Top 10 Countryside & Rural Blogs in the UK
Are you interested in the countryside and rural life in the UK but struggling to find good blogs to read? Here is my top 10 list, they are some of my favourites but by no means all of the ones I like to check in on.
If you have a countryside blog I haven’t come across yet please leave a comment with your url.
From the following blogs even a hardened townie will get a feel for life in the country and believe me The Darling Buds of May have a lot to answer for, it’s not all baking and chatting up women …. although quite a lot of both does go on.
1. Field Day written by Tim Relf.
Tim is a journalist, novelist, cat lover and gossip over on Farmers Weekly. His blog is about the quirky goings on in rural life, from unusual wedding day transport to woolly jumpers for chickens. I love Tim’s style of writing but do wish some of his posts were longer, I enjoy reading them so much.
2. Locks Park Farm written by Paula, who like me came into farming later in life.
Paula runs a small organic farm in Devon. Not only does her blog wreak of her passion for farming but also for life itself.
3. Urban Extension written by Jane, who is a little miffed that the government want to turn her peaceful Dorset village and surrounding countryside into an extension of Poole (think I’d be a bit miffed too).
Jane is a video photographer and if your idea of wildlife is the occasional rabbit or ladybird then take a look at the stunning photographs and videos of British wildlife on her blog.
4. Diary Farmer which is a totally uncomplicated diary blog about life as a farmer.
His latest post (4 May 08) tells of his stock bull going lame and trying to bring in a replacement, while also trying to organise a meal out for his wife’s birthday. From his blog posts I really get the feeling he cares about his herd and he writes for people, not other farmers so even if you have never stepped foot out of a concrete jungle you will get a taste of farming life.
6. The Rangers Blog is simply sarcasm and cynicism the whole way, I just love it.
The blog is littered with interesting “what the hell” moments, like the “final solution for Australian toads” or the “the fungus that looks like Britney Spears” (I’ll let you find out about that one by yourself).
7. Wiggly Wigglers is a totally absorbing blog, it is educational and many of the posts have links to further reading, so don’t even peek at it if you are pushed for time as you end up completely engrossed.
It’s gardening, it’s composting, worms and butterflies, green living and wildlife. I just love it.
8. Mopsa is a personal blog from a farm in Devon. Ensure you have had a good nights sleep before tackling this one, I get exhausted just reading it.
The writer is a part time farmer with a full time job in the arts, a barn restoration project underway and a zoo in the making. She writes of bruised breasts from butting ewes, fence leaping dogs, ugly faced pigs, geese, a llama and buddhist monks, with a little art thrown in for good measure. She was certainly at the front of the queue when energy was being handed out.
9. Fenland Walker is what I would call a visual blog, it is packed full of photographs observing the British countryside.
Even if you’re not into reading blogs you have to check this one out for the stunning photographs Roy always displays, not much reading but as they say a picture says a thousand words.
10. The Longer View this is Matthew Naylor’s “blog from the Fens”.
Whilst farming issues do get a serious mention, they are from the grumpy old man aspect. His blog is incredibly funny and down to earth. This is from a recent post “I kept forgetting her name, which was Sally. I ended up introducing her to my father as Fally (or Phally) which just isn’t a name (however you spell it).”
I would also like to mention Kids Connect Campaign Blog written by Craig (13), Emily (12), Felicity (13) and Martha, hosted by Farmers Weekly, in the hope that someone will mention to the children that they do have readers out here and we are waiting for their return, as the last post was back in November.