News From The Farm Gate By Milly Wastie
We got hitched! Andrew and I married on Saturday 2nd May at Yelvertoft church in Northamptonshire. The wedding was 18 months in the planning and my biggest fear was having a wet day. Thankfully it was dry but quite cold and windy however we had the most incredible day ever with family and friends.
The service was suitably farming themed with agricultural readings and hymns. We even had wedding transport in the shape of a Massey Ferguson tractor, 2 utility vehicles and our ushers had organised a pitch fork guard of honour as we left the church.
Our reception was held on the farm with a marquee liner hung from one of the insides of the farm sheds. Only a few weeks previously our reception venue doubled up as our lambing shed. The transformation was a real spectacle and once decorated you would not know that you were within such a structure. Our team of ushers and bridesmaids helped us to dress the marquee with bunting, hessian and generally make the place look a lot tidier than it has been before. We wouldn’t have changed a thing. Everyone commented on how personal all the little touches were and that it was so ‘us’.
We were really proud to provide some of the produce for our guests to sample during our wedding meal. Joints of our own farm-reared beef were served to the table and the head of each
table was asked to carve which provided some excellent theatre and lots of laughs too.
Andrew and I were very lucky to have been given a couple of pigs as a pre wedding present. In late November, two Gloucester old spot weaners arrived on the farm and it was my job to fatten them up ready to turn into sausages. At our evening BBQ we had our own reared old spot sausages and everyone agreed they were pretty tasty.
Our young farmers connections came in handy when organising the wedding as both our bar man and disco were friends who we have worked with when organising YFC related fundraisers and parties. And so we partied away to our disco and were the last to leave at 3am!
By the time my article goes off for print, Andrew and I will be either on an aeroplane or already in New Zealand where we are planning our honeymoon, exploring both the north and south islands. It’s quite a rarity to get a farmer away from the farm for more than a few days and when we were deciding where we might go I wanted to travel quite far so Andrew didn’t have the opportunity to return early for farm duties. I’m making the most of our time away as I’m not sure we will ever get such an opportunity again.
Travelling to New Zealand will be a little bit like a bus man’s holiday as agriculture is a predominant industry there. However I’m really looking forward to taking things a bit more leisurely and seeing where the road takes us. We are not lay on the beach type of people and so exploring a new country and the dramatic scenery will be a trip of a lifetime, even if there are some farm tours too.
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