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1. Your dad’s hands were like sandpaper… ‘from a proper days work!’ he’d say.

2. There was always plenty of materials and tools lying about to make tree houses and go-karts.

3. On cold winter evenings the lambs got priority in front of the Aga.

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4. You could make amazing dens in the straw or hay barns.

5. Grass, muck, hay seeds got everywhere.

6. Any holiday could be cut short if the weather was too good an opportunity to miss leading hay or if there was a sudden farm crisis to get back to.

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7. Your dad spent most car journeys looking out into other farmers fields… commenting on the length of grass or crops.

8. You broke at least one washing machine with a stray tack, pin or a lamb ring left in your overall pockets.

9. You were always over run with kittens and new chicks.

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6. Eggs, mushrooms and milk couldn’t have been any fresher.

7. You had the biggest playground to have countless adventures.

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8. You had an indoor dog and an outdoor ‘working’ dog.

11. You’d find the hens had laid their eggs everywhere.

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12. The whole farm smelt of dip tub, slurry, or freshly cut grass over the various farming seasons.

15. After going to the auction mart in school holidays you briefly toyed with the idea of choosing a career as an auctioneer.

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16. There was always untold amounts of wellie boots and overalls lying around in the porch.

17. You became very blasé at seeing newborn animals. Even really, really cute ones.

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18. You stuck a piece of hay in the corner of your mouth and pretended you were your dad.

19. The first vehicle you learnt to drive was a tractor.

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20. You held up the traffic bringing the cows in for milking.

21. The TV weather was highly important and must not be talked over.

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22. Even when you no longer live on the farm you still religiously watch Countryfile.

24. Just as you got comfy you’d hear the following…  ‘can you come and help move some sheep?!’ or ‘the cows are out!’

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25. What was once your best, going out outfit soon get demoted to farm clothes.

26. Living down a lane or in a remote village meant there was a good chance of missing school due to being ‘snowed in’.

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27. You start working from an early age!

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