OUR FRIENDLY FOX BERTIE HAD A CATCH UP THIS WEEK WITH OUR FRIEND AND BRAND REP, GINA, KNOWN ON INSTAGRAM AS @THE_POULTRY_FARMERS_WIFE.
WE FIRST MET GINA AND HER LOVELY FAMILY AT MORETON SHOW IN 2018, WHEN GINA HAD JUST FOUND OUT SHE WAS PREGNANT WITH LITTLE CONNIE!
READ ON TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS LOVELY LADY, AND FOLLOW GINA AND HER NEW BUSINESS, @SQUIDGE.CO OVER ON INSTAGRAM.
1) Introduce yourself
Hiya I’m Gina, I am 27 and have a big passion for organic farming!
2) How many little cubs do you have?
We have one little cub, Connie who’s 15 months old and crazy about all things animal and farming!
3) Where abouts do you live?
We live on a estate in the Cotswolds, you might know it for its organic shop, Daylesford.
We farm egg laying hens here, chances are if you’ve bought eggs from here they are hand picked, graded and packed by us!
4) Town or country?
100% Country, I am terrified of built up areas. My dear Gran navigates me around London once a year for the London International Horse Show at Olympia.
5) Early mornings or night owl?
That’s a tough one – I used to be a night owl however having Connie has made me more of an early morning kind of woman.
6) Coffee or Tea?
Neither. I hate hot drinks … unless you’re offering hot chocolate then yes please!
7) Any pets?
We have 3 dogs – One Jack Russell, who is the inspiration to my business “Squidge”. He loves to rat and works well with the sprocker to manage them around the hens. He is also Connies best friend!
One Sprocker, who is 5. She loves to collect the eggs that the hens lay outside, (don’t worry, we don’t sell those ones!) and beats during shooting season.
One Kelpie, who is 2. His main job is to assist with the hens. He enjoys moving them and rounding them up.
One horse, Puzzle my lovely Cob, who has taken a back seat since having Connie.
8) Favourite tipple
Rum, rum and more rum! I am really enjoying the new Captain Morgans ‘Mango and Pineapple’, its perfect for the summer weather!
9) Favourite season
I adore Autumn, it’s still got a few warm days but the need for some cosy layers and the crunchy leaves! Plus, the hens start to go in earlier as the nights draw in so the husband gets more time with Connie in the evenings.
10) Facebook or Insta?
Recently I’ve really got into Insta. I like getting to know new people and seeing how everyone does things. Definitely picked up a few new tips and tricks as well as finding new businesses easily!
11) What are you currently watching on Netflix?
I don’t really watch Netflix, we tend to watch a lot of recorded programmes when we get a chance. My husband is hooked on “This Farming Life” – you’d think he gets enough all day..! “Ghosts” is another easy watch series that has just started!
12) Secret crush
Another tough question!! How can I pick just one? 🙈 I have a soft spot for Dwayne Johnson!
Currently stay at home Mama to Connie, as well as unpaid house keeper and pitch in farm hand! 😂
Previously second in command for a private family yard. I like to switch between horses and farming, the change up keeps me on my toes.
14) Any hobbies?
Between Connie and farming, I do find time for drawing and occasionaly get to go and ride my horse! During lockdown I started my own small business, “Squidge” which is based on our little Jack Russell and currently does baby clothes!
15) Favourite food
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. 😂 Literally don’t think I’d survive without it!
16) Favourite place to go on hols
Ahh, theres a beautiful place we’ve gone to for generations, Paignton, Devon. I know it as well as driving around at home.
If you’re into riding there’s a great place a few miles away on Dartmoor called ‘Adventure Clydesdale’ which is a must do!
17) What did you miss most during lockdown?
Connie and myself both have immune conditions, so we have been shielding since the beginning of March and are still shielding now until the beginning of August. Although we live on an estate farm, we haven’t been able to actually get on the farm for ages or visit our family farm. We’ve dearly missed being able to just go out onto the farm.
We also love the Cotswolds Farm Park, so we have really missed that too!!
18) What did you like most about lockdown?
I’m quite an introvert, so it’s been nice to not have to mingle with people too much. But I’ve enjoyed getting back to my drawing and it’s given me time to think about what I want to do next.
19) What should you be doing right now?
Right now is a tiny blessing, my husband went in early to work to give the birds a herbal treatment so thankfully he’s having a long lunch. I am currently chilling out, lying on our bed writing this! Normally I would now be playing in the garden with Connie.
20) Best bit about being a Cotswold Baby Co. Brand Rep
Ahh, we love being a brand rep so much, each season is like building a new community and it’s so nice to make new friends and support others!
Plus, Rachael and Kate are so lovely and always pick great stuff for us to show you guys and with the added bonus of a discount code!! Use ‘Connie10’ at checkout for a discount :).