Opinion

Tuesday 14 August 2018

Old farming images reap escape from modern life

The mythical idea of farming from days gone by takes us back to more serene times - a time before driverless tractors, says Victoria Mary Clarke

Victoria Mary Clarke with farmer James Grannell, who is a model in the Irish Farmer calendar. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Victoria Mary Clarke with farmer James Grannell, who is a model in the Irish Farmer calendar. Photo: Fergal Phillips

Victoria Mary Clarke

The other day I got given an 'Irish Farmer' calendar for 2017. It is full of hot, young, semi-naked farmers cavorting in hay barns, and striking flirtatious poses with cows and sheep and pigs and bits of rope and a certain amount of mud.

At first I was intrigued, especially by the cheeky chap on the cover (Mr July) who is topless and positioned coquettishly between two goats.

After lusting after quite a few of the farmers, I was aware of a developing sense of guilt, almost as though I had been fancying priests.

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