Friday, September 2, 2016
Taking a Vacation Away From the Farm
Taking a family vacation is not always easy when you live on a farm. But, it is something that we think is important, so we make it work.
There are certain times of the year that are not practical for us to be away. Lambing time being the perfect example (no Spring Breaks for us). Winter has it's challenges with the extra chores that need to be done, That narrows it down to Summer and Fall, when the animals are on pasture and the daily chores are light.
Finding someone to watch the farm is another challenge.
We have paid people to stay here for a week, That has not always worked out for the best. Well meaning friends, who don't know the danger or leaving grain out where the curious goats can find it , etc.
Neighbors, who have some livestock/farm experience is a great option, and one that has worked well for us. We make sure to return the favor.
Right now, we have adult children who live close by, and having grown up on the farm, know exactly what needs to be done. That has been a tremendous blessing when we need (or want) to getaway from the farm.
I am pretty much a homebody, but I do love our yearly vacation and an occasional weekend away. It is doable, it just takes some extra planning.