On Wednesday and Thursday last week myself and the farmers headed to Europe’s largest outdoor festival ! . When I think of festivals I think of summer time, loads of music, face paints, shorts and fancy wellies and very trendy famous people with farming being the last thing I would think of. Europe’s largest outdoor festival is actually all things farming, food and enterprise with a little bit of music and dancing thrown in but no muddy fields full of tents. The National ploughing Championships this year were on Tues, Wed and Thurs the 19th to 21st of September and was held in Screggan in Co Offaly. The ploughing is a yearly event that over the three days attract over 200,000 people, they come from far and near to see millions of euro worth of machinery, livestock and food. This day out is planned from one year to the other in a lot of houses and we haven’t missed it in years. This is an event for not just the farming community but for everyone as there is just so much to see and do and even though the weather this year on the Wednesday was crap we still wouldn’t have missed it, after all isn’t that what rain gear is for ?
This year was also a little special as the eldest farmer ( on the right) received his award from Dairymaster on the Wednesday and was presented it to him by the Minister for Agriculture, Micheal Creed. The two lads worked hard ( partied hard )on their thesis and it payed off in the end, they both started college together and received their awards together as well.
There were lots of cute animals to see and also a pink Valtra tractor for breast cancer, I couldn’t convince the farmers that we really needed this tractor.
For the last couple of years I have curated the @IrelandsFarmers twitter account on the Wednesday of the ploughing, taking photos and some videos during the day to share with the over 12k followers the account has, this year I got to curate for two days, the Wed and Thurs and it was made extra special as on the Wednesday it and myself were number 1 in the top 5 journalists to follow for the plouging which I was delighted with as its a great account giving people a inside view of real life on a farm. Here is the link below.
We put together a list of the top 5 journalists tweeting from #ploughing17. https://t.co/MLUMACCPCH
So that’s the ploughing over for another year and we are all looking forward to next year already, Roll on September 2018.
(Photo by the main farmer, I robbed it off his twitter account)
For the next week the @IrelandsFarmers twitter account is going to be stuck listening to me, God help them all. It won’t be my first time to curate the account for a week and I will be doing it again the Wednesday of National Ploughing Championships which runs from the 19th to the 21st of September this year.
The @IrelandsFarmers twitter account is a huge source of information about all aspects of farming in Ireland from Dairy to sheep, beef to snails, honey to pigs, all you could ever want to know is shared here weekly by a different farmer. It’s a place full of statistic and numbers, profits and losses and everything in between but this week I think we will add a little girlie touch ( sorry men but you are still more than welcome to share your girlie side as well).
I love being on the farm, being involved in everything that is going on and pulling my weight the same as anyone else when it comes to work but I am not good with the technical side to it. I could go measure grass but don’t ask me to work out the end result, when the farmers here talk about machines I can understand what they are on about but don’t ask me to tell anyone else, and when it comes to DM in grass, acres to hectares, growth rates, EBI’s in cows or anything else well that’s what I have my three Farmers for.
So this coming week I would like to share the other side to the farm a little, the behind the scenes, the little things that keep the whole place running, the sometimes very over looked jobs by the women, the things that make me girlie and why I think women in farming are sometimes their own worst enemy ( I might have a hit on me after this one). All technical questions you want to know I will ask one of my three Farmers for you guys.
I will share our week, our farm and give you a very honest look at how we run our little farm and why team work is very important to us. I am planning on using my Instagram Stories to share daily clips which you will find Here so go follow now I gave up on Snapchat and if you don’t already go follow the @IrelandsFarmers twitter account so you can share your stories as well.
Looking forward to the week ahead, see you all in the morning.
Hello everyone, it feels like ages since I have been here or on any of my social media to be exact. I started doing Susannah Conway’s August break and then I took a total break from all my social media just about. I totally unplugged for most of this month till today and it has been great but I do miss you all and I have a few bits I need to tell you all over the next few blog posts. I won’t put it all into this one or to be honest you would be here reading for the next hour so here it is in point form !.
Over the last few weeks so much has happened and things in this house are moving fast in all directions at the moment it has been a month of changes. The farm is moving at a huge rate at the moment at times my head starts to spin with all the talk, I have moved jobs to a school I have wanted to work in for years and can’t wait for the 4th of September to start that, I spent the full five days at the RDS Dublin International Horse show, I took out my Canon 1300D and have signed up for a diploma course in photography which I am studying from home and I am also trying to grasp how to use Lightroom, I started a second Instagram account to share my photography journey from the start its here if you would like to give it a follow Moments I Capture and I started a blog to also share my journey which is here Moments I Capture but I haven’t posted there yet and lastly the magazine I will be writing in has launched its Facebook page and the first edition will be hopefully be ready for the end of September.
God when you write it down its a lot for one month ! but thats a quick summery of my unplugged few weeks but I am back now rested and with challenges set .
How has your month been so far? Are you ready for back to school?
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?
So normally when you start a blog you start by introducing yourself to everyone but because I already had a blog before this one I just guessed everyone knew me when I started this one. I have been having a very stressful 2017 so far and May has been health related and I need a distraction from myself so I am going to set myself a blog and Instagram challenge. From today I am blogging daily for the month, posting to my Instagram everyday and using my Instagram stories to share my days even showing my face.
I am hoping you will all join me, go follow my Instagram and help distract me for the month.
So to kick off the month I am going to introduce myself very quickly because my life is a busy one. I am Elaine, I will be 40 this October and I am the mother to three amazing boys who make me proud every day. I had my first two boys in my late teens and Sid when I was 32. I am married to Paul who is normally called the farmer in posts for nearly 2 yrs now but we are together for 23yrs this June. We started to other way around, family first then marriage. We have had various jobs over the years but we started farming 7yrs ago now and we love it, it takes up a lot of our family life in this house. I was born on the farm we own now and Paul was always farming when he was a teenager. One of my passions is horses and we started our Riding centre and livery in 2003, another passion is teaching. I am a Montessori teacher during the week and a horse riding instructor at the weekends. I love books, coffee, getting my nails done, chocolate and the beach. I found out last year I am Coeliac and this February I found out I have a kidney stone which is still there and am at the moment getting tests done for some other things which is why I need this distraction. So there is a condensed version of my life and I will share more over the month.
I really hope you will join me and give my Instagram a follow.
See you all tomorrow,
- Getting time on the farm is always good.
- My baby calves from December are getting big.
- Having holidays are nice even if you just stay at home.
- A surprise email can make your day.
- Kids don’t need fancy gadgets or the latest toys to be happy.
- Getting a new bed can be like winning the lotto.
- There are never enough clean cups.
- I need to start wearing sun cream on my face.
- If you are stressed it will eventually just boil over.
- Five minutes sitting in the sun reading a good book is really nice.
- Spending less time on social media is also nice and I am not missing it yet.
- If there is chocolate in the house I am going to eat it.
How has your week been? Happy Easter everyone.