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Being a farmer has its perks, but let’s not forget the problems that come with it as well. I’m not going to be overly positive about this; farming is hard work and if you don’t take care of yourself properly, it can cause serious damage to your well-being.

Self-care is important for every farmer and it’s an awful assumption that women who farm don’t take care of themselves and have no need to, either. One of the biggest problems that we come across as farmers is awfully tired and aching feet (courtesy of harvest season, planting and soil tilling). I’ll tell you how you can take care of them at the end of the day so you’ll be ready to go back to your farm the very next day.

Get the Right Support

No, I’m not telling you to buy an overly expensive pair of shoes for farming purposes because your old boots will do just fine. However, I do suggest that you add good insoles to your shoes. These can provide adequate support that takes some of the pressure off your heels, resulting in less-severe aches.

Practice Stretching Exercises

You don’t have to practice a rigorous workout after hours in the garden, but stretching once you take off your boots is a must. Yoga poses help in calming the body and helping your muscles return back into position, making you feel well-rested. You don’t need to practice multiple asanas, just the ones that help remove pressure from your foot muscles. Poses like the Bound Angle Pose, Runner’s Stretch, Hero’s Pose and Downward Facing Dog will be effective at lessening the pain in your feet.

Take Some Breaks

I shouldn’t need to tell you this, but even farmers need a break. I’ve heard countless women tell me that they don’t take breaks when they’re on the farm. This is detrimental to your health in the long-term and you won’t be able to take proper care of your crops either, resulting in a bad yield you worked so hard for.

Therefore, you should make it a habit to take breaks often to help circulate blood through your feet. Keeping your feet in boots for multiple hours a day leads to loss of blood circulation. You can fix this by changing your posture and practicing some quick exercises while in the garden. Rotate your ankles clockwise and anticlockwise to loosen the muscles, and do some lunges to flex your hamstrings and thigh muscles.

Soak Your Feet

Save the best for last is what I always say; at the end of the day, nothing will feel as soothing as soaking your feet in a relaxing bath. Add Epsom salts, drops of your favorite essential oil to a warm footbath, and soak your feet. It acts as an anti-inflammatory that relieves muscle spasms and aches.

Finish off with a Massage

Once your feet are nice and clean, use some moisturizer or body oil to slowly massage your feet. Work out any tense muscles to relax them and massage along your toes to prevent bunions.

These are some of my favorite tips to relieve foot pain after a long day of farming. Try them out and tell me how it helps! Happy farming!

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7 Days in Spain Finale: Culinary Adventures

We end our fantasy trip (see part 1, part 2) in Northern Spain. Soaked in sunshine, Spain has long served up alluring sights, sounds, and savory delights. Northern Spain, is especially well known for it’s cuisine and culture. The following itinerary takes in the delicious delights of La Boqueria in Barcelona, learning how to cook Catalan dishes, the tapas bars of Logrono, wine tasting in the La Rioja region, and pintxos tasting in the famed bars of San Sebastian.

Day 1

Your first stop is Barcelona, the heart of Catalan country. Shake off your jetlag by diving headfirst into the chaotic colour and mouth watering aromas of La Boqueria, Barcelona’s most famous food market. Sample the jamon – iberico, bellota or Serrano – and Manchego cheese on offer, then find a seat at one of the tapas bars while enjoying the hustle and bustle going on all around you.

Day 2

On your second day in Barcelona, take a wander around this easy to navigate city and visit the famous Sagrada Familia, a cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudi, Spain’s most famous architect. Other sights include the beaches of La Barceloneta, the rambling Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter.

Day 3

Book a Catalan culinary course with one of the many cooking schools available in Barcelona for a hands-on learning experience of the local cuisine. Classes are mainly conducted in English and run between 3-4 hours – you’ll even get to sample your own cooking at the end of it! Learn about the secrets of Catalan cooking, including how to cook with botifarra (pork sausage) and picada (ground and herb nuts).

Day 4

Leaving Barcelona with a heavy heart and full belly, take the train to Logrono, the heart of Spain’s wine country. Here, in the jumbled streets of medieval Casco Viejo, let instinct be your guide as you tapas hop through the city. Each bar usually specialises in one divine, delicious dish – wild mushrooms cooked in butter, grilled chorizo, fishcakes in béchamel – so if you want to sample as much as possible, keep moving. If you stick to the vicinity of Calle del Laurel, you can do no wrong.

Day 5

La Rioja is one of Spain’s most famous exports, and it would be a shame to leave without trying some of the region’s award winning wines. There are plenty of wineries within Logrono itself, ranging from small, boutique family run businesses to new, modern behemoths with cutting edge technology.

Day 6

From Logrono, it is a short 2 hour bus ride to the culinary center of Spain – San Sebastian. With its stunning beaches, historical architecture and thriving art scene, San Seb, as it’s affectionately known, offer a whole different take on Spanish food. Take in a txikiteo, a pintxo bar hop – the Basque equivalent of tapas – in the Parte Vieja, pintxos where have been elevated to tiny, bite sized, edible works of art.

Day 7

Glorious San Sebastian has more Michelin stars per square metre than any other city on earth, with 16 stars in total. Dine in luxury at Arzak, Akelarre, or Berasategui, which all hold 3 Michelin stars each; or if you can’t get a reservation, try your luck at Kokotxia or Mirador de Ulia instead – the experience will be as transcendent.

On your final day in San Sebastian, look to a traditional cider house, or sagardotegia for your last supper. These establishments are located a little further away from the city center and serve delicious meals to accompany the local brew. Ask your hotel concierge to organize this for you. After eating your fill, catch the train from San Seb back to Barcelona. The journey will take you five and a half hours.


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