Space is always at a premium here on the farm and we don’t have much room to store things in the farmhouse. So when it comes to having things like bikes, they often get left out in the rain to go rusty and seize up. So Glenda decided the other day to have a look online at any possibilities we could rain for either keeping the bikes under cover outside or somehow finding room for them inside.
That’s when she shouted me in to the office and said “why don’t we buy folding bikes and then we can store them under the stairs”. Now I’ve heard of folding bikes before and in my head they seemed really flimsy and things you see city gents in London on trying to beat the traffic. But when I looked at them – redibike.com best folding bikes – they actually looked like real bikes and I was quite impressed.
So I gave her the go ahead and we ordered some from Amazon. The very next day they were delivered by our regular delivery driver Tom. He wasn’t too impressed with the big boxes but we had a laugh about it. Once inside we set upon un-boxing them and putting them together which didn’t take as long as we initially thought it might.
It is also really easy to fold the bikes up for storage and only takes a few seconds to open them up to full size bikes. So we’re really impressed so far as we can get our exercise but also not have to worry about leaving the bikes outside in the elements.
Living on a farm means that it’s difficult to keep things clean. The constant trips into the fields mean that often some of that muck comes back into the farmhouse. Not just from us but by the pets too. Mollie (our border collie) is one of the worst for getting full of muck and then coming back into the house and acting like nothing is wrong. Her fur started to matt together so we knew it was time to do something about it.
So Glenda started to ask around the village to see if anyone knew of a professional dog groomer we could take Mollie too. Sadly this didn’t lead to anything positive. So she (like she does!) had a look online to see what the nearest ones were. She then came across a mobile dog groomer who was just 5 miles away and had a good website. So she gave them a call and arranged to come and groom Mollie the next day. Which we thought was really good service.
They arrived next day in a large signwritten van that had everything they needed right inside. Mollie was a bit reluctant to get in at first but we managed to pursuade her in the end. They let us watch which helped to calm her down. They actually did a really great job by fully washing and conditioning her coat and then trimming up the longer fur. She also had her teeth looked at and cleaned at the same time. They even gave her some special fragrance for dogs so she now smells better than all of us!
We have now arranged for them to come every 5-6 weeks or so to groom Mollie. The prices are very affordable and it means we don’t have to worry if she gets a bit dirty, which is most days when living on a farm.
So today has been a really busy day on Town Farm. We had a tanker come in this morning and make a delivery which took up a far bit of time as he emptied his tanker and stopped for a drink whilst it was being done. Then we had to move the cows from one field to another one which means closing down the road for 30 minutes whilst they are transferred. We always try and choose a good time for this with no cars around but they always seem to turn up when we open the gates!
Whilst we had the road closed, I also decided to trim back the hedges as they were starting to grow out into the road and the council always tells me to keep them trimmed back. So I got out my battery hedge trimmer and quickly followed the cows as I trimmed them back. Was actually very easy to do and is also a lot safer for the traffic as well.
Then I come home to find Glenda looking at the latest manual treadmill research because she feels that she is putting on some weight and wants to lose it. I tell her she isn’t of course but you can’t change a woman’s mind once it is made up! She says they cost about £100 which is quite reasonable and I may even use it myself if I get time. She’s just looking online to see where the best place to get one is, so I’m sure it won’t be long before it is being delivered.
Our son, John, is off up to the main town to play in his band at the local pub. They get offers to play quite often but it’s difficult to get them all together as some are at university and others work. But they have managed to get this one together, so I’ll go down and see them play later. But first I’m going to sit down and relax as it sure has been a long day today on the farm and tomorrow looks like it will be just as busy.
Welcome to the Friends of Town Farm Dairy website. Town Farm Dairy is a small local dairy situated in the picturesque Farmington Valley of Connecticut. This dairy produces certified organic milk and other dairy products on the farm from their herd of Jersey cows.
A Short History of Town Farm Dairy
Amos Eno’s Donation
What is now Town Farm Dairy was already settled in 1687 when Samuel Higley, minter of the first copper coins in America, was born on the farm. Amos Eno bought the farm from the State of Connecticut in 1884 and donated the farm, fully stocked, to the town of Simsbury. In his deed, Mr. Eno stipulated that the farm be run as a “poor farm” to provide food and shelter to those in the community who were in need.
Until World War II, indigent residents of the boarding house lived and worked on the farm, which was self-sufficient with dairy cattle, vegetables, tobacco, and chickens. After World War II and through the 1950’s, Sam Fisher rented the property and ran a dairy on the land.
During the 1950’s, Charles and Mary Duncan ran a boarding house on the property, but from this time on the boarders no longer worked on the farm. In 1981, the last resident of the boarding house died and no new tenants were accepted.
In 1993, the Town of Simsbury renovated the boarding house and it is now used for affordable housing.
Culbro Tobacco grew tobacco on the farm property during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. From the 1960’s until 1970, the land was rented by Joe Lamothe and was again utilized as a dairy farm.
From 1970-1979, Baker’s Nursery rented the land and used it to grow nursery stock. Bill Walsh began renting the farm in 1979 and started raising cattle in the early 1980’s.