Being a farmer isn't always just being a farmer.
Sometimes it is being a woman too.
I am not sure what other women's experiences are, but for me it is a challenge.
My husband is not a farmer, despite what most folks think when they come here.
He is a successful businessman, and often a travelling one at that.
He works an hour- plus a bit- away from our home and spends a fair bit of time away for work.
But when he is here, I remain the woman of the house.....and farm.
Women's lib , I love the idea of you, but I think the reality is for most women that we still look after the house and children.
But for me, it is house and children, animals and gardens. I drive the tractor, make the meals and mostly grow the meals too.
It is further complicated I think, by the fact I work here and am my own boss. I don't get a vacation, because when I am on vacation, things don't carry on.
How do you find someone to come in and do what I do? I don't think (I don't mean I am superwoman here) I could afford them! And when you involve the animals, I really have a hard time leaving them.
My family resents the time I put in here a bit. I think it would be easier to be married to someone who did the very same thing as me. My mom and dad were like that. Both teachers by day, but farmers by night. My neighbours are like that. They both work the farm and do what has to be done....together.
Don't get me wrong. My husband is a wonderful man. And he is proud of what I do. But he and my family get a lot less of me because they are not farmers and don't love it the way I do. They like what the result is...but don't love what it takes to get there.
And it is hard work.
It has become what I know now and I don't think retirement the way other folks do.
This is my life.