One thing is welly difficult
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,