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
Hello, I’m Callum Staley, friends with Al and Rachel, who designs & manages the Ballakelly Farm Website & Social Media! Al & Rach have asked me to do a guest blog for them this week as they are very busy on the farm after a couple of weeks away.
I am in the second year of my Applied Computing Degree and have a Photography, Aerial Photography, Videography & Website Design business. I have known Rachel for many years through having a horse.
When Al & Rachel decided to start selling meat independently I approached Rachel about creating a website for them. What initially was a small website and business Read More
Hello Everyone, I am Shri. Owner or Kurries & Steaks and friend’s with Rachel and Alan.
I met Rachel as she and her dad used to visit Kurries & Steaks since the day that we opened.
Mr Ranson always used to ask us to use meat from the farm (Ballakelly Farm Meat ). Last TT 2017 when I was approached by Rachel to join the team at the Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival, I was officially a meat hero! I really enjoyed the event where we sold marinated lamb with spices and a few different curries and rice. We had a great laugh at the event!
After a successful IOM 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
Hello, I’m Chris Kneale a neighbour of and friends with Al and Rach and this week’s guest blogger!
I am involved in the Agricultural industry, farming, diversifying into alternative crops (Quinoa) and running my own “Rural Business Consultancy” business following 8 years as the Governments Senior Agricultural Advisor. As a result, I am lucky to work with some exceptional Island people – Farmers!
Last weekend, at the Islands food and drink showcase event the “Food and Drink Festival” the organisers celebrated 10 years with guest celebrity and farmer “Adam Henson” who presents for the BBC primarily on the rural news programme “Countryfile”. I was honoured to have been asked 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