‘Will a therapist help me?’ and 10 things you can do today to help your Mental Health #FarmerMentalHealth

This is another post in this current mini series of articles relating to the #FarmerMentalHealth campaign which encourages us all (not just farmers) to break the stigma of talking about mental health and look after our mental as well as our physical wellbeing. Firstly, the answer to the question in the title is almost certainly … Continue reading ‘Will a therapist help me?’ and 10 things you can do today to help your Mental Health #FarmerMentalHealth

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Online Counselling, Telehealth #FarmerMentalHealth

Part of the #FarmerMentalHealth campaign, as well as Farmers Weekly's #Fit2Farm campaign, is about encouraging those who are struggling with their mental health to reach out to others for help. The most difficult thing in the world can be to accept that you are facing a problem but the old cliche that a problem shared … Continue reading Online Counselling, Telehealth #FarmerMentalHealth

Book Review: The Light in the Dark – A Winter Journal – by Horatio Clare

It's not often that I leave a book with a lump in my throat but that's the case with Horatio Clare's recent journal The Light in the Dark. Brutally honest and emotionally harrowing Clare cuts to the heart of what it means to live with a mental health condition but also shows how the natural world … Continue reading Book Review: The Light in the Dark – A Winter Journal – by Horatio Clare

Make your own bird feeder – guest post by Tim Rogers

At this time of year it’s nice to give the birds in our garden a bit of a boost with some extra food and you get the benefit of being able to see lots of different species up close. Bird feeders don’t have to be expensive either – you can make your own. There are … Continue reading Make your own bird feeder – guest post by Tim Rogers

Making Farming and the Veterinary sector something we can all be involved in! – Guest post by Navaratnam Partheeban

Partheeban Navaratnam is Senior Lecturer in Livestock Production at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. He recently wrote an opinion piece in Farmers Weekly calling on us all to break down the ethnic barriers in farming and so I asked him to embellish on the subject on thinkingcountry. Agriculture and the veterinary profession are very important … Continue reading Making Farming and the Veterinary sector something we can all be involved in! – Guest post by Navaratnam Partheeban

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 26 – Teleri Fielden

I'm really excited to introduce this special podcast episode to you which was produced in collaboration with Matt Williams and the Wild Voices Project podcast. We visited Teleri Fielden (@TeleriFielden), a first generation farmer, who won a Wales Young Farmers Clubs and National Trust scholarship to run a farm in north west Wales for three … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 26 – Teleri Fielden

The Hare, why I love it and why we might lose it

Working on a mixed farm with a mosaic of arable cropping, tussocky grassland, marshland and hay meadows I am lucky to be able to see a wide variety of species, although I would love for wildlife abundance to be still greater, a difficult prospect when wildlife is under threat from so many angles. Hares have … Continue reading The Hare, why I love it and why we might lose it

3 Best Ways To Get Rid of Weevils (guest post)

Weevils can make their way into your kitchen from infested food such as rice and flour. They are capable of ruining your food, and of course, seeing weevils flying about the kitchen or other parts of the house. Fortunately, there ways to get rid of weevils from the kitchen, without putting your health or that … Continue reading 3 Best Ways To Get Rid of Weevils (guest post)

ThinkingCountry nominated in the UK Blog Awards 2019

I'm thrilled that Thinking Country has been nominated for the latest round of the UK Blog Awards. It's a marker of your support and I want to thank each and every one of you, my readers on thinkingcountry and listeners to Meet the Farmers for supporting the blog and podcast. It is simply a pleasure … Continue reading ThinkingCountry nominated in the UK Blog Awards 2019