I don’t know if there was ever a time I wasn’t creating stories. I also don’t think there was a time when I wasn’t longingly dreaming of farming. Whilst being a writer was only a mere notion (I mean, MOST kids get creative with stories at some point), farming is in my family’s blood. Though I didn’t actually grow up on a farm, I spent many holidays staying with my grandparents and whiling away happy hours hunting eggs, helping with lambing and being a wildling amongst the vast acreage of pastures, meadows and fields of food.
So, other than writing, I want to be a farmer. In fact, writing COULD HELP me to become a farmer. I still have my granddad’s 40 acres of land. I still have the urge to move there with my husband and work the land. BUT…as with all things. MONEY. It seems ridiculous that to live off the land, sustainably, cheaply, enviromentally friendly, you need a lot of money to begin with….but that’s another subject entirely.
To add a little non-writing interest to this blog, I thought I’d share some of my farming progress every Friday. Though I’m in the suburbs that hasn’t stopped me and in addition to cats and dogs, I have chickens and quail too. Yep, fresh eggs EVERY day…and a homegrown roast now and then too. Also, it’s not exactly ‘non-writing’ as nature continues to inspire me and, as any of my readers know, my books are filled with creatures whether in sentient alien form or just a descriptive passage to enrich the world-building.
The video below is my intro on the Brimwood Farm YouTube channel, but I’m excited to share my adventure with you guys here, so look forward to Farming Fridays from now on.