To Pastures New

Field of sheep

When I first started writing here, I wanted to tell some of the story behind the food we eat; to show the journey from a grain of wheat planted in a field, through the growing process to a loaf of bread on your table. If I’m truthful, I also wanted to shout that farmers are good and we care about the land to counter some of the misinformation in the media about pesticides and destruction of the countryside.

Over the years, the posts have deviated slightly from my original mission. The next generation have grown up and returned to the farm to set up their own enterprises, which have given me different things to write about. There turned out to be more recipes on here than I first envisaged and I’ve dragged you through my various (sometimes short lived) ‘phases’ like natural dyeing and sewing.

My enthusiasm for blogging has waned in recent times as other bloggers have moved to Instagram or simply disappeared, which has made it a different place to be. But recently, I’ve noticed a resurgence of interest in blogging. Perhaps the gloss of Insta is wearing a little dull with the proliferation of “Look at Me and My Wonderful Life!” feeds and people are returning to the more community based blogging.

A few years ago, we brought together all our websites and social media channels for the different family businesses on the farm and put them under the Slamseys umbrella. Ruth suggested that this blog was included too, but I was a little precious about it and wouldn’t include it. At the time, I was mildly obsessed with the notion that everybody should own a personal domain name (we’d had a bit of trouble with one particular domain name) and having set up, I was determined to use it.

But, recently I read an article about online consistency for businesses and realised that Ruth had been right and it made sense to make this a Slamseys blog rather than in my name, especially since I rarely use my personal Facebook or Instagram accounts and have Slamseys Farm as my twitter name.

As a result, I’m moving my blog to pastures new. From now on, you’ll find me at writing about  printmaking and country life at  Life In Mud Spattered Boots.



25 thoughts on “To Pastures New

  1. I think you can move all your post to the new blog. I always enjoyed reading your blog. It reminded me of my childhood on our family farm. Will we have to sign up to receive your new blog posts in our mail?

    1. Yes, sorry you’ll have to sign up again on the new blog to receive the emails. I thought about moving the posts but there’s a lot of out of date stuff and some terrible photos from when our broadband was so slow that I could only upload tiny photos.

  2. You were one of my first ‘blogging friends’, Anne, and I always enjoy your words and photos. I’ll keep reading wherever you’re writing 🙂 x

  3. Definitely coming with you! I love your blog. I always wanted to marry a farmer so when i sit here looking at my grey office wall, your blog always brings a smile to my face 🙂 xx

  4. A lot of work, but it will be worth it! I can see that revisiting and updating old posts and having everything under one umbrella is a good thing. I’ve been pondering something similar. Remember to backup your old blog as a precaution. Have already hit the follow button on your new journal!

  5. I shall go follow you over there! I kind of miss my personal blog sometimes, now I’m only blogging for our fabric shop. Although I use Instagram, and enjoy it, it’s not quite the same personal record, is it? I’m glad you’re continuing!

    1. I miss your personal blog Jane. Your shop blog just isn’t the same, though it has encouraged me to sew. If only I lived closer and could pop in to buy fabric …

  6. Anne you are still the ONLY blogger I follow and I just posted how fabulous you are on my Facebook page ( because we are drinking our home made gin with a dash of rhubarb bitters using your recipe ). We also run several farm businesses ( accom, workshops, shop, sales of are breed animals ) , and my daughter is in charge of my Instagram !! it’s awfully complicated and a lot of admin, so I fully appreciate your move – just make sure we can all access your fabulous recipes !! Cheers, Kate from “Cremona Hillside” at Mount Bolton in Australia.

    1. Thank you Kate 🙂 If your businesses are anything like ours, there’s an awful lot of admin and any way to reduce it has to be good. I like the idea of home made gin.

  7. Please don’t stop blogging Anne. I only follow a few blogs ‘properly’ these days and of course you are one of them. Off to update my settings for your blog now x

    1. I’m definitely not going to stop blogging Jane. I think there’s a lot of dissatisfaction with some of the SM and people are beginning to move back to blogging. Hurrah!

  8. I’ll bookmark your new site this very moment. I always enjoy visiting here! Did you know that you were the very first ever person to comment on my own blog? I hope you continue to enjoy your blogging adventures. x

    1. I didn’t know that I was the first to comment! It can be so difficult to comment on blogger (especially on an ipad) that I’ve almost given up.

  9. Funny that I should find your blog as you are leaving it. I saw the title and thought it sounded interesting. I’ve worked in marketing for years and I understand the whole branding thing, but as a writer and individual I also see the need for your own space. A place you can calll home and express yourself as you wish without having having to conform to the company line.
    My husband grew up on a farm in Tasmania so I appreciate good farm stories.
    xx Rowena

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