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laura_nash

  • Joined Jun 2019
Definitely an accidental smallholder
« on: April 22, 2021, 10:01:39 pm »
Hi

I've posted on here a few times and had some great advice so thought I'd better introduce myself.  I'm very much an accidental smallholder. About 6 years ago we moved to Ireland so we could afford a rural project property.  The requirements were that it was stone, detached, rural but not totally middle of nowhere, in budget and had enough space for my horse (I was thinking about 2 acres).  The one we found was a small farm with 8 acres.  It was certainly a project and is still not "finished", I keep an occasional blog to record progress at https://towercottage.weebly.com/

We've somehow ended up with quite a few additional animals (the cats in particular were not remotely planned) and having finally accepted that 8 acres and good doer horse equals fat horse have now got a few Dexter cows, mostly to eat the grass, so I think I count as a smallholder now and it was definitely accidental.

Laura

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Definitely an accidental smallholder
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2021, 07:25:24 am »
Great story :).  Pics, especially of the no-longer-fat horse, always welcome :)
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Definitely an accidental smallholder
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2021, 07:50:48 am »
 :wave: and welcome from  :sunshine: Carnoustie.

laura_nash

  • Joined Jun 2019
Re: Definitely an accidental smallholder
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2021, 07:57:12 pm »
Pics, especially of the no-longer-fat horse, always welcome :)


Ok, took my phone out with me when I checked the fences this evening.

Here is the not-quite-so-fat horse, with his "mini-me" companion in the foreground.  Also, one of some of the cows (and the lovely weather we are having today).


SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Definitely an accidental smallholder
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2021, 06:51:44 am »
Oh my word, that grass!  My Fells would be laminitic in 24 hours on that.  I can see why you needed cows! 
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

naturelovingfarmer

  • Joined May 2021
  • Ohio River Valley
Re: Definitely an accidental smallholder
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2021, 12:56:42 am »
Hi

I've posted on here a few times and had some great advice so thought I'd better introduce myself.  I'm very much an accidental smallholder. About 6 years ago we moved to Ireland so we could afford a rural project property.  The requirements were that it was stone, detached, rural but not totally middle of nowhere, in budget and had enough space for my horse (I was thinking about 2 acres).  The one we found was a small farm with 8 acres.  It was certainly a project and is still not "finished", I keep an occasional blog to record progress at https://towercottage.weebly.com/

We've somehow ended up with quite a few additional animals (the cats in particular were not remotely planned) and having finally accepted that 8 acres and good doer horse equals fat horse have now got a few Dexter cows, mostly to eat the grass, so I think I count as a smallholder now and it was definitely accidental.

Laura

Huh... Stone cottage in the country, unplanned cats... Do you park cars or brooms out front? lol  ;D
Turn your problem into a solution. Learn new things. Adapt as you go. Plans should be fluid and subject to change. I start planning for things years in advance and by the time I do them they have usually changed radically.

Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Definitely an accidental smallholder
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2021, 05:52:58 pm »
Hi and welcome from Shropshire. What part of Ireland are you in? I've always wanted to visit south Ireland. I have a cousin in Galway so that's a good excuse to go.

 

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