David Palmer, Farmer Palmer Senior, uses phrases that are not always recognised by the younger generation! It made us curious about where the phrases came from. Over the centuries our animals, and farming, has had a big influence on our lives and language. We have adopted expressions, phrases and idioms but do you know what they all mean?
An idiom is a phrase or expression whose meaning can’t be understood from the ordinary meanings of the words in it. For example, “Get off my back!” is an idiom meaning “Stop bothering me!”
What does As busy as a been mean? See our Bee Link if you love to know more. a bee
We all love bees and know how important to the plant’s eco system they are. From day 1 the worker bees don’t stop working to ensure the hive’s survival.
Moving about quickly doing many things
What does Don’t count your chickens before they hatch mean?
Imagine having 12 beautiful eggs and assuming you’ll have 12 chicks. Nature is not that predictable and this idiom sums this up very well.
Warning you that you should not depend upon something until it becomes evident.
What is a Pecking Order?
This is a social behavior among chickens, which attack each other by pecking to establish dominance. In our chicken houses the dominant hen will be the first to the food and will let newer chickens eat when she’s ready. A hierarchy is created between the chickens.
Pecking order assumes positions of leadership, authority, and power within a group.
What does Don’t put all your eggs in one basket mean?
This is all about risk, bravery or safety. If you collect all of the days eggs and pop them in one basket, then you drop the basket, you risk breaking them all. Put them in two or more baskets and one should survive.
It may not be wise to invest all of the things you value into one container/project/bank in case things don’t go the way you had hoped.
What does chickens coming home to roost mean?
Chickens settle down on a branch or pole in their houses when they go to bed to rest and sleep. They come back to the same place every night.
When your previous actions in life come back to haunt you
What does waiting till the cows come home mean?
Our beautiful cows take life at their own pace. This is usually a sedate walk, due to the difficulty to walk with a huge udder between your legs!
waiting a long time
What does Strong as an Ox mean?
Ox were always used to pull carts, operate farm machinery and power milling.
possessing great physical strength
What does A hard row to hoe mean?
When land was being divided up hundreds of years ago everything was done by hand. The line of planted crops was called a row. The wooden and stone/metal tool used to weed and loosen the earth around the plants was called a hoe. The phrase indicated that something is difficult to do.
What does Sowing your wild oats mean?
From the middle of the 16th Century this meaning has survived.
To get out and have many sexual relationships to further your family generation.
What does Separating the wheat from the chaff mean?
When wheat is harvested the processing (threshing) involves separating the grain from the husks, known as chaff.
To decide if people or things in a group are good or bad by separating them to work individually or in smaller groups.
What does Making Hay While the Sun Shines mean?
Hay loses it’s nutritional value when it exposed to rain after it has been cut. If it gets too wet and won’t dry out, it will mold and be useless.
This phrase means that we should make the best use of the time that we are given. We shouldn’t waste opportunities, we may only get one.
What does Get your goat mean?
This expression comes from a tradition in horse racing. Thought to have a calming effect on high-strung thoroughbreds, a goat was placed in the horse’s stall on the night before the race.
When someone makes you angry or annoyed
How can I be as Happy as a pig in mud?
Content animals are happy animals and there is none more happy than a pig cooling off in a mud wallow. Because pigs can not sweat to cool down, they need a muddy hollow to make sunscreen.
It means you are content
What does When Pigs Fly mean?
We all know pigs can’t fly, don’t we? “When pigges flye” can be referenced back the 16th Century. Lewis Carroll used it in Alice in Wonderland.
A reference to how impossible a situation or suggestion actually is
What it It’s a right Pigs Ear?
The expression derives from the old proverb ‘you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear‘, which dates back to the 16th century.
To completely botch something up; make a complete mess of it’.
Horses and Donkeys
What’s From the Horse’s Mouth?
Horses are generally held in high regard as trusted, loyal friends. We all know they can not speak but the literal connection is linked to the understanding between horses and horse lovers.
From an impeccable source.
Talk the hind leg off a donkey
Talk for a long long time, until the listener has switched off.
