This week’s blog is short and sweet – just like me!
I am busy clearing out the Attic at Ballakelly, it has been a storage place for my family’s ‘things’ for over 100 years, and Rachels for 10!
The attic at Ballakelly has become the place for all family members to leave all the things they don’t know what to do with but can’t bring themselves to throw away.
Dad loved to keep things just in case you needed one, eg plugs there is a whole case full of plugs chopped off appliances, funny thing was when he needed a plug he still went to town! I wont list all the things Read More
Fed up does not come close to how I feel this week, as Tinky would say: in true farm yard language:
BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP
This week I feel numb by the way a ‘local’ business, I have tried to support since I left school over 20 years ago, kicks me in the nuts again. I have long given up being shocked, but it still hurts. In a recent meeting they told me that it wasn’t personal, but it is! This is my lively hood, this is what keeps a roof over my family’s head, when they mess up it costs me money, not them.
Originally, I had planned a feel-good festive Read More
The most stressful part of the family holiday is getting off the farm. Rachel is great at packing, so I let her sort that, my job is to get the car loaded!
Once I drive to the end of the lane and turn right the holiday begins.
I have become very good at letting go of the farm and focusing on the holiday ahead. My leaving words to the meat heroes who are in charge of the farm: are I can’t think of a situation that you need to contact me for so I will see you when I get back!
I didn’t have holidays until I met Rach, the old school Read More
This week I nearly hit rock bottom (or hit someone/something, I used to be a lover not a fighter), farming for over 20 years is starting to break me, I am turning into a grumpy old man!
When I was getting Tinky ready for school this week I came across this poem she copied at her young careers club:
Wow, so true…… it is normally Rachel who says things happen for a reason, but I think I was meant to find Alice’s poem.
I went downstairs took the kids to school with Rachel and we went for a cupper; mum always said a cup of Read More
Wow…….Food Festival 2018, what a weekend. Thanks to the meat heroes for all their hard work. Thanks to the organisers for a great event. Thanks to you guys for supporting us great to see you 😊 please come and visit us at the farm
Great blog Chris!! We would like to have a guest blogger each month so if there is something you would like to share that is food or farm related please get in touch.
I think there were 6 tractors out at once on Monday this week getting all the winter crops in, Harvey did not want to go to school…Tractor Daddy! No school – Tractor
This weekend we Read More
This week was the end of an era at Ballakelly, I had to say goodbye to my best sheep dog Slash.
Slash’s mum, Bridie was my first dog, the other dogs on the farm belonged to other farm workers. I was 16 when I acquired Bridie, she was given to be by a friend. Little red and white girl. I spent many hours training her and I always said there would never be another dog like her, dog of a life time, but then came Slash!
Bridie had a litter of pups when she was 7, 2 days after having her pups we had to put her down as she Read More
Ballakelly Farm has had a tough week. We have managed to finish the harvest, what there was of it, the bales are made we just need to pack all the fodder in for the winter. This year we have decided to feed as little mouths as possible so not to risk running out of feed.
Rachel was pulling her hair out trying to do the VAT return while Harvey was wanting to get the lego out and use the stapler as some kind of angry birds catapult.
This week everyone I talk to mentions (much to Tinky’s dismay) it is the end of the summer holidays the kids are ready to Read More
With the IOM Food & Drink festival looming (Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th) I thought that this week I would try to get the readers to join in the blog. Come on BK Family we need your input to really make the weekend a success.
What is your favourite Ballakelly Meat and how do you cook it.
Ballakelly Meat Heroes would like you to submit your entries and we will pick the top 5 who will win a £20 meat voucher to spend at the festival, and from the top 5 we will choose a supreme champion who’s recipe will be prepared by Ma Ma Ranson so you can all Read More
I tend to avoid blogging topics that leave me feeling like giving up farming!!! However this time I couldn’t help but squeal!!
During the two local agricultural shows I was frequently asked why there was a shortage of Manx Pork and why the shops had to import it!!!!!
I was also asked by the chef who did the demonstrations at the Royal Show why he couldn’t get any Manx Pork for his cookery demo from IOM Meats? If they had picked up the phone and asked, I am sure that I could have supplied them with some, I have a shed full at Ballakelly Farm (for the right price).
Then the straw Read More