Sunday, October 17, 2010

a short hello from deep in the hinterland...

what does hinterland mean anyway?
I've been on the road, meeting farmers, cows, deer, chickens, dogs, goats and pigs.
I've been seeing how the land lies, checking out the neck of the woods, kicking the turf,
rolling grapes round my tongue, having a tea, a shortbread, a chat, a long ramble out the back forty by foot or by truck. I've been scanning the horizon, seeing the clouds roll in and roll out, talking land prices, arable uses, post-industrial farming, tractors, and how to catch a runaway pig.
I'm loving it. Loving. It.


I'll check in later on in the week - your girl out in the field - your field correspondent.

12 comments:

Mason Canyon said...

Sounds like it's going well. Love the photos. Looking forward to hearing all about it.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Liza said...

This really does sound great...and I'm not even an animal person. Imagining you out in the open, the fresh air, sky, scenes, and (some of) the smells has me intrigued. Looking forward to a full report.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Your pictures reminded me of James Herriot- in the best possible way.
Keep having fun, Jan.

Jan Morrison said...

Mason - it is so enlightening to be talking to farmers. And in the zeigeist - where our food comes from.

Liza - oh it is heavenly. I am a country gal at heart.

Natasha - I take that as a real compliment. I adore James Herriot!

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, Jan, this sounds like such a perfect fit for you! Keep sharing the pics!

Googlover/keishua said...

The picture with the little piggies is too adorable. I am loving it. Have fun out in the field.

Gardeningbren said...

So pleased you posted... have enjoyed the photos so very much, especially the little piggies. The weather is being kind to you so far, ..crispy this morning though..dress warm!! and more photos please)))

Jan Morrison said...

Hart - it is, it continues to be and I'm planning on how I can keep walking into people's houses and farms and lives with impunity or without impunity or whatever that phrase is because it is way fun.

Goo - aren't they too funny. the one looks like it is leading a parade and a choir!

Brenda - the weather was great today AND I forgot my wellies until it was too late but I avoided all large smelly tam o'shanters!

Gardeningbren said...

Never never, "dawling" ever..forget your wellies...brown nasties await..and they will suck you down down down...

Cruella Collett said...

Love the piggies! And now I crave fresh, locally produced carrots. Any of ours would be solid frozen by now, though :(

Robyn said...

That sounds like a lot of fun!

grrl + dog said...

I cant wait for the follow up - perhaps a tutorial on how to catch that run away pig?

I'd be enthralled, sort of armchair farming in a way...