Country Smallholding


Have you started your Christ­mas shop­ping yet? Whether you’re choos­ing gifts for oth­ers or com­pil­ing a ‘wish list’ of things you’d love to re­ceive, LIZ SHANK­LAND has some ideas for you.


Small­hold­ers must be the eas­i­est peo­ple to please when it comes to buy­ing presents. Firstly, they tend to be quite fru­gal, us­ing or wear­ing items un­til they fall to pieces. Se­condly, the range of things the av­er­age small­holder needs, wants, or ap­pre­ci­ates re­ceiv­ing, is never-end­ing. Think of jobs that need do­ing out­doors, and you can choose from tools and ma­chin­ery to tend the veg­etable plot or work the land, equip­ment and hous­ing for poul­try and live­stock, as well as warm and wa­ter­proof clothes for pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments.

And what about af­ter the phys­i­cal, of­ten dirty work is done? There’s noth­ing nicer than re­lax­ing in­doors and en­joy­ing some well-earned leisure time, and maybe even a bit of pam­per­ing. With all this in mind, here are a few sug­ges­tions to help you make those all-im­por­tant selections – what­ever your bud­get.

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