*It’s been a summer of reading around here! This post and book used to review were compensated by International Specialized Book Services. The opinions expressed are my own.*
It’s often hard to define what we as farmers and ranchers go through day in and day out. Most of the time, when answering the supposed simple question – “How was your day?” – the unsuspecting recipient glazes over on about the third sentence pertaining to farm work. Farmer and I have it down to a science when answering a generic question that we know doesn’t want to dig deeper into everyday agriculture, and we just smile and nod with a simple “Every day is different!” For their sake and ours, we spare them the highs and lows involved on the farm, knowing that it would take a diary of days to round out their answer, and even then that wouldn’t suffice.
I was given the opportunity to review an upcoming book – Hens, Hooves, Woolies and Wellies: The Diary of a Farmer’s Wife, and Bobbi Mothersdale, the author, does what Farmer and I can’t do. Day by day, she outlines the daily escapades on their farm. Written in British English, the tale is uplifting at times, humorous at others, and truthful in all areas. I can relate to Bobbi as another farm wife not brought up in agriculture, and she sums it up nicely by saying “Not being brought up on a farm, I found the whole lifestyle wonderful. Funny. Frustrating. Rich, and here I mean in experiences. Tragic at times. Uplifting, others.”
Photos of the family and their various outdoor escapades are included in the book to give a face to this farm family in England, and simple sketches also accompany certain stories. Bobbi Mothersdale has an endearing and blunt way of writing that will relay her farm experience to both farmers and consumers alike. Her story, like all of ours in agriculture, is unique to her experience and farm.