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- File Size: 10820 KB
- Print Length: 208 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1508905436
- Publisher: Write on Track Press; 1 edition (11 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H9DW3JC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,376 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Highly recommend this book to those who are in farming or soon to marry in to farming.
I read a British newspaper feature a few years ago, which showed seven of the handsomest, fittest, strongest young men you could imagine. All were single and unable to meet women willing to come and live on their farms. Rural Norfolk sounds like an idyllic way of life until you have to live it. I've also read Yorkshire and Peak District crime stories which present an even harder, more isolated farm life because of the rugged countryside and basic dwellings. While ranches and farms in America or Canada hire the barest minimum of staff and may expect them to live in a caravan with only radio contact and a food and fuel restock once a month. Stations in Australia expect women to cook for a team of hardy men, half a day's drive from the nearest neighbour, but don't necessarily agree that women can do station work. Mexican avocado farmers are forced to pay protection money to the local gangsters, and may find murdered journalists dumped on their land.
So, asks Lorna Sixsmith, would you marry a farmer, considering that you would be marrying into a farming household and a small community? You might be living with your in-laws, or one of them, and the farmer's siblings until they can get educated and leave. You won't get foreign holidays or even romantic restaurant dinners very often, and your bank balance will be in the red for months like as not, then when the farm payments cheque arrives it needs to go to a tractor purchase rather than a new kitchen; while there will be a permanent load for the washing machine, a team of silage contractors to be fed unexpectedly and you will be judged by other women on the standard of your baking, not your fashion sense.Read more ›
There is so much truth in this book, things that young people will find hard to believe. I was a farmer from 17 years old until my mid thirties, when I ...married a farmer! Thank heaven he was nothing like some of the examples in Lorna's book. Best thing I ever did. Anyway I had a successful horse dealing business going and was delighted to leave the rest to him. But some of my experiences in the interval before I met John would seem unbelievable today. Marjorie Quarton
I wasn't disappointed for as well as being immensely informative on the issues involved the author manages to be really entertaining while she explores all aspects of the farming way of life.
In the early stages of the book the author delves into the social history of marriage in Ireland from the early days of the twentieth century. Yet her research is never allowed to become dry or academic. It's presented in an entertaining way which grabs and holds the reader's attention right from the start.
Lorna Sixsmith is herself a farmer's wife so she speaks with authority on the subject, presenting all sides of the equation in her own unique style. The most common form of farming in Ireland is of course the family farm, which means all members of the family are involved in the running of the farm which is their means of livelihood and way of life. No woman reading this book will be under any illusions as to the demands made on her time for it's a seven days a week, 365 days a year commitment.
Lifted and lightened by the humorous drawings scattered throughout, it's also a good read for the general reader who wants to be entertained as well as informed. As such I highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good reading and intresting with great historical twistPublished 5 months ago by Kristín María Hreinsdóttir
I actually thought this was a novelty book, the kind you would buy for a gentle joke at Christmas, but it is so much more. Read morePublished 7 months ago by orla mcalinden
I loved this book. It gives a great glimpse of what it's like to be married to a farmer. It doesn't hold back and as someone who was transplanted from an American city to rural... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mrs. B
This book made me laugh, smile and even nod in agreement.
Currently dating a dairy farmer this gives an insight into the real life of the rear breed that is the farmer. Read more
This is a highly entertaining read. As someone who moved from the city to the country 16 years ago my only wish is that It was available sooner, as I learned quite a bit about my... Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2014 by Rosemarie Mullin
Who would ever have guessed that a sports bra would be an essential piece of farming equipment? This and other nuggets contribute to a thoroughly entertaining and informative book... Read morePublished on 28 April 2014 by Ms Ruth Wildgust
Having lived on a small suckler farm as a child and then marrying a dairy farmer this book is so true to life from the funny quotes and different names for things in various parts... Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2014 by maryp