This week’s blog is dedicated to the ‘Meat Heroes’, these are the people who continually support us both behind the scene and when we are in the public eye, without them the ‘Ballakelly Farm’ you guys have grown to know and love would not happen.
As usual I like to google a few things to help inspire me with my blog, this week I looked up the meaning of a few words:
A person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.
A group of individuals who share a legal or genetic bond, but for many people, family means much more, and even the simple idea of genetic bonds can be more complicated than it seems.
A person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically one exclusive of sexual or family relations.
To agree with and give encouragement to someone or something because you want him, her, or it to succeed
Whether it’s love, support, or surrender, if something’s unconditional it’s absolute and not subject to any special terms or conditions
When we combine these words, we get the definition of a ‘Meat Hero’:
A family friend who gives us their unconditional encouragement and support to help us along our path to success.
Success…….hmmmmm…….I was having one of my usual morning debates with Tinky and she asked me how much money do we need to be successful!! At first, I replied enough to clear the bills file, but then she skipped off and left me thinking. I called her back and changed my answer, enough to make you happy, she replied money doesn’t make you happy dad its how you spend it that does!!!
Success for me would be for the farm to support my family in a ‘normal’ life so we can have fun and be happy. I think I spend all my time chasing the £ that I lose sight of why I do it in the first place.
I also say the higher you climb the more people can see your Ass!!
The Royal Manx 2019 was a prime example of people pulling together to make something successful even when it was very wet and muddy!
Throughout the buildup, the actual event and takedown I have been reminded of what a lovely set of people the farming community has. We know how to laugh and not cry; a bit of water and mud doesn’t stop us have a great time.
A huge thanks goes to all you brave local food supporters that made it into the DEFA tent to ensure that all our efforts didn’t go to waste, the sales we made on Saturday ensured that we covered all our costs and none of the fresh food went to waste, Thanks.
We had a competition to win ½ a pig butchered in box, this prize goes to David Brown and his family who didn’t give up and were the only entry to find all the characters, well done guys, please come and collect it on Saturday.
The biggest success for Ballakelly this year was in the Meg Lamb class, Macy & Tinky dressed up as a cow & a pig and took Daisy the lamb into the class, they were ‘Ballakelly’, they were so proud of themselves as this lamb tinky delivered, then they reared and trained her together. On the way home they were so excited about their future sheep herd, they are going to buy her a boyfriend and start their own flock! Maybe one day they will be in the main ring with their sheep, this to me is what the show is all about.
Right better get back to cleaning the mud off everything!
Watch out for the mega sausage sale, we would like to link it with a tour around the farm, but first we need sun so I can finish the harvest!