From the beginning of October I seemed to hit the ground running with a diary full of bed and breakfast bookings and some off-farm activities.
I enjoyed a women in farming conference at the Pavilions of Harrogate, where 130 ladies took time out from their busy lives to listen to interesting and motivational female speakers, all involved in different aspects of farming and food production.
I went down to Warwickshire for an Addington Fund trustees meeting.
It was a long stop-start journey home and I reminded myself how great it is to only have a commute down the stairs each morning.
The following day was back in the car to Lincolnshire for my goddaughter’s wedding, then back up to Countryside Live at the Great Yorkshire showground en route.
I need a holiday to get over the time off.
A couple of weeks ago we had our annual trip up to Castle Douglas for the Belted Galloway Society sale. As usual there was a packed ring, a great atmosphere and trade was good.
As our stock bull is coming round to his daughters next year, we picked up the third prize young bull from the Mochrum Estate in south west Scotland and managed to buy him for 4,000gns.
As yet, he has not come home because we had a lot of lambs entered for Skipton store sales and did not want the farm to be shut.
The auctioneer at Castle Douglas, Robin Anderson, who is always jovial and keeps things buoyant, is leaving Wallets Mart, so sadly we will not see him next year but wish him well in his new post at Thainstone.
Wallets’ loss is definitely their gain. I should have bought the boat I mentioned last time because it is still raining here, so this week the cows and calves have come inside.
I helped Chris to sort them out so they could be taken to another farm we rent.
But it is hard to see what is what in a dark shed on a gloomy day when the cows are wet and steaming.
I managed to skid in the muck, ended up sat in it and realised I do not quite bounce back up like I used to. I am starting to think about future marketing for the bed and breakfast and this week I have had a photographer in for two days taking lots of photos for a new website.
I have not quite fixed on a new web designer yet, especially as a local man I talked with quoted me nearly £2,000. A bit hefty I thought for a three-room bed and breakfast.