I love animals. Always have. If you had told me when I was younger though, that I would be a farmer’s wife, I don’t think I would have believed you.
It is a different way of life, farming. Far different from anything I ever imagined. Not least because unlike other couples, we live together and Hubster works where we live. For us, it just works and, having lived a farming way of life, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
So here are my five favourite things about being a farmer’s wife.
- Pets. All the pets. When I was growing up, I would have loved a dog. My Dad is allergic to them so that was out of the question. Here, I can have as many pets as I like. Hubster takes the opinion that if I look after them, I can have what I want. Within reason. Over the years here I have had my fair share of animals. Some are still with us, others not but I am always on the look out for more, obviously.
- Cooking. I do moan about doing all of the cooking sometimes but I do love it. Hubster works long hours so he needs something ready when he comes in. I love devising new things. Some well received, others not. I always try and do sweet ‘wifey’ things which he never notices like his breakfast as a smiley face or heart shaped pancakes on Valentine’s Day. A cake always goes down well though.
- Neighbours, or not. We don’t have any. Well, we do but they are far enough away for it to feel like we don’t. We can basically do anything and no one will see is-I quite regularly hang washing out in my pyjamas or go and feed the rabbits or lambs with my nightie on and a coat over the top. We can make as much noise as we want without worrying about disturbing someone else. I will never stop appreciating this.
- I am never bored. There is always something to do or see. Something to bake, stroke, pet, talk to. If you are bored on a farm, there is something wrong with you. The end.
- People find what we do interesting. Years ago, everyone knew a farmer or his wife. We live in a semi-rural community so I do know other farmer’s wives but if I go further afield, and tell people I am a farmer’s wife, they are usually really interested and I love that. If little me manages to ignite a love for British food into someone who isn’t from a farming background, then I feel my job is done.