When we set out to collect peoples stories thinking about climate change, we always knew we wanted to speak to people who were out in the elements in their day to day job. So who better than a farmer?
Meet Heather, a livestock farmer in Cornwall. Heather’s kept a daily diary, complete with weather report, since she was 21- very impressive! Over the last two decades she’s noticed some changes and wonders what might happen in the future. So here’s Heather’s story-
We visited Heather a few times in August last year. Strictly speaking, we visited a few more times than necessary, but we just couldn’t pass her farm without popping in. Especially as within seconds of walking into the kitchen, the hot water was on the Aga for the tea, and the tupperware box of goodies was produced from the pantry. On our first visit, Francesca got to sample her first saffron bun – it didn’t disappoint!
Heather’s kitchen is a typical farmers kitchen; paperwork piled up in the corner, numerous mugs across the table, dogs rushing around your feet, and a selection of very comfy mismatched chairs.
After sharing her story, Heathers took us off across the fields in her camouflage buggy looking for a new born calf, very exciting! As we drove around the fields lots of inquisitive faces peered into the buggy looking for food. In this situation you realize just how big beef can get!
Heather talks fondly of her herd – as if they are her friends and we sit back to enjoy the ride.
We had a lovely time getting to know Heather. An endless supply of tea and cake, and some lovely old photographs.
Off to school
Looking at this one Heather hasn’t changed much, especially when she blushes as we flick through.
Thank you Heather!