An Ghrian Glas Farm

Life on the Farm

There is nothing like life on a farm. Car eating horses, vegetable destroying pigs, cars stuck in mud, nosey chickens, ducks that play hide and seek with eggs, dogs that can't chase a rabbit, rabbits that eat the vegetables... it never ends. However the sunsets, delicious food, the cute faces, the newness of spring, the bounty of summer and even the torrential rain all nourish the soul and keep us smiling.

Japanese Maple
Japanese Maple

A Japanese Maple, showing off its colours in Autumn

Gaston
Gaston

Gaston exploring the windscreen on the jeep

Water Water Everywhere!
Water Water Everywhere!

A little bit too much rain, still working on the drainage and water flow.

More Wildlife
More Wildlife
Local Wildlife
Local Wildlife

A young hedgehog helping us out eating all the slugs and snails.

Bealtaine Fire Festival
Bealtaine Fire Festival

Fire Festival held on the nearby Hill of Uisneach. The ancient spiritual centre of Ireland. The festival is held on Bealtain in May every year.

Snow in February
Snow in February

A sudden snowfall in February 2017 quickly blanketed the farm in just 20 minutes and was gone just as quickly.

Nap Time
Nap Time

Everyone needs a break once a while. Lilly and wren taking a rest.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Gaston posing on the hay shed.

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Horses and Natural Horsemanship

I have two ponies and one horse. They are trained through natural horsemanship techniques, for dressage and trail riding. They are all at different levels of their education. Dash being the most advanced. I follow the Parelli method, but am influenced by many great trainers such as Monty Roberts, Buck Brannamen, Ray Hunt, Karen Rolf, Emma Massingale and the talented Chris and Sarah Brady.

We work with the horses natural behaviours and communication methods. Understanding how the horse thinks, feels and learns, helps us to look after his mental, emotional and physical state during his education.

Melon
Melon

Our first attempt at growing melons. They were amazing!!

Beetroot
Beetroot

Ready for Harvest.

Giant Pumpkin
Giant Pumpkin

All ready for Halloween

Gardeners Delight
Gardeners Delight

The most amazing tomatoes, fantastic flavour.

Onions
Onions
Leek flowers
Leek flowers

Edible and fantastic for a garnish.

Aubergines
Aubergines

Amazing flowers.

Peppers
Peppers
Galia Melons
Galia Melons

Sooooo Sweet

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Growing Vegetables, Orchards and a

Food Forest

We have a large 1 acre market garden. Which we grow mainly vegetable crops to sell as weekly vegetable boxes. In addition to this we have 1 acre of mixed fruit orchard, including apple, pear, cherrie, hazelnut and almond. 

Our long term food growing project is our two acre food forest, this is a growing area that mimics the structure of a forest, utilising all the different forest layers for growing, while maintaining wildlife habitat, reducing the need for additional fertiliser inputs and being an area of beauty. It is in its infancy but we are really excited to see it grow and evolve.

Best Friends
Best Friends

Anna and Jack helping each other out with those summer midge bites.

Cowboys
Cowboys

Jack tacked up for a trail ride.

Sunset Horse
Sunset Horse
Start them young
Start them young

A Young visitor keen to start his training.

Anna
Anna

A close up.

Dash
Dash

Enjoying the summer grass.

Katy and Dash
Katy and Dash

Liberty Lessons with Sarah Brady.

Horse trek 2014
Horse trek 2014

Visiting Brooklodge as a stop off on a long distance ride and camp down the east coast.

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Gaston, our newest arrival
Gaston, our newest arrival

He hunts mice and loves to convince volunteers he is allowed in the caravan. In fact its actually his caravan and they are only allowed in when he says so.

Ola our pet Kune Kune pig
Ola our pet Kune Kune pig

This pig has it all, style, personality and an ability to destroy anything and everything.

Wren
Wren

Wren is a rescue collie, she came with a few phobias and can still be a little anxious at times. She loves to play chasing and run as fast as she can through the fields.

One of our first chickens
One of our first chickens

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Ola cooling off under some soil
Ola cooling off under some soil
Jack all saddled up
Jack all saddled up

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Lilly, the boss!!
Lilly, the boss!!

Boss Dog

Little Anna
Little Anna

Anna is a rescue pony, who has come along in leaps and strides. She is a very sensitive mare and loves consistency in her humans.

View from the house
View from the house

Summer sun

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The Animals

1 cat, 2 dogs, 3 horses, 1 pet pig, 6 ducks, 13 chickens are all part of our farm. In equal measure they illicit joy, laughter and frustration.