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Farming on Rathlin Island, Ireland

 

I am going to be telling my story of going to Rathlin Island, 15 day seasons.

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That Langer at the shop!!!

So Neil was not at the shop when I purchased the cultivator, I asked Liam three different times if he was sure this would go with the Massy 7700 I was getting, it looked a little big. Liam said aye three times, but I was a little unsure still, but I had work to do and so I did not want to wait till the next day when I could talk to Neil. Sure Neil was only the mechanic there but so far he has steered me right and I was willing to take his advice, now I have taken this cultivator up to the island

Tigerman0424

Tigerman0424

 

Yard work Bejeebus!

Progress has been made, bushes are cleared and the areas are looking so good in fact that they city council asked if I could help with the weeds that had come in under the brush. I started with the main farm as they call it, it has not been used in some years and the pig and cow pastures have been over grown with weeds and big dirt spots. I bought a plough with the money I made from selling wood chips, good money to be made there, I decided if I am going to do this I may as well do it correctly

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Tigerman0424

 

Arrival and First Day!

(So just a forewarning, I have never traveled by air and the only time I have personally left the USA was on my honeymoon cruise down to Mexico. So I will not cover stuff I have never actually done and for the things that may be inaccurate I apologize in advance.)                   I have arrived in Rathlin Island after 3 connecting flights and an hour drive from Belfast, tired and worn having never traveled much before. I ring the old turn style bell on the door at the address I was g

Tigerman0424

Tigerman0424

 

To Be or Not To Be... Insane that is!

So my wife thinks I am certifiably crazy, who really can blame her, I come to her with “What would you say about moving to Ireland to farm!”  She literally looked at me to see if I had grown a tumor or a second head, and then she burst into laughter like you have not seen before, holding her sides and slapping her knee. By the time she was done laughing she was on the floor out of air and wheezing, asking if I was pulling some long term April fools joke.                 After I get her to s

Tigerman0424

Tigerman0424

 

And HERE WE GO!

So, funny story of how my farming career started, it all started with looking into my ancestry. I got on an ancestry site knowing that my mother's father's family came from Ireland, probably-ish based on the last name of McKee. After several months I have still only reached 1859 with the birth of my grandfather's grandfather's father, confusing I know, that if 5 generations before me and still only in Illinois, USA. For all I know I could be Scottish and would not even know the difference.

Tigerman0424

Tigerman0424

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