TTOT – What would you all do with a field?

We have a 10 acre field.

I realise having a field does not make us in any way special or unique.

We have a field and we don’t know what to do with it.

Currently we rent it out to a farmer, who puts his 16 cows on it for 16 weeks a year. The rent pays for the upkeep of the field. That’s all.

Farming does not pay.

A field for hire

A field for hire

We looked at putting horses on it. We went round to a farm locally. The lovely lady there, Sue, breeds beautiful award winning shire horses. They were HUGE. She sells their sperm for a mini fortune a pop. Seriously – Sue’s Shire Sperm Sells.

Sue spent a good portion of her day showing us her horses and explaining in great detail why allowing a number of strangers to rent our field for their horses, with all their expectations, demands and unreliability, would drive us nuts.

Horses are out.

 

We don’t know a lot about animals and we know a lot less about agriculture. So setting up our own farm, or animal husbandry, or being self-sufficient in some way, would be a little beyond us.

I’ve tried growing veg before. Even made my own strawberry bed. The idea is fun, inception is great. The long term care?

Growing our own is out.

So I am reaching out to you, my marvellous assortment of friends with a wide variety of skills and experience. Tell me – what would you do with a field.

Homemade Raised Strawberry Bed

Homemade Raised Strawberry Bed

Why am I thankful this week?

I’m sitting in bed on a Saturday morning with my laptop, catching up with y’all. Mr G is with me, Sackgirl is contentedly playing with her games and Botboy has bathed and dressed without a screaming fit. No one is panicking or rushing about or stressing.

So – there’s 4 reasons to be thankful right there.

I’ve been out networking and meeting local businesses all week. Networking is a funny game – I’ve met so many people who are incredibly friendly, happy to go out of their way to talk, give advice, share and to recommend me to others. There are others, of course, but I’ve been lucky enough to meet plenty of the first type, and I really appreciate all the time they have given me.

I’ve booked our first trip of the year in Cherry, and I’m already excited about it. We’re off to stay in the Lee Valley, so we can fit in plenty of cycling, meet with family, pop into London if we feel the urge, but most importantly . . .  we are off to Harry Potter world.

Yes – a holiday – and we get to visit Harry Potter world. I’m excited, the kids are excited, but you know who wants to go the most . . . .MR G.

Don’t ask me why, but he really has gotten into the Harry Potter fandom.

I might buy him a wand for V Day.

Oh – that reminds me, it’s V Day tomorrow. I expect everyone is blogging about love and their special someone. We will probably do something – have a meal and a bottle of wine. We’ve had so much going on right now that I am not too worried about focusing on one day.

All in all, it’s been a busy week. What have you all been up to?

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TTOT – What would you all do with a field? — 22 Comments

  1. I didn’t even think about blogging about V-Day. LOL But I haven’t written my TTOT yet, so maybe. My first thought about the field was “If you build it, they will come”. Some sort of sports venue for kids? Can’t imagine it would make you any money, but there may be a hook in there somewhere. Have a good week and enjoy the trip. A wand sounds like a wonderful present for Heart Day.

  2. I have NO idea what I’d do with a field. Put a big sign in it which says “NO MINING” and then hope that some prospector wants to buy it from me for a huge payoff.

    I’m glad you have travel plans and snuggly-cosy-morning going on, and no screaming.

    Have a gorgeous Valentine’s day. I’ll be flying home, heartbroken again *sigh*
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  3. I kind of could care less about Valentine’s Day, although I am in the process of making a French silk pie, but that’s because my son said I NEVER make pie anymore and not because it’s Valentine’s Day.
    10 acres is kind of a lot, isn’t it?
    Maybe you can get the farmer to put 32 cows in the field, then you’d make twice as much money, right?!

  4. There are so many things I could do with a field, but it would be hard to make a decision. My son lives in a run down house in Berkeley California, and on his tiny lot he grows vegetables, had chickens, but the neighbors complained, got rid of them and now has ducks. They have dogs..and I about a dozen people living there at various times. IT is crazy, and I dream of him moving to a farm. I asked him today how he learned to take care of all these animals and plants, and he said “Google, you can find out anything there.” Well, finding a farm near Berkeley, would be impossible, but maybe someday. I assume everyone around you has lots of land, and no need for more. It would be nice to make a place for some inner city youths to come for a week and learn about farming. Or a little bread and breakfast place where people could come and just enjoy the quiet.

  5. Well, if you don’t want to grow your own food on your field, and you don’t want to raise animals on it, I’m not exactly sure what you should do with your field. Would renting to sheep farmers be better than renting to cow farmers? I don’t know. Stick a gazebo on it and make it a wedding venue?

    Harry Potter World sounds like a lot of fun! We’ve got a trip planned later this year to visit Universal Studios, and my daughter is most excited for the Harry Potter parts.
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  6. We have lots of fields, too. We have chickens and have had feeder pigs for many years. Two of our fields don’t get much use, though. This year, we let it grow. No mowing even stepping foot back there until October. The week of Halloween, I mowed a maze in it for the kids and their friends. They loved it.

    What is this Harry Potter world? I shouldn’t be surprised that there is one in England, but I’ve never heard of it. There is a Potter world at an amusement park in Florida which we’ve been to. It was loads of fun to have some butterbeer and go through Hogwarts. With all the other things you’ll be doing, sounds like you have a great trip planned!

    • It’s not a world of Harry Potter, amusement park kind of place. It’s the Warner Bros studios I think, where it was filmed. We go and play on the real sets and fly the brooms etc.

  7. Well, my husband planted some pine seedlings in one of our fields. They have grown to be quite tall, and provide habitat for birds and deer. Some people around here plant seedling fir trees and then later on harvest and sell them for Christmas trees. We used another fairly large area of the property for a big fenced in garden. Both these ventures were just purely for our enjoyment. One time when we lived in another location and didn’t have room to garden, a friend plowed and very large portion of his land, set up an irrigation system, and invited whoever wanted to garden to come plant, weed and pick their their crops. It was a very nice gesture. He had a creek running through his property that he used as a water source for this big garden area.
    If you enjoy seeing birds, you could plant some native plants which need very little care and attract birds. You would need to do some research to see what kind of plants would fall into those categories for your area.

    Thanks for the link to see where you vacation. That statue is really something very unusual!

  8. I can’t even think what to do with ten acres of land. We are not much for farming or gardening ourselves, so…yeah. No suggestions! I guess keep renting it?
    Valentine’s Day and posts about love…nope. We kind of ignore Valentine’s Day here. We may exchange a card and we definitely get our daughter a little something sweet. But truly? We make sure we show our love all year, so the day is kind of insignificant.
    Hope your trips is so much fun!

    • I know what you mean – one day to make a fuss seems silly, but then again, it’s nice to make a special occasion for each other. Well – Mr G was ill in bed with manflu, so I celebrated alone anyway.

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