Motto of a farmer’s wife: Be prepared for anything

There's a bit of an insider joke among farmers’ wives that when you marry a farmer be prepared to turn your hand to anything. Irrigating, tractor repairing, planting, drenching, smoko, book-keeping, school teaching, delivery driving … these are just some of the jobs a farmers’ wife may be called upon to do. I’ve been married to a vegetable farmer for the past 11 years and … [Read more...]

Aye Aye Captain

By the time you read this I'll have gone sailing. Imagine that gorgeous couple is us - Mr Bean and I - strolling lovingly through the clear waters of the Whitsundays. I'll be looking dazzling in my white cossie, he'll be smiling gracefully as he carries my feather light body through the water. Actually the reality may be far more scary. You see we've hired a yacht … [Read more...]

Marry the man, marry the land

When you marry a farmer you, by default, marry his job. Such is the all-encompassing nature of farming, often it's left to the farmer's wife to tie up loose ends. Balance the books, organise casual staff, help move an irrigator (or irritator depending on how you see them), drive a tractor, pick up spare parts, help in the shearing shed. It's all fair game on the … [Read more...]

Settle for Mr Right Now? No thanks.

What do you think of this? An American author - single and in her 40s - wishes she'd settled for one of the 'perfectly acceptable but uninspiring' men she met in her 20s rather than hold out to meet her 'perfect man'. She reckons women searching for Mr Right should do it in their 20s or risk being single in their 30s. Lori Gottlieb, whose book Marry Him: The Case for … [Read more...]