It’s down to hard work!
I get it all the time. I walk someone round the smallholding and they sigh, ‘I wish I had this much space’, or ‘I’d love a smallholding’, or ‘You’re so lucky’. It almost makes me feel guilty for what we’ve worked so hard to achieve.
Then, you visit their property and you see they’re not even using their own garden to its full potential. The ‘veg garden’ is nonexistent and the rest is laid to lawn.
People don’t see the hard work that goes into running a smallholding. The jobs that need doing each and every day, the constant repairs and maintenance to keep things workable; wading through thick mud to feed animals or getting up in the middle of the night to check the lambing. Whilst others are settling down to watch TV after tea, you’re putting on your overalls to check all your animals are okay for the night. Although there’s a little bit of luck involved with everything, hard work is the reason a smallholding keeps ticking over and the reason that many seem to think they’re such a nice place to live. Don’t get me started on the people that think they make lots of money…
Kevin Alviti Kevin has a smallholding at the foot of the Malvern Hills and was featured in last month’s issue