Ahead of the day that we all celebrate love around the world and ahead of our 2021 Spring Sessions, I thought that it would be a good idea to introduce the Jackson clan to our new followers by telling you all about five things that we, as a family, love...
1. What better to be number one than... We LOVE farming!
We love the livestock, the sunny days, the wet days (the snow days a little less!) And feel lucky to live the lifestyle we do - yes, it is hard graft but it is equally as rewarding- I don’t think either Fenwick or I would call it ‘work’. We are second generation farmers at Kersheugh Farm and tenants of the Kerr family's Lothian Estate. The farm sits close to Ferniehirst Castle which is steeped in local history and has been in the possession of the Kerr family since the 14th century! You can read more about the Castle on their website.
2. We have a big family and we LOVE it.
Step families are one quick way to get to a full household, and between us we share 6 children. Life certainly isn’t without its challenges but a table full of kids, friends and family on a Sunday is what we enjoy the most. We started Jacksons at Jedburgh so we could both work from home at the farm. We can switch with ease from looking after the kids to checking the lambing fields and welcoming visitors to the farm.
3. We LOVE Jacksons at Jedburgh.
A small flicker of an idea that we had in 2019 has grown faster than we ever expected. Since opening we have been fortunate to meet so many wonderful people visiting the farm. Beginning 2021 might be daunting with a pandemic over our heads but it is also very exciting for us as we look forward to hosting many more visits to the farm this year.
4. We LOVE local.
There are so many fantastic businesses in Jedburgh and the surrounding area. We support as many of these as we can personally but to be able to bring people to the area and then let them know about all the other places they can visit near to us is brilliant. To name but a few - there’s Briggsy’s Quality Butchers, Ferniehirst Castle, Bairnkine Holiday Cottages, The Capon Tree Town House and Border Meringues. All places to stay, visit or eat in the local area.
5. We LOVE the Borders
Although Fenwick and I have travelled and enjoyed other parts of the world, we belong forever to the Borders. Fenwick was born and raised here at Kersheugh Farm and went to school in Jedburgh and I grew up and went to school in Earlston. The landscape here is something that could never become dull- the farm itself looks across to Ruberslaw and the Waterloo Monument (commonly referred to locally as Peniel Heugh). The sunsets from the top of the farm are a reason in themselves to get up and take to the fields on a summer’s evening.
A happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Jacksons at Jedburgh, we hope you get to do the things you love and spend time with the ones that you love today, whether that's digitally or in person!