Why should you marry a farmer? Are they not mean and miserly, hard task masters, unromantic and surly souls? Are they the beggars of Europe with their gnarled hands looking for the coins from Brussels? Do they not have an Irish Mammy who attended to their every whim and turned them into “mammy’s boy” material for life? Or are they kind, romantic, fit, muscular, relatively domesticated and a ‘good catch’?
1. Farmer’s Tan – most farmers are fit and healthy from all the time they spend walking and running across fields and after cattle and sheep. They have a good tan from their exposure to the sunlight which always makes them look healthier and better looking. Be warned though – the farmer’s tan ends at the shirt sleeves and the neckline!
2. Language – you will become accustomed to a whole new world. Terms such as “synchronizing heifers” may create wonderful images of heifers pivoting and dancing in perfect unison in the field within your mind but you will soon learn that it refers to getting all the heifers on heat at the same times so they can be artificially inseminated on the same day. And yes, the air may turn blue sometimes.
3. Career – If you are or have yearnings to be a painter, writer, artist, baker, jam maker, cheesemaker or any other similarly creative careers, a farm is the perfect location. Whether you need inspiration from the beautiful views and sense of space or the raw ingredient of milk or fruit to create your product, the farm is ideal.
4. Family Farm – Bringing up children on a farm gives them a wonderful upbringing and appreciation for life, for death, for nature, for fresh air, for entrepreneurship, for a sense of adventure.
5. Romance – There’s plenty of opportunities for romance with picnics and afternoon tea in the field. What could be nicer than sitting in the sun in a grassy field using a tyre as a backrest. With so many of Irish farms being fragmented and the distance back to the farmhouse for lunch being too far for a tractor drive or a walk, it means there is ample scope for plenty of picnics (romantic or otherwise). Another benefit is your orienteering skills improve drastically as you manage to find where he is in the ‘side bank of the left field to the top quarry field’.
6. Birth – there is nothing as special as seeing a tiny calf or lamb struggle on shaky legs to its mother’s udder, particularly if it is after a tough birth. No matter how many times you experience it, it will always give you a special glow.
7. Global Village – Never worry about feeling isolated, your neighbourhood may feel like a global village. You know it is relatively small yet any news will spread like wildfire to London, Perth and beyond. Should you ever forget where you went or what you did the previous week, someone will be bound to know and be able to tell you.
8. No Gym Expenses – you won’t need to pay a gym membership, you will be fit and healthy from running after wayward calves, feeding calves and jumping on and off tractors. ?I lose weight every year when I feed 140 calves for two months! Bringing in the cows to the milked is really relaxing exercise too.
9. Scrubbing Up Well – Farmers tend to be splattered with muck, they don’t have to dress smart, trips to the barber can be few and far between at busy times of the year and Movember can happen in March, June and September. But when he does scrub up to go on a night out, the transformation can remind you why you fell in love with him in the first place and you fall in love all over again.
10. Own Boss – you and your farmer are self employed. You can go on a day off or on a holiday at any time – subject only to the sayso of the cows, cattle, sheep, crops, weather and bank balance. You have a two minute commute to your workplace. Your targets and goals are self-inflicted. You see the benefit of a whole rotation of seasons in a year and garner your harvest from the seeds you sowed. You become incredibly talented at managing cashflow too and while your store cards might have been your old best friends, an overdraft is now your BFF.
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If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy this one ‘Advice to those considering marrying a farmer‘ – it’s the one that inspired my book!