playground, loads of room to run around, BBQ areas, hot food and shop on site and beautiful walks around the waterfall. This is €6 per adult and €3.50 per child. 

As a short break we had a great Time, where we stayed was close to everything we wanted to see and I can’t wait to plan next year’s now. 

Where are you going this summer ? 

 Family Fun Day With Tesco Ireland.


During the Easter holidays I received an email from Tesco Ireland inviting myself and Sid to a family fun day they were holding on the last Friday of the Easter break. The fun day was held at Rathbeggan Lakes in Co Meath. When we arrived we were met by Tesco staff and each given a bag with some lunch in it of crisps, water, an apple, a sandwich and a bar of chocolate. We were then given our tokens for the different activities, a map of the lakes and off we headed to explore. We had only walked in the gate when Sid spotted two sheep and over we had to go to see them, next we had to go see the hens and ducks and the geese. You would think living on a farm the animals would be the last thing he would want to see !.

After we had seen all the animals we went to look around the lakes, there is lots to do here from abseiling and a zip line, water rollerz , peddle boats , a fairy garden walk, train rides, pony rides, cute landrovers to drive on a track, fishing and a BBQ area,bouncy castles and lots more.

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While there is lots to do Sid was ready to leave after two hours and it could have been that he was cold. If a group of kids went there is lots for them to do together but you would need to win the lotto. While it has lots it is also really expensive !. Now I know a day out with the family is not cheap by any means but if I was to compare it to places closer to home its wicked expensive. Admission to the park is 3.00 euro per person under 2yrs go free and the tokens you need for the activities are 1.00 euro each and activities range from 4.00 euro to 8.00 euro which if you had one than more child and they wanted to do three or four activities it would start to get expensive. To have a BBQ there it was 6.00 euro and fishing was from 20.00 euro.

The price would put me off going again because we have a great park beside us that’s just 8.00 euro a car and there is lots to do and see and nearly all of it is for free including using their BBQ area. Other than the price and Sid getting slightly fed up there is lots to do and thanks to Tesco for inviting us.

Elaine.

The Youngest Is 7 Today.


Time just starts to speed up I think as kids get older. The littlest farmer is 7 yrs old today ! Seven years !! It only feels like yesterday he was born. He has gone into a fun, caring and helpful little man who today is going to celebrate with all his friends.
Happy birthday Sid.