A fulfilled ambition
When Nick and Kyra married, their ambition was to buy and work a Welsh hill farm. They are still, after nearly forty years, clinging to their hillside.
"Nick - At five, I decided on two aims in life... to be a farmer and to marry Kyra... by my mid 20's I'd achieved both.
Kyra - With all our worldly wealth, just fifteen hundred pounds, we came to Wales. Two English hopefuls, in a Celtic heartland of inherited farms... Bethlehem.
Nick - We invented the overdraft... how long did the locals give us...two years?... four?... a decade?
Kyra - Sons... one, two and three... all village schooled. Welsh speaking... made our family complete.
The Beacons scenery was captivating but altitude and harsh climate was not the most favourable. Neighbours came and went, so after sixteen years worsening farming prospects caused us to look at life elsewhere.
Nick - We took it in turns to discover the lucky country, Australia. I to work there for thirteen months while Kyra farmed at home.
Kyra - Then, to change places. A world apart from my best friend, my husband, and the boys. Singing 'Oh little town of Bethlehem' as I sat below a blue gum tree on Christmas day in the Adelaide hills brought tears to my eyes and a natural sadness to my heart. The call of another Bethlehem was too strong.
Nick - Four decades on and we're still clinging to our hillside. Sons, one - an Engineer, two - stonemason, and three - carpenter... and their families live close by. Not one a farmer, but all using daily the skills learned at home. We work on with our land and livestock with a determination...
Kyra - Fighting also for small farmers in developing countries...
Nick - And for the survival of fellow farmers in our own 'Devotion to each other and'...
Kyra - 'Dedication to our beliefs'"