One thing is welly dif­fi­cult

Country Smallholding - - A Smallholder's World -

Be­ing a small­holder is a great life.

I love the coun­try­side I live in, the views are beau­ti­ful and my an­i­mals make me smile ev­ery day.

The chal­lenges I face are usu­ally over­come with help from other small­holder friends, or my friendly vet.

I learn some­thing new most days, some­times by mis­take, and I try not to make the same mis­take again.

I try to make daily tasks as ef­fi­cient as I can, sav­ing time, so I can spend more time do­ing the things I love: brush­ing the goats, scratch­ing the pigs, walk­ing the dogs and just watch­ing the poul­try.

So why, oh why, can’t I man­age the sim­ple task of find­ing a pair of welly boots that will last!

This is my third year on the small­hold­ing and I must be wear­ing my fifth pair of welly boots. I’ve bought the ex­pen­sive brands, with bits fall­ing off af­ter a cou­ple of weeks, and the cheap ones that split just as it rains! Is it just me? Per­haps I have strange feet? I hardly ever wear court shoes and my days of stilet­tos are def­i­nitely over.

Maybe my feet are sim­ply ‘non-welly com­pli­ant’ – as a re­sult of liv­ing in wellies JAC­QUI PATE­MAN-JONES,

Devon small­holder

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