• What the Flock!

  • Raising Kids, Rearing Animals and Other Misadventures on Our Family Farm
  • By: Sally Urwin
  • Narrated by: Sally Urwin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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What the Flock!

By: Sally Urwin
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From high heels to welly boots–one woman’s misadventures in becoming a farmer, raising a family, and making a living from the land.

Twenty-five years ago, Sally Urwin was living in a tiny flat in the city with a high-pressure job. She was utterly miserable, suffering from depression, and longing for a different life.

When she met and married farmer Steve, she imagined herself wafting around in floral dresses followed by a bevy of rosy-cheeked children.

The reality is quite different....

Sally is usually wearing a jumper covered in sheep poo and bellowing at Mavis the collie to stop chasing Gladys the grumpy pony, and her kids are moaning about being dragged outside while she is caring for a ewe that has ingested a poisonous plant after wandering into the neighbor's garden.

But despite the chaos of juggling motherhood with running a farm, financial hardship, and dealing with poorly animals, the exhilarating freedom of rural life has helped Sally to heal her own body and mind. Lambing season might be backbreaking, but there’s no greater joy than cradling a newborn lamb.

With a mix of grit, humor, and the love of family, Sally shows us that it’s never too late to live the life you’ve always dreamed of. 

Fans of The Yorkshire Shepherdess will love this hilarious, heartfelt, and honest account that will have you howling with laughter and sobbing into your tissues in equal measure.

©2022 Sally Urwin (P)2022 Thread, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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So enjoyed

This was a little breath of fresh air. Appreciated the honesty, giggled at the humor and savored closing my eyes and visiting the lovely countryside.

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Life on a family farm. Loved it!

animal-husbandry, depression, family, family-business, farm-animals, farming, friendship, fun, infectious-disease, invisible-disability, isolation, memoir, mental-health-awareness, nonfiction, Northumberland, quarantine,*****
I don't know how to tell you how much I loved this book, but I do plan to buy several copies to give to friends. There are so many stories included in this narrative!
Taking a lamb in diapers to book signings, transforming outbuildings into a destination farm venue complete with tearoom and craft ale brewery.
The Foot and Mouth epidemic of 2002 that was so disastrous for farmers and consumers alike. Even worse than the Covid mess.
Did you know that a whitesmith is a metalworker who does finishing work on iron and steel such as filing, lathing, burnishing or polishing?
Whether you live in the British Isles, Australia, or in Wisconsin, farm life is tough, rewarding, fun, back-breaking, and a real financial and mental health challenge.
You just CAN'T go wrong with having the author as narrator.
I requested and received a free temporary audio copy from Thread, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd. and Bookouture via NetGalley. Thank you!
And now I have my own copy!

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  • 12-03-22

A fabulous listen

Omgoodness what a fantastic listen. It grounded me with every chapter.
I laughed and cried at this beautifully written heart felt portrayal of the true struggles of country life.

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  • bangandthedirtisgone
  • 09-03-22

Fabulous!

Firstly - amazingly brilliant narration from the author! Secondly - so so listenable! (I finished it in one sitting). Such a heartwarming read. I hope Sally keeps writing more books :)

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  • Anthony Thorley
  • 07-15-22

Up to Sally's usual high standard

Funny and informative with very good stories. You can imagine your self there on the farm

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  • FocusOnSimple
  • 07-21-22

Another beauty!!

While it does have a couple of overlaps from Sallys previous book - this is to be expected when you’re writing about your every day life.
I love that we get to have a look into the Urwin family and how and what they are doing.
My heart broke for them when FMD struck, and I definitely could relate to Sallys anxiety at various periods throughout her life.
Enjoyable!
FocusOnSimple 🌿