The Funny Farm

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Random House, May 31, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages

How often have you thought you might like to chuck it all in, leave the steaming metropolis and its noise and dirt behind and make for pastures new, to begin your life again?

We often talk about it but people rarely do it. Jackie Moffat is one of those who did. In 1982 she and her family - armed with a bucketload of optimism, stout boots and a highly developed sense of the ridiculous - upped sticks from London (where she'd lived all her life) and went North, to Cumbria. Their destination was the Eden Valley, and a small stock-rearing and dairy farm called Rowfoot, and there they have spent the past twenty years getting to grips with the practice of running a working farm, keeping sheep, cattle, pigs and horses, becoming part of the (often eccentric) community, coping with the ups and downs (Foot and Mouth devastated them) of farming life.

For the past ten years, the author's written a regular column for the Cumbria and Lake District Life magazine, and it was this that inspired her to write about her life in rural England and the trials, tribulations and pleasures of running a farm.

 

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Contents

Introduction
11
The Milky Bar
17
A Little Bundle of
23
Pinky and Stinky
33
Chinese Whispers
41
The Millie Goat
49
The Pale Rider
57
It Aint Half Hot
65
Not Such a Silly Old Moo After All
153
Golden Fleece 1 59
159
Counting Sheep
169
Dogs are Hard Work
179
Homeward Bound
187
Frederic frae Tow Law
195
The Old Dairy Cottage
205
Guilty as Charged
213

Why Sheep are the Villains
71
The Lambs Tale
77
Gyp and Tess
85
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
91
Merry Christmas
97
Kareima the Wonder Horse
109
Lady with the Film Star Eyes
115
Its Good to Talk
121
A Spent Force
129
Extracting the Michael
137
And a Merry EEC
145
Gnashing of Teeth
221
Apocalypse in Eden
227
Experts Set the World on Fire
235
Running Away to the Sun
241
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
249
One Year on After Foot and Mouth
255
Wool Never Find Another Ewe
263
Taking Stock 271
269
The Gateway to London
277
Epilogue
285
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Jackie Moffat is a Londoner, born and bred, but in 1982 moved to the Eden Valley in Cumbria, where she still lives and farms. As well as breeding Manx Loghtans (a rare breed of sheep, originating from the Isle of Man), she also writes a column for Cumbria and Lake District Life magazine.

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