We love jumping in the car and going away. Seeing different parts of the country. Often it’s for a time in the countryside or the coast for some surfing. This Spring we thought we’d do something different. We went lambing.
We did it through an organisation called WWOOF, which stands for worldwide opportunities in organic farming. In other words, we were set to spend a week on a farm in Cornwall, working for our food and bed.
Working holidays are not normal holidays. It’s not particularly relaxing but that wasn’t what we were looking for. There is not much time to sunbathe or read a book. But you will end up with a really different experience. You get to meet new people. You may even get a tan.
I was absolutely in my element. I loved just wandering the field watching the sheep for signs of labour, looking at the views. I love the manual-get-your-hands-dirty work. I shifted loads of wood chip for the paths in the veg garden and strimmed a lot of dock leaves and brambles. I loved razzing around on the quad. I loved dreaming about the self-sufficient life. We also had some nice day trips to the Lost Gardens of Heligan (so much better than the Eden Project) and down to Fowey (pronounced like joy with an f).
Some elements were a bit of a struggle as wwoofing with kids isn’t the easiest, especially as much of the manpower-type work you can’t do with kids around, leaving much of the childcare to my wife. She blogged about her experience of it over on her blog,Circus Queen.
I also guest posted on Indie Farmer about WWOOFing, giving a more detailed view on how I think it’s affected our choices in the food we eat.