Sally and Flea go to the Farm

Like most kids of her age, Flea can perform a wide range of animal noises. I blame all those hours spent at Musical Minis classes, singing along to Old MacDonald and Five Little Ducks Went Swimming One Day.

But as an urban child, she’s never seen most of those animals, outside of books and cartoons. So when Morrisons invited us to one of their farms to make a film about their eggs (Morrisons only sells free range eggs, you know), I thought it would be a great opportunity for Flea to see some real animals.

We learned lots of things:

  1. When arriving at a farm, you will need to drive through the gates and greet the farmer ten times until the crew gets you at just the right speed and angle. The final shot will comprise approximately .01 seconds of the  film.
  2. Chickens? They don’t smell so good. And 16,000 chickens smell rank, I’m sorry to say.
  3. Chickens are a lot softer and warmer than you imagine, and they follow you around, like small, pecking puppies.
  4. Free range chickens love to dig and see what they can find. Their favourite thing is finding a Daddy Long Legs to play with.
  5. Free range chickens sometimes fling themselves against the electric fence, testing for weak spots.
  6. There is nothing funnier than having the sound guy fuss and fidget with your t-shirt, jacket, mike and hair to try and eliminate background noise – and then ruin the shot because he forgot to turn his mobile phone off. 
  7. Nothing impresses a four-year-old more than a sound guy with a boom mike on an extendible pole.
  8. Unless it’s a farmer who hands the aforementioned four year old a hammer and invites her to smash some eggs with it. Farm2
  9. Trying to sound natural asking a question for the fifth time while you’re filmed from a slightly different angle to the other four times is WAY harder than you’d imagine. I don’t think I missed a career in the movies, let’s put it that way. 
  10. When making a film about eggs, you will need two people who will devote an hour to creating the perfect “stunt omelette”. I think this might be the best thing I’ve seen in 35 years on the planet. 
  11. No matter how many eggs Flea saw on the farm, the best one by a country mile was the chocolate Spiderman Easter Egg that the lovely Ellie brought along to the shoot for Flea. 
  12. It doesn’t matter how nicely you ask her, Flea isn’t going to say that stunt omelette is delicious if you made the huge error of putting tomatoes in it.

Thanks so much to Morrisons for inviting us along, we had a fantastic day and everyone was so lovely to Flea. They were very nice to me, too – bringing along fur-trimmed wellies especially! Also, a very special thanks to Farmer Phil for introducing Flea to his collection of Quad Bikes – I never imagined I had such an adreneline junkie on my hands! 

Flea Quadbiking 


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. 4th April 2010 / 7:42 am

    2 chickens smell immensely 16,000 sounds like it might burn the lungs.
    I love working on a set and all that goes with it, especially the food. Sounds like a great day out for you both. And the question I have to ask along with 100 others is. Will it be on the TV IE advert?

  2. 4th April 2010 / 7:57 am

    Right…all this filming…when are we going to see it woman? I had no idea you & Flea were in “the business”! Rock on! Love Flea’s t-shirt, by the way! 😉

  3. Liz (LivingwithKids)
    4th April 2010 / 9:20 am

    Such a brilliant experience – she’ll never forget it. Gorgeous photos x

  4. 4th April 2010 / 10:15 am

    Ah, yes, there was a food mountain. It was a really fun day. As for the film, I think it’s just online, I’ll post a link when it’s up.

  5. 4th April 2010 / 10:16 am

    Yes, although it turns out the transfer on her t-shirt rustled so the sound guy hated it!

  6. Susie
    4th April 2010 / 12:24 pm

    Sounds like a great day and Flea is so photogenic!

  7. Eternally Distracted
    4th April 2010 / 1:13 pm

    Looks like it was a fabbarooney day… great shots too :0)

  8. 4th April 2010 / 9:39 pm

    that looks like a great day out. Snaffles would love it. Really good that they are promoting their farming like that and actually allowing people to see and film the conditions.

  9. angelsandurchinsblog
    5th April 2010 / 10:53 pm

    Fur-trimmed wellies, eh? Pah! My born-and-bred country memories involve freezing toes at all times. Very cute pictures of Flea; does she want you to install a flock of chickens in the back garden?

  10. Vegemitevix
    6th April 2010 / 1:09 pm

    Hahaha that’s really cute! I love how Flea asked ‘Why are the chickens outside’ Couldn’t have been a better cue for the ‘free range angle’.

  11. 6th April 2010 / 12:13 pm

    Cute, aren’t they? She smelled bad, though.

  12. 6th April 2010 / 12:57 pm

    It was really interesting to see – and I was shocked that 16,000 chickens in a barn looks like LOADS but a regular farm would have 160,000 in the same space.

  13. 6th April 2010 / 12:58 pm

    Educational *and* cute. She delivers value, my kid.

  14. 6th April 2010 / 1:29 pm

    Very sweet. We went to the farm yesterday too, but nothing quite as educational as your visit. That said the chocolate easter egg was waaaaaaaaay more interesting than the chickens or itsy bitsy cutie spring lambs..

  15. karamina
    6th April 2010 / 5:07 pm

    I have to confess that I quite like the honk of chicken poo, due to a misspent youth on a farm.
    We have three chickens here – Pamela, Martha and Lavender. It’s horrible to think of them crammed into a tiny barn with 160,000 other hens. They get cross when we put them in their Eglu run.

  16. 6th April 2010 / 11:16 pm

    Sounds like you and Flea had a brilliant time and I am so pleased she stuck to her guns about the omlette – I hate tomatoes in mine too!