And so it begins…twins from 019 hodge ranch on the dam side and Hamilton Sheep Station from the sire
The family is doing well and our brunch guest should defiantly bring their cameras. Going to be super cute
The kids and I began some seeding in the back pasture tonight. All 3 of us worked together while mommy was away at an HMI gathering. While we seeded I remembered that last fall during this time my father in law was here. I got very lucky when I married Renee that I was blessed with a mother and father in law that truly loves and care for me. They are very willing to mentor and nurture our marriage and my family is all the better for it. Last fall as we seeded fall pasture my father in law relayed 3 generations of advice when it comes to seeding technique and lore. He doesn’t know it but I soak that stuff up like a sponge. I can recall the entire afternoon of story instruction and theory. This year I got to encourage Seamus to learn what I had learned. I told him the stories the reasons and the hope that new seed can bring. We had completed most of the pasture when Layla came to join us. She wanted to take over the hand seeder and rather than jump in and tell her what to do I just waited to see what would happen. And to melt my butter the young man told her almost verbatim just what I had told him. This is the way farming and life is best lived with perspective and instruction given by mentors and young men who are open to mentorship. Now that’s enough before I miss my father in law any more. Happy farming
We haven’t spoken a lot about it yet but now that the weather is so nice it’s time to dine. You farmers are blessed to live in a beautiful place surrounded by seasonal and delicious foods. We are now offering dinner at the farm. Book an intimate meal for you and your spouse , a groups of friends or even for your work place function. Meals can be arranged at any budget and always include access to the whole farm. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangement.
A family member of Renee’s (the lovely and talented lady of the farm) brought this video to our attention. It unfolds gracefully with pastoral imagery on a well manicured dorper sheep farm. This video takes place in a lambing pasture as the fencing is very tight and the ewes are “heavy breed” meaning about to deliver lambs very soon. The whole video felt very familiar up till the 4 minute mark when the farmer says something I found profound and worth talking about. He reports that he is often asked if the dogs are happy. The reply is instead of happiness being the goal he observed the dogs caring for something outside themselves gave them purpose and in their purpose they were content. Soak that in for a minute and don’t let it rush by, it took me a while to catch it too.
This is not the first time I have been told not to seek happy as a goal. My disillusionment with happiness is that I never seem to arrive at happy for very long. My life is chocked full of things that bring me joy (which is not the same as happiness) and that real joy only has come from living a life full of purpose and being intentional about living out that purpose. One of my biggest mistakes I have made as a father and husband was to facilitate my children’s and wife’s happiness and not nurture their purpose. What a waste. While reading this you are probably nodding your head thinking of all the sacrifices and hard work you have put in to making others happy, possibly remembering just how fleeting that happiness was. (insert almost every Christmas gift here) Joy only comes from knowing your purpose and those who wish to facilitate joy are experts at helping others to see and unlock their own purpose. Our farm has always been a happy place and we strive all the time to make it a joyous one with intentional living and relationships.