So we’re conscious we’ve been rather quiet of late on the blogging front. We just thought we’d reassure you all that it’s not because we’ve been twiddling our thumbs, staring at the beautiful view and drinking tea (although sometimes the latter do come as standard…).
So what’s the update? Well we think we’re getting there with our first agricultural grant application (don’t worry we’ll keep this short). This one is for something called a Young Farmers Start Up. In essence it’s for anyone under the age of 41 who is starting up farming or crofting for the first time. We fit the bill perfectly so we’ve been working really hard, drawing up plans and crunching numbers. It’s all about balancing the environmental decisions with starting up a viable business. Tricky enough!
BUT if it does all go to plan, we should have the quintessential crofting model – a few cows, pigs, bees, hens and grow some produce. It’s pretty aspirational and we’re still finalising the plan (that’s our caveat for ‘by the way this could totally change’) but we are enjoying the challenge and learning all the time.
The best thing though? The more we’re here, the more we realise how lucky we are to have some fantastic people around. We’ve got the most supportive, genuine, hardworking, generous, friendly neighbours we could ever have dreamt of.
And in other updates….. The tree planting project is up, then down, then up, then down, and currently down more than up (i.e. the croftingcoaster and our emotions with it!) but we are doing everything we can to make it happen.
We’ve had a busy period of friends and family visiting, all of whom have been well and truly won over by the Lynbreck effect! Our chicken numbers have now increased to 15 and we have officially started trading in eggs.
But be aware of those wee chicken scamps, they’ll pinch your afternoon snack if you’re not careful……