As an ‘urban mom’ I love to leave the city sometimes. Breathing in fresh air for a while and away from the crowds.
A few weeks ago, Farm Camps invited us to spend a weekend on a farm, a Farm Camps farm to be precise. I have to be honest; at first I was like ‘oke, a farm, spending the night in a tent, in Holland, hmmmm. What will that be like?’
We are campers and own a tent ourselves with which we go on a holiday every year. But to the sun. In Holland we’ve never spent the night in a tent before. But you can hardly call it camping, cause you’re staying in a luxurious safaritent. Including a (wooden) bed for two, a bunk bed, living room, kitchen and toilet. You can almost call it glamour on a campsite, or glamping…
We went to Farm Camps De Geele Bosch for a weekend, the very first Farm Camps in Holland. Meanwhile there are 13 joining farms. Unfortunately we had to miss the campfire on Friday night and the tour around the farm on Saturday morning, but what a lovely days we had.
We had a warm welcome by farmers Johan and Lucie, after which we could follow and help them on their daily routine on their dairy farm. Their farm is in operation (which is a requirement for a farm to join Farm Camps), so it was so much fun and educational for everybody!
When it was time to milk, we could help getting the cows out of the meadow. An experience in itself, zigzagging around the cow flans. After that we had a peek behind the scenes on how cows are being milked.
You will probably laugh at me right now, but – as a city girl – I thought cows always give milk, no matter what. But farmer Johan explained this just happens when cows are with young. Another lesson learned!
The stables were cleaned and the cows were fed. And next to these special activities, the kids (and some parents) had a great time with the present tractors, puddles and in the HooiHooi Playing-barn.
But no matter how free you and the kids feel on the farm (and that happens fast); pay attention. It’s a business in operation and not a playground.
As you will understand, we (and especially Flint) absolutely enjoyed this lovely weekend in the open air, without wifi and with each other. With your busy life, you need this once in a while. So I say; put on your old clothes and grab your jackboots and let’s goooooo!
We will absolutely do this again, but probably no longer than a few days. Because despite the fact we enjoyed our stay a lot, we went back to the city with screeching tires. It’s in the blood…