Why are they As stubborn as a mule?
Anyone who knows horses, donkeys and mules will know when they decide they don’t want to move they can stand their ground and pulling does not help. The mule is not all bad but it is in their nature to be willful and stubbon.
This idiom relates to being extremely stubborn. You’ll not find a mule at Farmer Palmers but ponies and donkey live here.
What does Looking a gift horse in the mouth mean?
A horse’s age can be determined by looking at it’s teeth. Evidently, there was a time when those people who had been given a horse as a gift would look into it’s mouth to see how old it was. If it was an old horse, they would complain about the gift that had been given to them.
To be critical about some thing that has been given to you in good faith
Who get’s Put Out to Pasture?
When animals are loved but no longer of use to us they are rewarded for their lifetime of dedication by being retired to a lovely field or pasture. Glitter, our retired male pony ride pony, has kicked off his shoes and lives with the girls now!
Due to age or illness they are retired
We hope you have enjoyed some of these. If so please let us know.
We live locally to Farmer Palmers and have annual passes for our whole family. We’ve been visiting the farm for 6 years now (so I have lots of good things to say!) My younger daughter age 19 months loves it and so does her 6 year old sister! (My eldest also loved it as a toddler!)
It’s a farm, with all the usual farm animals you’d expect to see and more.
The indoor play area is done very well and my youngest and eldest daughter love it in there, soft play is also great for both ages.
Bouncy castles are kept clean and well maintained (let’s remember there’s a daily influx of small children who’ve spent the day running free range on a FARM so of course it’s got signs of being used!).
My daughters love it here, you have an array of activities to choose from woodland walks, soft play & bouncy castles. Guinea pig holding is a hit (happy well looked after Guinea pigs not cramped up in a pet shop. We were so happy with the standards of care we got our own guinea pigs from here!). Goat and lamb feeding (yes on busy days you don’t get a huge amount of time yet I haven’t heard a grumble from a single child). Not mention water sprinklers, Go carts which are suitable for both adults and small children, lovely picnic area and playground, seasonal pony rides and real milking demonstration (my eldest loves it!). There is decent home cooked food served in the cafe. Also a tractor ride available for a couple of £ you can even feed deer.
We’ve had several birthday parties here (so have my nephews and nieces age up to age 12!) and everyone loves it.
Considering the price of most family days out, I think Farmer Palmers is actually very good value for money, it’s a far cry from a theme park (thank goodness!) and I love spending time with my kids here throughout the year be it rain of shine!
Will be renewing our annual pass for the 3rd year this summer!
Thanks for endless entertainment!
W Beth 2019
Not a theme park a wonderful family farm
"Good place for the family lots to see and do. Clean and staff helpful. Could spend a day there with the kids and have a great time. Would recommend to everyone."
"An absolutely lovely farm, with the most perfect helpful, knowledgeable staff. We had an amazing day."
Allergy Awareness "We come and visit you every week and I was so pleased to see the "no food" notice up in the soft play areas. My son is anaphylaxis to dairy and peanuts. Thank you for raising awareness and helping my son to not be at risk!"
"The imagination and creativity with the play areas is just perfect. Today we fed the lambs and it was such a special moment, I've always wanted to do it and loved it!"
"The passes are fantastic value for money and whenever we come to Farmer Palmer's my children never want to leave. Staff are always very friendly and helpful."
Annual Pass Holder
"Even when it's pouring down, FP is a great place to come. Plenty to do under shelter and who doesn't love to put their wellies on and splash in muddy puddles! And for the mums and dads, the cake is amazing :)"
Sarah says "Food in the restaurant was lovely and the staff were friendly"
"A rare treat, a full day out and change!"
Value for money!
"We keep coming back with our grandchildren"
"We are big fans!! My little boy wakes up most mornings asking if he can go to Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park!!"
"It was amazing. From organisation to the staff,
who were fantastic, we were very pleased"
Team Farmer Palmer Fan
"Great family day out. Highly recommended!"
Holiday visitor to Dorset
"I can't recommend this wonderful place enough. It's an amazing little piece of paradise in Dorset."
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