As many people know, farming can usually be an isolating and difficult job and most of the time, I’m studying the true worth of getting a canine as a companion. For Emma Grey and Ewan Irvine, their farming journey has been adopted by many, with their look on BBC’s This Farming Life, and has just lately seen them transfer to the small Isle of Bute alongside their pack of canines.
However how is farming on an island completely different to engaged on the mainland and is isolation a larger situation due to this?
On our Boots and Heels Tour, Becca and I set sail (on Becca’s first ever ferry trip) to search out out precisely how they’re discovering their new enterprise.
Life on an Island
Arriving on the Isle of Bute, we had been shocked to see an array of homes, busy retailers, and other people; shocked by the now eliminated picture we had of huge grassland with only a few homes.
We drove onward, discovering a gorgeous cottage situated by a small beach- the kind of place I proceed to dream of ultimately dwelling in.
Greeted by Emma and Ewan, the pair welcomed us earlier than giving us a tour of the farm. Instantly, I used to be struck with Emma’s resemblance to Woman Gaga in ‘A Star is Born’ which she was flattered by.
Partly 1, of the episode, you’ll be able to hear all about how Emma and Ewan are adapting to their new life on an island.
Feeding the sheep… in a skirt
Subsequent up, we got the duty of feeding the sheep and as I checked out my apparel of a maxi skirt and wellies, I knew this was going to be an attention-grabbing job.
I gave it my finest, however I’ll admit, you actually do should be match to be a farmer. The load of the luggage had been heavy and as I watched Becca sort out them with ease, it grew to become obvious that this was no straightforward activity for the heels of the duo.
Nevertheless, I carried on working arduous and lifting the luggage to feed the hungry sheep- it’s honest to say I used to be fairly pleased with myself.
You’ll be able to see the total video under, watch us assistance on farm and discover out about Emma and Ewan’s ideas on natural.
Group Boots VS Group Heels
Lastly, because the rain clouds rolled in, threating to drench us, we adopted Emma to see how she trains her sheepdogs.
Do you know that you should utilize canines to herd cows in addition to sheep? I used to be blown away by the prospect of my very own ‘cowdog’.
Bringing Grey, her younger and enthusiastic sheepdog with us, we entered the pen for coaching. The bottom thundered as Grey herded the flock and I used to be left in awe watching Emma pilot.
We had been then taught the fundamental instructions of working with a sheepdog and left to the take a look at. You’ll be able to watch the primary Group Boots VS Group Heels problem right here to see who was topped champion.
Total, it was an eye-opening expertise to see the mind of sheepdogs and the way arduous each they and their coach’s work. I’m very grateful to Emma and Ewan for giving us the prospect to work on farm and take a look at our hand at working with Grey.
Plus, I’m nonetheless hoping for a Woman Gaga autograph.