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And the kids came to work

The kids were off play school for the whole of last week – Not ideal! They usually go there in the morning until lunchtime, leaving us a few uninterrupted hours to get as much work as possible done. Last week was different.

When I’m working I love having the kids come and help at little tasks or pop into the greenhouse because they’re curious to see what’s going on. But having them alongside me while I did a full day just seemed like it would be too much for them. Off we went anyways. I packed their wheelbarrows and snacks. I squeezed their car seats into the van and headed up to the the farm. I’ll admit I didn’t expect to get a whole lot done…..

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….. But I was wrong, they laughed, played and even helped out while I planted tons of plugs in the ground. Harry was so good, taking his little brother off to play so I could get on with the work and they loved when it was time to have a little picnic on the grass with mammy. When it was time to go home for lunch they were tired so I piled them, their barrows and their little tools up in my wheelbarrow and pushed the whole lot back to the van. We went home and watched Looney Tunes and had lunch. In the afternoon as I was getting on with some work in the greenhouse, they played out in the garden, popping in to see me and ‘help out’ every once in a while. It truly was a great day. My work was slowed down a bit but getting to spend the day with two happy little boys more that made up for it.

A day that started out with ‘how can I manage this?’ ended with ‘when can I do it again?’.

So I did it again. I was looking forward to another day of kids and farm work. The kids were not. They were having an ‘off’ day, tired and clingy. Senan wanted to be carried around koala style while I worked and Harry wanted to do jobs that were too big for him. I gave up. Myself and the boys headed for home and left Andy on the farm to do the two person job alone.

Being a working parent is not easy. Not easy at all. Being self employed does however give us more flexibility when the kids are off school. It won’t always work out, the days it does are fantastic, the days it doesn’t…..well, a day spent with our two little boys, is never a wasted day :)

Narcissus season comes to an end

Last October when we planted our haul of bulbs – Narcissus, Tulip, Allium, Iris, Muscari……it felt like it would take forever to see the brown earth come alive and be filled with flowers. I was SO excited when the first flowers appeared on the farm, Spring had arrived to break the long, dark winter.

But now, almost too soon our flowery golden bounty of daffodils has come to an end.

I happily harvested those first flowers in rain and then sunshine. I couldn’t wait to get my first lot of blooms to the market (lots of Daffodils and some Hyacinths and Tulips), imagining all the customers who would be thrilled to buy a pop of sunshine…. Off I went….And sold TWO bunches. Few people wanted my humble yellow daffs. The interest was on the Tulips and Hyacinths – of which I sold a few. I went home a little deflated.

Over the next few weeks more varieties of daffodils made an appearance – the doubles Golden Ducat and Apotheose and the sweetly scented Paperwhites, Martinette and Bridal Crown (which is both double and scented). At the same time my confidence on the market grew.

On the last day of bringing my daffodil harvest to market, I SOLD OUT. Well done daffs, you’ve earned your place in the field next year :)

 

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Welcome

Welcome to the Soah Flowers blog. A journal about life on a little flower farm in the south east of Ireland.

So far, we have over an acre of land to use, a number of mini tunnels where we do all our propagating, sell our flowers at a weekly market and arrange flowers for events. Even though the season is not yet in full swing there’s already so much to do. How we’ll manage with two small kids when we expand and move into the really busy season I don’t know, we’ll just have to see how it goes…..!

This blog is intended not just for our readers but also for us. Keeping a record, a diary of our journey will allow us, during the times when we get overwhelmed with the amount of work we have to do or frustrated with the list of items that we still need to buy, to see how far we really have come from the beginning when this was all just an idea.

One thing we are sure of though, is that we love what we do – and hope we’ll be doing it for a long time.