To Begin from the Beginning

Hello again, welcome back to my blog. I hope you are all doing well in these crazy times we are living through.

The world is changing. Sometimes it seems as though it is simultaneously getting bigger and smaller. Do you know what I mean? Never in memorable history have we been so connected and yet so separate. Yet, throughout human history it has been the stories that have brought us together, the shared experiences that help us understand one and other. My name is Stacy, and this is my story:

I live on the Kintyre Peninsula on Scotland’s wild west coast. We live a long way from anywhere in particular, a good three hour drive from the closest city, in a small, close-knit farming community.

We farm 750 acres, and milk around 220 Holstein Friesan cattle, the black and white cows that probably pop into your head when you think of “a cow.” We grow barley and lots of grass to feed them, and they spend as much of the year as possible outside, grazing the lush grassland of our windswept, mild, countryside, breathing the fresh sea-scented air, and at the moment, luxuriating in the long sunny days of late spring.

Me? I am a first-time mother with an 8 month old son, a trained Biologist and Veterinary Surgeon, who loves animals, the countryside, growing things and making healthy and delicious meals for myself and my family. My partner is a dairy farmer, who along with his two brothers, his father, and a long-time farm worker, run the day to day operations on the farm. A family business that has been farming, and milking cows in the area since 1880 or so, quite a long time really!

As mentioned in my previous post, cheesemaking has become something of a hobby of mine. Cheesemaking, I have been learning, is both an art and a science. It is intriguing. Like wine-making, and whisky-distilling, it is a fascinating transformation from a fantastic raw material into something completely different. The most fascinating element, for me, is how the same basic ingredients can be made into such a wide variety of different end products.

I hope you will join me on my journey along this road (and others), to see where it might lead, and share some stories along the way. Because, no matter what happens, I am in no doubt that humanity will continue to be telling each other stories for a long time to come.

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