3. Fashions on the Farm

Since I am openly owning this blog, I can now talk about the things I love most… fashion! I am a bit of a materialistic-zilla when it comes to fashion. Can’t help it. So for those of you who are interested, I am about to show you my favourite pieces I wear round the farm that is practical and make me feel a bit more glamorous in a not so glamorous setting. At least I am keeping with the theme!!

I have bought so many jackets, boots, trousers etc. over the years and eventually, you do find the ones that are right for you, so here I will let you know about the things I love and rely on the most to save you the time and trouble!

So, James and I spend a lot of time outside… obviously. And dealing with all types of weather is something we have had to put up with and learn to fight at the same time.

I HATE being cold. Cold and wet! I really hate it, it makes me want to curl up in a ball and not move. Great survival skills I have there… But James is the opposite, he can just get on whatever the weather. He’s obviously in the right job! But I still like to make sure that we both have the best protection for all types of weather.

I will start with my most favourite field jacket that has never let me down. The Lady Gembling Jacket by Rydale £75.00. In fact I am a huge fan of Rydale full stop. They are the best priced for outdoor country wear ever. And they some damn good items too.

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Photo by C.J. Photography

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http://www.rydale.com

This jacket has a detachable hood via a zip and it is actually a good hood! I love this jacket that I’ve had for a couples years now and it has never looked worn (except the muddy patches). It cleans up very well too so I also wear this jacket out and about to the shops.

It comes with a sturdy double zip and an overlapping lapel with poppers. The sleeves are a very good length too and come with cotton cuffs that keep your wrists warm. I also love the height of the double collar that provides good protection on your neck. I have a lot of love for collars.

Another favourite from Rydle is their Huggate Fleece Waitscoat at £29.99 full price. I wouldn’t have minded the Schoffel Gilet which basically looks the same but didn’t want to spend £139.99 on a cotton waistcoat. So Rydale thankfully created a perfect duplicate. The Rydale Huggate Waistcoat is lightweight, fleece and comfortable! I love the moleskin material edging detail and zip pockets, I live in it at the moment!

One thing we can both agree on is that we have nailed the footwear section. We are huge lovers of the classic Le Chameau wellingtons and wear them every day all day! These need not to bare any amount of reviewing as they are the only option for a welly boot! We both have the Vierzonord boot and have had for years and will continue to wear them for more years.

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Here is a list my favourites – or some of them as I wouldn’t want to bore you! It is a mixture of high-end and high street as I am a sucker for all things pretty.

  1. Fairfax and Favor – Obviously! – £355
  2. Le Chameau – Ladies Vierzonord Neoprene Lined Wellies – £170
  3. Rydale – Gembling Jacket £75
  4. Rydale – Huggate Fleece Waistcoat – £29.99
  5. Barbour – Classic Beadnell – £199
  6. Dubarry – Malta Moccasins – £99 (£49 sale)
  7. Barbour – Latimer Boots £124.95
  8. Rydale – ALL SHIRTS!! – £14.99 – £29.99
  9. Joules – Harbour Tops – £24.95
  10. Lazy Jacks – Sweatshirts – £47.50
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2. Meet The Family

I thought it would be a good idea to introduce to you all – our family. The woolly, four-legged “baa-ing” family…

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James has always had a passion for Cheviot Sheep so in 2014 he bought 6 lambs from a local farm and started his own flock. My love for them came shortly after…

They are characters, just like every other breed they have their qualities and personalities and have been a recognised breed since the late 1300’s. They are a native, hardy, hill breed from the North of England and can generally live off the hill most of the year. They are prolific with strong maternal instincts and produce one of the most expensive wool going for around £1.20 per kg. Their wool is mainly used for carpets, tweed, knitwear and blankets. http://www.britishwool.org.uk/british-sheep-breeds.php?m=t 

We have slowly grown our flock from 6 lambs over the years and now produce fat lambs and sell tups in the Autumn. We are lucky to have a local and well-established abittoir close to home and always ensure our meat is of a high standard and delivered to the customer as fresh as possible.

Rearing our own sheep has made us both appreciate the incredible and strong taste of lamb and the importance of local produce. We appreciate the fact that we know exactly what hard work, time, patience, feed and medicine has gone into our sheep so we know exactly where our meat has come from. Our dream is to provide this type of service far and wide! It may be cheaper to buy it in the supermarket, but seriously – you have to try this fresh stuff!

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Farming sheep successfully comes with a lot of hard work, sacrifice, motivation, and passion and I know we put our all in all year round to ensure our sheep are thriving.

We have sold a couple Rams to farms around the UK and will continue to do so. We are proud to know that our progeny is growing in other parts of the UK.

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1. The Cheviot’s Wife

If you are visiting this blog it might be because you are familiar with our Cheviot’s from Cheviot Instagram page or you have visited our website. First of all, thank you for taking time to have a look at our new blog.

Let me tell you the reason for starting this blog. As well as run a website and an Instagram page I got the idea of running a blog of our life with our sheep and dogs as I love writing and posting about our livelihood. Our livelihood that we work so hard for and will continue to for the rest of our life. I love it, I get a kick out of how many people have supported us so far and the responses we get on our posts! It really fuels my inspiration and motivation, so thank you.

Anyways, I am the one behind the screen and camera for our website and the Instagram page and now this new blog. I document and talk about everyday life with our sheep through lambing time, shearing time, showtime, feeding time as well talk about our most loyal companions – our dogs. We have 3 lovely Collies and 2 mad Springadors – queue soppy dog photos.

So with all that, here is a little about myself and the handsome guy you see on the Instagram. My name is Lucy and my boyfriend James is the hard working Shepherd you see in the photographs. We both live near the Cheviot Hills in North Northumberland, fitting as we farm Cheviot Sheep so close to the spectacular hills. We are both in our early 20’s with 5 dogs and a flock of sheep trying to make our native flock into something bigger.

We met in 2007 while we lived in a very remote part of Northumberland and became best friends for 7 years before we became a thing!! With our love for the countryside, farming and biodiversity, we make a great team in working together and making the most out of our flock of sheep. Head over to our website for more information on how we live and work with our sheep. And we hope you continue to support our blog! X

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