Blogging farmerette putting pen to paper
'Would you marry a farmer?' is a question that could provoke any numbers of answers, but it's also the title of a new book in the pipeline from Carlow woman Lorna Sixsmith.
The self-styled 'Irish Farmerette' runs a mixed dairy and beef farm with her husband Brian and children Will (10) and Kate (8). A media consultant by trade, Lorna is an internet blogger, with a keen interest in farming.
The idea for her book came from a blog she wrote called 'Advice to those thinking of marrying a farmer', which attracted 50,000 views from all over the world.
It included advice for farmers' spouses enlisted to help sort cattle for the mart, such as:
* 'The black one' – does not mean that the animal is all black. It simply means that it has slightly more black on its coat than its comrades. The same goes for 'the white one'.
* 'The bull, let the bull in' doesn't help when you have three 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.
* Above all, you both must appreciate that any bad language hurled at each other while sorting cattle can be forgotten about once they are sorted into their two separate batches.