I have always dreamed of living on a farm. When I was a young girl and lived in Zimbabwe we used to visit and stay at our family friends dairy farm. I have so many strong memories of that farm. The sounds of doves in the morning. Adding logs to the fire to heat the water. Hot porridge with melted butter. My dad holding me by my feet and lowering me into a huge milk tank to get a cup of milk. Wind blowing through a willow tree. Feeding a calf with a bottle of milk.
I was lucky enough to recently stay and work on the farm of one of my old colleagues. Rachel was our Health and Safety manager and her husband Niall runs their farm in Wiltshire. Half the farm is run by a dairy farmer who supplies milk to Cadbury's, and the other half is run by Rachel and Niall who have an amazing array of animals; sheep, geese, ducks, chickens, turkeys, cows, pigs, a goat, horse, shetland pony, dogs and a cat... it is a child's paradise. Some friends thought I was crazy wanting to work on a farm! I absolutely loved it! On the evening I arrived Niall made the biggest toad in the hole I'd ever seen with sausages from his own pigs. We drank wine and sorted eggs after that. The next day we collected eggs, fed all the animals, cleaned out the pig pens and had an emergency maggot situation with one of the rams (not one of the finer moments). Overall it was a great experience that I hope I can do again sometime.
Niall and Rachel sell their free range produce from their farm in Wiltshire. I have tried their eggs, pork (British rare breed Gloustershire Old Spots pigs), lamb and turkeys and they have all been amazing! If you live anywhere near, check out their website.