I’m delighted to review Lorna’s book ‘The Perfect Farm Wife’ as part of her virtual book tour.
As a farmer’s daughter, Aubrac cattle enthusiast, student and writer for That’s Farming, coming from a strong agricultural background, I was curious to find out as to what Lorna’s new book would entail. The ups and downs of farming, come of no surprise to me but I was interested to hear Lorna’s take on it.
I picked up my copy at this year’s National Ploughing Championships, along with getting the opportunity to meet Lorna.
Catherina Cunnane and Lorna Sixsmith at the Ploughing Championships 2015.
I first came across Lorna through my Twitter Account @Aubracs when I was really impressed by her interest of empowering female farmers and her passion for writing about Farming through blog posts. I was intrigued when I then heard of her self-publishing ‘Would You Marry A Farmer?’ along with being a blogger, wife , farmer and mother, all at the same time.
I had received a little insight into her new book, as during the Summer, I received an email from her informing me of research she was conducting with farmers daughters and wives for the book. She asked me if I would be interested in becoming one of the contributors by filling out questionnaires.
Although I felt I’d make a very small contribution, I filled out the questionnaires and I was honoured to see my name listed in the contributors section of the book.
Having read the book, and even though I come from a strong agricultural background, I can glady say that after reading the book, I’ve learned a thing or two- 1. Being that possibly I may need to take a cookery course (Aswell to start now, Dad, you’ll be delighted to hear) 2. It’s normal to run out with a pair of high heels when emergency herding has to be done! 3.I may need to read over the ‘How to train a farmer to do the housework’ section more than once.
Lorna answers several questions about farm life from big to small by telling several stories and giving tips in a realistic way but it also strongly shows her witty sense of humour and personality. She gives tips such as ‘ How to go on regular dates with your farmer’ ‘How to herd livestock’, ‘How to recognise a compliment’ (Yes, farmers have funny ways of telling us they like something) and ‘How to encourage your children to farm’.
She gives a realistic account of farm life, looking at both the pros and cons of every sort of experience that may arise from the everyday jobs and the unexpected like cattle breaking out or when the cow shows signs of calving when you are about to leave for an event!
One of my favourite parts of the book is the discussion of the role of a female on the farm. She discusses how active some females can be on their farms, from the paperwork to the practical sides of thing. She shows how times have changed and how now females are taking more control and becoming recognised for their work.
The book is relatable to me as reading through, it often brings back memories of my early childhood. My earliest memories (Lorna refers to all in her book) are that of petting and naming a particular calf I would take a liking to on the farm. (Even at my age now, it stills happens!)
My earliest memories include attending marts, factories and meeting farmers. They also are my most recent!
The reference to cattle marts is another one of my favourites . As someone who attends the local cattle mart every Saturday, I can fully relate to the whole experience of being one of the only females there and quite frankly how entertaining and unique our Irish farmers are.
I’ve even managed to introduce ‘How to Be the Perfect Farm Wife’ to some of farmers at the local mart! (Interesting story how that came about!)
Without a doubt, I can say that How to Be the Perfect Farm Wife will make a remarkable Christmas present for all farm wives and girlfriends, husbands and boyfriends or even those who love the idea of country life. If you think you might be interested in marrying a farmer, since you may have heard so much about them and would like to know how to make the perfect farm wife, than this is the perfect book for you. I know for sure that if I didn’t have the book already it would be top of my Christmas List this year!!
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To follow on to the next part of Lorna’s Blog Tour see Donna O’Shaughnessy ‘s review over on http://tpfarm.blogspot.ie/, which will be the last review as part of the Blog Tour and will take place on 23rd November 2015.