Tips for dating a farmer
It simply means that it has slightly more black on its coat than its comrades. ‘The bull, let the bull in’ doesn’t help when you have 3 calves heads coming towards you and you can’t see between their legs.
‘The biggest one’ – You must learn to tell the difference in size between calves, even if one is only an inch or so taller than the other.
When driving anywhere, your husband is likely to fall asleep after an average of ten miles so you turn into a chauffeur if you are travelling with him – doing the driving while he nods away in the passenger seat, waking at intervals to marvel at how quickly the journey is going.
Even if your husband cooked most of the meals pre-farming or pre-marriage – don’t expect that to continue.
You might have friends who go to the hairdresser on a Saturday while their husband brings the children to football.
Forget about the hairdresser – you’ll be standing at the side of the football ground. – you might get it if you’re waiting in the car outside a Scout hut.
But it still involves standing in a gap at some stage, behind a gate pulled over partially if there is one there, gripping a sprong or pitchfork tightly ready to jab it into a bull if need be.
When moving yearling bulls and your husband leaves the door on the tractor open so that you can jump in should the need arise, it is comforting to remember that should a bull attack you, that you 1) have good life assurance and 2) that your husband will probably risk his own life to save you!
‘The black one’ – does not mean that the animal is all black.Remember too that most farms are at least 20 minutes drive from all these activities so it is a case of doing the grocery shopping or sitting in the car as it’s not worthwhile heading home and back in.Farmers aren’t known for their dress sense but for hard wearing jeans, t-shirts, warm jumpers, dirty wellies and yes, splattered with much on occasion. ) do get scrubbed up for a night out, that you both look pretty impressed with each other and fall in love all over again 🙂 Going on holidays or travelling different roads than he normally would means that your farmer husband has lots of entertain him when he does wake up occasionally in the passenger seat – as long as you’re not driving along the motorway!The children see it as a novelty when Brian cooks which I find worrying so this winter, he (as a much more creative cook than I) is going to teach our very keen 8 year old to cook some meals and experiment a bit too.I, for one, can’t wait for the cows to be dried off! Once your husband has milked cows and calved cows for a week while experiencing ‘flu – you will never get sympathy again.
There’s often lots of parish and community events for which you will need to bring a dish or ‘traybake’.