Every Hiker And Farmer? Needs A Good Hat.
That's my trusty Sheep's Head Way baseball cap. I have been advertising the way on my hikes over the last few weeks. Since we sold the cattle we have been making plans.
The first one is for me to get fit because I am walking the Dingle Way in August with an old friend. So I have started pounding the old tarmac, boreens, mountain paths and bog for the last fortnight. Already I have lost 9 Pounds in weight and feel better physically than I have for many a moon.
The Sheeps Head Way is very peaceful and incredibly beautiful. Especially when you are on your own on top of the hills looking down at the bay. It's sounds strange but it's like you become part of the rock, grass, mountains... Walking on tracks that your ancestors walked probably thinking the same philosophical thoughts and thanking God that you love in such a beautiful place.
The other plan was to sell some of the land and buy an house or apartment in Portugal. Eventually we (me and the missus) will retire there and the two lads will still have an house each and a few acres in Ireland.
So we contacted a few local dairy farmers and asked them if they wanted to buy a ten acre parcel of land. They both made us offers which we thanked them for but it wasn't the market price we wanted. So we paid for two estate agents valuations and one undervalued the land by twenty thousand less than we were offered by a local farmer.
It looks like we might have to put the land on the market, perhaps even sell the lot. It's very difficult to remove sentiment from a family farm when you want to move on. Anybody got any ideas what we should do? Sol, Rachel or Cumbrian will know what to do?
Hope to catch up with all the other blogs I follow this week.