I have often wondered, is the country life something for me?
And even though I have not yet found the answer when the the opportunity arises I am glad to take it.
Having grown up in the Czech Republic I spent much of my childhood with family and friends enjoying their cottages which usually included a variety of farm animals.
My aunt for example kept chickens and turkeys which she allowed me to feed as a little girl, frightening work it was!
Other relatives own sheep and pigs, lovely animals, together with the peace it brought and unique smells.
Working on my parents fruit and vegetable garden was mandatory but I never found it fun to be honest.
I was already then more city than country.
But with the passing years I am starting to lean back towards the country life way of thinking.
With all the environmental changes I am flirting with the idea of either working on or even owning a little farm. It is still only a dream and the action part as we all know is the hard part. Still the idea has been planted.
Several years back I have become vegetarian and moving over to veganism. This means I am not comfortable to consume or purchase anything what come from animals origin. Nevertheless still not 100% converted but working on this.
I presume I have always been someone who liked animals for their functions and cuteness but this feeling is increasing and what I truly wish and work for that we treat the voiceless beautiful creatures with respect and love. For this goal I am happy to participate in campaigns, support, help where I can, donate, speak in public and with friends, post on social media about the issues negative as well as positive.
One of the most beautiful experiences was for me to spend some time on the Dutch Farm by Johannahoeve in Noordwijk. It is a family Hoogeveen farm with long history.
Living the farm life even just for a while and meeting with the animals is such a beautiful experience and means a lot to me. The farmer owner was more than gentle to his animals and made a point that the little ones are so attached to their mommies. Hope we all can understand this. That the smaller ones need to stay close to moms and not to serve out.
What I have learned that the final goal of the farms I heard about is a better world in which milk and other livestock products are produced in a sustainable way, a way in which soil is enriched, animals live well, farmers get a decent income and milk is healthy and without chemicals.
Such living call for an easy outdoor clothing (when the sun is out).
Always a big ambassador of traditional clothing and since I do not own any of the Dutch farmers clothes I’m wearing the Ukraininan vyshyvanka. The Linen Embroidered Dress with Embroidery. Ukrainian vyshyvanka is distinguished by local embroidery features specific to Ukrainian embroidery. Around 2015 the fashion world introducing vyshyvankas as modern Bohemian style designs with the slightly burned Straw Fedora made by the Ukrainian milliner Ruslan Baginsky I do feel like a country girl on this local farm.
Thank you for visiting hope you enjoyed Gabriela
Big thank you to the family Hoogeveen farmers out of Noordwijk and the grateful credit to the Dutch photographer Ruud van Drunen