It’s down to hard work!

Country Smallholding - - A smallholder's World -

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

Kevin Alviti

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