After being sat in the house on my own (with the kids) for the 6th consecutive night running I felt compelled to write this short blog. Our farm is a mere 206 acres, so I really feel for all of you have much large holdings.
When it comes to drilling, you already know harvest is over and it's on its way. The nights are drawing in, and the stubble is just crying out to be turned over. You can feel autumn in the air. And just like that, drilling is knocking at your door! I know the long days (and nights) can be tough on your farmer, But I also know they can be even tougher on us wives and partners. So here are few tips to help you get through the continuing drilling season, remember the end is always in sight!!
Be prepared to be called upon. Always have a pen knife, baling twine, gloves, hat, a hammer, oh and a sense of humour all to hand.
One pot dishes, find a couple of dinners you all love and use them freely, easy to do, easy to serve (even on the go) and a piece of cake to warm up or they can usually sit in the bottom oven and the can be popped in freezer too.
Sharing is caring. It's okay to share and separate tasks including chores and looking after the kids with friends and family. Being the best team sometimes means giving in and asking for help, often this is the only way jobs (drilling in this case) get done.
Remember it's not his fault, I need reminding of this frequently! He is doing because he has too, not because he just likes playing on his tractor (or so he tells me!)
Remember why you farm and why you married him. He is not only feeding your family, but he is feeding the world. Sometimes, just sit back, enjoy the view and remember your passion!
Forget it. Machinery needs repairing? Weather not playing ball? washing and dishes piling up? Guess what? It will be okay. Just learn to forget all expectations when days simply don't go to plan.
Patience is a virtue. I'm not going to lie and say everything is always rosy on the farm, because that would be somewhat misleading, however, I've leant that when tensions are 'slightly' raised with long days and late nights, I can simply count to 10 (sometimes 20), smile, remind myself it's not personal and have knowledge that it will be over and back to normal soon. I'm quite looking forward to going to bed at the same as my hard working farmer time once again!
If I missed anything, please add in the comments.
Love Hannah. x