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24 Things Everyone Who Grew Up On A Farm Will Understand

When 6am counts as a lie-in.

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1. You had to get up ridiculously early every day to help with the farm.

Muck out the horses, feed the cows, feed the cats, feed the pigs, all before school.

2. You have spent your entire life wearing wellies.

Wellies aren't a fashion statement, they're a WAY OF LIFE.

3. Your idea of fun as a child was climbing on hay bales.

Even though it was *slightly* dangerous sometimes.

4. But when you got old enough making bales became the bane of your life.

5. But it still wasn't as bad as mucking out.

6. Your family could only go on holiday in a very small window of time every year.

Because there was always something to be done on the farm.

7. And you spent your school summer holidays working on the farm.

"Woo, six weeks off school – so much freedom!"—You. "Woo, free labour to help with the harvest"—Your parents.
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"Woo, six weeks off school – so much freedom!"—You.

"Woo, free labour to help with the harvest"—Your parents.

8. You were never fazed by the concept of random animals being in your house.

Lamb recovering nicely thanks to the Aga

Specifically lambs being warmed up with the Aga.

9. And you have watched plenty of animals give birth so you're not squeamish at all.

10. You learned to drive farm equipment before you learned to drive a car.

Probably a tractor or a quadbike.
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Probably a tractor or a quadbike.

11. You were either an active member of the Young Farmers or thought they were odd.

And there was a lot of drinking involved when you were older.

12. But you definitely saw your fair share of Young Farmers' tug of war and ploughing matches.

13. Agricultural shows were the social highlight of your year.

Alllll the cider. They were especially good if your pig/marrow won a rosette.

14. At least one person you know went to Harper Adams or RAU.

Probably to do land management.

15. Your nearest neighbours were absolutely miles away.

There was no such thing as trick-or-treating.

16. If you ran out of anything you had to drive miles to the nearest shop to get it.

God forbid you ran out of loo roll on a Sunday night.

17. But you probably grew a lot of your own food anyway.

If you grew up with an orchard that meant apple pie, apple strudel, apple cake, apple tart, apple juice, every day.

18. And you knew you couldn't get too attached to your animals.

Because you would probably end up eating them.

19. You’re pretty used to being cold.

Big old farmhouses don't tend to have heating. You probably spent most of your time sitting round the Aga or fireplace.

20. But when the summer came around you sported a fetching farmer's tan.

21. You never had good phone signal because you were in the middle of nowhere.

No sexting for you.

22. And your internet was probably really slow.


Fibre internet? HAHAHA.

23. There were no taxis, so all teenage parties involved camping in a field afterwards

Like your own mini festival. Except not as good.

24. And even though sometimes it sucked, you can’t imagine growing up anywhere else.