The Elephant in the Room

Okay, so I think there is something that we need to talk about.  Something that is going to happen this weekend.  I think it is something that makes some people feel uncomfortable. So for nearly six months now, I have been showing you picture after picture of my beautiful geese and turkeys as they have grown from day one and you have followed their journey.  But Christmas is approaching and I think you know what this means. It is time for their countryside rambles to come to an end and for them to become someone’s Christmas dinner. Ok, so now I think you’re feeling really uncomfortable? I wanted to write this post to talk about how our bird’s days end and how we make sure this is done as humanely and with as much dignity as possible. Why did I want to write about this? Well, for a start, no one else does and secondly we are proud of what we do and how we rear our birds. I would like to give you as much information as you would like to read about, so you know what we do here. So this weekend, our birds will be ready for slaughter.…

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Local is Back!

So it’s 11:20 pm on a Sunday night, and I am currently writing from my kitchen table. I’m waiting for the kettle to boil so I can make a cup of tea as I have drunk to much wine! This tends to be a reoccurring theme these days. I possibly need to stop ordering bulk wine! The bloggers inspiration has hit me, I think I write better half cut! Please, all drink responsibly and do not follow my lead, I do not want other peoples alcoholism on my conscious! So we are well and truly on the Christmas countdown here at Out and About. The first turkey orders will be going out next weekend to the restaurants for their Christmas menus. This now signals me to think about Christmas, and more urgently, Christmas shopping! Last year I was still completing Christmas shopping on the 22nd December and thanking the lord for the invention of Amazon Prime. Apologies go out to the receivers of gifts from me last year, as if it wasn’t on Prime, you weren’t getting it, and that meant some pretty interesting gift choices! Anyway, this year I promised that  I would have all my shopping done by…

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It’s not what you take out, it’s what you put in!

So I am writing tonight with my feet well and truly up!  They are actually on a pillow and I have an alcoholic beverage to hand. Sounds idyllic doesn’t it! Sadly, it is enforced. I’ve broken my toe and I actually can’t move around at the present time, as I’m in pain. The good side is that I’m feeling inspired about all the amazing people around us, and how they help us in times of crisis. So we moved to our village knowing no one, and to be honest we didn’t really even know where, location wise, we had moved to for a good few weeks. We have a Welsh phone number and a Shropshire postcode, but we actually live in Herefordshire. All very confusing!! We always say that our house found us, as it was purely by chance we actually found it on the day we went to view somewhere else. So the village we live in is very small.  It is home to around 80 people and it centres very much around our pub, which is conveniently crawling distance from our house. In our village, we have met some of the kindest people you could ever meet. On…

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Back British Farming

Once again I am on a train. I think that I seem to write better on a train. Maybe because I’m captive and I can’t move and there are no animals or children around to distract me!  Being captive like this means I get time to think a bit (dangerous I know) and quite frankly writing this blog helping to distract me from thinking about the smelly individual sat next to me!  So last month I took part in the NFU’s Back British farming day. I want to follow this up with a call to all my readers and followers to keep up the momentum of this. It is more important now than it ever has been to support our farmers, and to buy British. We are in unprecedented times: more than 1000 farms have closed in the past three years. One in five dairy farms are set to close in the near future and we are being told that we are facing a butter and cream shortage this Christmas.  I wonder if this is an insight into our food producing future.  I hope not.  What will happen when we no longer have enough dairy farmers to produce our milk? What…

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Over the last few months, I have told you lots about how Out and About Poultry started and how we look after our birds and, more importantly, why we do what we do. This month’s blog is about the inspiration I had to start my own business and become a Mumprenuer. So what exactly is a Mumprenuer? The online dictionary’s definition of a mumpreneur is “a woman who sets up and runs her own business in addition to caring for her young child or children”.  It is estimated that there are 800,000 women running their own business part time in the uk at the present time. For me being a Mumprenuer is not just about running my own business it’s about being able to work and be at home for my children while they are small. We all know how quickly time passes and how quickly they grow! Juggling work and the children is a military operation and I won’t lie and say it’s easy. Being able to make it to sports day without having to book a day off months in advance and not worrying about juggling childcare when your youngest resembles an erupting volcano as they have Norovirus…

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