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.
A Japanese Maple, showing off its colours in Autumn
Gaston exploring the windscreen on the jeep
A little bit too much rain, still working on the drainage and water flow.
A young hedgehog helping us out eating all the slugs and snails.
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.
A sudden snowfall in February 2017 quickly blanketed the farm in just 20 minutes and was gone just as quickly.
Everyone needs a break once a while. Lilly and wren taking a rest.
Gaston posing on the hay shed.
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.
Our first attempt at growing melons. They were amazing!!
Ready for Harvest.
All ready for Halloween
The most amazing tomatoes, fantastic flavour.
Edible and fantastic for a garnish.
Growing Vegetables, Orchards and a
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.
Anna and Jack helping each other out with those summer midge bites.
Jack tacked up for a trail ride.
A Young visitor keen to start his training.
A close up.
Enjoying the summer grass.
Liberty Lessons with Sarah Brady.
Visiting Brooklodge as a stop off on a long distance ride and camp down the east coast.
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.
This pig has it all, style, personality and an ability to destroy anything and everything.
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.
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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.
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.